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I like playing video games and reading books, but I only do one of those things professionally. I'm not qualified to assess Drew Karpyshyn's Mass Effect: Redemption (in stores today) in terms of literary merit. However, from a gamer's perspective, I can give you five reasons why the book is definitely worth reading if, like me, you're a fan of the Mass Effect series. 1. ContinuityThe story picks up shortly after the events of Mass Effect 2, and includes most of the major characters from the two previous novels, Revelation and Ascension. However, this book seems to have a greater connection to the games than its predecessors. Of course, it won't be required reading to enjoy the next game in the series, but I will say (without spoiling anything) that it will be difficult to have Anderson or The Illusive Man make appearances in Mass Effect 3 without at least mentioning the events of this book. 2. Learn more about the ReapersMass Effect 2 concludes with the threat of an imminent Reaper attack. How are these sentient machines preparing for their assault? Who are their agents paving the way? How do they manipulate these agents from the farthest reaches of space? Retribution provides answers to these questions...though they aren't always complete answers.[PageBreak]3. The Illusive ManThe enigmatic leader of Cerberus, The Illusive Man, plays a role in the events of Retribution. He isn't the main character (like he apparently will be in the upcoming comic series), but I enjoyed the opportunity to see more of this guy in action. I'm still not sure exactly what his motives are, or what his ultimate goal is, but I feel like I understand him a bit better.4. More OmegaI thought Omega was a great location in Ascension and Mass Effect 2. I especially liked Aria as the ruthless pirate queen of the space station, and I was a bit disappointed that Mass Effect 2 didn't let me explore the dark underworld of Omega even more. Thankfully, Redemption returns to the wild, lawless setting – and Aria still presides over it all. 5. Hints about Mass Effect 3's plotThe previous novels each contained clues about major elements of the games they preceded. Revelation introduced us to the concepts of Spectres and Indoctrination while giving Saren and Anderson some time in the spotlight. Ascension gave readers a glimpse of some key locations like the Quarians' Migrant Fleet and Omega. I can't say much without spoiling it, but if the major themes in Retribution are similarly tied to Mass Effect 3, that game is going to be totally awesome.(Thanks to the users at the Mass Effect Wiki for the images)
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I think I'll pass, since I've never really been into books based off of games, but my nephew ripped through all of the Halo books released so far, and since we both started recently playing ME 1 and 2, I'll have something to recommend to him.
I think I will pick this up as well. As good as the game was, for me, the best part was the story. It blew other games out of the water for storytelling. If these novels follow in the footsteps of the game, then it should be fantastic.
I'm interested in Retribution, but I've heard Revelation was complete crap and that Ascension wasn't exactly riveting. Redemption was also a really big disappointment.
So... I'm skeptical.
From everything i've seen, video game book adaptations are little better than fan fiction, though the fact that ME's lead writer is doing it lends it a lot of credibility.
Did you delete comments? I remember there being more.
Will definitely be picking this up. I still gotta get the other books too. I've got the 4 comics about Liara, and I LOVED the storyline. But I feel as if I need to read more.
I just started reading Revelations. I'm sure it won't last long.
Life doesn't give us enough time. With a sad voice: I reluctantly pass this by.
I'll read it.
I have read the previos two books and the comics and I will most definitely be reading this. The Mass Effect universe is great.
Gotta mention this to my friend.He LOVES Mass effect.Hell I'll read this to.When I can find it that is.....
I'm really glad that Mass Effect is coming to the Playstation 3 next year. I had it on my Xbox before i got the red rings and i was absolutely blown away by it. Once again, Bioware proves themselves as one of the best developers out there. To be honest i didn't see them giving up one of the only really good exclusives for the Xbox. Maybe Xbox owners will get the privilege of playing Resistance or God of War if they decide to go multiplatform as well...
I've got all 3 novels and the comic books. They are excellent pieces of literature and add so much to the story of the Mass Effect universe. They are a must buy for any fan of the series.