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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﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 29 July
Here we go.. Eden Prime is the starting planet for an epic saga
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garnetfrog
( 43.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 28 July
remember, press F6 frequently to quicksave so you don't loose progress when the game crashes randomly!
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Admiral Kirk
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 28 July
Mass Effect changed how I look on games as media, before I liked games but I was almost never really invested in the stories they told, that all changed when I played this game. Mass Effect is a classic game that everyone should at least play once in their lifetime, the story is so well told and written it will keep you invested the whole way, the characters you meet and get to know are some of the best characters I have ever seen in a game. But this game is not only awesome because of the good story and well written characters but also because the world they made for this game is simply one of the best universes in not only games but in all of fiction. Both the aliens and the humans in this game feel real and convincing.

I’m a big sci fi nerd and I have always been fascinated by how they portray the human race, in most sci fi that is a huge hit or miss, example of this is how humans are in star trek (love star trek) they are simply too nice they don’t feel like the more grey humanity we know. In mass effect they made a human race that seems like a logical step from how we think and act today, no perfect goodwillers ( like star trek), not some evil war empire( like in 40k) but somewhere in between(maybe a bit more to the 40k on the scale then star trek, kind of on the same place as babylon 5 grey humans not black or white). The universe they made feels alive and almost real something most fiction fail at.

The gameplay is maybe weak in some areas like the mako but it doesn't really matter because what you get out of this game is simply more than just gameplay (gameplay is good in most parts) you get a good story. Should you buy this game? I think so because I think if you don’t you will miss out on one of the best modern games ever made, you will also miss the start of a saga that only got better in mass effect 2. This Game changed my whole view on games and it has stuck with me after all this years and I think that is a testament to how much of an impact this game had on me.

Story 10/10
Music 9/10
Atmosphere 10/10
Gameplay 8/10
Replayability 9/10

Final Score a solid 9/10 because no game or media is perfect.

PS: sorry for any bad English I have always been bad at typing and spelling even in my own language, also if you wonder why my playtime is so low its because i played the games on the xbox back in the day, think I finished mass effect 1 7 or 8 times. Was planning to play through all the games on pc but i haven’t gotten around to doing it yet.
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Alucard (アーカード)
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 July
Mass Effect is a great game with an outstanding storyline. But sadly, the PC version has no control support and this is a game that was obviously meant to be played with an XBox 360 controller. That is why I suggest getting the XBox 360 version of the game over the PC version. But if you don't mind playing the game with a mouse and keyboard, you're in for a real treat. Sci-fi fans will delight in the storytelling.
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Robot Ex Machina
( 35.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 July
Great game especially with the story!
The ending was truly epic!

However, some elements seemed kinda out of place such as Shepard exploring uncharted worlds in the Mako, but it did give the game some fluff.
Some textures, [/spoiler] on Novera and Ilos, [/spoiler] do not work with many graphics cards.

The textures are a bit outdated but really beautiful sometimes and shots that a filmagrapher should take care of.

8/10 Should be adapted into a summer action movie!
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DradonDragon
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 July
Now there are a few things why this game is good.

number one: You dont have a lot of gore, just a little bit in the middle but that was not al to bad
number two: Instead of a omg you going away goodbye kiss you get to have something even better (wont spoil!
number three: There is good action and love the guns controls for them are fine wen you get used to it!

I am a fan of choice base games but this one is a lot better with the action and the story line being both good and beautiful
I would rate this game a 9.5/10 if it wasn't for this 1 reason!
WEN YOU GET STUCK YOU ARE STUCK!!
my advice try to put as much logic to everything as possible and listing to your friends is really helpful

but wen that doesn't work even though i hate doing that just look up youtube or try again but its really stupid somethimes

this game is a 9/10 for me

p.s. for people who want to know i looked up if it matter if you have a savefile form steam in mass effect and try playing 2 and 3 or just 3 on origin it SHOULD work because it just needs your savefiles with are stored in the computer orso i hope

(I will update this review if i have played mass effect 2 on steam and 3 on origin to see if it works)
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RB26DETT
( 44.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 July
In my opinion the last great RPG, and im still waiting for the next great RPG. I would easily list this in the same breath as KOTOR and Fallout. Just do not expect great combat, it's not the game's strong suit (unlike the sequels, this is purely an RPG experience). In any case if you have not yet acquainted yourself with the adventures of Shepard, the nameless sellout horny space mass murdering genocidal jerk, then do it now. However the choice system might make your Shepard to be a bit better than what I achieved.
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intence66
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 July
i really reccomend this game to everyone
i reccomend every masseffect game
im glad i grew up with masseffect as a part of my childhood and adult hood the graphics and story and options of what you can do is amazing and so is the designs of buildings weapons and worlds and every place you can travel and go the weapons are handy there are side missions to and tasks to addvance . characters are also amazing with detail but the other nice thing about masseffect games are when you talk to somone you have multi options for what you want to say and do and sometimes if you say the wrong words it can result in good or bad responces but all in all i definitly reccomend this game to everyone 10/10
((((((i just really reccomend every masseffect game)))))))
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Mnemosyne
( 37.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 July
I love the Mass Effect series, and it all started once I played this game.
+ Amazing main storyline, and it'll leave you wanting more.
+ Awesome characters (you'll grow real attatched to your crew, real quick)
+ Space and exploration (need I say more?)
+ The choices you make DO matter, unlike some other RPG's out there

- The graphics do show age
- Character creation makes it impossible to make your own "good looking" male Shepard, he will look like a goblin no matter what you do (unless you go for mods. Mods are everything)
- The inventory system isn't that great and can be a little confusing at first

However, I can live with those cons, because this game is amazing and you'll find yourself wishing you had your own Normandy SR1 to fly across the Milky Way. Damn, I love this game.

Just play it already!
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WizardLizard
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 25 July
The best darn RPG out there. This game IMHO is the weakest of the three, but you need to play this game. My favorite series and after one play through you will understand why.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
98.1 hrs on record
Posted: 30 June
My first 'real' RPG and my introduction to the trilogy as a whole. Mass Effect 1 is an excellent game that's aged pretty well, though there are still some hiccups here and there.

Pros:
-An immersive story where most choices have long-standing consequences. These range from fairly obvious galactic-scale choices to something as seemingly inconsequential as chatting with a particular NPC. While not all of these are terribly important, it really gives a sense of connectivity between games. People don't just forget how you treated them in the past.

-The planetary exploration system. While it's unfortunately coupled with the horrible Mako controls (talked about in more detail below), this is one often-derided part of the game that I actually enjoyed. By having a planet in nearly every system that you can get down and explore (rather than just scanning from your ship, as in later games) makes the galaxy seem that much more massive.

-The universe itself. Like most Bioware RPGs, the universe of the game is incredibly fleshed out. You'll discover hundreds of 'codex entries', which are little articles which describe how things work in-universe. Everything from spaceship design, to FTL travel, to how certain aliens function is covered at some point or another. This is all optional, of course- you don't *have* to know any of it to play the game, but it really enhances the experience when you can see how much thought went into creating this world.

Cons:
-The inventory system is... not great. I've seen worse, even in AAA titles, but this one is pretty bad. Your inventory will quickly become cluttered with mostly useless junk, with only a few things worth keeping. This does a good job of fleshing out the world somewhat (most things have a small description or at least a logo, making the galaxy feel bigger), but at the cost of convenience. You practically have to micromanage your squadmate's armor and guns for the first half of the game or so. Once you get access to the really good stuff, everything else becomes pretty much obsolete. Credits become kind of superfulous at the end of the game as well- I maxed out my bank on my first run without even really trying.

-The dreaded Mako. It's essentially an armored vehicle for planetary exploration. Sounds great, right? The problem is that the handling is utterly atrocious. The thing lumbers around like a drunken rhinocerous, until it gets stuck on a rock outcropping and flies halfway across the map. It's all right to drive on a flat surface, but most planets are at least somewhat mountainous. There are even a few that are almost nothing but hills. Once again, this adds character to the planets at the expense of gameplay.

Everything else:
-The combat's nothing special. Not bad, mind you, but it doesn't do a whole lot that's really unique. Third-person shooting from behind chest-high walls with some different powers to liven things up. These range from hacking robotic enemies or weapons to 'biotic' powers which are essentially Force moves. The AI for enemies can get a bit stupid at times with characters running straight into your ambushes.

-The graphics are good. A lot of the planetary environments are still beautiful, but some of the characters can get off-model mid-cutscene which makes things pretty jarring.

Overall, I'd rate this a solid 9/10. Good combat, if nothing new, coupled with a wonderfully rich environment, engaging characters, and long-lasting consequences that will follow you through the trilogy.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: 11 July
Hopping for a remake someday.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: 14 July
I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favourite game on the Steam Store.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: 11 July
Maybe the best sci-fi RPG (up there with KoTOR) and one of the best story-based computer games. The main story, written by Karpyshyn et al, shines accompanied by a wealth of developed support characters with their own backgrounds and stories.

Pros:
+ amazing main story
+ choices DO MATTER at personal and global level
+ a very large number of support characters each with corresponding stories
+ variety in weapons, characteristics, skills etc
+ optimal duration, not too short but also it does not drag forever
+ music and sound effects
+ some really awesome moments especially near the end

Cons:
- graphics show their age
- environments of side missions are repeated (especially the bases), making some quests rather boring
- some occasional crashes


All-in-all: A must-have game!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
241.6 hrs on record
Posted: 2 July
If you ever watched Star Trek or any other space exploration series and wanted a game were you could do that, this is it.

You have your ship, you visit planets, you uncover the secret of an old alien race, you deal with galactic politics, you save colonists, you kill space mercenaries and terrorists, save hostages, fight rogue AI's...

An experience you'l never going to forget.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: 13 July
Fight for the freedom of the human race as a renegade badass ♥♥♥♥♥ and Make the Galaxy Great Again. All those aliens are just rapists, criminals and drug lords, some I assume are good people. Commander shepard is gonna build a wall around Earth that the aliens will pay for.

One of the best sci-fi franchises I've played. I give it a 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: 25 July
There are games you like. There are games you love, and replay many times.

And then there are the games which almost bring a tear to your eye every time you start them. The games which you've played enough times, you can quote the dialogue, speedrun the game with perfectly, and remember every encounter from. Because those games are masterpieces.

This is one of those games.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: 6 July
Space Magic.

Have I sold you yet?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: 2 July
Glad I checked this game out, had a weird problem with the framerate at first. Once I fixed that, the game has been pretty enjoyable so far.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: 30 June
absolutely love this series . best game series iv ever played and it all starts with ME1
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