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Mass Effect

Platform : Windows XP
Rated: Everyone
3.9 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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  • ASIN: B0015M0PYI
  • Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,029 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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I've heard of this game from awhile back and I didn't think much of it until I had a sudden urge to expand out of the FPS genre for no good reason. This game is the perfect remedy as it has the action of a shooter and the customizability and the free roaming formula of a RPG and a heck of a story to go with it.

Pros:
-Great storytelling and very in-depth. Each alien race has its own unique characteristics and history, including humans and how each race intertwine with one another is intriguing. It is very easy to get immersed into this universe.
-Superb writing. The story is dramatic when it needs to be, and humorous when it wants to be, and the game convey these emotions very well. Instead of just reading and choosing text options, most everything is voiced, and that is an impressive feat considering the quality of the voice cast and all the dialogue options available.
-Great blend of RPG and shooting. Abilites, weapons, and armor is fully customizable according to the class, and this customizability gives you an edge against certain enemies and sometimes putting you at a disadvantage against other enemies. This can be offset by the teammates you pick. The dialogue wheel is superb. Choosing to let someone live or die, or to be friendly or hostile is a blast and has the potential for many different combination of how NPCs interact to the player which goes into my next point.
-The decisions you make will transfer to Mass Effect 2&3. While the transfer from ME1 to ME2 isn't significant (but still cool to see cameos), I bet it has a significantly bigger consequence in ME3.
-Great price! It's was only $10-$15 when I bought it and I believe it is still in that price range.

Cons:
-Occasional crash and a few bugs.
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My friends had been ranting about this game for a long time before I finally tried it out myself. I have to say that I was very, very impressed. Mass Effect isn't new (the sequel's been out for over a month, I think), but it is still worth playing. If you enjoy sci-fi, RPGS, or shooting aliens, this game is for you.

PROS: Incredible story in a massive universe. Superior voice-acting and genuinely lovable characters. Game experience is very engaging--combat is fairly smooth, and non-combat situations are still interesting. Player can customize character, team members, and even the story itself. Ties into the sequel perfectly.

CONS: A few minor glitches here and there--player can get stuck or frozen sometimes and will have to restart from the last save. Some parts are dull or repetitive. Controls take some getting used to, and non-linear plot can be confusing.

All in all, a great game with a few minor quirks and high replay value. I recommend it to anyone with a PC that meets the system requirements. Of course, you may not like it as much as I did. Also, please remember this game is rated "M," and therefore definitely not for kids.
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Mass Effect is the most RPG (role-playing game) of all the Mass Effect games in the trilogy, with much broader character customization than the second and third entries. There is an enormous galaxy to explore, including the ability to land on some planets and just drive around and sightsee. There are so many different ways to play this game that you can find new things to explore, new conversations to have, and different enemies to fight depending on your choices during the game itself.

At times it can be a little slow, but that's an issue with nearly all RPGs. However, the story that this game sets up is amazing, and the science, while of course being fictional, is still believable and stays pretty consistent throughout the series.

As this game is nearly six years old, it should run great on any current computer. Just be sure to save your Save games to import them into the subsequent games. Having a full history of your characters exploits through all three games really gives you a sense that you have made this story.
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The series is very good starting with the Mass Effect. Excellent documentation is provided. An easy learning curve with a good role playing story in conjunction with a good first person shooter. The longer you play the more you will enjoy it. I would recommend this game to gamer's that enjoy the genre of role playing in combination with action found in first person shooters. I've purchased Mass Effect 2 & 3 to continue the story. I imagine you will too. Happy Gaming. One of my favorite games and one I will play through.
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Good luck getting capable help from Electronic Arts with your install.

Good luck finding and installing the DLC content for this game - because you'll get an error 404 when you try to access it from Origin.

Why don't you just mail money to EA and expect nothing? Because nothing is probably what you're going to get.

Zero our of a million stars.
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Having survived the terrible experience of Mass Effect 3's horrible ending - which, BTW, has been improved from horrible to underwhelming with the Extended Cut DLC - I decided to play ME1 again just to immerse in the fantastic Mass Effect phenomenon at least once more. Moreover, I want to prove to myself that ME3's ending, as disappointing as it is, cannot mar the eternal beauty of ME1 (and to a lesser effect, also ME2) - And I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.

To begin with, it is crucial to establish that ME1 is unique in the series because it is a RPG with shooter element, whereas ME2 and ME3 are shooters with RPG elements. The most important and simple distinction is this: In ME1, regardless of how well your aiming skill is, your weapons' accuracy is, by and large, dependent on the XP you invested in a particular weapon. On the other hand, in ME2 and 3, your aiming skill (along with reaction speed) determines your accuracy. In this regard, to me, ME1 is the best in the series as a RPG; with ME3 being the best as a shooter in spite of its disappointing ending; and ME2 somewhere in between (for the overall games in disregard of the genres, I'd rate ME1 being the best game overall, followed by ME2, then ME3).

Also, ME1 leans heavily toward exploration. Granted, this is the least developed aspects of the game, especially in regard to driving around the planets in the M35 Mako infantry assault vehicle or running around the Citadel doing side quests, which can be uneventful for the most part - if not downright boring. On the other hand, running or driving around afford you some spectacular views such as the Earth rise from the moon or the awe-inspiring vista from the Citadel docking bay.
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