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  • Summary: "Mass Effect" will deliver an immersive, story-driven gameplay experience presented in a cinematic style with high production values, extraordinary levels of visual fidelity, incredible exploration and realistic digital actors. Players assume the role of an elite human Spectre"Mass Effect" will deliver an immersive, story-driven gameplay experience presented in a cinematic style with high production values, extraordinary levels of visual fidelity, incredible exploration and realistic digital actors. Players assume the role of an elite human Spectre agent, Commander Shepard, entrusted with keeping law and order in the galaxy. As they discover and explore the uncharted edges of the galaxy, they come closer to an overwhelming truth learning that the placid and serene universe they know is about to come to a violent end and that they are the only being who can stop it. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    98
    Mass Effect is quality. The story is very well done. The characters are well written, and it's amazing to see how they were at the beginning. It's like I got to see them as they were, and can now appreciate how they've grown from Mass Effect to Mass Effect 2 and 3.
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    90
    I'm in the camp that believes the games simply get better the further you get into the series, meaning that for as amazing as Mass Effect is, its sequels are more amazing yet. So if you like this game, just imagine how much you'll like what follows it.
  3. The game's appearance remains unaltered, which sounds good, but unfortunately it isn't. The game doesn't look bad, but it certainly looks dated. From a cinematic standpoint everything's fine, but the numerous lip-sync errors bothered us immensely. [February 2013, p.80]
  4. 83
    The original Mass Effect has finally arrived on the PlayStation 3, which completes the trilogy without hopping consoles. Even though the game shows obvious and often obtrusive signs of age, the original shooter RPG still holds up and delivers an experience to fans who have wanted it for so long.
  5. As an interactive story it's one hell of a good piece of entertainment. Taking your first tentative steps into this seriously rich universe, planting the seeds for larger implications later in the series, and tangling with one of the best antagonists ever, Saren, is a trip well worth taking. There's a rich, colourful cast you'll want to meet for the first time (Urdnot Wrex in particular) and very poignant moments to be had (e.g. becoming a Spectre). These are watershed gaming moments that the ME2's 'introductory' comic book could never hope to encapsulate. [January 2013, p69]
  6. Dec 10, 2012
    60
    Mass Effect's gameplay is unashamedly stuck in 2007. It's unpolished, frustrating, and much of it feels unnecessary. Fortunately, the plot and writing are enough to carry the experience. If you've already dipped into either of the series' superior sequels, prepare for a learning curve if you absolutely must explore the franchise's roots.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Jan 5, 2013
    10
    Just finished this awesome game. I loved ME2 and liked ME3 (not as much 2 by far) so having the first one available for the PS3 is great andJust finished this awesome game. I loved ME2 and liked ME3 (not as much 2 by far) so having the first one available for the PS3 is great and explains all the background narratives. And uploading your ME1 character into ME2 opens up new dialog options. ME1 is perhaps the best of the series. Gameplay is fun, if not as polished as ME2. It was fun being a badass as you levelled up. It's more of an RPG than the others, and has great storylines. There were some occasional framerate issues and I had to restart once or twice. Also, the final battle froze twice so I had to delete and reinstall the game data. But it was totally worth it. It was nowhere near as glitchy as Skyrim, and similairly worth it for a great game. Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2013
    10
    Without a doubt the best series i've ever come to play! So much replay value! Its insane and I can't describe it enough. THIS IS A MUST BUYWithout a doubt the best series i've ever come to play! So much replay value! Its insane and I can't describe it enough. THIS IS A MUST BUY AND PLAY EXPERIENCE. Trust me on this!

    Pros:
    Just... wow (useless pros. I know :v)
    Story and characters are so well done!

    Cons:
    Combat can get a little linear
    No coop
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  3. Apr 5, 2015
    10
    I arrived with a delay of eight years to play this game, but recently (knowing the prestige it had) I played and finished the whole trilogy.I arrived with a delay of eight years to play this game, but recently (knowing the prestige it had) I played and finished the whole trilogy.

    It must be said right away: with Mass Effect, BioWare has created a fantastic universe, with many facets, articulate but at the same time consistently; inspired and with many references to series like Star Trek and Star Wars. In other words BioWare deserves an Oscar just for this. Personally I found the story of Mass Effect incredibly beautiful, it catches you from the first minute. Characters, protagonists and antagonists, each have their own personality, their own history, and relations that are created with each of them manage to make the background of the plot even more beautiful, more complex. A praise for creating characters like Saren and the Reapers, who are truly ones of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

    At first glance, Mass Effect, might look like a common third-person shooter and nothing more. But actually what BioWare did was to create an hybrid blend with the genre of rpg, creating in fact one of the best of games of this genre. This fusion of genres has managed to perfection: the gameplay is deep and fun, with inventory, statistics, weapons and armor, upgrades, abilities, exploration of planets and recovery of minerals. Even the editor to create the character Shepard at the beginning is well structured and offers many choices, both in terms of physical appearance and customization of the story of the character as the place of origin, the psychological profile, the class and the skills that result. The dialogue system is very well done and convenient to use, the choices really change the course of story, and Paragon & Renegade moral points add something significant to the vision that Shepard gives of himself. The longevity of the game is great, from 20 to beyond 30 hours. Nothing is missing, there is everything and it works perfectly.

    The graphic is pretty good and appreciable, even the artistic level is great and very cinematographical. Not bad also the game soundtrack. Unfortunately, at least for the PlayStation 3 version, the game is unstable from the technical point of view: there are many bugs, and sometimes the game causes a freezing of the console, but afterall this is forgettable because of all that the game has to give.

    Mass Effect is certainly one of the highest points of BioWare, and one of its best games. A great rpg-game, and a masterpiece.
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  4. Jan 5, 2013
    8
    Mass Effect for the Playstation 3 is a downgraded port that appears to amplify the bugs and issues that plagued the original, and in the longMass Effect for the Playstation 3 is a downgraded port that appears to amplify the bugs and issues that plagued the original, and in the long run this subtracts from the overall enjoyment that Xbox 360 owners were inclined to. However, if the Playstation 3 is your only entryway into the series, then don't let these trivial issues barricade you from one of of the richest RPG stories to ever ever grace the gaming community. Expand
  5. Jan 23, 2013
    8
    played mass effect on xbox,now playing on ps3, always fun! Bugs are in all games, just stop to compare xbox and ps3 it is stupid andplayed mass effect on xbox,now playing on ps3, always fun! Bugs are in all games, just stop to compare xbox and ps3 it is stupid and pointless! tastes are different! Just enjoy and have fun, that is what is missing today! how game looks become more important then how it plays! Mass effect 1 is better then ME2 in so many ways, ME3 combines 1 and 2, and gives a great filling how it should be from the start! Expand
  6. Mar 15, 2013
    7
    The beginning of the Mass Effect Trilogy has finally come to PS3 after being released on Xbox 360 and PC a long time ago, Whilst the game isThe beginning of the Mass Effect Trilogy has finally come to PS3 after being released on Xbox 360 and PC a long time ago, Whilst the game is great there are a few things that bring it back mainly being technical issues and a lack of polish that the other games in the series have, It has not aged well but that doesn't take away from the fact that the game has a fantastic story, solid gameplay (Unpolished but decent), great characters and it begins one of the best game series of this generation, If you plan on playing the Mass Effect Trilogy then you should start with the original despite some of it's issues, even if you have already played Mass Effect 2 and 3 but not the original then you should play it to see how the story begins in full detail, It's worth the purchase and you won't be disappointed if you can get past the issues it has. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2014
    0
    This game doesnt work... load times are horrible, checkpoints dont exist, one time i died and had to go back 1 hour... it has framerate issuesThis game doesnt work... load times are horrible, checkpoints dont exist, one time i died and had to go back 1 hour... it has framerate issues aswell... buy it for another plataform Expand

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