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Old 03-10-2012, 09:35 AM
Ferret Herder is offline
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Suburbs of Chicagoland
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I think ME2 did a good job of catching you up with their little comic book intro option (this may have been DLC, I'm not sure) that let you choose various decisions. However, I only used it for trying out things that I didn't do in my personal "canonical" playthrough of ME1.

In my opinion, I think the humor and "ah hah!" moments of recognition that come in ME3 are best experienced by actually playing ME1/2. I also think that not only do these flesh out the ME3 experience, they also help break up the unrelenting pressure and tension in the game from the destruction hanging over everyone's heads. I find a lot of moments where I'm smiling in this game, and I'm not sure it'd be the same if you hadn't played both of the previous installments at least once.