So the game I will be talking about is Mass Effect (just the first one). This was released on November 20, 2007 in North America. I actually didn’t get it till after Mass Effect 2 which was January 26th 2010… which I actually didn’t play till 2011 and it was only because my mother (bless her gaming soul) rented and told me to play it. Now ME2 rocked my world I LOVED IT actually I still do XD but I decided after talking to some friends to buy and play ME. Now this was before they had it on ps3 which I played ME2 on but I have a XBOX 360 so I bought the game for 5 bucks. So took it home and thank god I did not have school as I played the hell out of it, and loved every minute of it; anyway on with the game then my actual thoughts of the game.
Little bit about Bioware
Okay so BioWare is a Canadian video game developer that was founded in February 1995 by newly graduated medical doctors Ray Muzyka (retired in 2012), Greg Zeschuk(retired in 2012), and Augustine Yip(retired in 1997). You read that right though founders where Doctors go Docs. Anyway it is currently owned by the American company Electronic Arts aka EA. Now this company, Bioware that is specializes in role-playing video games (which are my thing), and became famous for launching highly praised and successful licensed franchises, Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. They continued to make several other successful games based on original IP: Jade Empire, the Mass Effect series, and the Dragon Age series. It was only in 2011 that BioWare launched their first MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic which is now free to play. (may post more about Bioware later on but right now it’s about the game.)
So Mass Effect was released on November 20, 2007 in North America, November 22, 2007 in Australia and New Zealand and on November 23, 2007 in Europe. There was even a Limited Collector’s Edition, which containing bonus materials such as an art book and the Galactic Codex: Essentials Edition 2183 booklet, which apparently gives a background look on the Mass Effect universe. (I did not get this as I had no idea about the game till later, but by looking up that’s what most people who did get it said that what they got.)
Okay so the game was later re-released by BioWare and Demiurge Studios for the PC (whoot PC power XD joking), and the PC version was released in summer 2008. Also by 2008 there were versions of the game translated into Spanish, French and Italian, thus spreading the love. A Japanese-language version was in development for the Xbox 360 only; all I can say about this is wow really no PC like come on. A Platinum Hits version of Mass Effect for Xbox 360 (this is what I got later one apparently) was also released, and included a bonus disc containing the game’s soundtrack, the Bring Down the Sky DLC pack, trailers for the game, and pictures and themes for Xbox Live profiles (do to mine being 5 buck and second hand I didn’t get any of this though later on bought it all).
Now Mass Effect is included in the Mass Effect Trilogy, which is a boxed set containing all three Mass Effect games. The Trilogy was released on November 6, 2012 for Xbox 360 and PC. Later on December 4 2012 it came to PlayStation 3 which made Mass Effect playable on the PS3 for the first time (I bought the digital copy so I did not get the trilogy, this was released the same day) worldwide, oh and the release date was December 7, 2012 in Europe.
Okay so on to the game itself!
The world of Mass Effect Edit
Okay so the game is set in the year 2183 CE, this is 35 years after humans discovered ruins of an ancient spacefaring race called the Protheans on Mars. So of course with the technology from these ruins, humanity became knowledgeable to the secrets of mass effect physics and element zero. This allowed them to unlocking faster-than-light travel. They also discovered the mass relay network that threaded through out the galaxy which permitting instantaneous passage across thousands of light-years, and so humanity began its journey among the stars. Allowing them to encounter several alien races and establishing itself on the galactic stage.
Race against Time you say
So you, the player, takes on the role of Commander Shepard (male or female your choice) onboard the SSV Normandy. You start out doing a routine mission (like most Space sci-fi theme game/tv show/movie does) to recover a Prothean beacon on Eden Prime. And of course like I said about the Space theme everything goes cockeyed when Shepard is attacked by geth (which are bad ass) forces led by a rogue turian Spectre by the name Saren Arterius and of course they are also after the beacon.
When Shepard locates the beacon it activates, giving you cut scenes of a strange vision of synthetics slaughtering organics in Shepard’s mind before becoming inactive. Later on you find out that Saren is trying to find the Conduit, a mysterious device that will lead to the return of the Reapers, an ancient machine race is believed to be behind the Protheans’ expiration. Of course Shepard becomes the first human Spectre and is given command of the Normandy with orders to hunt down the butt muncher Saren (actually I kinda love him XD). So now this mission is no longer just about bringing one extra-terrestrial to justice, but also to save a galaxy from annihilation.
Your Squad members
Okay so Shepard is able to recruit up to six companions to assist in the mission to stop Saren:
You will start out with Kaidan Alenko (you can romance him if your female). You will then run into Ashley Williams (male romance option) on Eden Prime, she’ll be fighting some geth off and Alenko and you will run up and help her. Now when you get the Citidel you can recuite Tali’Zorah nar Rayya, Garrus Vakarian, and Urdnot Wrex. Now I have heard you can miss recruiting Garrus I cannot confirm this as I always recruit him. Now the last one you will get is Liara T’Soni (romance for male and female) you get her via one of the storyline quests. You will get attached and also you will have favorites. There will be a part were it might a hard chose or a easy chose depending on how you feel about certain characters.
Okay so there are many other characters that are introduced during the game that will become important in Shepard’s struggle against the return of the Reapers. I’ll just put a quick list of names up: Engineer Adams, David Anderson, Administrator Anoleis, Saren Arterius, Balak, Lizbeth Baynham, Matriarch Benezia, Kate Bowman, Doctor Chakwas, Citadel Council, Fai Dan, Fist, Admiral Hackett, Harkin, Captain Kirrahe, Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani, Nihlus Kryik, Jeff “Joker” Moreau, Gianna Parasini, Navigator Pressly, Lorik Qui’in, The Rachni Queen, Dr. Saleon, Sha’ira, Shiala, The Thorian, Donnel Udina, Conrad Verner, Barla Von and the reporter Emily Wong.
Now some you will love other will be awesome and the rest well should just be dead, well that’s what I felt.
Locations you will visit
So Commander Shepard and the team visit a wide variety of locations in Mass Effect, again just doing a list: The Citadel, Eden Prime, Feros, Ilos, Luna, Noveria, Virmire, Therum, Asteroid X571 (if I remember correctly I believe this is only accessible if you buy the Bring Down the Sky DLC), and the Pinnacle Station which is a DLC also doesn’t seem to be on the ps3 version.
Okay now let’s move on to the Gameplay
Combat for your gaming
So this game is a third-person shooter where the player’s means of offense are in a range of weapons and talents. Now the weapons and talent ability is kind of determined by the player’s selection of one of six classes you get to choose from; Soldier, Infiltrator, Vanguard, Adept, Engineer, and Sentinel. Of course some of classes are experts in one field of combat, while others feature a mix of capabilities. An example being that Soldiers can become skilled with all four weapon types (Assault Rifles, Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, and Pistols), but lack biotic and tech abilities while in contrast, the Adept class excels at using biotics (I like to think of it being kind of like the force), but they can only make effective use of Pistols. Oh also the class is also affected by which types of Armor the player employs.
Advancement in the game
Okay so as you the player progress, you will be earning experience points (whoot points, who doesn’t love EXP) by crushing your enemies and completing missions, assignments, and mini-games. When you have enough experience, Shepard is promoted to the next level and rewarded with points which you can spend on unlocking and improving talents. Now the level cap is locked at 50 until the game is completed for the first time though it is elevated to 60 afterwards. Now achieving the level cap requires multiple playthroughs, but the reward of having a higher level is that it grants access to more powerful weapons and armor.
Okay so I loved this game, and still play it on my xbox, though I am playing it on my ps3 slowly as I am playing for someone who wants to know the store and that but doesn’t like shooter games. The game play is easy (unless you’re on hard-core still trying to beat that XD) I’ve played casual and normal, I am still playing it but on hard-core slowly. This game also had me get attached to the characters and made me excited to replay ME2 with my transfer character and pre-order the CE for ME3 at the time. I suggest to anyone that likes RPGs to at least try it. You get to have a chose whether to be good, evil or in the middle and your chose affect your story. So far all most of the people I have talked to and have played the game have loved it, also come one SPACE with ALIENS what is not to like. You get to save the galaxy and maybe have some fun on the side. But no really if you haven’t played this still you should or at least find a way to rent or borrow it and have fun. I know its 2015 and you probably have the ps4 or xbox one but that’s no excuse. If your reading this you have a PC so play it on PC it’s not that hard. Now to tell you how ME crazy I am I have this game on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.