Mass Effect 3 (2012, PC Windows) – 10/10 role-playing science-fiction action adventure game review

Cast / crew
Project Director: Casey Hudson
Lead Designer: Preston Watamaniuk
Lead Writer: Mac Walters
Art Director: Derek Watts
Lead Programmer: David Falkner
Producer: Jesse Houston
Development Director: Corey Andruko
Jennifer Hale: Commander Shepard
Mark Meer: Commander Shepard

Mass Effect 3 (2012)

When the Reapers attack Earth, Shepard is pulled out of enforced retirement (thanks to her association with Cerberus) and reassured that she may have been right after all about this universe-ending thing. However, the universe hasn’t ended yet and Shepard isn’t ready to stop punching fate in the face.

10/10

One of the amazing emotions that a game can stir in a player is that of being a total hero. The first Mass Effect had it, the second didn’t (it was too mechanical), this third instalment of arguably the most ambitious video game project of all time does. It also entertains, thrills, intrigues and moves you. This is a terrific third-person shooter wrapped up in a terrific role-playing game wrapped up in a terrific universe and is absolutely a must-play.

This game contains very infrequent sexual swear words, bad language and violence, graphic headshot violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and potential homosexual and heterosexual sexuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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Steam Custom Images: Electronic Arts

Steam icon 48x48Steam now allows you to set custom images for all items in your library, including non-Steam games. Here are a few images I have made for myself derived from official artworks and images found on Google Image Search. If you are the copyright holder or original artist and wish me to remove an image, please contact me.

These are the latest updates to the full list of Steam custom images.

James Bond 007 Nightfire (cover)
James Bond 007 Nightfire (cover)
James Bond 007 Nightfire (title screen)
James Bond 007 Nightfire (title screen)
Mass Effect 3 (cover)
Mass Effect 3 (cover)
Mass Effect 3 (logo)
Mass Effect 3 (logo)
Mass Effect 3 (Shepard silhouette)
Mass Effect 3 (Shepard silhouette)
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Need for Speed The Run
Need for Speed: The Run
The Saboteur (cover art)
The Saboteur (cover art)
The Saboteur (gold)
The Saboteur (gold)
The Saboteur (red)
The Saboteur (red)

Mass Effect 2 (2010, PC Windows) – 9/10 role-playing science-fiction action adventure game review

Cast / crew
Jennifer Hale: Female Shephard
Mark Meer: Male Shephard
Project Director: Casey Hudson

Mass Effect 2 (2010)

Commander Shepherd is killed when the Normandy is obliterated by a giant ship of unknown origin. Pro-human organisation Cerberus goes to tremendous expense to obtain her body and resurrect her, certain that only such an icon of human heroism will be able to gather and lead a team to combat a new threat to the human species.

9/10

This is a thrilling action game with reams of strikingly presented content but, despite expectation to the contrary, it doesn’t really continue where the first game ended. Instead, everything is reset (you pointlessly and inexplicably die and are resurrected which dramatically devalues one of the potential endings) and you spend the entire time going on a mission to recruit a team member, then going on another mission to make them loyal. This transparent formula is almost instantly completely mechanical and does not quite provide the intended emotional connection to your team mates. Nevertheless, the sheer amount of fun visually impressive sci-fi content is astonishing and most of the gameplay and all of the graphics tweaks are welcome. Sadly, the climax leaves one filled with trepidation, wondering whether Mass Effect 3 will make us do the same thing all over again as every Normandy crew member (except Joker) can die. Including your Commander Shepard.

This game contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and substance abuse and extended violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, some strong violence and optional sexuality, sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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Mass Effect (2007, Science Fiction Action RPG, PC Windows) – 10/10 game re-review

Cast / crew
Project Director: Casey Hudson
Jennifer Hale: Female Commander Shepard
Mark Meer: Male Commander Shepard
Ali Hillis: Liara T’Soni

Mass Effect (2007)

As humans seek to ingratiate themselves with the tri-race Council ruling from The Citadel, an attack by a presumed-extinct species on the human-colonised planet Eden Prime hurls humanity, and Commander Shepherd in particular, into the middle of a crisis whose scope is beyond anything anyone alive has ever faced before.

10/10

An initial lack-of-fun, lack-of-focus and surplus-of-difficulty spike that is the first trap awaiting all RPGs is fallen headlong into here and an initial feeling of clunkiness in the game’s action may be enough to put off interested players. However, this is their very great loss as Mass Effect is a superb gaming achievement and successfully delivers a universe, characters and story worth playing through. Once the gameplay starts to come to the player (a natural curve in all RPGs), everything gels and makes this a game you’ll remember with fondness and look forward eagerly to playing through again. On PC, with no technical shortcomings, the game looks and plays magnificently and on repeat playthroughs (three times completed now) Mass Effect is a joy. It’s slightly better than it’s sequel because the story and character structure is better disguised, the climax is stronger and you are given a better hero moment as you come striding over the wreckage in the Citadel to the swell of the music. Though the sequel does have Miranda’s butt in it, so there’s that.

This game contains mild swear words, adult dialogue, substance abuse-related dialogue and violence, strong unpleasant scenes, very occasional mild gore, very occasional graphic violence and sexuality, sensuality, mild nudity.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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Mass Effect (2007, Science Fiction Action RPG, 360) – 8/10 game review

Cast / crew
Project Director: Casey Hudson
Jennifer Hale: Female Commander Shepard
Mark Meer: Male Commander Shepard
Ali Hillis: Liara T’Soni

Mass Effect (2007)

As humans seek to ingratiate themselves with the tri-race Council ruling from The Citadel, an attack by a presumed-extinct species on the human-colonised planet Eden Prime hurls humanity, and Commander Shepherd in particular, into the middle of a crisis whose scope is beyond anything anyone alive has ever faced before.

8/10

An initial lack-of-fun, lack-of-focus and surplus-of-difficulty spike that is the first trap awaiting all RPGs is fallen headlong into here and coupled with technical shortcomings (let’s blame a Christmas 2007 release though the frame rate isn’t even steady during the end credits scroll, come on!) and an initial feeling of clunkiness in the game’s action may be enough to put off interested players. However, this is their very great loss as Mass Effect is a superb gaming achievement and successfully delivers a universe, characters and story worth playing through. Once the gameplay starts to come to the player (a natural curve in all RPGs), everything gels and makes this a game you’ll remember with fondness and look forward eagerly to playing through again.

This game contains mild swear words, adult dialogue, substance abuse-related dialogue and violence, strong unpleasant scenes, very occasional mild gore, very occasional graphic violence and sexuality, sensuality, mild nudity.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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