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Mass Effect - PC

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
  • Experience a rich and engrossing story where your choices decide the fate of galaxy
  • Engage in emotionally charged interactions with the most realistic digital actors ever seen in a video game, using an innovative new dialog system
  • Immerse yourself in an incredible new adventure from world-famous masters of the RPG; BioWare
  • Stunning high resolution graphics, optimized GUI and controls for PC gamers
  • Dominate the battlefield with new individual squad member command system

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00140P9BA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,136 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PC

You take the role of Commander Shepard starship Normandy, the last hope for all life in the Galaxy. Saren, a rogue member of the elite and untouchable Spectre agents, has discovered the secret to unleashing an apocalyptic force upon the galaxy, and only you stand in his way. To save the lives of billions, you must do whatever it takes to stop Saren and prevent the return of an ancient force bent on the destruction of all organic life.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all, I know this game is old. In fact, I really had no interest in trying this game when it came out, thinking, oh that is just another FPS. Now that I've actually played it, I can't imagine why. This is nothing at all like a FPS. In fact, ME2, which I bought first, has a much more FPS feel to it. This is really an RPG first, with a few FPS elements thrown in. It is obvious that Mass Effect is a game like no other.

First of all, ME centers around a great storyline created by the author of the Mass Effect books, the first one titled Mass Effect: Revelation by Drew Karpshyn. Reading this "prequil" is a great way to get into the Mass Effect universe BEFORE you play. I was already so enamored with the universe before I began playing (by feeling all the gaps in starting with ME2) I had to get right into the game, while reading the book at the same time. Can you blame me?

The strength of this game is strongly tied to the storyline, which is really what drives the interest. Without a strong story, you have the caveat of falling into the shooter trap where the story is just a briefing of your next mission while you load a new map, or a couple of seconds of dialogue explaining the change in game play. Mass Effect has a tremendous depth of story, allowing you to choose custom or stock male or female characters with three choices each for family history and military background.

Don't forget the 6 character classes too. You have Soldier which is self explanatory, and Adept which uses "mass effects" which are more or less telekinetic/gravity effects, and Engineer which has tech expertise for overloading weapons, healing the party or taking control of robots.
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1,019 of 1,239 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rental versus purchase: Beware June 18, 2008
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I am not reviewing the content of the game except to say that Bioware has previously never disappointed me with its RPG's, and I expect Mass Effect is no different. I was highly excited to buy this game.

However, I like many others, canceled my pre-order when I discovered that I was not actually going to be buying the game, even though I was going to be spending $50 on it.

The truth is that this game comes with a new generation of digital rights management software called SecuROM. This DRM system does many things.

First, if your gaming computer does not have internet access then you cannot activate and play the game at all. Bioware/EA does not want your business.

Second, Bioware allows you three 'activations' only. Activations are tied to your computer's hardware and operating system configuration. If you ever reinstall windows, or upgrade a videocard, or add a new hard-drive, or even a simple cooling fan, you will need to use up another activation to keep playing mass effect on your computer. Several customers used up all three activations within a couple of weeks of buying the game as they tried reinstalling windows, or upgrading hardware, to overcome technical difficulties. Once you run out of activations and try to play the game again, you get a message informing you that you have no more activations left and that you should buy another copy of the game to get more. If you do some searching, you will find out that EA says that they may provide you more activations, on a case by case basis, if you contact them. They refuse to state what circumstances will be considered acceptable to them before allowing you more activations. At a minimum, you may need to provide a copy of your purchase receipt.
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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immersive fun universe November 15, 2008
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
One of the best RPGs of the year. This game is incredibly imersive. There is a long deep main story line that really keeps the game moving along and tons of side quests to bring the universe to life. With any RPG its the details that kill games. Not Mass Effect. The developers focused on every aspect of the game play and really polished it to a high shine. The biggest downfall is that it was developed for the Xbox and so the graphics aren't as good as you would expect from a game this incredible well put together.

Battle Scenes:
Overall the scenes are a lot of fun. there are so many different ways to approach battle that its hard to get bored too quickly. The two problems I had were first in all the side quests the building layouts are incredibly repetitive. Its almost exactly the same except that furniture has been moved around. Second the AI can be a bit annoying and aggressive. The easiest tactic to win any battle is to sit back and wait for them to come to you. That's fine and all but i expect more out of my battles then sniper frag fests.

Side Quests:
there are tons of side quests and tons of places to explore. the side quests even intermingle among one another and some of the moral choices are very ambiguous making the decisions you make much much more interesting. The only problem is that unless your physically writing down where you have explored you often get confused and end up revisiting the same planets over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
Always wanted to play this, but never had the time till now. I would recommend ME2 and 3 as well.
Published 7 days ago by Robert Brock Mc Evoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game Despite its Age (Download version)
Mass Effect is quite simply an awesome game. It holds up well over time because of its story, though for a circa 2006-2007 title it still looks all right. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Abedsbrother
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
I love amazon and how easy they make everything. This game, however does not work on my newish laptop. I've tried everything. Only thing good about it, it was only five bucks.
Published 14 days ago by John Fouts
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best saga of all times!!!
Excellent game!! Graphics and storyline....no regreats! go and buy it! can be only be compared with star wars but withouth the false pose of the characters of star wars... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Leontolstoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Value for Money Game!
The first and the best game of the trilogy, and the reason to start it because the character continues with the next games
Published 29 days ago by Dimitrios Manafas
4.0 out of 5 stars Change Prefrences to XP
There is a way to get this game off the ground by running the program on Windows XP. It is a matter of right clicking on the Mass Effect Icon and changing the way it is ran. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tye D. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but problems if you have windows 8
Enough has already been said about how amazing this game is. If you like KoTOR or any Bioware game, you will absolutely love this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zachary Bredberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
One of the best trilogy games you'll ever play. It has plenty of value for the price and is a must buy for any RPG lover.
Published 1 month ago by Nathan Killingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best game series of all time
Honestly if you have any doubts as to the quality of this game, they are worth throwing out the window because you will hate yourself if you don't give this a chance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aleksandr
5.0 out of 5 stars great single RPG
Not as good as KOTOR. But still a great game. A much better game franchise than KOTOR, since Bioware thought through the sequels, unlike Lucasarts. Read more
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