First 10 I've ever given a game & this is well worth it. I could care less if Gamespot gave it a 8.5, frankly they can't review. This game is brilliant.
Pros - Great Story if not the best in a long time. - Graphics are in the top class of next gen - Combat requires tactics & you have many abilities/weapons to use. - The replay value is greater then any RPG I've ever played. I beat 3 times since release. - Alot to keep you busy, sidequests-etc - Dialogue/Music are fantastic - You really feel as if this is your story & you are commander Shepard. - Alot of choices that are pretty difficult & test your morality. - The list could go on.
Cons - As in Halo 2 the graphics may take a while to catch up with themselves (character models/detail) - Framerate dropped a handfull of times in some big combat scenarios (many games have, Oblivion-Halo-Many in the past have), but can be overlooked.
??? (Iffy & questionable) - My first play through took about 20 hours. Mainstory can be completed from 10-12 hours, All sidequests can take around 8-10 hours. On average the game length will be 20-30 hours. - Being a Renegade (Bad guy persay) really ruins the story in my opinion, it's better to play as a good guy (paragon). - Many difficulty options to choose from, anything above normal will require skill & patience. - A little confusing at first but give it about an hour or two & you'll get the hang of it.
After beating the game one question came to mind "Wheres the sequel?" This is Game Of The Year & RPG Of The Year in my opinion. Gears of war the next Halo, I don't think so Mass Effect is a game any gamer should like in some way.
when I first started to play this game, I didn't know what to expect - I was tremendously suprised. I customized my character and began playing. The story is engrossing and well developed, and the soundtrack hearkens back to foreboding sci-fi flicks like 2001, Event Horizon and Alien. The game play itself reminds me of Deus Ex: Invisible War with a combo of Knights of the Old Republic. Controls are simple enough with a FPS feel to it. The ability to control your sqadmates works very well - this is an overall great game for people who hate the RPG's that have that medieval theme to it. My only complaints are : 1. squad choosing is a pain; and 2. leveling up your squad is a little difficult to understand at first with low level caps. Great game - play it - love it.
I'm not a huge fan of RPGs but the more and more I play this game I really enjoy it. The level of detail in the story is amazing. For me it's like playing a movie except you get to interact with the dialog.
The graphics are very impressive but the frame rate can dip pretty low at times. Not unplayable but still annoying enough to notice. If you do decide to rent this game be prepared to face a lot of cut scenes and dialog, patience is a must!
The gameplay is pretty solid but the team AI can be pretty dumb at times. It's a bit difficult fighting the enemies at times but I imagine that the more you level up the easier it is because you'll have more weapons at your disposal. I would recommend this game to anyone. It's a nice break from the FPS and is a beautiful game.