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ESRB Rating

May contain mature sexual themes, more intense violence and/or strong language.

Release Date

US: 2008-05-27

Genre: RPG

Mass Effect

Also available for: PS3, Xbox360

Set 200 years in the future in an epic universe, Mass Effect places gamers in a vast galactic community in danger of being conquered by a legendary agent gone rogue. A spectacular new vision from legendary developers BioWare, Mass Effect challenges players to lead a squad of freedom fighters as they struggle against threatening armies to restore peace in the land.

Mass Effect is the first in a trilogy of games with an overarching story. 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.

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Ratings for Mass Effect

Rating Description
9.5
Presentation Mass Effect features master videogame storytelling with a very clean and intuitive interface that's been enhanced and improved from the Xbox 360 game.
9
Graphics The visuals bring to life a brand new universe in a convincing manner. The PC game delivers sharp visuals but it does require a fair bit of horsepower to do so.
10
Sound Stellar voice acting that's some of the best ever done, along with an original, haunting electronic score that fits the subject matter perfectly.
9
Gameplay This is a top-notch RPG with a deep combat system that's an excellent blend of action and role-paying.
8.5
Lasting Appeal There's quite a bit of replay value here, whether you start over with an existing character or roll an entirely new on to explore different story paths.
9.2
Overall
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