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
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
Bioware never ceases to amaze its fans with great charactershomes223 | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all homes223's reviews »
Story: You are "Insert First Name Here" Shepard. Save the galaxy, humanity...or not. Your choice.
Missions: No mission is ever the same. No repeats here my friend.
Controls: Different, takes a little to get used to but work fine.
Features: In depth, story, gameplay, characters, choices, and lore. So immersive. Plus the diologue scenes are awesome and not boring like so many other RPGs.
A.I.: Can get in your way and stuck at times but usually do their job in combat.
Loading Times: Lots but they don't take as long as people say they do. The quick ones take around 5-10 seconds. Long (elevator) ones take 15-30 seconds.
Graphics: Look great. Only fault is the popping due to the Unreal 3 Engine. That could have been polished a little more.
Audio: Voiceovers for all. Usually don't repeat which is nice.
The Good: Story, RPG elements, characters and their development, and just the feeling of being in such a large universe.
The Bad: Loadings can slow the gameplay down...
The Ugly: The textures after loading when the skins don't load...
Replay Ability: High. I've played beaten this game twice (1st time fully all missions, sidequests, etc. 2nd time just did the opposite of the 1st) in about a month. I still have another playthrough in me.
The Bottom Line: If you like Sci Fi movies and/or RPGs, Bioware delivers you a pretty, package with a nice bow of awesomeness attached.
Gorgeous!LtValerii | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all LtValerii's reviews »
Starting off, this is one of my absolute favorite games to date. Most people who play love their shooters and anything even slightly less is unacceptable, but this game combines everything very well.
Admittedly, it can be rather slow at times, but these parts are important. At its heart, Mass Effect is an RPG. You're meant to spend time talking to people and making decisions. This does get tedious at times, but it's usually exciting to learn more about the huge universe they created for this game.
On top of this, there is also an extensive customization system. You design your character, upgrade you and your teammates, pick/upgrade weapons, add to weapons, and pick/upgrade your armor. There is a lot to choose from and enough for everyone's style of play.
The story in this game is huge and exciting. The choices you make actually effect the game itself. There are a bunch of people to meet and things to do. The game is sci-fi so there are alien races for you to interact with and learn more about. Moreover, you can decide whether or not you like these aliens and that will change the game play and outcome.
Aside from running around talking to aliens, there is also some combat. Until you reach the highest difficulty, it's not much of a challenge, but it's fun. The game play is simple and that makes it enjoyable since there it isn't solely action. Your choices in the battlefield will also impact the game.
Overall, I highly recommend checking out this game. Though I warn, only do so if you have the patience to handle an RPG style game. It's a lot of fun if you give it the chance!
Can't Go Wrongchataolauj | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »
This has to be one of my all time favorite games. I've played on both PC and XBOX 360. First of all, if you like character customization and a story where you get to make choices that actually DO impact the story then this is the game for you. Mass Effect is a RPG first, then shooter. It's not just a run 'n gun game where you just shoot people to get to the next level. You have to interact with multiple characters and build some sort of relationship with them. There aren't really any RPG shooters that can compare with Mass Effect. If can get it at a low price then get it for a console before getting on a PC. I prefer to play on the console instead, but that's just cause I played it on the XBOX 360 first. It's still good with M/K as well.
Great RPGGmen | Jan. 5, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Mass Effect is one of those games that will keep you glued to your PC screen for hours at a time.
It revolves around humanity being a young upstart among many other alien races in the solar system. They are fighting for recognition and acceptance, which is hard because they have stepped on the toes of the Turians, one of the so called ‘council races’ in the past during the First Contact War. This is all just the backstory though, but is nevertheless very interesting, with many codex logs to explain every little thing you encounter in the game, like an ever growing encyclopaedia, much like Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl and Doom 3.
The central plot in the game is the chase after a rogue spectre (essentially a Special Forces soldier), named Saren, in a bid to stop his crazy attempt at wiping out humanity and possibly other species too. This sees you go off in your starship with its crew to save the universe.
You can go directly after Saren, but it’s worth the time to do a lot of the side quests in addition to this mission, like other RPGs, as you gain experience and lots of money.
The graphics are very good, the story very well written and you will get lost in the magical universe for hours or days. The sound and music is almost synth-like, blending in with a very modern space theme, but does tend to get a little irritating at times. The AI and path finding of your squad members a problem, with your buddies getting stuck behind crates and boxes in loading bays. The dialogue scenes are usually very long, with many questions passing between characters, and this can get frustrating if there is a fight scene straight after, and you haven’t had the chance to save because of the verbal diarrhoea flowing. This isn’t to say that action isn’t present, because after all is said and done, or your character is more the renegade personality type, and shoots first and asks questions later, gun fights are many, and you will die many times; this game can get very challenging.
I would recommend it any day. It’s excellent.