In this feature I will be discussing games that all gamers should play before they die. This week’s game as a part of our weekly entry, is Mass Effect. Now I’m sure many of you have probably played this game before, so you shouldn’t be that surprised that I wrote about this. This article is targeted at the ones who have never played it or look at it as a Star Wars rip-off (which is isn’t).
Mass Effect is a sci-fi game that takes place in the future, where we have colonized in space and we are part of an intergalactic order, with all who inhabit the Milky Way. You play as a character named Shepard, whose objective is to save the galaxy from some ancient alien race. Now that sounds generic on paper, right? Wrong! This game is more than just a simple story, it’s about how we interact with the world around us. The folks at Bioware, implemented a social system which not only carries on to the end of the game, but also carries on to its sequels. You have to admit that’s pretty cool. The smallest little decision you make about a character, can change the way they interact with you in the next game; for example (SPOILERS), I chose to kill Wrex in my playthrough in the first game and in the second game, his brother mentioned that killing him was the right thing to do(END SPOILERS). The minor interactions with interesting characters like: Kaiden, Ashley, Liara and Garrus, add so much depth to the whole story and making those crucial decisions.
The shooting isn’t necessarily perfect, but as far as RPG games go, it’s pretty well done. During the start of the game, you have a choice on what type of character you want to create. Whether it’s a biotic, engineer, soldier, etc… Each class has their own abilities and will make you play this game a little differently. The soldier class has a variety of weapons for any type of situation, while biotics have the ability to throw and launch enemies at a distance. In the end, the combat is satisfying and will make you think twice before entering a massive fire fight. The game also incorporates squad’s to escort you around each level, every single member can be customized from there armor to how their powers adapt. There are also vehicle sections when it comes to exploring planets, they are a nice break from pace (if you ever felt overwhelmed with shooting and talking).
One of the best things about Mass Effect is probably the music in the game. From listening to that catchy tune on the elevator, to humming along with the music as you walk through the citadel. No doubt about it, this game has an epic score. The music sets the tone on every single situation you face and how quickly it changes as a new problem rises. Jack Wall and Sam Hulick, who composed Mass Effect, did a tremendous job sucking you into this world and making you feel like you’re walking on these exotic planets.
Mass Effect is a great game and it offers a lot to all gamers. Many would proclaim the Mass Effect 2 is a superior game than the original; I on the other hand, think the first game is more memorable and much more atmospheric. To really appreciate the game, you must play the entire franchise to see how it all ends, but the sheer brilliance that is Mass Effect, must be played by all gamers. So to those who have never played this game, you’re missing out on one of the best games of all time.
If you do have your criticism that’s fine, but I ask you comment on it and leave behind a game that should be on everyone’s” Video Game Bucket List”.