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!
User reviews: Very Positive (4,760 reviews)
Release Date: 28 May, 2008

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"Easy SciFi Shooter with some role playing game elements. Good story and memorable NPCs. Nice game but a bit too streamlined for oldschool RPG fans."


"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

About This Game

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.
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387 of 426 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: 18 February
good story
not too easy
good battles

damn slow elevators

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108 of 112 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: 22 March
The story is deep, serious ♥♥♥♥. You like galactic, cyberpunk stuff that reminds you of swtor? Play this, it's so precise, voice acting for every moving thing, storyline has so much attention to detail, especially the characters, they DIFFER so much from each other, and it continues to develop and evolve as the series continues. Music is so nostalgic, everything is ace, the film-grain effect for that retro look... People don't pay respects to these little details that the bioware team throws in. They are aware of every aspect of good storytelling, and they exploit it well in this series.

Summarising stories is the worst way to fish someone into what you're selling, won't want to make them play it for ♥♥♥♥. If I summarized the storyline it would be; 'you are commander shepard, goal is to save the galaxy with a team' But the storyline isn't what it is about, otherwise there would be so much of the same ♥♥♥♥ in both the gaming and film industry, what really matters is how you execute it. Play this game, it will hook you in the first 3-4 hours, if it doesn't, then it isn't your thing. It's a game that isn't open-world yet offers so much freedom.


+ Definitely one of the most interesting, yet complex plots out there
+ Gameplay is dynamically shaped by your actions and dialogue selections
+ Can go around as a total ♥♥♥♥, or an ethical and universal role model
+ Epic protagonist
+ Great model designs
+ Fluid game mechanics
+ Does a decent job getting your emotions a little worked up
+ Viable for replayability
+ Most maps are impressively immersive
+ AI is actually pretty good
+ Different alien species can be fun to learn more about
+ Gives the player the option to play strategically with the eccentric specialties of each squad member
+ Fun side quests, with some being humorous
+ Even after understanding the plot 100%, there are still unresolvable mysteries that leave the players to assume for themselves
+ Awesome voice acting, but Shepard's can start to sound monotone after a while
+ Textures are a little meh, but are enough to keep you immersed
+ Lotsa lens flares
+ Optional and unintrusive romance

- Had a few issues with characters models dissappearing randomly
- Citadel is large and can be too confusing to navigate through
- Too many useless elevators
- Walking/jogging speed is kind of slow
- Inventory system is really annoying to use
- Sound sometimes, but rarely, started acting whacky for me
- Exploring ("landing on") planets that are extraneous to the main plot can sometimes be rewarding, but are mostly "cookie cutter'ed"
- Music is very sci-fi'y, but sometimes annoyed me due to the short loops
- Gun model variation is pretty unexciting (maybe 2 models per type, with about 3 colors per model)
- No free-roam after completing game, so make sure you do all the side-quests you're interested in and explore BEORE you begin the final quest

Leaves you thinking for nights after completion :D
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139 of 174 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
96.2 hrs on record
Posted: 16 January
It's a shame Bioware doesn't make games like this anymore.
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55 of 64 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
219.0 hrs on record
Posted: 12 January
General info

~Genre: Action game with roleplaying elements
~Number of players: 1
~Downloadable content: available (not on Steam)
~First part of a trilogy
~Completion time: 20-45 hours
~High replay value

Strong points

+Rich story: Explore the Milky Way occupied by many alien species, each with its own detailed history and culture. Narration is fluid and players won't have any issues following the story as it expands and reach its climax.

+Cast: A customizable protagonist (face, gender), ruthless villains and unforgettable companions (with different armour exclusive to their race). Expect to gain more enemies and allies as you clear the galaxy of terrorists and drug warlords.

+High replay value: 6 classes that offer different play styles (sentinel, soldier, engineer, etc.), variable companion combinations, New game plus, etc. If you also add the two existing moral paths, the two protagonist genders and end game decisions you might easily spend more than 500 hours on this game.

+Challenging: 5 difficulty levels to choose from; including easy, veteran and hardcore. Each difficulty level affects enemies' weapon damage as well as their skill selection and combat behaviour.

+Hybrid theory: Mass Effect isn't just a space shooter. You will be constantly switching between action sequences and role playing diplomacy. Many of your previously completed quests will affect NPC's and companions' behaviour. Expect different comments depending on your previous decisions.

+Battle tactics: With just a hit of a button you can pause the action and command your team to change positions or targets. You may also, depending on your class, choose different skills which may distract your adversaries (sabotage, lift, synthetic overload, etc.) or obliterate them. As you level up, more skill options become available and it will then rest on your tactical prowess to transform a hellish confrontation into a summer breeze.

+From zero to hero: 60 levels to master (50 are accessible in your first playthrough), 6 companions to recruit (humans, asari, krogan, etc.), numerous skills to learn (you cannot maximize all of your skils in one playthrough, try various combinations and pick the ones you enjoy the most).

+Devil or angel: Two moral paths to choose from; your overall attitude affects the NPCs' behaviour towards you as well as your appearance. Paragon attitude depicts a forgiving, humane Shepard while the Renegade path is suited for all of you psychos and vigilantes! I've tried them both and they are both rewarding and fun to play as.

+Pass the legacy: After finishing the game you can a)export your saved game to Mass effect 2 and keep your key-choices and/or b)start a New game plus with your skills/characteristics intact)

+Soundtrack: for a great tale to be told, a music score of equivalent value is needed. Check the whole OST uploaded by TantrisOST in youtube:

+View: with your own spaceship land on imaginary planets, each with its own atmosphere, flora and fauna. You can also visit our Sol system for some funny comments from the crew and codex entry system. Also, on Luna...

+Price: significantly low during sales.


-Full pockets: In many instances, your inventory will overflow with useless weapons, redundant armour portions and obsolete ammo mods. Do not forget to visit periodically your inventory in order to clean it up or you might end up wasting half an hour during the last chapter making room for some new weapons and armour.

-Choices ungiven: despite being abundant, only a few choices actually matter for the game's finale. A few other choices might end up affecting characters shown on the two sequels, but their significance is negligible for everyone who plans to play the first Mass Effect only.

-The missing chapter: Unless played as part of a trilogy, Mass effect 1 seems like an unresolved tale. Also, I must add that the third game is not available on Steam and everyone interested must create an account at EA's Origin in order to buy and play the game there.

-Not so challenging after all: Mass effect targets a wide audience. Experienced players may find its simplicity frustrating and its regeneration system debatable. As an old school gamer myself, I never paid too much attention to those mechanics since Mass Effect finds a few plot tricks to justify them. Play for yourselves and form an opinion based on your own experience.

Neutral ground

±KotOR clone: Players will identify strong resemblances to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, mainly found at the morale system and plot structure. Bioware never hide the fact that they wanted to create their own space game and their involvement with KotOR affected Mass Effect alot.

My rating4/5

Mass Effect has its flaws, mainly found in the battle system and narration pattern. Nevertheless, if you are tired of medieval cliché with dwarves and elves, try conquering the galaxy nebula by nebula while communicating with alien races or facing your galactic adversaries armed with futuristic weaponry.
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42 of 57 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: 22 March
10/10 would bang Liara again.
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