Jack Bauer and Space Zombies; that's what you can expect in the first hour of BioWare's latest RPG masterpiece Mass Effect. Co-founder and co-doctor Ray Muzyka is calling it "a next-gen BioWare game on steroids". CVG are calling it "24 in space".
The Bauer reference is particularly fitting, not just because of the break-neck speed of the game's opening action scene, but because of the emotional and heart-breaking choices you're forced to make during gameplay. Moments which Muzyka promises will truly test your conscience.
"We're really pushing the idea of emotion and sustaining that emotional impact and intensity throughout the course of the game," he says. "Mass Effect is all about making choices with consequences. We've been making choices throughout this demo and the rest of the game has a mixture of choices; small ones and big ones that affect the entire outcome."