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.
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14.7 hrs
Posted: 24 September
I love the story line of this game, and the gameplay is fun with some very interesting original ideas. I love how you can choose what to say and it actually makes a difference as to what happens in the game. There is a lot of extra content as well that you can spend a lot of time on if you want. I probably should play through it again as a renegade instead of just paragon. I highly recommend this game. Especially before playing any of the later games.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: 24 September
Yea sure very brilliant game that everyone says is so brilliant. If thats the case then why does it crash every single time you go into the menu? My computer can handle this game, so why all the hype for this ♥♥♥♥.
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27.9 hrs
Posted: 23 September
An old classic(9 almost 10 year old) game of Bioware's that still is fun today, biggest problem is due to the PC export what with the radial menu being traded in for a squared off non rotating menu that means you have to lock the targets exactly for squad power use, the slightly buggy (skips and jerks occasionally) dialogue, and the completely different hacking mechanism; All of which can be slightly disorinting to someone who played it on Xbox, and potentially off-putting to someone who is new to it entirely.

7/10 Would buy for nostalga again!

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22.7 hrs
Posted: 23 September
a brilliant game and a fine pioneer to this genre
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13.4 hrs
Posted: 22 September
As other reviews have said the strongest elements of the game might be the story and over all atmosphere of the game. But I got very bored with all the dialogue and traveling around, and seemingly small amount of action. And then when you did have some action the controls felt very clunky. I'm not a huge fan of cover based fps games, but have played some before that I still managed to enjoy for example Deus Ex Human Revolution. The biggest negative for me is I am not terribly entertained by story driven games where the story / cutscenes / dialogue / traveling take up most of your time, and there is very little action. There are other games that still have a very strong story, but still give you plenty of action where you can feel like a badass, for example Skyrim. Which brings up another huge negative for me: a very linear map system. I can see from a developer's standpoint making a huge open world ala Skyrim is much much more time consuming. Making a simple linear map system is quick and easy and works well with a heavily story driven game. But it makes for much less interesting gameplay as you are forced down a very narrow path every where you go. The final nail in the coffin is that I decided to come back to ME and attempt to finish my game that I started I guess a couple years ago, and now the game doesn't even run anymore and crashes within 10 seconds of doing anything. But maybe the last bit is my PC's fault since it is way over due for a hard drive wipe and fresh install of the OS.
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Raistlin Majere
98.3 hrs
Posted: 22 September
Save The Universe From The Mecha Gods With The Power Of Love (and High-Powered Armament).

- Sprawling, immersive setting.
- Iconic original soundtrack.
- Likeable and deep characters.
- Intriguing plot.
- Fantastic voice acting.
- A badass, customizable protagonist with a convincing personality. (Can also play as a queer woman of color with just as much gravitas and badassery. Or not. Your choice!).
- Three potential romance subplots - two for each gender of protagonist. Can also avoid romance entirely.
- Two great sequels. (Not included).
- Seriously I felt like I saved the galaxy single-handedly and also became an extremely hot lesbian god by the end. What an experience.

- Aged graphics.
- I have a 15"+ screen, and the game crops itself - lots of black border space, but only in cutscenes.
- Gods-awful inavoidable vehicle segments with controls from hell.
- Male Shepard's voice acting. Sorry, Dude Shep, but it's gotta be said.
- The implied homophobia of having no queer LI available for Dude Shep. We see what you did there, BioWare.
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56.1 hrs
Posted: 21 September
I've just completed this game (56hrs) and whilst the gaphics are a bit dated the game play and story is great, especially once you get through the initial grind in the Citadel. The last third of the game is especially good, so I'm pleased I pushed on. I'm now looking forward to playing Mass Effect 2.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: 20 September
I have this for my xbox 360, which I don't use any more, so I figured i'd pick it up on PC. Well, it is still a good game, but graphics have not aged well. Not sure why, but i'm getting really badly pixellated textures. Still work getting on sale though.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: 20 September
played this game in 2016.

story is good

bugs bugs bugs. in few hours playing i experienced bugs where i pass the wall or fall in 5 dimension hole that make us can't continue the game.

can't see the enemy, the graphic looks so bad with very small resolutin that make us can't see the enemies well. thanks there is red triangle as the marker if that is the enemy.

map not pointing to the right direction :|
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: 7 September
Short preview:
  • (+) Enough good story. ✅
  • (+) Long game-time length. ✅
    • It was 61 hours for me, with side-quests, “assignments”,.
  • (+) Customizable dialogue. ✅ Click here to see it!

  • (-) It doesn’t run on Windows 7 – 64 bit, even with changed compatible mods. ✗
  • (-) Sometimes the body and face animations lags at the end of sentence. ✗
  • (-) There’s not enough action, shooting. ✗

Crashes / Bugs / Glitches:
After I had updated it to v.1.2, and was able to run, I had a weird glitch, which was that the keyboard rarely refused to work in the game. I had to use ALT+TAB+Delete and restart the game. Without keyboard, I couldn’t save it before the had the process stopped. :(

My personal opinion:
Unfortunately, this game has many minor flaws.
Rarely / sometimes the voice acting didn’t match to the correct character behaviour.
For example; I was in a calm conversation and the other character was in trouble, and I would have liked to offer my help ‘Can I help you?’, but Shepard said, ’What do you want?’, in a rather rude way. :(

The 40% of the game-play was a talking simulator (with all side quests) for me. I found myself in a good action at the beginning, and when we docked in the Citadel, I had talked and walked place to place for 9 hours, in that same giant spaceship the Citadel! Fortunately, they were not too long, but a lot of! When I began to bore it, fortunately, I managed to start the second main mission and left the Citadel.

The side quests rather repetitive, go to planet to planet, kill them, bring that, talk with them.

BUT! ALL AFTER THESE! The story blew up and gave me a desperate interesting! The last 30% of the game was absolutely cool and interesting for me! And I knew then, that the sort of boring 70% of game-play was needed. To get to know the other civilisations, species, their life and habits. They all needed for the complete feeling!
At the end of the game, I was rally happy that I’ve bough this game and finished it. ✅

Despite the many minor flaws, I was happy to get to know this story/game.
I can recommend it to them who;
  • Like Sci-fi stories.
  • Like to talk with non human species.
  • Like to behave as you are. (Or at least similar what you are.)
  • Like to discover other planets. (Sort of open world)
  • Future atmosphere.
  • Like or bear to do repetitive side-quests.

Achievement hunting:
There’s no Steam achievements, but there’s in-game achievements. So, your Average-Steam-Achievement-Rate won’t increase or decrease with this game.
It was a good news for me. ✅
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
65.4 hrs on record
Posted: 3 September
+ Incredible story
+ Option to make different choices throughout the story
+ Immersive environments
+ Many different planet surfaces to explore
+ Great cast of characters and companions
+ A good amount of entertaining quests
+ Amazing soundtrack and voice acting
+ Moderate character customization

- Indoor environments are stupidly repetitive (both in look and feel)
- Combat is awkward and seemingly unresponsive
- Driving the Mako (off-road vehicle) on planet surfaces makes you want to pull your hair out
- Too much meaningless and useless loot (you'll sell or scrap 99% of the items you find)
- A lot of walking at times

1. Some solid RPG elements (leveling up, skills, equipment)
2. Saved game (and decisions made in story) carry over to Mass Effect 2

Let me know if you have any questions about the game!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: 27 August
The first Mass Effect game is a game that changed my life. It got me into astronomy and not many games will get me interested into a specific subject and will make me enjoy it. Mass Effect is basically a choose your own adventure book in video game form. The story and characters are very well written and you feel like you're actually this commander that is gathering a small team to take down the Galaxy's biggest threat ever. The music is seriously one of the best ever in video games, it has an 80s synthetic feel to it and you can really feel the emotions in every song. There's just too much replay value in this and I honestly can't recommend this enough. You will not regret playing this series.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: 17 September
Cons :

- The Mako makes me want to kill myself.
- The minigame to open/mine/analyze sh_its is lame.
- Every planets are empty, dead and look alike. One planet per instagram filter.

Pros :

- Pretty much everything else.

I wanna kiss Bioware for making such great games sometimes.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: 27 August
You know this is a spectacular RPG when you can do things you can never ever do in real life like
1. Becoming a space commando
2. Meeting aliens
3. Shooting all kinds of species with space lasers in their face
4. Travelling across the universe in FTL speed
5. Talking to women and banging them
10/10 the perfect game to escape and hide your misery as depression slowly consumes your life.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: 18 September
Mass Effect might be an old game but that shouldnt stop you from playing it, if you like story-rich action RPGs then you will definitely enjoy this game.I played the game on Windows 10 and it ran without any issues on ultra high settings.

1.Good story and interesting characters with great voice acting
2.Decent graphics
3.RPG elemnts like skill trees,decision making and character customization
4.Has many entertaining side quests and activites to keep you occupied for hours

1.Dialouge animations are sometimes glitchy which breaks immersion
2.UI can be a bit confusing in the beginning
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: 27 August
Disconnecting the council,
Talking to the Hanar,
Mass Effect,
And many more.

Not enough Mass Effect.

Guide to fixing the "cons":
Get Mass Effect 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: 22 September
I'm very late to the Mass Effect party but man, I'm glad I eventually made it.

This is simply the best Sci-fi RPG I have ever played. It's like being the star of your own TV series.

Great story, Deep game universe. Great squad combat.

The graphics may be slightly dated but it still looks fine running through my 1080p TV.

The only criticism I have is that the 'loot box' unlock mini game is frustrating. Not hard, just frustrating. It is also pointless as after three or four quick reloads you can get through. Might as well not be there.

But that in no way detracts from the total awesomeness of the game.

I have had no problems running it on Win 7. If you are into sci-fi or action RPG's you owe it to yourself to pick it up next time it pops up in a Sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: 28 August
Not planning to say something new about the game. It's one of the forever classics, no matter how much casual is that poor sci-fi (I've been raised on the sci-fi classics of 70-ies and earlier). When I tried it first time, I've been constantly struggling with the poorly explained stuff, yet it's the charismatic setting that made me love it nonetheless.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: 29 August
I must admit I had some doubts considering Gothic series and Skyrim are my all-time favourites. I also played Dragon Age some time ago and it wasn't anything special...

... but now, after finishing it just a few days ago, I'm absolutely excited about Mass Effect series and I'm definitely playing ME2, ME3 and when the time comes also ME: Andromeda.

PROS: Absolutely breath-taking world, interesting and sometimes funny conversations, small sized team (easy to command, helpful and better than going alone), really nice story

CONS: Quite difficult controls at the beginning (took a few hours to get used to it), over and over still the same dungeons, considering not doing side mission (but I did them) it could be quite a short story to finish
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