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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 16, 2022
    100
    Mass Effect: Legendary Edition offers the comprehensive experience that the whole trilogy rightfully deserves. Thanks to this, you can easily forgive it all sorts of small ailments associated with the age of individual parts and you drown dozens of unforgettable hours in the game without blinking an eye. Yes, even after such a long time.
  2. 100
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a fan's dream come true. With all three games and almost all of their DLC included in one upgraded package there simply isn't more to be asked for here other than a full remake.
  3. May 27, 2021
    95
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is one of the finest remasters made to-date. For newcomers and veterans alike, it's the essential version of a must-play trilogy, honouring its strengths while smoothing out most of its faults.
  4. Dec 14, 2021
    90
    The Mass Effect Trilogy is incredible. The overarching story and its characters are excellent, and each one was better than the last. I wasn’t sure if these games would hold up in the current environment, but they absolutely do. They’re still worth playing, I recommend them, and to anyone about to jump in — play at a slower pace. Do not rush through. Explore everything they have to offer and relish in their richness.
  5. PLAY
    Jul 5, 2021
    90
    No fan of Star-Trek-style science fiction should miss Mass Effect – and this package offers the best version of the trilogy currently available. [Issue#3, p.144]
  6. Jun 30, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect 2's Legendary Edition upgrades the graphics to near-modern standards and lets us immerse ourselves in the best game in BioWare's epic RPG trilogy all over again.
  7. Jun 8, 2021
    90
    The most complete edition to a famous franchise to this date, with improvements on almost all levels is the showmanship of how you remaster a video game. Exceptional work and a stellar upgrade for a masterpiece of a trilogy that is Mass Effect.
  8. 90
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is the best way to play the classic trilogy. The higher resolution and frame rate make it look really nice and although having to have everything installed at once is a pain, having it all wrapped up in the same package, all but one minor DLC and a multiplayer mode included, is incredibly convenient and a very generous and replayable package.
  9. Jun 7, 2021
    90
    While I loved every second of replaying Mass Effect for the fourth and definitely not final time, I have that history and nostalgia keeping me through the outdated gameplay. I would recommend anyone jump into this series if they love BioWare RPGs, but I’d have a string of caveats. A lot has not aged well, especially from the first game, even though the first game arguably has the best story of all three. The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is an absolutely incredible walk down memory lane, but that’s really all it is. If you’re a newbie to the trilogy and you’re dying to see what all the fuss is about, better buckle in for one bumpy ride.
  10. Jun 6, 2021
    90
    This set makes the galaxy that you’ll gallivant across for 90-plus hours feel so much more immersive, beautiful, and tangible-seeming.
  11. Jun 5, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is the definitive collection of what is one of the finest gaming trilogies ever released. With an extensive list of tweaks and improvements under the hood, this is how the Mass Effect trilogy should be played.
  12. 90
    For better or worse, Mass Effect Legendary Edition is effectively the same classic trilogy we played a decade ago, warts and all. BioWare finely balanced updating the games with leaving elements that would recapture that classic nostalgia of first taking off across the stars in the Normandy. For my experience, this was the perfect way to bring the classic trilogy to modern audiences while preparing everyone for more Mass Effect to come. We’ll get our proper new-gen Mass Effect soon enough, but right now, this is where players should experience where it all began with Commander Shepard’s epic three-game saga. Whether you’re an eager fan looking to return or a curious new player who wants to see what all the fuss is about, this is Mass Effect.
  13. Jun 1, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is absolutely fantastic. The amount of effort put into Mass Effect 1 alone is more than I've seen from a lot of other remasters, and overall, it's an absurd amount of content for one bundle. The games have aged well enough that they're still a ton of fun to play both for newcomers and returning veterans alike. Even the sour points, like ME3's ending, sting less when you play the whole thing as a package. If you like epic space adventures, then there's no single better buy than Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Now let's hope that Mass Effect 4 can live up to the high bar set by the originals….
  14. Jun 1, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is sure to bring in both new and returning fans with its slick presentation and positive word-of-mouth about the series over the years since the original game's release. I enjoyed playing through the series again on more recent hardware, and not needing to hook up my Xbox 360 again. While the games haven't changed much from their initial releases, which can sometimes make the games feel dated, this is still an amazing collection of games to experience.
  15. Jun 1, 2021
    90
    What counts, though, is that these games still excel at what they set out to do, which is tell a compelling and ambitious story in a unique and engaging way, while providing a gameplay experience full of innovation and bold design. Despite having sunk hundreds of hours into these games years ago, I was still awed by the sheer scale of the project, still moved by the more intimate moments between characters, and still heartbroken at the resolution of some plot arcs. Even after all these years, Mass Effect still has the ability to provoke emotions in me that only a handful of other games ever have. To me, that’s more important than a fresh coat of paint or some extra DLC, and why Mass Effect will always, in my book, be the greatest trilogy of RPG games ever made.
  16. May 28, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is the remastered collection that the trilogy deserves. Playing these games back-to-back showcases the immensely impressive scope of BioWare's series — an ambitious project the likes of which we haven't seen since. In some ways, all three titles are showing their age — but excellent character writing and exceptional world building make this a timeless trilogy. An emotional and truly memorable experience, from start to finish.
  17. May 27, 2021
    90
    Overall, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition advertised itself as taking the already-popular trilogy, bringing it to modern consoles, and giving it smart improvements. There's a lot that it does to improve the games without detracting from the core experience, and that says something. The first game is 13 years old and the third game is 9 years old at the time of this writing, and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition makes them feel much more current and recent. It's hard to imagine making the original trilogy any better, but these remasters definitely make them much more current.
  18. May 26, 2021
    90
    BioWare has done a fantastic job of bringing the Mass Effect trilogy up to meet the standards of 2021. While it's still a bit rough in some areas, and there's quirks to how they've retrofitted some elements into the oldest of the three (which is still inferior in gameplay feel), this is the definitive version of the landmark trilogy you remember.
  19. May 26, 2021
    90
    The story of Commander Shepard as told through Mass Effect Legendary Edition is excellent. It was groundbreaking a decade ago, and it’s still a powerful tale open to interpretation. Veterans of the franchise need not hesitate: this is a faithful polishing of the original games, with thoughtful changes that modernize the experience. If you’ve never taken a trip with the crew of the Normandy, there’s no better time than now. There’s a mammoth amount of quality content in the Mass Effect trilogy, and it’s all well worth the time investment.
  20. May 20, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect: Legendary Edition stays true to the series while doing enough of an update to make the price of admission worth it.
  21. May 20, 2021
    90
    BioWare's finest hour, Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a package of passionate remasters and tweaking to create the definitive take on one of the best sci-fi adventures in gaming. I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favourite remaster on the Citadel.
  22. 90
    While Mass Effect Legendary Edition isn’t a spectacular remastering of a frankly superb trilogy, it does enough right to make it an essential collection. The original Mass Effect benefits most from the overhaul whilst retaining most of its scrappy charm, while Mass Effect 2 and 3 are generally better-looking versions of already great games. At the very least, it’s a great excuse to visit or revisit one of gaming’s greatest sagas.
  23. May 18, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition brings all three games together in one awesome package, making some big improvements along the way.
  24. May 18, 2021
    90
    The original game has been reworked visually and mechanically to be far more playable in 2021, even though it’s still less than ideal when it comes to combat, especially moving onto the sequels. The second and third Mass Effects don’t receive as major an enhancement to their quality of life, but what they do receive is visual clarity. The game runs magnificently on current and last-generation consoles, not to mention load times are insignificant now and the graphical touches that have been instituted only help to enhance the experience. There’s nothing quite like Mass Effect out there, and having upwards of 300 hours worth of content readily available is an immense value that goes unmatched. It may have taken longer than we had expected to come out, but we finally got a remaster that’s does the franchise proud.
  25. May 18, 2021
    90
    As a whole, this is pretty much exactly what fans have been asking for for so long- the entire Mass Effect trilogy brought together in a single package that, rather than just making the games better looking, helps their qualities stand out much more while ironing out the kinks.
  26. May 14, 2021
    90
    Seeing your choices carry over across three games is exciting, but it’s also about the squadmates you meet along the way. So, become Commander Shepard, rally people to your cause, make painstakingly difficult choices, and watch others around you grow stronger because of your influence. The sacrifices and rewards will stay in your memory, and the Legendary Edition is a terrific reminder of why all these years later, people still can’t stop talking about this series.
  27. May 14, 2021
    90
    Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is the perfect way to experience what once became a turning point for videogames. BioWare's 'magic' is once again at its best thanks to improved graphics and gameplay as well as a collection of content like no other. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, thus, stands as a must-have in this new age of videogames.
  28. May 14, 2021
    90
    The technical upgrades improving the quality and general feeling of the games are legion, even though the first ME is still suffering from the game design of the era in which it was first released and would definitely have deserved a true remake. Still, the writing quality doesn't age at all and the content at hand is so astonishing that it becomes a true pleasure to get back in the Normandy and discover every secret the Milky Way has to offer.
  29. May 14, 2021
    90
    The Legendary Edition polishes the Shepard trilogy impressively. A must have for all RPG and Sci-Fi fans.
  30. May 25, 2021
    88
    Sure, it’s not a perfect release when you look at the current batch of next-gen titles, however it is a playable one and if you’ve missed this universe or you’re a newcomer, there’s some exceptional value for money in the Mass Effect Legendary Edition that will literally give you hours upon hours of enjoyment and yes, some frustration, depending on the difficulty level you play.
  31. May 14, 2021
    88
    The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a surprisingly great remastered collection of three epic titles. A must-have.
  32. Jun 21, 2021
    85
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is, in short, the best way to enjoy this epic trilogy. It represents a huge leap in quality compared to any other version of the game.
  33. May 19, 2021
    82
    Net of some technical roughness, especially visible on old gen, and of the indisputable limitations of the engine used, which are also reflected in the actual extent of the interventions made on Mass Effect 2 and 3, the Legendary Edition represents an excellent opportunity to visit once again the wonderful universe modeled by the Edmonton team.
  34. Jun 19, 2021
    80
    Despite its flaws, Mass Effect Legendary Edition acts a great excuse for long-time fans to revisit the franchise as well as a solid place for newcomers to dive in. You'll laugh, cheer, cry, and have a great time. Older design and narrative problems remain and this remaster could have worked out the bugs more but you'll still be blown away by everything that Mass Effect Legendary Edition has to offer.
  35. Jun 3, 2021
    80
    Take an iconic trilogy of games, all downloadable content and improve the gameplay and graphics - can it end in anything but success? Yes and no. Because while Mass Effect Legendary Edition contains over 100 hours of top-class storytelling, action and exploration, some parts are noticeably outdated - and some new bugs have also been added. Fortunately that does not stop Mass Effect Legendary Edition from being the best way to experience an acclaimed trilogy that stands strong a decade later.
  36. May 30, 2021
    80
    If you haven’t played Mass Effect already and are looking for the best way to do so, the Legendary Edition will be the way to go. It has all of the games in one convenient package, along with all of the DLC. With the improvements to load times, it is absolutely the definitive way to play Mass Effect on console.
  37. May 28, 2021
    80
    The Mass Effect trilogy’s classic status is well deserved and while these remasters can’t iron out every problem, this is still a hugely entertaining and forward-thinking trio of action role-players.
  38. May 24, 2021
    80
    The Legendary Edition is the most efficient way to consume the Mass Effect trilogy. Everything is presented in a nice little package, and with a little bow on top that is the original DLC. The series really benefits from being able to play the games right after each other in their natural order. Importing your saved character into the sequel gives you the full experience and allows your character’s actions to, seemingly, have more weight since you see the outcomes immediately. The bond that Commander Shepard cultivates with their allies is magical. I wish I could erase my memory of this series just to be able to play this collection as it was intended. Any newcomer to the series who is on the fence should absolutely jump on it, and returning fans will certainly be happy that it was treated with tender loving care.
  39. May 22, 2021
    80
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition has so much to offer fans and newcomers despite Mass Effect 1 showing its age in some areas. The collection does a great job of preserving these titles for future generations to create their own Shepards and experience this space adventure. Thankfully, there’s plenty of quality-of-life systems addressed in this remaster, making it one that is packed with exciting narratives and memorable action.
  40. Gamer.nl
    May 21, 2021
    80
    Mass Effect's Legendary Edition lovingly puts three of the best games ever back in the spotlight. That is actually enough reason to recommend this package, but it still feels as if Bioware is missing out on opportunities to turn out really big.
  41. May 19, 2021
    80
    Mass Effect trilogy feels as great as ever, but the tech side of things in Legendary Edition leaves plenty to be desired. Some of the changes are great, while others not so much. Hopefully a lot of troubles can be ironed out with more patches. But all in all, my return to the Mass Effect universe was a blast.
  42. May 14, 2021
    80
    If you ignore these flaws and show indulgence for a 14-year-old game, you will reconnect with a memorable and still captivating saga to walk through, coated in a generous layer of varnish that allows it to - almost - hang on to the present day.
  43. May 13, 2021
    80
    If you've never experienced Mass Effect on your skin or were just waiting for the right moment to take a journey through memories, this is the remaster you've been looking for.
  44. May 21, 2021
    75
    If you own an 8th or 9th generation console and haven't had the opportunity to play any of the Mass Effect games, think no more - buying Legendary Edition is pretty much mandatory. It's a terrific remaster. But if you prefer to play on a PC, you may hesitate with a purchase as the original trilogy is much, much cheaper.
  45. Jun 29, 2021
    70
    The Mass Effect trilogy is a personal all-time favourite of this here reviewer, and Legendary Edition comes highly recommended to anyone that enjoys sci-fi narratives, regardless of preferred genres or experience. As games, each has its faults and glitches that can't be glossed over today, but this package as a whole is a gripping adventure that takes players all over the Milky Way galaxy, meeting fascinating characters and alien races, of whom many will stick long in the memory. The lore will always be the absolute reason for anyone to give this a try, and it's highly likely that no matter the issues, the story and crew will be more than enough to keep you going to see this grand adventure right to the end. Unfortunately, one too many complaints are difficult to ignore and hold it back from being the remaster this deserved to be.
  46. May 26, 2021
    70
    Mass Effect Legendary Edition is the the best way to play the Mass Effect trilogy in 2021, but with an expensive launch price, some work on the graphics but none on the animations.
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  1. May 13, 2021
    All in all, I'm enjoying playing Mass Effect 1 again, something I never thought I'd say (I find the original game's combat too frustrating). I'm eager to get back to it, and see how the Legendary Edition may have changed Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 as well. [Review in Progress]
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6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 709 Ratings

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  1. May 16, 2021
    10
    Interesting to see so many Russians review bombing this for the bad Russian dub. I feel sorry for them because this is an amazing remaster ofInteresting to see so many Russians review bombing this for the bad Russian dub. I feel sorry for them because this is an amazing remaster of an amazing game that still holds up after all these years. Full Review »
  2. May 16, 2021
    1
    ME1: RUSSIAN VO IS GARBAGE. No option "English voice + Russian sub". I'm big fan of ME series, but I'm ashamed to play that game.
    ME2&ME3:
    ME1: RUSSIAN VO IS GARBAGE. No option "English voice + Russian sub". I'm big fan of ME series, but I'm ashamed to play that game.
    ME2&ME3: all OK, but the trilogy GAME IS TOTALLY UNPLAYABLE without ME1.
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    EA. I'm begging you! Add option "English voice + Russian subs". Please!
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  3. May 16, 2021
    0
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