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#2551 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   42395 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 05 May 2010 - 12:13 AM

Pinnacle Station is almost entirely story-less, and what there is, isn't interesting. It's nothing but combat, and of that, I found only the final fight interesting...

From everything I've heard about it, I keep thinking that they were testing out some ideas with ME2 on the design with Pinnacle Station, since it seems so much less like ME1 and more like ME2.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 05:45 PM

I'm one of those OCD who has to get like every DLC. Did they at least fix the issue with it not being able to play?

Yes. I have the Platinum Hits edition as well and was able to install Pinnacle Station after Bring Down the Sky with no problem.

In other news, I ended up playing through again as an uber-renegade sentinel. I'm glad I did because I was able to see how major scenarios played out differently. The renegade dialogue is so over the top that it frequently made me laugh. Just started ME2 yesterday. Wish me luck. =]

#2553 The Crotch   I was famous and I was powerful. CAGiversary!   14425 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 05 May 2010 - 07:08 PM

From everything I've heard about it, I keep thinking that they were testing out some ideas with ME2 on the design with Pinnacle Station, since it seems so much less like ME1 and more like ME2.

I don't think that's quite accurate. Pinnacle Station is just a bunch of endurance/speed runs using the ME1 game mechanics. Aside from ME2 being (perceived as?) heavier on the fighting, I don't really see how the two connect.

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#2554 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   42395 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 05 May 2010 - 07:25 PM

I don't think that's quite accurate. Pinnacle Station is just a bunch of endurance/speed runs using the ME1 game mechanics. Aside from ME2 being (perceived as?) heavier on the fighting, I don't really see how the two connect.

That's just my view on it, since it's perceived as a more combat-oriented.

#2555 erehwon   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3007 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 03:45 AM

I'm at the citadel on female shepard playthrough. I read in the ME guide that the geth dropship would keep spawning enemies, or am I wrong? I'm at level 56 or 57 and was going to use that to get to level 60. I've done both DLC and all the side quests. I'm probably not going to do a second run though for a while. It's time for a break from ME.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:01 PM

I just started Eden Prime on a third playthrough with this Shepard, and I'm about to hit level 57. Does anyone know about how long it takes to get to 60?

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#2557 Tha Xecutioner   Smutty Literature CAGiversary!   3614 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:08 PM

If you do Completionist playthroughs (and have Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station), it should only take you two full playthroughs on Normal difficulty to reach level 60. Of course, this only works if you have beaten the game prior to beginning this new level 60 character run (because of the level 50 cap for first playthroughs).

With that being said, you should be able to hit 60 pretty easily - if you have both DLC packs and you complete an overwhelming majority of the game.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:19 PM

I'm playing on Casual, and not being super completionist (I just made sure to play at least enough to get two ally achievements on each playthrough). If I can get to 60 early in this third PT, I'll probably just stop there, but if it's going to take a big chunk of the game to get to 60 anyway, I may stick it out until I grab the achievements for Kaidan and Tali, so I'll have the full set. :)

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#2559 erehwon   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3007 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:00 PM

If you do Completionist playthroughs (and have Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station), it should only take you two full playthroughs on Normal difficulty to reach level 60. Of course, this only works if you have beaten the game prior to beginning this new level 60 character run (because of the level 50 cap for first playthroughs).

With that being said, you should be able to hit 60 pretty easily - if you have both DLC packs and you complete an overwhelming majority of the game.

Is that level cap for your very first playthrough or the first playthrough of that character? I have a level 60 male vanguard Shepard and was working on a level 60 female Shepard. I was playing on Veteran and doing a completionist run. I was expecting to be closer, considering how I played. I even killed most of the stuff without the mako.

I'm wondering if the guide was mas mistaken about the Geth dropship deploying an endless stream on enemies. It stops after awhile and doesn't start dropping more if you go away.

#2560 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   42395 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:27 PM

I hit level 50 on a single playthrough on Normal, hitting 50 when I landed on the Citadel at the end. Since I did everything for side missions and N7 missions, I should be able to hit level 60 on the 2nd playthrough if I did all the same again.

erewhon, the level 50 cap is for first playthrough only. Level 60 is the max cap in the game.

#2561 MSUHitman   Checkmate Arcade Co-Host CAGiversary!   12306 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:30 PM

It's impossible to get to level 60 in 2 playthroughs. You have to start a third to get it.

I was in the same boat as you after playthrough 1. On playthrough 2 I did every side quest, scanned every planet and mineral, went through both DLC's (which weren't out when I played the game originally) and everything all over again (I have the guide,) and ended up just barely getting to level 59 (got that right before the final fight with Saren.) This was also from playing the game (except for Pinnacle Station) on Hardcore difficulty.

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#2562 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   42395 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 10:06 PM

It's impossible to get to level 60 in 2 playthroughs. You have to start a third to get it.

I was in the same boat as you after playthrough 1. On playthrough 2 I did every side quest, scanned every planet and mineral, went through both DLC's (which weren't out when I played the game originally) and everything all over again (I have the guide,) and ended up just barely getting to level 59 (got that right before the final fight with Saren.) This was also from playing the game (except for Pinnacle Station) on Hardcore difficulty.

Well, that's mildly annoying that you can't do level 60 on 2 playthroughs. Maybe with the 2nd playthrough on Insanity with the XP bonus.

#2563 Tha Xecutioner   Smutty Literature CAGiversary!   3614 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 10:29 PM

It's impossible to get to level 60 in 2 playthroughs. You have to start a third to get it.

It's not impossible, as I've done it 5+ times (3 of which were between December '09 - January '10; so they are fresh in my mind and not something I may have forgotten about).

I've even seen rumors that you can get to level 60 in your very first two playthroughs, but I haven't confirmed that for myself.

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#2564 erehwon   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3007 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 10:40 PM

It's impossible to get to level 60 in 2 playthroughs. You have to start a third to get it.

I was in the same boat as you after playthrough 1. On playthrough 2 I did every side quest, scanned every planet and mineral, went through both DLC's (which weren't out when I played the game originally) and everything all over again (I have the guide,) and ended up just barely getting to level 59 (got that right before the final fight with Saren.) This was also from playing the game (except for Pinnacle Station) on Hardcore difficulty.

If you have the DLC, you can get it in 2 playthroughs. I did my vanguard in two. Well, it was my third playthrough of the game in total. I did my first playthrough on a separate character two years ago.

#2565 MSUHitman   Checkmate Arcade Co-Host CAGiversary!   12306 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:15 PM

If you have the DLC, you can get it in 2 playthroughs. I did my vanguard in two. Well, it was my third playthrough of the game in total. I did my first playthrough on a separate character two years ago.


I still say it's impossible unless the bonus to xp is a lot higher on insanity than it is on hardcore. Playthrough 1 was normal finished at level 50 with completionist achievement. I took same character through on hardcore (minus Pinncale Station because it's impossible to fully beat on anything above normal) and I got to level 59 right as I started the final boss fight. Did every side quest and collected every mineral and artifact a second time.

I have the DLC and all that did essentially was get me to level 59 vs. finishing the game at 57 or 58. Two other Ragtag CAG's (joe2187 and shan82) couldn't get to level 60 with 1 character in 2 playthroughs either.

Also note this is the only 2 times I played Mass Effect. I never made a second character. I will at a future time, but not right now.

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#2566 Tha Xecutioner   Smutty Literature CAGiversary!   3614 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:48 PM

I still say it's impossible unless the bonus to xp is a lot higher on insanity than it is on hardcore. Playthrough 1 was normal finished at level 50 with completionist achievement. I took same character through on hardcore (minus Pinncale Station because it's impossible to fully beat on anything above normal) and I got to level 59 right as I started the final boss fight. Did every side quest and collected every mineral and artifact a second time.

I have the DLC and all that did essentially was get me to level 59 vs. finishing the game at 57 or 58. Two other Ragtag CAG's (joe2187 and shan82) couldn't get to level 60 with 1 character in 2 playthroughs either.

Also note this is the only 2 times I played Mass Effect. I never made a second character. I will at a future time, but not right now.

We're talking about two very different things here.

You're talking about hitting level 60 on the subsequent playthrough of your first character, and we're talking about hitting level 60 on the second playthrough of another character aside from your first one.

The former (what you're talking about) is widely considered to be impossible, but there's rumors floating around that it is. The latter (what erehwon and I were posting about) is most certainly possible.

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#2567 MSUHitman   Checkmate Arcade Co-Host CAGiversary!   12306 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:57 AM

OK yeah sorry I'm getting confused.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 05:25 PM

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#2569 Lord_Kefka   Son of a Submariner! CAGiversary!   2385 Posts   Joined 11.5 Years Ago  

Posted 20 May 2010 - 05:38 PM

I took same character through on hardcore (minus Pinncale Station because it's impossible to fully beat on anything above normal)


Actually, I have done it on Hardcore. I hadn't played ME in quite some time when Pinnacle Station came out and I decided to go for my Hardcore playthrough at that time (wanted to start knocking out the last achievements). I had no idea how tough it would be much less that it would scale. So I didn't know any better. I think it took 2 full nights to beat.

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#2570 Ink.So.Well.   Well.Went.Wild. CAGiversary!   3020 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 05:48 PM

Yep. It's definitely not impossible to beat PE on Hardcore & Insanity difficulty. Insanity is a mega bitch because most of the enemy spawns are horribly flawed (Volcanic map for the fail) but doable. There honestly should have been an achievement attached for the time I wasted completing it during my very first and thankfully last Insanity play-through. I'd only make a second attempt if money, a tour of Bioware offices, or a small VA part in ME3 were up for grabs. Yes... it's that brutal.

 

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#2571 MSUHitman   Checkmate Arcade Co-Host CAGiversary!   12306 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:45 PM

You have more patience than I do. I got 2-4 of the first 8 challenges for PS done on hardcore but after trying for a day to advance any further, I said screw it and turned the difficulty down to normal.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 07:08 PM

Ha. Meanwhile, on casual difficulty I couldn't beat the survival challenges because the enemies could not kill my party, period. Even when I put the controller down and let them just take potshots, my shields regenerated faster than they could shoot me.

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#2573 Ruahrc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1134 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

Posted 28 August 2010 - 06:28 AM

In preparation to play ME2, I'm playing through Mass effect a 2nd time to refresh myself on the story and to get my Shepard character to lvl60 for the highest starting bonus in ME2.

I figured while I'm going through it I may as well pick up a few extra achievements on the way, most specifically 2 new ally achievements (I went through ME1 the first time with the two human allies you start with) and the 2nd playthrough plus the hardcore playthrough achievements.

Anyhow, as I did a very complete playthrough the first time, and did all the side missions, including exploring all the planets, etc. I don't need to do that again to experience the story. Just go back through the main plot to save on time.

But the ally achievements, it says that you must complete "most of the game" to get the points. If I just go pretty straight through and only do the main/biggest plotlines, will I get the ally achievements? Or do I need to do (at least some) side missions as well to complete "most of the game", similar to what is needed for "Completionist"? I read the 360achievements.org guide section but it wasn't terribly clear if I needed to go out of my way to do some side missions or not.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:26 AM

You need to do most of the game... as in side missions. Depending on the actual allies you still need, you may want to recruit them as early as possible/save side missions so that they'll accompany you on them. DLC missions also help add to the tally for the requirement. There's no absolute guide for these achievements, and so the exact requirements have been in question since release. For certain characters, like Liara, you may need to do almost all side missions.
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Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:35 AM

These two pages may be of use to you in getting your desired ally achievements:

http://masseffect.wi...hievement_Guide

http://masseffect.wi...hievement_Guide
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#2576 Ruahrc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1134 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:18 PM

Man talk about confusing!

So if I understand it right, there is no way I'm going to be able to get to lvl60 by doing just one more playthrough of the game? Because my current char is lvl50 and it's not possible to go from 50 to 60 in one run-through without using insanity and doing all the extra stuff + DLC? And to get the insanity option it requires an extra playthrough to unlock anyways. It's possible with a new character but that would still necessitate a further 2 playthroughs.

What if I did a subsequent two rush playthroughs of the game with the same char (total of 3), would I get to lvl60 then? Or do I need to go through and do a lot of the side missions still because of the amount of XP required?

I might just give up on lvl60 and the ME2 lvl5 bonus and do a quick playthrough to re-experience the story and set up the appropriate actions for the save file transfer, then do side missions until I unlock the ally achievements, then finish the game.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:30 PM

No one I know of has been able to get to Level 60 in 2 playthroughs of the same character (original +1.) I did every single quest both times (DLC only on the 2nd playthrough as my first one was when the game originally came out) and ended the game at level 59. Check a few posts back in the thread as we argued about this recently.

Also it's nearly impossible to beat the Pinnacle Station DLC on anything harder than Normal because the times you need to beat the simulations in don't scale for the difficulty so even on just Hardcore it's insanely hard. Only Ink.So.Well has been able to do it that I know of on CAG.

That still irks me as that caused me to not get the Hardcore achievement on my 2nd playthrough. Had I known I wouldn't get to 60 anyway, I would have just left it.

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#2578 Tha Xecutioner   Smutty Literature CAGiversary!   3614 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:55 PM

Man talk about confusing!

So if I understand it right, there is no way I'm going to be able to get to lvl60 by doing just one more playthrough of the game? Because my current char is lvl50 and it's not possible to go from 50 to 60 in one run-through without using insanity and doing all the extra stuff + DLC? And to get the insanity option it requires an extra playthrough to unlock anyways. It's possible with a new character but that would still necessitate a further 2 playthroughs.

What if I did a subsequent two rush playthroughs of the game with the same char (total of 3), would I get to lvl60 then? Or do I need to go through and do a lot of the side missions still because of the amount of XP required?

I might just give up on lvl60 and the ME2 lvl5 bonus and do a quick playthrough to re-experience the story and set up the appropriate actions for the save file transfer, then do side missions until I unlock the ally achievements, then finish the game.

Ruahrc

I can guarantee that you won't hit level 60 in your second playthrough with your first character, especially with no DLC or 100% completion, because it's impossible. Three playthroughs (in addition to bumping up the difficulty) will likely do it for you, but it's been a long time since I've played through with no DLC and I've never done quick playthroughs and recorded how much XP I gained.

To do the 2-playthrough level 60, you're going to need the XP boosts from certain achievements in the game, a respectable difficulty, and a completionist's mindset. DLC really helps with that goal, also, as they are a goldmine for XP.

At level 50, you're not even 1/3 the way (XP-wise) to level 60 - just for reference.

Also it's nearly impossible to beat the Pinnacle Station DLC on anything harder than Normal because the times you need to beat the simulations in don't scale for the difficulty so even on just Hardcore it's insanely hard. Only Ink.So.Well has been able to do it that I know of on CAG.

What!?

Pinnacle Station's not bad - you just need to learn where the enemies spawn at on the time trail-esque missions and use good tactics to move through the area in time. I've beaten it at least six times on Insanity (3 lvl 60 playthroughs that I prepared for ME2)...probably more.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:29 PM

It took me until Therum on the fourth playthrough to get a character to 60. That was only getting 75-80% of the assignments completed each time though.

It's not all that bad timewise though. You can do a speedy PT of Mass Effect 1 in 10-12 hours without too much fuss, and that's with going for Completionist/Ally achievements.

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#2580 Ruahrc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1134 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2010 - 06:32 AM

So I'm getting near the end of playthrough #2- I just have Vimire to do in the main story before going to Ilos. I have gone pretty much straight through so far- except when I first got to the citadel I ran around and collected a lot of assignments and completed the ones I could without having to leave. Other than that though (and completing all the assignments on the respective planets you visit) I have not done any of the "exploration" style sidequests which require you to travel to certain systems.

I have just passed 500k exp... my plan was to play through Vimire and then do assignments until I got the "ally" achievements for the characters I'm using, then finish the game. I'm wondering though, if I took this character and moved into a 3rd playthrough, how much XP do you need to end the game with in order to get to lvl60 on a 3rd playthrough?

Seems like I have earned about 260,000XP so far in this second playthrough (gone from lvl50 at 238k to 500k), and assuming you can earn about the same amount of XP for the next playthrough, seems like I'm relatively on track to reach lvl60 on 3 playthroughs? Does anyone know roughly how many XP you gain on a single playthrough, be it "bare-bones" or pretty complete?

I've started getting out of the Mako tank to kill things for the XP bonus, mainly because I'm powerful enough now that it is not that difficult and I almost find it easier since I seem to have trouble being accurate with the tank cannon. Actually I really only do it with big things like Armatures because for the smaller guys the XP bonus doesn't seem worth it. I'm swimming in items and money, I have 9999999 credits and 999 omni gel and a lot of surplus mods/etc. It's a shame when I have to reduce level X items to omni gel or sell them for "0" money because I can't hold any more hehe.

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