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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!
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 the 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.
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Quite simply, this is an essential purchase and gaming experience.
Excellent storyline, great characters and voice-acting and a genuinely involving plot.
Your gameplay decisions and character looks even port over to Mass Effect 2 once you've finished (and ME2 is an absolute must-play title!)
Sale price is leass than a pint of cheap beer now. What are you doing reading this? Buy it and get playing!
Posted: 26 June
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
I am Commander Shepard and this is my favorite game on Steam
Posted: 20 August
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Favorite game of the saga. Totally recommend it for players willing to explore planets, live a serious adventure with realistic personalities and a carefully crafted storyline.
Posted: 19 June
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Mass Effect 1: The game that started it all.

If you read or watch Youtube videos regularly about "Top 10 Best Gaming Moments in Recent Memory" or "Top 10 Best Video Games of Last Generation" or something along those lines, you've probably seen Mass Effect get pointed out in one of those top 10s very often. After having enough of seeing Mass Effect mentioned on one of the lists, I decided to get Mass Effect and see it for myself. After completing a playthrough as a full out paragon war hero soldier and even imported my character to Mass Effect 2 (Where you can find my review here) and I think Mass Effect was simply outstanding. It had the best overall plot of the three games and had several unforgettable moments, there are quite a few flaws.

For the visuals, they took some time to get used to because in some ways it looks like you're watching a TV show in the 80's-90's. However, in time, I was able to get used to the visuals and was highly impressed. For a game from 2007, the visuals are very good. Obviously, they don't compare to Mass Effect 2 and 3's visuals, but I'd prefer not to compare this to the other games.

The gameplay is probably the weak point of the game. I understand that this game is partially a tactical shooter, but let's be real here: You don't need to use the abilities for each character, the enemies are either easy to kill or too difficult to kill, and the AI is awful. I didn't like the firing at first how it decreases your accuracy, but I got used to it after the first few missions. The gameplay definitely did not age well in the past few years, that's for sure.

The story is the strongest point in the game. Saren plays the role as the main villain very well. I wouldn't say he's top ten worthy, but he's still an amazing character. Too bad it started to get cheesy towards the end. As some people have said, Mass Effect does not actually take off until Virmire, where several of the biggest moments in the trilogy are encountered. The other characters are pretty cool, like the Krogan bounty hunter Wrex (Who is 100x cooler than Grunt in Mass Effect 2) and Liara, an Asari biotic who studies the Protheans, an ancient race who was destroyed by a certain group of people. Overall plot was the best in the series and was just awesome. I don't want to spoil it, so just buy the game!

The voice actors did VERY well when playing their roles. I think the best of the voice actors were either Ali Hillis (Liara) or Brandon Keener (Garrus) but Wrex, Shepard, and Saren's roles stood out, too. The music is awesome and I enjoy hearing it, the only problem I have with the audio is that half of the time all you hear is "pew pew pew" coming from the guns or "Shields down!" The music should've played some more so I can here my gun going "pew pew pew" while I hear epic music playing in the background. When the music didn't play, the mission felt very bland.

The replayability in this game is just about as strong as the other Mass Effects, but from what I've seen from others, this Mass Effects seems like it is the one that is replayed the most. The story wraps you in to the point you've realized you played the game seven times.

In the end, Mass Effect is a strong start to an amazing sci fi RPG trilogy. I highly recommend it. I assure you, you will not regret it.

Graphics- 8/10
Gameplay- 4.5/10
Story- 10/10
Audio- 9.5/10
Replayability- 9/10

+Best overall plot
+Great villain
+Amazing visuals
+High replayability
-Awful AI
-Tedious combat
-Music barely plays
Posted: 6 July
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Long Review

Hi friends, today I'm going to review Mass Effect, aka the best game series in the world. Let me start by saying I've been a gamer for 10 years, I've played A LOT of games on many different platforms. The combat is mediocre as there isn't a lot of variety, you have your standard weapons, pistol, sniper, machine gun, to using skill moves (Biotics). The graphics aren't bad but their definitely nothing special but what do you expect from a game made in 07, also a lot of people, including myself have been having some issues with screen tearing. There are a few minor bugs here are there but nothing too serious that would make the game unplayable. Now you might be thinking "I thought you said this was the best game series in the word", why are you listing it's flaws? Theres but one reason, the story is amazing, It's like nothing I've ever played before, theres so much detail and effort put into this game it's amazing, it makes you forget about all the minor flaws the game has. I can't recommend this game enough, even if you're not into single player games this game will change your attitude in a heart beat. 9/10

Short Review

You get to have sex with aliens.
Posted: 30 June
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382 of 398 people (96%) found this review helpful
211.0 hrs on record
Having sunk over 200 hours into this game alone, over 500 hours in total for this whole trilogy how can I not say this is one of the greatest adventures I've had ever in my life. This is not just a game that you play like call of duty just to pass the time, this series has become a religious experience, a lifestyle.

When I first loaded up this game I had no idea what I was in for, but it gave off a seriously special energy and I got sucked into a living, breathing universe...full of wonder, full of excitement and it shook me like Star Wars KOTOR never could (and is the reason why and how I even bought this game).

Don't even think is this game going to be good enough for my $20 (Australia), if you can afford it just buy it and open your heart, mind and soul to this amazing experience. Don't listen to the haters crying about there ME3 endings that they never got etc, its the journey, the friendships you create, the relationships you forge, the hearts you can break, the tears that can be shed. Don't miss out.

Love you Bioware, you have turned my world and my views, my inner essence, my personality upside down, inside out and blown it to hell and back (in a good way). You've made me mad, you've made me sad, made me happy, made me cry, made me scream the roof down. How many games can you get emotionally, psychologically and spiritually attached to.

Games are artwork like paintings and music for this technological generation, this game is a work of art. AAA+
Posted: 25 November, 2013
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