Mass Effect is a video game developed by BioWare. This action role-playing game was first released on May 28, 2008 in North America. The game is set in 2183 where the secrets to element zero and mass effect physics have already been discovered. The player takes the role of Commander Shepard, an elite human soldier exploring the Galaxing using the SSV Normandy starship (the game’s primary means of transportation). The story begins with Shepard is on his way to retrieve the Prothean beacon. Upon completing the mission, Shepard finds out the betrayal of Saren Arterius. As the story unfolds, Shepard soon realizes that Saren’s entire plan to bring back the Reapers.
At the beginning of the game, players have the option to customize Shepard’s character. Choosing from one of the six character classes is also possible. The game occurs in real-time. However, pausing the game at any point is possible. This enables the player to choose various abilities or change the weapons of the squad. The game also features four different firearm classes including sniper rifles, pistols, shotguns and assault rifles. These firearms are the primary weapons used by Shepard throughout the game. However, there are also other weapons like grenades and armor upgrades. Throughout the game, two other characters escort Shepard. These two aim to help Shepard during combats and contribute to the dialogues.