img_0017-2EA's missing link between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 popped up on the App Store this evening, promising a gripping storyline, the ability to unleash a torrent of firepower, and insider information information on upcoming characters in the Mass Effect universe.

Mass Effect Galaxy [App Store] is a game with two parts, arcade style combat and multiple choice conversations. During combat, your character is moved using the accelerometer. Tapping enemies on screens locks on to them and you auto-fire until your target is dead. Enemies return fire with slow moving laser beams, which I found to be fairly easy to avoid in the combat encounters I've played so far.

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The right side of the screen is lined with buttons that freeze enemies, launch grenades, and disable shields. Overall, the combat isn't very much fun, mostly because of how little control you have of what's going on. It feels like the game is on auto-pilot, and you're just tilting to get your character in range to automatically shoot something. Even "boss" encounters have been fairly simple, largely in part to a generous supply of health and shield power ups and slow moving, easily avoidable enemy fire.

img_0026-1The second part of the game consists of cut scenes and dialog. When speaking to characters in game, you generally have multiple choices similar to the other Mass Effect games. The problem is, your available options are fairly narrow, and generally all say the same thing. The only realy choice is if you're going to respond as if you're a benevolent space hero or a mischevious prankster.

To make things worse, these choices haven't had an effect on the outcome of any of the dialog portions I've replayed with opposite responses, making the entire exercise fairly pointless. In the E3 video below, the EA representative walking us through the game explains that in some later conversations there are choices that affect the outcome, but always having multiple options available earlier even when they do nothing seems like a waste of time.

I'm sure hardcore fans of the Mass Effect universe will enjoy getting a head start on the plot of Mass Effect 2, but for players like myself who didn't make it too far into Mass Effect (or haven't played it at all), Mass Effect Galaxy doesn't bring much to the table.

App Store Link: Mass Effect Galaxy, $4.99

  • Yagami_Light

    Nice! I love Bioware and Mass Effect!

  • Yagami_Light

    Nice! I love Bioware and Mass Effect!

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Downloaded it but haven't given it a shot yet. I was a pretty hardcore fan of Mass Effect so I kinda have high hopes for it.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Downloaded it but haven't given it a shot yet. I was a pretty hardcore fan of Mass Effect so I kinda have high hopes for it.

  • arta

    Bioware farmed this out to some intern that made it while sitting on the toilet. Awful, awful game.

  • arta

    Bioware farmed this out to some intern that made it while sitting on the toilet. Awful, awful game.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    I saw this game demo'd at EA, and I wasn't impressed.

    And the fact that the conversation choices don't do ANYTHING different in the beginning of the game is very weak. Why not just press random buttons. Not like it matters.

    I won't be buying this game, sorry.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    I saw this game demo'd at EA, and I wasn't impressed.

    And the fact that the conversation choices don't do ANYTHING different in the beginning of the game is very weak. Why not just press random buttons. Not like it matters.

    I won't be buying this game, sorry.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Something to ignore.
    Totally looks like a waste of money and time!

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Something to ignore.
    Totally looks like a waste of money and time!

  • cir

    í for one are boycotting this fail game. Who is with me ?

  • cir

    í for one are boycotting this fail game. Who is with me ?

  • benjamin

    me not,this game is graet.for me(a hardcore gamer)this one gave me 3 houres of gameplay.so let's say,for a normal player:5-7 houres.thats not bad.totaly not bad,if you consider the price is 4 bucks thats nothing compared to a psp, game price.the graphics are great,,the gameplay to.the one thing i'd like to mension is that you can question people,breif ypour comander and you have several options to choose,the artwork is also nicely done and i have only one complaint.the loading times,so get this one,you won't regret it.

  • benjamin

    me not,this game is graet.for me(a hardcore gamer)this one gave me 3 houres of gameplay.so let's say,for a normal player:5-7 houres.thats not bad.totaly not bad,if you consider the price is 4 bucks thats nothing compared to a psp, game price.the graphics are great,,the gameplay to.the one thing i'd like to mension is that you can question people,breif ypour comander and you have several options to choose,the artwork is also nicely done and i have only one complaint.the loading times,so get this one,you won't regret it.

  • BJ

    I've played a bit of this and got to the second or third galaxy, all in all for a touch game its pretty damn good really. Only beef I have is moving around, at time the calibration is all messed up and I can't even move. Now you can recalibrate by pausing, yet when there is a large fight going on it lags up any of the button touches which usually means you're dead by the time it pauses. If they were able to make it run smoother without the lagginess of movement or lack of movement it would be a great touch game, so all in all I'd give it a 3/5 would be 5/5 if it moved correctly all the time.

  • BJ

    I've played a bit of this and got to the second or third galaxy, all in all for a touch game its pretty damn good really. Only beef I have is moving around, at time the calibration is all messed up and I can't even move. Now you can recalibrate by pausing, yet when there is a large fight going on it lags up any of the button touches which usually means you're dead by the time it pauses. If they were able to make it run smoother without the lagginess of movement or lack of movement it would be a great touch game, so all in all I'd give it a 3/5 would be 5/5 if it moved correctly all the time.

  • T Taylor

    Loved it! Coming from a person who's finished Mass Effect multiple times on every difficulty level, I couldn't wait to play this game. Unlike some, I didn't expect much from the gameplay itself, but just wanted to see some more of the ME universe (star systems, races, characters, etc.) If you got this expecting the greatest cell phone game ever, you were probably disappointed, but for what it was supposed to be (gap filler), IT WAS AWESOME!

  • T Taylor

    Loved it! Coming from a person who's finished Mass Effect multiple times on every difficulty level, I couldn't wait to play this game. Unlike some, I didn't expect much from the gameplay itself, but just wanted to see some more of the ME universe (star systems, races, characters, etc.) If you got this expecting the greatest cell phone game ever, you were probably disappointed, but for what it was supposed to be (gap filler), IT WAS AWESOME!

  • Julian

    They should have had a different person for the video preview.
    It didn't interest me at all.
    I heard this was a pretty good game....
    It seemed very boring.
    I won't be buying it.

  • Julian

    They should have had a different person for the video preview.
    It didn't interest me at all.
    I heard this was a pretty good game....
    It seemed very boring.
    I won't be buying it.