Mass Effect 2 PC

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  1. HolgerM.
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    Practically perfect. My actual score would be something like 9.5 because there are a few minor bugs and some elements could be refined a little. But the game is awesome. Surpasses ME1 in almost every area. More team members, better and wittier interactions (Talk to Joker, you'll know what I mean). All in all, you will not regret buying this game. Just look at the scores. I'm not Practically perfect. My actual score would be something like 9.5 because there are a few minor bugs and some elements could be refined a little. But the game is awesome. Surpasses ME1 in almost every area. More team members, better and wittier interactions (Talk to Joker, you'll know what I mean). All in all, you will not regret buying this game. Just look at the scores. I'm not the only one praising the game. Expand
  2. TroutMonkey
    Feb 6, 2010
    8
    The story and dialog are once again top notch, and the firefights are alot more involving and epic than last time. It only drops to 9 because of a few downfalls. The inventory system, while alot easier to use has probably been dumbed down too much (don't blame console players, the original was a console exclusive to start with). The story also suffers from being the 'middle The story and dialog are once again top notch, and the firefights are alot more involving and epic than last time. It only drops to 9 because of a few downfalls. The inventory system, while alot easier to use has probably been dumbed down too much (don't blame console players, the original was a console exclusive to start with). The story also suffers from being the 'middle child', and the final moments never feel as epic as the originals ending. Its also alot shorter than the first, as most of your time will instaed be spent doing various side missions to recruit party members or help them once you have done so. The actual Collecters narative being quite short. I also notice alot of texture collisions, and a couple of glitches. In summary I really love this game, and will play through ME again just to see how your different decisions affect the story. I felt dissapointed at the end, not because it was bad, but because I wanted more! Expand
  3. TomL.
    Jan 30, 2010
    8
    I really wasn't sure whether to give this game an 8 or a 9, in the end I settled for an 8 because although the game works really well and I did enjoy probably en-par with the first (which I gave a 10 rating), there are just a number of issues that I just cant really look past and a number of other annoying elements that just prevent it from living up to imass effect 1 in eyes. first I really wasn't sure whether to give this game an 8 or a 9, in the end I settled for an 8 because although the game works really well and I did enjoy probably en-par with the first (which I gave a 10 rating), there are just a number of issues that I just cant really look past and a number of other annoying elements that just prevent it from living up to imass effect 1 in eyes. first on the list of my bigger issues with the game is customisation, yes I can make shepherd look like I would want him to look but what about my squad, what about my weapons, I found myself just using exactly the same weapon combo throughout most of the game and never even bothered changing my squads weapons because there just wern't the options to do it in a meaningful way. Another problem was that the game just didnt seem to flow as well as the first, bioware said that they wanted to make you always know where you were in the game but I personally don't think of more loading screens as the answer to this, the first one the lifts were annoying but they always kept YOU in the game, you could walk over ot the normandy and go inside on your own free will rather than have to rely on shuttles to always take you there. Now to move onto the small annoyances, firstly is this ammo system, didn't like it, cant say anything more other than that, on harder difficulties there just isn't enough ammo and no-matter how bioware try ot explain it in the backstory it just feels like technology has moved backwards. Continuity is my final moan, whether its nobody anywhere else outside the normandy caring that youve completed your 'suicide' mission after returning and talking to them if you choose to play on after the main storyline has finished, or if its the deranged survivors of a crashed spaceship that have been stranded for 10 years with no outside contact but still seem to have all the same 'up to date' technology that you have. It may seem that after all that I''ve said against it that a score of 8 is generous but I will sa that everything else that I havent moaned at the game does right, the story is good, team-mate interaction and backstories are integrated will and the missions do have a very good variety to them. default game controls were dreadfull so I had to retone them back to being as similar to me1 as I could. One final point is that the final mission just didnt feel as emotional as bioware had promised, on the contrary I found myself using biowares chosen method of player choice during this mission to bump off all the team members I didnt liek and ended up feeling quite pleased with myself about it so I wont say its a bad thing, just not what was promised. Definately worth getting but not as good as the first. Expand
  4. K.Hannes
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    Best Sci-Fi Action RPG with best cinematics, best voice acting, incredible Story, bombastic soundtrack and a Main Charactar everyone can identify with. A+, its definitely worth its money (no Bugs encountered through the entire game (15-16 hours with half of the optional Quests) Wonderfull work BioWare. Bioshock/Fallout3 - could never reach this perfectness and deepness and epicness of ME2 Best Sci-Fi Action RPG with best cinematics, best voice acting, incredible Story, bombastic soundtrack and a Main Charactar everyone can identify with. A+, its definitely worth its money (no Bugs encountered through the entire game (15-16 hours with half of the optional Quests) Wonderfull work BioWare. Bioshock/Fallout3 - could never reach this perfectness and deepness and epicness of ME2 story, atmosphere or even the Style and Graphics. Expand
  5. JohnR.
    Feb 1, 2010
    8
    I really like this game. The graphics and frame rates are great on my high end PC. My only gripe is with not being given an alternative choice of control. Bioware refuse to support the wireless 360 controller for PC. I hate it when companies refuse to listen to their customers.
  6. ThomasS.
    Feb 1, 2010
    9
    This game is so good that you almost forget that they removed a lot of the traditional RPG stuff. Seems like they spend more time making the side quest better than adding loads of items for customizing. If it have to be this way i prefer ME2 as the side quests of ME1 and endless driving around the same boring planets got old very fast. A few glitches but nothing serious. More customizing This game is so good that you almost forget that they removed a lot of the traditional RPG stuff. Seems like they spend more time making the side quest better than adding loads of items for customizing. If it have to be this way i prefer ME2 as the side quests of ME1 and endless driving around the same boring planets got old very fast. A few glitches but nothing serious. More customizing and this would have been a 10. Expand
  7. SteveB.
    Feb 1, 2010
    8
    This game is no longer a RPG it's a glorified shooter. Not saying the game is terrible but not even close to what Mass Effect 1 was all about. Exploring is very limited option as well as building up you're character and weapons. Improved combat and graphics are the only thing that saved this game. I gave this game a 8 because of what it lacks as a RPG.
  8. KostasI.
    Feb 20, 2010
    9
    I will not say much other than saying that this game is simply incredible. It has the best possible character roster and conversation system i have ever seen in any game. You WILL actually care for your characters. The only downside i can think of is that this game is NO rpg. It is a shooter with RPG elements and an infinately better narative and story than many RPG's but it sure as I will not say much other than saying that this game is simply incredible. It has the best possible character roster and conversation system i have ever seen in any game. You WILL actually care for your characters. The only downside i can think of is that this game is NO rpg. It is a shooter with RPG elements and an infinately better narative and story than many RPG's but it sure as hell does not play like one and the gameplay and design itself does not remind you of an RPG either. Get this game, whoever you are, wherever you are jsut buy the thing. Avoid only if you want a traditional style RPG. Expand
  9. TomiN
    Feb 3, 2010
    8
    Though I have disliked "rpg's" with AI-controlled helpers from the beginning, I consider it a necessary evil nowadays, so let's not go there. The biggest surprise to me was the phenomenal Character dialog. I found my self laughing out loud on some totally unexpected reactions and the likeability of the supporting cast. Much better than, for example, the Dragon Age: Origins. The Though I have disliked "rpg's" with AI-controlled helpers from the beginning, I consider it a necessary evil nowadays, so let's not go there. The biggest surprise to me was the phenomenal Character dialog. I found my self laughing out loud on some totally unexpected reactions and the likeability of the supporting cast. Much better than, for example, the Dragon Age: Origins. The plot was a letdown: although, there was more to it than in the first installation of the series, it didn't matter. The things you did on your "freetime" didn't really affect the plot or its outcome and the critical storymoment were far and wide. At some point (while mining an asteroid, a dreary job at best) I started to wonder, what I was expected to do, anyways? It's nice not to have a leash around your neck, but a little nudge to the right direction for now and then wouldn't hurt. Combat in the first Mass Effect was dodgy at best, but you could do it relying on your shields or taking cover behind something. It the number 2, shields have no meaning: they're just a healthbar and when they're gone, you are going to die unless there's time to regenerate, behind a chest-high-wall. This I hated a lot. Why they had to adopt the Gears of War coversystem? Ok, it might be a good thing for the consolegeneration, but it really doesn't work on PC. The battles are dull. You cannot control your surroundings when you are glued to the wall and sometimes, when you can see everything from your cover, popping-up and shooting limits your view to a wall and another wall. This was horrid, and I thought for a time to quit playing for this sad reason. The combat does have some improvements to the earlier installation. The hits have more impact and there is a slight chance of tactical thinking and "curving-the-bullet" with superpowers. Also, I miss the chaos of the first ME's inventory. Ok, there were a ****load of guns and gadgets, but you learned to pick out the best and scrap and sell the rest, plus upgrading and customizing weapons and armor was fun! In ME2, the whole inventory is forgotten, replaced by few guns with slightly different abilities, only Shepard can customize his armor and there's ammoclips for the weapons. What was wrong with the overheating of the first ME? It was rather original, and after playing through it first ME, the ME2 clips felt like a downgrade (which it was) to a OK combat and Sci-fi scenario. The new heavy weapons could have had this option, but there was nothing to be gained by implementing this idea to the normal weapons. The only reason I can see for the down-grade is that it's easier for a standard FPS-player to adapt to the reloading of guns than waiting them to cooldown after being overheated with impunity. The second reason must be that the progarammers wanted people to rely more on their superpowers in battle (which do look nice), for as I remember while playing ME1, I didn't do as much because good weapons. Hoping the third instalment of ME isn't "the X-Men in space". But in overall, I enjoyed the game. It wasn't a groundbreaking gamegod, which the hype suggested, but a nicely written moviegame, nerfeddown to fit consoles. It is an episodegame, so if you haven't played the first Mass Effect, you're going to miss out quite lot of puns and dialog for not really knowing, what happened "in the past". Expand
  10. LukeK.
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    This game is overall impressive leaving me in awe at almost every decision I made. people will temper with the fact that it doesn't show 100% rpg elements but the story feeds the addiction to want to play more pulling you in as commander Shepard i was far more than impressed by the story and way it reflects on the end I didn't find any need to repeat actions i recommend playing This game is overall impressive leaving me in awe at almost every decision I made. people will temper with the fact that it doesn't show 100% rpg elements but the story feeds the addiction to want to play more pulling you in as commander Shepard i was far more than impressed by the story and way it reflects on the end I didn't find any need to repeat actions i recommend playing on insanity to really dive you in to some intense game play making your actions reflect that much more on the outcome. Expand
  11. KM
    Feb 8, 2010
    8
    Its a fantastic game to play. But has absolutely no replay value. Also, the vast majority of the galaxy is empty, so you end up at the end of the game pointlessly looking around for a few questions. There are just some of the problems I had with this game, however they are in the minority. Rent, not buy. But when you do play it, you will enjoy it.
  12. GregoryS
    Mar 15, 2010
    10
    First off, the Story is both Epic and amazing, one of the best stories I've seen in a Video Game and books that I have read. I would go on and babble about every last thing I loved about Mass Effect 2 but that would take weeks to do and is easier to simply say that the entire thing amazing and I loved it all. But due to the fact this game is made by Bioware no one should really be First off, the Story is both Epic and amazing, one of the best stories I've seen in a Video Game and books that I have read. I would go on and babble about every last thing I loved about Mass Effect 2 but that would take weeks to do and is easier to simply say that the entire thing amazing and I loved it all. But due to the fact this game is made by Bioware no one should really be surprised since amazing story lines are the trademark of most if not all Bioware games. Mass Effect 2 improved upon the game elements that were lacking in Mass Effect and either removed them or Improved them; such as the equipment Management that was a real pain in my opinion. I honestly cannot think of a single thing that I can complain about that is apart of the game. The thing I will complain about is that my laptop doesn't support the PC version which is more my fault for buying a crappy laptop rather then it being Bioware's fault. If you haven't played this game you should, if you have and didn't like it something's wrong with you. Expand
  13. SeanR
    Mar 7, 2010
    10
    By far the best game I've ever played. The story is brilliant, the decisions you can make can be extremely difficult, amazing character skill trees, phenomenal voice acting, stunning graphics, incredibly fun gameplay, this game has it all. And in addition, there are virtually no bugs or glitches, saves are instantaneous, and the characters are extremely interesting. The research By far the best game I've ever played. The story is brilliant, the decisions you can make can be extremely difficult, amazing character skill trees, phenomenal voice acting, stunning graphics, incredibly fun gameplay, this game has it all. And in addition, there are virtually no bugs or glitches, saves are instantaneous, and the characters are extremely interesting. The research system is brilliant as well, however I would complain about how the consistent need to gather minerals via scanning can get tedious after awhile. Also, though the side missions are more in depth than in ME1, they still seem to fall short of the rest of the game and seem more as added content to try and appease players rather than missions that were actually well-developed (not to mention there are a very small number of sidequests for an RPG of this scale). All in all, this game has everything any RPG or sci-fi lover could ever hope for in a game. I definitely recommend it for anyone who is a fan of either of the aforementioned genres. Expand
  14. BillZ
    Apr 7, 2010
    10
    Overall Impression: Absolutely Awesome. Most of the big-picture criticism I've been hearing about this game regards it as an RPG, a shooter, or both. But really, describing it as these genres just misses something big: at its heart, it's a *dynamic story* game. It's all about the characters and the plot. The shooting is fun, and adds that crucial element of skill that most Overall Impression: Absolutely Awesome. Most of the big-picture criticism I've been hearing about this game regards it as an RPG, a shooter, or both. But really, describing it as these genres just misses something big: at its heart, it's a *dynamic story* game. It's all about the characters and the plot. The shooting is fun, and adds that crucial element of skill that most gamers need, but it's still nothing I'd quite call a real 'shooter'. Likewise, having control over your face, armor, class and powers adds customization in the sense of an RPG, but player-character development isn't what I'd say is the main focus, and true star, of the game, and you're not just following a rigid character along witnessing his story, either. The greatest aspect of the game is the story - not just the content and succession of events, but the incredible potential that the player has to mold the game around his choices of dialog and action. The characters are deep and enthralling, and the story content itself is very cool, but the thing that makes me want to play Mass Effect 2 over and over - what makes the game so uniquely engaging - is how dynamic it is: how involving and rewarding the player's role in the story feels, and the insane degree of flexibility written into what can happen in a relatively fixed and linear world. Sure it has its flaws: little things like graphics bugs (though these were rare), and frustrating flaws in cover mechanics, and class balance (mainly for Insanity difficulty), and, of course, the super-boring-not-interesting-or-innovative-at-all mining 'activity' (chore), but none of the game's downsides were great enough to take away from that epic and satisfying feeling you get once you're done. Expand
  15. JohnH.
    Apr 7, 2010
    10
    This game was an amazing game. It continues from the first game very well and keeps an interesting story throughout the game. Everything in this game was done brilliantly and always has enough to keep you interested. I hope that Bioware will be able to make Mass Effect 3 as awesome as this.
  16. AkiI
    Apr 7, 2010
    10
    I haven't played a game as satisfying as ME2 in years, on keeping all it's promises and surpassing all expectations. A true roleplaying game, with choices you've made following you to the end, instead of just the hollow leveling. Makers of Fina Fantasy should play this game to learn how to write good and believable characters and outcomes.
  17. TheJoker
    Apr 8, 2010
    8
    I played the ME1, and I consider ME2 to be a downgrade in some places. For example inventory is nearly non-existent, there are few weapons, even fewer armors (not counting dlc's). The dialogues are good I would there to say that they are even better than the last time. DLC's are very good. Overall its a good game, although a mark lower than the last one.
  18. IulianM.
    Jan 26, 2010
    8
    Two words: "Bloody Numidium". If you're an RPG fan, you know what that means. Also, if you're an RPG fan, Mass Effect 2 won't be up your alley. The game went trough heavy redesign, it's now an RPG-istic interpretation of Gears of War, but I won't go as far as call it an RPG. It's still fun, loads of laughs if you've played Anachronox, Daggerfall(or Two words: "Bloody Numidium". If you're an RPG fan, you know what that means. Also, if you're an RPG fan, Mass Effect 2 won't be up your alley. The game went trough heavy redesign, it's now an RPG-istic interpretation of Gears of War, but I won't go as far as call it an RPG. It's still fun, loads of laughs if you've played Anachronox, Daggerfall(or Morrowind), and believe me, the humour, self parody and irony in the game makes it worth while. Expand
  19. JohnW
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    Absolute masterpiece. Best game I have ever played - engaging story, characters and environments. Everything in this game feels so perfect - this is the best a game can possibly get.
  20. DanielChapman
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    This is without a doubt the Game Of The Year! I knew it would be fantastic/incredible/unbelievable before it launched and now all I can say is buy this game. You will not be sorry! Well?...what are you waiting for?
  21. GordonF.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    Words cannot describe the my awe-struck expression as I played. Brilliant, unbelievable, a masterpiece.
  22. MaxKJ
    Jan 29, 2010
    10
    This game is beyond perfect. I love RPG's and Bioware outdid themselves once again! This is, as said, more of a shooter than a hardcore RPG. That said, it doesn't remove any of the fun you've experienced in other RPG's. There is some slight design problems though, the game misses some hotkeys (standard for journal, squad etc). I don't get why people are This game is beyond perfect. I love RPG's and Bioware outdid themselves once again! This is, as said, more of a shooter than a hardcore RPG. That said, it doesn't remove any of the fun you've experienced in other RPG's. There is some slight design problems though, the game misses some hotkeys (standard for journal, squad etc). I don't get why people are complaining about switching weapons though. No, there is no direct hotkeys, but you can scroll, and you can also use tactical-pause to switch weapons like in the first game. Works perfect. I do however miss the equipment handling from the first game, having to decide what bullet/weapon/armor modifiers to use etc. Also, I don't get why they won't allow same gender romances, I want Miranda! ;) The thermal clips (ammo instead of overheat?) works fine, it's not nearly as disturbing as i thought it would be. In short, 10/10. The game is beautiful and well worth the Deluxe Edition money I paid for it. Those minor flaws I named doesn't come nearby anything that could reduce the score. Brilliant Game. Expand
  23. GabeT.
    Jan 29, 2010
    9
    -- Graphics -- Great. No anti-aliasing, but that's hardly a complaint. Beautiful environments as well. -- Story -- Very in-depth story development, but also has methods to skip though the lore if you don't want to hear it. Doing so hardly decreases your understanding of what's going on too. One of the few problems of ME2 however is that much of the story and your decisions -- Graphics -- Great. No anti-aliasing, but that's hardly a complaint. Beautiful environments as well. -- Story -- Very in-depth story development, but also has methods to skip though the lore if you don't want to hear it. Doing so hardly decreases your understanding of what's going on too. One of the few problems of ME2 however is that much of the story and your decisions you make are reliant on having played ME1. -- Combat -- Very engaging. Tactics become very useful and the tactical pause is a fun, quick and easy way to do that. Plus, the interface is easy enough so that orchestrating your team is not frustrating. Occasionally your team members will do stupid things like not get into cover, but that's rare, and even when they do, it's easy to still make things work. -- Upgrades/Gear -- Lots of upgrades for armor, weapons, powers and so on. Unfortunately the cost of many of them is pretty steep, forcing perfectionists to mine planets for resources. While mining resources in and of itself can be a fun little mini game, farming upgrade materials can get boring fast. -- Shortcomings -- There are very few problems with ME2 in my opinion. There are a few to note however. 1) You can get stuck in walls more often than one would hope; without a jump key, when this happens you have to load the latest save. 2) The game is a bit short in my opinion; has about 20 hours of game-play to complete the main storyline. There are countless star systems in the game, most of which contain nothing but mine-able planets. I'm pretty sure this is to allow ample room for DLC. -- Conclusion -- Great game. The few flaws it has are greatly overwhelmed by the countless positives. Expand
  24. Cygnus
    Jan 30, 2010
    9
    The only reason I have given this a 9 is because I found the game too short but overall a complete improvement from the first Mass Effect. Coming off of buying Modern Warfare 2 and seeing just how forsaken a PC gamer can be to developers i was skeptical to ME2. Bioware seems to be the only developer i trust now as a PC gamer to equally make both 360 and PC gamers satisfied in there The only reason I have given this a 9 is because I found the game too short but overall a complete improvement from the first Mass Effect. Coming off of buying Modern Warfare 2 and seeing just how forsaken a PC gamer can be to developers i was skeptical to ME2. Bioware seems to be the only developer i trust now as a PC gamer to equally make both 360 and PC gamers satisfied in there experience. 9/10 Expand
  25. MakiM
    Feb 1, 2010
    9
    This is at least as good as the original Mass Effect. A great deal of things has been improved, such as more unique missions (in the original game, uncharted planets usually had the same base setup with randomly generated environments which were hard to navigate). The inventory system has been simplified, and this is both good and bad. It's more consistent now and much easier to This is at least as good as the original Mass Effect. A great deal of things has been improved, such as more unique missions (in the original game, uncharted planets usually had the same base setup with randomly generated environments which were hard to navigate). The inventory system has been simplified, and this is both good and bad. It's more consistent now and much easier to manage, however, there is a lack of options as there are not many weapon selections in the game. Though this is minor compared to the greater state of things in this game, such as its magnificent storyline. The game length is longer, the team is more unique and every character is good in their own way, allowing for unique team combination. The visuals have also improved. The animations, sound/music, and art have been kept up to the high standard that we expect. The most noticeable feature is facial expressions. Now characters can realistically show anger or sadness (even tears can be seen on a weeping character). Cut-scenes are more cinematically epic, showing better viewing angles and shots. In the first Mass Effect, the experience felt great most in the beginning, then went down in the middle but went up again in the end. In Mass Effect 2, every single moment of the game feels epic, with the beginning and endings even better. I highly recommend this game. This is just the kind of game that is lacking in the gaming industry, which we need more of. Expand
  26. ChrisE
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    An utterly amazing experience. The incredible opening, the experience of meeting your first new crew member, the combat, the 'blade runner' esque settings. Almost a work of gaming art. It's such a shame there are idiots on here giving this game a zero score. Idiots. I mean, seriously. Really zero??
  27. WilliamR
    Feb 10, 2010
    10
    First off I don't like giving 10s to games because it makes me feel like a fanboy. But when I've spent the last two weeks playing this game, gone through the game 3 times, and still can't stop thinking about it, a ten is really all I can give it. I loved the first mass effect because it sucked you into it's universe, I read all the codex entries, talked to every NPC First off I don't like giving 10s to games because it makes me feel like a fanboy. But when I've spent the last two weeks playing this game, gone through the game 3 times, and still can't stop thinking about it, a ten is really all I can give it. I loved the first mass effect because it sucked you into it's universe, I read all the codex entries, talked to every NPC and even read all the planet bios in the galaxy map. Most importantly though is that you actually felt like you were Shepard, you shaped him in the hero you wanted him to be and because of that you actually cared for him. Your squad wasn't as well developed as I'd of liked but you still had that connection to character like Garrus and Wrex since they told you about themselves. Then comes Mass Effect 2 and it blows it's predecesor out of the water. The combat has been tightened with the cover system being more responsive, and teammates (and enemies) that are actually competent and each class has become more distinct with weapon restrictions and special abilities only they can use. They improved the musical score by leaps and bounds with orchestral music that you can't get out of your head. Since the only song worth noting in the original was theme in the ending cutscene that's impressive. But the thing that made Mass Effect 2 great was the story. The main story is decent but not mind blowing till you reach the climax (which will leave you breathless), but the stories of your squadmates are what make the game. They're all well made and do what the original tried to accomplish, make you care about your squad as much as your character. The fact that they can die in the final mission if you made a wrong choice or didn't flesh out their background makes you scared when you need to make a decision. When a character dies you actually feel distressed and guilty, the fact that Bioware assembled a cast full of people you don't just find interesting but actually like is a huge achievement. Don't even get me started on the voice acting, it's not the best voice acting I've ever heard but it's very, very close. The fact that it maintains that quality for almost the entire 31,000 lines of dialogue in the game is nothing short of astounding. Despite my high praise the game isn't for everybody, if you need to shoot something every couple seconds this probably isn't the game for you. But if you're like me and want to get pulled into an interesting and fully fleshed out role playing experience then the only reason you should not be playing this game is that you are currently finishing the first game. Expand
  28. NoelK
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    In all seriousness, this is the best, most amazing, and most epic game I've ever played and/or seen in my entire life. Even though it is only a game, it is better than any movie I've ever seen, any show I've ever watched, and any book I've ever read.
  29. Tac-2
    Feb 1, 2010
    8
    An ok game, but still not as good as the first one. I had no quarrels with the FPS/RPG mix or the gamplay in general, but where this game lacks is in coherent stroytelling. There are individual segments that are good (such as NPC loyalty quests), but they don't really knit together at any point, leaving a very fragmented experience. That said, despite those few good quests with the An ok game, but still not as good as the first one. I had no quarrels with the FPS/RPG mix or the gamplay in general, but where this game lacks is in coherent stroytelling. There are individual segments that are good (such as NPC loyalty quests), but they don't really knit together at any point, leaving a very fragmented experience. That said, despite those few good quests with the NPCs, the cast you can recruit this time left me slightly disappointed. Expand
  30. TruthSpeaker
    Feb 13, 2010
    10
    This is frankly one of the best game I have ever played on my PC. It is the best rpg-shooter, period. It improves upon its predecessor in every way. Weapons handling : Aiming is better. New weapons aka heavy weapons such as the Cain nuke launcher or missile launcher are great additions. No more stupid inventory handling (constantly checking weapon/gear stats, and selling the crappy ones This is frankly one of the best game I have ever played on my PC. It is the best rpg-shooter, period. It improves upon its predecessor in every way. Weapons handling : Aiming is better. New weapons aka heavy weapons such as the Cain nuke launcher or missile launcher are great additions. No more stupid inventory handling (constantly checking weapon/gear stats, and selling the crappy ones to the vendors or turning them to omnigel, very boring IMO). Tactics have been streamlined to just two commands (from the previous 4) : hold position using the 'Q' and 'E' keys, and regroup using the 'C' key, much much better. NPC conversations/dialogues are more vibrant and interesting (did they hire a better writer?), story was also more intriguing. No stupid Mako driving on the planet (which never made any sense anyway, not with the current technological level), just scan a planet while you're at orbit and send a probe if you find anything interesting. Brilliant! Bottom-line : where the previous game had a lot of hassles and redundancies, this game has none. Oh and the graphics have also improved, especially the textures which look much more crisp. Excellent game. Can't wait for the third installment. For those who have never played ME1 but would like to after playing ME2, a word of warning, you will be sorely dissapointed, like I said ME2 is a huge improvement upon its predecessor. Expand
  31. LordN
    Feb 14, 2010
    10
    Beautifull cinematic game that builds right through the game. It was refreshing to see a game that had a feeling for timing and heightened the tension at the right moments while questioning your ethical views of the detailed alien universe around you, endless possibilities, and endless fun. This is one of the few games I have ever finished without losing interest, there was only about 20 Beautifull cinematic game that builds right through the game. It was refreshing to see a game that had a feeling for timing and heightened the tension at the right moments while questioning your ethical views of the detailed alien universe around you, endless possibilities, and endless fun. This is one of the few games I have ever finished without losing interest, there was only about 20 minutes during this game where I became a bit bored with dealing with the crews problems. Recommended to anyone who enjoys Sci-Fi or RPGs, the shooter element is a backseat on tradition. Expand
  32. ME2pwns
    Feb 14, 2010
    10
    Good graphics? Check. +1 (improvement upon ME1) Good sfx and music? Check. +1 Good voice acting? Check. +1 Hassle free inventory management? Check. +1 Great & interesting dialogue options? Check. +1 Engrossing story? Check. +1 Hassle free planet scanning? Check. +1 Great controls and weapon handling? Check. +1 More intuitive and streamlined squad tactics? Check. +1 DRM-Free? Check. +1 Good graphics? Check. +1 (improvement upon ME1) Good sfx and music? Check. +1 Good voice acting? Check. +1 Hassle free inventory management? Check. +1 Great & interesting dialogue options? Check. +1 Engrossing story? Check. +1 Hassle free planet scanning? Check. +1 Great controls and weapon handling? Check. +1 More intuitive and streamlined squad tactics? Check. +1 DRM-Free? Check. +1 Interesting level design? Check. +1 (unlike ME1) Whoa wait a minute. That's alot of +1's. I count a rating of 11. Too bad metacritic's ceiling is a 10. Anyway this game is one of the best shooter-rpg's you will ever play - period. It's better than Borderlands and it is definitely better than that overrated garbage Fallout 3. Get it now! Expand
  33. EssayanF.
    Feb 1, 2010
    8
    All i can say, is that i'm impressed. I feared a feeling of "dejà vu", but mass effect 2 is much more than a simple sequel. The many good points i noticed : Just after the public release, this game looks far more polished than the first one was in its last version. There are a lot more fighting, but it is really exciting to go threw them. They're more dynamic than in ME1. All i can say, is that i'm impressed. I feared a feeling of "dejà vu", but mass effect 2 is much more than a simple sequel. The many good points i noticed : Just after the public release, this game looks far more polished than the first one was in its last version. There are a lot more fighting, but it is really exciting to go threw them. They're more dynamic than in ME1. You can't save the game anytime you want. You'll have to go threw an entire fight to be able to save. ( And when you're playing in insanity difficulty, it is really making a difference... ) Scanning sequences to get resources are a bit boring, but it's nothing compared to the exploration with the MAKO ... I can't say how gratefull i am about the idea of not driving this thing again... Bye bye, infamous inventory system, now you only carry the necessary and don't have to turn 500 old pieces of equipement into omnigel... ( i exagerate a bit ) You're no longer restrained to the current appearence of your armor, each part can be replaced with another (if you found some), and you can customize the colour. If you regret some choices you've done about the attribution of your ability points, you will be able to reset them and choose again. That's a lot of improvements... And there are more and more. It has been well thinked. Some people will say that the RPG aspect was minimized to let the action take a major place. It isn't true. What is true, is that there are certainly a lot more combat, but there are also many quests and subquests. Moreover, the dialogs remain rich and are implementing new features such as the "instant actions".(you'll need to play to see it) ME1 lacked the diversity that ME2 is offering and wasn't more an RPG than its sequel. It was just more boring and repetitive. So don't worry, the RPG side is still there, and proud to claim it. Importing a character from ME1 really got some interest. And i'm not talking about bonuses you get by doing so. Many details about what you've done in ME1 will be used in ME2, and will affect the story. I really appreciated that. Graphicaly, this game is a nice looking one and you won't need the last GPU to run it with decent settings. The audio is better than in ME1, and i'm talking about the weapons, the environmental sounds, the music... The voice acting is as good as in the first. The level design ? I read that someone said it was pathetic. Hell no... The areas are full of details, and the design is far more better than in ME1. You won't visit 10 times the same place in 10 different planets as you did in ME1. The bad aspects, because there is no perfect game : - You can't crouch anymore in ME2 while NPC are able to do it... Why ????... it doesn't make any sense to me... Every game with action sequence are allowing the character to crouch... How frustrating... - There are still some bugs that are quite annoying..like : My character got stucked many times in some area and in the middle of a fight... Some bugs with voices in the dialogs... - The hiding system during fighting sequence and the control of the character could be better... It looks like bioware won't get a headache when importing stuff from console. It's a great game, really. But it's tainted by some stuff like that.... A shame really... Let's hope they do something. Expand
  34. LukasA
    Feb 1, 2010
    9
    I have never played a game better then this, epic storyline, despite some graphic issues, and a few bugs, its just a perfect game in almost any way, well thought through, and an awesome conversation system, like the last one. Giving it a 9 because of those bugs. Haven't completed half the game yet, but of course im not sure, but so far, its epic.
  35. DookS
    Feb 16, 2010
    10
    Biowares second foray into the Mass Effect universe is a brilliant Sci-Fi RPG that fixes everything about Mass Effect 1 and attempts to finally pull computer RPG's (kicking and screaming) away from the pen and paper roots that have held them back over recent years. Bioware casts aside the usual character development conventions of yesteryear and daringly challenges the player to Biowares second foray into the Mass Effect universe is a brilliant Sci-Fi RPG that fixes everything about Mass Effect 1 and attempts to finally pull computer RPG's (kicking and screaming) away from the pen and paper roots that have held them back over recent years. Bioware casts aside the usual character development conventions of yesteryear and daringly challenges the player to define their characters not by loot and stats but by actions and interactions with npc's and the game world itself. Of course change is usually met with apprehension and sometimes open hostility. The stat and random number generator crowd decry ME2 as not a real RPG, but i would say it may be the first true computer RPG, where your character is truly defined by his actions and not some color coded piece of loot that requires 20 strength to use. Kudos to Bioware for bravely challenging convention and bringing crpg's into the modern era. Expand
  36. StevenH
    Feb 20, 2010
    9
    GOOD STUFF: added locational damage in battles, made enemy fire more dangerous, gave more customization within skills, more (compelling) dialogue, added conversation interrupts, added new special class abilities, added a great amount of graphical detail, game has less running and more doing than the first, as well as being longer, it is no longer necessary to spend 5 hours driving to pick GOOD STUFF: added locational damage in battles, made enemy fire more dangerous, gave more customization within skills, more (compelling) dialogue, added conversation interrupts, added new special class abilities, added a great amount of graphical detail, game has less running and more doing than the first, as well as being longer, it is no longer necessary to spend 5 hours driving to pick up collection quests for negligible experience, more romance options, more fully realized Mass Effect universe, visible blood when you shoot enemies, more choices that seem to matter (though they are still thin), can sprint whenever you want, made weapons more diverse in function, no more omni-gelling inventory items every time you open the menu, the game only requires a DVD check now rather than installing DRM or requiring Steam (at last), and more consistent quality throughout the game rather than highly cinematic sequences followed by 20 minutes of bouncing around on an empty planet. BAD STUFF: scanning is terribly boring, armor options are too simplified although they still work, face customization is still weak, and now you can't even add scars, many of the characters are aggressive and vulgar just for the sake of seeming adult but instead come off like 7 year olds learning new words, consistent collision bugs where you get stuck on waist-high objects or levitate into the air, biotics are basically useless unless they are reave or the enemy has no armor (basically, on low difficulties), they hired a bunch of famous voice actors for no reason other than to throw money around, all powers now have universal cool down, meaning if you change ammo then you must catch your breath before using another ability for some reason, storm speed has slowed down tremendously, the retcon of the ammo system makes no sense, the retcon of the kinetic barrier system makes no sense, the minigames for unlocking get old fast and you can no longer omni-gel them, there are no vehicles whatsoever, the "mission complete" screens smack of Doom, teammate AI is as stupid as ever, running headlong into fire, insanity is unreasonably hard at the beginning of a New Game+ with a level 30 character (it gets easier), it's much easier to reach the level cap in this game (can probably be done in 10 hours, seriously), it is excessively difficult on a new game to get enough credits to fully upgrade - apparently Cerberus has enough money to resurrect someone and pay them for menial tasks like rescuing quarians but not enough to buy a handful of weapon modifications, being a fully renegade character is still completely unreasonable as you can fare better by being a crazy naive paragon idiot (like in all Bioware games), and persuasion is now based on your paragon/renegade scores rather than your actual ability. Personally I find the game better than the first, although slightly. You can decide for yourself. Expand
  37. SteveM.
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    Quite possibly one of the greatest games of modern times. We are seeing the future of gaming with ME2, in depth decision making in the progression of th game. Far more developed than the game-play in ME1, which was good, but this is just better in everyway. Graphics are incredibly eye-pleasing and cinematics suggest this is one of those few games that deserves to be put up on the big Quite possibly one of the greatest games of modern times. We are seeing the future of gaming with ME2, in depth decision making in the progression of th game. Far more developed than the game-play in ME1, which was good, but this is just better in everyway. Graphics are incredibly eye-pleasing and cinematics suggest this is one of those few games that deserves to be put up on the big screen, something which is already being discussed. I look forward the the 3 and final installment of the series and hope they improve on this yet again. Expand
  38. TorV
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    tl:dr, extremely amazing game with a few very minor issues that don't subtract at all from the expereince. 98/100 I approached this title with slight fear. Usually when you have too high expectations to something, you're disappointed. Fortunately, this isn't the case here, Mass Effect 2 took my pretty unreasonable expectations, and exceeded them. This game is one of the tl:dr, extremely amazing game with a few very minor issues that don't subtract at all from the expereince. 98/100 I approached this title with slight fear. Usually when you have too high expectations to something, you're disappointed. Fortunately, this isn't the case here, Mass Effect 2 took my pretty unreasonable expectations, and exceeded them. This game is one of the best games I have ever played. Bioware has done a lot to make this game better than the previous, in fact I can't disagree with a single change they've made to the game. The graphics are better than ever, crisp and clear, though it's still a shame that the engine doesn't support high anti-aliasing. That's a very minor drawback, however, as the graphics truly are the best I've seen in a game since Crysis. The sluggish combat from the first game has been totally eradicated, replaced with a much more fast and streamlined version. The clunky inventory and upgrade system has been abolished too, replaced with an overall better system with no inventory at all, though a few more weapons to pick from would have been nice. The resource gathering for upgrades part has been deepened a bit, now you scan planets for materials with your cursor. It's actually a really cozy mini-game, but it can quickly get lengthy. Interestingly, you can play the entire game without even encountering the resource mini-game (my first playthrough) and still get through to the other side, albeit a bit battered. The two other hacking mini-games are really fun and quick to play, so no issues at all there. Storywise the game is excellent. I won't spoil anything, but The Illusive Man is a highly interesting piece of work, and your cooperation with the notorious organization Cerberus presents a few intriguing moral dilemmas. Speaking of moral dilemmas, this game is riddled with them all over. It's really a very gray game, and there is never a "right" choice. Overall however, the characters, your crew, are the focus of this game. They're developed brilliantly and all of them have a certain depth to them, some more than other, though. You really grow to like them, which you truly find out during the final mission. Some of their personal missions have a few real tear-jerker moments too. Normally they'd seem a bit fake at best, but the writing is so well done and the voiceacting so amazing that it's really believable, which is really rare in a game. It would really be a shame for Bioware to throw the surviving crew away for replacements in the final installment of the series. Of course, some things must be bad about this game. Other than what you may have extrapolated from the wall of text above, there are a few slight graphical issues with tearing around the eyes and the mouth corners at a few points during the game. Gameplay-wise I have nothing derogatory to add. Mass Effect 2 is all the way through a polished and exhilarating experience. I've seen complaints that it's not a true rpg, but to say that you have to ask yourself, what is an RPG game? Let me clarify that RPG tag that gets thrown around so much nowadays. Role Playing Game. It's all about immersiveness and choices. For example, Half Life 2 is almost a role-playing game. You just need choices and dialogue and you're there. Some people however seem to be so far stuck up their own a**holes that they think the definition of an RPG is "DnD ruleset". Wake up, and listen to the word you're saying. For extra clarification, I will say it one more time. RPG = Role Playing Game Is Mass Effect 2 this? Hell yeah. Be sure to buy this wonder while you can. It's a gaming experience that rarely comes around. Expand
  39. TibsC
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    Mass effect introduces a new generation of RPG finally free from all the constraints of D&D from the eighties! No stats, no inventory but a awesome universe in wich YOU are the hero. All you actions have real consequences, THIS is role playing. The characters, the story, but above all, the universe are incredibly well written. With also a very good realization ME2 is one the most Mass effect introduces a new generation of RPG finally free from all the constraints of D&D from the eighties! No stats, no inventory but a awesome universe in wich YOU are the hero. All you actions have real consequences, THIS is role playing. The characters, the story, but above all, the universe are incredibly well written. With also a very good realization ME2 is one the most fascinating games ever created. I go back among the stars :) ... Thx Bioware! Expand
  40. Michaelj
    Feb 3, 2010
    9
    Great game. just misses a 10 in my book. the minigames are fine, something like that will never be super excting to me. they found another extreme direction to take the inventory system in. I like it because you don't have to worry about the 150 item cap, but it leaves you feeling let down that there is only two of any type of gun(one of which is clearly better than the other). the Great game. just misses a 10 in my book. the minigames are fine, something like that will never be super excting to me. they found another extreme direction to take the inventory system in. I like it because you don't have to worry about the 150 item cap, but it leaves you feeling let down that there is only two of any type of gun(one of which is clearly better than the other). the armor customization is spot on though, too bad it was only on shepherd.. the story: the game is really about building your team, it's rewarding but the collectors story line is relativly short. I pray to god that this is the team you go into ME3 with because it felt like all I did was recruit and then the game ended. Please Bioware, don't make me do it again. Everything else about this game is a 10. Combat is more refined, sound and voice acting is great, the side missions were just as good. It does make you want ME3 to come out tomorrow. Expand
  41. BrandonJ
    Feb 4, 2010
    10
    Possibly my favorite game of all time now (beating out the original Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy VI, and maybe, just maybe, Morrowind). At first I approached the game cautiously. It seemed like the systems had been stripped down too much. It turned out I was wrong. By the time I was over halfway through the game (about 13 hours or so in), I had as many (or more) combat skills to worry Possibly my favorite game of all time now (beating out the original Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy VI, and maybe, just maybe, Morrowind). At first I approached the game cautiously. It seemed like the systems had been stripped down too much. It turned out I was wrong. By the time I was over halfway through the game (about 13 hours or so in), I had as many (or more) combat skills to worry about as in the first game. My adept was flinging biotics left and write while using the sniper rifle to take out foes at range, a rocket launcher to take down mechs, and a sub-machine gun for anything that got close. The only thing I was really missing was the wide range of armor for the first game, but that provided the bonus of losing the cluttered inventory system of the first game. I know some people dog the mini-games, but the only one that became tedious toward the end of the game was the scanning/probe launching to harvest materials. My only complaint about the other two is that they probably give you too much time to solve them. The story itself was great. As anyone who reads a lot knows, there's nothing new under the sun. All stories are based on certain universal themes and that's the case here, as well. But no other game's story lets you make choices like the ones in ME2 without cushioning the impact. If you choose to leave innocents to die a horrible death, you'll hear their screams. But spending that time saving them could have other effects you might not be willing to accept. Of course, all of your decisions come down to the suicide run at the end of the game where no member of your team is guaranteed to make it out alive. Having played through this using a save from ME1, I can also safely say that many of your decisions in this game will also affect what happens in ME3. I actually had an ally that I made in ME1 contact my character to say they'd be there when the final conflict occurs (presumably in ME3). I can only imagine how the varied choices in ME2 could impact ME3 (instigating a war? putting dangerous technology in the wrong hands?). Finally we have a game that begins to show the promise of truly interactive storytelling. Expand
  42. GordonF
    Feb 7, 2010
    10
    I gave Mass Effect 2 10 points for a reason. The first piece of the series was very good as well but it also had many-many flaws. (boring fights, space buggy, and e.g. infiltrator class was merely useless as sniper.) But it seems that Bioware learned from these mistakes, they've listened to reviews and polished the flaws into a perfect gem. Before I played I've heard that the RP I gave Mass Effect 2 10 points for a reason. The first piece of the series was very good as well but it also had many-many flaws. (boring fights, space buggy, and e.g. infiltrator class was merely useless as sniper.) But it seems that Bioware learned from these mistakes, they've listened to reviews and polished the flaws into a perfect gem. Before I played I've heard that the RP part of the game is really dull. It is not. I am a great western RPG fan and I found ME2 a wonderful RPG. Why? You have a good reason for both being a Paragon or a Renegade. In many other RPGs evil characters are just slimy bastards, skinning a sad puppy alive just because for one reason: they are eeeeevul. Veeeeery eeeevul. In ME2 you are not purely evil (if that is your choice) but you are a ruthless killing machine with only one goal: complete the mission at any costs. If Dirty Harry was evil, then yes, Renegade is evil. Some might say that there are way too many cutscenes. But you also have to recognize that today games are not like as they used to be. ME2 is a complex masterpiece of an action RPG and a exciting space action movie with a very wellbuilt universe. (I am not a big fan of sci-fi but this world got me.) The best improve was mining tho. It is still better to scan a planet with a mouse than navigating a vehicle that acts like a one-legged blind dog that has rabies. And in ME2 you can actually make use of the minerals. I enjoyed gathering them for the upgrades. So I could craft my very own variety of heavy weapons. The only reason why I WOULD give it a 9, are the DLCs. I hate greedy companies and Bioware became one. It's okay to have more missions for money. But better gear for money... that is lame. And the additional hencheman "quest" is also very lame and pointless. But since I am talking about the game called Mass Effect 2 and not the DLCs, I give it a 10. I am looking forward for part 3. p.s. Okay, the terminator endboss was gay, but we all like huge robots. Expand
  43. MikeP
    Feb 8, 2010
    9
    45 hours of the best that video games has to offer; only a few flaws. I found that some of the pathing for my crew mates in certain missions(non-crucial ones) was a little wonky; and secondly, why can't I save my game more towards the end?!?! So needlessly frustrating! I think they know people will keep doing it over until they get it "right". I liked the customization system, but if 45 hours of the best that video games has to offer; only a few flaws. I found that some of the pathing for my crew mates in certain missions(non-crucial ones) was a little wonky; and secondly, why can't I save my game more towards the end?!?! So needlessly frustrating! I think they know people will keep doing it over until they get it "right". I liked the customization system, but if they had merged it with the inventory system from the first game I would have been ecstatic. I have to agree that the ending missions(no matter how many times I had to play through it to get it "right") and the ending is the best I've seen, ever. At least so far in a video game. Oddly (or rightfully) enough Dragon Age: Origins is right underneath it. Expand
  44. AnonYmous
    Feb 9, 2010
    10
    Great work from Bioware, once again. It's fun, challenging (on insanity), and makes you wish there was more. While it's not innovative in the least, could use a graphical tune up (at least from a PC user's perspective), and doesn't really move Mass Effect's story very far along, it's a great RPG/FPS shooter that is worth full price, you'll get at least 2 Great work from Bioware, once again. It's fun, challenging (on insanity), and makes you wish there was more. While it's not innovative in the least, could use a graphical tune up (at least from a PC user's perspective), and doesn't really move Mass Effect's story very far along, it's a great RPG/FPS shooter that is worth full price, you'll get at least 2 plays out of this (for about 50-60~ hours total), if not more. Expand
  45. MarkoT
    Mar 1, 2010
    8
    Would have rated it 8.5 if the site was able to handle it. Main thing that brings it down a notch are the many problems I had with the PC version of the game. It felt like a complete and lazy console port in the UI and control, I barely felt any mouse/keyboard support and I couldn't plug in a gamepad too because the game won't let you (officially) play it with such. The cover Would have rated it 8.5 if the site was able to handle it. Main thing that brings it down a notch are the many problems I had with the PC version of the game. It felt like a complete and lazy console port in the UI and control, I barely felt any mouse/keyboard support and I couldn't plug in a gamepad too because the game won't let you (officially) play it with such. The cover mechanic needs a lot of improvement, I can't count the number of times I died because of it or maybe just because cover/use/sprint were mapped to one button and the game couldn't tell what I wanted to do. Another issue I had was the characters. While many and interesting, they weren't as deep and fleshed out as those in the first game. I barely cared for any of them while I was deeply invested in those of the first game. Just as a reference, I gave Mass Effect a 9. Expand
  46. IanS.
    Mar 5, 2010
    10
    Very well made, engrossing game that will easily eat up hundreds of hours of your life because of its incredible re-playability if you let it. The quality and presentation of the story is top of the line, and the game play is smooth and action-packed. If you are looking for a more traditional RPG where a large portion of your game time is spent sifting through piles of loot and armor Very well made, engrossing game that will easily eat up hundreds of hours of your life because of its incredible re-playability if you let it. The quality and presentation of the story is top of the line, and the game play is smooth and action-packed. If you are looking for a more traditional RPG where a large portion of your game time is spent sifting through piles of loot and armor looking to mini-max all your characters, then this game is not for you, because it is an ACTION RPG, with heavy emphasis on the action in this case. (Just like all bioware games, I might add). The game plays well, and is very challenging and requires a tactical approach if you are willing to play it on the highest difficulty settings. Also, why does Metacritic count the ratings of people who haven't even played the game all the way through? This game deserves a user score higher than 8.8. Expand
  47. MonteA
    Mar 9, 2010
    9
    I would rate a 9.5, but i cant. The reason i didnt give it a 10, is because, as good as it is, it does have some downsides. .::Bad things::. -it still has slight glitches with maps, audio, and some scenes. -RPG elements are stripped down -*sigh* Planet mining. The only real downfall of the game. .::Good Things::. -MUCH better shooting system -Epic storyline -Great graphics. -Diverse I would rate a 9.5, but i cant. The reason i didnt give it a 10, is because, as good as it is, it does have some downsides. .::Bad things::. -it still has slight glitches with maps, audio, and some scenes. -RPG elements are stripped down -*sigh* Planet mining. The only real downfall of the game. .::Good Things::. -MUCH better shooting system -Epic storyline -Great graphics. -Diverse Characters. -Great gameplay. -Leveling system is better. I hope for Mass Effect 3, they will put some of the RPG elements back in. And i hope after ME3, they will create something like GTA in Space theme. That would kick ass. Expand
  48. TomP
    Apr 15, 2010
    10
    The best game ive ever played, amazing story, fantastic graphics, fasinating characters and locations, truly epic score, fast and intense combat, i could go on and on what makes this game great. The only dissapointment for me was the removel of the RPG elements from the first game, Inventory managment, not nearly as much skills in the first game, four upgrades per body region ( head, The best game ive ever played, amazing story, fantastic graphics, fasinating characters and locations, truly epic score, fast and intense combat, i could go on and on what makes this game great. The only dissapointment for me was the removel of the RPG elements from the first game, Inventory managment, not nearly as much skills in the first game, four upgrades per body region ( head, torso, legs, arms, shoulders, ) i expected tons and tons of loot like the first game but we cant have everything, only 3 guns (aside from heavy weapons which has five) per weapon class. but these things can be overlooked easily. Expand
  49. shaun
    Apr 4, 2010
    8
    Relatively good game. Voice acting was thought thoroughly and did not feel cheap all the time, yes like usual theres an occasional cheap cut scene. Graphics are pretty good keeps up with modern day almost always more to improve. Music was my favorite part helped out with making the moments in cut scenes. Camera work was interesting helped define each character in their own way. Game play Relatively good game. Voice acting was thought thoroughly and did not feel cheap all the time, yes like usual theres an occasional cheap cut scene. Graphics are pretty good keeps up with modern day almost always more to improve. Music was my favorite part helped out with making the moments in cut scenes. Camera work was interesting helped define each character in their own way. Game play was all right could add some more features. Great RPG but compared to the PS one days where world maps were huge, although you do get to explore more than DA:O offered. Would suggest going to your local retail store and see if the price of it went down there. Steam offers it for 50 got mine from Gamestop for 40. Expand
  50. YongWenC.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    An excellent game with good storyline, characters and combat mechanics. Minor glitches and flaws with user interface but still generally does not affect gameplay.
  51. MarkS.
    Jan 26, 2010
    8
    I would have rated this game 8.5 if I had the opportunity. This is a fantastic game. The graphics are awesome the story is above average and you really feel truly involved in the story line. The shooting is really tight and feels really polished. This game is excellent and a great sequel to the first one. I do have a few complaints however, I have finished the game and the ending I would have rated this game 8.5 if I had the opportunity. This is a fantastic game. The graphics are awesome the story is above average and you really feel truly involved in the story line. The shooting is really tight and feels really polished. This game is excellent and a great sequel to the first one. I do have a few complaints however, I have finished the game and the ending wasn't really satisfying. This game lacks a lot of long missions. There are a lot of short ones. Not enough grinding. Also the game is really easy on the normal setting. That is strange because Dragon Age is very difficult for me on normal. Don't get me wrong an excellent game, but not quite 'epic' enough for me to give it near perfect. Also I got stuck in the wall 4 or 5 times and had some audio loss. Those are small technical problems though. Expand
  52. MichalH.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    Simply the best action RPG, and one of the best games released in this decade. Game lets you control an undestructible marine Shepard and puts you into heat of battle better than ever before!
  53. MajorA.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    Wondering if some of these critics actually play the game or just bash to help their commitments to other upcomming developments. This game is the top of its kind, and there are no bugs worth giving this less than a 96 in metascore or a 10 user only rating for gameplay. META remove critics paid or giving this game anything below a 90, they have not touched the game to rate so low. Wondering if some of these critics actually play the game or just bash to help their commitments to other upcomming developments. This game is the top of its kind, and there are no bugs worth giving this less than a 96 in metascore or a 10 user only rating for gameplay. META remove critics paid or giving this game anything below a 90, they have not touched the game to rate so low. Reputable critics not less than 98, so go figure. Expand
  54. samS.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    This game is brilliant, even if you choose to look past the amazing graphics, the revamped gameplay and the voice acting there is still the numerous amount of side quests and subplots to get drown into. This is a testament to the amount of depth to be experienced even after completing it. This game is a must for sci fi and 3rd person shooter fans alike .
  55. JackS.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    Fantastic. If you are a fan of the first mass effect, the controls definitely take some getting used to, but once you're used to them, the game as a whole is phenomenal. Great graphics, story, and gameplay, not to mention the sound track.
  56. ChrisB.
    Jan 27, 2010
    9
    This game is simply stunning, heart pounding epic game. I cant put it down and i have finals. EVerything from combat to atmosphere is perfect. Only thing they could have improved on is more armor and weapons otherwise... its insanely good
  57. GuanEro
    Jan 28, 2010
    9
    This game is not perfect, yet I'm rating it a 9 because I'm comparing it to other Single player RPGS out there. A 9.4 in my personal Opinion. I'll make a short description about separated assets I could think of an rate them each individually. Graphics - 9: The game contains Superb graphics ME1 had problems with some textures and details. It has been fixed and optimized This game is not perfect, yet I'm rating it a 9 because I'm comparing it to other Single player RPGS out there. A 9.4 in my personal Opinion. I'll make a short description about separated assets I could think of an rate them each individually. Graphics - 9: The game contains Superb graphics ME1 had problems with some textures and details. It has been fixed and optimized here, everything is eye candy in ME2. Sound - 10: Original sounds and superb quality give a merging gameplay experience. Music - 10: Music is amazing, creative, modern, original, it is well placed according to the enviroment, it's a major success. Cinematics - 10 and dialogs -8 : Cinematics are top quality, but when it comes to dialog it can be predictive and repetitive at times, when two people speak at the same time the second dialog overcomes the first, this happens when moving, mostly. Story - 9: Yes the story is the typical "save the galaxy" story, they tried to make it darker but they fail at times, they did add some harder desitions to take. What's good about the storyline is yes, that you play it, and how it starts developing while you're playing, depending on your choices and achievements. Characters - 8: There are some intriguing characters, but there are also unoriginal ones, I don't want to spoil any details here, characters are just not for all the tastes, but there are ways to go over the characters you don't like, one wishes that with all the split personalities they'd at least fight differently in combat but a biotic is a biotic and a soldier is a soldier. Gameplay - 7: We come to the downside of the game, gameplay is repetitive and boring, but very much improved from the first ME, shooting body parts count, you make more damage if you shoot to the head or slow down enemies when you shoot their legs, you also use a magazine system instead of the overheating one in ME1, effects are better and weapon - armour management is slightly different. The bad thing is action remains the same in poorly designed FIGHTING environments. This said Mass Effect 2 is a superb game I'd definitely advice you to get if you have the oportunity, and if you like cinematic experiences, the gameplay is a bit sloppy, but the feeling of progressing through a story and being part of it makes it up for it, at least if you love RPGs. It's an adventure. Expand
  58. JustinW.
    Jan 28, 2010
    9
    If you liked the first Mass Effect then... well I don't h ave to tell you anything, bc you've already purchased this game. If you've never played the original and you want to know if you can pick up ME2 and still enjoy it; I will say yes you will. Sure there is a lot of back story and you are definitely picking up in the middle of a trilogy, but I think they adequately If you liked the first Mass Effect then... well I don't h ave to tell you anything, bc you've already purchased this game. If you've never played the original and you want to know if you can pick up ME2 and still enjoy it; I will say yes you will. Sure there is a lot of back story and you are definitely picking up in the middle of a trilogy, but I think they adequately explain key elements if you just take the time to ask during dialog. My only grief is the new planet scanning mini game. For upgrades to your equipment you have to gain materials. Those materials are acquired through a tedious process of running your mouse over entire planets and launching a limited number of probes at spots that have high concentrations of materials. This is a slow, tedious, and has you running across the galaxy constantly for more probes. But that is only a minor gripe. Get this game or you will regret it! Expand
  59. ScottE.
    Jan 29, 2010
    9
    Amazing game but the game is very short i beat all content in about 19 hours was very disappointed in the length but besides that i enjoyed it a lot.
  60. LarryF
    Jan 29, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 1 is now the 2nd best game ever. No game managed to connect with my emotions like ME1 and now ME2 did. It's not about graphics, gameplay, stats or other technical aspects. It's about emotion, it's about experience. I don't care if it's an RPG, an action game, a chicken or whatever. It's just a masterpiece.
  61. TrentS
    Jan 29, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 2 did not disappoint. In my opinion it is better than the first game. The controls seem easier to me, and I like the fact that there is a lot more action and less dragged out dialogue. Also i feel there are some truly memorable moments that really bring you into the story. Over all I give this a 10.
  62. HowieG
    Jan 29, 2010
    9
    Not bad at all. Unfortunately there are many things missing in Mass Effect 2 that were already present in Mass Effect 1 that I find myself wishing for. Especially in the fight sequences. ME2 has a clunky feel kinda like trying to play a FPS console game. The story is great and most of the voice acting is top notch though so at the end of the day I felt like I had read a great book. If you Not bad at all. Unfortunately there are many things missing in Mass Effect 2 that were already present in Mass Effect 1 that I find myself wishing for. Especially in the fight sequences. ME2 has a clunky feel kinda like trying to play a FPS console game. The story is great and most of the voice acting is top notch though so at the end of the day I felt like I had read a great book. If you can look past the wanna-be console style action you'll find it's a good game with a great story that is presented very well. I really liked it. Expand
  63. LiamH.
    Jan 29, 2010
    10
    I'll tell you this one thing: this game beats the crap out of the first one.
  64. DanielH.
    Jan 31, 2010
    9
    This game is overall very good, it has an intriguing storyline, a wonderful atmosphere and deep, interesting characters. I found that many of the loyalty mission had an emotional connection, especially Tali'Zorah's, and for players to feel an emotional bond, a deep relationship to a game character is an achievement not easily earned by the game developers. The only thing I found This game is overall very good, it has an intriguing storyline, a wonderful atmosphere and deep, interesting characters. I found that many of the loyalty mission had an emotional connection, especially Tali'Zorah's, and for players to feel an emotional bond, a deep relationship to a game character is an achievement not easily earned by the game developers. The only thing I found a bit disappointing was the few choices for same-sex romances. I personally had wanted for a long time to pursue a romance with Tali with my female Shepard, but I found myself required to start over with a male Shepard in order to make that happen. Expand
  65. RickJ.
    Jan 31, 2010
    8
    All in all this is an impressive game which almost belongs to the best of its genre - well, almost. The story is fine but even according to genre rules less convincing than the story of mass effect 1. The difference between the rich story and its many aspects one the one hand and the repetitive game play on the other hand is a bit disappointing. Basically you have a shooter with some rpg All in all this is an impressive game which almost belongs to the best of its genre - well, almost. The story is fine but even according to genre rules less convincing than the story of mass effect 1. The difference between the rich story and its many aspects one the one hand and the repetitive game play on the other hand is a bit disappointing. Basically you have a shooter with some rpg elements added and some minigames thrown in. The shooter can't hold up to the top shooters of the last years, because most of them have developed a good rhythm adding complexity and variety to the basic setup. The rpg elements (ways to improve the character, access to better weapons, new ways to fight) have been dumbed down in comparison to mass effect 1 which wasn't so complex to begin with. The mini games to hack something are as usual nice in the beginning and getting boring really fast. The minigame around the scanning of the planets makes doing your taxes look like fun and aims straight for the worst mini game ever. The way the story is told is very old fashioned: cut scenes, conversations and some sound messages. On the good side: it makes it easy to make a good movie out of this game. On the bad side: if you cut out the interactive parts of the game you don't lose a lot of the story. The moral decisions you have to make are the one exception here. Well, no need to hold this against Bioware: a good integration of story telling and game play is the holy grail of the industry. No one yet has found a convincing way to combine the demands of story telling, first of all the need to control the rhythm of events, with the demands of game play, first of all to allow the players to decide themselves. And as in Dragon Age: Origin it works, you are emotionally involved beyond the adrenaline kick of the shooter sequence. The characters belong to the best we have seen in games which is due to the cinematic rendering of the cut scenes, the (mostly) excellent voice acting, and the depth added by the loyality quests which often center around core elements of their life stories. The conversations with them on board of the ship Normandy add more facets and make them round. It is a bit of a pity that most of the more interesting characters, for example Jack, Grunt or Zaeed are mentally - or in the case of Grunt: racially - disturbed killers without a lot of room for subtlety in their psychological profile. But even without someone like Ashley, the all American girl with her racist tendencies from the first part (I killed her, so I didn't see her in ME 2), there are some intriguing characters like Mordin, the scientist and 'mass murder'. The mysterious illusive man, always smoking, makes a good impression when you meet him first, and looks stereotypical and silly when you meet him later on. Characters play such a big role because the story arc is rather thin this time and in this aspect you do feel that you are in the middle section of a larger story, because you mainly build up your team. Game graphics have improved in comparison to ME 1 - which doesn't mean a lot - but still can't be compared to the excellent visuals often to be found nowadays (think Call of Duty 4 or Crysis). A notably exception is the rendering of faces, especially in cut scenes. The design and architecture of the worlds provide your standard variety, nothing more nothing less: from the run down post war world of Grunt to the high tech merchant world of Illion. I never had the impression that it intensifies my insight into the characters and the chain of events like it did for example in Bioshock. The fighting sceneries mainly consist of long corridors with lots of cover and are often as boring as it sounds. So without doubt this is a good game and in its better moments even a very good one. Coming from a pc gaming background the affinity to console game play, especially the clumsiness of the controls and the cloddish interface geared towards console players, is less than attractive but probably something we have to live with in future. It is a worthy successor to the much acclaimed Mass Effect 1 and improving on it in some aspects, especially the graphics, but the reduction of the role playing elements and the general tendency to win a mass market by cutting off anything which could pose a challenge is not always convincing. Catering for a mass market is fine but why then use the old fashioned grammar of games. Now you have an uneasy mixture like the boss fight at the end but pointing out in large letters where the weakness of the boss is. Bioware is not known for innovation but for good games - mass effect 2 confirms that. Expand
  66. SeanH.
    Jan 30, 2010
    8
    First impressions as perhaps the most impressive and immersive game for single-player-philes like me to come out in years. The fight sequences and friendly A.i are much improved, however there were some things missing. For example, like being able to travel with more free form around the citadel, and 3 hrs into the game and I still haven't been able to drive anything! All in all, First impressions as perhaps the most impressive and immersive game for single-player-philes like me to come out in years. The fight sequences and friendly A.i are much improved, however there were some things missing. For example, like being able to travel with more free form around the citadel, and 3 hrs into the game and I still haven't been able to drive anything! All in all, I'm looking forward to finishing this game. It might not be better then ME1, but its sure as hell better than anything else out there for singleplayers Expand
  67. JohnN
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    The story really draws u in, the characters are awesome, Shepard is kick***, the missions are fun, graphics are great, cinematics are very well-done, new cerberus network for downloadable content is another plus, bringing the saved game from ME 1 is a great idea that blended fantastic into ME2's storyline, battles are much smoother, classes are streamlined(which is a good thing) and The story really draws u in, the characters are awesome, Shepard is kick***, the missions are fun, graphics are great, cinematics are very well-done, new cerberus network for downloadable content is another plus, bringing the saved game from ME 1 is a great idea that blended fantastic into ME2's storyline, battles are much smoother, classes are streamlined(which is a good thing) and easier to manage. I can not wait to see what bioware does for ME3! Expand
  68. PeteN
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    The more I play the game, the better I feel the game is. Can't stop thinking about playing it when I'm at work. I wish there are more weapons and armor in the game but that is a minor complaint.
  69. EidicM
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    Initially, I was surprised at the lack of rpg elements from this game (after playing Fallout 3 for a while,) however this game in a whole other genre. Mass Effect 2 falls into a new breed of games descending from the action and rpg genre, named the action-rpg. There are many decisions you must make in the game that will have consequences in the future and even in future games. Choice made Initially, I was surprised at the lack of rpg elements from this game (after playing Fallout 3 for a while,) however this game in a whole other genre. Mass Effect 2 falls into a new breed of games descending from the action and rpg genre, named the action-rpg. There are many decisions you must make in the game that will have consequences in the future and even in future games. Choice made in the first Mass Effect also carry out into this game very effectively. The graphics are a visual achievement and some of the best I have seen in a video game. I have noticed very few glitches that will be patched (sometimes it is possible to fall out the map.) The initial dlc is also great and free. Environments are even more immersive than the first game, and its nice to see old familiar areas return. Voice acting is nothing short of specular. There are many areas to explore, and so far I have played over 60 hours and have not even finished the game, and do not see the end. Also, after playing the pc version extensively, I have found nothing that even says this is a console port (although I have yet to see the 360 version.) What some people don't understand is this is not a really a rpg. It's something entirely new. Other game developers should take note, as this is how games should be made. Expand
  70. AndrewS
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    I've played all of bioware's games since they came out and I have to say Mass Effect 2 is not only my favorite bioware product, it's my favorite game of all time. While there are a few issues with the PC version, it's not enough to take away from the experience. This game submerses you into the story, when you aren't play it, you want to be. This game has a movie I've played all of bioware's games since they came out and I have to say Mass Effect 2 is not only my favorite bioware product, it's my favorite game of all time. While there are a few issues with the PC version, it's not enough to take away from the experience. This game submerses you into the story, when you aren't play it, you want to be. This game has a movie like effect on you, yet still is a great RPG/Shooter. Those who are hardcore RPGERs or Shooters won't like it. Those who value games for the experience at hand this is IT. I honestly get no joy from any of the other games I play now. Great characters, especially Thane. If you take it for what it is it's 10/10. If you're looking for a by the book RPG, look elsewhere. Expand
  71. BrettP
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    It's amazing. I have it for both 360 and PC and plan to play through the game at least twice (one for each system) since I played a Renegade character for PC and a Paragon character on 360. I'm sure this will be most folks' GOTY for 2010!
  72. AndyG
    Feb 1, 2010
    8
    Not a bad game, but i don't want to play it again. Core shooting game-play get a bit repetitive. The level design is a little uninspiring. RPG elements...hmm you level up but there are no visible stats. Game was not designed for a pc, the menus don't take advantage of the mouse. You can't double click on anything. Mini games were bad, and really take you out of the game. In Not a bad game, but i don't want to play it again. Core shooting game-play get a bit repetitive. The level design is a little uninspiring. RPG elements...hmm you level up but there are no visible stats. Game was not designed for a pc, the menus don't take advantage of the mouse. You can't double click on anything. Mini games were bad, and really take you out of the game. In fallout 3 you had the lock picking that wasn't to bad... The problem with the mini games is you must play them in order to upgrade. The whole time i'm scanning the planets looking for minerals i keep thinking why can't my annoying ship secretary do this. Maybe a flying mini game or space stock market mini game would have been more fun. The other problem is i just play dragon age for PC and loved it, so i was hoping for a similar experience, however this is an action-shooter-adventure. I liked the ending, trying to use plot devices to kill off the more annoying characters, plus i also like the final boss and most of the cutsceens were fun. Thought the music was pretty good. About 19 hours of game play. A lot of Polish, nice graphics. Expand
  73. BillP
    Feb 13, 2010
    10
    What else i can say about this game ? This is a really RPG , maybe we are all want more character skills , loots ,exp , but RPG means Role Playing Character , and in Mass Effect 2 this part is at 200% , your actions affect the world , the NPCs , everything . Mass Effect 2 brings a new definition of role playing games . Thanks Bioware for another gold product so soon (dragon age origins What else i can say about this game ? This is a really RPG , maybe we are all want more character skills , loots ,exp , but RPG means Role Playing Character , and in Mass Effect 2 this part is at 200% , your actions affect the world , the NPCs , everything . Mass Effect 2 brings a new definition of role playing games . Thanks Bioware for another gold product so soon (dragon age origins was the first ) Expand
  74. JayE
    Feb 13, 2010
    9
    Great game! Better than the first in almost every way. The only major problem is the controls, thanks to [insert curse word here] consoles. There is no mouse wheel control at all (except weapon toggling), you can't double-click anything, even single clicking menu items wont do anything when you expect it to, which means that you end up clicking a menu item, then clicking the button Great game! Better than the first in almost every way. The only major problem is the controls, thanks to [insert curse word here] consoles. There is no mouse wheel control at all (except weapon toggling), you can't double-click anything, even single clicking menu items wont do anything when you expect it to, which means that you end up clicking a menu item, then clicking the button at the bottom.. repeat and rinse until clean. Plus you cant move left or right when you are sprinting, weapon selection is slow and tedious, general menu navigation delays, and other control related problems ruining the whole experience. But other than that, the game itself is great! Awesome story line and characters, interesting locations and missions, unlike the first game where planet exploration was repetitive and boring. One thing that does get tedious is the planet scanning. You need to spend 5 minutes scanning each globe to gather minerals for upgrades, which becomes quite tiresome after the tenth planet scan. Another problem is moving your character around in the levels. You end up "snapping" to cover when unexpected, and its a pain "unsnapping" from cover, and you tend to get stuck on corners for no apparent reason, and sometimes you become completely stuck in a wall, resulting in you having to reload the last save point. It would have gotten 10/10 if it wasn't riddled with consolitis. Expand
  75. ErikT
    Feb 17, 2010
    10
    Probably the best game experience I've ever had and I've been playing computer games (a lot) since Intellivision. Almost everything has been tweaked for the better and it's even more rewarding if you import your Shephard from ME1. If this is the level of perfection we are to expect from Bioware in the future I can't wait for DA2 and ME3.
  76. F.D
    Feb 18, 2010
    9
    Bioware - a powerhouse when it comes to Games. Quality games, especially for the PC, are hard to find nowadays. Mass Effect 2 vastly improves on the already epic Mass Effect, they have removed much of the unnecessary content that plagued Mass Effect and adjusted the controls and classes. Graphics are great and the dialogue is superb, feels like your inside a movie when playing the game. I Bioware - a powerhouse when it comes to Games. Quality games, especially for the PC, are hard to find nowadays. Mass Effect 2 vastly improves on the already epic Mass Effect, they have removed much of the unnecessary content that plagued Mass Effect and adjusted the controls and classes. Graphics are great and the dialogue is superb, feels like your inside a movie when playing the game. I also love the fact that the storyline evolves based on your actions. Great replay value also to experience all the different paths you can take. This game is worth the money it costs. Expand
  77. KenN.
    Feb 19, 2010
    9
    The game's graphic and interface are definitely up-a-notch from the prequel. A lot of game play mechanics work well. The introduction of thermal clips was good. It forces the player to use multiple weapons and conserve ammo. So it's not as easy as the last game. The hacking mini-games are fun to do and easy to comprehend. The scanning is kinda forcing the game to a low pace: a The game's graphic and interface are definitely up-a-notch from the prequel. A lot of game play mechanics work well. The introduction of thermal clips was good. It forces the player to use multiple weapons and conserve ammo. So it's not as easy as the last game. The hacking mini-games are fun to do and easy to comprehend. The scanning is kinda forcing the game to a low pace: a down side. The physical change b/w paragon and renegade is shown. The plot is terrific, lots of quest and sidequests if you look for it. Quite a lot of bugs and glitches, I encounter a bug when I went to cover and was stuck on top of the wall. Had to restart, lame. Then there are bunch of glitches that occasionally appear, but not too often. Wish we could skip cutscenes that we already watched so we can start another game easier. New Game+ is fun. All in all, a good game besides some glitches and slow pace moments. Can't w8 for ME3 :) Expand
  78. Todd(private)
    Feb 20, 2010
    10
    I would actually give this game a 9.5 or 9.6. It's near perfect; nearly all of the annoyances from Mass Effect have been corrected. The only weaknesses are a lack of armor options, too few side missions, and not enough in-game money. The game is pleasantly long, good graphics, great story, good voice acting, etc. I'm usually unable to play a game through twice in a row without I would actually give this game a 9.5 or 9.6. It's near perfect; nearly all of the annoyances from Mass Effect have been corrected. The only weaknesses are a lack of armor options, too few side missions, and not enough in-game money. The game is pleasantly long, good graphics, great story, good voice acting, etc. I'm usually unable to play a game through twice in a row without getting bored, but I did with ME2 and still want more. Expand
  79. TerenceS
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    This has been by far one of the best games I've played in a few years. I really got involved with the characters and liked every one of them. Granted, I don't think this game is for everyone, and probably isn't as universal as people are making it out to be. However, if you want a great action game with a decent plot and good voice over work, this is your baby.
  80. KaiF
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    This is a gem which will catch and hold you for its entire 25 to 30 hour duration. It's definitely not a traditional roleplaying game; there are no stats to track other than how far you advance a limited set of abilities for your character, based on class. However, the dialog options and sheer number of choices you can make are second to none. You can play through the story in vastly This is a gem which will catch and hold you for its entire 25 to 30 hour duration. It's definitely not a traditional roleplaying game; there are no stats to track other than how far you advance a limited set of abilities for your character, based on class. However, the dialog options and sheer number of choices you can make are second to none. You can play through the story in vastly different ways, and each path is compelling and wonderful. A lot of people will say that this is more of a shooter and less of an RPG, but I maintain that at least in the character choices (and the fact that there are many, many roles to play) this is a true RPG to its core. You don't do this kind of decision making in Call of Duty. Expand
  81. TomK
    Feb 6, 2010
    10
    Great supporting cast, visually stunning, altogether a captivating game. Bioware has again immersed the player in a world where they very literally get to see the results of the choices they have made. Couldn't ask for more from a sequal. Can't wait for the third installment of the series.
  82. Leonardf
    Feb 7, 2010
    10
    This game is most likely the best game that i have ever played, and i have played a lot of games through my life. This game is truly epic, a icon to the games of the 2100 century. the cut scene of this game is breath taking, the story is far beyond exiting and the game play is nothing less then addictive. The only flaw about this game is that it ends.
  83. Leonardf
    Feb 7, 2010
    10
    This game is most likely the best game that i have ever played, and i have played a lot of games through my life. This game is truly epic, a icon to the games of the 2100 century. the cut scene of this game is breath taking, the story is far beyond exiting and the game play is nothing less then addictive. The only flaw about this game is that it ends.
  84. MichaelP
    Feb 7, 2010
    10
    This is one of the best Sci-Fi RPG games I have ever played. Take a great storyline with an amazing world to explore and add third person shooter style game play. There are seemingly hundreds of choices to make that affect plot and you really feel like a part of the Mass Effect universe.
  85. JanB
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    I will give it a short review, because there isn't much to talk about...And that's because this game is EPIC, in nearly all aspects it's incredible, Afterlife on Omega is probably the best location in history of gaming. It's just a shame it isn't a bit longer. 25 hours is very solid piece of gameplay, secadary quests are much more interesting than in ME1... But I will give it a short review, because there isn't much to talk about...And that's because this game is EPIC, in nearly all aspects it's incredible, Afterlife on Omega is probably the best location in history of gaming. It's just a shame it isn't a bit longer. 25 hours is very solid piece of gameplay, secadary quests are much more interesting than in ME1... But still, after you reach the end you want more. And even content developers are adding over time for dowload isn't much. Also, I was kind of dissapointed with how many rpg elements were cut, there's not much left, and there was a lot of it in first Mass Effect. Still, everything bad you can say about ME2 will be about details. The whole game is a masterpiece. One that only Bioware could make. Expand
  86. DanM.
    Mar 10, 2010
    10
    Bioware outdid themselves again! Although rpg elements have been reduced, the gameplay has tremendously been worked on. The shooting mechanics are smooth and work as they should, cover system works better than in the previous game, ai is smart and gives you a good shootout indeed, and dialogue is top notch! Must buy, dont miss out!
  87. Tarkus
    Mar 19, 2010
    10
    Probably the best game I've ever played, and I played a lot of games. Totally deserves all the money spent. If you expect some Oblivion or classic RPG like Dragon Age then step away from this game. If, instead, you have larger "visions" you will love it. Mass Effect 2 is not a classic RPG but more like an interactive movie, in which you choose the dialogues and take part in the Probably the best game I've ever played, and I played a lot of games. Totally deserves all the money spent. If you expect some Oblivion or classic RPG like Dragon Age then step away from this game. If, instead, you have larger "visions" you will love it. Mass Effect 2 is not a classic RPG but more like an interactive movie, in which you choose the dialogues and take part in the action parts. Combat is great and every class has its own meaning: if you choose the soldier, though, the game will be similar to a third person shooting. The story is awesome: it's not that original but voice acting and characters make it one level higher than almost every game (and most of the movies too). You will enjoy this game from the beginning to the end (amazing ending aswell) and beyond. Allied and enemy AI is finally decent, and there's no bug. Mass Effect was a great game, but if you play ME 2 first and ME 1 later, you will not stand all its little "defects". The only negative aspect is planet scanning to get resources, which is ok at first, but then becomes extremely boring. All the negative reviews were made by people who are affect by MMORPG syndrome or expected a classic RPG. It's not any of those: I liked Oblivion, but I also enjoy a good and well told story. I advice you to set the game to a hard difficulty (Veteran or more), otherwise it will be too easy. Expand
  88. JoW
    Mar 6, 2010
    10
    An absolutely phenomenal game. It gives me pretty much everything I could want from this game: quarters that feel like "home", companions I can depend upon, a gripping story that never bores and minigames that are - for the most part - actually fun. Add to that the astounding Gears of War-style combat system and you have the gaming equivalent of chocolate cheesecake: what's not to An absolutely phenomenal game. It gives me pretty much everything I could want from this game: quarters that feel like "home", companions I can depend upon, a gripping story that never bores and minigames that are - for the most part - actually fun. Add to that the astounding Gears of War-style combat system and you have the gaming equivalent of chocolate cheesecake: what's not to love? One of the greatest games I've ever played. The only way to top it is if Bethesda ever get into doing detailed romantic companion storylines; or if Bioware decide to make open-world RPGs. Either way, we win. Expand
  89. SvenP
    Mar 8, 2010
    9
    One of the best games ever. The story and the Characters are the best on the PC at the moment. Only thing I have to critic is that there are no real RP elements like an inventory and the "skills" are lame.
  90. ChristopherK.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    One of the greatest RPG games I have ever had the pleasure of playing. As an avid fan of Mass Effect 1, BioWare has successfully delivered with the second piece of their trilogy in every way possible. While the lack of ME1's inventory system and the dumbing down of the skill system was a bit of a shock, Mass Effect 2 makes up for it with it's ingeniously engrossing story and One of the greatest RPG games I have ever had the pleasure of playing. As an avid fan of Mass Effect 1, BioWare has successfully delivered with the second piece of their trilogy in every way possible. While the lack of ME1's inventory system and the dumbing down of the skill system was a bit of a shock, Mass Effect 2 makes up for it with it's ingeniously engrossing story and top-notch, polished action. GOTY 2010 material, a must play. Expand
  91. FilipKocjan
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    This game is truly a masterpiece! Amazing graphics, incredible storyline with many possibility and different endings.. For my, this is the best game ever! It's definitely must buy of the year and beyond..
  92. DerekL.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    I have just logged 18 hours in this game and I have to say that I am completely amazed. Everything from the crisp gameplay mechanics to the amazing cinematics and story. The balance between engaging story and stunning graphics made me actually feel like I was playing out an epic action movie. BioWare has redefined gaming with Mass Effect 2 and I have hours left to go. Well done BioWare, I have just logged 18 hours in this game and I have to say that I am completely amazed. Everything from the crisp gameplay mechanics to the amazing cinematics and story. The balance between engaging story and stunning graphics made me actually feel like I was playing out an epic action movie. BioWare has redefined gaming with Mass Effect 2 and I have hours left to go. Well done BioWare, well done. Expand
  93. RickF.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    Exceeds the impressive first Mass Effect. The attention to detail is mind boggling, and the graphics are amazing and yet still run without lag on last years mid teir graphics cards (4850 for me). I've only played for five hours, but I'm just so impressed. This will clearly be at the top of my all time favorites list.
  94. davidshepard
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    best game ever
  95. IanK>
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 2 takes gaming to a whole new level. Playing it is more like guiding the protagonist through a 40 hour long movie. And a damned good movie at that. Easily the best game I've ever played.
  96. MetehanB.
    Jan 27, 2010
    9
    Maybe it's a little bit different than a RPG, an Action-RPG, but still it's really the best made BioWare game, like they said =) My real score is 9.6 ;)
  97. jorion
    Jan 28, 2010
    10
    Amazing story made even more amazing. Amazing gameplay made even more amazing. My only complaint was the lack of customization you could put into the characters on the original, which really didn't matter by the end of the game because you pretty much had every skill maxed out anyways.
  98. Moo
    Jan 28, 2010
    10
    Absolute continued brilliance over ME1. Takes a little getting used to the new but much better controls, as well as the slightly altered role Shepard now has. Otherwise the atmosphere, gameplay, graphics, and even performance (modern machine with SLI) are a huge delight on the PC. (Pope needs a new one me thinks. lol)
  99. NathanielW.
    Jan 29, 2010
    8
    A solidly good game, but too linear and simplified in terms of the plot Voice acting was not all that, shooter mechanics abve avergae but nothing special, voice synching and graphics a step below the rest (Dragon Age, Fallout 3, Oblivion). Still overall a very good game,
  100. Ziggy
    Jan 29, 2010
    10
    Awesome game, much improved to ME1. ME1 became pretty repetitive after a few missions, this one seems to flow a lot better and is more storyline oriented and less repetitiveness.
Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Mass Effect 2 resumes with pride the path opened by the first game. This sequel is a lesson of how things should be made.
  2. Mass Effect 2 delivers a story that's deeper than what many novelists are capable of, and its action is better than what most Hollywood directors are creating nowadays. It's an addictive, engrossing experience that many gamers will replay over and over while they hold their breath waiting for the third game.
  3. A brilliant mix of shooter and role-playing, filled with great characters, excellent design, lots of action and clever dialogue. It's a shame though that Bioware did not improve the inventory and skill system of the first game, but actually reduced it even more. I really wished there were more customization options, more ways to develop and gear up my characters. But all these are merely small points of criticism, since there is so much to feel and experience in this game. Mass Effect 2 is a thrilling, emotional ride and ultimately every bit as good as its predecessor.