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For those who don't want a long review here's the short version: Is this game good? Yes. Is it as good as the second one? No. Should you still play this before getting the second? Absolutely.
In my opinion that is actually one of the most compelling reasons for getting this game, for the sake of the second. For those of you that don't know Mass Effect is a trilogy of games where you play the same character every time. Commander Shepard (the character you play) can be personalised with gender, first name, class and personal appearance along with some minor backstory options. In the game you recruit a crew of intriguing and likeable squadmates in your mission to (What else) save the galaxy. Each time you start a later game in the trilogy you can import a character you completed in the previous game, along with all the decisions you made. This means that if you're thinking about getting Mass Effect 2 I can't recommend this game enough. Not that Mass Effect 2 isn't a great game in its own right but as I mention this series is a trilogy, meaning they feature a lot (and I mean A LOT) of recurring characters). You'll meet a lot of these in Mass Effect 2 and the decisions from Mass Effect (if you import) can and will noticably affect the experience. Combine that with the emotional connections you'll form with the characters in Mass Effect and I'm not exaggerating that you'll only be getting half the experience you could if you played through this game even once.
There's some bad stuff of course, in my opinion the biggest is probably the combat. It's honestly rather clunky and seems to play rather similar no matter what class you choose. Going into and out of cover is difficult and frustrating, and on harder difficulties squad AI has one hell of a death wish. Combat is easily the weakest part of the game, to the point where I'd actually recommend just turning difficulty to easy, ignoring cover and going run & gun like Rambo; it's actually surprisingly entertaining. Another weak part is the vehicle sections where you drive a space tank called the Mako. The controls are unintuitive to say the least, a few minutes wrestling with them and you'll understand why so many people make jokes about Shepard's driving. Also, you frustratingly cannot save the game while driving, though to counter that you're also ridiculously over powered so you should be fine as long as you don't drive into any lava pits (which you will do sooner or later, just accept it). Also: Stay away from Thresher Maws; they are not worth it.
But seriously, don't let all that put you off; there is more than enough good stuff in this game to balance it out. To go over it in brief:
1. Story & Character. This is Bioware so expect good stuff here, the game is probably more story than character driven but the people you meet are still interesting and (for the most part) likeable.
2. Music: There are blockbuster sci-fi movies out there that don't have soundtracks as good as this one, this music is worthy of orchestral performances.
3. Cutscenes & Graphics: Mass Effect is getting on in years but I think the graphics still hold up, and the cutscenes are fittingly epic. Facial movement is well done, especially on th alien characters though the humans are still prone to some scary smiles.
4. Voice acting. Superb, nothing more can be said.
I could go on a lot longer but I think you get the idea, Mass Effect is a great game. If you're a fan of space opera, or even just sci-fi and RPG's in general, and have been looking for a new game to obsess over then this is for you.