As Commander Shepard, you lead an elite squad on a heroic, action-packed adventure throughout the galaxy. Discover the imminent danger from an ancient threat and battle the traitorous Saren and his deadly army to save civilization. The fate of all life depends on your actions!
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Release Date: 28 May, 2008

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"One of the best role-playing games in recent memory... Makes you feel like the badass warrior you were meant to be... The refined PC version is your best choice for experiencing this excellent game." - GameSpot: 9/10 | Editors’ Choice

"Raises the bar for the role-playing genre... Mass Effect's greatest strength is the quality of the narrative… Mass Effect takes interactive entertainment to new heights and is wholeheartedly recommended." - GameSpy: 5/5 | Editors’ Choice

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As Commander Shepard, you lead an elite squad on a heroic, action-packed adventure throughout the galaxy.

Discover the imminent danger from an ancient threat and battle the traitorous Saren and his deadly army to save civilization. The fate of all life depends on your actions!
  • 2007 New York Times Game of the Year
  • A Stunning universe with high resolution graphics and textures
  • Controls and interface optimized for PC gamers
  • Includes free additional content — face off against the horrific Batarians
  • Customize your character and embark on a pulse-pounding adventure in an immersive open-ended storyline
  • Incredible real-time character interaction
  • Thrilling, tactical combat as you lead an elite squad of three
  • Interplanetary exploration of an epic proportion

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® XP with SP2 or Windows Vista*
    • Processor: Intel P4 2.4 Ghz or faster / AMD 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1.0 GB RAM or more (2.0 GB for Vista)
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, ATI X1300 XT or greater (ATI X1300, X1300 Pro, X1600 Pro, Radeon 2600 HD, and HD 2400 are below minimum system requirements); NVidia GeForce 6800 or greater (7300, 7600 GS, 8500 are below minimum system requirements)
    • Hard Drive: 12.0 GB or more free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    * WINDOWS VISTA OR WINDOWS 7 USERS: Launching “Mass Effect” from Steam requires the setting “Run as Administrator”. If the User Account Control feature of Windows Vista is enabled, launching “Mass Effect” from Steam will result in failure. For users with User Account Control enabled, launch Steam using the “Run as Administrator” option or launch from the windows shortcut.
    • INTERNET CONNECTION AND END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.EA.COM.
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1,006 of 1,130 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: 20 August, 2014
I am Commander Shepard and this is my favorite game on Steam
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484 of 608 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: 15 October, 2014
This is the best elevator sim on the market. If you like elevators, this is a must play.
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138 of 150 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: 29 October, 2014
Favorite game of all time.

Awful inventory system, didn't really care about the combat system, couldn't care less about upgrades, weapons, etc, graphics could have been better, BUT...

But if you are a fan of epic science fiction stories (Dune, Hyperion, etc) as I am, with the vast, diverse and interesting worlds and species and their relationships to each other along with an ominus evil lurring to destroy the galaxy, then BY GOD this is the game for you.

Great characters, a plethora of game-changing choices, awesome antagonist, amazing story, incredible dialogue... Simply excellent. I cannot recommend this enough.
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104 of 112 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
182.9 hrs on record
Posted: 26 November, 2014
Punched a reporter.

10/10 would punch again.

In all seriousness, Mass Effect is a well-rounded game from BioWare, the people that defined my childhood with such classics as Neverwinter Nights, and my all-time favorite, Knights of the Old Republic.

This first step into the trilogy, puts you into the boots of Commander Shepard. He (or she) is given the task of stopping a rogue Spectre from... you guess it, taking over the galaxy (OF COURSE!) Along the way, you pick up a colorful cast of characters that help Shepard every step of the way.

One of the things I really like about Mass Effect is its approach to morality. It is not the standard good vs evil choice. To put this in Star Trek terms, Paragon Shepard is more like Jean-Luc Picard or Kathryn Janeway, always willing to go for diplomacy first. Conversely, Renegade Shepard is more analogous to Benjamin Sisko; doing whatever it takes to get the job done, and sometimes crossing the line. But even though ReneShep may cross that line, he or she, is willing to live with the decision regardless of the consequences.

Gameplay may seem a little archaic especially when compared to the later games in the trilogy, but there is something about it that I find charming in its design. Sure, inventory management can be a bit of a hassle, but let's face it, no game has ever really had a perfect inventory system. The shooting is solid enough, even though the guns sound like pea shooters (This only applies to the pistols. The shotguns, and sniper rifles have weight to their sound assets), and the variety of ammunition types, equipment and powers allow for a lot of replayability. Plus, you can take your completed Shepard, and import him or her into the next two games, taking your decisions with you.

So, what about Shepard? Take a seat, relax, and begin your journey to find out.
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79 of 84 people (94%) found this review helpful
313.0 hrs on record
Posted: 26 October, 2014
It probably hasn't aged as well as some other games out there, but it's the first game in one of the greatest trilogies of all time set in a unquestionably plausible, if fictional, universe. The later games may have better graphics and slightly improved mechanics, but without completing ME1 you won't have the proper foundation to fully appreciate them.
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60 of 62 people (97%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: 27 December, 2014
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Graphics:
+ fantastic animations
+ detailed figures
+ nice effects
- often dreary environments
- partly weak textures

Atmosphere:
+ complex, sophisticated world
+ unused scenario
+ interesting hero
- partly lifeless places
- bugs

Sound:
+ battle crisp sound in surround
+ atmospheric music
- bad mix

Balance:
+ easy start
+ five levels of difficulty
+ classes various difficulties
- later enormous resource richness

Quest / Story:
+ exciting and turn rich story missions
+ almost epic story
- numerous tough side quests

Characters:
+ complex figures
+ cultures, races, politics
+ no clichés
+ good of talent and influence system
+ cool classes

Combat System:
+ accessible, but not too simple fights
+ pause Mode
+ useful comrades
- dumb enemy aI
- often stupid shooting

Items:
+ varied upgrades
+ cool biotic skills
- mako not upgradeable
- total too little weapons and armor

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 40 hours
+ large galaxy, many locations
+ mass Quests
+ high replay value

Multiplayer: no multiplayer

Before Mass Effect gets going so right, click through the character creation. Gender, appearance, class choice - everything as usual.
Either way, you may distribute talents with each level rise points to a dozen and improve your hero. Alternatively, the program takes this task - and quite clever. In addition to the talent you define the beginning and the history of your heroes. Since you have for example the choice whether to have grown up as an orphan and has undertaken with 18 years military service, or whether he was forced to watch as a child, like family by slave traders was killed - traumatized main thing.

On board the Citadel, a massive space station, you spend the first game hours trying to convince the High Council of the Galactic Government of Saren's treason. To gather evidence, do one thing: hold discussions. Many conversations. That sounds boring, but boredom is given the attention to detail with which implemented the universe, Mass Effect authors, in any second. Politics, society and a variety of information about technologies, alien planet or fundamentally different alien races (such as due to a weapons-grade virus endangered and therefore severely pessimistic krogan) provide a currently unparalleled in the RPG genre depth.

The amazingly lifelike with its complex animations and detailed faces characters play their part to the excellent overall impression. Result: After the first dialogs history has cast a spell and can no longer be up to the impressive just how dramatic finale going on - we promise!

I could write a lot more but mass effect you should definitely play yourself!
Bioware has captivated me with Mass Effect, no, overwhelmed. I explore a beautifully elaborate universe, meet interesting characters, falls hard choices - I'm playing a role. In addition, ongoing something unexpected, dramatic, something that makes me stare in disbelief at the monitor or wrestle with the tears happen. Let the others are still so scold the parlous state of side quests. for me is one of the best games Mass Effect - because it deeply moved me.

Score: 86 / 100
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223 of 303 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: 16 October, 2014
If you've played this and you don't like it, then you're just a big stupid jellyfish.
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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
173.3 hrs on record
Posted: 31 October, 2014
This is my all-time favorite game! I hold the first game of the trilogy very dear. A great stroy, wonderful characters that develop throughout the games, romances everywhere and a galactical threat that makes you the paragon/renegade hero of the entire galaxy. I know all the criticism, I agree to most of it, but that doesn't make me stop playing this game over and over again and I have played it five times already, literally.
Be the man/woman you always wanted to be, emerge into this fantastic universe and see what you can do to make it a better place for all species.
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134 of 207 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: 27 October, 2014
We'll bang, ok?
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: 17 October, 2014
TL;DR: Great game - engrossing storyline, decent combat system, fun exploration, slightly branching storyline. Classic. Buy it.

How did it take me so long to find you, Mass Effect? Where have you been my whole life?

As you can tell from the above text (and the blue thumbs-up symbol) I rather enjoyed Mass Effect. From the get-go till the end, the in-game fiction is well woven, making this one of the best developed sci-fi universes I've had the pleasure of being involved with. The intricacy of the universe certainly puts series like Star Wars (the movies, at least) to shame. There are lots of distinct alien races with believable cultures and histories (though for the most part they are all humanoid and speak English...). The future technology is well explained with the usual pseudo-science.

The story was pretty good. As Shepherd, a man/woman in the Alliance (human) military, you start off investigating a distress call from a remote colony. Things go bad pretty quick, and you discover secrets which threaten the security of the galaxy. The next bit of the game concerns you gaining the trust of the Council (galactic government) in order to become a super-special-ops sort of dude. Then it's time to recruit a team of the best aliens and humans out there and set about saving the galaxy from it's ultimate doom!

Gameplay is as a 3rd person, squad-based shooter. The controls are easy to pick up, and allow you to bring up a squad menu which pauses the game and allows you to tell you squad members to use their biotic powers (think the Force from Star Wars but better) or tech abilities, or switch weapons and so on.

As a sort of space-RPG, you choose your class in the beginning, which defines what weapons and abilities you can use. You also level up during the progress of the game, allowing you to hone those skills. You can also set it so you can control the levelling-up of your squad members' skills as well. You do tend to pick up a lot of loot, allowing you to get new weapons and armour, upgrade existing ones and so on, depending on your class. Unfortunately, you have only a limited amount of inventory space, and it fills up pretty quick. I kept finding myself having to empty my inventory in the middle of levels.

A great feature of this game is exploration, as you get put in command of the experimental Alliance frigate, the Normandy. You can fly her wherever you wish, and land on many planets with the Mako jeep/tank thing. Lots of people hate the Mako for its wayward handling, but I loved it! The only downside is a lot of the optional planets are pretty repetetive/boring.

One thing which I liked in this game (compared to the second) is that it is not divided into "hub areas" and "combat areas". You could be attacked anywhere, even on the Citadel (the galactic capital). You never know whether a mission will be a simple mission where you just have to talk someone down, or whether you will have to fight your way through rooms full of enemies.

This brings us to another thing. Choice. People often get sniffy when video games claim to offer choice to the users, saying they follow the same storyline anyway, whatever choice you make. Well, this is mostly true. However, there are several choices you can make in the game which are imported to the second, which can make the game much harder, or very much alter the tone. I enjoyed having the choices personally, as it made me able to at least feel like I was doing things 'my way'.

I should go.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: 8 October, 2014
If you ever wanted to explore the galaxy, or if you like sci-fi, or you are a sucker for space operas, you can pick this game up right away.

You are Commander Shepard, and your Shepard can be a grizzled veteran marine, a tech savvy scoundrel, or a biotic powerhouse. He/she can also be something in between any of these classes. This game is all about the choices you make, and those choices will affect your environment, other characters relationships with you, how cheap or expensive new weapons will be at stores etc.

The exploration mechanic of the game is based on star clusters and star systems. As you travel the galaxy and solve missions, new clusters of stars will appear on the map, giving you more chances to explore.
Indeed, the crux of the game is exploration and the game does this part very well. As you explore, you will also gain bits and pieces of information which form the lore of the Mass Effect universe.

And now about this game's shortcomings. Fortunately, there aren't many, and they are nothing immediately off-puting.
The combat and gunplay feel a bit sluggish at times, and the exploration can get tedious at times. Planetary maps are not that large, but they feel empty expect for a camp here and there, or an anomaly.

All things considered, I highly recommend this game to anyone.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: 23 December, 2014
Wrex.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: 7 December, 2014
Mass Effect has an atmosphere like no other in gaming. The experience of fighting for the universe in a world I would best describe as "surreal" is something every gamer needs to try.

Good:
+ Keith David
+ Very good AI (Both enemy and friends)
+ Graphics are pretty much perfect. And by perfect I mean the style fits everything else the game is trying to do exactly how it should
+ Controls are exactly how you'd want them (Except for the Mako)
+ Story has lots of depth and is plenty interesting
+ Leveling up is amazingly satisfying
+ Plenty of armor, weapon, and upgrade options
+ Mako roaming splits up the on foot action very, very well
+ Keith David
+ Plenty of side quests
+ Combat has tons of depth
+ Recharging weapons make for unique combat
+ You can be a total ♥♥♥♥ to everyone you don't like
+ Keith David is amazing
+ Music is amazing
+ Did I mention Keith David!?

Not so good:
- It's quite linear (Which isn't a big issue at all, for me at least)
- Some bugs here and there (You may end up having to reload a time or two)
- You're glued to the ground (Probably more a personal issue)
- The Mako could control more smoothly

My complaints are minor while my compliments are off the charts.

If you have any sense, buy this game.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
155.7 hrs on record
Posted: 2 January
After doing 5 walkthroughs and reaching over 150 hours with Mass Effect I have to say this is one of the best games I have ever played.

Game mechanics are mediocre at best - the cover system is not the best and managing your inventory could have been much better. But this was released for consoles back in 2007. We have come a long way in this genre since that year so let's just accept these issues as well as the somewhat dated graphics and focus on the story instead.

Well, the story is all about a commander called Shepard who is tasked with capturing Saren who goes rogue and by doing so endangers the lives of many. He is from a race called Turian and is an agent of the notorious group called Spectre.

Along the way Shepard discovers Saren is just a pawn in this game. He continues to uncover who exactly is in the background and the findings are interesting enough to have two more sequels for this game.

The sequel focuses more on the action and the third and final episode tries to combine both. At this point you have probably heard of the controversy in connection with the ending of the trilogy. It is always nice to start with the first where there were no expectations and this is where you meet the Commander and the various races living in the galaxy.

There are tons of side missions and you have your own ship to control to be able to reach the planet you desire. You meet new characters who'll join you as during each mission you control a squad consisting of 3 people.

What makes Mass Effect really great is its depth! How the story unfolds and not just the main story but the story of each and every character important to Shepard's quest. From time to time you get to make decisions and these decisions can seriously affect the storyline.

The personality trait you have is also very important: going with the good choices makes you a paragon in the eyes of your comrades while sticking to the darker side (you see what I did there?) renders you a renegade. A 2nd walkthrough is the minimum just for the sake of seeing what could have happened if you'd gone the other way.

Mass Effect is a great game: Its storyline, music, voice acting (the female Shepard's voice is equally good), characters, art design are all top notch. You didn't like the casualness of the second part and the ending of the trilogy was a letdown for you? Grab the 1st where it all started. But this time, pick a different line in a conversation or a different class for Shepard at the beginning. Or a different background for him. Or simply complete some side missions in a totally different order. One thing is for certain: you'll find something new in your next walkthrough.
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37 of 59 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: 31 October, 2014
I've played it to completion 4 times and loved each time.
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: 15 November, 2014
Mass Effect is pretty cool, I guess.

You play as Shepard, who can be either male or female, but I played him as a man, so I will be addressing him as a he.
Sorry Anita.

The game takes place in the future where I somehow haven't conquered the world. Humanity, in its efforts to into space, exluding Poland, find a ancient alien relic called the Mass Relay at the edge of the solar system. They activate it, which is apparently a big no-no, and starts a interstellar war with a alien race called the Turians, it's okay though because you can bang one later. All greviances lost.

Depending on the backstory you picked for Shepard, there is a chance he can compete with Batman on the world's deadest parents competition. As part of the Earth military, Shepard is sent off to a planet called Eden Prime where he must find out what happened to the country bumpkins and their space farms. He finds corpses, oh no! After the death of a Spectre, this games version of the hall monitors, Shepard is brought to the forefront of the galactic community as the first human hall monitor. Gonna monitor those halls so good. Through his Star Wars journey, Shepard discovers new friends, bitter enemies, and discovers his infatuation for blue buttcheeks, you go Shepard, get that blue berry.

The combat is a mix between RPG elements and cover based shooting. You hide behind chest-high walls while popping out occasionally to shoot some fool or hit them with your Jedi mind powers. Like all older Bioware games, Mass Effect likes to tell you what's going on. There is a codex that covers aliens, places, alien places, weapons, alien weapons, goblin darts, and historical events, and alien historical events... Did I mention the aliens? They're kind of important. I appreciate the time they took into making the game feel like it has it's own world instead of just being a series of events.

The story isn't the greatest thing ever, but it does enough to get you lost in it and forgetting that you live on a raft going down the Mississippi because you won one too many hobo fights without throwing the match. Let's see you catch me now, Booker.

Should you play Mass Effect?

The characters are fun to be around and the story and gameplay is engaging enough to keep you interested. Your journey for blue butt cheeks should last you a few hours and it will probably keep you interested enough to play the sequel. Not the second sequel though, don't do that to yourself, you're beautiful and don't deserve that.

I give Mass Effect two butt cheeks out of ten. President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.

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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: 30 September, 2014
Let's place this review in context: I first started playing Mass Effect 3, then Mass Effect 2 and now finally, the first Mass Effect. I will compare this version with ME2 and ME3

Seven years after it's release, it's still one of the better games. The graphics are a little outdated, but nothing disturbing. The combat mechanics and the use of biotics have been better implemented than in ME2 and ME3. Too bad they didn't stick with this combat UI. Also the way that weapon upgrades work is much more extensive then with it successor games.

Mass Effect one has the strongest storyline of the three games, but as a result, lacks a bit of character development. You don't get to know the characters as well, like in ME2 with the loyalty missions.

This game is easy to get by for a few bucks during sales and is definitely worth it.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: 15 August, 2014
The first game of the Mass Effect franchise

Sci-fi RPG

+ Voice acting
+ Classes
+ Great story
+ Has replay value
+ Choices have consequences
+ Unique alien species
+ Can be a customizable male or female
+ Character dialogues
+ Optional romances
+ Awesome spaceship

Possible improvements: would have been awesome if I could customise squad armor, too bad I can't.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
183.1 hrs on record
Posted: 12 January
Strong points

+Rich story (explore a vast universe occupied by many alien species, each with its own detailed history and culture)
+Memorable characters (customizable protagonist, ruthless villains, unforgettable companions)
+High replay value (6 classes that offer different play styles, variable companion combinations, etc.)
+Challenging (5 difficulty levels to choose from; including easy, veteran and hardcore)
+Battle tactics (command your team, distract the enemy, utilize your surroundings)
+From zero to hero (60 levels to master, 6 companions to recruit, numerous skills to learn)
+Devil or angel? (Two moral paths to choose from; your overall attitude affects the NPCs' behaviour towards you)
+Pass the legacy (after finishing the game you can export your saved game to Mass effect 2 and keep your key-choices)
+Epic themes (for a great tale to be told, a music score of equivalent value is needed)
+Marvellous view (with your own spaceship land on imaginary planets, each with its own atmosphere, flora and fauna)
+Price (significantly low during sales)

Weaknesses

-Games these days (old school gamers might find the health regeneration and cover system frustrating)
-Choices ungiven (despite being abundant, only a few choices actually matter for the game's finale)
-And now what? (unless played as part of a trilogy, Mass effect 1 seems like an unresolved tale)

My rating: 4/5
"A game that offers exploration, narration and customization like a few. Conquer the universe, today!"
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
99.2 hrs on record
Posted: 30 December, 2014
Mass Effect games are always fun to talk about, never sure if I love or hate them more.

The 1st game in the series undoubtedly plays most like an RPG of the 3 games, though even then, it would stand as a rather odd RPG when compared to others.

For those that have played BioWare's best work: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, you'll notice some similar sub-stories, characters, and styles. I mention this only because the influence is strongest in the 1st game, when the series hasn't really defined itself completely.

Anyways, it stands as the black sheep of the trilogy for its odd mix of RPG and 3rd person shooter mechanics. It does, however, possess strengths the others lack. The Lovecraftian horror influence is pretty clear in some of the side quests that take you to remote planets -- the fear of the unknown, the ominous music all play into this.

The vehicular sections on the remote planets are a bit clunky, but they do a good job of establishing mystery -- you don't know quite what you're going to find. This works well in both reinforcing the trilogy's whole narrative and the general style the narrative embodies: the unknown, powerful threat, the dirty/dark sci-fi.

Of course, one has to forgive the incessantly repeated interiors and textures for the side quests, this game lacks polish. If one can get past it, one will find a series of stories that help add to and fill in Mass Effect's universe, even setting things up for the sequels well.

If one does everything, the game will take roughly 45-50 hours. If one moves through the narrative alone, you can complete it in 10-15 hours.

The main story narrative has the strongest KOTOR infuence. KOTOR was a campaign across a series of planets, not an entire galaxy. Mass Effect too, is composed of fairly long missions on a small handful of planets -- each a sort of individual story that connects to the larger narrative. Or there's the fact that in both KOTOR and ME1, the player follows the antagonist, or rather retraces their steps, to discover their motivations and goals, across different planets.

This is contrasted, then, with Mass Effect 2 and 3, where the meat of the games is composed of much more compact and exposition heavy missions with a lot of tight, polished shooting across many locations.

The shooting mechanics seem to, in principle, be based on what many call a Gears of War or GTAIV cover based system. Player pops in and out of cover. However, it's pretty clunky, the player doesn't stick too well to cover and cannot navigate it very well.

Add in the fact that weapons, armor, and upgrades are doled out in a traditional RPG manner, with damage stats being compared, unique drops, the skill point based system of character leveling. and a huge inventory to sort through, and one will begin to notice that things seem out of place.

It is not so much that these elements are bad in and of themselves, but more that they don't belong together. As if the developers were unsure of what kind of game they wanted Mass Effect to be.

After several replays, I've come to realize that they don't do a very good job of leading up to what is supposed to be the central twist of the narrative, the big reveal about the focus of the whole trilogy, the thing to make the games all connect. Avoiding spoilers, I mean the event with the 'virtual intelligence' on Virmire late in the game.

Anyone replaying will notice that the game will go so far as to basically tell, through other characters, the player directly what the narrative reveals later in a manner obviously meant to be climactic. It is again, odd, unpolished, and atypical of BioWare, much like the entirety of the game.

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Besides feeling out of place and sometimes unpolished, the game has a lot of content, has mechanics that work even if feeling awkward, and manages to present an engaging narrative -- I still get rather excited when Joker commands the fleet upon Sovereign in one of the final scenes. Mass Effect's cinematic presentation is fantastic and never fails to make me feel invested in the story.

(If, again, one can forgive some of the cliches like checking the body of the villain to make sure he's dead only to discover him alive or thinking the hero is dead only to have him reemerge triumphantly. I think it is possible to view these little storytelling sins sympathetically, cute little mistakes of young Mass Effect)

I spent around 150 hours (100 on my Steam copy) on this game over several playthroughs. As I said at the beginning, I have a lot of issues with the series and it definitely isn't perfect. I can't deny though, that they do some things so well, and are so unique that they are games we can conclude are worth playing, worth discussing, worth evaluating.

Despite the game's flaws, odd qualities, and weird inability to define itself, I have to recommend it for all it does well, for starting a great trilogy and for leading into the best game of the series: Mass Effect 2.
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