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Mass Effect

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 12 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B0015M0PYI
  • Item Weight: 159 g
  • Release Date: 6 Jun 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,713 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

Amazon.co.uk Review

Story Summary:

You take the role of Commander Shepard starship Normandy, the last hope for all life in the Galaxy. Saren, a rogue member of the elite and untouchable Spectre agents, has discovered the secret to unleashing an apocalyptic force upon the galaxy, and only you stand in his way. To save the lives of billions, you must do whatever it takes to stop Saren and prevent the return of an ancient force bent on the destruction of all organic life.

Highlights:

Experience a rich and engrossing story where your choices decide the fate of a galaxy
Engage in emotionally charged interactions with the most realistic digital actors ever seen in a video game, using an innovative new dialog system
Immerse yourself in an incredible new adventure from world-famous masters of the RPG BioWare
Stunning high resolution graphics for PC
Optimised GUI and controls for PC gamers
Dominate the battlefield with new individual squad member commandsystem

Product Description

You take the role of Commander Shepard starship Normandy, the last hope for all life in the Galaxy. Saren, a rogue member of the elite and untouchable Spectre agents, has discovered the secret to unleashing an apocalyptic force upon the galaxy, and only you stand in his way. To save the lives of billions, you must do whatever it takes to stop Saren and prevent the return of an ancient force bent on the destruction of all organic life.

  • Experience a rich and engrossing story where your choices decide the fate of a galaxy
  • Engage in emotionally charged interactions with the most realistic digital actors ever seen in a video game, using an innovative new dialog system
  • Immerse yourself in an incredible new adventure from world-famous masters of the RPG - BioWare
  • Stunning high resolution graphics for PC
  • Optimised GUI and controls for PC gamers
  • Dominate the battlefield with new individual squad member command system

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best RPG I have ever played! 28 Jun 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm not going to touch on the SecuROM issues. That's been well covered by other posters - if you can get it without SecuROM (e.g. through Steam), do so. However you get it (legally), get this game.

The first in an expected trilogy of games from Bioware, Mass Effect is nothing short of exceptional. It is probably the first RPG I've played where I immediately wanted to create a new character just to see how my choices in the first playthrough might have gone differently. This game is extremely deep, contains a great deal of non-linear play, and has incredible replay value.

To give that a little context, I have quite a few classic great games that every so often I'll pull out and replay, that never really get old. Mass Effect left me not wanting to wait.

First, sound: virtually all dialogue is voice-acted, with some big names providing a professional touch to an incredibly immersive experience. There's a fair amount of background sound & dialogue, some of which can be quite humourous. The music is well done and has its own unique touch about it, something that is increasingly hard to do with so many sci-fi games & movies.

Graphically, the game is a joy to behold. You may have to play with some settings to get it quite right (shadows by default for example can display incorrectly on some people's machines) but as a general rule, the visuals are most impressive. One aspect worth mentioning is that the graphics aren't super-realistic, and this more stylised approach actually made the places and people seem more real to me.

The real beauty of the game is in the gameplay and depth. There are countless choices to be made about how you progress through the game, from character creation onwards.
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135 of 151 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spolit by the SecuROM DRM... 2 July 2008
By matt...
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After recently rebuilding my PC I decided I had to try out with some new games - Mass Effect was the first I bought.

I'd read about issues with the DRM (digital rights management) software, but as I'm used to BioWare games and have played most of their releases on the PC I wasn't worried.

That was my first mistake, after receiving the game from Amazon I was surprised to see that my machine wasn't reading the discs, oh well I thought, there must be a fault in the manufacturing process...

I returned the discs to Amazon and the customer service team dispatched a replacement so quickly it arrived the following day.

Unfortunately I encountered the same problem with the second set of DVDs!

Thinking that lightning rarely strikes twice, I started a very thorough search of the internet to try to address the problem, as well as contacting the game's publishers EA who I am still awaiting a response from.

It turns out that the issue stems from the DRM software that appears to prevent certain DVD burners from working successfully with the game - in my case it stopped the drive reading them all together!

Eventually I managed a workaround having to use a 6 year old DVD ROM drive to install the game.

Thankfully the game doesn't need the discs to play so I could go back to using the DVD burner in the machine, and I was able to enjoy the Mass Effect experience - which is fantastic, looks brilliant and so far has run flawlessly!

While I'm only part way through the game I thought it only fair to post the issues I had with installing it, as well as saying thank you to Amazon for their fantastic customer service!

It seems a shame that yet again the DRM software has taken up the majority of a review and overshadowed the developers hard work in putting together an excellent gaming experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter but worth it! 7 Aug 2011
By zoo keeper VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game after playing Mass Effect 2. ME2 was among the best games I have played in 15 years of gaming, so I wanted to try the prequel.

As is often the case, this earlier game felt clunky in comparison. The interface was clumsy compared to ME2. The graphics were OK but the scenery was dull. The rooms were minimalist, to say the least, with bare concrete walls and floors.

Until ME2 I had always lost my way on RPGs. The same was almost true of this game. I often had trouble locating my objective in the early stages. It was often off the map and I bumbled around until I found where to go.

I hated the Mako missions. The bouncing about over barren terrain felt very retro.

It appeared to be worth only two or maybe three stars, allowing for its age. I only persevered so I could import a Shepard with different background circumstances to the default character when starting from scratch in ME2.

However, after the first essential missions, it suddenly came alive. I found myself sucked into the game. I became used to the interface and started to get the feel of where I had to go. I continued to ignore most of the side missions but I was riveted by the main story. I started to really enjoy upgrading my team. It just became better and better.

The final part of the story was absolutely breathtaking. I hear they are going to make a film based to this version of Mass Effect. It should be stunning. It was time for bed but couldn't stop! It built up to a crescendo. I was glued to the conversations and cut scenes. I nearly forgot to create the different circumstances for ME2.

I was so impressed, I've just started it again!

I would be happy to award five stars for the story alone. It was brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5*'s
Haven't installed this particular copy yet but I've been told it's a brilliant game and IGN score it at 9.2/10. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Dean Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
qouldn't even work on my pc
Published 1 month ago by Geoff Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
Started late on the mass effect game series and with me not being fan of sci-fi's generally, it amazed me how into i got into this game. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Constantine66548
1.0 out of 5 stars Unplayable - Very Disappointing
Crashes and freezes constantly making it unplayable and very annoying. Google 'Mass Effect crashes' and read about it before wasting any money on this frisbee
Published 7 months ago by Jefrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Top RPG
First part of Mass Effect trilogy is just great. You will find everything here, action. good story, big world to explore. Many hours of gameplay. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Darius81
5.0 out of 5 stars True Mass Effect
This game is nothing short of amazing compared to ME3 and ME2. I have played it and it works smoothly on Win 7.
Published 10 months ago by DenNarwhal
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game
Cheap and arrived quickly, I ordered this one and mass effect 2 in a bundle. I don't have anything bad to say about it, worth the money.
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the full kilo
MASS EFFECT is a mixed bag of a game: everything about it is good in some ways but not in others. The most notable achievement perhaps is the rich storyline and detailed universe... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game Bad Desicion Over Drm/Securom
I won't cover the securom but the game
1 This game trilogy is a must buy as you can import your progress/saves to the 2nd and 3rd
2 You choose what you say through a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Leslie Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
Great game combining RPG elements and a large world to explore. Decent graphics and a few game glitches but these don't affect the overall experience. Definitely worth a play.
Published 14 months ago by Gabriel Harley
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