What N7 Day Means To Me

Mass Effect has been around for 10 years and I thought I would write a little something about it since I’ve been gearing up to get ready to tackle all four games again. 

It’s been a rocky year for Mass Effect. The series future is in doubt, and if you listen to most critics Andromeda is one of the worst games ever made and has the worst animations known to gaming. I really liked Mass Effect: Andromeda despite its flaws. The game has potential to be the next big Mass Effect series, but it was canned before it could take off. That’s not what this is about though. It’s N7 day! I’ve already defended Andromeda on multiple occasions and even placed it above Breath of The Wild in my top 10 games of 2017 so far list.

I remember walking into Gamestop 10 years ago looking for a new game to play on my Xbox 360. I was trying to decide between Overlord and the first Mass Effect game. I needed to see was the box art for Mass Effect and I was sold on it. I went home and 10 hours later I was still playing this game. It was amazing. I had never played anything like it before and I was hooked. I ended up putting more than 200 hours into the first Mass Effect game before the second one released years later. It was a great new IP that captured my heart and I fell in love with the story and well-written characters that the first game introduced. I became a huge fan, but it wasn’t until the sequel that I started to consider this series an all-time great.

Mass Effect 2 released three years after the first game did. I remember counting down the days to its release and how excited I was to finally get my hands on it. I can remember every little detail about Mass Effect 2 even though I haven’t played it in a few years now. Why? Because it had big moment after big moment and when I thought the game couldn’t get any better it did. There were tough choices to make, reporters to punch, squadmates to recruit, and a universe to save from the Reapers. Part 2 was a vast improvement over the first game in every way possible. The gameplay was better, the companions are better, the story is better, and introduced one of the best characters in gaming history with the Illusive Man. Mass Effect 2 is my favorite game of all time (tied with Skyrim anyway) and I’ve gone back to it many times since it’s release. After Mass Effect 2 released I became a lifelong fan of the series and then Mass Effect 3 was announced. This was supposed to be the end of the trilogy and the ending left a sour taste in many gamers mouths because of its ending.

I wasn’t in a good place when Mass Effect 3 released. I had been released from jail in November of 2011. I had gone months without gaming and was more focused on getting my life straightened out instead of playing video games. I was expecting my first kid and I wanted to be a good father for her. One day I was sitting up watching TV one night and noticed a trailer for a game that I hadn’t played in a long time. The game was Mass Effect 3. I remember dusting my old 360 off and decided that it was a good time to start gaming again. I went out on March 6th and bought two games. Skyrim, and Mass Effect 3. I completed Mass Effect 3 in two sittings. I played it all day and all night and when I saw the end credits roll I wasn’t mad or raging at my screen at the ending. I was happy because I had just experienced the end to the greatest trilogy of games of all time. Was the ending perfect? No. It was far from perfect actually, but the journey there was nothing short of a masterpiece and it left a mark on me.

Whenever a new trilogy of games are released (Final Fantasy, Wolfenstein, etc.) I think of this trilogy of games and the incredible journey that they took me on. Years after Mass Effect 3 I started to hear whispers of a new Mass Effect game set in a completely different timeline. The early rumors were of the first contact war between the humans and turians. This both excited me and worried me because I didn’t want to play a prequel to the greatest trilogy of all time. I wanted a continuation of the three games that I sunk so much of my life into. As time went by the rumors shifted to a brand new Mass Effect game that took place in a completely different galaxy and I was more open to it, but still a little apprehensive because I wanted to continue my journey with Commander Shepard. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Shepard and I was more negative than positive towards Mass Effect Andromeda before I decided to give it a chance.

Mass Effect Andromeda gave me what I wanted. A new Mass Effect game. I don’t think Bioware will ever top the excellence of the Mass Effect trilogy. I went in this game with an open mind was surprised at what I got. A good Mass Effect game. Great even. It had some great moments and I think Ryder (male) is a great protagonist. The companions are awesome and this is the only Mass Effect game to date to make every companion feel like a real family. They communicate with each other as much as they do with Ryder and I love that about it. I love landing on new planets and exploring them. I love getting to know my new companions, and I love the gameplay too.

So what does N7 Day mean to me? These games took me on an incredible journey. I care about the characters, the stories, and lore that Bioware has created for me to enjoy. I love Commander Shepard and I love Ryder too. I love Mass Effect and N7 Day is a way for me to express that love. N7 Day is about the greatest game protagonist of all time. N7 Day is about the greatest game series of all time and finally, N7 Day is about my incredible journey through the best games ever made that’s made me both happy and sad. N7 Day is the greatest day in gaming to me and that’s why I love it so much. It’s been a hell of a ride and I was happy/sad/emotional/angry to say goodbye to Commander Shepard, but I was very happy to welcome Ryder too.

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

8 thoughts on “What N7 Day Means To Me”

  1. Well, if you’re willing to transition from the inferior console race and go to the superior PC master race, I know of a way that can take away the shitty ending of Mass Effect 3 and replace it with something much better. As you should know, never underestimate the power of the fan-base, especially fans who know how to mod. A few people made an alternate ending to Mass Effect 3, and it’s the 1 mod I always use above all others.

    MEHEM The Mass Effect 3 Happy Ending Mod by MrFob
    https://www.nexusmods.com/masseffect3/mods/66/?

    Go with that, then the game is pretty much perfect. No dicksucking starchild, no vague “is he really dead?” epilogue, and no 4 final choices that all result in the same old bullshit. It’s all clear, conclusive, and satisfying. This mod is the reason I finally shelled out money for Mass Effect 2 and 3 (you hear that EA and Bioware!?).

    It’s also nice to have the extended final speech from Mr. “My name isn’t Neo” Anderson.

    Extended Final Anderson Conversation by JohnP – HelixSpiral
    https://www.nexusmods.com/masseffect3/mods/173/?

    1. 1. Your opening statement is really dumb. I own the entire trilogy on PC. I started off as a console gamer for the first 20 years of my life and I don’t regret a second of it.

      2. Only children use PC master race or vice versa with consoles. It’s stupid.

      3. I don’t need to mod Mass Effect 3 to enjoy what was already there. The ending wasn’t terrible and people overreacted to it like children. I know all about that mod and have never downloaded it once.

      4. I love Bioware and EA and I don’t care if that’s not a popular thing to say these days.

      Why is it that the only thing you took from that entire article was how “shitty” Mass Effect 3’s ending was and turn that into some console vs PC thing? The entire point of this article was to express my love for every Mass Effect game ever made.

      1. Eh, apologies, bad attempt at humor with smart-assery. Just wanted to point out a mod you might find interesting.

        But anyway, in regards to the response, “Only children use PC master race or vice versa with consoles. It’s stupid.” In the words of a drunken Geralt of Rivia, “Not truuuue.” The reason PC’s are considered superior to consoles is because they have a longer lifespan, can be modified, and so can the games that are put onto them. Any faults in a game can be potentially remedied on PC, while as with consoles this is limited at best (the mods you can get for Skyrim and Fallout 4 on console vs. PC). Mods that can make a game that was once so-so and make it good, or take a game that is good and make it great, etc. Mods that allow fans to express their love for a game with customization and (in their opinion) improvement, and it’s a love that can be shared (and encouraged to share) freely. And it’s something that can only be found on PC. Not to mention digital games from decades ago that can be played on PC via Steam, GOG, and other sites. Adults have a good reason to make the claim that PCs are superior to consoles. That being said, consoles have their use as well.

        “The ending wasn’t terrible and people overreacted to it like children.” Eh, I’ll save my opinion on that when I eventually get around to reviewing Mass Effect 3. That won’t be anytime soon, because I’m in the middle of playing through The Witcher (yes, the first one) and making a review for that, and intend to do the same for Witcher 3, and then get to Mass Effect 2 (already played and reviewed the first one) before finally getting to Mass Effect 3.

        “Why is it that the only thing you took from that entire article was how “shitty” Mass Effect 3’s ending was and turn that into some console vs PC thing? The entire point of this article was to express my love for every Mass Effect game ever made.”

        Probably for the same reason women listen to a compliment and find a way to turn it into, “Are you calling me fat?” But in all seriousness, I have a love for the Mass Effect franchise (even if Mass Effect 1 has flaws I consider excruciating after a first playthrough), but that love was a hard-earned one. The DLC is great for ME2 and 3, but is priced just as much (if not more) than the games themselves on the website where you can purchase ME3 on PC. ME2 was flawless (aside from some bugs that occurred with one of the DLC). ME3 was almost as good up until what I consider to be a flawed ending, which hindered my admiration for the franchise much like how Stephen King ended his Dark Tower novel series. But the modding community, in their selfless effort of blood sweat and tears, found ways to resolve those things I took issue with, removed my reservations that hindered my admiration, and made me love the whole thing. It’s what got me into modding in the first place, and it’s made me look upon the gaming world in a new light since then.

        So yeah, I have a love for the Mass Effect series too, it’s just not the same kind of love as yours. Thought I’d express that, though granted I did so poorly initially. That being said, I have yet to play Andromeda. Not so sure I will. Time will tell.

      2. The funny thing is that I agree with you about PC compared to consoles. It’s just the way you originally stated it that made me respond the way I did. I personally don’t use the term, but I do consider my PC superior to consoles in every way. Consoles have ease of access and some nice exclusives, but my main gaming machine is the PC followed by my Switch.

        I totally agree with you on ME3 too. The ending was flawed, but what I meant with my comment to that was that I think it was blown out of proportion. Part 3 will never be a masterpiece like part 2 because of the way it ended. I still love the hell out of it though and I’ll defend it to death :).

        I love the modding community. I built my blog around modding Skyrim and Fallout. I just don’t mod my Mass Effect games. I probably should though…

        The Witcher is an excellent game. I hope you enjoy it. I own the trilogy on PC and every game is fantastic imo.

        And I’m sorry for not catching your humor :).

      3. “And I’m sorry for not catching your humor”

        It’s the Internet, it happens. Plus I’m blunt (probably as a result from getting dropped on my head in a parking lot when I was a baby), which has its pros and cons.

        “I just don’t mod my Mass Effect games. I probably should though… ”

        You could wait until I get around to reviewing them. The long and short of it is that the only worthwhile mod for the first Mass Effect is a graphics mod, which does improve the graphics, but nothing on the level of its sequel. Funnily enough, there’s also a graphics mod for the 2nd game, but again, too minor to be worth the effort. Those are honestly the only mods I found to be worth checking out for the first 2. Was kinda hoping there would be something to put the nudity back in the sex scenes or something in the 2nd game (seriously, how is it that they can give ass shots in the first game, yet in the 2nd and 3rd game they decided everyone should be wearing undies during intercourse? I know this is nit-picking and perverted, but damnit, it matters!).

        There is a save editor that is worth checking out though, which makes it so that you don’t have to play through the first game again, so you can choose which things you did/didn’t do in the first game, and carry over that save into the 2nd one. 2nd game has it too, but it’s only worth using to boost the number of resources you have so you can get just about all the upgrades immediately.

        The 3rd game, whoah, that’s where the modding community went into high gear. The alternate ending is just one of many things they made for that game. These fanatics are truly dedicated. If only we could trade out all of the religious fanatics that want a holy war for these people, the world would be a better (and more entertaining and gamer-friendly) place.

  2. Great post! Oblivion and Mass Effect were the first RPGs I played on console that really sold me on the genre and helped me stick with my Xbox through the years. I remember visiting all the extra worlds in ME hoping that there might be additional storylines to uncover. That game did a great job of having me keep playing. 🙂

    1. Thanks! My first open world RPG was Morrowind back on the OG Xbox.

      I remember exploring different planets for hours in the first Mass Effect game hoping to find secrets. I’ve replayed the trilogy many times and have experienced so many great moments.

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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