Finally for Easter after it released, I picked Mass Effect up used because of the overwhelmingly glowing reviews it had released to. I gave it a shot, did not much care for the shooting mechanics and put the game away in favor of other titles I was working on at the time like Oblivion.
Some months later, I had beaten every game in my current library except one. I decided to dust off Mass Effect and give it an earnest chance this time. I made my way through the first few hours, fighting off the confusion over the strange blending of shooter and RPG as I became more comfortable with the mechanics and the game's universe. Fast-forward about 50 hours and I had just beaten the game, and found myself wondering how things might have ended differently if I had made some different choices at key moments. I then proceeded to find out as I immediately played through it again. I would go on to beat the first Mass Effect two more times over the following few years as it became one of my favorite video game titles of all time.