Videogamer writes: "Mass Effect was a clunky third-person shooter. The fiddly cover system, laboured character movement and ropey gunplay weren't up to the standards set by the best third-person shooters of the time. That was fine. Mass 1's art style, dialogue system, plot and sci-fi cool were so impressive they more than made up for the combat deficiencies. The shooting felt bolted on - but so what? Mass 1 was a world class role-playing game and one of my favourite releases of all time."