In 2007, famed RPG developer BioWare would change the gaming landscape forever with the release of the first Mass Effect. Following Commander Shepard and his ragtag group of space explorers, Mass Effect told a familiar science fiction story layered with complex politics that were, for the most part, consequential decisions entirely driven by the player through Shepard. Over a decade later, following two successful sequels and one detour to Andromeda, Mass Effect has returned to glory with the release of the remastered Legendary Edition - and what a remaster it is.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition bundles the first Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, complete with all their DLCs. However, BioWare went the extra mile to not make this just another updated re-release. Instead, all three games have seen vast technical improvements, upgrading the framerates, polishing up textures, improving lighting, and much more. After going dormant on the Shepard trilogy for almost ten years, it was great to hop back into the games with a few new coats of paint, coming with its own blasts of nostalgia.
If anything, Legendary Edition once again reaffirms that BioWare - before Andromeda and javelins - were masters of their craft...
Instead of feeling like robots just learning the concept of human expression, the animation of character models move and express a little more naturally.
...each game has clearly been given the love and attention needed to make them feel more modernized without sacrificing the novelties of what made them so unique and genre-breaking to begin with.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
14 May 2021
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