Mass Effect Trilogy: Legendary Edition is a collection of re-mastered versions of the first three installments of the cult action RPG series called Mass Effect. The company Electronic Arts, which owns the rights to the brand, is behind its release.
The action of the games making up Mass Effect: Legendary Edition set takes place in the XXII century. The discovery of ancient technology developed by the extinct Protean race has enabled mankind to make its dream of interstellar flight come true and, as a result, to find its place in the Citadel, a giant space station serving as a centre of politics, trade and culture for the entire Milky Way.
The main character of the series is Commander Shepard. As the first human Spectre, the defender of peace, the hero (or heroine, because we can choose the sex of the character being led) has to crush the plans of Saren, who not only betrayed the Council sitting in the Citadel, but also brought a threat to the whole galaxy. However, it soon turns out that the Saren is only a pawn, and the real deadly danger to the races inhabiting the Milky Way is the Harvesters, an ancient race of machines that cyclically sterilise the galaxy from organic life. In the second part of the cycle, Shepard enters into an alliance with Cerberus to solve the mystery of the disappearance of entire human colonies on the outskirts of the Milky Way, and hits the trail of a race of Collectors trying to speed up the approaching invasion. We can observe the invasion in the third part of the series, where in order to win (or at least try), Shepard has to gain as many allies as possible. All this in order to join them in the final battle, in which the survival of the living beings inhabiting the Milky Way is at stake.
In the games included in the Mass Effect Trilogy: Legendary Edition set, the action is observed from the third person perspective (TPP). The driving force behind these games are extensive tasks pushing the plot forward, accompanied by numerous side missions. Commander Shepard is not left to cross the river alone because, as he progresses, he is joined by more and more comrades with whom he can establish a close relationship over time. Our command centre is Normandy, which is a futuristic spacecraft that we travel with, choosing destinations on the galaxy map. Besides, it is a kind of mobile base where we can move around freely during breaks. Although in the second and third part of the series on the planets we only travel on foot, in the first part of the cycle we also get a four-wheeled M35 Mako, which allows us to quickly explore vast areas of land.
An important element of the games forming this compilation is also the fight against enemies The battles take place in real time, and during them we must not only skilfully use the available weapons (in the arsenal we will find mainly firearms, including futuristic weapons developed by alien races), but also make use of various combat abilities (leading with telekinesis-like biotic skills) and give orders to subordinates (although Shepard's team is much larger, we can only take two companions on missions). By eliminating adversaries and completing tasks, we receive experience points and advance to the next levels, gradually developing the hero and his accompanying characters.
It is worth remembering that fighting is not the only thing the Spectre does. Many problems can be solved not by force, but by conversation; therefore, from time to time, it is not combat skills that prove very useful, but speech skills. Moreover, we often make choices here that affect not only the course of the story, but also the character of our hero and his relationship with the team.