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Mass Effect is an action role-playing game developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360 and then ported to Microsoft Windows by Demiurge Studios. The Xbox 360 version was released worldwide in November 2007 published by Microsoft Game Studios. The Windows version was released on May 28, 2008, published by Electronic Arts.
The game takes place in the year 2183, with the player, assuming the role of an elite human soldier named Commander Shepard, setting out to explore the Galaxy on a starship, the SSV Normandy. The titular mass effect is a form of inertia-suppressing technology, allowing faster-than-light travel.

A sequel, Mass Effect 2, was released on January 26, 2010, and takes place two years after the events that transpired in the first game. Mass Effect 2 also directly uses players' completed save data from the first game to influence events and storylines within the second game, basing certain events and narrative threads on decisions and actions that the player made in the first game.

In addition to the sequel, and a third in development to complete the trilogy, BioWare plans to release episodic content online to fill in the story between each game, though these episodes are not essential for understanding the main plot line. The first downloadable content package, Bring Down the Sky, was released on March 10, 2008 (with a PC version released on July 29, 2008) The second downloadable content package, Pinnacle Station, was released on August 25, 2009 for the PC and Xbox 360.
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ESRB:  M
Number of Players:  Single-player
Publisher:  Microsoft Game Studios, EA - Electronic Arts
Developer:  BioWare, Demiurge Studios
Console:  Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Genre:  Action RPG
Release Date:  November 20, 2007 (NA)
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review by . April 01, 2008
posted in The Gaming Hub
Mass Effect
Mass Effect is the first of a planned trilogy from Bioware, the master of RPGs.  And it starts out the series with a bang, you play as commander Shepard, the first human ever to be selected as "Spectre", an elite agent that report directly to the galactic council, and going after another rogue Spectre, and you'll meet up with allies and uncover far more sinister plots.  It's very much in the vein of Starwars.    The game starts out a bit slow, but once the game opens …
review by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
So I boarded the Mass Effect train recently when I found that the series was making the jump to the PS3. Because Mass Effect 1 is so low cost these days or that people love gifting it as well, I found myself with a copy and decided to play it, so that I would be able to experience Mass Effect 2 in its full glory.      Mass Effect 1 is essentially an amalgamation of a third person shooter with RPG elements, such as leveling up characters and applying their status points to numerous …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
Combat is fun most of the time. Planetary exploration sucks. Story is good.
Quick Tip by . April 15, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Almost done with the game, well worth the time and the money!
Quick Tip by . December 07, 2009
Excellent game
review by . September 05, 2009
posted in The Gaming Hub
Mass Effect comes from BioWare. The creators of Knights of the Old Republic. Because of that, it goes without saying that Mass Effect feels very similar in its RPG like approach. This is no clone of Knights of the Old Republic, though. Mass Effect is its own game and it's a very fantastic game at that. This review is pretty long. If need be, you can look to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.       You're John Shepard. The game takes place in the year 2183, and humanity has …
review by . November 22, 2007
Mass Effect is a highly interesting game. I'll get right to the point, and rattle off the pros and cons;    PROS:  Massive, sweeping space opera, with well-fleshed-out races, companies, backstories and storylines,     Well-desigined gameplay, deep intracacies of combat that don't require memorization of complicated information, RPG and Shooter segments mixed together.    Well-developed characters and well-written, convincing dialog. …
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