Although it has some glitches and gameplay issues this is still one of the best RPG's ever made. The violence is not at all graphic and the language isn't bad either. The only real reason not to let kids play the game is the sexual content. It's not explicit but you might not want you're children to experience the brief sexual encounters in this game.
This game forces you as the character to make your own choices good or bad and live with the consequences of those choices. The M rating for the game must be associated with the potential for a sex scene since it can't be the violence. Once my character told the alien "thanks but no thanks" sex wasn't an issue in the game. The idea of parental guidance isn't to buy the game and leave the kid locked in his room with it for hours on end. Play the game and discuss it you may find that the moral dilemas stretched your kids mind a little....
wow i beat like half of it and then got stuck. it's really hard and smetimes frustrating. Its stupid that commonsense always make M games 17. Its like they do not really play the games. the violence in this game is very little.
Mass effect is by far one of the best games I have other played, IT has a perfect blend of action and RPG elements. I bought this game as a game for me and not for my kids ( ages 12 and 14.) but after playing it for a few day's I relived it was not as bad (content wise) as I thouht was. The gore level was very low (a bit lower than on halo 3) and the profanity was breif and mild. (damn, hell, and if you take the right route a son of a b**ch) and as for the sex and nudity I found it was all verbal and was pretty mild. my conclusion is that mass effect is a great game for in ther early teens to an adult level.
my kid were begging me for this game but I was worried about the sexual stuff in the game so I went and played it and it was really mild. There is one sexual part in the game and it is about the same as the sexual stuff in the james bond movies. as for blood it is about the same as call of duty and there is not much swearing. I say it is a good game to get young teen's