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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

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  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. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Mar 14, 2013
    84
    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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 28, 2013
    80
    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.
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 63
  2. Negative: 4 out of 63
  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. Jul 22, 2019
    10
    The Mass Effect Universe is one of the best - if not the best - ever created. It's delightful to get to know it as you play the game. IThe Mass Effect Universe is one of the best - if not the best - ever created. It's delightful to get to know it as you play the game. I believe this game is underrated. It's one of the best games imo. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2015
    10
    The start of one of the best ( if not the best) trilogies in gaming history. The story is on point, and the combat is a fun time once you getThe start of one of the best ( if not the best) trilogies in gaming history. The story is on point, and the combat is a fun time once you get accustomed to the 2007 clumsiness. With all of the different choices and classes that will affect your entire journey throughout all three games, this masterpiece simply has to be played multiple time to really have the full experience, and best thing is each play through and experience is different and unique because there are just so many choices! Do yourself a favor and pick up the trilogy pack for real cheap, and experience one of gaming's most epic stories! Expand
  4. Oct 30, 2017
    8
    El comienzo de una de las mejores sagas de videojuegos. La historia y el universo que crearon los genios de BioWare en Mass Effect es digna deEl comienzo de una de las mejores sagas de videojuegos. La historia y el universo que crearon los genios de BioWare en Mass Effect es digna de todos los aplausos. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2014
    8
    Good stuff: Great characters, dialogs, main story, voice acting.
    Bad stuff: AI (both enemy and friendly), loading times, grindy side quests,
    Good stuff: Great characters, dialogs, main story, voice acting.
    Bad stuff: AI (both enemy and friendly), loading times, grindy side quests, inventory system, random freezing.
    Mixed: Gameplay, combat.
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  6. Jan 17, 2019
    7
    If the score seems too low, just keep in mind that I'm reviewing this specific version of the game. So if you've never played Mass Effect andIf the score seems too low, just keep in mind that I'm reviewing this specific version of the game. So if you've never played Mass Effect and the most convenient place for you to play it is on your Playstation 3, here's what's in store for you:

    The game is great, and rightly praised for kicking off one of the most iconic series in gaming. But even with rose-colored glasses of nostalgia, the game stands on its own merits. The futuristic world presented is compelling and thoughtful, and most importantly believable. The story contained is interesting and unique, but not devoid of humor and levity. And the gameplay, as far as can be hoped for an early cover-shooter, holds up fairly well and is properly balanced to provide a challenge but not present too many difficulty speed bumps along the way.

    But not everything in the game has stood the test of time. Unfortunately, most of the things in this category are things related to game design and you'll likely encounter them throughout the entire playthrough. The most egregious are the lack of inventory management and the lack of variety in environments. Just get used to the fact that almost every place outside of a handful will look almost identical to any other place you visit. And be ready to spend a few minutes thinning out your inventory after missions or you'll soon find yourself having to organize 150 frustratingly-similar items in one of the worst U.I.s in recent memory. The checkpoint system isn't a deal-breaker, but a few times it partners with unskippable cutscenes and difficult fights to become extremely frustrating.
    Other minor annoyances are more forgivable, such as the game ambushing you occasionally even if your character has been warned about a location or even told exactly what you'll encounter there. And if you wanna get down to it, the action (shooting portions) are not really well done, but if you're even considering playing a game from 2007 you should already be prepared to be forgiving.

    However, with that being said, it's a little harder to forgive the awfulness of this PS3 port, which released after the trilogy was completed. It's not optimized at all, so this version has the honor of having the worst framerates, longest loading times, and slowest-loading textures. This is hands-down the worst way to experience one of the best games ever made. But like I said, if you're patient and forgiving the game is playable. And the two sequels are really great, so once you finish this game you have a pretty sweet reward waiting for you.
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  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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