Bioshock trilogy vs Mass Effect trilogy

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Posted by Worlds_Apart (66 posts) 6 days, 4 hours ago

Poll: Bioshock trilogy vs Mass Effect trilogy (60 votes)

Bioshock trilogy 33%
Mass Effect trilogy 67%

I've never played any of these games before but I know they are very highly rated. I have all 6 and think it's time I tried them but I don't know which series to try 1st. I know they are very different games making it difficult to compare them but I need to know, in your opinion, which trilogy is better? or which do you prefer?

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#1 Edited by XVision84 (14759 posts) -

Hard choice. Mass Effect has great character development and story. Bioshock has great atmosphere and better gameplay. I would go with Mass Effect because character development and story are more important to me and it also does the other strengths of Bioshock to a good degree.

Only major thing I didn't like about mass effect was the ending of the 3rd game. Also when a fan theory paved the road to a fantastic ending but they didn't use it.

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#2 Posted by N64DD (11321 posts) -

Bioshock. I could never get into Mass Effect though.

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#3 Edited by Juub1990 (8299 posts) -

Bioshock - Great

Bioshock 2- Good

Bioshock Infinite - Mediocre

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Mass Effect - Decent

Mass Effect 2 - Fantastic

Mass Effect 3- Good

Mass Effect by a slim margin. Infinite is pure trash.

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#4 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (24932 posts) -

I never played Bioshock 2. But, I played and finished the other 2 (plus Burial at Sea). I also have the Mass Effect Trilogy set.. I played all three substantially. But, I eventually quit because I could not get immersed in any of them. One reason why is my general burnout from 3rd-person games. Another is the feeling of artificial restrictions imposed during gameplay, probably because it gave the feeling of being a cover shooter. I felt more freedom with movement in the first-person view of the Bioshock games.

The Bioshock games felt like I was there while in the ME games, I was controlling a puppet. I was immersed in one while I was watching someone else get immersed on the other. ;) Weird. But, meh.

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#5 Posted by GoldenElementXL (2545 posts) -

I loved both. Bioshock takes more risks and is a bit more creative, but the world in Mass Effect is very cool. The problem with Mass Effect is that it builds up to something so grand, that all it could do is disappoint.

I might be in the minority here, but I LOVED Bioshock Infinite. And the twist in the first Bioshock is pretty nuts.

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#6 Posted by Ghosts4ever (8313 posts) -

They both suck.

one is one of the worst FPS franchise in history. other is terrible cover to cover third person shooter.

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#7 Posted by MonsieurX (38472 posts) -

@ghosts4ever said:

They both suck.

one is one of the worst FPS franchise in history. other is terrible cover to cover third person shooter.

lol

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#8 Posted by Macutchi (6472 posts) -

mass effect 1 vs bioshock 1 is a tough one. i thought both were amazing, although me1 was rougher around the edges.

didn't like mass effect 2 - the story wasn't a patch on the first game and it couldn't make its mind up whether it wanted to be an rpg or tps, so in the end fell short in both genres. bought 3 but didn't play it. i really enjoyed bioshock 2 and infinite was a lot of fun despite its faults.

i'll go with bioshock

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#9 Posted by Ghosts4ever (8313 posts) -

@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:

They both suck.

one is one of the worst FPS franchise in history. other is terrible cover to cover third person shooter.

lol

yes it is. nothing good about bioshock. terrible shooting, too much scripted and bad level design.

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#10 Posted by MonsieurX (38472 posts) -

@ghosts4ever said:
@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:

They both suck.

one is one of the worst FPS franchise in history. other is terrible cover to cover third person shooter.

lol

yes it is. nothing good about bioshock. terrible shooting, too much scripted and bad level design.

Just like Metro, but you enjoy it

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#11 Edited by Ghosts4ever (8313 posts) -

@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:
@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:

They both suck.

one is one of the worst FPS franchise in history. other is terrible cover to cover third person shooter.

lol

yes it is. nothing good about bioshock. terrible shooting, too much scripted and bad level design.

Just like Metro, but you enjoy it

Metro has excellent atmosphere and story. something bioshock lack.

beside what 4A games are doing with Metro Exodus is something Bioshock will never do.

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#12 Posted by deactivated-5c3c67cee15c8 (75 posts) -

@ghosts4ever: lol someone has terrible taste

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#13 Posted by thehig1 (7064 posts) -

Bioshock - fantastic

Bioshock 2 - boring

Bioshock infinite - decent

Mass Effect - masterpiece

Mass Effect 2 - masterpiece

Mass Effect 3 - fantastic

Mass Effect Andromeda - poor

Mass Effect wins both good series though

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#14 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (24932 posts) -
@ghosts4ever said:

Metro has excellent atmosphere and story. something bioshock lack.

beside what 4A games are doing with Metro Exodus is something Bioshock will never do.

The Bioshock games have far better stories than the first two Metro games. And that's coming from someone who don't give a crap about stories. ;) The levels in Bioshock are better. There's far more freedom exploring Rapture and Columbia than the same old tunnels and corridors in the first two Metro games. The one thing 2033 and Last Light have is atmosphere. But, Bioshock and Infinite also have their own atmosphere and they differ from each other unlike the Metro games (same ol crap).

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#15 Posted by Macutchi (6472 posts) -
@ghosts4ever said:
@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:
@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:

They both suck.

one is one of the worst FPS franchise in history. other is terrible cover to cover third person shooter.

lol

yes it is. nothing good about bioshock. terrible shooting, too much scripted and bad level design.

Just like Metro, but you enjoy it

Metro has excellent atmosphere and story. something bioshock lack.

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#16 Posted by lundy86_4 (51091 posts) -

I much preferred the ME trilogy over Bioshock. Bioshock was a great series, but i'm a much bigger fan of space-opera Sci-Fi.

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#17 Posted by AJStyles (342 posts) -

Bioshock: Good

Bioshock 2: Good

Bioshock Infinite: Amazing

Mass Effect: Good

Mass Effect 2: Amazing

Mass Effect 3: Amazing

Mass Effect Wins overall.

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#18 Posted by Ghosts4ever (8313 posts) -

@gamer_lover said:

@ghosts4ever: lol someone has terrible taste

bioshock is casual system shock 2.

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#19 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (24932 posts) -
@ghosts4ever said:

bioshock is casual system shock 2.

And still a much better game than 2033 and Last Light combined. ;)

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#20 Posted by DaVillain- (33689 posts) -

I love both of those trilogy but I'll go with Bioshock cause I just find the Rapture in the bottom of the sea more immersive and I love the world of Rapture, and inn Bioshock 2, you get to play as the Big Daddy which was really cool. Bioshock 3 was a letdown and the flying city of Colombia didn't felt newish nor it wasn't impressive as Rapture was.

I love Mass Effect trilogy, I replay the game not too long ago but the world of Mass Effect isn't immersive as Bioshock was, so my vote goes to Bioshock.

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#21 Posted by pelvist (7228 posts) -

For me Mass Effect is the most overrated game series after Halo and MGS.

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#22 Posted by freedomfreak (50840 posts) -

Mass Effect is way more inconsistent, but I'll still choose it... nah, don't know.

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#23 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (24932 posts) -

The Bioshock games have their charm when it comes to the game world.

Bad timing for a proximity grenade to go off. I put one at a Little Sister portal. ;) Here comes Daddy. He knows I'm here although he hasn't seen me yet. Otherwise, he'd be red, not yellow.
Bad timing for a proximity grenade to go off. I put one at a Little Sister portal. ;) Here comes Daddy. He knows I'm here although he hasn't seen me yet. Otherwise, he'd be red, not yellow.

The Mass Effect games? Hmmmm. Not quite sure what to make of it.

They're all from different(?) versions of the Unreal engine.

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#24 Posted by AsadMahdi59 (7039 posts) -

Mass Effect easily.

The gameplay in the ME1 is rough due to performance issues (atleast on 360, I look forward to playing it on X) but has probably my favorite story in any game of the past 2 gens. It also probably my favorite "universe" in any game series I've played. ME2 has much improved gameplay and the story while not quite as good 1 is still a great ride and love gathering up squad mates and earning their loyalty. 3 was a huge disappoint from a story/character point of view, still had its moments though but makes up for it to some extent with arguably the best gameplay of the 3. 2 amazing games + one really good one

With Bioshock - I enjoyed my first playthrough alot, however on later playthroughs alot of the magic is gone. 2 is more of the same, but also never really had the same magic of 1. Infinite was enjoyable, not as bad as some people say, but nothing amazing. 1 amazing game + 2 good ones

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#25 Posted by PCgameruk (2197 posts) -

Bioshock the most overrated fps game i have played.

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#26 Posted by Lucianu (10307 posts) -

Absolutely play the Mass Effect trilogy, and play the original Mass Effect on PC because the console version sucks ass.

I highly recommend these mods for a first time playthrough of the original Mass Effect:

  • MEUITM - better graphics
  • Faster Elevators - because they're slow as Hell
  • Mouse Fix - removes mouse acceleration, makes the game feel better.

Mass Effect is quite the great game worth playing for the thick, foreboding atmosphere fueled by its stellar soundtrack and real solid writing, probably the best in the series.

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#27 Edited by hrt_rulz01 (18116 posts) -

Sh*t, that's tough...

I rate BioShock 1 higher than any of the Mass Effects, but I rate ME as a trilogy higher.

So I'd probably go Mass Effect.

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#28 Posted by Jacanuk (17446 posts) -

Hmm, a tough decision.

Bioshock 1 and 2 are good and same goes for Mass Effect 1 and 2

Bioshock Infinite and Mass Effect 3 have major problems but considering most is Mass Effects ending, I would go with Mass Effect first

And then play Bioshock afterwards if you plan to binge all 3 games in a row. Since Infinite is a mess and despite some good ideas manages to be a shadow of the series and no wonder it was the game that bankrupted the studio and showed just how destructive Ken Levine can be.

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#29 Posted by Archangel3371 (26695 posts) -

Both are great but I would go with Mass Effect, such a fantastic trilogy of games.

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#30 Posted by WhatAFailure (176 posts) -

I didn't get to play Bioshock 2 and don't really have much interest. Even people who've played it don't sound very enthusiastic about it. It's usually Bioshock 1 & Infinite they talk about.

My vote then goes to Mass Effect trilogy.

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#31 Posted by Gamerno6666 (6378 posts) -

I find the Mass Effect series boring. So I will go with bioshock.

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#32 Edited by pmanden (333 posts) -

I prefer the Mass Effect series, but both are great. You should probably start with Bioshock as the series is much faster to complete. A single Mass Effect game playthrough could easily take you 50 hours, and if you are hooked, you will want to replay it just to try another outcome. Play it on a high difficulty level for much more intense and enjoyable combat.

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#34 Posted by with_teeth26 (9163 posts) -

Mass Effect, pretty easily.

Bioshock 1 had boring combat, 2 didn't differentiate itself from 1 enough, and Infinite had pacing and narrative problems (though I probably enjoyed it the most of the 3 games)

I'd take any of the original Mass Effect games over any of the Bioshock games

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#35 Posted by Vaidream45 (1530 posts) -

Speaking to this topic I played and loved ME2. I played about 2 hours of ME3 and got mad at all the changes. Should I swallow my pride and actually play through ME3? Starting to feel like I’m missing out on something.

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#36 Posted by uninspiredcup (29939 posts) -

Bioshock 2 was good. 1/Infinite "ok".

Can't think of a good Mass Effect game, unfortunately.

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#37 Edited by robert_sparkes (1997 posts) -

Would take Bioshock 1 and 2 over the whole mass effect trilogy. Didn't care for infinite the first 2 had the perfect tense atmosphere.

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#38 Posted by cainetao11 (35954 posts) -

What have you been doing?

Bioshock 1

then Mass Effect 1-3

then Bio 2 and Infinite because those don't really need to be played in continuum

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#39 Posted by BlackBalls (1159 posts) -

Bioshock - Superb

Bioshock 2- Good

Bioshock Infinite - Superb

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Mass Effect - Great

Mass Effect 2 - Excelent

Mass Effect 3- Good

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#40 Posted by Fedor (3700 posts) -

Bioshock = Fantastic

Bioshock 2 = Solid

Bioshock infinite = disappointment

Mass Effect = Amazing

Mass Effect 2 = Amazing

Mass Effect 3 = WTF

Mass Effect wins.

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#41 Posted by I_P_Daily (9834 posts) -

Have played ME 1-3 I do have Andromeda just haven't got around to playing it yet.

And

I have only played the original Bioshock and loved it but didn't like what I say from 2 or Infinite so I never bought them.

So in conclusion ME wins hands down.

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#42 Posted by Diddies (2299 posts) -

@ghosts4ever said:
@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:
@MonsieurX said:
@ghosts4ever said:

They both suck.

one is one of the worst FPS franchise in history. other is terrible cover to cover third person shooter.

lol

yes it is. nothing good about bioshock. terrible shooting, too much scripted and bad level design.

Just like Metro, but you enjoy it

Metro has excellent atmosphere and story. something bioshock lack.

beside what 4A games are doing with Metro Exodus is something Bioshock will never do.

Damn so movie games such as Metro.

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#43 Posted by Diddies (2299 posts) -

@AsadMahdi59 said:

Mass Effect easily.

The gameplay in the ME1 is rough due to performance issues (atleast on 360, I look forward to playing it on X) but has probably my favorite story in any game of the past 2 gens. It also probably my favorite "universe" in any game series I've played. ME2 has much improved gameplay and the story while not quite as good 1 is still a great ride and love gathering up squad mates and earning their loyalty. 3 was a huge disappoint from a story/character point of view, still had its moments though but makes up for it to some extent with arguably the best gameplay of the 3. 2 amazing games + one really good one

With Bioshock - I enjoyed my first playthrough alot, however on later playthroughs alot of the magic is gone. 2 is more of the same, but also never really had the same magic of 1. Infinite was enjoyable, not as bad as some people say, but nothing amazing. 1 amazing game + 2 good ones

The story in ME1 was not great IMO. All it had was you going around building up a team and learning the characters backstories. ME2 was much better story.

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#44 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (27702 posts) -

I feel that Bioshock trilogy vs Dead Space trilogy is a better one.

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#45 Posted by jeezers (2096 posts) -

ME2 is the best game out of all them, I say start off playing that. Then play the first bioshock. Mix it up a bit lol

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#46 Posted by Planeforger (17881 posts) -

That's a tough one.

The first Bioshock was disappointing. It had a lot of promise, but it ended up as a heavily watered-down version of System Shock 2, including one of the same plot twists. It also completely fell apart after the big 'golf' moment.

I never played Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite was a massive train wreck of mediocre gameplay and huge plot holes.

Mass Effect 1 was fine, and Mass Effect 2 was pretty good (even if the plot was just filler). I never bothered to play 3.

So...I guest I was less disappointed with the Mass Effect series?

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#47 Posted by X_Karen_x (118 posts) -

Bioshocks very overhype when it come. Look at magazines with nice pictures. Nice water effects which are very impressive. Take the controller and I think something wrong. Maybe like extra spring inside control stick.

Mass Effect has a nice mix. Nice music. Nice atmosphere. I have this in the collector edition on Xbox 360. So much time though it take to get moving. Feel like Xbox overheat and cant keep up with game sometime. Other mass effect game too much media with less imagination for player imo.

Take your pick

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#48 Edited by Macutchi (6472 posts) -
@Diddies said:

The story in ME1 was not great IMO. All it had was you going around building up a team and learning the characters backstories. ME2 was much better story.

that's me2's story

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#49 Posted by DocSanchez (5005 posts) -

Going to go with Mass Effect trilogy (and it is a trilogy) because I rate every single game (1 against 1, 2 against 2, 3 against 3) better. I do like every single game in this scenario but for some reason the Bioshock games had very little replay value and I always felt like there should have been more RPG to it. I wanted to see Rapture before the fall.

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#50 Posted by Litchie (22863 posts) -

Let me see..

Mass Effect 1 was good.
Mass Effect 2 was.. OK.
Mass Effect 3 was bleh.

BioShock 1 was good.
BioShock 2 was good.
BioShock Infinite sucked donkey balls.

Ultimately, I'll give it to BioShock, despite Infinite being one of the worst AAA games I've regretfully played. FPS > TPS/RPG for me.