Mass Effect goes critical Nov. 20

BioWare's sci-fi role-playing epic touches down on retail shelves in time for Thanksgiving on the Xbox 360, follows in Europe November 23.

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At Microsoft's press conference during this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, the megapublisher gave several of its most anticipated Xbox 360 exclusives vague holiday release windows. A week ago, Microsoft pegged the release date of one, Project Gotham Racing 4, as being October 2. Today, Microsoft nailed down the date of another, BioWare's sci-fi role-playing game Mass Effect, which will arrive on November 20.

BioWare's intergalactic space odyssey has been the recipient of numerous awards, including two consecutive E3 Game Critics Awards for Best Role-Playing Game and Best Console Game. The reportedly 40-hour-long space epic from the studio behind the well-received Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic drops players in the midst of a newly interstellar human society attempting to establish itself on the intergalactic scene.

Mass Effect is rated M for Mature in the US and will retail for $59.99. In the UK it will have an estimated retail price of £44.99 and expected to be rated 18. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Wings_008

well, now we all know how it turned out : a Masterpiece

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anoking

MASS EFFECT= BEST GAME EVER....REAL GAMERS WILL KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. LOVE YOU BIOWARE!!

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SaintRasmus

I want to hear it from BioWare first. Publisher and Developer does not always have the same idea when a game is finished.

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Beeker1

they said that it will be coming out in 08 but now its coming out November YES YES YES YES

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ukillwegrill

woooo MASS EFFECT will be AWESOME

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Merl57

Can they Please PLEASE release this for PC I really want this game I really enjoyed KOTOR

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TheoleDominion1

Too many great games! Slow down MS will ya...lol. I'm still trying to finish Bioshock, Two Worlds, and just recently got Stranglehold and Halo 3 is just around the corner. Too Many Games!!!!

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lamprey263

I'm still really iffy about Mass Effect, but it does look to have a lot of potential.

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user5689

40 hours-100 first time, in addition to class/gender/background/psychological profile exclusive quest and subplot's...And it's from bioware(BG2:Shadows of Amn is my favorite game)...Everyone who's had hand's on time are pretty much left speachless.....If they brought back Minsc this game could be perfect! BOW DOWN TO THE MONSTER THAT IS MASS EFFECT!

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gagan21

Mass Effect s gonna be another Killer App for the 360 , cant wait for it .

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Jsnuk

Uberjannie - PC gamer ( i think it was in the spy column (possibly their site tho)) said that they would be releasing mass effect on PC and i surely hope they're right otherwise i may just have to call Bioware traitors and market whores

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KagimusMaximus

I really hope that either Mass Effect or Bioshock takes game of the year. I really hope Halo 3 doesn't get it. The only reason I'm getting Halo 3 is for my kid for his birthday. I couldn't care less about Halo 3....

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dgp200285

get ready to give up a month of your life!

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martin_f

rated 18?? why?

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lanista

For this game, I'm sorely tempted to finally enter next-gen and buy an Xbox360

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Zion82

Can't wait for this game! A day1 Buy

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DesiaAC

Its not an MMO is it? I thought it was a straight solo rpg?

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GreenMan

2 months is far too long to wait for this game :( A Mass Effect MMO sounds interesting, I'd actually abandon the usual swords 'n' sorcery to try it.

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yakuza_dragon

jk80 - critics at conventions give awards for the new games being shown. it happens at most gaming conventions.

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jk80

how has it won numerous awards when it isn't out yet?

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uberjannie

I want it on PC :(

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jlh47

if this series goes well (which it most likely will) they will make it into an mmorpg which will be so friggin cool.

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thetealcaptain

"40 hours long and no multiplayer????" Was this some kind of joke post? It's an RPG not a shooter.......

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Xbox_Gamer_117

This game will rule! :D

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packernation31

40 hours long and no multiplayer? ...........

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zapper188

Awesome, this game looks interesting enough.

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matsol

A friend of mine will be very happy with this! I showed him some gameplay footage yesterday which made him interested immediately (him being a KOTOR fan like myself). This would have also been on my most wanted list for sure if I had a 360.

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SugarDaddie

This might just win game of the year. Either way, I'm buying it on release.

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CTR360

i cant wait for this game 23 looks gorgeous

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RXHELL

I hope by Europe they mean PAL coutnries and thus Australia too... :( Australians got screwed when FM2 was released in Europe a lot earlier than Australia.

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Emmanuell

this game will be amazing halo 3 wat, not even close. then their is gta 4 next year. this year is assasins creed too.

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Emmanuell

w

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mattcake

Good to see us Europeans dont have to wait too long... unlike Super Paper Mario which still isnt out in this country - in fact I think its due about 2 weeks before Mario Galaxy which means I may not even bother with it, only so much moustachio'd italian fatboi plumber action I can deal with at once :) After years of disliking RPGs I really did love KOTOR tho and gave me a whole new appreciation for the genre so I'm praying this is decent...

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Autokiller

OMG the datehas finally arrived when i get to play mass effect. "Tomorrow is just another day closer to the 23rd"

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lanista

"Iktinos I just checked the release date on xbox.com, its the 23rd not the 20th in Europe, ah well 3 days isnt that bad" It's a better deal than I've seen off Japanese publishers. That's one thing I've always given massive respect to Microsoft for since they entered console gaming - trying to make as near a worldwide release on their consoles and games as possible

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flackstone

cool!!!

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the_sorrow_MGS_

This is undoubtably the best time to be a gamer :)

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SinfulSpikey

GIVE ME. GIVEMEGIVEMEGIVEMEGIVEMEGIVEME. :o

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I just checked the release date on xbox.com, its the 23rd not the 20th in Europe, ah well 3 days isnt that bad

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chili_dog321

Cikame, you better be from britain. $90 dollars for a video game is obscene though.

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azizrulez

awesome, this winter is sure gonna be busy for 360 owners

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console-deity

I've been waiting to met god since 2005 when they announced mass effect and on Nov. 20th I'll finally get to meet him.

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ztron370

I've had my eye on this game since e306 and nov,20 I will get to play it.

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PlasmaBeam44

I can't wait for this game.

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matty_sen

PS3 death star Heavanly Sword(still a great game) cant beat this!!!!

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nocoolnamejim

This game will do everything short of cure cancer.

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cikame

love the way all games are so much more bloody expensive in the UK

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bcolter

Its on my calendar... Finish Bioshock, then Halo 3... Great time to be a 360 owner.

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Alexander22Redn

Mass Effect is a must buy,own,play,love,cherish,admire,...........;)

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PseudoFinrod

I look forward to this, especially given the developer's pedigree. Nevertheless, I'm not going to be sucked into the hype surrounding this game until I play it myself.