Released: 2007
Developer/Publisher: BioWare for Microsoft
Platform(s): 360, PC

Sci-fi games normally come with noisy fanfare, ludicrous weapons, gimmicky boss fights, and plots that are about as scientific as creationist theories. Mass Effect feels like you've been beamed into an involving serial drama with real intrigue, compelling dialogue with multiple-choice consequential actions, open environments, and escalating tension, all while feeding our basic human need to kill things that look different than us. It's a classic, kids.

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Fox News and others decried the brief, non-explicit sex scenes in ME; a New York Times article on the controversy compared the raciness of the ME scenes to what is regularly shown on network prime-time television.