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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Actual Luke Skywalker
19.2 hrs
Posted: 24 August
What to say about Mass Effect. If you haven't brought it yet just go ahaed and to it. This game has already become a timeless classic. Even though it's published by EA und you should generally do not buy anything ea publishes this game is a must have in every games collection.
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vishalsingh17
79.6 hrs
Posted: 23 August
The Mass Effect series is probably the greatest executed RPG trilogy ever created, and my personal favorite three video games ever made so far. The first game stands as one of the best. I've played this game more than any other video game I've ever had, I used to own the disc copy when it first came out, and I even owned it on PS3, before getting it again on Steam. This game has been out for 9 years and every year or two I find myself getting bored of current games and coming back to this series, and it has never gotten old. Especially not the first one!
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vagon
21.5 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 23 August
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Psilos9
24.3 hrs
Posted: 22 August
CON: I don't think they cared to clean up the bugs on PC.
Combat and AI is average at best.

PRO: Story is fun and rich.

Pick up on sale!
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maddogg
89.6 hrs
Posted: 22 August
Great story, only finished it a fewwwwwww years to late.
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Elite T91
25.7 hrs
Posted: 22 August
So many positive reviews. What more can i say? An absolute masterpiece.

I have to say (since i picked this game up again) that it takes some time getting into the game. The combat isn't up to standard, but still feels great in my opinion. But now im past a certain point in the game, i can't quit playing it. The story, the gameplay and the immersion. Bioware surely gave birth to a game that started a wonderfull series.
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42.3 hrs
Posted: 22 August
An awesome RPG with an awesome amount of lore and fully fleshed out universe behind it. Only two problems.
1. Inventory system is horrific.
2. could use more variety on the alien races. Entire race of sexy blue alien women. REALLY!!!
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lea.d
22.0 hrs
Posted: 22 August
Really great game! The story is amazing! I liked everything : characters, gameplay options, music (I have to say the music is better than that of most video game I've played before)... Even if the game has a couple of years, it's easy to forget while playing it. I had this game for 4$, but I have to say it's worth the 20$ it is normally. I taked me 20 hours to do the entire game (including side quests). Works perfectly with my Windows 10 computer.

Très bon jeu! L'histoire est formidable! J'ai tout aimé de ce jeu : les personnages, les différentes options du gameplay, la musique (qui est selon moi bien meilleure que dans beaucoup de jeux vidéos)... Même si le jeu date de quelques années, c'est facile à oublier lorsque l'on y joue. J'ai eu ce jeu en spécial à 4$, mais je dois dire qu'il vaut très certainement les 20$ de son prix régulier. J'ai fait le jeu en environ 20 heures (incluant les quêtes secondaires). Fonctionne parfaitement sur Windows 10.
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Knegoff
7.1 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 22 August
Varför kan inte spel vara typ 10 min långa så det ser ut som jag klarar alla bra spel gud
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LurkusMcGurkus
53.7 hrs
Posted: 22 August
Play this game, it THE sci-fi FPSRPG that you need in your life.

10/10
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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: 13 August
How would you like to command a space ship and take part in building the image of humanity for all the other aliens in the galaxy?
Basically, that's the question, Commander Shepard, your character is asked early on in the game, asked as in obliged. This is a game developed at the time where BioWare was respecting its fanbase same as CD Projekt of today. That said, you get to play through a well written storyline, faulty combat that has its charm, original soundtrack that whenever you're going to listen to again, you're going to relive the feelings and last but not least, graphics that are today outdated, yet possible to mod with some sweet 4k textures and having a strong art style, it still got the touch.
The whole Mass Effect trilogy is remembered for it's characters, but the first one doesn't only have the memorable squad mates and NPCs, but also an original story, with the least tropes and cliches of the bunch and non-arugable, the most solid regarding plot and pace. In a galaxy where humanity is new and relatively unproven, you, Commander Shepard, get to be the first human Spectre, an agent authorized by the Council to do anything, have to catch a veteran rogue spectre, finding out his motives and putting an end to whatever he is scheming. It's the tale of your rise. A tale where you write history by fighting alongside humans and aliens, getting involved in both trivial and important matters, a tale that grows more grave as it progresses. And like any good BioWare games, you'll have to make hard choices that DO have consequences. There are conversations you can carry on with different characters(especially your crew) that can determine your relationship with them and leave a mark on them throughout the trilogy.
Regarding customization, you can change gender, facial traits(including scars), name, classes and background profile. The first and last two can change certain options in the story line. As you progress in the game, you'll gain either paragon, renegade or both kind of points, having more into one will make certain dialogue lines available to you and some gameplay bonuses. Also, the extreme of your morality will change the environment, soundtrack and a background picture at the end of the game.
Soundtrack is how it should be, giving the right vibes of what should any intro into a Sci-Fi should: the feeling you're stepping into mysterious grounds while wondering if the advancements you have will be enough. Certain key moments are enhanced by the soundtrack, decisions sound more dire, discoveries more interesting and the ending a hell lot more epic.
The gameplay is original as well; your weapons don't use ammo, but they can overheat. However, with the right weapons and the right weapon modding, shooting infinitely is almost reachable, but unnecessary, since most enemies die from the high level weapons. You can loot guns and equipment from corpses or crates, loot that can be used by you or your squadmaters, if the specifics are met.
There are unknown planets with different Eco systems and points of attractions for you to explore, with everyone's favorite vehicle, the Mako, which rides mountains just like horses in Skyrim(but with better logic) and bounces good enough to dance on "Moves like Jagger".
One more big fuss about this game is the romance options. You can end up into a relationship with a crew-mate. There are two options for each gender, the human of the opposite gender that is in the squad from the prologue or the hot blue alien which is a she no matter what.
For most good old games I feel the need to ask potential players to give it 3-6 hours or more for the game to get to them, but Mass Effect is engrossing since the beginning and it's new game plus material, not just for gameplay and achievements but for making different choices in the storyline you're going to remember for a long time.
Mass Effect is the starting point for a beloved trilogy, but also the kind of game that stands well on its own. It's not just nostalgia that makes some fans call it the best of the series. Even by today's standards, it's still unique and an example of how new Sci-Fi's should be made. The campaign can take between 15 to 60 hours, depending on how you play it, but even 15 is enough to satisfy(although you might find yourself spending more time than you'd decide). It runs with no problems with newer systems and the price is low regarding what is has to offer. In other words, it is a MUST BUY!
I'm a Mass Effect fan and this is my favorite game in the Galaxy!
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: 1 August
Words don't exist to describe the scale, brilliance and emotional intelligence of this series. The relationships that are possible to build within the game are ones that you will reflect on in daily life, the choices to make will have you wondering for days what could have happened had things gone the other way. This is a game that allows you to pour yourself into it in the most organic way. This is a game in which you make friends with the characters - hear me out - to the extent that you miss them when you don't play the game for a while. Well, I imagine you would, as I never go more than a month or two without revisiting this series.
Be prepared for plenty of room for improvement in Mass Effect 1. Like any game series, the first instalment leaves something to be desired of the combat and customisability, but Mass Effect 2 and 3 more than make up for that.
This is my favourite game series of all time, and if you don't play it, you're missing out. Trust me.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: 12 August
If you're new to the Mass Effect saga, you're probably here looking for alien sex, OR because of its reputation. Guess what, you get an amazing game AND the alien sex, what more could you ask for?
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: 11 August
Anderson with the right hook to udina's jaw, 10/10 would get grounded at citadel again
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: 4 August
It has an amazing storyline but the combat has become a bore and has not aged well.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: 13 August
I think this game is good, however it is not as good as kotor the characters lack development and depth
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: 19 August
I cannot recomend this game enough.

Its a storytelling marvel and something which stands as a testament of how games are an artform.
You will get drawn to the universe and you will care about the people and what happens.

But enough praise, the bad stuff:
The vehicle section of the game is horrible.
The combat is sub-par but serves its purpose.
The inventory system and its management is a bit too old school (ie. messy).

Get the game, play it through. Keep your saves.
Go get mass effect 2 and play it using your saves.

You will literaly be missing out if you dont give this a go.

PS: giving it a go means finishing at least the first mission which is a bit boring.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: 22 August
This game is the start of an epic trilogy that is rich with story and interactivity. Developed by the same company that made the popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, this game improves upon the role-playing system presented in that game. This third-person shooter is worthy of being one of BioWare's crowning achievements. People that desire hours of entertainment should definitely check this one out.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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