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One of the best game series you will ever play. HOWEVER, not exactly "complete"...
on January 22, 2017
The Mass Effect games are my favorite RPG series of all time, and some of my all-time favorite video games period. The games are most well-known for the choices; things you do or decisions you make in each game will carry on to the next game and effect how the story progresses and how characters evolve. The games have good action, but excel in their story and dialogue- though any of this can be skipped, if you wish. If you are a fan of any Bioware game, of deep RPGs, or of big sci-fi universes like Star Wars, you will love these games. A brief pro and con for each game:
-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).