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- Science-fiction RPG
- Explore uncharted worlds and uncover mystery
- Real-time, squad-based combat
- Character customization with a deep role-playing systems
- Credible digital actors
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Mass Effect - Xbox 360
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I don't want to spoil anything but I would say this, you MUST play this game. Literally have to or you'll be missing out big time. The story is simply amazing, graphics are amazing, the gameplay is amazing, shooting mechanics at first are strange but you get used to it and it becomes easy.
This game has a lot of replay value, I'm starting my second play through right after my first completion.
There are so many side quests as well, this game will keep you so busy but never bored. This game was way ahead of its time and a lot better than 98% of the games out today.
Gotta thank the MS team for including BC to the X1 other wise I would've missed out on this classic, now I can't wait for ME2 and 3, and the next gen installment.
--- 5 STARS ---
The story I should keep short, but It was very well made. Assuming you've read other reviews, you probably know what the plot is. Everything in the game had a purpose and everything you interacted with was significant in its own way. Again, the way the story ends in the first game is phenomenal- whatever choices you make. I don't remember if there was any DLC, but I highly recommend buying story/missions DLC when you can for this game.
Weapon variations were great! I don't understand why they strayed away from that in ME2. ME1 hit the nail when it came to weapons you could buy or find. In ME2 you can only find weapons- 2 or 3 per slot. And it goes 1=sucks 2=better 3=best. They're drastic differences that leave you with one best weapon for each weapon type. No uniqueness there. In this game, there are over 12 weapons per style (pistol, shotgun, sniper, assault) and they are heavily upgradeable with mods. Weapon modifications also differed. In ME1 you could apply mods directly to your weapon and they would gain a noticeable upgrade. In ME2 you purchase upgrades- boring. Also, weapons in ME1 had not ammunition- just an overheat gauge. In ME2 they introduced "thermal clips." In ME3 they kept clips. I liked the ME1 system so much better. With enough upgrades for your assaut rifle, you could easily have an assault rifle that would over heat in 10 seconds in the beginning of the game- to an assault rifle that would overheat in 2 minutes and pack a hell of a punch! That was pretty cool. OP, sure, but cool. Can't do that in the sequels.
The level up system was also really nice. You simply had more choices to apply skill points to when leveling up and could easily reach lvl 45-50 in the game (more levels= more powerful skills). In ME2 your level cap is reduced and it becomes extremely generalized what you can apply points to. They seem to have corrected this in ME3 and it is once again more detailed.
The choices you make in ME1 (particularly in the last 2-4 hours in the game (depends how fast you're playing), will carry over into ME2 and affect dialogue/story choices. It's pretty cool. On the xbox, the "import character from ME1" function is seamless and pretty neat. I played ME2 on PS3 and did the genesis story (since ME1 was not available for PS3 at the time). The choices you make in ME2 are supposedly not as impactful as those in ME1. But they both combine and add on to carry over to ME3.
The best game for each category:
Romance Scenes: ME1
Character Level up: ME1 (though close 2nd is ME3)
Gameplay/Combat: ME3 (more...FPS style, movement)
Dialogue Creativity: ME1
Companions: ME2 (much more choices for companions, different breeds, highly interactive, detailed graphics overhaul)
I think they did a great job with ME1 and dragged their foot in the sand with ME2 and tried too hard to come back to what made ME1 with Mass Effect 3. This is a classic. Get it and enjoy what created such a large fanbase. You will appreciate it more as you play the 2nd and 3rd installments.