Mass Effect is one of the best games I ever played. It sets a benchmark for third person role playing games. It is as close to a DVD movie as a video game can get, because, unlike most first person games, the player can see and hear the player character as well as the non-player characters. The dialog wheel is innovative. When used properly, it delivers a continuous dialog without interruptions. I first played the male Commander Shepard as a soldier in his heavy combat armor, lugging an arsenal of heavy weapons, and that was fun. Then I played the blonde hair, blue eye female Commander Shepard as a vanguard, in her form hugging light armor, wielding her light side arms and awesome biotic power, and, Leaping Lizard, that was ten times as much fun! The story was riveting; I am surprised if a movie is not made of the game when all is said and done. The graphics was spectacular; I was mesmerized by the scenery of the underground Archive and the Aqua Duct leading up to The Conduit on the planet Ilos. Don't miss out on Mass Effect 2 & 3; they are even better.