So, with Tomb Raider finished and Bioshock Infinite two weeks away, I decided I'd replay ME3 with all the new DLC that had been released in the last few months — a sort of expanded DVD cut of my original experience playing the game exactly one year ago.

Here's the thing about Bioware's games that I find so endearing. I had the idea of starting a new ME3 game fresh, with an entirely different Shepard — maybe more of a jerk than the generally decent, rebellious but basically law-abiding character I played in the first two games and in my original ME3 playthrough. I realized that what I'd missed over the last year wasn't just the game itself, but the narrative that carried my own character through the saga, and his relationships with the various NPCs I'd cultivated over the last 5-6 years. Those aspects were as much a part of the storyline as the "official" mythos, and they're what ties me to the game after all this time.

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It's not unusual for me to revisit games months or years after they come out — I've done that with Red Dead Redemption, Bioshock, and the Arkham Batman games. In a lot of cases that's because I tend to forget the specific details of the games — level layouts, etc. But I'm replaying a lot of ME3 because I actually do remember how my relationships and decisions played out, and I probably won't deviate from them as a result. Is this weird? Does anyone else do this? I can't imagine any other RPG I'd do this with. Certainly not Skyrim.