Listen to me, I have played and beaten both of these games and let me tell you, Mass Effect 2 comes out in the lead by FAR! The first Mass Effect game was amazing with it's cinematics, great graphics, awesome gameplay and memorable characters, you will fall in love. I call Dragon Age Bioware's little gift that they gave gamers until Mass Effect 2 came out. Dragon Age was nothing special at all, it had a lot of bugs, the graphics weren't good at, the characters were very stiff and it just seemed like Bioware just through bunch of things together to make it. And I'm not saying Mass Effect 2 didn't have it's bugs or problems but Bioware took that fixed everything and perfected everything and turned it into Mass Effect 2. Play Mass Effect 2 if you want something to remember, not some old fashioned medieval times/LOTOR style RPG.