The Mass Effect Story – The game takes place in the year 2183. The story is built on the real idea in physical cosmology today called dark energy (or mass effect, hence the game title). Scientists used to think that our ever-expanding universe was being slowed down by gravity, but recently we discovered that the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating.
The game assumes that humankind will not only better understand this concept in the future but we will learn to use it to travel through the universe faster than light.
You will have an entire galaxy to explore through missions and free roam using the technological marvel of space travel that has been entrusted to you, The Normandy. The plot pivots on the cyclical destruction of the galaxy(every 50,000 years)by a machine race. You and your hand-selected team represent humanity; your mission is (as in all sci-fi adventures) to save the galaxy. Combat will be part of your method, but so will politics, communications and biotics (your ability to manipulate the mass effect).
Commader Shepard and other characters Commander Shepard is the protaganist in Mass Effect and comes customizable in more ways than we have seen in an RPG before. The screenshots and video reveal the game’s “stock” Commander Shepard but you can manipulate his or her appearance right down to the eye color and head circumference – nothing new, right? Well, here’s something that is: the gamer also determines Shepard’s history (where he did military service, hometown, etcetera), his areas of specialization, and his morality.
The last one there is important and will be determined throughout the game mostly through interactions and tactical battling maneuvers. Bioware states it will affect not only the outcome of this game but the outcome of the whole trilogy (yep, trilogy) that Microsoft and Bioware both say will span the 5+ year life of the 360.
The story will continue through episodic content available on Xbox Live in between release dates but gamers will also be able to free roam the Milky Way and make new discoveries after finishing the story line in-game.
Gameplay Bioware wants the gamer to know that Mass Effect is primarily an RPG before it is anything else. That said, their is real-time combat and a significant stragegy element to this game that should make it very exciting. In combat, you will have the option to choose to play as any of your three team members and to give precise orders to the other two. You can change who you are at any point during combat and you can give your squadmates orders from your controllers directional pad or a highly intensive pull down menu.
Extras Gamers should note that the interaction sequences between Shepard and the other alien races will be more cinematic in quality because of the new system of interaction that Mass Effect will bring us. Prior to the interactions beginning, the gamer will be able to choose the interactive posture she/he wants shepard to take with the character. Then, the dialogue will unfold naturally based on that simple command. It should provide a smoother and more immersive experience.