Awesome start to an epic trilogy!
I don't know what I was doing for five years, but I somehow missed this title. Then in 2012, my friend and I went to the local GameStop and browsed all of the games. My eyes caught three games, all of which were named mass effect. I figured there wasn't a problem starting a game trilogy for less than $10. Within the first couple of hours, I realized this was money well spent. On the above product ratings, there isn't a bar for story. If there was, I would have given it a 10/10. I can see why some people compare this series to Star Wars. It may lack in some of the game play due to clumsy AI and some boring sequences, but this game is worth buying for its original full price. You can expect to put in 20-40+ hours (depending on if you do a second playthrough). After playing this, I couldn't wait to tackle the next two games.
Well worth the buy.
Simply the Best
Without a doubt , the Mass Effect trilogy is my absolute favorite. I enjoyed every single second of my time playing these excellent games. Furthermore, this game is the third best out of the series. The graphics in this game are not as good as the others. However the storyline is excellent. This game is without a doubt worth the buy, and while youre at it just buy the entire trilogy. Some features I found I love in this game: 1) You get to make your own character with your own backstory and such. 2) You are able to really play the game how you want it with your own decisions. [as in selecting the outcomes. There are multiple endings]. 3) Your choices affect the ending and how the other two games play out. 4) Beautifully written story with close attention to details. 5) Excellently designed characters with real depth to them. 6) In Mass Effect, the shooting is easier compared to 2 and 3. 7) You can change the diffuculty. In conclusion, best trilogy ever. Worth the buy.
This game is truly epic, i was never bored of course with the endless missions and travel, as well as the amazing character customization.
I may be several years behind playing this game but i am sure glad i did, not to mention it is the best of the trilogy!
its good but compared to 2 and 3 its a step down
its a good game but there are some flaws. the graphics are good for its time and the gameplay is good but you cant compare this to mass effect 2 and 3. it still is the best game series ever though!
Perhaps I'll never understand.
I couldn't find much enjoyment in this game. It was promising with all the upgrades and weapons you could use, and the graphics were great for its time... but I just couldn't get a handle on the gameplay. Most of the time I had no idea where I was supposed to be going, the gunplay felt a bit weak and totally unfair at parts, and the story was just too much fiction at once for me. It could be a good choice for you, but for me it wasn't. Maybe I just suck at it.
Thank God the series evolved!
For starters with this game the soundtrack and the story are incredible which is one of the reasons I found myself able to suffer through this game. I have played both ME2 and ME3 prior to this one and they both had stronger graphics, more to do, better sound effects and better customization menus. The only reason I picked up this game was because while I could cheat and get the DLC interactive comic in ME2 which would allow me to make all the choices I had to suffer 30 hours to make in this game I wanted to be faithful to an outstanding series and try to make it through the first one. Let me go on record and say that the story is the strongest part of this game, the combat is the weakest. Anyone who has played the other two games in the series know that these games are heavy in dialog and development and low in combat but thats an appealing factor in its self. With the first Mass Effect here you have a game with clunky controls and poor graphics during the play, Kaiden Alenko is the worst character I have ever seen in a video game and thankfully you can end your suffering of him at the end of the game. Ashley who is a pretty decent character in ME3 is like an old racist white dude in this one to the point of annoyance when it comes to the non-human companions you recruit. For those of you who have played this I think you will agree about the how miserable it is driving and shooting with the Mako vehicle, that thing couldnt hit the broad side of a barn. To be honest when you look at ME1 and ME2 that is a perfect example of taking something with promise but is still rough and horrible and listening to fans and gamers and making all the right fixes for the sequel. So for fans of the series I strongly recommend at some point playing the first one if you havent already and just remember if you are a true Mass Effect fan you will suffer through the horrible and like Shepherd NEVER GIVE UP. However I could never sit through this game twice but the 2nd and 3rd ones with the exception of those stupid endings in 3 I can play through many times.
Where It All Began
I have been getting ready for ME3 after being turned on to the franchise from ME2, however I still had to go back to the original. Here are my 2013 thoughts on what is an oldie, but a goodie. First off, ME had an awesome start with a terrific and incredibly involving storyline. You develop lots of love/hate for the characters who really feel lifelike thanks to good voiceacting, and you always feel as if your objective is a must. Graphics are decent, bit lumpy but for the time it was terrific and does not take away from the experience. Lumpy definitely is the word I would use again to describe your combat gameplay....out of everything this is where the sequels made massive steps. For the ME fans who [picked up on it at the later games like myself, do yourself a favour and give a brief playthrough of the original as I did. Scouring through isn't necessary, but a simply 15-20 hours easily provides all the experiences of the grand daddy that you would want. Hard to find a good copy though! Good luck fellow fans.
Everything that's wrong with Western RPGs
Mass Effect is every that is wrong with western RPGs. The story is okay, but very generic science fiction. The character creation gives you options which distract you from the story, and make you chose what weapons your character can use from the very beginning with no way of changing it. The story is linear which, especially in a western RPG, is completely undesirable. Your actions don't have the effect in the end that you expect and hope for. If you enjoy a 3-star story that gives no room for expansion and has horrible team AI, buy Mass Effect, if you want quality games, keep reading. So, to finish the review, my recommendations are Halo Wars (Really the whole series) if you want a good, immersive science fiction story; and the Bethesda games if what you want is a good Western RPG.
A good game.
Mass effect is a good game close to a great one I had very high expectations considering all of the hype around all three of the games. The game met most of the expectations my only warnings are the game itself was shorter than I thought that it would be around 16 hours even if you do some side missions. The combat can be great at times at other times though it gets a little repetitive, but other than that a good game with a great soundtrack and good story.
This game is the beginning of probably one of the best series on Xbox! The story is awesome and it was almost like playing through a movie. The ending was spectacular and I have played through this game probably 15 times all together. I do have one complaint though. The game was actually REALLY HARD. Even on the easiest difficulty. Although this game can be extremely frustrating during boss battles I definitely think it is worth the money. It also is really a long game.