How Long is Mass Effect 1?

The length of Mass Effect 1 depends entirely on how you choose to play the game. This action RPG can be anywhere from around 20 hours to 45 hours depending on how many side quests and optional things players are interested in completing.

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    Mass Effect’s Length

    Shepard Walks Through the Presidium on the Citadel in Mass Effect 1.

    Mass Effect 1 is an action RPG originally released in 2007 and is the first in a series of successful action RPGs. Since it was recently released in the Legendary Edition along with the 2nd and 3rd games, some players might wonder just how long it will take them to complete it. To answer this question, you must decide how much Mass Effect you wish to experience.

    • Just the main story of Mass Effect: About 18-20 hours
    • Completing the entire game: About 45 hours

    Story Quests in Mass Effect 1

    Shepard Aims at the Sovereign as it Takes Off in Mass Effect 1.

    To get through this first title in around 20 hours, players must focus all of their energy on completing only the main story quests. These are:

    1. Prologue: On the Normandy, Find the Beacon
    2. Citadel: Expose Saren
      Citadel: Garrus
      Citadel: Shadow Broker, Wrex
    3. Find Liara T’Soni
    4. Feros: Geth Attack, The Thorian, Colony Saved | Colony Gone
    5. Noveria: Geth Interest, Leave Port Hanshan
      Noveria: Lorik Qui’in
      Noveria: Matriarch Benezia, Death of a Matriarch
      Noveria: Rift Station
      Noveria: Quarantine
      Noveria: The Hot Labs
      Noveria: Peak 15
      Noveria: Reactor Repair
      Noveria: Reconnect Landlines
      Noveria: Contamination
    6. Virmire: Saren’s Plan, Assault
    7. Ilos: Find the Conduit
    8. Race Against Time
      Race Against Time: Sovereign, Conduit, Final Battle
    The View from a Vehicle in Mass Effect 1.