So I beat Mass Effect a couple months ago. Story and the lore was great but the gameplay left a lot to be desired. Shooting just didn't feel right, Shepard drove the Mako like he was high and what should have been exploration of vast open worlds felt more like I was playing a corridor shooter. Outcome - Saved Wrex (because he's a BAMF) - Saved Ashley - Set free the Rachni Queen - Saved the council A couple days back, I beat Mass Effect 2. In terms of gameplay, it was better. Shooting felt better, the RPG elements were simplified and the cover system was much improved. Story-wise, I think it was a downgrade from the previous game. The vast majority of the game is performing mostly useless loyalty missions for various squadmates. They didn't make it clear why exactly The Illusive Man was important (guessing they go more into in ME3) and the suicide mission just felt less dramatic than the final one in the first game. New characters were pretty great, though (Mordin, Legion, Than in particular). All in all, it was overall better than Mass Effect 2. Oh and in retrospect, I shouldn't have saved Ashley. That xenophobic bitch had the audacity to call me a terrorist for working with Cerberus. RIP Kaiden Alenko. Outcome - Killed Morinth in Samara's loyalty mission - Rewriting the heretic geth collective - Did not sell Legion to Cerberus - Half of the Normandy crew survived - Saved Maelon's genophage data - Romanced Miranda (Yvonne Strahotski, :33) - EVERYBODY DIES (Tali, Thane, Legion, Garrus, Jack - Preserved the Collector Base I'm going to buy Mass Effect 3 from Origin soon (no spoilers please) and I'm wondering if I should play it with the Leviathan DLC and Extended Cut or whether I should play it without any of that and simply stick with the original ending.