in a way. IGNORING THE ENDING DRAMA, BECAUSE THAT TOTALLY PUTS THIS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT, there was at least the choice of which pre-defined background you had, and those choices even made a difference as to what kinds of quests you received in the first game.
you more or less come to the same endings in the ME franchise, but—it doesn’t necessarily feel railroaded? like, getting everyone through the suicide mission in ME2 is relatively easy, but shit, that first time going through the game? TALK ABOUT STRESS. hoping against hope they’d survive when they got knocked down or freaked out at you over the comm, jfc
for me, it was easy enough to get a personalised shepard, but like—that IS shepard, to me. i can’t make any other shepards, because they’d feel like carbon copies of my first shepard with different faces. i mean, even with renegade versus paragon, if you’re consistent, you still get through the same way. it just effects how angry you sound when you’re talking to people, lol.