Mass Effect Reader Review
One of the most notable features of future civilisations, if Mass Effect provides any insight at all, is that colonial bases will all look the same. Hell! If the design works, why change it! You may as well fill your base with the same boxes and containers and position them in exactly the same place as they are 200 light years away in an entirely different star system for that matter.
Yes, there's a samey kind of look about Mass Effect, which is kind of fitting to the samey kind of gameplay that you'll find it offers. Run around a central hub, acquire a mission, fly hither and thither, land on a planet, drive around, shoot some stuff, rinse and repeat.
All this is set to the sort of hokey sci-fi background that should make fans of the genre wince.
But to write it off as a disappointing failure would be a mistake.
There's a lot of fun to be had here. The combat system - a sort of realtime, turn based affair - while at first seemingly cumbersome and complicated, offers a different and novel way of shooting bad guys and quickly becomes intuitive.
And wandering around the same bland locations isn't as dull as it may seem. Some of the missions are well thought out and despite the groan-worthy sci-fi, is engaging and entertaining.
If you're prepared not to take things too seriously and you were a fan of games like Knights of the Old Republic, then there's a lot of fun to be had here. It would be well worth an investment of the 25quid it seems to be selling for these days.
7 / 10