You take the role of Commander Shepard starship Normandy the last hope for all life in the Galaxy. Saren a rogue member of the elite and untouchable Spectre agents has discovered the secret to unleashing an apocalyptic force upon the galaxy and only you stand in his way. To save the lives of billions you must do whatever it takes to stop Saren and prevent the return of an ancient force bent on the destruction of all organic life.
I was blown away with just how big the ME universe was and the customizability of each class structure in cohort with the endless number of equipment at your disposal. Storyline is relatively short and linear but theres lots of side non-critical missions one can complete plus DLCs where the end results has, which is my favorite feature of the Mass Effect series, an impact of your character's story in the next game. This expands just how much you can develop your character and steer him/her towards other directions with sometimes varying results. And its not only your character you develop but also your relation to those around you. This game is incredible.
Mass Effect takes place in the distant future (2183 to be exact) as you play as Commander Shepard with the responsibility of exploring the galaxy on your highly advanced space shuttle, one of the strengths of this game is that through various mechanics the scope and size of the game feels much larger than it actually is. Mass Effects main story line follows Commander Shepard as he discovers the secrets of an ancient mystery which is extremely interesting throughout the game. Much of the appeal of Mass Effect is that choices made during conversations / dialogue (similar to Fallout 3 and Knights of The Old Republic 1 & 2) have a lasting impact on your character and the world around you which allows for you to experience a story that feels very personalized to your specific Commander Shepard.
One of the other strengths of Mass Effect is that it has an amazing amount of customization options through the series. In the first game you can modify just about every feature of your character including your Backstory, Personailty, Skills, etc. There are also six classes in the Mass Effect which are the Soldier, Engineer, Adept, Infiltrator, Sentinel, and Vanguard which each offer a unique experience in the game and my personal favorite being an Adept or Vanguard which offers a minimal amount of replayability.
Strengths - Story - Dialog Choices - Character depth through it's class and skill system - Length of Game - Replayability
Weaknesses - In comparison to the second or third game in the series this is rather poorly executed, while it was great at the time I do not feel like it is as good as it's sequels. - Performance on certain machines is less than ideal.
I would highly recommend this product to any fan of RPG games, if you've yet to experience Mass Effect do yourself a favor and start with the first game because once you play the second or third title in the series you're unlikely to ever play the first game again as the future titles are just so much superior. If you do play through the games in order it's definitely one of the best story experiences in an RPG or game to date with a huge amount of character development that is continued through each game.Read more ›
Not as good as ME2 or ME3 who have a much better story and do not require you to drive a vehicle that is nearly impossible to drive. The storry is lacking, the graphics are quite good for a game of it`s age. The levels seems to repeat themselves. The story needs a bit of help, but for 9 dollars it gave me the background I had missed in ME2 and ME3.