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Mass Effect


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"Worth every dollar!"
5 stars"
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Mass Effect is an amazing action role-playing game. Those familiar with Bioware's pedigree will know just how much attention to detail and expanse of story-telling there is to be had here. Previous outings such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, can give you a faint taste of what Mass Effect is like.

There is a level of customisation to the gender and look of your character, right into their upbringing and personality. These choices you make at the beginning can change or vary the story throughout. Though that doesn't limit you from pushing your orientation from neutral to more paragon or more renegade. Think of it as a form of good vs. evil.

This in return can change the way that you converse with other characters in the Mass Effect universe. Will you be more paragon and try and sweet talk your way through a situation to obtain extra info and weapons? Or will you go renegade and threaten the character with extreme prejudice and squeeze the info out of them or take their items by force? Ultimately, your personality will shape and determine the outcome in these situations.

There are times when your decisions will force you to make some tough moral decisions. Will you sacrifice humanity, help a friend or turn your back on them? Feelings of loss and heightened emotion await you in Mass Effect.

The game features an R13 rating, which is quite relaxed for the adult themes provided and that's what you can expect here. An adult game with great gameplay and sharp graphics. As others below have stated, the side missions can sometimes be a little tedious. But also quite fun just to check out, if you need extra credits or for extra experience points to use to upgrade your character and team. Some of these side missions can have an effect on decisions in the story and/or access to exclusive items.

I purchased Mass Effect when it first was released, before the NXE update. I really enjoyed playing through the game, and even when there were moments with minor loading times or texture pop-in, this didn't detract from my experience at all.

However, with the NXE update and the ability to now back the game to the X360's Hard Disc Drive, this game benefits greatly from it. If you have the space, back the game to the HDD. It will shorten load times, eliminate intermittent load times and texture pop up. Making it even more appealing to play.

Mass Effect is an exciting romp into another universe, where you call the shots, and is worth every dollar of your purchase.

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 stars"

Bioware has done it again. I was sceptical about Mass Effect before trying it. One of the big enjoyments for Knights of the Old Republic (A must play) for me was the Star Wars immersion and galaxy. The Sequel (Not Bioware) didnt live up to the same standard. I have never been a real FPS fan and was concerned about the change in combat style. What about the Jedi? Why couldnt they do another Star Wars one? I wondered.

Having played several hours into Mass Effect all I can say is, My god. its awesome. Its a gritty mash of the character depth from KOTOR and the action of Halo. Sure the combat isnt the most deep out there and the squad commands are limited but its fun! Its not a perfect game, parts of it could be done much better, and possibly were in KOTOR, but its one of those rare games that is greater then the sum of its parts.

Like KOTOR before it this will suck you in and absorb you, an epic cinematic space adventure that is a must own.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
"Classic RPG"
5 stars"

If you have played any of the Bioware RPGs and liked them… then without doubt you will love this. Its classic RPG, all the elements are there. The action scenes run smoothly and there is plenty of content to play with as far as places and side-stories. What everyone else has written below fairly much says it all.

Do you like RPG… then stop reading and go buy this game :-P

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Creating Its Own Genre"
5 stars"

This game is a mash up of elements from a broad range of games. Which isnt neccersarily a bad thing.

It combines RPG elements which Bioware is famous for, with the 3rd person shooter style of Star Wars Battlefront. It also throws in some interesting features such as: The ability to take cover, Which is particularly usefull in gunfights aswell as the ability to customize your characters face down to the last scar.

Its graphics are a notch above most games Ive played, and the cinematic dialogues make it feel like a long and immersive film. The oice acting is superb, and the replayability factor is endless as youll find yourself grinding the game for the 4th or 5th time just to get that one last achievement.

For a fan of shooters trying to branch into RPG's or vice versa this game is perfect. And for all those who have the time and money to play their way through this Epic, plot driven game, see to it that you do, because it's worth every cent.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Awesome, best RPG on the xbox 360."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

If you are a Sci-Fi fan then this is your game. Its story is based on the finest of Space Operas. The side quests a purely there for grinding but the main story is solid. The combination of Biowares desire to tell great stories and amazing graphics makes it the best Sci-Fi RPG on the system.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Great action rpg"
5 stars"

Mass Effect is one of those games that has a movie like story and a movie like presentation and pulls it off like no other.

Mass effect is a Third person shooter with rpg mechanics that work perfectly and is very rewarding with a bunch of ways to play your character.

Mass effect has a good/bad system and a branching conversation tree so you can choose what you want to say and that has a lot of different ways that effect the way the situation plays out and add to re-playability.

The story is very good and full of wonderful characters and races that make the world feel very real and believable. its a universe that is big and as detailed as star wars.

Mass effect offers a lot of choices and possibility's in the story so that there can be lots of replays and a lot of hours and is well worth the buy

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Mass Effect is a science fiction action-RPG created by BioWare Corp., the commercially and critically acclaimed RPG developer of “Jade Empire,” “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,” “Neverwinter Nights,” and the “Baldur's Gate” series. “Mass Effect” will deliver an immersive story driven gameplay experience with stunning visual fidelity. Published by Microsoft Game Studios, “Mass Effect” will be exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game system.

As the first human Specter – sworn defenders of galactic peace – your mission is to halt the advancing armies of a legendary agent gone rogue. But as you lead your elite team across hostile alien worlds, you will discover the true threat is far greater than anyone imagined.


  • Immersive RPG: Determine the fate of mankind as you lead an elite tactical strike force as an epic galaxy-wide conflict unfolds. “Mass Effect” will take the player into new depths of an action-roleplaying game, with choice-based gameplay.
  • Rich and engaging storyline: While defending galactic peace and earning a position of respect for humanity in the community, gamers will discover that a greater conflict between organic life and artificial intelligence exists. Players' decisions and actions will serve to shape the destiny of all life in the galaxy as you become absorbed in the story that is “Mass Effect,” the first game in an epic trilogy from BioWare. They will become the center of an engrossing story as they battle against alien life forms to save the galaxy from threatening armies.
  • Player controls the ultimate fate of the galaxy: The player's decisions and actions will serve to shape the destiny of all life in the galaxy, while raising humanity to the pinnacle of galactic civilization via noble means or via tyranny.
  • Real-time squad based combat: “Mass Effect” employs a real-time, squad based, tactical combat system. Players will be immersed in intense, challenging and exciting combat.
  • Explore uncharted worlds: In addition to the main story arc of the game, players will be able to visit a large number of uncharted, unexplored planets which are not directly tied to the main story. At any time during the campaign, a player can choose to explore one of these planets in an all-terrain rover in order to discover new alien life, resources, ruined civilizations and powerful technologies.
  • Digital actors: “Mass Effect” features a huge cast of in-engine digital actors that you will encounter as NPCs, enemies or as party members. Each will have life-like facial and body movements, and an advanced dialogue system will give them engaging personalities.
  • Character customization: Players will be able to choose from a variety of stunning, photo-realistic character appearances at the start of the game, and throughout the game can increase various statistics which will have an impact on their performance during gameplay. Equipment, weapons and armor that are acquired during the course of the story will change the appearance of the characters.
  • Next-generation gaming defined: “Mass Effect” takes advantage of Xbox 360's hardware providing gamers with exciting new experiences, including photo-realistic, high definition graphics on an epic scale. As the future of gaming goes online, Xbox360 live features, including premium downloadable content and recognition of achievement will be available via the Xbox Live service.
Release date NZ
November 22nd, 2007
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