Will Tuttle of TeamXbox continues his preview series on Mass Effect,
"I've played Mass Effect for nearly 14 hours, and there's something I can't really figure out: is an action-RPG or an RPG with action elements? I realize that this is probably splitting hairs, but it makes it tough to classify the game. There really isn't much action in the game aside from the combat, which is as deep or as shallow as you want it to be. Well, actually, that's not entirely true, as there's little chance you'll be able to succeed without learning how to embrace the full suite of options at your disposal. Let's take a deeper look at the game's combat system, shall we?"