“Mass Effect”

MassEffectI’d heard about Mass Effect for years, but it wasn’t until my cousin recommended it that I decided to take the plunge. I’m glad I did. Mass Effect is not only a good science fiction story, but also represents how video games can take advantage of interaction with the player to let players shape the story.

At its core, Mass Effect is pretty much gaming’s version of the TV show Babylon 5 – but better. Humanity join an interstellar community but soon discovers a threat from evil alien robots, known as the Reapers. You play as Commander Shepard, a member of a special forces unit known as Spectres, and recruit a team of soldiers, mercenaries, and scientists to track down the Reapers. But what really makes this game special is the depth of character development. It’s an immersive experience as you learn what motivate each crew member.

Mass Effect is an action game, but isn’t just about shooting aliens. The story explores Big Ideas™, from artificial intelligence to interracial tolerance. And the emphasis on choice provides a unique opportunities for players to shape the story. The game lets you make decisions at key moments. You be forgiving or cruel towards your enemies – as well as your friends. It’s an experience that simply cannot be replicated in any other artistic medium.

If you haven’t played Mass Effect, and enjoy science fiction and video games, check this one out!

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About Dom

I study constitutional politics in Southeast Asia and I occasionally work as a consultant for rule of law projects. I enjoy science fiction and fantasy stories, both as an escape and as a way to better understand our world. One day, I hope to write a book about politics in genre literature.
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