Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 62
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 62
  3. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Yes, ME2 isn't perhaps the most technical RPG ever created, but it's easily one of the slickest, bearing the unmistakable master craftsmanship of RPG luminaries, BioWare. Not only is this supersized Sony edition of ME2 outstanding value for money – it also represents a sound long-term investment. If the Mass Effect 3 reveals are anything to go by, the conclusion of this saga will be similarly unmissable and the galactic apocalypse will be decided in our own backyard: Earth. [March 2011, p70]
  2. Feb 25, 2011
    100
    Mass Effect 2 was an incredible game on the Xbox 360 and is just as incredible a year later on the PlayStation 3.
  3. Feb 15, 2011
    100
    You don't need to buy again if you've already played it, but for newcomers, it's essential gaming.
  4. Feb 8, 2011
    100
    This is a game that deserves to be on every platform possible, and now, finally, PS3 owners can enjoy the sheer magnitude of BioWare's accomplishment for themselves.
  5. The sort of thing you dreamed about while you ate your tea and watched Star Trek. [Feb 2011, p.107]
  6. Jan 28, 2011
    100
    The same great game, as we remember it. A must for PS3 owners with a lust for adventure.
  7. Jan 28, 2011
    100
    This edition of Mass Effect 2 is undoubtedly the best, and most complete among those available on the market. If you own a PlayStation 3, and don't want to live a life full of "gaming regrets", you really can't miss out on this epic sci-fi adventure.
  8. Jan 26, 2011
    100
    BioWare took the existing narrative and didn't just continue it, but built it into the framework of this sequel. Games like Quest for Glory and Baldur's Gate tip-toed in these waters years ago, and Dragon Age: Origins showed us real consequences just recently, but ME2 creates true continuity, where every decision truly matters.
  9. 100
    Offering a fantastic storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, BioWare has proven once again why it is one of the top developers in the gaming industry. They took the time needed to make an even better title than before on a new console.
  10. Jan 21, 2011
    100
    The second chapter of this beautiful Bioware saga is still one the most enjoyable and immersive adventures ever created for the videogame industry.
  11. Jan 18, 2011
    100
    It's been said before, but it's worth repeating: Western RPGs will never be the same again, such is the impact of BioWare's work here. In short, Mass Effect 2 is bloody brilliant. Grab a fork, and tuck in.
  12. Jan 18, 2011
    100
    BioWare may just have done something incredible: Mass Effect 2 is a genuine contender for Game of the Year 2010 and for the same title in 2011.
  13. Jan 18, 2011
    100
    There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best games ever made and an entertainment experience that should be unreservedly celebrated.
  14. Jan 18, 2011
    100
    Everything we loved about the 360/PC versions, now on one disc and with all the DLC goodies included. We can't name another game that so expertly mixes shooting, exploration and sweeping story. A shining beacon of our medium.
  15. Jan 14, 2011
    100
    That's what makes Mass Effect 2 great. Not the outstanding action, the compelling story, the huge depth of interaction, or any of the other ways in which the game demonstrates its outrageous surfeit of quality. It's because this is a game so coherent, you start to believe that you could actually live in it.
  16. Mass Effect 2 has touched a place in our hearts few other games have. Despite the abundance of science fiction-themed games availble today, none has rivaled the depth of a classic sci-fi book the way this does. [Feb 2010, p.76]
  17. Feb 13, 2011
    98
    I absolutely recommend picking up Mass Effect 2 for PS3 today. You won't be disappointed.
  18. Jan 30, 2011
    98
    Bravo BioWare. You've taken 2010's almost-perfect Game of the Year and still managed to improve upon it.
  19. Jan 24, 2011
    97
    Engaging, deep, stunningly atmospheric, funny, witty, shiny and - get this - fun. [Issue#201, p.92]
  20. Jan 21, 2011
    96
    Mass Effect 2 on the Playstation 3 is not only a better value because of what's packed into it, but also it's a considerable upgrade in gameplay and presentation. Add in a very cool comic from Dark Horse and you have the best Mass Effect 2 on any platform.
  21. Mar 29, 2011
    95
    Mass Effect 2 is still a game you shouldn't miss at all costs, and one of the best RPG's of this generation of consoles. You need an internet connection to download all of the contents which EA didn't include on the main BR disk.
  22. Feb 15, 2011
    95
    I can honestly say I haven't been this captivated by an RPG since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and have joined the legion of fans eagerly awaiting the third instalment.
  23. Feb 11, 2011
    95
    Mass Effect 2 is as engaging as it was a year ago. Despite lacking some of the content found in the 360 and PC versions thanks to the lack of the first game, the overall story of the game is left intact and gameplay is still as excellent as it ever was.
  24. Feb 7, 2011
    95
    The PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 is the definitive version of the game. Bioware did an outstanding effort on adding so much to an already amazing experience. If you never played Mass Effect 2 for whatever reason, then look no further as this version is definitely the one to get.
  25. Jan 27, 2011
    95
    It's Bioware's masterpiece on PS3 as it should've been from the start. Graphics are absolutely identical, DLC are well accepted, the game itself is something you just can't miss.
  26. Jan 25, 2011
    95
    Better late than never, Mass Effects finally comes to PS3 with an excellent port of the second part. While is unfortunate that PS3 only users won't experiment the first entry of the series, this version of the sequel offers a good chance to get into the series. Furthermore, the package is great and full of content, which adds a good value to it.
  27. 95
    Mass Effect 2 is a stunning experience from start to finish, and with a third game due out later this year, there's never been a better time to make the transition to BioWare's sprawling sci-fi extravaganza.
  28. Jan 17, 2011
    95
    Mass Effect 2 essentially does everything it does exceptionally well, and it shows from beginning to end. PlayStation 3 gamers had to wait a year to get their hands on Mass Effect 2, but the wait was well worth it.
  29. Jan 13, 2011
    95
    Reliving the choices of the first Mass Effect as an interactive comic book pales in comparison to importing your own Commander Shepard. However, aside from that consistency in the universe, Mass Effect 2 is just as good on PS3 as it is on 360. [Feb 2011, p.98]
  30. Jan 6, 2011
    95
    Even next to Uncharted 2, ME2's shooting holds up well.
  31. Jan 24, 2011
    94
    Mass Effect 2 is an amazing RPG with an unbeatable cinematic feeling and a history and characters simply astonishing. This is a game that demands to be played by every PlayStation 3 user no matter if you don't have the first one, because it's the very definition of what the Next-Gen wants to be.
  32. Jan 31, 2011
    93
    Mass Effect 2 is one of the best RPG titles on the PS3 in quite some time and usually this genre is quite neglected or has poor third party releases.
  33. Jan 19, 2011
    93
    PS3 users now have the chance to finally grab their copy of Mass Effect 2. If you haven't played it already on the PC or the XBox 360 Mass Effect 2 is a real treat for you on the PS3 with all DLCs included.
  34. Jan 6, 2011
    93
    Frankly, there's never been a better time to surrender to the frightening pleasures of a future in which you have the power to make a real difference. [Feb 2010]
  35. Jan 24, 2011
    92
    As it says on the back of the box, it's "a brilliant sci-fi epic." That isn't false advertising, friends.
  36. Feb 13, 2011
    91
    After a year this game is finally being released on the PlayStation 3 and it runs on the Mass Effect 3 engine that makes the game look good. The game is a must have for every fan of the action RPG genre. The graphics are great, the audio is perfect and the gameplay is just brilliant.
  37. Jan 24, 2011
    91
    Mass Effect 2 for PS3 is for people who shun the Xbox 360 and don't care for complete authenticity and continuity, and for Mass Effect fans who want all of the major DLC packs in a shinier package and a simplified, shorthanded way to create Mass Effect 1 builds.
  38. Jan 18, 2011
    91
    Mass Effect 2 is a fantastic game regardless of platform, and anyone who doesn't own an Xbox 360 should definitely experience it on PS3. Nevertheless, the 360 version is still the way to go. The continuity of customization offered by the dozens of decision links between the first two games were easily the most satisfying thing about ME2, and that's largely lost on PS3.
  39. May 24, 2011
    90
    Mass Effect 2 is a masterpiece of Sci-Fi-Storytelling. The characters in the Mass Effect universe are offering a deep background. The Game is exciting until the very end.
  40. Mar 10, 2011
    90
    The whole game manages a great balance between action and more traditional role-playing elements. It's very good. I like the action parts and the stats/upgrading parts weren't deep enough to lose me.
  41. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    The PS3 version offers the most complete Mass Effect 2 experience. Even if the cartoon representing the story of the original Mass Effect, though nice to look at, seems a bit redundant, ME2 is still a game that everyone should experience and enjoy.
  42. Feb 25, 2011
    90
    An awesome game, awesome story, and plain awesome experience regardless of what system it's on.
  43. 90
    Second Mass Effect on the PS3 is exactly the same game that you have played almost exactly one year ago. Which means this is a great game again. [Issue#200]
  44. Feb 22, 2011
    90
    The PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 contains all the great adventues as its PC and Xbox 360 counterparts, together with all the extra DLC goodies. Newcomers to the series and PS3 owners can look forward to an excellent rpg with thrilling shooter elements.
  45. Feb 3, 2011
    90
    A full packed version of the epic space RPG. The interactive comic that sums up Mass Effect is well made and the same goes for the port in general. A must if you haven't already played it.
  46. Feb 2, 2011
    90
    Mass Effect still proves that it is one of the best game series this console generation. The story, characters, game play, and overall presentation are one of pure quality.
  47. Feb 2, 2011
    90
    Mass Effect 2 is a fantastic debut for the series on Sony's console, with an engrossing sci-fi story, intriguing characters and outstanding production values. Added to the included downloadable content, Mass Effect 2 is the best value RPG on PS3.
  48. Jan 31, 2011
    90
    This game will get its hooks into you and not let go for up to 40 hours. Clear your schedule.
  49. Jan 31, 2011
    90
    A polished, precise and truly astounding title awaits anyone willing to dive in, and drink deep and become inebriated by the brilliance on offer. Astounding!
  50. 90
    It's been a year since Mass Effect 2 was first released, and it's remarkable how little has changed regarding its many qualities since then. The stories of Shepard and his crew is still as gripping and well-written, the enormous universe is still as interesting to explore, and the many battles are still as filled with action and tactical challenges. In other words, Mass Effect 2 is exactly as good today as it was a year ago, and the included bonuses more than make up for whatever little nitpicks you might have.
  51. Jan 25, 2011
    90
    Not quite the definitive version that some would've been expecting, but still the best Western style action role-player of the generation.
  52. Jan 24, 2011
    90
    Bizarrely Mass Effect 2 on the PS3 seems more unstable than its Xbox counterpart with it actually crashing the normally well-behaved PS3 when the Xbox 360 version would keep on going.
  53. Jan 24, 2011
    90
    Mass Effect 2 is one of the best games made in recent years, but it's at least partially because it was built on top of a solid foundation two years before, and this new target audience only gets to scratch the surface of that foundation before being thrust into a war with the Collectors.
  54. Jan 21, 2011
    90
    If you haven't played the original Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2, you would be foolish not to pick this up immediately. It's an absolutely enthralling game that will easily last you 40 hours on a complete run-through if you are an explorer.
  55. Jan 20, 2011
    90
    No matter how long you're playing, Mass Effect 2 is immersive and you can't get enough of it. Story, atmosphere, graphics: Everything fits in and successfully delivers to any action and RPG fan.
  56. Jan 19, 2011
    90
    No doubt – Mass Effect 2 for PS3 is one of the best RPGs ever made. But compared to the older X360- and PC-versions, the differences are minimal.
  57. Jan 18, 2011
    90
    What's important is that the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 successfully brings series newcomers up to speed, which I'm sure was BioWare's primary objective. All that's left now if for PS3 owners to decide whether it's really worth finding a way to dig up a copy of the original game on the Xbox 360 or PC ahead of the grand finale.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 924 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 189
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    10
    One of the best games ever made. I own this on pc, xbox and ps3 and I still want to pump my fist in the air and cheer for Shepard and my teamOne of the best games ever made. I own this on pc, xbox and ps3 and I still want to pump my fist in the air and cheer for Shepard and my team when taking down the collectors. Full Review »
  2. Jan 23, 2011
    10
    Phenomenal game. I've never been more invested in a game than I was with Mass Effect 2. The last mission is one of the greatest endings IPhenomenal game. I've never been more invested in a game than I was with Mass Effect 2. The last mission is one of the greatest endings I have ever seen in a video game. Full Review »
  3. Jan 22, 2011
    10
    Mass Effect 2 on the PS3, is simply amazing. The shooting is fun, conversations are interesting, and besides who doesn't like saving the humanMass Effect 2 on the PS3, is simply amazing. The shooting is fun, conversations are interesting, and besides who doesn't like saving the human race and being able to hit people in the face. 10/10 Full Review »