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About the Product
- 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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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.
- 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.
- 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This groundbreaking and phenomenal game was released before Bioware was forced into the choke-hold by EA to change their engine into what ME2 became, so sad... Not to say ME2 was a bad game, it's just that I think it was a crime to lose what Bioware, ScaleForm and Unreal Technology did for this game...
Everything a masterpiece;
Game physics, motion capture character/player control, movement, and most importantly the semi-open world freedom of being in the Mako vehicle for missions, and being able to exit the vehicle half a mile away from the objective, pull out the sniper rifle and stir up a nest of mercs and have them shoot back at me was priceless! And u could send ur squad .5 to 3 miles away to deal with enemies was great too! With ME2 or 3 the squad can only be a max of 75 meters or something before they come running back to u is soo annoying, and i don't get any sense of freedom with ME2/3... Plus vehicle missions in ME2 SUCK! ME3 doesn't even have a vehicle mission! What the hell is that??? Bioware could have begged EA to allow the player an option of flying the Kodiac transport vehicle down to the planet and using it's (very powerful) weapons to clear the area before set down, or for planetary exploration of at least 20 miles!
So for this collector's edition I was impressed with a cool galactic codex book, beautiful concept/production art, and making of ME1 DVD. Yet i do wish the package contained all downloadable content PLUS 1 rare armor for all squad characters and an exclusive squad mate addition!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"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 morePublished 21 months ago by Peter O.
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 on February 6, 2014 by The_Greenarrow
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 morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Evil_Asch
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 on August 6, 2013 by Nathaniel Elder
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 morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Brandon C. Wright