What can I say about Mass Effect? For those that haven’t played it before, it is one of the best gaming experiences you can have. For those that have played it, it’s still one of the best gaming experiences you can have.
Our journey begins as Commander Shephard, or your own custom made character if you choose to go that route, and the crew of the Normandy being sent to Eden Prime to assist in securing and recovering an artifact of an ancient, extinct alien race, the Protheans. As you can expect, all hell breaks loose before, during, and after your arrival. Chaos and firefights ensue, and we begin our interactive mission to save the universe from annihilation by self aware space ships.
I know that sounds ridiculous and absurd…and it is, but the story and action draw you in nicely, and you quickly lose track of time killing hoards of geth soldiers and plotting your path as a pillar of integrity, or the vile jackass that will achieve his mission no matter what. I put over 30 hours into my first play through, and over 20 more into my second. If I didn’t have so many other games I need to get to, I would probably have played it a third time. At some point I still may.
The only hiccup I experienced in this game was on my first play through, when I first arrived at The Citadel(no, not the military college in South Carolina). I had no idea what I was doing and this caused a lag in game play for me, which quickly became boring. Once I figured out where I needed to go to move things along, life got much better and the joy of gaming excellence took over.
Even with the slight lull in my first play through, this game gets a 10 of 10 from me. Plenty of action, a compelling story, multiple storylines, and replay ability are all there. Not much more you can ask for from a game. If you don’t have this game yet, remedy that quickly on the Xbox 360 or on PC. You can pick it up at any number of outlets for $20 or less, and you WILL get your monies worth. Go now, The Sandman commands it! Until next time, Game On.
Mass Effect gets a five out of five: EXCELLENT.