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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Ich Mercy
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 1 July
Loved this game on Xbox 360 and layed even the other titles, clocked over 1000 hours and now own it on PC, this game is a beautiful master piece with it's rich story writing and character designs. I'd highly recommended this game for any sci-fi fan.
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Sporeian
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Any game that can make me finish it in a single sitting is pretty good in my book.

Oh God there's two more.

BRB
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Emperor Lex
( 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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bigfudge
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Great game can't wait to play 2 and 3.
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waltamelon
( 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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iiMysticalDemon
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Product received for free
Wow this game. It's really good trust me you should get it. Trust me. xD
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easycomputer
( 31.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Background: This was my first playthrough and i cleared about 95% of the sidemissions. I have not played any Mass Effect titles before. It got recommended a lot, so I bought it in summersale to finally get my hads on the legendary saga.

Short review: I am not really into heavy roleplaying. Dialougue/Running around/Fighting felt about 50/40/10. Played on veteran (highest possible difficulty on 1st playthrough) and didn't feel challenged by any fight. Game is as old as it is so a lot of gameplay mechanics felt outdated. Story is okay, characters well-written. Beware of elevators and lightning bugs.

For everyone stil reading on:
Welcome to the longer abstract on "Elevator Simulator Effect 1". (You really spend a long time in elevators in this game so excuse the joke)

Mass Effect is a game that recieved a lot of recommendations so i finally got around to try it out and play it through. I can't say that I would recommend it. The game is yuite old and i don't feel that it aged well. Slight shader-bugs where my party turned into black blobs were quite offputting aswell (didn't happen too often fortunately and could be fixed with some console-tempering).
I understand that Mass Effect is mostly a storydriven game and storywise it felt slightly better than average. It didn't really catch me. You can blame that on me not being the type of player who enjoys standing around for 15 minutes and listening to dialogue. I relied heavily on reading subtitles as fast as i can and getting back into action.

Speaking of action: Fights make about 10% or less of the gameplay. The fight system felt clunky, party management outside of "go there and fire away" wasn't really needed. There were occasions where i got oneshot by me being a dunce and stepping into enemy rockets but aside of that, combat didn't feel challenging or tactical at all. I mostly let my party hack enemies and make them float through the air while shooting them with pistols (heatsink upgrades for unlimited bulletstorm). Maybe Liara and Talia are op, but the last fight was over in about 15-20 seconds without me really doing anything (some bug prevented me from firing my guns there).

I played on veteran and understand that there are higher difficulties available on 2nd playthrough. I don't see the point in that. Why not enable them upfront?

Side Missions feel mostly like chores. Planets and structures on it get repetitive really quickly and pay out well. Stores barely have anything worth to buy so i was walking around with 999 omnigel and 9999999 credits during the two/three final missions.

Main Missions are interesting and Character development is a plus. The dialogues were all around well written.

I think i would have enjoyed the game more if it cut all the walking around, fighting and boring riding-around-in-your-gummyball-vehicle-on-planet-surfaces sequences (i despise this vehicle after using it that much). As it is, the gameplay feels too old and drags down the overall enjoyment of the game too much.
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photo
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
One of my top favorite games of all time.
Just an all around great RPG!
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Sunlight Blade
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 29 June
Spent 2 hrs customizing my character.
60FPS
Totally worth it
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157 of 168 people (93%) found this review helpful
122 people found this review funny
Recommended
192.1 hrs on record
Posted: 11 June
Commanded a starship, explored strange worlds, saved humanity from extinction and had sex with an alien.

10/10 Fulfilled my dream of being just like Captain Kirk.
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
195.6 hrs on record
Posted: 2 June
I'm in this game but seriously this game is where it all begun for me.. Loved this game on Xbox 360, clocked over 1000 hours and now own it on PC and clocked hundred hours already, this game is a beautiful master piece with it's rich story writing and character designs. I'd highly recommended this game for any sci-fi fan.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: 13 June
What happens when you take a RPG, give it a sci-fi setting, make it choice-based, throw in some political themes, add in extremely likable characters, make it a third-person shooter, give it fun gameplay, and then craft an epic narrative out of it? You get Mass Effect. Mass Effect is the Star Wars inspired masterpiece created by Canadian developer Bioware. It was the result of the dev's desire to have full creative liberties over a sci-fi game. They essentially took the engine, mechanics, and structure of KOTOR and made an original game. If you are a fan of sci-fi, you will love this game. If you're a fan of videogames, you will love this game.

Pros:
Everything said in the intro

Cons:
Rendering error in Noveria and Ilos

Results: 9/10
Sci-fi masterpiece
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: 8 June
:'( The start of the journey 10/10
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: 23 June
No game is perfect, but Mass Effect is extremely close. The universe, the story, the characters, the voice actors (especially Jennifer Hale as the female Shepard), the gameplay, that combines third-person shooter elements with RPG stuff, and the amount of things you can do in this game is simply mindblowing. The only thing it lacks in my opinion is the freedom of Deus Ex. But even so, you still have a lot of freedom to shape the experience to your own preferences. No doubt one of the best games ever made. And the graphics are actually quite impressive considering the release year.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: 15 June
Bought this in 2010 played it 2x for about 3-4 hours most time spend on character creation could not get into the game.

The past me was an idiot, well Im still an idiot but at least a mass effect loving idiot now.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: 6 June
One of my new personal favorite series.

I played the Mass Effect triology not expecting too much. This game takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. You fall in love with the characters around you and really feel like you are fighting for a true cause. I loved this game so much, it's now higher than the Bioshock series (which was my all time favorite). I've never cried so much when a character left or I made the wrong choice. Mass Effect 3's ending absolutely destroyed me. I completed it only a day ago and I still feel really depressed over it. In general though, this game is an extraordinary masterpiece. The character development, the choices, the gameplay and the story are just so amazing. I loved every minute of this game franchise and I recommend this to everyone. I really felt like I was Commander Shepard. I felt like I was making a difference. I felt like I was saving the world. I really felt like everything I did, everywhere I went, that people, no the WORLD was depending on me and the choices I made. I've never felt so much for a video game in a long time. 10/10 Broke my heart, made me fall in love and made me happy when I made the right choices.

Thank you Bioware. Another absolutely amazing series from you.
"I'll always love you Garrus"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: 24 June
Been into the Mass Effect series for a while, but somehow didnt play the first one until recently. I am just here to say that even if you have played the other games in the trilogy, the first one is well worth going back to.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: 8 June
What can i say? Mass Effect is the first part of Mass Effect Trilogy and beginning of the best video game of all time.
Not fans of RPG genre, but i think is the RPG games that i love very much.

Please don't mind my gameplay hours on record, because i played this game twice before i bought it on steam.
If you big fans of this trilogy series, you should buy it's artbook called "The Art of Mass Effect Universe", full of great art concept and it's not expensive.

100/100, would play it again and again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.8 hrs on record
Posted: 11 June
An epic sci-fi RPG.
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