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........ Driving...................................................23 Game Objects and Weapons ........................NPC ...........................................5 Game Features ............................27 Storyboard ..............................................7 Characters .......................................................................6 Game Story .3 Game Mood ...............................9 Characters .................. Melee Ratings: ESRB M for Mature 2 3 ........33 Game Type: Projectile..........18 Menus ............. PC Genre: Role-playing Game GAme introduction Game Introduction .Main Characters ...........................................................15 Environments ......................tAble of contentS Heading Page number mass effect basics Developer: Bioware Corp Publisher: Bioware Corp and Microsoft Studios Platform: Xbox 360.Enemies ...........................................................4 Game Description .....................................................13 Characters .........................................28 Credits..................

burdensome mood is one that causes the player to feel insignificant. armor. an inorganic race bent on the destruction of organic life. first name. like they can’t be in enough places at one time to finish every quest and still save the galaxy. players interact through shooting each other. players will likely be overwhelmed. in the exploration stance.GAme mood GAme deScriPtion Players create a character with a customizable face. Accompanying this urgent. there are two different stances for the game. and combat. whereas in combat stance. they can also buy and sell items. exploration. threaten one of earth’s colonies. each holding its own secrets and quests. gender. the mass effect universe has many varied locations to travel to. “commander Shepard. a choice which is reflected by special quests and responses in the game. the last name is not customizable. and biography. from the first cinematic the game places the fate of the entire galaxy in the player’s hands. With so much to do. and upgrades for almost everything. which adds a lot of replayability to the game. ammo.” from non-player characters. Players will gain experience Points (XP) which will allow them to upgrade the abilities of their character. the Geth. so players hear the name. characters can interact through dialog. weapons. grenades. the first level instills a sense of urgency that only increases as time goes on in the game. contributing to the overall game mood. 4 5 . the player constantly has to make serious decisions with galactic consequences.

each with its own buildings and side quests — captivating storytelling — customizable weapons. the galaxy is unified under a banner of peace. one particular attack. the player is thrust into the world of mass effect. the player’s first assignment is to clear the threat from this human colony. and even more special abilities to customize your character — A level loading system that smoothly transitions from one level to the next without interrupting gameplay GAme Story upon character creation. this position has never been held by a human before. with only a few sporadic attacks occurring from the robotic Geth.GAme feAtureS — An expansive universe with detailed history — A cinematic inspired dialog system. and there are enemies to your cause. and items — Action combat in over-the-shoulder view with squad commands — unparalleled graphics and beautiful artwork from the people who made Jade empire and Star Wars: Knights of the old republic Key features — Action rPG gameplay — futuristic sci-fi setting — extra content downloadable on Xbox live — dozens of different races and creatures — four different weapon types. on eden Prime. calls for the Human Alliance military to intervene. armor. 7 6 . where a discovery of alien technology has allowed civilizations to advance far more quickly than they normally would have. but there is a catch: your character is undergoing assessment for a highly sought after position. with realistic reactions and facial expressions — 30 planets to travel to and explore.

or earth born. Saren. different buttons activate firing weapons. in combat stance. and later in the game as a council Spectre. to save the galaxy from the scheming of its sworn enemy. and ultimately use their power and authority as an Alliance commander. which is activated by enemies appearing. a colonist. the accumulation of which facilitates adding more and better skills to your character. selectable by the player: a spacer. Helpful in the quest for galactic redemption is the gaining of XP. the player can press a button to initiate dialog with other non-player characters.commander Shepard Game Play Players control Shepard using an over-theshoulder view.GAme Story Game Goal Players must rise to the challenge. and even directing squad-mates to specific areas. which zooms closer when in combat stance. each affects the way non-player characters inter9 8 . cHArActerS . using special abilities. the character’s background can be one of three different stories.mAin cHArActer main character . throwing grenades. during exploration.

As is expected choosing certain backgrounds affects the paths the player might take. the player decides the rest of commander Shepard’s biography. there is also a choice for Shepard’s psychological profile: sole survivor. and some of the conversations they might have.mAin cHArActer act with Shepard. and ruthless.mAin cHArActer Side Pose back Pose 10 11 . once a character profile is created.cHArActerS . front Pose cHArActerS . war hero.

mAin cHArActer cHArActerS . but another Spectre. He is not selectable as part of the player’s party.cHArActerS . sabotaged his efforts. but he can engage in many dialog sequences with the character. the normandy. captain Anderson was himself being evaluated for Spectre status over 20 years earlier. and will fight alongside and for Shepard without regard to the consequences. Saren.nPc colors and textures Hair texture captain Anderson this captain in the Alliance military allows Shepard to take command of his ship. r=117 G=121 b=98 r=220 G=158 b=161 r=52 G=50 b=63 r=11 G=11 b=11 camo texture 12 13 . captain Anderson has a high regard for commander Shepard.

When commander Shepard meets liara. and Shepard must free her before the Geth reach and eliminate her. but she is young— only 50 years old—so her expertise does not garner much recognition.cHArActerS . a one gender race similar in physiology to human females. Her specialty lies in excavating and evaluating this ancient technology.enemieS liara t’soni this Asari.nPc cHArActerS . she is trapped inside a holding cell. 14 matriarch benezia mother of liara. benezia vanished from the political scene where she held influence. Absolutely nobody. because she has many followers and her powers are unparalleled. she still poses a dangerous threat to the galaxy as a matriarch. 15 . studies ancient technology created by Protheans. understands the reasons why she allied with the enemy. only to be found later in cahoots with Saren. because she did not characteristically align with enemies of the council. nevertheless. liara is a critical addition to the player’s party because she can evaluate the Prothean beacon that Shepard discovers. even her daughter.

benezia. His motives are uncertain. the normandy.enemieS cHArActerS . Saren himself has been associated with an influential Asari matriarch. only Shepard can find and defeat Saren using his ship. because the council fleet is needed to defend their home base. 16 17 . Saren defied the council and allied with Geth forces. declaring war on the galaxy. only rumors exist of Saren’s whereabouts.cHArActerS .enemieS Saren formerly a council Spectre. but his will is undeterred.

the Galaxy map displays the galaxy and all of the charted planets you can travel to. textures Structure Walkway rock Ground 19 18 . and major cities. green grass. in planet structures. ranging anywhere from rocky terrain to soft. Some outside environments have inclement weather or atmospheric factors that may inhibit the character’s exploration capacity.environmentS color Palette r=107 G=133 b=146 r=167 G=165 b=152 r=196 G=165 b=121 r=255 G=249 b=239 r=40 G=27 b=21 environmentS the game is played in a variety of environments such as inside space going vessels. on planet surfaces. Planets have terrains befitting their atmosphere.

but they were not the builders. most assume the Protheans built it.environmentS environmentS the citadel this enormous space station was found by the Asari. traveling in the citadel is facilitated by numerous elevators and flying vehicles. or even how it functions. 20 21 . but nobody knows how.

the game begins. the character creation menu begins.” once activated. showing first a string of cinematic sequences. new users will press the green “A” button on “Start new career. mass effect allows you to create a new career. this menu has everything needed to play and learn about mass effect. 22 23 . or view extras from bioware. once your character is complete. load an old one. After these finish. beginning menu After pressing start.environmentS menuS textures and Planet landscapes these real world landscapes and textures inspired the art of mass effect. the player can press “Start” to view the in-game menu.

Health is the red colored bar on the left. in the lower left. is the player’s best asset when keeping track of teammate’s health and shields. 25 24 . the enemy health and shield bars are shown at the top. and enemy health bar. and shields are shown as blue bars to the right of the health.menuS in-Game menu equipment codex Journal load Squad options map Save menuS Heads-up display moving the analog stick corresponds to the menu selection screen.” simply point the analog stick up. the squad health indicator. squad health bar. the radar in the lower right depicts the whereabouts of enemies as red dots. this screenshot shows three Hud items that are the same on both Xbox 360 and Pc: radar. but only when your character is targeting the enemy. that will bring up the menu where weapons can be equipped and customized. so to choose “equipment.

r=111 G=111 b=109 tires r=194 G=0 b=0 26 27 . armor. and it contains several star systems within. and Sniper rifles. or bought from a store. Players can then choose to land directly on any planets with atmospheres supportive of organic life. Assault rifles. Weapons GAme obJectS And WeAPonS there are four categories of weapons: Pistols. with upgrades either found during exploration. the weapons. Shotguns. Pressing “A” to travel to the selected star system will launch the normandy at light speed to that system of planets.menuS Galaxy map the galaxy map allows the player to choose which star system and planet within that star system they would like to travel to. and items are all upgradable. this nebula is one of several.

Wrex turns and addresses Shepard threateningly. an unacceptable outcome. Wrex. to leave the cure unharmed would allow Saren a victory. StoryboArd Shepard and Wrex walk closer. discovers that your character is going to eliminate the only cure to his race’s disease. 28 29 . Shepard defends his position. Shepard approaches the contemplating Wrex.StoryboArd this is a scene that takes place after the alien. setting the tone for the conversation.

StoryboArd Shepard steps closer. the tension is so high. the other party members nearby start to notice and come closer to observe. 30 31 . both defiant and threatening. StoryboArd Wrex and Shepard nearly touch noses. asserting his authority in the face of the bounty hunter Wrex.

Wrex and Shepard stare down each other’s barrels.com bioware. All concept art drawn by micah mangin is copyrighted by micah mangin in the year ©2008.com All stock photography is rightfully owned by coalesce Games. distributing. printing. What happens next? Play the game to find out.StoryboArd creditS image rights Some images are courtesy of: gamespot.com imageshack. copying. who holds full rights to distribute them as desired. daring each other to shoot first. concept Art drawings Weapons drawn.com ign. or in any way selling this art is prohibited. 32 33 .com gamasutra.com deviantart.

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