Nice to see some respect for one of my favorite game IPs (next to dragon age of course) !!! I was a HUGE fan of ME1 and it still is my favorite of the 3. The way your article reads, it seems you feel the same way. I feel like ME1 has a great story as well as perfect game-play that almost "forces" you to feel you are inhabiting the world. The elevator rides were perfect, in my opinion, i know many others hate them. The Mako was BADASS, and being able to randomly explore planets and star systems really reeled me in more than any other feature in the Mass Effect universe!!! But ultimately, the most important thing in the ME world is the story, and for Bioware to deliver this incredible story to more gamers, they had to make it mass appeal friendly. Was I disappointed when I played ME2 the first time? YES. But after realizing that the story is still the most important part and that it was still being delivered on an epic scale allowed me to enjoy ME2. Then ME3 subsequently and it didn't hurt that ME3 had more RPG features injected into it. I know creating a comment this large is a sin, so i will just stop while i'm behind and say CHEERS to another fellow space traveler!!!