Upon it's release five years ago, Mass Effect received universal praise, citing it as "the next big franchise for science fiction junkies to latch onto... a huge step forward for video games," and that it "rings in a new age of interactive storytelling." Now this game is an RPG that is completely different from other RPG's usually taking place in a "Tolkien-esque" type of world with sword and sorcery, and this one takes place in a futuristic Earth with space colonies and aliens of different species. I truly loved Mass Effect as my cousin got me really really into it. Mass Effect is a game that is something out of Star Trek, in terms of exploring other planets and battling a hostile alien race similar to the Borg.
Plot. The year is 2183, 35 years after humans discovered the ruins of an ancient spacefaring race called the Protheans on Mars. With the technology from these ruins, humanity learned the secrets of mass effect physics and element zero, unlocking faster-than-light travel. Humans also discovered the mass relay network that threaded the galaxy, permitting instantaneous passage across thousands of light-years. Humanity began it's journey across the stars, encountering various alien races and establishing itself on the galactic stage. Enter Commander Shepard, a veteran soldier who travels across the galaxy on the SSV Normandy en route to the colony of Eden Prime in an operation to recover a Prothean Beacon. Upon arrival, a hostile alien race known as the geth are attacking and are led by a renegade Specter soldier named Saren. When Shepard locates the beacon, suddenly a series of visions enter his mind. When Shepard becomes a Specter, his mission is to stop Saren from unleashing an army of alien machines known as the Reapers.