Mass Effect: A Story That Rocks Your Socks Off
Every once in a while, a game comes along that I become emotionally attached to. When there’s a perfect balance of character development and background story like we get with Mass Effect, it’s certainly a rare thing. The voice acting felt real and not flat and mundane like we get with most titles. They really raised the bar with this one. I just finished the story on normal and immediately started a new game on the hardest difficulty. The last time I finished a game with a sense of accomplishment like this was when I played Knights Of The Old Republic on the original Xbox for the first time. When you beat Mass Effect, you’ll feel like you were part of the story.
The entire time I played Mass Effect, I couldn’t help but think it seemed very similar to KOTOR which is one of my all-time favorite games. I typically do not have the patience for numerous cut scenes unless the story gets me so involved that I can’t help but want to see more. Mass Effect pulls this off brilliantly. I felt emotionally attached to the story and the characters. Personally I believe that a perfect story is what can really make a game like this work. Fortunately, the cut scenes in Mass Effect are well constructed, necessary and keep you involved as you have to make decisions on how you are going to respond to various problems.
BioWare has quickly become my favorite video game publisher and I sincerely hope they plan to turn this into a long-term series. There are some negative aspects to the game, but the story telling really negates any of that. The story is told in such a fluid way that the game simply flows unlike anything I have seen in a while. You are in complete control of how you get to the ending of the game and this will keep me playing the title time and time again. Some games you beat and then return as quickly as possible to get the highest possible trade-in value. Mass Effect will not be one of those games for me. It is now a permanent part of my game collection.
In the end, all I can say is that this game basically rocks your socks off with a great story. It’s safe to say that Mass Effect is the best Xbox 360 title of 2007. Sorry Halo 3! I still love you, but this was simply the most entertaining game I have played all year. Thanks BioWare and Microsoft Studios for making my week.