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Vitals – Players: 1 // System(s): Xbox 360, PC // Release Date: November 20, 2007 (Xbox 360) May 27, 2008 (PC) // ESRB: Mature // Genre: RPG // Developer: BioWare // Publisher: Electronic Arts

Hands down Mass Effect is one of the best RPGs you will ever play. Scratch that, Mass Effect is one of the greatest games you will ever play. Don’t be fooled just because Mass Effect is labeled as an RPG, this game houses some fantastic shooter elements that any action fanatic will love. The gameplay has a 80s vibe to it – the top notch soundtrack and visual film grain really give it that 80s feeling. When interacting with characters it feels like a movie, the angle of the shots and the voice acting are nothing short of incredible.

The real beauty of Mass Effect is how believable the universe is. BioWare has gone to extreme lengths to make sure that you believe in the game. There is so much information to read but is completely optional and is not needed to understand what is going on – though reading the extra information will satisfy the more hardcore RPGers. Characters feel alive, you care about your actions and how they may affect the world around you and believe me your actions do sculpt the world – I had different characters die from my first time through the game compared to my second time through. Mass Effect will grab you by your shoulders and take you for a 20 or so hour roller coaster ride; you will not want it to stop.

For those of you on a tight budget you are in luck, Mass Effect only runs around $30 brand new and even less if you can find a used copy – used copies are surprisingly hard to find. Once you have played through the game multiple times you can carry over your saved Shepard character over to Mass Effect 2. The choices you made in the first game will carry over to the second so playing through Mass Effect is a bright idea if you ever plan on playing Mass Effect 2. Do yourself a favor and play Mass Effect, you will thank me later.