Nick Arvites of VGG recently reviewed Mass Effect. Here is part of what he had to say,
"Mass Effect has managed to take everything great about the prior RPG games BioWare has created and set the bar even higher. I haven't felt this compelled to play an RPG in years. This is primarily due to the fresh feel of the universe and BioWare's stellar job of writing the dialog, and getting the voice actors to properly convey it. I've already finished the game once, and I'm getting ready to go through it again in order to take a different route here and there. While there are minor nitpicks on the technical side, my score doesn't detract for them because they weren't critical failures and they are overshadowed by the simply amazing game BioWare has created."
* Incredibly engrossing RPG
* Deep universe
* Excellent Dialog
* Solid plotline
Minor nitpicks (loading skips, texture issues)