|The game has plenty of tough situations |
where there are multiple ways to handle things.
But seriously, the story is engaging; you surround yourself in the world and become as much a part of it as you want to be. For many people, ME is simply a decent shooter. There's nothing wrong with that, but underneath that, there's a galaxy to discover. In this world, humanity aren't a galactic superpower. They're newcomers trying to earn their place, similar to humanity in Star Trek: Enterprise (in Mass Effect, instead of First Contact with Vulcans, they had a war with the turians). You represent humanity and as you travel the cosmos, you uncover the stories of the galaxy's inhabitants and you can change those stories forever. Outside combat situations, the game revolves around choosing dialogue options. The game has a dialogue system in which you can choose between Paragon, sympathetic and moral, or Renegade, be an arsehole. If you keep making Paragon choices or keep making Renegade choices, you gain access to dialogue options you wouldn't normally have, allowing you to convince others to help you or talk someone down. This system is clear, precise and allows conversations in the game to flow. The system is also where you make key choices that define the game. You can choose who lives or dies. Or you can defend the religious freedoms of the jellyfish preacher. I'm super cereal. The choices in this game carry on and affect the story of later games.
|Chillin' on the moon.|
|Garrus' rebellious streak contrasts|
his people's martial discipline and
"society first" attitude. He's also
just an awesome bro.
But the game isn't just serious story. The game is funny when it needs to be, especially if your character is a Renegade. Shepard becomes a sarcastic arsehole (like me in real life) and the game just becomes pure awesome. All in all, the game has balance and variety with the hope and humour of the personal elements of the story offsetting the annoying-as-fuck politicians and morally grey galaxy. You know, like in real life.
Even with this in mind, Mass Effect makes you feel like you are the captain of the Normandy and is one of the most immmersive experiences I've ever had. Bioware have created a universe and characters people can invest in, in the same way people immerse themselves in Star Wars or Doctor Who. It's a great game.