Mass Effect is one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed video game franchises of all time, known for its rich storytelling, memorable characters, and impactful choices. With its mix of action, RPG elements, and intricate world-building, Mass Effect has captivated players for over a decade, and remains a beloved series for many fans today.
For me, the Mass Effect series holds a special place in my gaming experiences, with its unforgettable moments and impactful choices that have stayed with me long after I first played the games. Whether it’s completing loyalty missions with your team, shooting cans with Garrus, taking down the Shadow Broker with Liara or exploring the vast and richly-detailed Mass Effect universe, the series has left a lasting impact on me and left me with a deep sense of nostalgia for my time spent playing these games. As someone who has played the Mass Effect trilogy to completion over 50 times, I have formed a connections with universe of Mass Effect.
One of the standout aspects of the Mass Effect series is its rich and complex world-building. From the sprawling cities and planets of the Milky Way galaxy to the mysterious technology and ancient civilizations of the universe, the Mass Effect universe is a marvel of sci-fi world-building, offering a rich and fascinating backdrop for the game’s story and characters.
Another key aspect of the Mass Effect series is its characters and their stories. From the charismatic Commander Shepard to the diverse cast of squad mates, each character is well-realized and memorable, with their own motivations, backstories, and relationships with Shepard and the rest of the team. Whether it’s the witty banter between squad mates, the loyalty missions that delve into each character’s past, or the difficult decisions that players must make about the fate of these characters, the Mass Effect series is renowned for its character development and the depth of its relationships.
No discussion of the Mass Effect series would be complete without mentioning the impactful choices and consequences that players must face throughout the games. Granted these decisions are more impactful in the earlier parts of the story, as later – especially in Mass Effect 3 – the story begins to focus on the inevitable end. There are major story decisions that affect the fate of entire civilizations to smaller choices about how to interact with individual characters, each decision you make has the potential to change the course of the story and impact the outcome of the game. This sense of agency and impactful choice is a hallmark of the Mass Effect series, and it’s one of the reasons why the series has remained so beloved by fans for so many years.
One of my favourite DLCs from the series was Lair of the Shadow Broker, reuniting with Liara – who had been noticeably absent as a squad mate in Mass Effect 2 – to take down a shadowy network, which added even more depth to the world and characters. The Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3 provided the closure the series needed, providing a brief moment to reflect on your journey with each of your squad mates.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a remake of the trilogy, provides a refreshing update on the series, making it accessible to newer generations with a large gameplay overhaul for the first game. This was definitely needed, as in my opinion the first game hasn’t aged well in terms of gameplay.
In conclusion, the Mass Effect trilogy is a nostalgic journey through an epic sci-fi world, filled with memorable characters, impactful choices, and richly-detailed world-building. For fans of the series, it’s a journey that will always hold a special place in their memories and their gaming experiences. And while Mass Effect Andromeda may have not had the same impact as the original trilogy, there is always hope for Mass Effect 5 to make a lasting impact and continue the legacy of this beloved series.