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Having never played this game before, it's hard to say how far in I might be. We've played 30-some hours, with sidequests as preferential to main-line quests, but we've also finished several of the major missions as well. Maybe we're nearing endgame? The only main plot quest I've triggered that we haven't done yet is Virmire... and I'm spoiled enough that I don't want to go to Virmire. Not until I absolutely have to.

Also it turns out that the Bring Down the Sky DLC mission, mentioned by a couple of people on my last post, is included in the game already, which is nice. I like it when old games come with extras. :) We played through that this evening and found it fun.

Finally getting to know the characters better, and it's enjoyable. We've done personal missions for Wrex and Garrus -- do the other characters have them? -- and gotten interesting insights on both of them. There's a lot more to Wrex than meets the eye, and Garrus... well, can it be ME2 now please? They don't always see eye to eye, in fact they argued on his loyalty mission because Jane wanted to take the evil doctor in to face justice rather than killing him outright, but I like that. And it was gratifying when he came around to see it her way.

As for characters that actually are romanceable in this game, we let Liara down easy and kept flirting with Kaidan, but so far their entire relationship has taken the form of a mutual "I think you're really awesome but there are regs about this sort of thing so let's save it until after the mission is over" thing, which is not what I was hoping for. T is particularly underwhelmed (and it's not the guy thing, he enjoyed playing out the romantic storyline with Alistair in DA:O), to the point where I wonder if we ought to have gone for Liara instead. I do like Kaidan, I find the character and the backstory interesting, but as a romance it hasn't been super-satisfying so far. But who knows, maybe things will change. (Or maybe I made a mistake somewhere, and we'll just have to wait for ME2 to get a good romance going. Which, considering the above, might not be the end of the world.)

I like all the team, really, although I don't feel like I know Tali or Liara quite as well. Ashley, now, is a fascinating character. Her backstory is great -- her family history, her close relationship with her sisters and her dad, the way she puts herself out there because she has something to prove, but she's not going to dance around her opinions, either (her religious faith, her qualms about the aliens). I don't know if I would like her if I knew her in real life, but I sure appreciate her as a character. And I like the idea that she's out there with my fem!Shep, kicking ass as sisters in arms, even though they don't always agree on everything.

Yeah. I really don't want to go to Virmire. :-\

I may have rolled my Jane as a little too much of a goody two-shoes: she might have a dozen Renegade points, maybe, and her Paragon meter is overflowing. She's believer in the system, in human-alien cooperation, and in protecting life whenever she can -- she saved the Rachni queen, protected the colonists on Feros (we had to kill a few of them when we ran out of stun grenades and she felt like a total failure), and always, always tries negotiation first. Then again, this is a Bioware game, so I assume she'll have to compromise that position many, many more times in the hours still to come.

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Dec. 24th, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
I didn't romance anybody in ME1 with my OTS (One True Shepard). She, like your Jane (or at least that's how it's playing out at the moment), felt *something* with Kaidan, but it wasn't enough to break her strict code of leader ethics. Well, she also had personal reasons for staying away from relationships at all, much less a colleague. But also definitely there were strict leader ethics.

You can fully romance Kaidan, but I don't remember how the timing goes down, so I can't tell you whether or not you've missed a trigger (plus I don't know whether or not you'd want to know!). It can be a wee bit fiddly and unfortunately that fiddly-ness doesn't go away entirely in ME2. I'm guessing, though, that you just need to get through more main mission stuff to progress the romance.

I've never completed the Liara romance - it seems to me to be based mostly on physical chemistry (lots of long gazes and staring into each other's eyes) and I just didn't buy it. The instant, undeniable attraction is a dangerous play for a video game and it doesn't work for me. :P Plenty of people love the Liara romance, so your mileage may vary.

Do you know which way you're going to go on Virmire?

Edited at 2012-12-24 10:05 am (UTC)
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
The only main mission left is Virmire, so there might be complications. ;) If there's no romance, it's not the end of the world. And there's always ME2.

I really don't know what's going to happen on Virmire. I haven't made an advance decision on purpose -- I want to see how it plays out in the moment, between how this particular Shep wants to handle things, and also how, and whether, T and I want to metagame it. As far as I know, T isn't aware of what's coming, and I'm interested to see what he does. At this point he's not too attached to either character but prefers Kaidan for gameplay. So that will be a factor, for sure. (He lurks here sometimes; now I'll have to warn him not to read it!)
Dec. 24th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
Oh, no, another Garrusmancer. ;) Hee, only joking. I'm sorry you're not enjoying the Kaidan romance though; I found it very sweet, although admittedly not much happens during the first part of the game aside from flirting (though I think that's intentional because of Virmire, it's a lot more present after that). And I *adored* it in ME3 but obviously that's a way off for you yet.

I'm one of the few people in fandom who never really connected with Ashley (or I should say, my Shepard didn't), so it wasn't a hard decision for me, but I appreciate how hard it is for a lot of players. :(

I never have any grenades on Feros for some reason so I have to melee the colonists to knock them out. My squaddies always end up killing a couple though. :(
Dec. 25th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
I didn't know you could do that, on Feros! Good to know for if I play again. :) My squad mates for that mission were Kaidan and Tali, and they were good about not firing on anyone I didn't fire on first.

I will, of course, withhold final judgement on the romances until they are done. :) I know many Kaidan fans as well, so I had high hopes for the romance, but maybe my DA experience just set the bar too high.
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