Mass Effect has a rich lore and a backstory, so if someone is new to the franchise and they start playing the second game first, they will be disoriented due to the lack of understanding about what happened in the game before.
Bioware kept it simple with Mass Effect 2, and you absolutely needed to play the first game there, unless you were playing on the PS3.
But they want to rectify it with Mass Effect 3, as Nick Clifford, who is Bioware’s marketing manager, commented that they are going to make the game more accessible and friendlier to new players.
“In all honesty, we didn’t do a really good job of new player orientation. If you didn’t play the first game then 2 was pretty jarring for the first half hour,” he revealed to IGN.
“If I’m a new player and some guy walks up to me and is like ‘Ohhhh Shepard! Remember that one time?’ I would be like ‘No. I don’t remember that one time’.
“So we wanted to make sure that there aren’t those moments that the player is like, ‘Who is this? What’s going on? What are they talking about?'”
So yeah, so if are planning pick up Mass Effect 3 without playing the first two, then you are good to go.
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