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Mass Effect (With Bonus Disc) (Classics)

Released on 27 March 2009

Rating: 12+ (BBFC)

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Mass Effect is a science-fiction action and role-playing game (RPG) created by BioWare, the commercially and critically acclaimed RPG developer of Jade Empire and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Mass Effect delivers an immersive, story-driven gameplay experience with stunning visual fidelity.

As the first humans on the galactic stage, players must uncover the greatest threat to civilisation. Their job is complicated by the fact that no one will believe the truth, but the world must be convinced of the grave threat at hand.

Players will travel across an expansive universe to piece the mystery together. As they discover and explore the uncharted edges of the galaxy, they come closer to an overwhelming truth - learning that the placid and serene universe they know is about to come to a violent end and that they may be the only people who can stop it!

Bonus disc contents:

  • 'Future of Mass Effect' documentary
  • 'Bring Down The Sky' downloadable content
  • Design galleries
  • Music
  • Trailers

Product Features:

  • Incredible sci-f RPG with a rich, engaging story line: On a distant planet an amazing discovery is made. Players must determine the fate of humanity as they lead an elite tactical strike force in an effort to stop an entity so malevolent that it threatens to tear apart the very fiber of galactic civilisation.
  • Explore uncharted worlds and uncover a mystery that defies imagination: In addition to the main story arc of the game, players are able to visit a large number of uncharted, unexplored planets that are side quests independent from the main story.
  • Real-time, squad-based combat: Mass Effect features a real-time, squad-based tactical combat system. Players can enjoy intense, challenging and exciting third-person action and squad-based combat.
  • Credible digital actors: Mass Effect features a huge cast of incredibly realistic nonplayer characters, enemies and party members. Each of the characters encountered have realistic facial and body movements.
  • Character customisation and deep role-playing systems: Choose from and customise a variety of stunning, photo-realistic character appearances at the start of the game, and can increase various statistics that affect their performance during gameplay.

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 An RPG for those who don't like RPGs

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I'm going to get stuck into the controversy straight away: I don't like RPGs.

I don't like the fact it takes three hours of conversation to extract half a point from a meaningless character. I don't like the fact that the combat is so detached with bizarre 'you-slap-me-then-I'll-slap-you' turn-based nonsense. And I really don't like the fact that most RPGs are based around some obscure anime so that only people with beards large enough for nesting kestrels understand what's going on.

I'm pleased to report that by and large, the game's narrative errs on the side of clean shaven. As the enigmatic commander on board your ship, it is your task to uncover the intent of a rogue agent who is roving the galaxy collecting artifacts relating to a long-dead race of vicious machines, and appears happy to dispose of anyone asking questions.

Along the way you are instructed of various activities on a number of different planets worthy of investigation. Aside from a few narrative corridors, it's entirely up to you how you proceed. Some worlds will further the over-arching storyline, some will prove distractions to acquire bonuses and power-ups, while some of them are great mountainous swathes of naff-all.

On face value, Mass Effect ticks most of the standard boxes. You acquire XP to power up your character and your team, there is the opportunity to take on or ignore as many of the assorted tasks as you choose, and there is of course the opportunity to engage with any number of galactic oddities. But where many titles of this ilk become bogged down in stats and pointless dialogue, Mass Effect hand-picks the finer points from the genre and weaves some more modern twists into an altogther more satisfying whole.

For a start the combat is real-time and far more reminiscent of any current third-person shooter, featuring the obligatory over-the-shoulder view. Tactical cover has been ripped straight from Gears of War and the many fire fights coupled with the basic commands you can issue to your squad are involving enough without becoming confusing.

There is an impressive sense of scale thoughout and production values that would make an executive at EA smile. The scriptwriting largely forgoes the annoyance of repetition and every line is delivered with conviction by a number of established actors, including Lance 'Aliens' Henrikson and Seth 'Buffy' Green. It really does make a difference to have professionals on board and some of the scenes, often dictated by your responses, are genuinely cinematic.

Action fans shouldn't get carried away, however. The story does take time to become fully engaging and your initial squad, weapons and missions are not going to trouble Red Faction: Guerilla. Indeed, much of the action is shoe-horned into segments separated by lengthy spells of exploration, as opposed to random scuffles when the feeling grabs you.

In the main, each planet and base looks fantastic with plenty of aesthetic variety, though it must be said that some trips in your exciteable dune buggy can turn up very little of interest when straying from objectives.

Give this game the time it deserves though and you will enjoy a rich experience. The transformation into one of a variety of specialists, from gun-hungry mentalist to mind-bending magician is a joy to experiment with, and the choices you make individually and as a squad do have a noticeable impact. The story - so often a tiresome aside - is told in as credible a manner as games allow for, and is worthy of repeat plays.

Sometimes sparse, but infinitely more accessible than Final Fantasy and no less deep, this could be the game that makes you start thinking about facial hair.

 A universe worth exploring

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You have to approach this game in the right frame of mind. It doesn't provide instant thrills, so you have to have a relaxed attitude whilst playing, one that enjoys a good story as well as blowing stuff to hell (because you do, a lot). If you're the sort of person who twitches every time a cut-scene comes up in a game, this definitely isn't for you. You play as Commander Shepard, a human in the forefront of human galactic exploration where, for once, humanity is one of the more primitive races of the universe. Your mission is to stop a callous alien villain named Saren who is bent on destroying the universe. Thus follows a deep, engaging and very enjoyable game. The range of personal choices are staggering, with your decisions contributing to you being regarded as either a Paragon (good) or a Reaper (bad). You and your squad of five (two of whom you can take on each mission) have a range of abilities, from raw combat ability, to Biotic/Jedi skills. In addition to the main story line you can explore the dozens of detailed planets dotted around space, mining minerals and investigating various anomalies. There are a couple of small issues. The AI can sometimes be irritating, running in front of you in the heat of battle, the auto save system is pretty much non-existent and the frame rate can sometimes be clunky. However these negatives cannot detract from the overall feel of the game, and the incredible effort that has been put into it. It's a truly remarkable achievement, with an ending that will leave you gasping for breath. A true masterpiece.

 Brilliant 360 Exclusive

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Mass Effect is a 360 exclusive that is one of the best on 360. The graphics are incredible and a brilliant sci-fi atmosphere surrounds the game. The story has a good life span and replayability, it's awesome too, pings along at a fantastic pace. With loads of side quests and planets to be explored, you can easily get sidetracked for hours, immersed in the game. This is 360 gaming and sci fi at it's best. The game has some flaws, like not enough planet exploration and some dialogue issues, however, they are not game ruining, in fact, in any other game they wouldn't be an issue. The quality is so high elsewhere that they are the only small flaws in the game. Brilliant Sci Fi epic that is easily up there with Fallout, Oblivion and Halo in the 360 Hall of Fame.

 Best RPG on xbox yet

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If you never played Mass Effect then this is the version you should get as the 2nd disc has the first DLC which would cost 5 pounds ready to be installed on your hard drive and adds a couple hours more to the game. If you like shooting with some RPG elements then this is the game.

Also keep your save files ready for Mass Effect 2 as your acts in ME1 will affect ME2

 Bioware's Best Game Series To Date!!!

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This science fiction role playing game has everything; large plot narrative, great character customisation and interaction, many side missions that help with other aspects of the game, a morale compass for the main character to become good or bad and best of all, the choices that are made will foreshadow future events that occur later on in the game.

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