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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: 15 October
I deeply regret not finding this game sooner, it is the start of somthing magical, get all 3 games and play though them, preferably with the same character and prepare to experiance one of those few gaming experiances that you will forever remember.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: 15 October
Mass Effect is my favorite series I have ever played. You can really understand and learn about the characters in the game as you play it. It is an older game now sure, but even in 2016 it doesn't look bad at all. There are also mods to help revamp the graphics and lighting that are easy to get set up right for you. This game has pretty okay replayablity as well. Different classes with very different abilites, different choices to make throught the game. Play through at least two times to get Paragon (good cop) and Renegade (bad cop) options, and you can hit most of the dialouges this way as well.

It has amazing soundtracks, voice acting, unique character races, lots of lore and story, all around a really great experiance. You can play this game and not the second or third, and still be able to have fun with the story. Though when I played this game years ago, I just had to play the second and third.

To this day, to be able to sit down, play Mass Effect, import my character and thier decisions to Mass Effect 2, and import again to Mass Effect 3, and have nearly 150-200 hours put into this one character, is special. It isn't a new character the next game, it is my character. It is everything I want them to be, and the same goes to all the other characters that went with me along the way. It is making your own story with you and your team. Making relationships, friendships, working through hardships, all done together.

I absolutely recommend this game, and the entire series. Roleplay, storytelling, engaging characters and enviornment, everything makes it special. 10/10 experiance with my time with it all
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: 14 October
This game was what got me into the Mass Effect franchise, and I'm happy for that, however the combat style and the way some of the AI works makes it terrable as far as gameplay is concerned (An example being the Rogue VI mission on the moon, where the drones would just rush you with no where to hide). Also if you want to get all the side quests done, you'll spend a lot of time running around the Citadel doing quests more fitting to a MMORPG then a single player game. And the thing I hated most, the conversation tree, don't get me wrong, I'm a Roleplayer, but if two options result in the exact same dialogue, then why bother having both? this often made me feel like I had no influence in the conversation, even though that's one of the core features. But dispite all that, it's a great story, and as I said, it got me into the franchise, so it's still recommended in my books.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: 11 October
Great graphics for the time, and still very playable today. The game has a great story, and choices that had at least some effect on how the game played out. In a lot of games the cut scenes aren't well done, but here some thought was put into them. Overall a great game with enough variety of game mechanics to keep me interested until the end.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: 25 October
This game gives me goosebumps and is 10 times better than watching a movie.

The good
- In-depth characters exploration
- Galaxy exploration
- Great story
- Weapons without refills
- Choices, sometimes difficults to make
- Long gameplay
- Musics
- Intense finale

The bad
- Elevators
- Bugs
- No skip button for stories.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: 6 October
This game is massive, and has had quite the positive effect in my life.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: 5 October
This game is great, not the best, but it is certainly one of the better games on Steam. It has aged rather well, and while a few aspects of it are very dated and can be annoying, such as the MAKO or hacking minigames, but the rest of the game such as the story, combat and voice acting (save for a few VERY minor cases) has aged rather well. There are a few graphic issues here and there however, but these can be overlooked or fixed within the game via the console.

All in all I'd highly suggest this game! Solid story, great action and a lore-rich universe make for an awesome time.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: 9 October
Story 10/10

gameplay 4/10 shooting is fun the rest garbage

soundtrack 6/10

characters 9/10

This game is worth to play to start the story of shepard
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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30.9 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 28 October
Great start to the series and worth playing just to lead onto Mass Effect 2 and 3. It is in my opinion the worst of the series but that in no way makes this a bad game.

Good story, easy RPG elements and no real grind involved.
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30.1 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 27 October
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9.5 hrs
Posted: 27 October
its ♥♥♥♥ if you like videogames. If you like books its ok.
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Lady Lilah
0.1 hrs
Posted: 27 October
The game that started the Mass Effect madness. The entire mechanics of the game are a little rough around the edges, when compared to Mass Effect 2 (but only in retrospect); it makes replaying a little unpleasant, but I still give this game a SOLID 10/10. Great story, great music, great feeling. You're definitely there when you're playing, in a truly original universe. If they did an HD remaster (even though the game certainly doesn't need it), I'd definitely shell out 60 euros for it.

One of the games I replay every now and again, and take my time completing. Probably finished it around 10 times by now, and I always enjoy it like it's my first time.

(Yes, I know it says 0.1h played, I had it on Origin before moving over to Steam).
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22.7 hrs
Posted: 27 October
One of the most enjoyable action RPG games I'v played. The story is incredibly good. If you like action RPG games and you like SciFi then you can't go wrong with this gem of a game. Replay value is tremendous since you can control so many outcomes. Voice acting is spot on as well.

10/10 imo
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Captain Malcolm Hammercastle
13.4 hrs
Posted: 26 October
It may be over the top to say this is one of the worst games ever made. . . but it is pretty terrible. Yes, yes, there's a decent story. Unfortunately, this is mired down by some of the worst gameplay features I've ever come across in such a popular title. The shooting mechanics in Mass Effect are past the point of bad, past the point of laughable, and right back around to anneurism inducing. There is no story that has ever been crafted by man that would make up for the gameplay in this *game*. I'm not going to turn this into a huge hate rant, and to be fair, this is the only game in the series I have played. I have heard the gameplay in ME2 and 3 are not just better, but actually very fun. Hopefuly I will find time to force myself to choke down this bitter pill so that I can play the fun titles in the series, some day. After all these years, and five or six tries with this title, I am not sure that will ever happen.

As an afterthought, I feel it necessary to point out that I am a huge Bioware fan. Loved the KoTOR series, Jade Empire, pretty much anything they've ever done. This would have been so much better as a turn-based d20 game than a bad shooter, and I love shooters.
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32.1 hrs
Posted: 25 October
Completed the trilogy for the first time yesterday. I regret not playing this game sooner due to being misinformed about it's content. Now that I have completed the story, it's without doubt one of the best story telling game out there. If you like sci-fi to any extent, you'll love Mass Effect. ME1 and ME2 can be bought here on Steam, ME3 is available on Origin.

The three games share their ability to deliver the story, but operate a little different from each other in terms of gameplay.

ME1 has a complex skill tree and weapon system that gives the player plenty of flexibility when assembling a team. Though, to my dissapointment, your romance options are limited to three characters; Ashley, Kaiden and Liara. #Tali<3

ME2 has simplified has a good questing/journal system that makes questing a breeze so you con enjoy all the content the game has to offer. Though they dumbed down the weapons information to the extend you dont know how good they actually are. IMO its outright ♥♥♥♥.

ME3 has a great skill tree and weapon modification skill, but has a ♥♥♥♥ poor journal system. You can't organize quests, nor does it update when you complete elements of the quest like in ME2. You get used to it eventually, but it's definitely bad.

All in all, the Mass Effect trilogy is a great and heartbreaking game worth playing.
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67.6 hrs
Posted: 25 October
mass effect is one of the most extraordinary scifi game franchises that you will ever play. the soundtracks are beautiful and will forever bring back memories that will cause your heart to drown in nostalgia. excellent gameplay. the decisions you make in this game will carry repercussions til the very end of the trilogy. you will get to fall in love with a lot of memorable characters. this game will offer you a great story in a sandbox with multiple places to visit whenever you want. it also offers a great index full of information about the different alien species, their cultures and their evolutionary history. also there is a lot to read about planet's compositions and the marks left by ancient battles and the ruins of species forever lost in history. not to mention you get to read about the particular technologies used by the galactic community. this is a game that almost certainly will make you a fan.

BE WARNED! all three games have important story dlc's! you can only buy them from the bioware store. you are forced to get them if you don't want to miss memorable characters and story moments.
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35.4 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 24 October
I've always been a fan of Bioware, with their main strengths being story and character interaction. The Mass Effect series is no exception.

What struck me most about playing Mass Effect is the rich world that Bioware created, no longer held back by having to use somebody else's IP. The galaxy and the aliens just seem real and believable, helping to suck you into its world.

Admittedly I haven't played Mass Effect since playing 2 and 3, and I am sure there are many aspects of the gameplay that would annoy me if I were to play it again. Mainly the cookie cutter side missions. If you're new to the franchise though I'd say it's worth playing this game, if only to experience the story, that builds in the sequels.
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