15 Must-Play PC Games of the Decade: Page 10 of 15
6. Mass Effect (2007)
Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 Launch Trailers
Get a blender. Mix Star Trek, Star Wars, Starship Troopers, and every film and novel with ‘Star’ in its context and you get a game called Mass Effect. Drive your own starship – the Normandy – and travel hyperspace, land on uncharted regions and navigate them using Mako, meet and talk to alien species over some drinks, fire space artillery, and have biotic implants to get Jedi-like abilities – it’s really a dream come true for every sci-fi RPG fan.
Every 50,000 years, an ancient, sentient machine race – the Reapers – invades the galaxy, wiping out all advanced organic civilization, trapping everything in an endless cycle of extinction. They only leave behind scattered ruins of technology and destroys every evidence of their existence. Held only as a legend by most, a few still believe that they’re at the end of the cycle and the Reapers will soon come to eradicate everything in sight.
All hope remains on one shoulder – Commander Shepard of the SS Normandy – to unite every species and find ways to prevent total obliteration.
Saren Arterius, a renowned Spectre agent. It’s an elite force given authority to deal with impossible situations.
The whole story is divided into a trilogy and for a good reason: its universe has enormous potential that fans are left wanting for more even after finishing the whole franchise. It received tons of awards for its extraordinary story and gameplay, sound and visual achievements, and compelling characters. It’s an almost perfect RPG. True, the latter installments on the trilogy are better in some aspects, but it’s highly recommended to try the first one to get a good grip on its vastly rich universe.