Originally Posted by Pestilence
Is it necessary to play ME 1 or 2 before playing 3? I've got a giftcard to Gamestop but I have no clue what game to get.
I didn't. But I'm really wishing I did, and I'm considering putting ME3 on pause, and play 1 and 2 first.
From what I see, if you do play 1 and 2, your choices and decisions determine how 3 will play out. Along with certain NPCs that will either be present or not depending on whether you chose to save/kill them in the previous versions. The story is very deep and the game is very dynamic depending on whether you play as an asshole or a hero.