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Mass Effect (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP
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3.5 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

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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 (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,179 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform:PC

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

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


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OK, we have been down this road before...

UNDISPUTED FACT:
The PERPETUAL WEEKLY RE-ACTIVATIONS was nothing but a PR stunt. Supposedly, EA "listened to its customers and had them removed". First of all, even from a practical point, it would be impossible to achieve this just days before the game's release (disks already printed, sealed and shipped to the retailers). More importantly, RE-ACTIVATIONS have not been waived altogether: they are still required following every patch and update - including the automatic ones.
To a cynical eye this PR stunt was a feeble attempt in order to make their "limited installations" issue more palatable.

UNDISPUTED FACT:
MASS EFFECT has LIMITED INSTALLATIONS. In fact, it has been labeled "Rent-a-Game" since we only get 3 installations - more only on a case-per-case basis, decided by EA...customer services. Well, we can thank BIOSHOCK for introducing and opening THAT can of worms - but hasn't anyone at BIOWARE heard how hard BIOSHOCK's PC sales were hit by that disastrous decision? At what ridiculously lengths the 2K GAMES customer community office had to go to either suppress or spin reviews and blogs pointing out the obvious inconveniencing (not to mention security risks) of their own customers?
And, let me guess: exactly like BIOSHOCK, there will be an IRREMOVABLE FOLDERS placed in our systems' Root that will effectively revoke our Administrator rights to our own PCs!

In the end it boils down to this: who actually will be owning my copy? Are we to pay £35 only to...RENT this from its publisher - and be pestered with the worry of whether our system will crash and loose another install? And what makes this even harder to understand: will such extreme measures actually prevent piracy?
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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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I purchased Mass Effect after playing Mass Effect 2, wanting to go back and see how the story begins.

Well I have to say I'm not disappointed. While ME isn't quite as polished as the sequel in terms of graphics or gameplay, it is still a wonderful gaming experience that hooks you and doesn't let go. On balance there's probably slightly more of an RPG element particularly at the beginning when you're on The Citadel. The combat is a bit trickier as ME lacks the shoot from cover feature of the second instalment. That does result in the odd death loop but nowhere near as frustrating as COD. The dialogue system gives plenty of options to play the game as Paragon or Renegade, or a little bit of both including at least one mission where you need to choose which member of your team is sacrificed.

I enjoyed being able to take the rover down on to the planet surface, albeit as others have mentioned the landscapes and buildings do get a bit samey.

One slight criticism is that having picked a particular class of character you can only effectively aim one weapon - the pistol. Assault and shotguns are untrained which mean no precision aiming and you end up spraying ammo everywhere, when the firepower of the pistol isn't always enough. The upgrading process for weapons is also cumbersome as this has to be done manually for each weapon and each character. Again if you made certain choices as regards your character, you can't equip certain items such as medium or heavy armour.

I bought the two DVD set and there doesn't seem to be much clue as to what Disc 2 actually does, as the game installed and ran from Disc 1.
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