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Publisher / Software Vendor: ELECTRONIC ARTS Language: English
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As Commander Shepard, rise to become the galaxy’s most elite soldier and lead an all-out war to stop an ancient and ruthless enemy: the Reapers. With over 75 hours of content and more than 300 awards, one of gaming’s most acclaimed franchises is available for the first time in a premium foiled box set.
Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling where you decide how your unique story unfolds. Assemble and lead your team aboard the SSV Normandy, the most advanced ship in the galaxy, and travel to distant and unexplored star systems. On your journey, meet a cast of intriguing characters each with their own story to tell. Wield powerful weapons and customize them with upgrades to create new and devastating attacks. All the thrilling action and your decisions culminate into a heroic battle against the greatest threat ever known.
The fate of the galaxy lies in your hands-how will you chose to fight for it?
- Includes Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3. Over 75 hours of story content, plus Mass Effect 3’s critically acclaimed multiplayer mode.
- Create and customize your own character with his or her appearance and skills, then play your Commander Shepard through all three Mass Effect games.
- Experience an amazingly rich and detailed universe where your decisions have profound consequences on the action and the outcome.
- Build a personalized arsenal with powerful weapons complete with their own upgrades and modifications.
- Unleash devastating abilities and skills as you command and train an elite squad.
- Take the war online with class-based, co-operative multiplayer in Mass Effect 3.
On PC, Mass Effect will include Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station. For Mass Effect 2, Cerberus Network will be included which features Zaeed – The Price of Revenge, The Firewalker Pack, Cerberus Assault Gear, Arc Projector heavy weapon, and Normandy Crash site mission. For Mass Effect 3, Online Pass will be included granting players access to co-op multiplayer.
EA Origin account required for game activation and installation.
|Minimum Specifications:||Recommended Specifications:|
|OS:||Win 7, Vista and XP|
|Processor:||1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)||2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)|
|RAM:||1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7||2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7|
|Hard Drive:||15 GB|
|Video Card:||256 MB (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)||AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater|
|Additional Info:||DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)|
Top Customer Reviews
-Mass Effect 1 is getting a bit old now, and so is a bit dated for graphics and gameplay. However, the story is solid, the characters are great, and of all the three games, this one gives you the greatest options to freely discover and explore in the universe.
-Mass Effect 2 has greatly-improved combat and graphics from ME 1, though at the expense of some of the traditional role-playing elements. It plays more like a standard shooter now, but there are still many very good spots of dialogue and character development. ME 2 is primarily remembered for its great characters.
-Mass Effect 3 was a fully modern and cutting-edge game when it came out in 2012. The graphics and combat are still very good. The characters are excellent and the story is dramatic and engaging. This is definitely the most polished game in the series. However, the ending of the game has been much-maligned for being too simple or shallow for how detailed and rest of the games are, particularly for not incorporating enough of the choices you make throughout the three games (but don't let this discourage you: it's still worth it).
Now to the criticism of this particular package:
The Mass Effect trilogy has several very good DLC expansions, some of which in ME 2 and 3 are actually kind of essential to the story. However, NONE of the paid DLC for ME 2 or 3 is included in this package. This trilogy package is very cheap, but if you want to have all the DLC, you will need to pay twice the price of the whole trilogy to get it! I think this is BS, as most "complete" or "legendary" editions of already-published games come with all expansion material as part of the price, and this just seems like greedy nickle-and-diming by the publisher, EA. However, I'm still giving the game 5 stars, as despite this lack of DLC, this series is still an excellent value at $20 or less for over 100 hours of game content (if you play through the entirety of each game just once).
P.S: I understand if you wish to protest/boycott the paid DLC, but if you want to only buy the DLC that is "essential" to the story, get "Lair of the Shadow Broker" for ME2, "From Ashes" and "Leviathan" for ME 3, and "Citadel" for ME 3 if you have any money leftover (because it's just a really awesome and enjoyable expansion).
IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS GETTING THE GAME TO RUN IN WINDOWS:
1. Create a desktop shortcut for each of the three games.
2. Right-click on the desktop icon for the game (this will have to be done for all 3).
3. Click PROPERTIES, select the COMPATIBILITY tab.
4. Check the box next to RUN THIS PROGRAM AS AN ADMINISTRATOR (you have to have Admin access to enable this)
5. Click APPLY.
That's it. You're ready to play the game and won't have to do this step ever again.
For all it's great gameplay, there are graphics issues with Mass Effect 1 that require you to open the command console in the game and change one setting. Mass Effect 2 and 3 have no problems with buggy graphics, just ME1, and only with certain video cards.
During the missions on Noveria: Peak 15 and Ilos, the squad, enemies, and anything you can interact with will turn into black pixelated blobs.
TO CORRECT THIS:
1. Open the command console (the Mass Effect wiki has instructions on enabling the command console in- game). You may have to repeat the console setup occasionally as the bioini file gets "fixed" periodically.
2. Type in: VIEWMODE UNLIT, close the command console.
3. Once you leave Peak 15 and Ilos, open the console and type VIEWMODE LIT to change back to normal graphics.
Hope this helps. Happy gaming!
The games are fine, the low rating is due to dismal Origin/EA quality control and failing to fix the product for years.
The Origin game client (required to play) that comes with the game is defective and won't install. The fix is to download the newer version from the website, and run it as Administrator. Then that needs another update, which is a third download and reinstall.
Mass Effect 1 then installed from the disks and registered the Trilogy of games using the code from the Trilogy package. All three games showed up in Origins game manager as having been purchased.
Mass Effect 2 disks were defective, and I tried numerous dvd restoration programs to try to recover the data but the vast majority of the disk was corrupt. I ended up downloading it all (our data caps and slow connection make that a terrible solution, it took 4 days to complete).
I hoped Mass Effect 3 would be fine, only to discover a very common issue in that the installer requires a new code every time in order to install the game. It's absurd, people complain that they can install it either once or not at all with purchased code, and thereafter installation always fails. The fix is to copy the *.z01 and .zip files from the Mass Effect 3 disks, then use a program like 7zip to decompress the files to a temporary folder, then start Origin, log in, and start the download of Mass Effect 3. Then stop the download and fully exit the Origin game manager. Now copy your temporary folder to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3. Restart the Origin game manager, and restart the Mass Effect 3 download. It will do self testing for some time, and then (hopefully) show that you are almost complete for the download.
For me, disk 2 of Mass Effect 3 was also damaged and unusable, but it contains only 20% of the game files so the download was small enough.
If you don't really, REALLY need to buy the disks, just go buy the download version since that is clearly all that Origin/EA supports. The disk versions are buggy, obsolete, and often defective, forcing you to download some or all of the content anyway.
Once everything was installed and tested, the games worked fine but the process of getting past the installation and DRM were very irritating.
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