Posted on July 1, 2007,

New Mass Effect Screenshots

Mass Effect, BioWare’s action RPG for Xbox 360, still has an unknown release date, but we do have our hands on some brand new screenshots to whet your appetite. The game is said to be the first in a trilogy of games for the lifespan of the Xbox 360. The player is an elite soldier (like Halo?) and the story involves an ancient alien prophecy (um…like Halo?). Your mission is to stop a rogue agent’s advancing armies by fighting on alien worlds…. *Cough* Anyway, it’s an RPG, so that’s different.

Despite feeling to me like a bit of a biter, it’s been garnering good press and reviews, earning five awards at E3 2006:

  • Game Critics Awards’ Best Role-Playing Game
  • GameSpy’s Best of E3 Awards 2006: Best RPG
  •’s Best of E3 2006: Best 360 Game
  • TeamXbox’s Best of E3 2006: Best Xbox 360 game, Best of E3 2006: Best RPG

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6 Comments on New Mass Effect Screenshots

Mr. Sadistic

On July 1, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Yeah and Mass Effect will more likely than not be better than…Halo.


On July 2, 2007 at 1:30 am

because the story in halo was the first sci-fi story to EVER have hose particular elements…looking foward to MassEffect, bioware makes fun games.


On July 2, 2007 at 3:06 pm

True. I’m not saying that Halo was the first to use these elements, but definitely popularized them in the video game world.

Shawn Sines

On July 2, 2007 at 4:15 pm

I’d disagree.. it popularized them with 10 year old boys. And how many of the Halo fans ever finished the single player campaigns? The game made its mark because of the system link and online gameplay.

Those are staples of sci-fi and action films. Elite Soldier (Marine, Navy SEAL, Starship Trooper) and Prophesy (Dune, Lord of the Rings, etc.)

What I think you did was unfairly draw the comparison with Halo which is actually about the fight and survival of a human starship in a war against an alien foe who has a long held religious xenophobia and knowledge of the progenitors with a game where humanity, newly arrived to the universe are at the center of a plot involving the return of a long forgotten enemy of organic life.

Sure both main characters are elite heroes but that is because no one wants to play the accountant down on 4 in the middle of galactic level events.. they just continue to count money.

The prophesy element is similar in both though – the return of a threat believed long passed. But I think you overgeneralized this just a bit.

Mass Effect and maybe RPGs are not your personal favorites, but not everyone thinks Halo is a very deep and engaging story either… especially since its primarily an outlet for online multiplayer anymore and not regarded for its story very much.


On July 2, 2007 at 7:04 pm

I can agree with that for the most part. I think that some game companies might take the quick view when looking at popular games however and simply grab the most visible part in the hopes of imitating that success.

In terms of the story, I thought Halo was extremely difficult to follow, and I’m no dummy when it comes to plotlines, so I agree with you there. I think in my haste I did overgeneralize about the plotline of Mass Effect, but love to see fresh ideas when it comes to game storylines.


On July 24, 2007 at 10:57 am

this game looks terrible, what is it?, RTS?