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Mass Effect

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 12 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 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 (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,166 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

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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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massively Effective! 25 Mar. 2010
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought a copy of this game after playing and completing ME2. This first installment had always been recommended to me, and I knew I was already a fan of the style of play, from KOTOR 1 and 2.

A broad and detailed storyline, good voice acting and an in-depth history for this universe all make for a richer experience as you take control of Shepard, and make it easy to integrate yourself into the game. There are dilemmas presented within this first installment that, should you play part 2 (and the future 3rd episode), impact those story arcs as well. As I said, I had already completed ME2 before tackling this one but, on completion I felt it worth my while to import my level 50 character (as opposed to the somewhat disappointingly level-capped level 30 ME2 characters) and start again. It made for an incredible game, with many characters cropping up from this first chapter, and leaving me even more pleased with my choices at some of the more important moral choices the game presents you with.
A reliable and sturdy gaming engine provides for a pleasing visual experience, despite its age at this point in time.

I heartily recommend this game to any sci-fi fan, or someone looking for a little more involvement from their gaming.
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun 40ish hours! 18 April 2010
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I recently finished Dragon Age: Origins, so thought I'd move onto another RPG - this time one without elves, dwarfs and mages. So I downloaded Mass Effect from Steam, figuring I want to play Mass Effect 2 at some point this year, but would be best if I played the original one first. I had no problems playing it under Windows 7 (64-bit), though there were one or two minor glitches.

I played it as a vanguard, on medium difficulty, then specialised as a shock trooper. I wanted to play with biotics, but not rely solely on them. I didn't have a manual, but didn't need it at all anyway as everything seemed pretty straight forward, though I am used to BioWare style games. I did sometimes wonders if it was a bit too easy, I probably should have tried it on hard in that respect.

I had all the graphics settings to maximum, and admit some of the planetary landscapes were quite pretty. I quite liked the driving sections, even though many people thought otherwise. The rover was certainly... bouncy. What I didn't like though was the length of the elevator sequences. The elevators were a good idea in principle, but it was frustrating not being able to move about and they took too long.

I did the bulk of the side quests I believe, but towards the end it was starting to get a little bit tedious. Always the same freighter, underground base, or same mine, etc. Now I can understand standard freighters in the alliance, but mines?! They could have made those more interesting layouts.

The combat was quite fun, with an overheating mechanic rather than having to go out and find ammo. There was even some text explaining how the weapons and some other technology worked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great game!
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best RPG's I have ever played.
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Published 1 month ago by Switish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by de patricia
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid sci-fi game
The vehicle is difficult to drive and the graphics ain't great but don't let that put you off.

A solid sci-fi game.
Published 5 months ago by D. Burgin
4.0 out of 5 stars Some problems, but good game
It took me a while to get this game working, as it requires several patches and compatibility modes to be active, but the game itself is very good, the only slight issue I have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dom Brady
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 8 months ago by Dean Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
qouldn't even work on my pc
Published 9 months 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 11 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 15 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 16 months ago by Darius81
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