When many people think of RPGs, they think of swords and sorcery. However, the genre has so much more variety than that. Although fantasy games are well-represented and deserve their place in RPG history, they're not the only things on offer. There are excellent RPGs across many genres, from space opera to cyberpunk, post-apocalypse, and even weirder.
Mass Effect is one of the most beloved video game franchises ever. It's an original sci-fi IP from Bioware, telling its own stories within its own galaxy. Mass Effect is a deliberate throwback to the space opera genre, telling galaxy-spanning stories of fleets colliding and war among the stars rather than smaller and more introspective stories.
It isn't only one of the most iconic RPGs ever, but one of the most iconic video game franchises of all time. Mass Effect has sometimes-questionable gameplay and plenty of controversial elements, but it is one of the most rewarding trilogies to play. Between its immersive universe, entertaining stories, and the iconic cast of characters, the franchise is beloved for a reason.