Mass Effect (NA)
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As Commander Shepard, you lead an elite squad on a heroic, action-packed adventure throughout the galaxy.
Discover the imminent danger from an ancient threat and battle the traitorous Saren and his deadly army to save civilization. The fate of all life depends on your actions!
- 2007 New York Times Game of the Year
- A Stunning universe with high resolution graphics and textures
- Controls and interface optimized for PC gamers
- Includes free additional content — face off against the horrific Batarians
- Customize your character and embark on a pulse-pounding adventure in an immersive open-ended storyline
- Incredible real-time character interaction
- Thrilling, tactical combat as you lead an elite squad of three
- Interplanetary exploration of an epic proportion
One of the best,Bytrine | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all Bytrine's reviews »
Mass Effect is one of those games I've played over and over again, and still haven't seen all of the outcomes. You play as Commander Shepard and are quickly thrown into a universe where an impending universal apocalypse is imminent. You and those of your choosing are sent to battle the threats, but only no one of importance believes you. In this game, you choose how you want to play and no other. The emotions you feel are what keep you coming back for more! This is a must buy game that lacks decent combat, but opens you up to the sequels!
The Start of An EraIncrediBo | Oct. 20, 2013 | See all IncrediBo's reviews »
Mass Effect is an RPG that is mechanically a third person shooter. The story of this game is absolutely top-notch. Both the character and plot developments are among the best I've seen to date. The choices you make will eventually have an impact in the overall outcome of the story in this game and its sequels as well. The gameplay is very fun and unique thanks to the various powers and abilities you are given. However, compared to current day third person shooters, there is more emphasis on strategy. Overall, Mass Effect is an awesome game to play and experience. Having my own doubts when first starting this game, I can say that I have absolutely none now. Just make sure you have some spare change in your pockets because after you're done with this game, you'll be begging for the next two. The start of an era indeed.
Decent startSimao20 | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »
I didn't get into the first Mass Effect game, just didn't strike me as something I wanted to play until I got Mass Effect 2. You can tell they had a promising start to something with this game, the world is huge with several planets you can visit and look around on which is cool but was a bit tedious after a couple times. The gameplay isn't its strongest point however, the gunplay isn't decent at best, there aren't actual bullets but rather heat powered rifles and handguns if you can say thats what it is. It got frustrating when having to face several enemies and your gun overheats rather quickly. The best part of the game though is the decision making. The game does a good job in making you believe your choices are effecting the world around you, and in some part it does. The only problem with that is there shouldn't have been a color coding system on what's good and whats bad. It should be shades of gray in my opinion
Way Over Ratedrslancer | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all rslancer's reviews »
Only thing this game really got right is the story which I will admit is pretty good. Everything else is pretty lame... Its a duck and cover then come out and shoot and repeat sort of game. Applies for pretty much 90% of the game. Maps are reused so often it hurts me. The "side quests" have no real meaning. Essentially all the same once you done a few. I couldn't bring myself to finish the game.
Skip this one and go straight to Mass Effect 2 if you must insist on playing these games. At least in the second one they didn't recycle the maps constantly.
The Bestromenjack | Sept. 15, 2013 | See all romenjack's reviews »
Probably my all time favorite game. It has a grate story, awesome writing, and the best crew a commander can ask for. now a lot of things in this game are far more come place now like the ability to chose your gender or voicing the main character and still having dialog options but this was one of the first of its kind to ever do so. while yes the gameplay in the first one is probably the worst and there is a lot of clutter in the GUI none of it was really damaging to the flow, and while people will complain all day about the elevators in this game the fact of the matter is this was an attempt to not brake immersion and while i noticed the elevators in the first game never did i complain about loading screens so it worked it just made people angry about the same thing. one of the things that makes this game stand out is its attention to detail. very little in this game is left unexplained nor are they cramming the information down your throats. if you want to know how mass effects work you can talk to some people about it but more than that you can go into your codex and spend hours sometimes reading about all these things. not to say this game doesnt have flaws because it dose. the pacing in the game is a little inconsistent, and the side missions can get very repetitive, seeming that you go to planet get in mako drive around find base go in base kill people rinse and repeat and the third time or so that i played this game i was starting to feel that it was a bit of a grind but even that wasnt enough to make me stop doing them. i do wish that your back story at the beginning played a bit more into your story and that the actions that you take had a little more effect in the game beyond the council yelling at you for whatever it is you did or didnt do. over all an awesome game that i think i will be playing for many years to come