I really liked Mass Effect. I thought that the story was…well, kind of meh; not the best but not the worst, and it didn’t really pick up until the end. The side quests had interesting plots (some more interesting than the main plot), but the regurgitation of the same dungeon map over and over made the extra missions painful to go through.
Dialouge options are fun, even though the choices that lead you to either paragon or renegade are blatantly obvious (the writers over at Bioware need to pick their brains a little more on this one). I actually enjoyed the combat, because I love shooters. Its not a traditional “shooter” by any means, but it’s still fun and requires genuine strategy during several battles in the game.
My personal favorite part was character development. And just like KOTOR, Mass Effect not only lets you level up and develop your own character, but your entire team, which is a blast for me.
Its not the best game in the world, but considering its twenty bucks now, its most definately worth picking up.