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The Best Games Period - Episode 56 - Mass Effect

Jack Gardner



It is easy to forget that BioWare took a bold risk when they launched their untested, original IP as an Xbox 360 exclusive back in 2007. The RPG genre had never truly veered into uncharted territory with a mainstream release as with a third-person shooter hybrid. On top of that, it was set in an unknown universe that the marketing team could easily have over-inflated to generate hype only to fall victim to the backlash (remember the cautionary tale of Advent Rising?). However, what made Mass Effect special was that it actually managed to live up to the hype. It worked. It had choices that engaged players. It was full of unique and interesting piece of universe-building and memorable characters. It delivered the sci-fi adventure some people had been waiting their entire lives to see in a video game for the first time.  


Almost a decade later with a new entry in the franchise releasing this week, does the original Mass Effect stand as not merely a good game, but one of the best games period?


Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative.



Outro music: Mass Effect 'Uncharted Depths' by Hy Bound (


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New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday

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Mr. Skeleton and I bought our first 360 because of Mass Effect.  Ah, the memories...


I recently had a fresh Mass Effect adventure when the trilogy became backwards-compatible on Xbox One.  Yeah, the combat for the first game feels pretty dated, but there's still nothing like Mass Effect.  After all this time, I still maintain that the second game is the best RPG ever developed for consoles.  It hit the sweet spot of satisfying combat, mature, thought-provoking story content, and just plain fun.  It was the first game I ever unlocked 100% of Xbox achievements for including DLC achievements, because I enjoyed it that much.


Less than 24 hours before I get to travel to Andromeda...

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