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- 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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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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This lore-rich story puts you in the role of a highly decorated Alliance Special Forces operator, Commander Shepard, in a multicultural galactic society where humans are still considered newcomers and 'underdogs'. A million-year old galactic mystery threatens the Milky Way civilisations, a horrible lurking shadow of which there is barely a hint and no one believes in. As Shepard, the player and the Normandy crew must travel across the galaxy, recruit specialists, investigate strange, hostile planets, retrieve artifacts, upgrade the military arsenal at your disposal to fight a plethora of enemies and opposing forces, all with their own agendas.
While completing missions on dozens of planets and engaging in combat, you will also be learning more about the companions joining the stealthy Normandy cruiser in this quest. If you have played Bioware games like KoTOR before, the premises may sound familiar, but I found this game to be superior in all aspects (and that's no small feat). There are humans and aliens that will reveal more about their backgrounds, motivations to join the mission, their cultures; you will actually care about what is at stake and what happens to all these fictional characters, which speaks volumes of the quality in the writing and immersion levels.
One of the main criticisms this game receives is that gameplay may feel clunky in the beginning; the use of cover was vastly improved for ME 2 and 3, but the storyline, the characters, the unexpected plot reveals will probably keep you playing this game until late many nights. Despite what some critics say, Mass Effect is not just a glorified shooter. The plot and your decisions guide your progress and there are consequences to some of them. You can customise weapons with mods and ammo types, develop powers and skills fitting your squad fighting style. There is an inventory system and you can buy and sell gear like in old school cRPG's.
Another frequently criticised gameplay element is MAKO, the armored vehicle you use to explore uncharted planets. I never had problems using a computer keyboard, I loved cruising through frozen tundras or volcanic landscapes while I searched for clues or lost technologies. Sometimes, I would just stop the MAKO and look around, admiring the vastness and richness of everything surrounding your away team.
The DLC "Bring Down the Sky", which can be tackled at any point during the main campaign, is downloadable for free, and it adds an interesting new story-line and a "24", Jack Bauer-like scenario that is one of the trademarks in the Mass Effect trilogy: how far are you willing to go to complete the mission of saving the universe. If you enjoy this game, there's no excuse not to install it.
This game's graphics are amazing with the right settings, the planet design is gorgeous and it's one of the reasons the planet exploration can be very enjoyable if you're a completionist.
Make sure your graphics card is supported by this game, because many computers could not run it when it was released for PC in 2008. If this is not a problem for you, also make sure you set the graphics and effects to maximum quality (in your NVidia or ATI setup menu as well as in the in-game menu) to fully enjoy Mass Effect's colorful and detailed universe and its characters. In most modern computers this doesn't cause the game to slow down at all (I play it in an ACER Aspire 5755G).
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I had already played other titles from this studio, like Baldur's Gate, KotOR, Neverwinter Nights. I ahve played several of their games released after 07/08, like Dragon Age Origins and the other two installments in the Mass Effect trilogy. For some reason, Mass Effect 1 continues to be my favorite game of this list, after all these years.
Some of the controls could have been designed better, but that's cleared up in the second game and they're pretty easy to get used to anyway, so no real problem there.
Overall I highly recommend this game as a precursor to the rest of the trilogy, but you should probably make sure your video card has at least 1G of RAM rather than the minimum 256mb. It'll run, but you'll probably have to turn off a few settings.
The companions are unique, interesting and fun to interact with. Shepard is a block of wood with crazy eyes, so don't look too hard in his/her direction when people are talking. Shepard does not know how to dance, so don't visit the club dancefloors. Ever.
The sound and music are crisp, clear and don't get in the way of combat. I just wish videogames would remove the clunky noise footsteps make; they don't improve immersion unless you are in a situation where there is no other noise but your heartbeat and breathing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this game from start to finish.
Review Update - I dont know what I was thinking when I wrote this first impression review a year ago. After completing Mass Effect I am convinced this is one of the best RPG's I have ever played! Man that Shepard really grew on me and so did my crew. I was intrigued with the plot, branching storylines, and the romance. I was all the way Liara from the beginning. I definitely wanted the alien chic! I loved the worlds, exploring, finding hidden items and artifacts and making in game choices that truly affected the final outcome of the story. I think I am at 98% completion I seriously tried to explore every niche of the galaxy. Mass Effect is my favorite RPG since Final Fantasy 7 but I must admit Dragon Age Origins which I am currently playing is giving it a run for its money! If you haven't played Mass Effect do it now! Dont overlook this game like I originally did, big mistake!!
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