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
Fantastic, Even if you're not a Big Sci-Fi Fanharpiegirl | June 26, 2014 | See all harpiegirl's reviews »
First of all, I'm really not big on sci-fi and space-themed media. I prefer classical fantasy type things. However, this is one fantastic game. I spent 70 hours on my first run just exploring the world and trying to do all the side missions and just being a paragon.
The story is fantastic - when I first played the game, I quit for two weeks in the middle of the first mission because I wasn't too interested and the combat was difficult to adjust to. However, I went back, finished the mission and then became enchanted by the following story. Obviously, if you're a fan of sci-fi and space then you'll love this - but even if you're not, like me, there's a decent chance you'll love it as well if you're a fan of drawn out story lines with tons of details and best of all, the ability to impact how the story goes however you wish.
The characters are good. Your squad mates aren't always the most interesting people and don't always have something to say, but when you get to the meat of it they are interesting and clearly their own individuals. On another note, their story lines and back stories are greatly expanded upon in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, where the quality and quantity of their writing also increases.
You can romance two characters per gender, men have two female choices and women have one male and one female choice. The romances aren't as drawn out or nearly as important in Mass Effect as they are in later games and the Dragon Age series, but seeing how they develop in 2 and 3 makes it worthwhile to try one out.
Combat is interesting. I came in expecting FPS-style combat, While similar, that's not what you get. You do shoot guns and throw bombs but the combat is actually very tactical and will require you to pause the game (via a game mechanic, of course) and consistently use abilities and skills to take down enemies.
Of course, you can also explore space. That means traveling to various planets in different star clusters, scanning them and even sometimes landing on them, in order to collect resources and other important relics in order to finish quests and gain money and experience. Traveling on planets, most of the time you'll end up on your vehicle, the Mako. At first the controls are somewhat difficult but it does get easier over time. Combat in the Mako is convenient and easy but only after you figure out which tactics are best against which enemies. Fighting enemies such as Thresher Maws can be quite difficult if it's your very first fight in the Mako.
Overall, a fantastic game. I would recommend this to someone who loves RPGs, strategy games or even someone who likes romance simulations (it's fascinating to see relationships evolve over the three games).
Fantastic!kymned | June 17, 2014 | See all kymned's reviews »
This game series is an absolute blast. In the first iteration, there is a great deal of exploration, though it does get repetitive. The combat is decent, though they definitely improve upon it in the second game. However the real reason you play this game, and most other Bioware titles, is for the story.
Get Ready to Have a (Not so) Massive EffectBrutyTabooty | June 14, 2014 | See all BrutyTabooty's reviews »
Don't get me wrong by the title of my review, I love this game. For its time it had great graphics and the story was pretty good as well. There were times where your choices felt like they had a real impact, and that was always great, but the problem being that with certain exceptions, many of the choices begin to feel a bit hollow, especially when you get into the later games.
That said, this is an amazing game that is totally worth getting and replaying over and over.
Can't go wrong with the original!HappyCloud9 | March 26, 2014 | See all HappyCloud9's reviews »
This is a solid game that will completely submerge you in a sci-fi universe unlike any other. The story and characters make this title worth playing, the only drawback is the slow combat and overwhelming amounts of side-quests. Other than the previously stated, this game is almost perfect for anyone looking to get into PC gaming or anyone already PC gaming.
My number one favorite seriesdweeez1 | Feb. 17, 2014 | See all dweeez1's reviews »
The mass effect trilogy is, in my opinion, the greatest game trilogy out there.Since this is just a review for part one, I'll try to keep part's two and three out of it. Part one has an AMAZING story, and awesome graphics for it's time. I took off a few points because the gameplay is a bit rough on some parts, but that might just be me comparing it to the amazing gameplay of two and three. If you have never played this series before, GO BUY IT