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PostSubject: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:04 am

Metachronos overall score = 9.2 / 10

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# Powerful storyline draws you into a tense, politically charged universe
# Dialogue options will keep you constantly engaged in your missions
# Great visuals and superb voice acting
# Biotic powers are fun to pull off in battle
# One of the best game you'll ever play

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# Vehicle navigation and combat are weak
# A bunch of annoying interface issues

Developer BioWare has always been at the forefront of progressive storytelling in games, so it's no surprise that Mass Effect's story is one of its best yet. It's got a unique take on the chase-the-bad-guy-across-the-universe plot, and just when you think you've got everything figured out, the game throws you yet another surprise. BioWare has created a politically charged universe with an exhaustive backstory and filled it with a bunch of interesting, multifaceted characters. Combined with an exciting and unique combat mechanic, it makes for a fun and absorbing experience that you'll want to see through to the end, just to see how everything turns out--even if the game isn't perfect by any means. In fact, it's surprising that so many small annoyances and glitches made their way into a game of such general high quality. Still, most players will be able to look past them and enjoy Mass Effect for what it is: A terrific role-playing game with great production values and fun, exciting action.

As in most role-playing games of this nature, you begin by customizing an avatar. You play as Commander Shepard, potential savior of the galaxy, but there's plenty of room to mold him or her as you see fit. Physical customization isn't as deep as you'll find in something like last year's Oblivion, but the system is relatively robust, letting you choose from a variety of preset features, and even letting you round everything off with a scar. Shouldn't every badass commander have one? Of course, you'll also choose a class. In this case, you've got six to choose from, each with various strengths in combat, tech, and biotics (Mass Effect's sci-fi equivalent of magic). More impressively, you will select a few autobiographical tidbits--and these choices aren't just for show. Through the course of the game, characters will refer to your past, and your resulting dialogue options will allow you to react to their comments with various degrees of humility, wistfulness, and scorn.

The narrative is pure space opera, yet there's no denying that BioWare has created a tale of surprising depth and appeal. Surprise number one: Humanity is not the political center of the universe. We don't have a seat on the galactic council, or even a representative on the Spectre squad, an elite group of special forces whose members are given wide berth to solve political and military challenges as they see fit. In the meantime, a Spectre has gone rogue, ransacking ancient artifacts and unleashing the violent, robotic Geth race on an unsuspecting galaxy. As Shepard, you pursue him across the Milky Way, visiting one alien world after another and discovering the fallen Spectre's intentions along the way. He isn't the best villain ever created: He disappears for the bulk of the game, which makes finding him feel less urgent than it should. Still, the journey to the game's exciting end is one worth taking.



Mass Effect's visuals are excellent. Facial animations are among the best in gaming: Characters move their lips believably with the dialogue, further expressing themselves with subtle tilts of the head or with a slight raise of the eyebrows. Character models are beautifully detailed, such as with your Krogan teammate Wrex, whose every wrinkle and ridge is carefully textured and molded. There are some technical hitches, however. The framerate can dramatically dip at the worst possible times, and there is a lot of texture pop-in. There are also frequent load times--some of them hidden by elevator rides, others popping up in the midst of exploration. Nevertheless, Mass Effect looks wonderful. From an artistic perspective, the game looks great, if not quite original. Planet outposts tend to use only one of two interior layouts, and environments owe a lot to games and films of the past (much of the game's look wouldn't be out of place in a Halo title). But even with the obvious inspirations, Mass Effect still conveys its vision clearly, thanks to meticulous character designs and dramatic set pieces, such as the Citadel itself.

It's also one of the best-acted games in recent memory. An all-star cast including such well-known actors as Fred Tatasciore and Seth Green bring Mass Effect's characters to brilliant life. Not once will a drab line delivery or overzealous histrionics get in the way of your immersion. The soundtrack is evocative, with just the right amount of sci-fi shimmering to round out the occasional symphonic swelling. Sound effects are great across the board, from the robotic yammering of the Geth to the din of a planetary blizzard filling the room with its high-powered whooshing.

All told, Mass Effect is a great game with moments of brilliance and a number of small but significant obstacles that hold it back from reaching its true potential. But in the end, if you like RPGs and want to spend some time in an absorbing sci-world populated with a bunch of unique inhabitants, you'll definitely have plenty of fun with this one.









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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:52 am

Great review, thanks so much Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:59 am

its from the internet he usualy finds reviews Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:38 pm

thanks, but tymon is right, most of them are copied, since i haven't played the game i can only write a very short review and i also miss the important parts.

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:40 pm

You might want to link to their site then in the bottom of the review Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:44 pm

ok sounds a good idea, cause normally the review is toooo long and i take the interesting parts of it because nobody usually reads them

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:58 pm

how about a link to your sig?

most reviews are taken from -link to site- lol

the thing is he takes a really long review(about 4-5 pages long Shocked ) and shortens it thats what I like lol

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:11 pm

think this one is long. final fantasy 10 review is 5 pages.

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/rpg/masseffect/review.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=summary;review

well whatever enjoy reading it

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:14 pm

aw damn..shorten it please...

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:16 pm

that's why i'll try to take the important parts of it

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:33 pm

god of destiny wrote:
that's why i'll try to take the important parts of it

I know thats why i'm agreeing Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:28 am

thanks, happy that you understand

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:21 am

added something to your sig god Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:02 pm

I bought it and it is fantastic!!
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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:17 pm

good for you, enjoy the game !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:54 pm

awsome phill Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Mass Effect   Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:35 am

Mass Effect is wonderful.
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