Up For Debate - Which is the best Mass Effect game and why?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Feb 13, 2021 5:00 PM
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BioWare was once at the forefront of RPG games, making some incredible titles that have been beloved by fans for years. Mass Effect is by far one of their most popular series, and with the upcoming remasters soon releasing in May, which Mass Effect is the best one of the series?

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be providing gamers with total remasters of the original trilogy, and partially remaking the first game to bring it more in line with the rest of the series. Each game in the trilogy has got die hard fans explaining which one is the best, so we want to hear from you which one you think is truly the best.

(For the purposes of this article, and with the Legendary Edition coming out soon, we're not including Mass Effect Andromeda and instead focusing on the original trilogy).

Cases can be made for either entry, but it is widely considered that the first Mass Effect is the one that is most like a traditional BioWare RPG, with the following two games focusing more on combat rather than those typical RPG elements.

Mass Effect 3 might have been considered the best in the series as it has the most amount of content and tight gameplay design. However, as we all know, the ending to that game has been heavily criticized, to the point where it can ruin the experience for most players who have been heavily invested in the series since the first game.

So then there’s Mass Effect 2, the middle child, which considering the notoriously hated ending of ME3 could also be considered as the best one in the franchise as it has most of the elements from the third game but without the infamous ending.

Personally, I think Mass Effect 3 is my favorite pick of the bunch, because despite the rocky ending the overall experience was very enjoyable and engaging. It had the best feeling of combat, and really sold the experience of travelling the galaxy and trying to recruit/convince different factions and races to join your cause and stand up in the fight against the Reapers.

But that’s just my opinion, so now we’re handing the reins over to you. Which Mass Effect is the best in your opinion and why? Which Mass Effect game had the best DLC? And do you still have hope for BioWare with Mass Effect 5? Or has your enthusiasm for them waned a little? Let’s debate!

Which is the best Mass Effect?

Which Mass Effect had the best DLC?

Do you have faith in BioWare for Mass Effect 5?

Will you be playing the Legendary Edition?

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00:25 Feb-16-2021

ME2 is the best one cause you could start romancing Tali in it.

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21:00 Feb-15-2021

They all have their pros & cons but I preferred ME1, hopefully the remaster will iron out the enviroments for the mako sections. ME2 is a close 2nd but I haven't purged my mind of the dull planet scanning and giant Terminator head final boss. ME3 was ok but the cyborg ninja just felt out of place for some reason.

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22:37 Feb-14-2021

without a doubt ME2. What I loved about it was of course the suicide mission and the way it was designed and all the various outcomes of it if you didn't make the right choices through out the game, or assign people to the right job.

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12:16 Feb-14-2021

No idea, never played any xD
(start trek and the likes ain't my thing)

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22:42 Feb-14-2021

i'm going to work in three minutes.

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01:16 Feb-15-2021

Errr...and..?

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20:56 Feb-15-2021

Maybe he's producing an essay and video content on why you should play them? I can't think of anything else haha.

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21:01 Feb-15-2021

Us over forty's get muddled sometimes.

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23:24 Feb-15-2021

I honestly have no clue why that comment was made xD

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12:00 Feb-14-2021

ME 2 hands down as it brought the best characters along with Garrus of course and had the best story beats without the clunkiness of the first game and the MMO style side-questing and the meaningless ending of the third game.

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21:03 Feb-15-2021

The best character was Wrex and he only got a cutscene if you couldn't talk him down in ME1.

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04:23 Feb-16-2021

I meant he only got a cutscene if you DID talk him down :(

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17:40 Feb-16-2021

Wrex is great and I am happy you get more stuff with him in ME 3 if he lives through ME1 but the best character was my buddy Garrus.

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09:09 Feb-14-2021

I don't know, cause I haven't tested the last one

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04:09 Feb-14-2021

First: the next Mass Effect will be N° 4 and not N° 5 as Andromeda was only a spin off , as Bad Company was a spin off of Battlefield.
Second: the best Mass Effect is related to what we are looking for, RPG and atmosphere is 1, characters and story is 2, dlcs and scale is 3, i mean, aside from Citadel and Omega, Zaeed vs From Ashes is not even a match.

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00:38 Feb-14-2021

Not Mass Effect 3 that's the real answer

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00:22 Feb-14-2021

Personally, for me it would be 2, 3, 1, Andromeda. 2 kind of managed to do everything just right, 3 was pretty close, till we saw ending, but I still think it overall was better than 1 and Andromeda was just a disaster and even post release, it just didn't feel as great game, but more like ok game to me. As for ME5, I got fools hope, but I will take it. Still, I will see as we learn more.

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00:25 Feb-14-2021

Bioware kind of lost their way and EA is still the big overlord, so we will see if they even can make a good game. I hope they do, but I won't be putting my money on it.

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00:29 Feb-14-2021

Here's to fools hope.

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23:50 Feb-13-2021

ME2 > ME A > ME3 > ME1 - Im still pissed a sequel to andromeda is not coming out i really liked the first one but oh well someday i guess.

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00:25 Feb-14-2021

I wouldn't be surprised if 3 years from now we're looking at a sequel to ME A.


As for which ME game is the best, I honestly can't say. There were aspects that I liked in each game. Loved the exploration in ME 1 (Mako how I miss you). What I loved about ME 2 was the focus on the individual stories of the crew....
Now ME 3...
It's hard to focus only on a single thing. From the storytelling in ME 3, to the huge amount of content added later on...


Ah the memories...

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21:53 Feb-13-2021

Andromeda was my favourite.


I played it months after release, once the bugs were patched out and it was awesome

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19:04 Feb-13-2021

I'll get it after it gets 75% discount.

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19:50 Feb-13-2021

Same, im on the fence on this one, i dont have any issues with older graphics and paying 60$ for same content is just.. nah :D I mean upgraded graphics will be cool but im definitely going to wait for a sale and a hefty one.

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21:50 Feb-13-2021

Arrrrrr mate-y!!


I mean, bought the original ones and definitely not buying anything before I graduate and get an actual job, especially not glorified, refurbished content that I have already played.

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00:27 Feb-14-2021

A very reasonable stance.

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18:47 Feb-13-2021

Mass effect 2 for the weight of the loyality missions and ship upgrades alone.

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18:03 Feb-13-2021

Despite the ending I still think the 3rd one is the best. Even though it doesn't have anything like the suicide mission, it still has some pretty great moments like the conclusion to the Quarian/Geth conflict "Does this unit have a soul?".

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17:14 Feb-13-2021

I like how Andromeda isnt even on the list

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17:09 Feb-13-2021

22222222222222222 please.... why is this even a qustion?

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