You could call it the Mass Effect effect if you were willing to bend history a little to make your theory fit. After a few fallow years, it seems that Epic Space Games are no longer an endangered species. Precursors, for example, heads off and explores a galaxy that's been ignored pretty much since – ooh – Mercenary III circa 1992. It's a sister game to White Gold, Deep Shadows' spiritual sequel to their expansive (and expansively broken) South-American GTA/Adventure/FPS game Boiling Point, and based on the same technology. As ambitious as White Gold is, Precursors goes even further.