EA’s well known Mass Effect franchise has finally reached the iOS platform. This might seem like setting a new standard for iOS gaming and it does, but in its own unique way.
Graphics and Audio:
Let’s start by saying that the game looks amazing! The graphics are so rich and although it resembles Dead Space’s engine, it’s actually better. With the existence of A5 chipset devices, EA has worked their magic to make the game look extra special. But fear not, the game looks just as good on older devices as well. The thing to note here is how EA worked with the high res textures and advanced lighting. To add to the gaming experience, EA has added top notch audio. The environmental sounds are good but the game owes a lot to its voice acting. Some of the dialogs used by the player can really get one fueled up to kick some Cerberus butt! How would you like to peep up on someone and say “Hello” before you blast the living hell out of him?
Gameplay and Controls:
Now all of those Mass Effect fans looking to get this game might be disappointed at first as the game does not resemble Mass Effect’s style of gameplay. There’s no intergalactic travel, leveling up or anything Mass Effect as an RPG is known for. There is a store from which you can purchase or upgrade some Weaponry, Biotics, and Armory and that is quite a useful feature. The gameplay, as I said, does not resemble the gameplay of an RPG, but more of a linear TPS cover shooter. This can put not only fans but some first timers down, but give it some time and you’ll be alright. The TPS cover shooter system used in the game is quite innovative. You can move, but when it’s time to dive into some action, your movements are restricted to cover points. This system ain’t too bad, but when it comes to boss fights, it kinda feels like Resident Evil since you can’t move and shoot at the same time and usage of cover during boss fights is kinda stressful. Your actions when done with style will reward you with style points, which will determine your rank at the end of each stage. Your rank determines the amount of credit you get, which you can use at the store. Thanks to the rank system, the game has some replay value and that’s quite nice since the game is really really small with a pretty mediocre storyline and some pretty mediocre decision-making scenes which I don’t think affect the way you play out the game. To add some extra mass to the Mass Effect franchise, any Intel you pick up in Infiltrator can be uploaded to Galaxy At War and used to buff up your Mass Effect 3 status, or you can just trade them in for extra credits.
Mass Effect: Infiltrator might not be like the Mass Effect you know, but it’s a unique game in its own way. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll certainly enjoy this game ’til the end and you’ll enjoy it even more if you love cover shooters like EPOCH. If you’re looking for pure Mass Effect, you might be disappointed. It’s a buy if you wanna try something different.
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Rated 8.0 for stunning visuals, audio, gameplay and mediocre storyline and controls.