Mass Effect

released on Nov 20, 2007

What starts as a routine mission to an agrarian outpost quickly becomes the opening salvo in an epic war. As the newly appointed Executive Officer of the SSV Normandy, you'll assemble and lead an elite squad of heroes into battle after heart-pounding battle. Each decision you make will impact not only your fate, but the destiny of the entire galaxy in the Mass Effect trilogy.

Key Features:

Incredible, interactive storytelling. Create and customize your own character, from Commander Shepard's appearance and skills to a personalized arsenal. Unleash devastating abilities as you command and train. Your decisions will control the outcome of each mission, your relationships with your crew and ultimately the entire war.

An amazing universe to explore. From the massive Citadel to the harsh, radioactive landscape of the Krogan home world – the incredible breadth of the Mass Effect universe will blow you away. Travel to the farthest outposts aboard the SSV Normandy, the most technologically advanced ship in the galaxy. You'll follow the clues left by ancient civilizations, discover hidden bases with fantastic new tech and lead your hand-picked crew into explosive alien battles.

Edge-of-your-seat excitement meets strategic combat. Find the perfect combination of squad-mates and weapons for each battle if you want to lead them to victory. Sun-Tzu's advice remains as pertinent in 2183 as it is today – know your enemy. You'll need different tactics for a squad of enemies with devastating biotic attacks than a heavily armored Geth Colossus so choose your teams wisely.

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so fucking good, saw people saying give this a skip before Legendary Edition because it was so dated, so luckily the remaster is fantastic because the series warrants completion from front to back. some aspects like the driving is a little iffy
it feels more like a building block of whats to come, like the one thing Mass Effect does better than any game is have decisions have ramifications later, but the actual story is pretty simple and takes second stage compared to the strength of its characters and worldbuilding. mm the characters goddamn.
best written character is Ashley Williams, solely because on the surface she's just a strong tuff woman who can handle herself on the battlefield, but she's got weird self-centred conservative viewpoints. ive seen her called 'space racist' because she's pretty upfront about her discomfort around alien races, especially in regards to Liara, but at the same time, if you pick her for the salarian Assault on Virmire she's pretty clearly able to set that personal grudge aside for the mission. i totally let ashley die.

The writers of Mass Effect don't get enough credit for carrying this entire game on their backs. Bluntly put, Mass Effect isn't very fun to play, and has aged like milk, but the story and characters are so incredibly strong that it's still worth playing today.

De vez em quando ainda me pego pensando sobre como essa experiência me ajudou a recuperar essa vontade de jogar videogames. Um cenario interessante e completamente imersivo, que me fez querer explorar e conhecer sobre o conteudo que ele tinha a oferecer. Assim que eu terminei pela primeira vez, sabia que teria que jogar de novo logo.

Promising ideas but the universe feels too small. Also, what's up with the council? Are they stupid or something?

Mass Effect is the only game in the trilogy to evoke the mystical aura characteristic of some of the best sci-fi works, all while introducing every bit of iconic imagery the franchise is known for and having the most physically present world in it to date. It comes with a hefty dose of jank, but it's a fine price to pay for such a monumental title. I couldn't imagine being as interested as I was in the more hollywood stories of 2 and 3 without 1's campy, episodic approach. As my memories of the sequels blend into their era of virtual militaristic action, making friends and unearthing secrets with less of a focus on combat will remain the most memorable game experience to me.