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Mass Effect Limited Edition

by Microsoft
Xbox 360
Mature
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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  • Bonus DVD includes exclusive videos about "Mass Effect" such as "Art of "Mass Effect"and the "Interactive Storytelling of Mass Effect"
  • Bonus art book, "A Future Imagined" features a 36 page collection of Bioware's concept art
  • Bonus fiction book, "Galactic Codex: Essentials," features a 36 page guide to the "Mass Effect" universe, including a Citad
  • Single Player game for play on your Xbox 360.
  • Genre: Strategy and Role-Playing Game


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  • ASIN: B000XJJRTI
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,134 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I loved Bioware's latest masterpiece Mass Effect. I could not help but feel the game was inspired by the works of Arthur C. Clarke, in that Mass Effect creates the same sense of awe and wonder about it's original Universe.

I was a fan of Bioware's Knights of the Old Republic games. Mass Effect is superior to those games in every sense. The gameplay is better paced, the action is better implemented. Best of all, the original Universe is a fantastic sci-fi canvas where Mass Effect can continue, and onto which Bioware can paint a great franchise.

There is an abundance of ME material on Bioware's website, as well as in the Limited Edition of the game. It has been a long, long time since a game inspired me to read all of the literature and available information that is typically superficial garbage at best. The ME Universe is so well done and thought out, I found myself engorssed in every minute detail. The extra material also greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the game, as I knew the motives behind the different alien races, the history between the races, etc. I highly recommend the Collector's Edition Strategy guide, for the exclusive Art Book as well.

With Mass Effect Bioware has created a new sci-fi universe that rivals the depth of Star Wars. Personally I found ME's world more engaging because unlike Star Wars, Earth and it's people are actors in the events that unfold.

I can't wait for another opportunity to see the Stars with Commander Shepherd.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Galaxy Beckons December 11, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Mass Effect - Circa 2007

GOOD:
- A third person shooting and cover system similar to that of Gears of War or Ghost Recon Advance Warfighter 2 which is really a unique way to play a RPG. The Cover systems works well it also makes for a fun as well as a more realistic gameplay experience. While this system has its share of problems (its not as easy or streamline as Gears of War) it works well enough not to be a concern and bring something new to RPGs.
- A well thought out and well played story that rivals or bests that of Elder Scrolls, Resident Evil or any Final Fantasy game. The story itself is it told through dialog between yours and other characters, because of the choices of make during the story it has a "choose your own adventure" feel to it.
- Gorgeous graphics and nice animations, that look just as good as games like Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and Assassins Creed.
- A great sound track that has the movie like quality of some of the great Sci-Fi Space movies from the past twenty years like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, and Dune.

BAD:
- The learning curve is steep in this game and you will spend the first few hours learning how to play this game well. Although gamers who are use to playing First/Third Person Shooters (like Bioshock and Ghost Recon: Advance Warfighter) may find it easier to play (they should start the game on hard). Gamers who like playing turn based RPGs (like Final Fantasy X and Blue Dragon) will have a hard time adjusting (they should play the game on normal or easy).
- Most side quest planets can be barren with little to do outside of the quest you came for and a scant few other item pickups scattered around, plus many structures/buildings you enter during these side missions are almost exactly the same.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
A couple years ago I posted a late review of one of Bioware's previous classics, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (also a.k.a. KOTOR). I specifically emphasized in that review that KOTOR set the standard for this kind of genre. (I played Jade Empire, too, but honestly I didn't think Jade Empire is worth comparing to Mass Effect because of the setting differences.)

I've been playing Mass Effect for a few nights now. I must say that I haven't been this engrossed in an Xbox game since KOTOR. As a genre and as an implementation, Mass Effect game is incredibly immersive and deep. It has just plenty of action to keep you motivated, while at the same time it makes you feel like you're realy playing a role in this virtual universe.

The graphics and sound are beyond incredible. Here's a game that really takes advantage of the full power of Xbox 360's hardware. Unlike some other games like Unreal Tournament 2007's rediculous bump mapping techniques, the usage of high-end graphics APIs are not over-blown to the point of being painful eyesores. Bioware's artists really did things right here. The screenshots don't lie. The game really looks that good, and with solid framerates, too, I've found.

I do find myself pulling my hair out, from time to time, with Mass Effect's "-isms". I just killed off a boss (Benezia) and it took me two nights, but that was because it consisted of 50% waiting on "loading", 30% waiting on the dialog and cutscene sequence to re-play (even with hitting [x] over and over again to skip dialog, but there's no way to skip cutscenes), and only about 20% of the time was actual gametime getting my butt kicked. Indeed, the game is, for the most part, fun and immersive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bioware Classic. April 10, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Mass Effect is the latest in a long line of classic Role Playing Games from Bioware. Their previous games include Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights and Knights of the Old Republic. Mass Effect is the first game in a planned trilogy of games, and Bioware has stated the intention of having your character carry over from one game to the next.

Pros:
- Great atmosphere: The music and visuals evoke memories of classic sci-fi films like Aliens and Blade Runner.
- Intriguing Story: The storyline and inter-character relationships were engaging, and the game presents some interesting moral decisions.
- Replayability: The variety of classes and choices offered can provide new experiences over multiple replays.
- Achievements: The unlockable Xbox Live achievements do more than just increase your gamerscore; they also unlock abilities in the game.

Cons:
- If you do not have a High Definition TV, the text can appear blurry and hard to read. I started playing Mass Effect on a 36' standard definition Sony Wega TV, and the text was small and blurry enough to cause eye strain (and I have 20/20 vision). While most of the game is voice acted, there are still large amounts of text to read. I was able to finish my first play-through in spite of the blurry text, but I credit Mass Effect with being my main motivation for upgrading to a HDTV. After upgrading to a HDTV, the game is even more beautiful, and the text is crystal clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect marriage of "Star Wars", "Star Trek", great storytelling,...
"Mass Effect" is undoubtedly one of the greatest games I've ever played, and if you haven't played it by now there's no better time to start since there is actually a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Felipe Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It's the perfect Collector's Edition. It's an inverted version of the cover, it's got a quality box and inserts. The Codec is a cool little feature as well.
Published 9 months ago by The_Greenarrow
4.0 out of 5 stars The weakest and most traditionally RPG entry
in the ME series as well as obviously being the first in the series. This is a very solid little game though it's much more of a grinder than the others. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars In as good condition as i could expect for how old it is.
It's in good condition not great but for it being as old as it is it's acceptable. I was happy to get it for the price i paid.
Published 15 months ago by Nathaniel Elder
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Found this jewel for less than $100 in like-new condition, yet some merchants were charging $500+ for it, yes over $500! Shame on them. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ToughCustomer86
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, this guy cares about his customers!
I am a huge fan of the series and this was the last collectors I needed and he sold it at a really good price. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brandon C. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Great game, great series, solid combat, strong charcter development and fantasic story. DVD extras and art work show how much development and thought when into this series.
Published 19 months ago by Alex Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars A true BIOWARE game...
If any one of BIOWARE's games deserve a 5/5 more than this one, I haven't played them yet. (and I have all the original KOTOR games mind you). Read more
Published 19 months ago by SHADE013
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally played it after 5 years... and still outstanding.
So.. I followed this game before its release, and didn't even have an Xbox 360. It says a lot then that I preordered this limited edition without even the intention of buying one. Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. Miller
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