Modest improvements to an RPG that deserved to be remade with a bolder vision.
There are two camps when it comes to the original Mass Effect. One admires its relatively old-school RPG sensibility (the bloated inventory and stats that affect how wobbly the sniper rifle is), and appreciates that it was slightly closer to classic sci-fi than the sequels—more Starship Troopers the novel than Starship Troopers the movie.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes remastered versions of Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3, plus most of the DLC. It’s sold as a package, and you can’t buy the remasters individually. Despite that, we decided that reviewing just the first game, which got the biggest overhaul, would be more useful than reviewing all three at once. For a broader look, we’ve also published a technical analysis of the entire Legendary Edition.