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

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.
    • INTERNET CONNECTION AND END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.EA.COM.
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maddiesara
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 23 May
Got no sound. Was looking forward to this game.
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Type 1 Cryabetes
( 36.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 May
I can't believe I've never played this game before now. I'm totally sucked into this game, even if its just roaming around the universe looking for side quests or that last metal deposit. If you like third-person shooters with RPG elements, side quests, space, choose-your-dialogue games, flirting with aliens, and games with fleshed out lore for its world, Mass Effect is for you. I like that I can develop my Shepard the way I like and pick my teammates and how to interact with them outside of missions. I haven't played ME2 or ME3 yet, but I definitely plan to!
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Han Solo dies in Force Awakens
( 35.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 May
I played Mass effect 2 on the ps3 years ago and finally picked up this game along with the second as a pack recently and I wish I had played Mass effect 1 before. This game's story is amazing, gameplay amazing, everything is great. I had no problems with the game what so ever. Pick up this game along with the sequel for a great time. 9/10 amazing
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Ellessar
( 167.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 May
One of my all time favorite RPGs.
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bump
( 46.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 May
When ME:3 came out I took it upon myself to start with ME and play the series through.

Worth doing.
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Bobby
( 31.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 21 May
It's a sci-fi RPG game set in the future and a third person and squad based shooter.

This game sat in my library for years, untouched. After beating this I really should have played it sooner as it is a good game and I had fun playing it. I will be buying Mass Effect 2.

Cons: Waiting in elevators takes ages and the Steam overlay didn't work.
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aurorum
( 66.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 21 May
I cant believe I never played this for now. Best story and voice acting so far. Im engrossed in the game and can't wait to start the second in the installment of Mass Effect, despite some comments saying ME2 has weaker story and is just a rerun gone bad. Either way, it's a great experience to have played ME1.

I won't even speak on Me3 or Andromeda.. I'm not that pressured to try Origin.
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Tanooki
( 41.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 20 May
A great dating simulator with bits of combat in there to spice it up every now and again.
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Awesomo 2000
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 20 May
Best part of Mass Effect series, when Mass Effect was still trying to be more rpg than action game. Yeah, parts with Mako tend to be really boring, but the main story has drive and pulls you with it until the epic ending and surprising reveal before the last chapter.
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privatedoomsday
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 20 May
While "Mass Effect" certainly isn't one of the greatest games of all time, it appears as if we have a potential sucsessor, to "Star Trek", here!
It's kind of an interesting basic idea, in the story; you play the role of a human of whom must present an example to humanity, before becomming of a higher rank, than even your space captain. As well as to defeat a certain traitor...
But however; with this game being an EXCELLENT game, it's truly a non-linear adventure, on how to handle situations, as well as be able to deal with greater evils.
Would I reccomend this? That depends.

1. If you have a Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer, this game may have too many problems, of compatability, with this operating system. Save this game, for a better version of Windows, if you want to run this game. Who knows? At least Windows XP doesn't seem to have as much trouble with compatability, as Windows 10 does!
2. If you have a video game console, like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, I would otherwise, TOTALLY reccomend this game. I suggest looking for a used copy.
3. If you own another operating system, then I suppose it's worth checking out.
4. No matter what, for only $19.99, this game is certainly a better deal, than having to pay ANYTHING more than only $2.00, for that poorly recieved 2013 "Star Trek" video game.
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LogmeM8
( 59.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 20 May
Very good
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Gamingdevotee
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 20 May
I feel this game is fantastic and a great start to a great series. This review is probably a bit on the late side, but if you want to play it, well then trust me it is a great game.

To be honest I am not usually big on playing western RPG's, I feel that most of them allow loads of exploration at the expense of having a lackluster story and mostly disinteresting characters. Mass Effect is nothing like this, having fantastic characters, a great story and a pretty good sense of pacing.

To me the game seems like a JRPG in disguise at some moments having a party and a large focus on the story, but it still allows quite a bit of exploration as well. It does it so well that it is the closest I can think of that is a perfect blend of the two.

Easily an 9/10 and also as a little note, it only gets better from here.
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fred.lauk
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 19 May
GREAT GAME !
One of my favourite. I didn't like the action-RPG type, until I discover Mass Effect.
Very addictive, the story is fantastic (if you like space), the gameplay is as rich as complete.

A must-have.
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SpaceCouncil
( 28.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 18 May
Mass Effect is the first in an epic trilogy. This is about 9 years too late but maybe there are still people that don't know what this is.

An original world from our beloved BioWare that evokes a very real lived in feeling of a modern sci fi space opera. Mass Effect is more RPG than shooter despite it usage of firearms. Class specialization is quite important going anywhere from a soldier, vanguard/adept at biotics (a sort of sci fi magic, manipulation of dark matter) and tech specialist. Weapons training is also very important as the guns are not exactly accurate and if your character is not trained with that weapon it will be almost entirely useless as they are not accurate at all.

You play as either John or Jane Shepard, Commander in the N7 Alliance Navy. Despite what most people think of this character I believe this character to be a nobody. As in, a representative to put yourself inside of.. someone who represents anyone who actually gives a damn. As I believe that the character of Shepard is relatively inconsequential, an almost idealistic version of a real person. To make a timely reference.. a MockingJay.

This is a highly narratively driven game, at every conversation you are given the ability to choose your dialogue choices. Unfortunately, broken down it generally resorts into three types of responses. Paragon- the sort of goody two shoes, Renegade- The sort of I don't have time for this person and the exploratory reaches of exposition. My only complaint here is that certain actions grant you either paragon or renegade points which will unlock further dialogue options in other situations but in order to use them you need to have the pre-requisite amount making playing a sort of gray character almost impossible.

The gameplay loop goes something like this. You receive a mission statement from someone main quest or not and you fly there on the galaxy map, explore a bit, land in the mako (a sort of all terrain vehicle with highly questionable physics, though I've never been to another planet so who am I to say) find a base, shoot all the things, have some dialogue, make your paragon or renegade choice, go back to the ship, get mission, fly there on the galaxy map.. you get the picture. I don't mean to sound dismissive but if you try for a lot of the side missions it can indeed get rather tedious. Though some of them are quite expositional.

In between missions you are encouraged to speak with your crew; ask them how they are doing and what they thought of the last mission, they might even divulge what they think about the bigger picture. There is room for.. romance. Should the desire strike your fancy though options are limited especially compared to the games there after this one. I should mention at this point that at the time of writing this, this is my third time completing Mass Effect 1. Additionally I have completed Mass Effect 2 five times and Mass Effect 3 three times. I did not intend on having my opinion of those games influence this review however I feel as a human that is likely going to be impossible or if at all even just unintentional.

THE GIST
Mass Effect is a world that for me personally rivals and triumphs over other Sci Fi worlds such as Star Wars and Star Trek, perhaps that is because of when I was introduced to it or perhaps because it truly is just more interesting. This is the beginning of an epic saga that is easily in the top 3 series of games I have ever played. I'm sure most people either know what this game is already or has played it as many times as I but I wanted to actually write something and sort of.. have my official stamp on it so to speak.

The cycle cannot be stopped.
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CrashTheGamer
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 18 May
Can't do ♥♥♥♥ with tali. But this is the best game in the franchise. You can even explore planets. What the ♥♥♥♥ are you waiting for? Smash the mother♥♥♥♥ing buy button.
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Bartock
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 17 May
The definitive sci-fi RPG. Also, Liara is waifu.
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Griom
( 27.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 17 May
Probably one of the best RPGs ever made. An excellent sci-fi adventure across the galaxy where every choice you make has it's consequences in the story to come. With it's sequels, Mass Effect 2 and 3, they make an unforgettable trilogy of games combining amazing story elements, decent third-person gameplay, awesome soundtracks and commendable voice acting.

Tali best girl.
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xab.xab
( 131.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 17 May
Still amazing today, you should really play this if you want to start with mass effect.
And you should ;)
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End Him Rightly
( 22.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 16 May
The gameplay is amazingly god awful, but the atmosphere, characters, story, soundtrack, world and general feel make up for it, somewhat.





Also you need to play this in order to understand what is happening in the sequels. Have fun!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: 18 May
Mass Effect is the first in an epic trilogy. This is about 9 years too late but maybe there are still people that don't know what this is.

An original world from our beloved BioWare that evokes a very real lived in feeling of a modern sci fi space opera. Mass Effect is more RPG than shooter despite it usage of firearms. Class specialization is quite important going anywhere from a soldier, vanguard/adept at biotics (a sort of sci fi magic, manipulation of dark matter) and tech specialist. Weapons training is also very important as the guns are not exactly accurate and if your character is not trained with that weapon it will be almost entirely useless as they are not accurate at all.

You play as either John or Jane Shepard, Commander in the N7 Alliance Navy. Despite what most people think of this character I believe this character to be a nobody. As in, a representative to put yourself inside of.. someone who represents anyone who actually gives a damn. As I believe that the character of Shepard is relatively inconsequential, an almost idealistic version of a real person. To make a timely reference.. a MockingJay.

This is a highly narratively driven game, at every conversation you are given the ability to choose your dialogue choices. Unfortunately, broken down it generally resorts into three types of responses. Paragon- the sort of goody two shoes, Renegade- The sort of I don't have time for this person and the exploratory reaches of exposition. My only complaint here is that certain actions grant you either paragon or renegade points which will unlock further dialogue options in other situations but in order to use them you need to have the pre-requisite amount making playing a sort of gray character almost impossible.

The gameplay loop goes something like this. You receive a mission statement from someone main quest or not and you fly there on the galaxy map, explore a bit, land in the mako (a sort of all terrain vehicle with highly questionable physics, though I've never been to another planet so who am I to say) find a base, shoot all the things, have some dialogue, make your paragon or renegade choice, go back to the ship, get mission, fly there on the galaxy map.. you get the picture. I don't mean to sound dismissive but if you try for a lot of the side missions it can indeed get rather tedious. Though some of them are quite expositional.

In between missions you are encouraged to speak with your crew; ask them how they are doing and what they thought of the last mission, they might even divulge what they think about the bigger picture. There is room for.. romance. Should the desire strike your fancy though options are limited especially compared to the games there after this one. I should mention at this point that at the time of writing this, this is my third time completing Mass Effect 1. Additionally I have completed Mass Effect 2 five times and Mass Effect 3 three times. I did not intend on having my opinion of those games influence this review however I feel as a human that is likely going to be impossible or if at all even just unintentional.

THE GIST
Mass Effect is a world that for me personally rivals and triumphs over other Sci Fi worlds such as Star Wars and Star Trek, perhaps that is because of when I was introduced to it or perhaps because it truly is just more interesting. This is the beginning of an epic saga that is easily in the top 3 series of games I have ever played. I'm sure most people either know what this game is already or has played it as many times as I but I wanted to actually write something and sort of.. have my official stamp on it so to speak.

The cycle cannot be stopped.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.1 hrs on record
Posted: 24 April
+Story
+Setting
+Characters
+Combat

-The Mako and its vulcanized flubber tires
-INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
-Why is that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ minigame on every ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ thing?
-Learn to love quicksave. Quicksave after every fight. Quicksave before every fight. Quicksave before quicksaving.
-Level designers got their copy paste game down
-Some of the "Science" hurts me physically. I found a solid mercury deposit on a 169C world? ok. I found a natural deposit of plutonium? ok.
-When I walk up to someone with a shotgun, I want to shoot them with the shotgun, not pistol whip them. Game plz.
-The level of content padding is intense. Main story can be blitzed in a few hours tops, yet I spent 60 hours mostly bouncing around planets, surveying rocks and fighting my way through same 3 copy pasted levels dozens of times.
-Steam version does not have the DLC for ME 1 or 2, and doesn't have ME 3 AT ALL. Look, EA, I'm not saying I'm going to pirate the game content that you're too stupid to take my my money for, I'm just saying that game piracy is a service issue.

I like to gripe. Honestly game is great though.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: 15 May
Mass Effect, or as I like to call it, Extreme Drag Racing, is a game that you must play at some point in your video game career. Not because it's famous, or because it defines the sci-fi RPG genre. No; you must play this game because it has heart. It's captivating beyond anything you can fathom. I applaud all the developers who created this game, because they knew what they were doing. Does the game have flaws? Of course! What game doesn't? Have you played Fallout 4? So any excuse of, "Oh, this game is too old" or "Oh, this game has bad graphics" or even "Oh, there are already 3 sequels to this game (almost)" is...well inexcusable. So please, if you consider yourself a gamer of any level, or any genre, this game is one that you must add to your library of experiences. Trust me, it'll be worth it. Shepard out.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
145.6 hrs on record
Posted: 11 May
First shooter Ive liked since Halo
I'm not a big fan of the genre
But this game is really great
9.9/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: 29 April
Only buy this game on Steam if it's on sale. Otherwise, buy it on Origin. Mass Effect 3 is only available there, as well as the DLCs for ME 2.

If you buy this game here, you can't simply use the cd-key to activate it there. You need to get in contact with Origin support so they do it for you. But it works.

It's one of the best RPGs ever and you should totally play it, but understand that this game is a series in which every game matters for the next ones, so you might want to play it over Origin from the start.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.0 hrs on record
Posted: 3 May
Mass Effect has one of the best sci-fi stories out there and the universe is fascinating. The soundtrack is absolutly beautiful. I love how the game gives you multiple options when dealing with other characters. Some guy is bothering you? You can politely ask him to go away, or deck him in the face- the choice is up to you. You can easily play this game 2-4 times and have very different experiences.

Some cons:
-Managing your inventory is way too tedious.
-Elevator rides take forever to go anywhere and are completely pointless. Far too often I've gotten into an elevator, waited for the loading screen to being the elevator sequence, gone down the elevator, then waited again once the doors opened to load the map. Why??? It seems like a small thing, but man is it ever annoying (although elevator conversations amongst your sqadamates can be pretty entertaining).
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: 17 May
The definitive sci-fi RPG. Also, Liara is waifu.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: 13 May
Awesome game, one of my new favourites. Brilliant for anyone with dreams of roaming the stars with their own ship and crew. The true Captain Kirk experience, just with more robots.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
88.3 hrs on record
Posted: 2 May
Very fun game, only thing I found annoying near the end was the whole driving on planets thing, got kinda old because I did it so much
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: 12 May
Funniest death ragdolls of any game, ever. When ever shepard dies, his body literally goes wibbly wobbly.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: 4 May
Fantastic game to start of the series, the real congratulations goes to Mass Effect 2 though, still...
PLAY THIS GAME!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
83.4 hrs on record
Posted: 10 May
My favorite story of all time.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: 4 May
Remember when Bioware wasn't ♥♥♥? Pepperidge Farms remembers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: 22 May
I can't believe I've never played this game before now. I'm totally sucked into this game, even if its just roaming around the universe looking for side quests or that last metal deposit. If you like third-person shooters with RPG elements, side quests, space, choose-your-dialogue games, flirting with aliens, and games with fleshed out lore for its world, Mass Effect is for you. I like that I can develop my Shepard the way I like and pick my teammates and how to interact with them outside of missions. I haven't played ME2 or ME3 yet, but I definitely plan to!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: 28 April
Love it ! it is like living a god sci-fi movie.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: 30 April
The awesome beginning for setting up the other two games! Not bad graphics either for an old game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: 12 May
I just wish they'd make a Garrus romance option!
I mean, come on! Look at that waist-line, that booty... *_*
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
161.4 hrs on record
Posted: 10 April
"My name is Commander Shepard, and the elevator is my favorite place on the Citadel."
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