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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
101 of 107 people (94%) found this review helpful
188 products in account
42 reviews
51.1 hrs on record
Mass Effect is the template for modern games in general. It has a great story, lots of characters, good voice acting and cool gameplay. Even now, several years after its release and two sequels, it still holds up better than most games.

The orginal Mass Effect has something that its succesors do not have: style ánd substance. The original has hundreds of customisation options. Skill trees are huge and you can easily invest in skills that are not entirely related to your class. It is a bit like Dark Souls in that you can still adopt to suit the situation. You are not irrevocably commited to a single style. This allows you to change things up and to keep the long quest fresh.
This word: commitment. In Mass Effect 2 you would commit to romancing a partner, playing a class and upgrading some weapons. In the original, you spend way more time exploring, fighting and doing cool stuff in general, while still keeping the interactions with your team interesting enough for you to invest in them. Mass Effect is balanced in its commitments, not overly invested in one or the other. It does a lot of things right, but it certainly isn't the best in any area. However, when taken together, you get a very complete and incredible game.

I admit, it may have some problems, like the Mako's gravity defying motions or the tedious shootouts in bunkers that lead to nothing but more worthless junk. However, if you cannot overlook these issues then I suggest you take step back and consider the point of exploring. Bioware has built entire planets for you to explore, and you complain about the space suit you found that happens to be too pink? You are missing the point. If gratification is what you want, then go play something else. Mass Effect is a genuine experience; something that needs to be played to be enjoyed. It isn't the result that matters, but the process.
Posted: 26 February 2014
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71 of 76 people (93%) found this review helpful
229 products in account
13 reviews
20.6 hrs on record
I bought this game first for Xbox 360 and then on Steam. I have easily clocked over 300+ hours on this game.

+ Awesome Sci-Fi Action-RPG
+ Stellar voice acting
+ Great story
+ Has replay value
+ Can be Renegade or Paragon (you feel like your choices matter and save files can be ported to the sequels)
+ Codex is voiced
+ Unique alien species
+ Can be a customizable male or female
+ Interesting characters you come to love
++++ Party banter++++
+ Optional romances

- Squad commands
- Vehicle exploration
- Taking the elevator
- Side quest planets are boring and repetitive
- Inventory system
Posted: 2 March 2014
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,029 products in account
34 reviews
36.7 hrs on record
So good that I sat through the black screen credits!!!

Everything in this game is put together and presented so well. The tactical 3rd-person combat with a slew of skills to cast made for some damn good fun. Compelling voice-work combined with a great soundtrack and storyline make the non-combat parts of this game very entertaining to sit through.

BioWare's signature dialog options are available too, but don't always turn out to be what you expect. I don't know why they don't make the dialog options more clear. Many times Shepard (the protagonist) says something completely extreme to what the dialog option appears to be. Anyway...thats just a minor gripe. Its still fun to be caught off guard by the results of some of the dialog options.

Character skill trees allow you to build your team to fit your playstyle. You can choose to invest in mage-like biotic skills, or beef out your weapon proficiency, or dabble in bits of both.

I did find myself spending a lot of time in exploration and side-missions. The worlds are littered with bits of information that help in telling the full backstory. Side missions tend to have decent independent stories as well. My only gripe with them is that the maps for the side missions got somewhat repetitive after while. It wasn't too big of a concern since the worlds usually look pretty different form each other.

It took me a while to finally get around to playing this game. As a bonus, it looks pretty great when played with the M.E.U.I.T.M HD mod. I spent about 37 hours in Mass Effect. I definitely recomment playing it.
Posted: 22 February 2014
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
285 products in account
3 reviews
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 2014
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
577 products in account
11 reviews
38.3 hrs on record
Mass Effect is a Sci-Fi Third-Person Shooter/RPG.

The game is set a few hundred years into the future, where humanity has discovered FTL travel and other intelligent life.

You play as Commander Shepard. AI called the Geth have been attacking human colonies across the galaxy, and it's up to you to stop them. Along the way you will travel to numerous planets, meeting and helping many different species. As you go along, you unravel the mystery of why the Geth have been attacking humans.

The story is absolutely amazing. One of the last few good games developed by BioWare. You make a ton of choices throughout the game, which impact both the ending, and the sequels to the game.

The combat is great too. A challenging tactical third-person shooter. Each battle requires you to plan ahead, otherwise you will be overpowered very quickly. If you are playing on harder difficulties, one wrong move could mean the end of the battle. This makes for some really tense situations.
There is an inventory system which allows you to customise you and your squad's armour and weapons. Plus add modifications to them. The interface for this can be annoying, especially when you have a ton of gear. But it's not too bad, and having the ability to upgrade weapons and armour is a great addition to the game.

Overall, Mass Effect is an amazing Western RPG/TPS. One of my favourite games of all time. I would recommend this to anyone.
Posted: 20 March 2014
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368 of 383 people (96%) found this review helpful
298 products in account
3 reviews
206.0 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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