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.