When we are young we all have dreams of growing up into something exciting like a racecar driver, star athlete, or astronaut. This might be the reason why video games are so popular, because they let us live out the unlikely, and very few do this as well as the Mass Effect trilogy.
These games are third person shooters where you play the role of Commander Shepard, an intergalactic space traveler. You play out adventures of action, wonder, and love… yes even love. You get to design how Commander Shepard looks from his or her gender to his or her hairstyle (for sake of ease, we will stick with ‘his’).
In this universe, Humanity has discovered that it is not alone in this universe, and within 30 years becomes a part of the intergalactic council. Commander Shepard is an Alliance soldier, which is humanities military force, and a Council Spectre, similar to a United Nations investigator.
The combat of these games are both intense and satisfying. Even though it changes slightly from game to game, it stays generally the same third person shooter and is built heavily around the use of other CPUs that act as comrades. During the fights you have to control not just yourself, but to be effective, you must also lead your team by directing their attacks and even executing combos to cause massive damage.
These comrades also play large parts to the story outside of combat. They are your crew, everything you fight for. Some may be an adversary tagging along, some may be your best friend, and some may even be Commander Shepard’s love interest. The best part is you get to choose. You make decisions throughout the game that vastly alter the course of it, and each person makes different choices.
This game achieves what very few games can, an emotional connection. While that may sound strange, playing even one of the games will make one understand. It makes you feel young and wide-eyed again.