One of the most important aspects of the Mass Effect series is that there are multiple themes and moments of emotional payoff awaiting players in a relatively unique experience. Nothing quite compares, from those conversations in those incredibly slow elevators to the battle on Virmire and even the first time you punched Khalisah Al-Jilani? Yep, that's right. Mass Effect has a lot of things to teach players, good and bad, so sit back and enjoy the ride; they say life comes and goes quicker than an FTL jump through a Mass Relay, so it's best to slow down and take the little credits life tosses you and spend them carefully. Avoid if you don't like spoilers, though I will keep it as vague as possible.


Omni-gel solves every problem you have



That's right. Whenever you've got a leaky sink or burnt-out stove just slap some omni-gel up there and the problem's fixed in a jiffy. Messed-up remote control? Omni-gel. Tough security system you need to hack? Omni-gel. Ship torn to shreds by Collector beams? Omni-gel. Evil AI trying to kill you and your squad? Omni-gel. Tough online Calculus exam that you didn't study for? Omni-gel. It works on any and everything, good and bad.


Relationships move fast


I'm pretty sure you've had one of those moments where you're talking to some clingy person about poetry or an emo dude about BAAT and they suddenly think you're dating them. No? Well, it happens in real life, kid. You've gotta be clear and assertive, as well as careful; one minute you're chatting it up about goldbricking and the next you're fraternizing with some crewmate you've barely known for a few months and breaking regs, or possibly, that weird redhead that likes aliens. Of course, you can always cut corners and date the cute Asari chick with the psycho mom but I doubt you'll be having any pretty blue babies any time soon. Then, relationships end quickly sometimes.

First, you're all puppy-loved up by a hunk whispering sweet nothings about "prizes" into your ears, then you're wishing you weren't having a convo with the catty lady that admittedly stole your man from you; or, you could be saying goodbye to a true love you've only known for a few months because of some incurable terminal illness - how often do you find that in real life? Either way, you live, you learn, and you recognize that life and love is fleeting, so the next time you want to take a shot at the chick with the thousand tats, ginormous asset, widowed workaholic, or the bromantic Turian, you better take it.


You want to win a conflict? Talk 'em to death


You might be the three-time savior of the galaxy, but not everybody cares, and you can't always shoot your way out of a problem, contrary to what those vids say. Besides, you don't want to waste any freshly charged ammo packs on minnows like a cocky C-Sec officer anyway, and you definitely can't solve a conflict in the Conclave with a gunfight. Sometimes, it just takes charisma! That's where true power and influence comes in, so practice your public speaking skills. Before you know it, you'll be scaring the crap out of Krogan thrice your size with a mean look or charming all the store owners in the Citadel with a free sponsorship from yours truly for that nifty discount you desperately need on those overpriced upgrades. You could win any dissenter to your side with that weird hypnosis you can do with words, so don't waste that hidden talent getting your hands dirty the next time you're in a showdown with an indoctrinated former Spectre; let them solve your problems for you.


When push comes to shove, listen to your gut instinct


Everybody knows this adage, yet we rarely follow it because there's not a blue or red icon that magically appears to remind us when we need to - or is there? Either way, we have to take chances, but they often reward us... emotionally at least. Sometimes, you feel like pushing some snarky Eclipse merc out of a window or blowing up a gas tank to obliterate a mouthy Blood Pack merc; other times it's simpler, like offering help to a stranger or head-butting a tabloid-worthy extranet reporter. After all, there's nothing as gratifying as saving an Asari dancer from a drunken Turian or reminding an insubordinate FNG who the real boss is with a well-timed jab to the face. Just breathe deep and remember to search your feelings and do what feels right for a change.


Watch what you drink


Even before Humanity discovered the Prothean ruins on Mars, this rule of life had been passed down through the generations. It cannot be any more important at a time like this, when every other Batarian you meet either hates you because of the Alliance or wants to kill you by poisoning your drinks(True story, had it happen to me). Other races don't seem to care, but you never know. Then, it has a lot more practical value; you naturally aren't really yourself when you're drunk, and people tend to make foolish choices or perceive things differently, so you have to be responsible and if you do choose to engage in the practice, do so in moderation. Nothing stinks like accidentally having your innards torn apart because you chugged a shot of Ryncol; or waking up face-first on the floor with your credits and dignity stolen. Also, don't fall for that hot new Asari bartender you just saw pop up out of nowhere; as the saying goes, "the lass is always prettier with another shot."


No Good Deed goes unpunished


If there's one thing that Mass Effect has taught any of us, it's that every important decision comes at a cost. Some of them require you to take tough chances that could amount to anything, from an entire race overtaking the galaxy in some blood rage for revenge, or rewiring an entire race of synthetics so they can (hopefully) be your allies in the coming war. Then, there's the tougher choices, like not ratting out the dad of your best buddy... who happened to be a genocidal maniac. Or, saving a bunch of bureaucrats who doubted you, screwed you over, and probably will again, from certain doom. It's like a crap shoot sometimes, because the good choices always seem to complicate things even more later on. Yet, that gushy feeling you get inside after saving an entire planet from a computer virus or sparing the life of a mad scientist's equally-crazed apprentice never leaves you, so there's that I guess.


The Verdict

Concluding, I guess you can see that Mass Effect has many important lessons to be taught, and I'm sure others who've experienced this phenomenal series can find more things they've learned. By all means, share those experiences; there's nothing like a good rapport on the misadventures we have taken in this exciting and daring galaxy.