Mass Effect (Series) Review
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The game is a combination of exploring locations, talking to characters for information and action based shooting missions. Over the course of the game, your choices determine the story and how you shape your version of Commander Shepard and his or her team. This impacts not only the current game put also options in future games of the trilogy as well.
- Mass Effect (2007) on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Mass Effect 2 (2010) on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Mass Effect 3 (2012) on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
In addition to the newer game, Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017), you can play the series on the latest hardware as follows:
- PlayStation: The original trilogy cannot be played on PlayStation 4 (it's not backwards compatible and not available on PlayStation Now). Mass Effect 2 on PlayStation 3 enables you to catch-up with plot and decisions via the Genesis content, if you didn't play the first game.
- Xbox: You can play the trilogy on Xbox One's backwards compatibility either by purchasing the 360 games individually or subscribing to EA Access (for the trilogy) or Game Pass (for the first game).
- PC: You can play the trilogy by purchasing them or via Origin subscription.
- Wii U: Mass Effect 3: Special Edition on Wii U includes additional content and catch-up decision making to provide context for those who didn't play the first game.
There are also spin-off games on mobile that offer a different experience in the same universe:
- Mass Effect Galaxy (2009) on iOS
- Mass Effect Infiltrator (2012) on iOS, Android
- Mass Effect Datapad (2012) on iOS
- Mass Effect: Andromeda APEX HQ (2017) on iOS, Android
Along with the games themselves are a series of fiction books and guides that expand the storylines and flesh out the wider teachers of the galaxy.
This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.
Although Mass Effect Andromeda is rated PEGI 16, the original trilogy are rated PEGI 18 for moderate violence and sexual content. Certain weapons can be used to shoot enemies in the head causing decapitation, resulting in headless torsos spraying blood from their necks. The game also contains use of the word '*!@?*' and also short cinematic sex scenes.
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
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