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Action RPG (Action Role-Playing Game), also known as ARPG, refers to RPGs (role-playing games) that use direct, real-time, reflex-oriented, action combat systems, instead of the more abstract (turn-based or semi-real-time) battle systems of traditional RPGs.
Extraterrestrials appear in many video games in a variety of styles. Sometimes they're evil, sometimes they're benevolent, and sometimes they're very similar to humans.
When characters make conversation during normal gameplay, rather than a dialog-focused scene.
Biotics is a technology in the Mass Effect universe that describes an individual's ability to manipulate dark energy fields. It is highly valuable in combat due to its various applications such as protective shields, telekinesis, and gravity manipulation.
The Black Market is a concept wherein players may buy or sell items through alternative means. This is often a way to make more money but can often land the player into trouble.
One of the most controversial aspects of video games are the amounts of virtual murders that can vary from over-the-top to uneasily realistic. These games become notorious when they are linked to a murder, usually a spree murder, by the person who plays them.
The concept of seemingly religious phenomena being explained as the work of alien civilizations.
Elevators in the Citadel alternate between news reports and pleasant music.
Long elevator rides meant to hide the game loading.
Like in-game manuals, encyclopedias may have gameplay information, background lore or real-life trivia.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
The Geth are networked AIs that reside in the Terminus Systems. They were created by the Quarians.
It is believed that Frank Herbert's Dune books were the first to popularize the concept of a giant worm that is capable of devouring a person whole without even noticing it.
An alien species that resemble jellyfish. They tend to be very religious and talk in a polite and almost poetic way.
The mysterious organisms, or machines, that tend to the maintenance of The Citadel. Little is known about these aphid like workers.
A MacGuffin is a plot device, having little importance itself, which exists purely in order to motivate characters and/or advance the story.
The titular concept upon which much of the technology in the Mass Effect series is based.
Mercenaries, Soldiers for Hire, have been found fighting in conflicts since the dawn of human warfare. These hired guns show a desire to turn their talent in the art of death to a more profitable profession.
Armed forces. The arm of government that deals with fighting wars and protecting a nation from external or internal threats
Some action-oriented games make use of motion capture technology to make character's movements realistic.
Normal mapping is an integral part in making believable visuals. Using advanced surface information in conjunction with light information, an artist is able to define an incredible amount of detail on any low polygon model.
A digital distribution platform owned and operated by EA.
A subscription service from EA for the PC. Similar to EA Access, users pay a monthly fee to gain access to a range of titles published with additional incentives.
Over-the-shoulder is a camera view point popularized by Resident Evil 4 that is featured in most modern third-person shooters and third-person action games.
Similar to parallax scrolling, parallax mapping shows the illusion of depth in a texture.
Everyone else can keel over as much as necessary, but if the party leader falls, it's game over. Sometimes this makes logical sense, like with perma-death battle systems. But more often then not the main character is one Phoenix Down away from a game over.
A system in which the player is allowed to control multiple characters. Most commonly seen in role playing games. Can also be used to describe party systems in the MMORPG genre, which brings a group of players together to accomplish various tasks.
A concept where the game must be restarted if you are killed. It is a mechanic found in most arcade games, but the term is usually used in reference to the RPG genre where the mechanic is less common, particularly "roguelike" games as well as strategy games such as Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics where characters die if they are defeated in battle. Often used as a significant plot device.
A general term to describe a race or species that predates the civilisation/setting that the game takes place in, usually used in the game to provide hints or clues to the protagonist to help solve some sort of grand mystery or defeat an enemy through the help of relics left behind. Occasionally, there may still be traces of them, either through technology or lone survivors that have somehow managed to live to the present day.
A nomadic race of aliens that are adept with technology. They live in fleet of ships known as the flotilla.
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