4.5 Fantastically immersive sci-fi RPG benminx | 16/06/2010 | See all benminx's reviews (73) It's a rare moment in games when you get a "Hell yeah! That's MY character!" moment of wonder. The beginning of Mass Effect, should you choose to create a personalised Shepherd, is just such a moment. I was sucked in as supporting characters described my character's history and I moved through my Cruiser with some of the most human motion capture I've ever seen, all set to a swelling atmospheric musical score leading up to a nicely scripted action moment. The rest of Mass Effect lives up to this intro. The cast of supporting characters you assemble are beautifully fleshed out with very distinct personalities, and while the planetside missions in your buggy can feel a little samey, the side missions and plot, especially those in the Citadel, are gripping enough to keep you addicted. The bad guy is great, and the final battle is satisfyingly epic with much at stake. While some of the best weapon choices feel a little out of your league financially, and the combat needs slight improvement (this was addressed in Mass Effect 2) they're still lots of fun and very enjoyable. This is an example of a character-driven action RPG at it's finest.