Mass Effect involves a lot of beating up the bad guys, so you’d think it’d be impossible to play without extensive use of weaponry. Many a True Nerd has proved otherwise in this video play-through. He doesn’t use any weapons, while his teammates are allowed to use only their worst guns with no upgrades. He told Kotaku:
“I’d always assumed this would be a huge challenge, as the game looks like it’s set up primarily as a shooter (95% of the upgrades you get are for guns, characters constantly get out guns during cutscenes, 90% of the inventory in shops is guns), but instead, I had the easiest time by the end of the game.
Instead, it was the early missions that were a nightmare, as then my cooldown times were huge, so the thugs of Chora’s Den, and the two assassins outside it, were a big challenge.
Saren’s elite Krogan Battlemaster shock troops were simple. By the time I was facing them, I had warp specialisation, lift specialisation, and master throw. The final fight against Saren himself was the easiest of all. As he’s the only enemy in the room, you can just keep him indefinitely in the air with a chain of lifts from Shepard and your companions. He barely got an attack off before the warps killed him. So I suppose the most surprising thing is that playing without guns completely inverts the difficulty curve.”
This whole experiment is still in-progress, as he intends to finish Mass Effect and then move right on through to Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
See the video after the break.