Mass Effect Trilogy (NA)
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As Commander Shepard, rise to become the galaxy’s most elite soldier and lead an all-out war to stop an ancient and ruthless enemy: the Reapers. With over 75 hours of content and more than 300 awards, one of gaming’s most acclaimed franchises is available for the first time in a premium foiled box set.
Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling where you decide how your unique story unfolds. Assemble and lead your team aboard the SSV Normandy, the most advanced ship in the galaxy, and travel to distant and unexplored star systems. On your journey, meet a cast of intriguing characters each with their own story to tell. Wield powerful weapons and customize them with upgrades to create new and devastating attacks. All the thrilling action and your decisions culminate into a heroic battle against the greatest threat ever known.
The fate of the galaxy lies in your hands—how will you chose to fight for it?
Over 75 hours of story content, plus Mass Effect 3’s critically acclaimed multiplayer mode.
Create and customize your own character with his or her appearance and skills, then play your Commander Shepard through all three Mass Effect games.
Experience an amazingly rich and detailed universe where your decisions have profound consequences on the action and the outcome.
Build a personalized arsenal with powerful weapons complete with their own upgrades and modifications.
Unleash devastating abilities and skills as you command and train an elite squad.
Take the war online with class-based, co-operative multiplayer in Mass Effect 3.
The Ultimate Sci-Fi Videogameliteralage | May 28, 2013 | See all literalage's reviews »
Though there is a lot of negative talk about the mass effect trilogy conclusion, and some may find the first game not as engaging game play wise as its sequels, its worth playing these games as a whole. Nothing else stands up to the Mass Effect Universe in the world of games. Fantastic depth to loose yourself in the lore of this fictional setting. well written for the most part with some of the greatest characters in any RPG, this trilogy While not complete, is the easiest way to dive into what deserves to be known as video games first, TRUE science fiction epic, at least when compared to the sci-fi movie epics.
Sci-fi action RPG at its bestsapanp | April 24, 2013 | See all sapanp's reviews »
A sprawling epic story across three games, in which your actions in a previous game can affect how the story unfolds in a subsequent game. The ability to customize your character not only via gameplay, but also through social interactions with other characters on your team. These are the aspects of the game that truly make it an immersive experience.
Gameplay-wise, ME1 plays a bit differently than the other two. ME2 and 3 gameplay is closer to that of action games; think Gears of War gameplay with RPG customization. ME1 plays a bit slower; reminiscent of older Bioware games, like KOTOR or even the first Dragon Age. Personally, I prefer the gameplay of ME1 on the hard difficulty, where you have to pause during fights and switch between all of your characters and strategically decide which ability to use and when. However, the greater consensus was that ME1 gameplay was a bit too slow with not enough action, so Bioware ramped up the action for 2 & 3 and took out some of the strategic element. Regardless, I found all three games to be enjoyable gameplay-wise.
If you're a fan of sci-fi gaming, I highly recommend this trilogy. If it's on sale, it's a no-brainer. Prepare to lose yourself in the world (universe?) of Mass Effect for at least 75 hours (not including DLC's), double that if you're a completionist like me.
N.B. This trilogy comes with SOME of the DLC's, but not all. If you want the full ME experience you will need to purchase some DLC's. However, the DLC's are not required for story cohesion; i.e. you won't be lost if you choose not to play the DLC's.
Recap the greatnessslevink88 | April 19, 2013 | See all slevink88's reviews »
This may seem like a tough choice, as these games are older. If you haven't played them yet though (at least on the PC) this may be a great bundle for you. The story is nothing short of great, especially if you have the time to complete all three. The PC has great control, and it is not something that will destroy your computer while playing. If you love a great story, smooth controls and a experience that few can match, this collection is worth every penny.
Be Commander Shepard.Coolicy | Feb. 6, 2013 | See all Coolicy's reviews »
I would definitely recommend this package for new-comers to the Mass Effect universe. As you can expect from a Bioware game, the universe is diverse and extremely interesting. Each alien race has an extensive history, which can be either studied or ignored, as is with most of Mass Effect's lore.
The three games are all great in nature, and the decisions are carried over all the way from ME 1 to ME 3. Despite what some may rave about the decisions Bioware choose to tackle ME3's ending, I've had a great time throughout the whole journey, and was left satisfied with the ending after seeing the FREE Extended Cut dlc.
Mass Effect 1 was more about the story, as its combat is definitely closer to an RPG more than an action game. Mass Effect 3 feels like an action game with RPG elements. Mass Effect 2, however, is more like a hybrid between the two, combining the perfect elements of combat and RPG.
The story is absolutely amazing, creating moments and fights both memorable and challenging, and partnering your Commander Shepard with interesting allies and foes. Mass Effect 3 is actually my favorite of them all, bringing my encounters from ME1 and ME2 with a full stop. You will build attachments to characters, and will feel strong emotions as they come and go.
If I were to criticize this package, it would be because it doesn't include all the DLC's. It includes the DLC's for ME1, some DLC's (that come with new copies of the game) for ME2 and the online pass for ME3. The description tries to sell the multiplayer component for ME3 a lot, and deservingly so. The multiplayer is great, fun and has received a lot of support post-launch. It is very addictive, definitely give it a try if you own ME3.
The trilogy combines all 3 installments of the ME series into one convenient and economical package. If you're new to the ME series, this is a great starting point. If you've played one or two of the ME series, this is a good place to start revisiting the worlds you encounter, and make the meaningful decisions that you missed. If you've played all three games, then why are you still reading this? Buy it!
A must-play sci-fi trilogyDaiMonPaul | Feb. 5, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »
The Mass Effect series has received much critical acclaim over the years, and all of it is well-deserved. BioWare has created not just a video game, but rather an entire universe full of characters that spring to life, events that will shock and surprise you, and an overarching story that will grip you and not let you go until you have finished it. The game itself meshes together the RPG, Action, and Third-Person Shooter genres, and it does so quite effectively. The controls work well, the graphics look great, and the game plays smoothly, even on lower-end systems (although you may need to turn down some of the settings).
In this pack, you get all three of the main games that integrate together to form a comprehensive story. Your actions in each game impact what happens in the story, which gives the games an immense amount of replayability. You can make different friends or enemies, specialize your Shepard in different areas, romance different characters, complete different missions, and get different endings. Replaying through each game is almost a must. As a bonus, what happens in ME1 affects what happens to you in ME2, and ME2 in ME3.
ME1 and ME2 offer only single-player campaigns, while ME3 adds multiplayer. This multiplayer option is nothing ground-breaking, but it's fun and it works relatively well. There have also been complaints about the ME3 ending, and while I would have ended the game differently, it doesn't take away the enjoyment had from the previous 99% of these three games.
The only real drawback to getting this trilogy pack is that it does not include all of the DLC, and there is a lot of it. There are several pieces of important story DLC that are only found online for ME2 and ME3, and these are NOT cheap. Having to buy them from the BioWare website and then download them separately is an annoyance... ME3's integration into Origin makes this easier to deal with, but it's still expensive. Overall, though, the value you get in this trilogy pack is incredible. Any fans of the sci-fi, action, or RPG genres will enjoy these games and should pick them up. Great gameplay + a unique universe = a winning combo!