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Downloadable Content

 

Bring Down the Sky

Expand your Mass Effect experience in the first downloadable content for the award-winning saga the New York Times named The Best Game of the Year. Read more.

The Batarians, From Bring Down the Sky

Debuting in the Bring Down the Sky downloable content pack, the batarians are a disreputable species infesting the Terminus Systems and menacing human colonies. Read more.

 

Technology

 

M35 Mako

The Mako is a light infantry fighting vehicle you'll get to use when exploring planetary environments. Equipped with laser-guided ordnance, micro- thrusters, and laser detection arrays, it's an essential tool to have in your arsenal. Read more.

Normandy

Optimized for solo reconnaissance missions deep within unstable regions, and using state-of-the-art stealth technology, the Normandy is a prototype deep scout frigate. Read more.

 
 

Spotlight on the Krogan Race

Explore the reptilian race known as the Krogan. Part one reveals how their harsh and unforgiving homeworld has affected their evolution. Part two delves into their tragic history and waning foothold in the galaxy. The final part spotlights Urdnot Wrex, one of the last krogan Battle Masters. Read more.

The Quarians - Galactic Nomads

Some believe quarians are a cybernetic blend that can survive for a time in the cold vacuum of space. Others believe they are so used to living on their makeshift ships they never remove their survival suits. Most condemn them for unleashing a dangerous, synthetic life form on the galaxy. Read more.

Geth: Universally Violent Creatures

Residing in the Terminus Systems, the geth are a humanoid race of networked AIs who overthrew their masters 300 years ago in a brutal war. They have evolved since then into numerous sub-forms, and everyone in the galaxy approaches them with extreme caution. Read more.

Turians: Friend or Foe?

We fought these raptor-like aliens in the First Contact War, but have since settled into an uneasy co-existence with them. Despite their code of honour, discipline, and work ethic, the question remains whether these Council members are friends or foes. Read codex entry.

The Advent of Humanity on the Galactic Stage

In the decades since our first encounter with the greater galactic community, humanity has risen quickly to prominence, establishing colonies throughout the stars. However, our population growth and military strength have led to resentful speculation that an invitation to join the ranks of the Council itself is imminent. Read more.

 

Characters

Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams

Williams is a reliable and dedicated officer, but her aggressive instincts and blunt speech might lead to complications should she be required to interact with civilians. Read more.

Agent Profile: Nihlus Kryik

Nihlus Kryik is one of the Citadel Council's most decorated Spectre agents. Cool under pressure, he has an uncanny ability to find an enemy's weakness and exploit it. Continue.

Agent Profile: Saren Arterius

Saren Arterius is the longest serving turian member of the Spectres. Recently, he has become an outspoken opponent of human expansion in the galaxy, and many fear he may soon decide to take matters into his own hands. Read story.

Wrex, Krogan Battle Master

Urdnot Wrex is one of the last krogan Battle Masters: rare individuals who combine powerful biotic abilities with the devastating firepower of advanced weaponry... Continue.

 

Game Information

 

Ascension (A Mass Effect Novel)

The exciting prequel to the Mass Effect game, Revelation tells the story of Alliance war hero David Anderson who tries to uncover the mystery behind a destroyed top secret military station, and find Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who vanished from the base hours before her colleagues were slaughtered. Read free chapters.

Revelation (A Mass Effect Novel)

The exciting prequel to the Mass Effect game, Revelation tells the story of Alliance war hero David Anderson who tries to uncover the mystery behind a destroyed top secret military station, and find Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who vanished from the base hours before her colleagues were slaughtered. Read free chapters.

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Fields of Discipline (Character Classes)

One of the first choices you will make as you play Mass Effect is "What character class do I want my Commander Shepard to be"? To help you make an informed decision, we're giving you the class backgrounds with explanations of their strengths and abilities, including their starting talents and unlockable future talents. Read on.

The Cast of Mass Effect

View the complete cast list of Mass Effect. Some of the names might surprise you.... View list.