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4.0 out of 5 stars MASS EFFECT 1- issues, but 4 stars for MASS EFFECTS 2 & 3., 18 April 2014
This review is from: Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3) (Video Game)
The Mass Effect series, overall, is fun and highly entertaining.
However, the real fun and entertainment didn't really start until ME2.
Mass Effect 1, was , even at the time, a clunky controlled game with questionable gameplay decisions. It was a massively over rated game with multiple issues.
One of those issues was the use of quick time events ( rapid button presses answering on screen prompts) to open chests and cabinets in the game. Just pointless and needless.
Another was the inability to properly control your team in combat. Yet another the interminable planetary landing sections where you had to drive around the terrain of planets and asteroids looking for stuff. Thankfully , upon the beginning of my fourth play through of the ME series ( this time on PS3 for the first time , previously all on Xbox360 ), I knew what planets HAD to be visited to push the story forwards and what ones didn't. I completed the PS3 version of ME1 after 19 hours of gameplay on 18/4/2014. I'm now looking forward to the absolute pinnacle of the series, Mass Effect 2.

However, some points about the PS3 conversion of MASS EFFECT 1 over to Playstation 3 need to be noted.
It is, overall, a poor conversion. I believe it was converted to PS3 by a company called "Edge of Reality". They were obviously working under a tight budget and considerable time restraints. I'll just bullet point the issues with the poor conversion.
:- Load times are very drawn out. Woe betide anyone who goes down the wrong elevator and has to come back up again.
:- Speech drops out during cut scenes and during in game conversations regularly, often for the length of the entire scene.
:- Texture loads on the PS3 are incredibly slow, be prepared to see the world drawn on screen in front of you many, many times.
:- The game has a tendency to crash during the end boss fight ( I didn't experience this, but I've read of LOTS of people who did)

My advice for ME1 on PS3 ? Put it on the easiest setting, and just force your way through the story. The game is simply not good enough to spend too much time with. It wasn't great on release, and it's certainly not got better with age. Play it quick and move on.

The only way to play ME1 on PS3 is either download from the PSN store ( currently £14.39 for the trilogy with all DLC and Cerberus pass for PS plus users in the 2014 Easter sale ), or to buy the ridiculously over priced Mass Effect Trilogy physical edition. The price of which is a farce.

Considering the price the trilogy is on the PSN shop, or the fact that you can buy Mass Effect 2 ( with all DLC except Arrival ) for £12.00 and Mass Effect 3 for £10.00 with the DLC also going cheap on the PSN store...the trilogy is really NOT the way forwards.
It's just people profiteering.

Frankly....I'd just buy the latter two games and use the decision application for ME1 that comes with ME2 to help define your game.
You really are missing NOTHING with ME1.

Also be aware people are selling, in some cases, the USA version of the trilogy...which also means your UK DLC won't work with the game...or vice versa.

My Mass Effect Scores.

MASS EFFECT 1 (ps3)= 4/10 (xbox) 6/10
MASS EFFECT 2 (xbox ) 9/10 ( ps3) not played yet.
MASS EFFECT 3 (xbox) 8/10 ( ps3) not played yet.

MASS EFFECTS 2 & 3 are vastly superior in every way to MASS EFFECT 1. All the bad decisions that plagued ME1 are simply not present in ME 2 & 3. The latter two games are truly wonderful.

Good luck and enjoy this great series...well great duo...Mass Effect 2 & 3. Did I say Mass Effect 1 really isn't very good and is massively over rated ?
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2014 16:23:11 BDT
EC182 says:
Maybe it's because I haven't played it on another platform besides PS3 but I didn't find the loading times to be as bad as you made them out to be. Could be faster like in Mass Effect 2 though. The UNC missions are pretty generic and do drag things on a bit because of the re-used environments in those and samey objectives. I agree with that point. The main story however is miles above the side missions in my opinion and at least good enough for the series to become a trilogy.

Posted on 30 Nov 2014 18:24:26 GMT
The Bookworm says:
I think you Are being overly harsh about the first game. yes it has lots of missions to other planets but that is what an rpg is all about surely? and you don't have to do them unless you really want the completionist achievements. I much prefer me1 to the more combat-focused latter games. it was the on that made the series such a success after all.
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