Posted on August 20, 2007,

Gaming Today Reviews – Mass Effect: Revelation

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In a season characterized by highly-anticipated titles, Mass Effect is certainly seen as one of the most desired. Early shots of game play enticed us with amazing visuals and innovative combat mechanics. Couple that with the largest script ever written for a video game, and you certainly have something special. The world of Mass Effect is enormous, enabling you to pan out to various planets, stars, and even galaxies. With so many places to see and alien races to shoot, it certainly stands to reason that Mass Effect may be overwhelming at first glance.

Luckily for us, Bioware has done their usual fantastic job of getting us ready for this space opera by introducing us to the world in novel form. Mass Effect: Revelation is the first in a planned series of books that are based in the Mass Effect universe. While the story itself may not be all that revolutionary in terms of science-fiction, it certainly sets a grand stage for the events of the game. Drew Karpyshyn does an excellent job building characters around this new universe, immersing you in the events and history of the times.

For those of you worried that the novel will give too much insight into the details of the specific game storyline, fear not. The story features few surprises, (odd considering the title) and you will probably guess the ending halfway through. Still, it keeps the plot moving at a brisk pace, and you never feel bogged down with extra details that have no relevance to the essential story.

Overall, Mass Effect: Revelation is a solid read, if a bit cliché. It certainly is worth your time if you plan to really immerse yourself in the Mass Effect universe. Reading the novel got me even more hyped for the release, and November 1 cannot come soon enough.

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