Mass Effect Review
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Mass Effect Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360, PC
Dev: Edge of Reality
Pub: EA
Release: December 4, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence

That isn't to say Mass Effect isn't without its flaws. I finally understand why people hated the M35 Mako. I have new appreciation for all those YouTube videos showing it plummeting into lava, being attacked by a thresher maw, and being stranded on its back like a gigantic, metallic turtle. It's an unwieldy beast. Still, for some reason, I can't bring myself to hate it. In fact, I like to save, then try and get myself into the worst situation possible for giggles. It's troublesome, but once you accept that fact, you can start having fun trying to see just how bad it can get.

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There are also some minor bugs. I've seen some graphical issues in Mass Effect. Sometimes a texture doesn't seem to display right. There were a few points where the frame rate dips. It's annoying, but expected. I experienced the same problems in Mass Effect 2 and 3, and from what I've heard the original Xbox 360 and PC versions of Mass Effect shared these flaws. It's a case where BioWare did the port, but didn't address the existing issues. Fortunately, none of these problems happen frequently. I'd typically see it happen once every 20 or 30 minutes.

The Mass Effect cover system is a turnoff too. It isn't terrible, but it's different from what I'm used to from Mass Effect 2 and 3, and it took about five encounters to adjust. I'm a big fan of just running up to something and automatically getting into cover. Mass Effect’s system feels more complicated, but I do think part of the problem is me. I had gotten so used to playing a Sentinel and Vanguard in Mass Effect 3 and rushing up into enemies’ faces that I needed to break that bad habit.

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Still, I say a thank you is in order. Thank you, BioWare, for finally giving those of us with PS3s access to the full story. I'm looking forward to devoting a good chunk of the holiday season to replaying Mass Effect 2 and 3 with my shiny new Mass Effect save so I can experience the trilogy the way it was meant to be played.

By
Jenni Lada
Freelance Writer
Date: December 11, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
There's an occasional graphical hiccup, but Mass Effect still looks gorgeous.
4.5
Control
As long as you aren't in the Mako, you'll have no trouble telling Shepard and his/her team what to do.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The game is perfectly cast, and the score is just incredible.
5.0
Play Value
You'll want to go back and create different Shepards so you can see every possible scenario in the ensuing entries.
4.9
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Incredible science-fiction RPG with a rich, engaging story line.
  • Exploring uncharted worlds and uncovering a mystery that defies imagination.
  • Real-time, squad-based combat.
  • Credible digital actors.
  • Character customization and deep role-playing systems.
  • "Mass Effect" will give players a huge breadth of additional customization options for their characters, weapons and vehicles.

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