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Mass Effect was the very start of the trilogy about Commander Shepard in his journey to save the universe from Reapers - an old civilisation that wants to kill every possible rational being in order to prevail any wars. You play as Shepard. With flexible backstory and different classes you travel to Eden Prime with Captain Anderson and Nihlus Kryik, you and your team must discover the mystery behind the attack on the human colony. In the process, it is revealed that another Spectre, Saron, has become rogue and escapes the planet to awoke Reapers and start a full-scale war with the galaxy.

For BioWare, third-person shooters with tactical elements is a very common genre. Four different weapons - automatic rifle, shotgun, pistol and sniper rifle can be obtained through the game with better characteristics. Also, you can level up your protagonist and his squad to gain better stats and new skills. Dialogue panel is simple yet efficient - you choose the style of your approach and build a reputation of a hero or a renegade. With this options in hand, you can build your own story as Commander Shepard in saving the Milky Way Galaxy.

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Release date
Nov 20, 2007
Demiurge Studios
Edge of Reality
Electronic Arts, Microsoft Studios
Age rating
17+ Mature
System requirements for PC
  • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® XP with SP2 or Windows Vista*
  • Processor: Intel P4 2.4 Ghz or faster / AMD 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 1.0 GB RAM or more (2.0 GB for Vista)
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, ATI X1300 XT or greater (ATI X1300, X1300 Pro, X1600 Pro, Radeon 2600 HD, and HD 2400 are below minimum system requirements); NVidia GeForce 6800 or greater (7300, 7600 GS, 8500 are below minimum system requirements)
  • Hard Drive: 12.0 GB or more free hard drive space
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX®: 9.0c
* WINDOWS VISTA OR WINDOWS 7 USERS: Launching “Mass Effect” from Steam requires the setting “Run as Administrator”. If the User Account Control feature of Windows Vista is enabled, launching “Mass Effect” from Steam will result in failure. For users with User Account Control enabled, launch Steam using the “Run as Administrator” option or launch from the windows shortcut.
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If you were to read a list of all the problems with Mass Effect 1, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a below average action RPG. The frame rate drops horrendously in combat sections; there's a huge amount of texture pop in; there are tonnes of glitches; the inventory management is terrible; the loot system is boring; planetary exploration in the Mako gets dull very quickly; side missions re-use assets over and over again; the shooting feels unsatisfying and poorly fleshed out; the different classes don't feel very unique; I could go on. But if you play this and accept it's many shortcomings, you'll be treated to the best sci-fi RPG on the Xbox 360 and one of the best space operas ever made. This game is defined by its writing and world building. The story isn't entirely original - mysterious aliens want to destroy the universe and you and your team need to stop them - but the game does a good job of making you feel central to developing narrative. You build your character at the start of the game and can make some decisions about the player's background and class, which will have minor effects on the story and combat respectively. The lauded interactive dialogue system gives you the chance to build your character as a good guy (Paragon) or a dickhead (Renegade) and various missions can have wildly different endings depending on your actions. The writing really shines in these scripted sequences and an equal amount of effort has been put into the hundreds of entries in the Lore Index found in the menu. As the first game in a trilogy, ME1 has the task of setting the universe up, and the writers delivered with a plethora of aliens, each with their own culture, politics, weaponry and history. However, the alien races really shine in the context of their history with each other, and humans as well. The Salarians engineered a biological weapon which is causing the slow extinction of the Krogan; the Turians were involved in a controversial war with the humans which both sides refuse to forget; the Quarians built an AI which turned rogue and now threatens to destroy the galaxy. The game is at its absolute best when these interactions are woven into the main narrative. However, to get the best understanding and feel for the universe possible, you'll need to exhaust all dialogue options and complete all side missions. The side missions in particular can feel like a slog: it's certainly worth it though. I've avoided talking about the combat as there's honestly not a lot to say. It's nothing special and merely serves as a way for the player to experience the story. There are plenty of things more important than the combat that the game absolutely nails. As much as it pains me I'll have to skim over for the sake of brevity - the cast of characters you meet throughout the course of the game are memorable and diverse, the ending feels suitably epic and leaves the story open for a sequel without a silly cliffhanger, the soundtrack (by Jack Wall) is evocative and chilling in places, and the voice acting is superb. ME1 is the epitome of the phrase "greater than the sum of it's parts". I'd love a remaster but I don't trust whoever handles it with preserving the atmosphere of the game. When Bioware is inevitably dissolved by EA, this is how they should be remembered. Not for Destiny or Andromeda, but for their telling of Shepard and his crew, and how they took on the end of the world.
«Blew my mind»
«Beaten more than once»
«OST on repeat»
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The Beginning of atmospheric Gimmicks at all for me. Characters, Story, Setting and Gameplay are almost perfect. Meanwhile, the Game is a bit old, but if you want to experience the Series, you should dare, as it's really worth it. I've spent nearly 1,000 Hours in the Universe and I'm looking forward to the fourth Part like a little Kid on Christmas. Through various Decision-making Possibilities, an individual Bond with the Characters is formed, etc. After playing through a Mass Effect Game, I always thought to myself: It can't get Any better, and so the Successor always disappointed me a bit at first. However, that quickly passed and the Successor became at least as cool as its Predecessor. I recommend buying the Game on Origin as there is a Handful of Extensions there that I at Least don't have on Steam. Anyone who ponders on the Occasion of the Fourth Part, who appears in just under a Month to deal with the Series, can only recommend that you play the Complete Series chronologically. It's always worth it! For me, the Series is my absolute Favourite Series even before Gothic! I therefore give a clear Buy recommendation!
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Review of the Game:---Introduction---Mass Effect is probably a Milestone in the Science Fiction era of video Games, excellent gameplay, fully set Dialogues throughout the game, the extremely successful Story and and and ... You could rave about Mass Effect for an eternal Long time-or just gamble it and enjoy it! ---Gameplay---Mass Effect Is a Sci-fi ACTION RPG of a special Kind, you fight your Way from Storyline to Storyline as Commander Shepard, there are many Items, Upgrades and a successful Talent tree. In addition, you can always take helpful Companions on your Missions, which you can also Equip. From time to time you also have the Opportunity to drive a Vehicle through the area, but in my Opinion the Vehicle has been too strong, but it is still Fun to tear through the different Solar Systems and always discover new Things! ---Graphics---The Graphics of Mass Effect were fine for the Release of the Game in May 2008, here and there you could have got a little more out of it, but that'S Mecker at a very high Level, it's fun to watch the Characters in the Dialogues and Sequences, the Animations are gelu And even if the Game is already 7 Years old, it's nice to watch. ---Sound and Music---The completely set game shines with its great Sounds and the enormous Background music that really supports every Scene very nicely, especially towards the End of the Game a "wow" effect comes up through the Background Music! ---Performance---The Game runs extremely smoothly, unfortunately without Controller support, but the Operation with the Mouse and Keyboard is good. ---Conclusion---I didn't think anything of Mass Effect for Years, now I Wonder why I didn't play the Game years ago, the Gameplay is right, the Characters, the Story-just everything is the hammer-for any Sci-fi fan this Game is really a Bang, and before a Learn an alternative to Star Wars-too bad that there's no Mass Effect Movie-but still two more Parts that can take this Feel forward! I am very excited about the second Part of the Mass Effect, but also the Conclusion of the Trilogy with Mass Effect 3. Enjoy Mass Effect, Mr. Zero:7
Finished on April 20, 2010 (Xbox 360) & February 5, 2016 (Origin). +Characters +Gameplay +Lore +Music +Side Quests +Story -Graphics -DLC -Port
ah, the game that started my long-lasting intense love-hate relationship with bioware
«Beaten more than once»
Эта игра дает начало фантастической (во всех смыслах) трилогии, которую я проходила четырежды. Мне чрезвычайно понравилось играть за молодого, но уже бывалого капитана, путешествовать по Млечному пути на собственном корабле, налаживать отношения с экипажем и понемногу готовиться к чему-то большему. Мир Mass Effect, созданный писателем Дрю Карпишиным, огромный и потрясающе разнообразный. В нем полно отсылок к XXI веку, и поэтому в реалистичность происходящего так легко поверить. Романтика космических странствий, встречи с неизведанным, необходимость возложить на свои плечи ответственность за судьбы целых рас — о да, все это здесь есть. Это динамичное приключение, настоящий эпический блокбастер, хоть и не во всем идеальный. Одна из лучших космоопер всей моей жизни, которая вышла за пределы индустрии и стала частью массовой поп-культуры. Тот случай, когда очевидные минусы игры вроде поездок на вездеходе MAKO, супермедленных лифтов Цитадели и не очень удобных укрытий, к которым вы прилипнете намертво, стали мемами. ИМХО: меня все это не слишком раздражает. А вот то, что игра поощряет твое тактическое мышление - это просто прекрасно.
«Just one more turn»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«OST on repeat»
Это мега-эпичное начало трилогии. Она моментально погружает вас в огромную и проработанную вселенную со своими секретами и опасностями. Во время прохождение ты всегда чувствуешь себя героем своей нации, защищающего честь людей в галактике. RPG элементы в это всё дело вплетены также отлично. В этой игре вы можете отыгрывать абсолютного ублюдка, или спокойного и доброжелательного борца за справедливость. Это определенный must have, лучшее начало серии и не придумаешь.
«Blew my mind»
«That Ending!»
«OST on repeat»
Posiblemente el mejor de la saga, que poco a poco fue mermando en RPG y sumando acción innecesaria en las siguientes entregas.
Великолепная игра, имхо лучшая в трилогии, одна из моих любимых синглплеерных игр. К сожалению, я познакомился с ней впервые в 2016 году, с тех пор несколько раз перепроходил  всю трилогию. Если вы думаете стоит ли вам садиться за такую "старую" игру, то даже не сомневайтесь, стоит. Из всей трилогии в первой части на мой взгляд лучшая подача сюжета. Все связано, логично и не вызывает никаких вопросов. Все минусы игры, которые можно придумать, связаны именно с несколько устаревшим геймплеем. Но он не настолько устарел, чтобы вы сошли с ума и бросили игру. Просто будут небольшие неудобства: - механика стрельбы подустарела; - Мако (тачка на которой гоняете по планетам) немного тупенький; - придется немного поковыряться в инвентаре, но если вы лутали все что видела в каком-нибудь ведьмаке это не будет для вас проблемой. Все эти придирки легко перечеркиваются великолепной вселенной, ее глубиной и шикарным сюжетом игры. Когда в этой игре ты принимаешь решения о судьбах вселенной у тебя не появляется ощущение какого-то ложного пафоса или супергеройщины. Все сделано так, что ты действительно ощущаешь причастность к эпику, происходящему в игре.
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit Back and Relax»
«Beaten more than once»
«OST on repeat»