Normally, I’m not one to tout the merits of a particular video game; there are thousands of them and so few great ones. Most tend to either peter out on game play, or offer a sub-par immerse experience; either of which will leave me more than a little disappointed.
So, what about Mass Effect?
For months all I heard was the hype from friends:
“There is just so much to do, you’ll never get bored!”
“I shot Wrex in the head for poop and skittles!” <-Moegreeb (More or less)
Annoyingly enough, Mass Effect (obviously) didn't meet my expectations. It was a good, fun experience but it wasn't the earth shattering game I was hoping for. While it was well designed and executed, it seemed dumbed down and excessively repetitive. Not to say it didn't entertain me (it certainly did), it (like always) didn't live up to the hype.
Even though this game wasn't the experience I hoped for (I seem to be less and less interested in CRPG's lately), it was saved by one single fact: It has literally the best sci-fi score I've heard in a while.
This is a disc for any serious space/sci-fi campaign. It's brooding, ethereal, and incredibly original. Check these tracks out (along with my thought for their use):
Liara’s World – The decaying remains of an interstellar Hulk as your players fly in amongst the steel ribs
Eden Prime – Stealth-ing within a Rat’s Nest
The Wards – Superior and (potentially) Benevolent alien encounter
Sadly, this awesome battle track is missing from the OST:
I know many of you like to incorporate music into your gaming sessions; if you have the cash to spare, a copy of this album will be well worth your coin. You won’t be disappointed, not in the slightest.