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PC Gamers Are In For A Real treat,
This review is from: Mass Effect (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
After waiting for a number of years for this game, it really didn't disapoint when it finally dropped. After a number of revised release dates by Bioware, the game was released with a classy promotion campaign that avoided much of the hype and hyperbole of Halo 3.
I've discussed this game with many friends - as many who have not played it as those who have, all inquisitive as to what lies at it's heart. I'll tell you what lies at its heart: story, immersion and adventure. If you ever hoped as I did as a young kid that one day a game would emerge that would drop you into a huge, fantastic world that wasn't inhabited by golbins, faeries, orcs and elves, and that evolved as naturally as a well-crafted sci-fi film, then "this is the game you have been looking for".
Within it, you will find subtle elements tucked away not just in the gameplay, but also in the look of the game, the feel of the game, the music, the dialogue, that will make your alien surroundings feel somehow familiar. This is all down to the amazing talents and efforts by the Bioware team who have to be commended on making a work of art - it's hard not to notice the occasional nod to such epic movies as 2001 A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner (the soundtrack owes a lot to the feel of Vangelis iconic score as well as James Horner's Aliens soundtrack), Logans Run (take a look at The Citadel's architechture for example) amongst others whilst avoiding many (if not all) of the usual comparisons with the Star Wars saga. Although this must have taken some concerted effort on the Bioware team, being so burnt into our generations conciousness, it does make for a far more engrossing (and in turn far less distracting) game.
Yes, there are a few little glitches here and there, but when you bear in mind just what is going on under the hood, this can easily be overlooked, and I can honestly say that I've never found it so bad as to detract from the game - hopefully these few minor issues will have been ironed out for the PC port in may/june 2008)
As a gaming experience, this remains to date, unrivalled, and I for one can't wait to see what Bioware do with episodes II and III (and no, that wasn't a Star Wars reference - honest)
If you have a 360 (or indeed a PC with the up-coming release on that platform) then you really do owe it to yourself to buy this game and experience all the riches it has to offer you. Even if you are no RPG fan like myself, this is a whole different kettle of fish, with none of that turn-based nonsense getting in the way of immersion.
This game truly does DELIVER THE GOODS - and does so in abundance. So often in fact that you'll find yourself hard pressed having to describe one moment that made your jaw drop when you're done. You'll not want it to end...