Space is, by all accounts, a big place. And big is what you should expect from the BioWare's epic sci-fi RPG, Mass Effect.
Coming from the team that brought us the likes of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, Mass Effect promises a huge science fiction universe to explore, populated by a rich galactic culture.
Players take on the role of Commander Shepard, the first and only human Spectre, entrusted with keeping law and order in the galaxy. Unfortunately, the reason you're the first and only human Spectre is that no one really trusts us fleshy humans, so when you encounter a grave danger that threatens the universe, it's going to be you that has to deal with it.
The game features what's possibly the deepest and most varied conversation system ever seen in a game, and players will be able to establish Shepard as the character they want him to be. The way you handle yourself in conversation and the choices you make will affect the ultimate outcome of the game.
Combat is squad-based, with you at the helm. Not only will you need to control your team, but you'll also need to handle yourself in real-time shoot 'em up combat, with close monitoring of the weapons you're using, and health and armour strength essential to winning through.
If you're looking for a deep gaming experience in a galaxy far, far...well, a long way off, this might be your game.