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Dear God, I have been waiting for this for so long that, in the interim between the Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect and the Version For The PC Gaming Master Race being released, I’ve actually managed to go back and play through all of BioWare’s recent back catalogue.

And now, it is finally here for the PC – where it arguably should have been all along.

Mass Effect, for those not in the know, is BioWare’s latest RPG and is the first in a planned trilogy of games following the military life of space hero Commander Sheppard, the player character. Who exactly Sheppard is up to the player of course and you can customise the gender, appearance and skills of the protagonist however you want, but the game follows his progression through a mostly linear story.



That story is one firmly set in the space opera genre, around the date of 2183. Humans have confirmed that they are no longer alone in the universe and have flung themselves out into the ocean of inky and diamond studded blackness that we call space with the help of a newly discovered phenomenon called Mass Effect – more commonly known as Dark Energy.

The Mass Effect phenomenon was discovered in the ruins of an ancient alien civilisation now vanished from the galaxy known as The Protheans, much like Jack Chalker’s famous Markovians. Nearly all interstellar travel in the galaxy is the result of Promeathean technology, and as the Human race harnesses the power of it they realise that they aren’t the first race to master the ability.

In fact, nearly everyone has beaten them to it and we humans are very much a minority in the galaxy – a handful of primitives in the eyes of the Citadel Council, which runs most the Milky Way. Not content to be on the sidelines though, the humans start climbing to the top of the ladder and the player represents one very special rung – the first Human Spectre. Spectres in the game are the elite agents of the Citadel and having humanity represented in those ranks is seen as an important step for the race.



And then, on your first day on the job there’s some sort of big catastrophe. Some alien guy called Saren is using to an army of Geth robots to try and wipe out all organic life in the galaxy or something. We’d go in to it in more detail, but it probably isn’t all that important really.

As a member of the Spectres, it falls to you to assemble a team around yourself and stop Saren’s idea from becoming a reality – it’s down to you to oppose him at every turn and fight for what is good and pure in the universe. Chicks love that kind of thing.

The story then is pretty epic, stirring stuff already, but it’s worth remembering that this is only the first part in a trilogy – really we’re only scraping the surface here. Or rather, we’re only scraping one third of the surface.

It’s also worth mentioning that the story hasn’t been altered or tweaked since the Xbox 360 version either – there’s no extra quest content or new dialogue paths that we’ve been told about or found and the game doesn’t bundle in new romances or allies for your team. Plot-wise, this is very much the same Mass Effect we reviewed before.
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been looking forward to this
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Looking good! Hopefully the port to PC goes well. Damn this is gonna take me a while to chug through
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been looking forward to this
Same here...Does anyone know if they fixed the lighting issues.
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Been waiting for this for a long while...
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I thought the game was over-hyped. I heard that it was gonna be AWESOME on so many levels. Then I played it and it was a good game, but nothing AMAZING. Still is one of Xbox 360's best games though. I wish it had online.
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the graphics look pretty smooth i like that. but i played the combat on 360 and it reminds me of the clunkiness of the first halo games. its not the game's biggest strongpoint. That would be the sheer immersiveness of the universe you play in.
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been waiting for this for a while. I have a couple of friends who play it on the x360 who have told me how good it is.

is it likely to be DX10?
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Yea I have it preordered at Gamestop and I'm picking it up tomorrow, my day off
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PCGH_Performance_Review_Mass_Effect/

didn't think it required a separate thread so posted it here,performance review shows that it requires a good config to play at 1600x1200 resolutions and sli and CF are not quite upto the mark.
    
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