5 This game is something very specialfaxmachineanthem | 28/11/2007 | See all faxmachineanthem's reviews (17)Games like Mass Effect don't come around very often. And usually they're some of the very best games out there. I absolutely love Mass Effect. It has a great pedigree. Its developers made Myst, Neverwinter Nights, Jade Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and several others. So already you know you're not gonna be let down. In many ways it is like a mixture of Oblivion, Final Fantasy and Star Wars. It isn't orcs and goblins, nor is it mages and wizards, it is set in the year 2183.The storyline is very interesting and exciting. The game is basically an RPG which gives you the opportunity to explore the galaxy going on primary and secondary quests always building up your knowledge of the galaxy. There are over 10 different races in which you will battle and ally yourselves with, all of whom have their own history, culture, societies and politics. Gaining information is critical. You're not only a space commander for the human race, you're also an investigator. You must go to various planets in order to gain a better understanding of the storyline. Along the way you'll engage in numerous combat situations. This game is so great because it is a master at everything it intends to do. By no means is combat - which isn't a focus of the game - a weak point. It is just as good as any other third person shooter. But Mass Effect excels in everything else. The game encompasses politics, society, culture, warfare, intrigue, conspiracy, romance, economics, trade etc. And this is what makes it so great, because it is so vast. The storyline is excellent. Being able to learn about a galaxies history and culture is so interesting. It's also like a book, an encyclopedia and a movie all in one. It leaves you on the edge wanting to know more, and yet has a great cinematic feel.Furthermore, all the little details are well done. They have left nothing untouched, nothing forgotten about or neglected. The basics in combat work well i.e. changing weapons and using abilities. The menus look good and are easy to use. The options are actually rather useful unlike many games on the market which leave you with very little i.e. Mass Effect has a cinematic 'grain' effect, you can choose to turn this off if you prefer 'better' graphics at no loss to performance. Customising characters and weapons is easy and very rewarding. And the things which makes this game unique to most games, i.e. the vast amount of dialogue and voice acting, is also very good. So basically you're not being let down in any way with this game. I have looked forward to it for a while and I'm not disappointed in anyway. It's exactly as I hoped it would be, although I knew very little about this project before I played it.If you enjoy sci-fi (Star Wars-esque) and liked any modern Final Fantasy games, Star Wars: KOTOR or Oblivion I'm sure you'll like this. I wouldn't be surprised if MOST people enjoyed this game simply because it really is a special and as fantastic as I am making it sound. :)Absolutely sublime.