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  1. Aug 21, 2010
    10
    Well, every game has it's detractors,but seriously? "Oh noes, they dun stole my RPG elements! It is awl dumb-down and stoopid now!" blissfully forgetting through their misty-eyed watercolour memories that Mass Effect could be muscled through with sheer gaming skill and an unleveled Shepard. Being able to be beaten by skill alone, an RPG does not make. The inventory was awful, it turned theWell, every game has it's detractors,but seriously? "Oh noes, they dun stole my RPG elements! It is awl dumb-down and stoopid now!" blissfully forgetting through their misty-eyed watercolour memories that Mass Effect could be muscled through with sheer gaming skill and an unleveled Shepard. Being able to be beaten by skill alone, an RPG does not make. The inventory was awful, it turned the whole game into a puzzle of managing your inventory. I'm glad to see it gone. To finish up, the romance options are much improved, instead of humans only or a 106-year old archeologist. Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2011
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. RPG? --- I don't get it... I just don't. How could this game have received a 9.0 user score? It must be because the current generation of gamers is made-up of FPS f-boys who care more about ownz and lolz, than a deep RPG experience. Mass Effect 2 isn't an RPG.. it doesn't even have elements of an RPG. The only thing that had RPG elements in ME2 was the marketing letterhead. ME2 was a third person shooter in space. Period. None of your choices matter or make any difference to the story line, except who is or is not around after the credits roll. Big woop.

    Completely linear gameplay -- huge disapointment throughout the entire experience. Side-missions are nothing more than 10 minute long fire fights, without any purpose. No loot, no weapons or armor to find, no unique artifacts.... just more fps lolz and ownz.

    Mining -- makes me so sick I don't even want to write about it. Bioware took away immersive planet exploration in an awesome all terrain vehicle.... for a glorified game of darts. Congrats developers. You epic failed. All you had to do was add some more alien villages, or interesting ruins to explore. Instead, you Bioware typed select-all, Shift-delete. "We're golden yo!" I've met smarter rocks.

    PS - to the people who complained about ME1's planet exploring vehicle controls -- you're just too dumb. Sorry. The controls worked perfectly, and exploring the mountains of a distant world was great fun. Try learning how to control a vehicle other than a Halo Bullfrog buggy... or whatever it's called.

    Inventory - Shift-Delete.
    Armor, Weapons - Shift-Delete.
    ...a new bioware trend.

    Finally... the final Boss.... WTF kind of special education, highschool drop-out, pregnant at 16, eats paint chips, glue sniffing, embarrassment to humanity, brainchild decided that a giant skeletor in the middle of space was a "awesomz lolz yo, yo" final boss?

    Skeletor...really? In space??? How was this thing supposed to do anything, go anywhere, or simply be a threat to anyhing in the ME2 universe? Was he going to fling asteroids across known space?
    Oh, and the best part was that he was made from a mix of biological DNA.... so he was the giant mutated baby of Rosanne Bar and Shaq?? Bioware is so dumb.

    You get a 4 because the graphics were pretty. That's about it.
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  3. MikeD
    Feb 8, 2010
    10
    In this game bioware has realized and presented science fiction better than any game has yet done. they created a world that is not only alive but moves and breathes with realistic characters and events. it also has done a fantastic job of melding genres and still delivering the high quality story we expect from bioware games. if you are a shooter fan, if you are an rpg fan, if you are a In this game bioware has realized and presented science fiction better than any game has yet done. they created a world that is not only alive but moves and breathes with realistic characters and events. it also has done a fantastic job of melding genres and still delivering the high quality story we expect from bioware games. if you are a shooter fan, if you are an rpg fan, if you are a GAME fan you will enjoy this game. this isn't only my favorite bioware game ever it's my favorite game ever. pick this game up and embrace the greatness, you owe it to yourself. Expand
  4. ChrisM.
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    This game is a big achievement for the game industry. it sets a new mark for nearly every aspect in modern videogames. it starts with a great story, incredible well written dialogue you only hear in really good movies, great graphics and sound an an absorbing atmosphere. al lot of people have already mentioned these points but there is one thing left no one mentioned: the great greatThis game is a big achievement for the game industry. it sets a new mark for nearly every aspect in modern videogames. it starts with a great story, incredible well written dialogue you only hear in really good movies, great graphics and sound an an absorbing atmosphere. al lot of people have already mentioned these points but there is one thing left no one mentioned: the great great outstanding art design of the game. there are moments of pure design magc in this game. a great game, a game you need to play, in other words: a masterpiece! Expand
  5. Ben
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    I give it a 10 because it deserves it, in spite of the few issues i have with the game. In comparison with the first, which will be in my type 5 all-time forever, they increased the length and depth, which was my main complaint then. But i was rather disappointed to see weapons and gear in general basically go out the window, that is not really acceptable to me in an rpg. Not to mention I give it a 10 because it deserves it, in spite of the few issues i have with the game. In comparison with the first, which will be in my type 5 all-time forever, they increased the length and depth, which was my main complaint then. But i was rather disappointed to see weapons and gear in general basically go out the window, that is not really acceptable to me in an rpg. Not to mention you can only level up at the end of a "mission" and killing stuff gives no exp. this time around. They also removed some depth from the skills/level system in general which was also disappointing. In all, it is a monumental game, but I haven't gotten past these changes yet. People complained about the inventory screen in the first(which I had no issue with) and you got what you wanted, thanks. I guess I would have to give a 9.5 if I could. Expand
  6. GaryK
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    Put a lot of effort to get this running on windows through my Macbook Pro, and it was so worth it. It is very rare I can say this, but this is one of my favourite games ever made, up there with Crash Warped, MGS3, Uncharted 2 and perhaps Halo 2 (first main online game of mine).
  7. AndrewS
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    I was disappointed at first due to the changes from ME1, but after spending sometime with ME2, it's an awesome achievement of storytelling and gameplay. I loved the way ME1 played (in the minority on that) and after sometime, I realized the brilliance of ME2. Bioware really listened to criticisms of the inventory system and side missions in ME1, not only making them better, but they I was disappointed at first due to the changes from ME1, but after spending sometime with ME2, it's an awesome achievement of storytelling and gameplay. I loved the way ME1 played (in the minority on that) and after sometime, I realized the brilliance of ME2. Bioware really listened to criticisms of the inventory system and side missions in ME1, not only making them better, but they added whole new great systems/features to replace them. Bravo. Expand
  8. stiana.
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    I played the game, and I liked it. It made for a fun 32 Hour experience. At the end 7 hours went by without me noticing, I have a hard time focusing on a thing for long. I have not played the first game, and this intrigued me to check out the first game. Please, if you find the game to be average give it a average vote, IE 4-6. I think the 1up review (A-) gave a good and reflected run on I played the game, and I liked it. It made for a fun 32 Hour experience. At the end 7 hours went by without me noticing, I have a hard time focusing on a thing for long. I have not played the first game, and this intrigued me to check out the first game. Please, if you find the game to be average give it a average vote, IE 4-6. I think the 1up review (A-) gave a good and reflected run on the strengths, weaknesses and differences between the first and second. This is not an up-vote down-vote. Even thought i give it a clean hypocritical up-vote. Expand
  9. LukeG
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    This game is the one of the best story telling games iv played the last one to come up to this standed was Shenmue i can honestly say that i can find any fault thats worth not getting it for the only thing i will say is the loading screens take a long time but thats it really once you get over that little hitch you will feel the inbrace this game will have on you.
  10. gonfreecs
    Feb 4, 2010
    10
    Excellent game,with superb characters and non stop action.This sequel is everything that ME1 should be.That's why ME2 has 96 points on Metacritic.com,which,by the way,is tied with another so called "perfect game" ,Uncharted 2. But while Uncharted 2 is just a mix between Tomb Raider and Gears of War. ME2 can offer more than gameplay...story. ME2 makes you feel under the skin of the Excellent game,with superb characters and non stop action.This sequel is everything that ME1 should be.That's why ME2 has 96 points on Metacritic.com,which,by the way,is tied with another so called "perfect game" ,Uncharted 2. But while Uncharted 2 is just a mix between Tomb Raider and Gears of War. ME2 can offer more than gameplay...story. ME2 makes you feel under the skin of the protagonist Shepard,your decisions will make the whole universe a worse or a better place.This game is not shallow and cinematic like Uncharted 2.This game has little details that,together,make this game an excellent experience. No one knew that ME2 would be so succesfull,and because of that Sony Fanboys like this guy named "K" are hating Bioware,just because a Xbox 360 game is good as a PS3 exclusive game...So,K and others Sony fanboys...Don't try to low ME2 score just for purpose,its childish and useless.Because everyone knows now that,without a doubt,Mass Effect 2 is the best game of the year 2010. Expand
  11. JC
    Feb 8, 2010
    10
    Do not listen to any of the haters or ps3 clowns. This game is real deal. I played games for years and years. This is the best game I have ever played this generation of games. Probably one of my favourite games too. Incredible gameplay, excellent dialogue and story. This game is worthy and it will be an experience that you will be remembering for along time. It is crazy because my sister Do not listen to any of the haters or ps3 clowns. This game is real deal. I played games for years and years. This is the best game I have ever played this generation of games. Probably one of my favourite games too. Incredible gameplay, excellent dialogue and story. This game is worthy and it will be an experience that you will be remembering for along time. It is crazy because my sister doesn't play games but she is playing mass effect 2 just because she loves the story and the characters you meet play with in the game. Expand
  12. Mike
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    YES! I'm still on the first mission, and I'm giving the game a 10! But come on, its BioWare, does anyone expect anything less than perfection out of them? Even the media keeps giving the game 100s, despite the flaws that would no doubt sink a lesser game. Congratulations BioWare! You are officially the developer of the decade and the Mass Effect trilogy is the IP of the century! YES! I'm still on the first mission, and I'm giving the game a 10! But come on, its BioWare, does anyone expect anything less than perfection out of them? Even the media keeps giving the game 100s, despite the flaws that would no doubt sink a lesser game. Congratulations BioWare! You are officially the developer of the decade and the Mass Effect trilogy is the IP of the century! Please get us ME3 soon (but not to soon), I can't stand the wait. I'll go ahead and give ME3 a 10 right now, just for posterity. Expand
  13. DavidD
    Feb 10, 2010
    10
    I do not say this lightly but this is in my top 3 games I have ever played! It was like watching a great movie that you are part of. Incredible story telling, great characters that i cared about (except for a couple). They also did a phenomenal job on improving a few small things. The planet side random missions were so much better done then first game. No two missions were exactly alike. I do not say this lightly but this is in my top 3 games I have ever played! It was like watching a great movie that you are part of. Incredible story telling, great characters that i cared about (except for a couple). They also did a phenomenal job on improving a few small things. The planet side random missions were so much better done then first game. No two missions were exactly alike. Even though the mining is tedious, I still liked the way they gave that option for you to get materials. Also, the developers made a bit easier for you to keep track of missions by letting you know where they are in the galaxy view. Overall, Bioware has done it again. Thank you Bioware for being one company that consistently brings us incredible games, Especially this one!! I can't wait till the 3rd one! Expand
  14. Henryb
    Feb 18, 2010
    10
    Just wanna point out that the review that "K" guy gave this game is the most ridiculus review I have ever read. Not once did the guy ever make a statement that made sense and he basically just babbled about how much he hated the game. Pointless review and an obvious PS3 fanboy. Gave barely any reasons as to why he didn't like the game except by saying it was horrible a million times. Just wanna point out that the review that "K" guy gave this game is the most ridiculus review I have ever read. Not once did the guy ever make a statement that made sense and he basically just babbled about how much he hated the game. Pointless review and an obvious PS3 fanboy. Gave barely any reasons as to why he didn't like the game except by saying it was horrible a million times. Anyway, this game is absolutely amazing. Buy this if you love a great story with a great world and great characters. You will love this if your into any form of game. It's sooo good. Expand
  15. Ridge
    Feb 21, 2010
    8
    Mass Effect 2, simply, overrated. I love the Mass Effect series as a whole, I do, but people are making it seem so perfect when it's really not. Yes, the combat is better and of course the graphics but that's all you really here about that has improved because that's all that pretty much has. Hacking is much less annoying and a little less repetitive. The genre is Action, Mass Effect 2, simply, overrated. I love the Mass Effect series as a whole, I do, but people are making it seem so perfect when it's really not. Yes, the combat is better and of course the graphics but that's all you really here about that has improved because that's all that pretty much has. Hacking is much less annoying and a little less repetitive. The genre is Action, Role-Playing Game, but even a game like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 seems to have more RPG elements than this. Woo! I can change the kind of bullets I want to shoot! Really, that's all? Too much shooter, not enough RPG! Need I remind you again that's what the game is. The story telling is good, even though the Collector's don't seem as much as a threat as Sovereign did in the first. Another issue, I don't understand how a Universe could go from having practically infinite ammo to using some cheap thermo clips. It's like the technology actually Devolved. I don't think I found an explanation in the game for it either. Personally I hate ducking and covering all the time, there are so many games the same "Shoot, Take Damage, Restore Health, Repeat" system that the first one didn't rely on. It also seems almost impossible to only get all renegade or all paragon the entire game. I'm usually always half and half. I do enjoy the team mates way more in Mass Effect 2. Most of them have some interesting back story that you actually want to learn. Bioware if you ever read this, thank you soooo much for getting rid of the long elevator rides! They were dreadful. In Mass Effect 3, can there just be a happy medium, please? Oh, and deeper RPG elements and raise the level cap higher without DLC. Expand
  16. MichaelH
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    Those who are giving this game a 6 or below, would you really like to discourage future gaming companies to make anything along the lines of this? a 3 is insinuating that the game is nearly broken, i mean come on everyone stop acting so immature, this game at least deserves a little respect... i personally think it's the best game ever made, and i think it deserves a lot more Those who are giving this game a 6 or below, would you really like to discourage future gaming companies to make anything along the lines of this? a 3 is insinuating that the game is nearly broken, i mean come on everyone stop acting so immature, this game at least deserves a little respect... i personally think it's the best game ever made, and i think it deserves a lot more reviewer respect than grandtheftauto4 (i don't get whats so cool about that game) yet, because of how controversial mass effect 2 is, it will not get the score it truly deserves from many. Expand
  17. Nick
    Mar 22, 2010
    10
    Any game that treats you like a criminal simply isn't worth paying for, and isn't worth playing. The draconian DRM ruins any fun I might have had, since my spotty internet connection means I keep getting booted out of the game.
  18. AlanT
    Feb 11, 2010
    10
    Gaming history in the making. Vastly improved on ME1 and not a dull moment. I know some people may find the resource mining a bit tedious, but it does not take long, and I liked how creative it was. The cut scenes and dialogue are amazing and it is not too shabby as a 3rd person shooter either. Easily the best game I've played on the 360.
  19. AdolphusG
    Feb 10, 2010
    10
    This is probably the single best game I've played since KOTOR way back in '03. Anything Bioware touches is pure gold... Just about everything about this game is an improvement over the first. The quests are more entertaining instead of simple shoot'em ups, the dialogue more interseting, even the story is better than ME1, which is saying something. Even t0he graphics, an This is probably the single best game I've played since KOTOR way back in '03. Anything Bioware touches is pure gold... Just about everything about this game is an improvement over the first. The quests are more entertaining instead of simple shoot'em ups, the dialogue more interseting, even the story is better than ME1, which is saying something. Even t0he graphics, an area where Bioware is not always amazing, are off the charts. This game is so good, it feels like a personalized movie. I'm not saying this game is perfect. It definitely has some minor flaws but the good far,far,far outweighs the bad. In terms of a gaming experience, I'd give this game 10/10 which is the first 10 I've awarded since KOTOR. And coming from a guy who thought ME1 was dissapointing, this is amazing praise. Expand
  20. SamF
    Feb 15, 2010
    10
    Superb game, well worth the marks it is currently getting and worth far more than the ridiculous gamecritics score, which is blatantly after the naysayer's attention award for stupid scoring. I loved the first Mass Effect despite its flaws, I love Mass Effect 2 even more as it has almost no flaws. Other than some still awkward AI in combat scenes and what some would describe as Superb game, well worth the marks it is currently getting and worth far more than the ridiculous gamecritics score, which is blatantly after the naysayer's attention award for stupid scoring. I loved the first Mass Effect despite its flaws, I love Mass Effect 2 even more as it has almost no flaws. Other than some still awkward AI in combat scenes and what some would describe as overblown dialogue it is pretty much flawless in every respect. The only down side for me is the length of the story... before you know it, the game is over. As long as the DLC that will be coming fits well with the story, then this is a truly epic game worthy of any gamer's attention. Expand
  21. Michael
    Feb 9, 2010
    10
    Looking through all the user reviews for this game, I can only think that alot of people should be ashamed. I point that finger to you PS3 fanboys with agendas, and another finger to you, ignorant posters who have no basis to review... Moving on though. My Review is closer to 9.5, but in the sake of rounding up I'll make it a 10 Graphics are the best around in this game here. The Looking through all the user reviews for this game, I can only think that alot of people should be ashamed. I point that finger to you PS3 fanboys with agendas, and another finger to you, ignorant posters who have no basis to review... Moving on though. My Review is closer to 9.5, but in the sake of rounding up I'll make it a 10 Graphics are the best around in this game here. The story line is as indepth as it can be, if you take the time to look at it, character relationships are amazing, and gameplay is as solid as a Diamond. As for all the people that try to dismiss this game for lacking in the RPG elements, they must remember that Role Playing Game doesn't neccesarily mean tons of useless gear and attribute assigning, but can also mean a game where you "Role play" a character in a given situation using your choices... instead of predifined ones... and so this game is a gem in that department too... And yes... this is Definitely the game to beat this year for GOTY. Expand
  22. GabeM
    Feb 9, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 2 succeeds in creating a player-centric RPG/shooter experience that combines satisfying combat with an intensely personal story. No other RPG, or game in recent memory, has succeeded quite as brilliantly in practically every way worth mentioning. The game has room for improvement, especially with regard to the consequences of combat sequences and party chemistry, but the Mass Effect 2 succeeds in creating a player-centric RPG/shooter experience that combines satisfying combat with an intensely personal story. No other RPG, or game in recent memory, has succeeded quite as brilliantly in practically every way worth mentioning. The game has room for improvement, especially with regard to the consequences of combat sequences and party chemistry, but the overall experience is sublime. I can't recommend this game highly enough. Expand
  23. cleanupman
    Feb 9, 2010
    10
    One of th best games ever made.took what mass effect 1 did and improved everything making this a true sequel. the story is compelling, the gameplay is perfected and the game is very technically sound.lots of stuff to do and makes me cant wait for mass effect 3. go out and buy the game you wont be disappointed.
  24. GeoffreyH
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    Ever played a game that was so good that you didn't want it to end? This is Mass Effect 2, the game feels meticulously crafted, everything is polished from the original. This is what a sequel is meant to be. Never before has a sequel to an rpg made you feel like you accomplished something from the original. From the service records screen, to the pop quiz on your accomplishments from Ever played a game that was so good that you didn't want it to end? This is Mass Effect 2, the game feels meticulously crafted, everything is polished from the original. This is what a sequel is meant to be. Never before has a sequel to an rpg made you feel like you accomplished something from the original. From the service records screen, to the pop quiz on your accomplishments from the first game, to test your memory, to finding old friends and foes, this game grabs you and never lets go. The narrative has a way of making you care for the characters. They aren't static and plastic as in traditional rpg's but feel like they are fully fledged out and developed beings. Not much can be said about this without going into the story, what i can say is that the dialogue and voice acting is brilliant. The characters brilliant, the narrative brilliant. This is the pinnacle of digital story telling narrative. No other game can come close to mass effect in breadth of achievement. It's its own genre. It feels wonderful to play an understandable well thought out and concise story. I've read a site say this is gears of war meets final fantasy. Final fantasy's stories have always bordered on nonsensical, people just play them for their sugar-rush coccain induced summon spells. ME2 is not that its something special. Pick it up. Expand
  25. MikaG.
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 2, to me, is more than just a great game. It is an incredibly innovative, imaginative game that now sets the standard for story telling and structure for RPGs. I have been playing this for five hours now and have come across no bugs, or glitches so far, and to be honest no other game has enthralled me so much as Mass Effect. Mass Effect has done something that games like fable Mass Effect 2, to me, is more than just a great game. It is an incredibly innovative, imaginative game that now sets the standard for story telling and structure for RPGs. I have been playing this for five hours now and have come across no bugs, or glitches so far, and to be honest no other game has enthralled me so much as Mass Effect. Mass Effect has done something that games like fable have been clawing to do right for almost ten years, and thats just how personal this game is. For everyone i know who has played the first, they all have a different story and experience to tell and now with the second installment that is taken to an, until now, unreachable summit. So for me a game of this quality and magnitude deserves to be in the annoles of true legend. A game that has achieved something that no other game has. For me i give it a 10, despite its few flaws i have never experienced a game that i actually cared about, a story that truly moves me. And eveyone who plays this has their own unique experience, their own world effected by their own choices. Tell me another game that truly pulls that off, i can wait. Expand
  26. AndreaL.
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect is one of my favorite games of the past decade. Despite its technical shortcomings, BioWare's first in what it promised to be a trilogy took the role-playing genre to new cinematic heights. Mass Effect 2 is a better game in near every way. From the very first scene, you will be hooked. And the farther you dive into this epic action role-playing game, the better it gets. Mass Effect is one of my favorite games of the past decade. Despite its technical shortcomings, BioWare's first in what it promised to be a trilogy took the role-playing genre to new cinematic heights. Mass Effect 2 is a better game in near every way. From the very first scene, you will be hooked. And the farther you dive into this epic action role-playing game, the better it gets. It fulfills the promise of its predecessor while continuing to push the boundaries of what we should expect in a videogame. This is the continued saga of Commander Shepard. It's the future, and all sentient life across the galaxy is in peril. An advanced race of machines known as Reapers is intent on wiping the slate clean. Shepard, a distinguished soldier, has faced this threat and emerged triumphant once, but victory is far from assured. Now Shepard must take the fight to the enemy -- a mission that is dubbed suicidal from the outset. Things don't look very promising, but Shepard has a plan. It involves recruiting the best and brightest from around the galaxy and somehow convincing them their lives are worth sacrificing for the greater good. Expand
  27. JeremyL
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    Well, what can I say about this game? Mass Effect is an amazing game, with an amazing story. It's something for every RPG fan to enjoy, and get sucked into the story. I must say, I am really impressed by the game. I knew it was going to be awesome but, holy crap it's one of the best games I have played in a while. First off, you can use your character that you had before. Which Well, what can I say about this game? Mass Effect is an amazing game, with an amazing story. It's something for every RPG fan to enjoy, and get sucked into the story. I must say, I am really impressed by the game. I knew it was going to be awesome but, holy crap it's one of the best games I have played in a while. First off, you can use your character that you had before. Which is certainly a huge bonus to who ever worked hard on building their characters from the first game. Second, the characters you get to interact with are just more amazing then the first one. The screen is brighter, things are just more beautiful. Bioware does an awesome job on their games. If you played the first one I would recommend going out to buy this right now. If you have not played the first one, I would suggest you go buy it, and then get this one. You will not be disappointed! Expand
  28. MattP.
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    This game is awesome. from my experience i think it is the best i have ever played, except for halo ofc. i recommend buying this game immediately because its really a must-have. i give this game a definite ten out of ten not just because its awesome game, but also because it has affected me in real life. if i would define the genre RPS, this would be the meaning of it.
  29. alexh
    Mar 2, 2010
    9
    This is an excellent title. Bioware took everything that was wrong with the first game and scrapped it. to name a few the mako, elevator rides, and the spotty fighting mechanics . The writing is also top notch and I appreciate how you can actually here your character act out your decisions. It makes me feel a lot closer to Shepard. I have a couple of tiny nit picks which is that the game This is an excellent title. Bioware took everything that was wrong with the first game and scrapped it. to name a few the mako, elevator rides, and the spotty fighting mechanics . The writing is also top notch and I appreciate how you can actually here your character act out your decisions. It makes me feel a lot closer to Shepard. I have a couple of tiny nit picks which is that the game can be hard to play through multiple times since you've heard %80 of the dialogue already and the classes aren't very balanced. Oh and one more thing, I bought the game new so I had access to the cerberus network out of the box, but i think that's kind of a cheap tactic to prevent people from buying used. I blame EA for that one, not Bioware. Expand
  30. xyz
    Mar 6, 2010
    10
    This is the best game I have player since KoTOR. It's immersive, deep, cinetmatic, exciting and most importantly-three playthroughts later you're coming back for more. Basically everything wrong with ME1 is ammended here. Planetary exploration is better in every way. The only thing lacking is the Mako, but the hammerheads coming soon. Wrex and Garrus at times were the only 2 This is the best game I have player since KoTOR. It's immersive, deep, cinetmatic, exciting and most importantly-three playthroughts later you're coming back for more. Basically everything wrong with ME1 is ammended here. Planetary exploration is better in every way. The only thing lacking is the Mako, but the hammerheads coming soon. Wrex and Garrus at times were the only 2 squadmates with any consistent personality in ME1-in ME2 it's pretty much the whole squad, even tali who I found bland in ME1 was now a much more interesting character. Gameplay is better, specifically combat wise. As an RPG, dialouge (Interrupts FTW!) is much more streamlined and you have much more controle. It's also great how things import and how you decisions in ME1 affect ME2 with the exception of Liara, but I hear a DLC may be coming, so heh. On topic, the DLC so far is imo better then pinnacle station and bdts put together. The armors this time are, while being much rarer, much more unique. Instead of just being the same armor with different colours, ALL the armors are unique, and have a vary of bonuses, some being suited to different missions. Customization for N7 lets you create all those other armors the first had anyway. Weapons is a low point, but you get different rate of fires where as no such thing in ME1. (Vindicator and Avenger, shruiken and tempest are examples. Carnifex and predator). I miss grenades, but heavy weapons offer much more. The loyalty missions really add extra immersion, Garrus' one showed more depth to his character, Legion';s taught you alot about the geth, Tali's finally revealed the migrant fleet. Finally, "hardcore rpg fans" rave about how this game is a failure as an RPG (ZOMG no ability to carry 100's of weapons and armors at any time!!!!!111), but they can just not appreciate change. This game is the modern equivelant of Baldurs gate. Expand
  31. TD
    Mar 7, 2010
    10
    When I saw the first cinematic trailer for ME2, I was hoping that this was not another sequel bust like so many other games released recently. But once I saw the opening cutscene, I was convinced that ME2 was definitely worth the $60 and countless hours of anticipation. Once I beat the game, I had a sense of accomplishment that I have not felt since beating only a few of the games that I When I saw the first cinematic trailer for ME2, I was hoping that this was not another sequel bust like so many other games released recently. But once I saw the opening cutscene, I was convinced that ME2 was definitely worth the $60 and countless hours of anticipation. Once I beat the game, I had a sense of accomplishment that I have not felt since beating only a few of the games that I have ever played. On the basis of the best graphics I have ever seen on an Xbox 360, the best storyline I have ever seen in a video game, some of the best game mechanics to date, and the realistic characters I encountered during my epic quest; this game deserves nothing less than a perfect 10 and I feel that it will be Game of the Year for 2010. Expand
  32. gnapoug
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    Interactive movie. Why not... But the main problem is that Heavy Rain, is just a interactive BAD movie. With the "brownish" color palette, Heavy Rain could intrigue with the David Fincher's Zodiac look, but the Story telling is amateurish, the acting is bad. Characters have nothing to rely on emotionnaly. Heavy Rain gave the player the feeling that David Cage is too busy watching Interactive movie. Why not... But the main problem is that Heavy Rain, is just a interactive BAD movie. With the "brownish" color palette, Heavy Rain could intrigue with the David Fincher's Zodiac look, but the Story telling is amateurish, the acting is bad. Characters have nothing to rely on emotionnaly. Heavy Rain gave the player the feeling that David Cage is too busy watching himself "creating" instead of offering the player, at least, a satisfying movie to watch. Heavy Rain is not even as interesting as a non-interactive benchmark demo. You want a interactive-cinematic experience? Get Uncharted 2. You'll have the thrill, the emotional and charismatic characters, without the pretention. Expand
  33. KeithY
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 2 made me go back and replay Mass Effect 1 over 2 years later...just so I could play through Mass Effect 2 with a different character with different choices from Mass Effect 1. Any game that gives 80 hours of gameplay in its first month of release and leaves me wanting to play it MORE deserves a 10.
  34. williamb
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    Please disregard the sub 9 scores, they are just sony fanboys who cant cime to grips that this is the game of the year, and is better than anything ever released on a sony system. I have all consoles including a pc...you have no concept of what a stunning game me2 is. Going back to the days of the 2600 to now, it is the single greatest game I have ever played, and if you asked 100 Please disregard the sub 9 scores, they are just sony fanboys who cant cime to grips that this is the game of the year, and is better than anything ever released on a sony system. I have all consoles including a pc...you have no concept of what a stunning game me2 is. Going back to the days of the 2600 to now, it is the single greatest game I have ever played, and if you asked 100 different people how thei game played out, who lived who died, it would be a different story from each of them. Its your movie playing out, its your decisions playing out, its your shepard! Greatest game of all time! Expand
  35. MikeyJ
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    I don't usually give games 10s, but this is a solid exception- its not perfect but its easily one of the closest games to that point that ive played in a long time. It improved on pretty much everything from the original: load times are handled much faster, and theres far less flow killing sequences in alot of places they used to be, most if not all glitches have been taken care of, I don't usually give games 10s, but this is a solid exception- its not perfect but its easily one of the closest games to that point that ive played in a long time. It improved on pretty much everything from the original: load times are handled much faster, and theres far less flow killing sequences in alot of places they used to be, most if not all glitches have been taken care of, and combat is more sophisticated. the storyline was a really nice standout too, as was with the original mass effect, its honestly one of the first games where ive actually cared about alot of the allied characters too, all are very effectively developed, and when in combat they dont get in the way half as much as they did in ME1. combine that with a 25 to 45 hour gameplay experience that can play out drastically different each time in accordance with the player's choices, you get nothing short of one of the best single player experiences ive seen yet. resource collecting was admittedly meh, but whatever, its not a deal breaker of any sort for the game, the rest of the experience makes up for it in full. great game. Expand
  36. AlexM
    Mar 14, 2010
    10
    For any fan of sci fi, or dramatic storytelling, you can not go past the Mass Effect Series. ME1 was the most engaging story in a game I have ever played, with characters and visuals and acting that were second to none. It was not perfect, and had its bugs, but it was an overall triumph. ME2 picks up where the 1st left off, and does it in style. I honestly could not fault this game, as For any fan of sci fi, or dramatic storytelling, you can not go past the Mass Effect Series. ME1 was the most engaging story in a game I have ever played, with characters and visuals and acting that were second to none. It was not perfect, and had its bugs, but it was an overall triumph. ME2 picks up where the 1st left off, and does it in style. I honestly could not fault this game, as everything you do in the game has a purpose, and fuels the richness of the epic story that is being played out. I was a fan of Star Wars as a kid, but would have to say I am now a converted Mass Effect fan. Bioware has created a world that rivals the Star Wars Universe in terms of depth, history and memorable characters. I think the story is just so brilliant, and the characters are so deep and compelling that it will hard for any game to challenge this for a very long time. I would usually say I can't wait for this game to be turned into a movie, but this game is so perfect I think every person who plays it realizes that it pretty much already is a film, a rich world that is pure escapism. Eagerly awaiting the 3rd installment... Expand
  37. chrisa
    Mar 29, 2010
    10
    If you never played any rpg before,this game will be good start for you.mass effect 2 is an artistic game with new style exploring the planets of galaxy with recruiting strong troops of this deadly space is excitement and i must say that i did not play any role playing game until this time and this was good start. trials of a rpg like mass effect 2 looks awesome.mass effect 2 is mixed of If you never played any rpg before,this game will be good start for you.mass effect 2 is an artistic game with new style exploring the planets of galaxy with recruiting strong troops of this deadly space is excitement and i must say that i did not play any role playing game until this time and this was good start. trials of a rpg like mass effect 2 looks awesome.mass effect 2 is mixed of 2 style of game,rpg with action.playing this game has a sweet taste. if you didnt play any rpg before and you like action games like me but you want to try this one too,believe me this game is for you,you can enjoy this game even if you are action fan.you can play this game with pleasure i can explain this about mass effect 2 that you travel in galaxy so as to find perfect troops of space.in the middle of your journey you will visit some strange existing.you choose your tactic to join them for your team against collectors.as commander shepherd needs to build powerful team for his purpose,he recruit them.you never be alone in this fight with unique soldiers of galaxy,you will have strongest ship and your mission is depend on your team. these mysterious missions of commander shepherd makes this one of best solid games on xbox360. certainly you will have good times with this unforgettable game and when you playing this game you will see new kind,new gene,new experience and different weapons that you never seen before. in the future i hope to see so many game like this. good work,thanks bioware and electronic arts for this artistic game. Expand
  38. A.Collen
    Mar 29, 2010
    10
    By now you must have heard of the Mass Effect series. You are a human male/female known as Commander Shepard. You go around the galaxy saving lives and taking almost as much. In Mass Effect 1 you pretty much put together a rag-tag team of humans and aliens and you have to prevent a just machine called "The Reapers" from destroying all life in the galaxy. You do so, everyone is happy. In By now you must have heard of the Mass Effect series. You are a human male/female known as Commander Shepard. You go around the galaxy saving lives and taking almost as much. In Mass Effect 1 you pretty much put together a rag-tag team of humans and aliens and you have to prevent a just machine called "The Reapers" from destroying all life in the galaxy. You do so, everyone is happy. In Mass Effect 2 things have been stepped up. [SPOILER ALERT] In the beginning of ME2 you are attacked by a lesser known alien race called "The Collectors". They destroy your beloved ship, but not before most of your crew mates get to escape pods. Things happened and you get blown into outer space, only to plummet into a planets orbit. Dying in the process. You are found by the terrorist group "Cerberus" and brought back to life with cybernetic parts. It takes them 2 years to fully bring you back. You are informed that the Reaper threat isn't over, you've barely scratched the surface. Many of your teammates have moved on. Its time to meet some new and old friends. This time again, you need the best of the best. Assassins, Mad Doctors, Psychopaths, Thieves, Marksmen, Biotic Warriors and even Geth. It is one of the best teams I have ever seen in a video game. And you must bring them together to stop the Reaper threat once and for all. I'm leaving a lot of it out on purpose so I don't totally spoil the game for you. Trust me, you'll thank me for it. Everything about this is amazing. The visuals are breathtaking. I have never seen graphics like this outside a Peter Jackson film. The characters are so well put together, you almost think of them as real friends. The voice acting is top-notch. It's like Patrick Stewart playing Professor X, you can't really picture anyone else playing that part. This game is a must have for any collection. There was only a few drawbacks for this game. Barely any to worry about, but they are there. First is the new planet scanning mini-game. This is how you search for minerals to upgrade weapons, armor, yourself, and the ship. Its just a pain sometimes when you need a lot of a mineral and you have to go looking and dragging your targeting cross-hair sluggishly around a planet. Another thing is that you can't truly explore the new citadel now. 70% of it is blocked off now which really sucks. I loved being able to run around in the first game, its a shame they screwed us out of it. Anyways, with DLC Galore and more on the way, go pick this game up before you shame yourself and your Xbox for not doing so earlier. Expand
  39. robs.
    Mar 29, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect is an incredible game, and shockingly, my favorite all time. And I don't throw that around often. You'll see that describing every new game, but I don't have anything to do with that. Mass Effect 2 definitely tops my list. The game improves in every single way upon it's original, the slightly overrated Mass Effect. Mass Effect 2 doesn't have a Mass Effect is an incredible game, and shockingly, my favorite all time. And I don't throw that around often. You'll see that describing every new game, but I don't have anything to do with that. Mass Effect 2 definitely tops my list. The game improves in every single way upon it's original, the slightly overrated Mass Effect. Mass Effect 2 doesn't have a traditional story arc, which will surprise and disappoint some when the game abruptly ends, but the ride will have been amazing. Leaving you not asking for more, but pleading for more. Craving more Mass Effect. The graphics are great, and aliens and armor rank among some of the best graphics I've ever seen. Humans are a bit bland, and animate oddly sometimes, but small complaint. The environments range from dark red's and browns on trashy city-planets where you'd expect to be mugged by a drunk Krogen at any point, to lush, bright, jungle planets. This is a great improvement over the grey warehouses of Mass Effect. Now it feels like you're adventuring in Blade Runner as opposed to Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. The combat is simply perfect. It takes the blueprint off Gears of War, Uncharted, and Resident Evil 5, and easily beats them at their own game. Third person shooting has never been so fluid and fun. Enemies react realistically to being shot, and headshots are a blast. The game does away with the clunky forced use of the attack wheel. Now you'll go into it simply to connect your favorite moves to a hotkey and get back into combat. Before you pretty much had to use it, and it didn't feel strategic, it felt like a speed bump during combat. Which brings me to the cast and story. Wow to both. This is easily the most likable cast of characters ever. Most RPGs I'll simply pick my two favorites and put the rest on the shelf until the game is over. But now you'll want to mix and match depending on the mission, or just to hear what Jack has to say. They're unique, deep, and very interesting. When the game forces a character into your party, you'll rarely mind, and welcome the chance to have Garrus at your side. The story itself is wonderfully presented, but slightly thin. You'll be on the edge of your seat, but after the game is over you'll suddenly realize that what you thought were side quests, were actually the bulk of the game, and the real action seems to be coming in Mass Effect 3. This won't be disappointing though, because it's very satisfying. And which content on the way, there's plenty of meat here. Which brings me to the reason I loved the game so very much. Mortality. Never before has a game been so visceral. I believe this is game as art, which isn't a term yet like film as art. But it will be. And this is why. Without spoiling too much, odds are, you won't finish your suicide mission with the team you started it with. And it's not a scripted gimmick like the Modern Warfare series where they kill you off six times a game for shock value. Based on tiny decisions you probably didn't put any thought into, you sealed the fate of one of the characters you loved. Hint: upgrade the ship. You don't see the point during the game, but it's key. I myself lost 4 characters and my entire crew. I was furious. I began playing reckless, as Shepard would have, but without thinking about it. Without making the conscious decision, I was running face first into combat with my shotgun blasting. The game literally affected me in a way no other game ever has. And for the first time I can think of, when a character makes a slo-motion leap into a spaceship, you have no guarantee he'll make it. How many times have we seen the Master Chief make a similar slo-motion leap of faith? Did you ever doubt the outcome? Well you will now. How many times has Dom grabbed Marcus' hand at the last second? No doubt in the outcome. But now when Shepard leaps to grab Garrus' hand right before he falls, you'll gasp and hope he gets a hold of him. This is game as art. Expand
  40. JonathanC
    Mar 31, 2010
    9
    I'll be honest, the original Mass Effect was a mediocre game. It lacked the great range of squad members that the KOTOR games had, it's combat system was rather flimsy, and felt a bit tedious at times with the inventory management (I remember sitting around selling/breaking down useless items for a good 15 minutes at one point). I was even uncertain about whether or not I'd I'll be honest, the original Mass Effect was a mediocre game. It lacked the great range of squad members that the KOTOR games had, it's combat system was rather flimsy, and felt a bit tedious at times with the inventory management (I remember sitting around selling/breaking down useless items for a good 15 minutes at one point). I was even uncertain about whether or not I'd actually bother with the sequel, even had a bit of buys regret as I slapped down 60 big ones for a new copy. But oh my god, sophomore slump this was not. It was worth every cent. Every complaint I ever had with the original was dealt with: Side-missions were actually unqiue and did not involve fighting through the same mine or aboveground/underground compound time after time; the squad choice was doubled (sadly no return of Wrex *tear*); the tedious inventory given the boot; and strengthened combat element including expanded weapon variety. And to top it all off, one the suicide mission is the most epic, all-consuming, and intense sequence I've ever experienced in my gaming days. The kind of choices made available to me makes playing any other RPG a vary disappointing experience. Being able (or at least being given the illusion) of influencing the course of events of this game is so great as to make any other experience lame in comparison. I honestly can't see the validity in the arguments against this game. The resource collecting is tedious, but it's inconvenience is completely dwarfed by the monolith that is this games storytelling, and that's what matters in RPG's, not the nitty little details of combat. If you just want to crunch numbers and levels all day, go play an MMO, and if you want an emphasis on shooting gameplay go play *gasp* a shooter! RPG's are for story telling and I haven't ever played a game with as engaging a story as Mass Effect 2. Ever. It literally pains me to know that I have to wait another 2 years for the (hopefully) epic conclusion to the trilogy. All that said, no game is perfect and I have to knock off a point for it's short play time, for being a two disc game it was frustratingly short. Good luck with ME3, Bioware, you've set the bar exceptionally high for yourselves. Expand
  41. CodyB
    Mar 3, 2010
    10
    Let me start off by saying that I hated Mass Effect 1. It was slow, clunky, glitchy, and extremely boring. I tried to play it 2 different times but the pace of the game was so slow that I couldn't ever get into the amazing story. Mass Effect 2 is nothing like the first! Every problem that was in ME 1 they have fixed in ME 2. This is hands down the best game I have played and I Let me start off by saying that I hated Mass Effect 1. It was slow, clunky, glitchy, and extremely boring. I tried to play it 2 different times but the pace of the game was so slow that I couldn't ever get into the amazing story. Mass Effect 2 is nothing like the first! Every problem that was in ME 1 they have fixed in ME 2. This is hands down the best game I have played and I haven't even finished it yet. I feel like I am Marcus Phoenix with jedi powers in this game! Nuff said. Expand
  42. Hunter
    Mar 3, 2010
    10
    This is an absolutly amazing game and is one of the best games i have ever played with some amazingly epic moments and top-notch voice acting and graphics on top of it i cant get enough of this game.ive played it so much and im still not bored i love this game.the personality of all the character is diverese non are the same and each one has a unique backstory and are fun to find out This is an absolutly amazing game and is one of the best games i have ever played with some amazingly epic moments and top-notch voice acting and graphics on top of it i cant get enough of this game.ive played it so much and im still not bored i love this game.the personality of all the character is diverese non are the same and each one has a unique backstory and are fun to find out about.The graphics are amazing in this game the art every thing its has some of the best graphics i have seen in a long time.The music is amazing aswell none of it is annoying or reptitive and it all fits the moment its in.I recomend this to any one who wants a truly epic experience with fun third person elements and rpg elements also this is already GOTY in my opinion. Expand
  43. Vanimal
    Apr 1, 2010
    10
    I almost never give 10s. The last 10s in the last 2 decades for me would be Resi 4 and Half-Life 2. I'm 37 yrs old and been gaming heavily since the Atari 2600. This may be the best gamer's game ever made. I didn't even care for ME1 enough to play past 10 hours. I can't even describe how good it is, so I won't even try anymore. Play it and find out for yourself.
  44. davidshepard
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    best game ever
  45. BarryP.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    Just wow. I never expected BioWare and EA to pull this one off. The original Mass Effect was the best singleplayer game on next gen console next to BioShock and Oblivion and it was breathtaking. The sheer size of the planets and scope in general was second to none. But this, the sequel betters the original in every way. The combat is infinitely superior, feeling more flexible and "there", Just wow. I never expected BioWare and EA to pull this one off. The original Mass Effect was the best singleplayer game on next gen console next to BioShock and Oblivion and it was breathtaking. The sheer size of the planets and scope in general was second to none. But this, the sequel betters the original in every way. The combat is infinitely superior, feeling more flexible and "there", so to speak. All the simple things such as adding ammo count and a proper reticule without the questionable triangle targets just gives the game a smoother feel and more accomplished finish. I have only been playing for 4 hours but this is a genuine masterpiece that should not be overlooked by anyone who owns a 360 or PC. Believe me when I say that this will be a contender for GOTY in every respect. Expand
  46. CLive
    Feb 22, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 2 improves on the old formula from Mass Effect 1 in many ways while still falling prey to some of the follies. This past weekend I replayed all of ME1 to get what I wanted as an outcome and then continued onto play ME2 with that character. Playing them back to back gives a good perspective on how the graphics have advanced and how much the gameplay (aside from the little Mass Effect 2 improves on the old formula from Mass Effect 1 in many ways while still falling prey to some of the follies. This past weekend I replayed all of ME1 to get what I wanted as an outcome and then continued onto play ME2 with that character. Playing them back to back gives a good perspective on how the graphics have advanced and how much the gameplay (aside from the little minigames) has changed. Firing and shooting (aside from the drastic universe change to a clip based system) is greatly improved. being able to map several powers to the keys instead of halting the action makes for a much more enjoyable game. The minigames break up the action and story a bit, scanning planets, hacking and such are tedious and distract from the story and action. The story, here is my only real complaint, what story? If you've played the HALO series start to finish then you know that HALO 2 is just a setup for HALO 3. There is some plot, the gameplay is fun, overall a good experience but it just doesn't have the umph that the first one did. In ME2 we find the same thing. with a total of 3 or 4 actual plot missions the majority of the game is made up of recruiting your team and earning their loyalty. While these missions are fun there seems to be little in the way of main story plot, we don't really know what is going on until the end (which is a good thing) but when we find out all we realize is that there is a big battle coming. We kinda figured that from the first one. I know this review is long but one last thing. The BEST THING about ME2 is the characters you get on your side. Their personalities are great (for the most part) and talking to Mordin was one of the most rewarding experiences in the game. I suggest you do pick up ME2 and give it a shot. Best of luck on Insanity. Expand
  47. JustinV
    Mar 17, 2010
    10
    There's someone below me named Adam B. that rated this game and gave it a 7. He said it was a 10 hour RPG and that the game was only worth renting. I just want to clarify to everyone that it's physically impossible to beat this game in 10 hours. You could maybe in 20 if you were really good and didn't do any exploration at all. This game is amazing and has a ton of replay There's someone below me named Adam B. that rated this game and gave it a 7. He said it was a 10 hour RPG and that the game was only worth renting. I just want to clarify to everyone that it's physically impossible to beat this game in 10 hours. You could maybe in 20 if you were really good and didn't do any exploration at all. This game is amazing and has a ton of replay value. There's a lot of different classes and also different decisions from mass effect 1 that can flip this game upside down for you. Yeah the concept is the same, recruit a good team and take them on a suicide mission against the collectors. But it's the personal relationships that can almost make the game feel totally different. This is the best RPG i've ever played and i've played them all. If you can though, use a class that has adrenaline rush(soldier class) because this is the best combat feature in the game. It allows you to slow time to increase chances for head shots and also does more damage. It sounds simple but is really an addictive and an amazing feature that will make you appreciate this game even more. Kinda reminds me of the vat system in fallout 3 even though its not exactly the same concept. And folks, please don't come out and spend time rating and commenting this game if you haven't even played it or because you're a fanboy because there are some people who rely on our honest opinions to help with there purchasing decisions. Summary: If you love RPGs then this is the best you can buy and if you don't then y are you even playing this game. And if you haven't even play the game then please don't taint the user review section with some misleading information. thank you and hopefully this review helps. Expand
  48. Feb 27, 2011
    9
    The game manages to improve the faults of its predecessor by adding game play mechanics and introducing the ability to import saved files form the first game.

    PROS: Firefights are vastly improved. Character and story progression is good. In game choices make an impact in story development. Different classes in game offer unique ways to play and manage to feel different. CONS: Minimal RPG
    The game manages to improve the faults of its predecessor by adding game play mechanics and introducing the ability to import saved files form the first game.

    PROS: Firefights are vastly improved. Character and story progression is good. In game choices make an impact in story development.
    Different classes in game offer unique ways to play and manage to feel different.

    CONS: Minimal RPG aspects. Game feels more like a shooter than an RPG.
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  49. Sep 4, 2011
    9
    Mass Effect 2 is almost in every way, better than the first. They got rid of all the annoying stuff and instead focused on what was good about Mass Effect. And the result was amazing. The team members are just as captivating as in the first and now you can even get their loyalty by helping them. The game also has more main missions than the first and the side quests are better, each withMass Effect 2 is almost in every way, better than the first. They got rid of all the annoying stuff and instead focused on what was good about Mass Effect. And the result was amazing. The team members are just as captivating as in the first and now you can even get their loyalty by helping them. The game also has more main missions than the first and the side quests are better, each with their own special layout, compared to the first, who only had three or four different "dungeon" layouts. They also got rid of the annoying inventory system and replaced with a simpler system, that may actually be a bit too simple for an RPG. And if I had to criticize something, it would be that they focused too much on the shooter part and too little on the RPG part. But the best part? You can continue with your character from the first game and watch the consequences of your actions, although not as much as I had hoped for. Expand
  50. Jul 30, 2011
    10
    If somebody tells you that video games are not art, look no further than Mass Effect 2 to prove them wrong. It stands atop all games in terms of story telling, character development, and engrossing players in the universe Bioware created. The only RPG element that Bioware stepped back on was the character ability development, apart from that they improved on everything that they started inIf somebody tells you that video games are not art, look no further than Mass Effect 2 to prove them wrong. It stands atop all games in terms of story telling, character development, and engrossing players in the universe Bioware created. The only RPG element that Bioware stepped back on was the character ability development, apart from that they improved on everything that they started in Mass Effect 1. The removal of the cumbersome inventory system, the addition of several more party members, and the improvement of the combat system all more than make up for the supposed "step back" in character statistic development. All-in-all, Mass Effect 2 improved upon Mass Effect 1 even more so than I expected. Expand
  51. Sep 23, 2011
    10
    It has to be the greatest game i've ever played, it's got the greatest story i've ever played, the combat system is new and more fun, everything rocks.
  52. Dec 20, 2011
    10
    Fans of ME1 could be put of this game because of the simplified rpg elements, but I really couldn't care less, The games a 3rd person shooter with light rpg elements and a decent story line with fairly well developed characters, I played through and beat this game I think 12 times I've never done this for any other game besides "kirby's dream land" on the game boy.
  53. Oct 3, 2011
    10
    This is hands down, the best game ever. The combat is intense and absolutely amazingly good. Nothing isn't fun in this game. You feel like spendin' $20 bucks on a shooter, this is your thing.
  54. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    A bloody great game, on of the best. The only thing missing from ME2 was the planet exploring with the Mako like in ME1. This game is absolutely amazing. One of the best.
  55. Nov 21, 2011
    9
    A very entertaining game, I was very impressed with the effort put into it. The weapons are all equally desirable and I actually thought about each decision I made in campaign. The reason I didn't give this game a perfect score was because there were several instances where I felt lost and confused even with the map. There wwas also the occasional freeze or glitch. I really am happy withA very entertaining game, I was very impressed with the effort put into it. The weapons are all equally desirable and I actually thought about each decision I made in campaign. The reason I didn't give this game a perfect score was because there were several instances where I felt lost and confused even with the map. There wwas also the occasional freeze or glitch. I really am happy with this game even though I got it for free from gamestop. a very good sequel; can wait for the next one! Expand
  56. Jan 29, 2012
    10
    Simply the best game I have ever played, not just for the gameplay, but mainly because of the story. The Mass Effect Series is what I see as the future of gaming, essentially a playable book. Bioware has made good writing the most important part of their games. It is chalked full of allusions and symbolism and it has a great linear story. In a book, you can only get so much. You get theSimply the best game I have ever played, not just for the gameplay, but mainly because of the story. The Mass Effect Series is what I see as the future of gaming, essentially a playable book. Bioware has made good writing the most important part of their games. It is chalked full of allusions and symbolism and it has a great linear story. In a book, you can only get so much. You get the story of the person and the development of characters. In a video game, you can get the entire universe and you can actually experience the path of the main character. No amount of imagery or metaphors will ever substitute for seeing it first hand as Mass Effect has shown us. I count it as the single most enjoyable game I have ever played. I have played it through 7 times now and will never get bored with it. Expand
  57. May 10, 2012
    9
    Mass Effect 2 has a good story, fun combat and I really enjoyed playing the game. I was sad to see a lack of any vehicle combat but it doesn't take too much away. The combat system is a definite improvement over the first game and the overall polish seemed a little better.
  58. Apr 17, 2012
    9
    This game is a solid rent for any gamer. I would suggest buying it though, since the story warrants a few different playthroughs to experiment with the different outcomes and storyline possibilities along the way. Mass Effect 2 eliminates many of the undesirable elements of the first game (I'm looking at you "companion with you the majority of the game" achievements and ridiculous amountsThis game is a solid rent for any gamer. I would suggest buying it though, since the story warrants a few different playthroughs to experiment with the different outcomes and storyline possibilities along the way. Mass Effect 2 eliminates many of the undesirable elements of the first game (I'm looking at you "companion with you the majority of the game" achievements and ridiculous amounts of omni-gel), but I do miss the armor and weapon customization elements from the first game. Also, the heavy weapons were also a little annoying to me since there never seemed to be enough ammo, and the charge times on certain weapons seemed ridiculously long (M-490 Blackstorm, M-920 Cain). With all those minor gripes aside, I LOVE the option to go on the suicide mission whenever you want, so you can spend as little or as much time on each character's storyline as you like. This one is a win for gamers. Expand
  59. May 10, 2012
    10
    An amazing game! Not as good as 3 but better then 1. The first game suffered from sub par shooting mechanics. The sequel fixes this and makes a game that competes with the best. Story is great, and acting amazing.
  60. Oct 9, 2012
    9
    Fantastic game and an incredible follow up to the first. I did not like how they made it more of an third person action shooter than an rpg though. I feel like this game is meant to be an rpg. Most compliment the new inventory system, but i liked the bogged down inventory in ME1. Yes it was more to get use to and a little more complicated and ugly, but it game me so many more on the flyFantastic game and an incredible follow up to the first. I did not like how they made it more of an third person action shooter than an rpg though. I feel like this game is meant to be an rpg. Most compliment the new inventory system, but i liked the bogged down inventory in ME1. Yes it was more to get use to and a little more complicated and ugly, but it game me so many more on the fly options that the inventory in ME2 just cannot offer. Other than that, get this game. It is absolutely amazing. Expand
  61. Mar 9, 2013
    9
    The original Mass Effect was amazing, and Mass Effect 2 promised to be even better. Did it deliver? Kind of. The game itself is amazing. The gameplay was really improved, making it a good cover shooter, it showed you more of the galaxy, notably by giving you access to three hubs, all of them having different atmospheres. The characters you recruit in the game all have their own story, andThe original Mass Effect was amazing, and Mass Effect 2 promised to be even better. Did it deliver? Kind of. The game itself is amazing. The gameplay was really improved, making it a good cover shooter, it showed you more of the galaxy, notably by giving you access to three hubs, all of them having different atmospheres. The characters you recruit in the game all have their own story, and it's really them that make this game great. This really gives the game a 9/10.

    However, as an RPG, it fails on a lot of points. First of all, the RPG system was really dumbed down. They completely removed the inventory, and instead put a streamlined level up system. A lot of the skills from the original Mass Effect were removed. They also scrapped planet exploration, which was a bit flawed but could have been great, had they improved on it. Instead it was replaced by a repetitive planet scanning mini-game. Sadly, the main plot also falls short. It feels inconsequential to the overall story of Commander Shepard having to stop the Reapers, and that's really a shame. So as a Mass Effect game/RPG, Mass Effect 2 gets a 7.5/10.
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  62. Mar 6, 2013
    10
    To put it simply, this is one of the best games ever made. The memorable characters, great story, and interactivity of this game really made it memorable. The combat is much better than in the original game, that getting into fights was less of a chore and more fun. Every single mission felt like it had a purpose, and the lack of the cut and paste mission design was much appreciated. ITo put it simply, this is one of the best games ever made. The memorable characters, great story, and interactivity of this game really made it memorable. The combat is much better than in the original game, that getting into fights was less of a chore and more fun. Every single mission felt like it had a purpose, and the lack of the cut and paste mission design was much appreciated. I did every character's loyalty mission so they wouldn't die because I was invested in the characters. This game also had some of the greatest DLC I have ever played. Lair of the Shadow Broker was incredible, and the other DLC was fun too. Overall this game is the complete package, and a good sequel always surpasses the original. Mass Effect 2 does just that. Expand
  63. Mar 10, 2013
    10
    The Mass Effect universe makes you look upon characters within the games with a whole other perspective. Each individual character has his/her/its tailored personality, and while the story of Mass Effect 2 is less compelling than the planet exploration elements of the first game, it outshines it gameplay-wise. Mass Effect 2 takes place in an established universe, so it won't have the sameThe Mass Effect universe makes you look upon characters within the games with a whole other perspective. Each individual character has his/her/its tailored personality, and while the story of Mass Effect 2 is less compelling than the planet exploration elements of the first game, it outshines it gameplay-wise. Mass Effect 2 takes place in an established universe, so it won't have the same amount of detail to every encounter as in the first ME game. That does nothing to tamper with the game's overall quality, as new races, factions and lots of characters are introduced. There are a huge amount of variables being counted in through player choices throughout the game. This is my favorite RPG of all time, because my Mass Effect game is unlike yours or any others. Expand
  64. May 30, 2013
    5
    This was a very disappointing game and a step backwards from what made Mass Effect so good. To be fair, it once again had great character development and an intriguing story, but the gameplay was poor at best. It turns into a 3rd person shooter using the cover system more often. Baddies will take cover, fire a few potshots, rinse and repeat the entire game. It gets extremely predictableThis was a very disappointing game and a step backwards from what made Mass Effect so good. To be fair, it once again had great character development and an intriguing story, but the gameplay was poor at best. It turns into a 3rd person shooter using the cover system more often. Baddies will take cover, fire a few potshots, rinse and repeat the entire game. It gets extremely predictable and boring all too quickly. I can't recommend it. Expand
  65. Jul 11, 2013
    9
    Mass Effect 2 is the second game in the brilliant Mass Effect series, and boy does it not disappoint. At the time of this review, I am about a quarter way through Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 2 is by far my favorite game of the franchise. It’s characters are relatable and charming and the story and world is a blast to travel through, although it does feel extremely linear despite beingMass Effect 2 is the second game in the brilliant Mass Effect series, and boy does it not disappoint. At the time of this review, I am about a quarter way through Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 2 is by far my favorite game of the franchise. It’s characters are relatable and charming and the story and world is a blast to travel through, although it does feel extremely linear despite being open world.

    Yes, the missions and the planets are still very cramped, the combat is still mediocre (yet much better than in the first game), and for some reason skill trees/customization has been downplayed in ME 2, but none of this matters when compared to the story and characters as a whole. The game starts with the Normandy being destroyed and Commander Shepard being rebuilt for two whole years, which first feels annoying because that seems like a way to make your decisions in the first Mass Effect have minimal effect but I eventually realized that this was for the best of the plot.

    This time you’re working for Cerberus instead of the Alliance. Cerberus is an organization commonly misidentified as human-only terrorists who need Shepard to protect human colonies from a new enemy known as collectors. Combat has been refined (yet is still boring), the god-awful autosave has been fixed and the dreadful Mako moments have been removed. It’s a real big shame that each loyalty mission (missions in which you gain the loyalty of a character so they aren’t distracted in the final mission) and story mission have to include combat because it’s really sluggish and isn’t innovative. Of course, I understand why it is there because otherwise there would be no core gameplay, but that’s all there is to combat in ME 2: to be filler in-between story moments.

    You go around recruiting new characters and learning about their lives, as well as bumping into (and recruiting a few) ME 1 characters. There are also a lot of side missions and depending on your ending you may be able to continue playing after completing the game which was a smart decision by the developers. Unfortunately, unlike in the first Mass Effect, you cannot become friends with romance-able characters- you either romance them or turn them down.

    The only major issue I have with this game outside of the combat is the lack of direction in some cases. The game never tells you that upgrading your ship is important however that has major effects in the final mission. As well as that, it doesn’t tell you that to upgrade your ship you’re gonna have to scout other planets for resources. In other words, I wasn’t upgrading my ship or scouting planets until right before the final mission when I realized how important this was.

    Mass Effect 2 is captivating, interesting, and makes you care so much for the characters (specifically Mordin, who is so funny). Sure, this game has its downfalls, but nevertheless it is an excellent game and you’d do yourself a disfavor if you didn’t play it (but make sure you play the first game before, or else you aren’t getting the full experience).

    Full Score: 9.5/10
    You can also check out my second opinion at: http://binarymessiah.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/mass-effect-2-910/
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  66. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    In my opinion, this is the BEST GAME EVER MADE. It is so perfect, I felt like I had complete control at the end(unlike in 3), I was a sucker for side quests and it actually paid off! I loved it so much, it felt like the perfect adventure, every part of it was an awesome twist or an action sequence. It was awesome.
  67. MikeH
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    A joy to play! Improving on ME1 in every way-from the conversations, to the leveling up system, to exploring the galaxy. The wonderful scripting come to be expected from Bioware is still present, but with superb references to ME1, which will make players of the previous game smile. All in all, a beautifully crafted game, that leaves us all wondering the answer to this question-how long A joy to play! Improving on ME1 in every way-from the conversations, to the leveling up system, to exploring the galaxy. The wonderful scripting come to be expected from Bioware is still present, but with superb references to ME1, which will make players of the previous game smile. All in all, a beautifully crafted game, that leaves us all wondering the answer to this question-how long until Mass Effect 3? Expand
  68. Feb 23, 2011
    10
    This game gets it right. Both Mass Effect 1 and 2 are remarkable, yet they are extremely different. I liked the simplicity the weapon system and how damage was more focused on upgrading your character rather than your weapon. Biotics are also much more fun this time around. I found it to be a good mix of rpg and shooter, just like the first one, just more tilted in the shooter directionThis game gets it right. Both Mass Effect 1 and 2 are remarkable, yet they are extremely different. I liked the simplicity the weapon system and how damage was more focused on upgrading your character rather than your weapon. Biotics are also much more fun this time around. I found it to be a good mix of rpg and shooter, just like the first one, just more tilted in the shooter direction this time around. Still takes about 30 hours to complete. Expand
  69. GageG.
    Jan 31, 2010
    8
    This game is downright amazing, but it does have it flaws. They totally ripped apart the RPG system and made it not even as in depth as the first game. It is more of a shooter rather than a RPG. I guess to appeal to the masses. And the new weapons system is not as good and many other little flaws that made me mad, but I still enjoy the game. Just make sure you know this is more of a This game is downright amazing, but it does have it flaws. They totally ripped apart the RPG system and made it not even as in depth as the first game. It is more of a shooter rather than a RPG. I guess to appeal to the masses. And the new weapons system is not as good and many other little flaws that made me mad, but I still enjoy the game. Just make sure you know this is more of a shooter than RPG. It is not a defining RPG. Expand
  70. Nov 20, 2010
    10
    Human colonies have started disappearing around the edges of space. Suspicious that the Reapers - the ancient machines - are behind the attacks, Shepard joins up with Cerberus and its mysterious leader, The Illusive Man (voiced by Martin Sheen), to investigate.....

    The sequel's events kick off a few months after the original title's conclusion, taking into account all the choices you
    Human colonies have started disappearing around the edges of space. Suspicious that the Reapers - the ancient machines - are behind the attacks, Shepard joins up with Cerberus and its mysterious leader, The Illusive Man (voiced by Martin Sheen), to investigate.....

    The sequel's events kick off a few months after the original title's conclusion, taking into account all the choices you made and people you killed and spared in the original game (if you've kept hold of your Mass Effect 1 save at least), with The Normandy under attack by an unknown attacker. Without spoiling anything, Mass Effect 2 has one of the most memorable openings to a game ever.

    Mass Effect 2 makes its amazing original look really simple. Whether you're eavesdropping on a pair of Krogans in The (New) Citadel, mining planets for resources from space, or outfitting your private quarters with a fish tank and a space hamster, almost every area in the game is improved upon and impressively presented. It really does feel as if BioWare compiled a big checklist of the first game's bad points, and scratched them off one by one. Rubbish vehicle sections, overwhelming inventory management and, yes, elevator load times have all been thrown in the bin. The result is a more balanced and approachable game - arguably BioWare's best to date.

    The game is fully deservant of it's reputation as "The Avatar of video games except it's better written better!" and has earned countless perfect scores in the process! This is not only Bioware's greatest game, it's not even only the game of the year but it might be the greatest game of the decade!
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  71. Feb 16, 2011
    10
    The game was fantastic, and a great blend of action and RPG elements. Even without importin a save game from the first game, I was sucked into this one and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Starting a second playthrough, this time with an imported game to see some of the things I missed.
  72. TaylorH.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    From within the first few minutes of booting up the game, it is apparent how much work went into this game. Incredible visuals, NO graphical "texture loads", fast-paced combat that provides more versatility than you usually know what to do with, and a storyline that makes 90% of any other Xbox 360 (or PS3 for that matter) pale in comparison. Mix in a deep customization option, and events From within the first few minutes of booting up the game, it is apparent how much work went into this game. Incredible visuals, NO graphical "texture loads", fast-paced combat that provides more versatility than you usually know what to do with, and a storyline that makes 90% of any other Xbox 360 (or PS3 for that matter) pale in comparison. Mix in a deep customization option, and events that carry over from the first game into the second, and you get on epic adventure that you will want to experience again and again and again. 4 play-thrus were needed on Mass Effect 1 for me. With Mass Effect 2, even 6 probably wont be enough. Epic gameplay. Tightly polished graphics, audio and storytelling. Engaging characters and memorable events. 10/10, without a doubt. Expand
  73. DionD.
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    It dazzles, sparkles and emotes the senses. The combat is dazzling, from the biotic powers and squad commands to the shooting itself. The exploration and world is what the first game promised, it feels like you are exploring the universe. The music continues on from the first game with an elegent mix of 80's syn and modern day bombastic. The graphics and frame rate are both clean and It dazzles, sparkles and emotes the senses. The combat is dazzling, from the biotic powers and squad commands to the shooting itself. The exploration and world is what the first game promised, it feels like you are exploring the universe. The music continues on from the first game with an elegent mix of 80's syn and modern day bombastic. The graphics and frame rate are both clean and crisp and skily smooth respectfully. But despite all these improvements, its the story and the way the game moved me till the very end is why this game is a once in a generation experience. Expand
  74. DavidW.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played. ME2 is immersive in a way I've never seen before and tackles some of the darker attributes of humanity. Great game.
  75. GC
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    This is a game of improvements over ME1 which was a spectacular gaming accomplishment... Texture Detail, Lighting, Story, Controller Layout, Dialog Trees, Dialog Interaction,, Normandy, Elevator Rides, Side Quests, Exploration, Inventory System, Enemy AI, Squad AI, Targeting, Game HUD, Mid Level Loading,, Level Design, ... the list goes on... To see every gripe or annoyance from the first This is a game of improvements over ME1 which was a spectacular gaming accomplishment... Texture Detail, Lighting, Story, Controller Layout, Dialog Trees, Dialog Interaction,, Normandy, Elevator Rides, Side Quests, Exploration, Inventory System, Enemy AI, Squad AI, Targeting, Game HUD, Mid Level Loading,, Level Design, ... the list goes on... To see every gripe or annoyance from the first game tweaked and improved, makes a great game design (ME1) become truly fantastic. If you liked ME1 get ME2... you'll love it. Yes, they made adjustments to Combat (less like KOTOR) and streamlined the RPG aspects (simpler inventory/character management) but the changes only add to the overall gaming experience. Bravo BioWare. Wish you had done something like this with Dragon Age. Expand
  76. BrentonM.
    Feb 1, 2010
    10
    Hats off to Bioware! Only halfway through the game and it's living up to everything I hoped it would. Purposely stayed away from reading too much into it prior to release, so being a huge fan of ME1 makes all the surprises and ramifications even more EPIC!
  77. Matt
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    One of the best and most absorbing game experiences I've had in recent memory. The improvements to presentation and gameplay are stellar, but without making the original title obsolete. The level of engagement with the characters and story is on par with my adolescent obsession with Final Fantasy. This is an RPG for the maturing gamer, and a step forward for the genre. Unlike most One of the best and most absorbing game experiences I've had in recent memory. The improvements to presentation and gameplay are stellar, but without making the original title obsolete. The level of engagement with the characters and story is on par with my adolescent obsession with Final Fantasy. This is an RPG for the maturing gamer, and a step forward for the genre. Unlike most sequels, if the first one didn't do it for you, this one might just change your mind. Highly recommended. Expand
  78. TerryG
    Feb 2, 2010
    9
    This game just set the gold standard for what an Xbox 360 game should look and play like. The story is intense, regardless of the doldrums in the middle of the game. This is also a great example of what a science fiction epic should feel like, a feeling not felt since your first trip through Star Wars. Yes there were some points where I begged the question "Why?" but for the most part the This game just set the gold standard for what an Xbox 360 game should look and play like. The story is intense, regardless of the doldrums in the middle of the game. This is also a great example of what a science fiction epic should feel like, a feeling not felt since your first trip through Star Wars. Yes there were some points where I begged the question "Why?" but for the most part the galaxy is expansive and with my first play through topping 30 hours I was not left feeling like I could have done more. Looking forward to ME3 and hoping they keep up the good work. Expand
  79. AdrianM
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    Mass Effect 2 is simply awe-inspiring. After having just completed the first installment, for the second time, the week before Mass Effect 2's release, I could easily note the numerous references to the first game. The storyline, graphics, and streamlined combat make this game a must-have and, in my humble opinion, the best Xbox 360 game to date. The whole Mass Effect universe has Mass Effect 2 is simply awe-inspiring. After having just completed the first installment, for the second time, the week before Mass Effect 2's release, I could easily note the numerous references to the first game. The storyline, graphics, and streamlined combat make this game a must-have and, in my humble opinion, the best Xbox 360 game to date. The whole Mass Effect universe has been solidified and expanded upon in this game, and BioWare definitely outdid themselves and have put the Mass Effect franchise on the top of many gamers' lists of favorites. The storyline is capturing, the characters are memorable (and you learn to love them), and all of the characters from the previous game are there albeit unavailable. Mass Effect fans will surely enjoy the game, and new players in the Mass Effect games will find themselves enjoying it anyway. I would, however, encourage people to buy or rent the first game before playing this game. Most RPG fans will love the detail in the storyline of the first game, and it will make Mass Effect 2 an even more enjoyable experience. Expand
  80. JacobK
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    As a veteran gamer and lover of roleplaying games as well as a fan of Mass Effect 1 and of all Bioware games I am ecstatic to say that ME2 does not disappoint. By playing this game, one will immerse themselves in a beautifully crafted universe that takes place in the 23rd century. Bioware has created a fantasy world that is believable and rivals that of J.R.R. Tolkien's middle-earth. As a veteran gamer and lover of roleplaying games as well as a fan of Mass Effect 1 and of all Bioware games I am ecstatic to say that ME2 does not disappoint. By playing this game, one will immerse themselves in a beautifully crafted universe that takes place in the 23rd century. Bioware has created a fantasy world that is believable and rivals that of J.R.R. Tolkien's middle-earth. No RPG to date can rival ME2. Bioware took every aspect of the first game that players weren't satisfied with and revamped the entire ME game play. No more tedious, redundant world explorations but rather new unique experiences that are discovered by scanning worlds; no more pointless minerals, which are now used for upgrades; no more driving an all-too-boring mako; no more inventory mayhem, where instead there is no traditional inventory; no linear classes but instead class options that will provide a new experience each playthrough. These are just some examples of how ME2 outdoes its predecessor. Most notable though is how ME2 introduces characters in a fashion that is unrivaled by any game in existence today. With ME2, not only do you immerse yourself in a stupendous and fantastical universe but also plunge yourself into the depths of characters you meet in your travels; each character with a unique and realistic personality that encompasses and runs parallel with the ME universe. With such engrossing game play, grandiose storytelling, fantastically crafted universe and realistic NPC/squadmates that everyone can relate to ME2 does not leave much to criticize. But no game comes without criticism, and while ME2 has a poultry amount of criticisms compared to other games, some aspects of the game could be better. Mainly what got me included the minuscule amount of weapons at your disposal. For example, there are 2 assault riffles (one other that I don't count but isn't available to everyone), 2 submachine guns and 2 pistols, and while there are more types of weapons to choose from their are few versions in each category. Another aspect that can be looked down on is the strip of the inventory system to the few weapons and upgrades; in other words, the "loot" aspect of ME1 is not present. Furthermore, the mining of minerals is extremely boring and slow, where these minerals are needed for upgrades. As far as glitches go, ME2 has no more and maybe fewer than any game it might relate to upon release. Despite these very few criticisms that one can make for ME2, they are all irrelevant because of the overflow of entrainment and excitement the game brings to its players. Even if the player has not played ME1, this a game not to pass up on. Rent it, buy it, get all the achievements, import character from ME1, do whatever it is that will enable you to play this hell of a great game. Expand
  81. davidshepard
    Jan 28, 2010
    10
    best game ever
  82. QuangN.
    Jan 28, 2010
    9
    One of the best dialogue system in the history of gaming along with great story telling and combat mechanics. foe ME 1 fans a must have and for those who start with the second game, I can only recommend you to get the original as well. the save game import function should be installed to all games that have story relevant sequels!
  83. GregP.
    Jan 28, 2010
    10
    Brilliant gameplay in addition to an engaging story and interesting characterw make this game one of the best I have ever played.
  84. AM
    Jan 28, 2010
    10
    An incredibly polished, deeply involving science fiction epic. BioWare always makes great games, but this masterpiece is on par with the near-perfection achieved by Infinity Engine-era BioWare. I never thought I would say it, but even though it's been made more accessible to a broad audience through the incorporation of well-implemented shooter mechanics, Mass Effect 2 is easily on An incredibly polished, deeply involving science fiction epic. BioWare always makes great games, but this masterpiece is on par with the near-perfection achieved by Infinity Engine-era BioWare. I never thought I would say it, but even though it's been made more accessible to a broad audience through the incorporation of well-implemented shooter mechanics, Mass Effect 2 is easily on par with Planescape:Torment and Baldur's Gate 2. A bravura performance, and one that fully deserves to be one of the highest-rated games of all time. Expand
  85. GregoryN
    Jan 29, 2010
    10
    The perfect Sci-Fi experience. Some may say that the game has been dulled down from the original, but I digress. The original Mass Effect may have been deeper in customization options, but ME2 brings a lot more to the table as far as an overall experience. This time around, getting a crew together actually feels worthwhile and each member of your team brings something new and exciting to The perfect Sci-Fi experience. Some may say that the game has been dulled down from the original, but I digress. The original Mass Effect may have been deeper in customization options, but ME2 brings a lot more to the table as far as an overall experience. This time around, getting a crew together actually feels worthwhile and each member of your team brings something new and exciting to your party. The small things are what really matter in this game. Conversations are well written, but it is the small pieces of audio that you hear from people that you pass by that really make you love Bioware. This game is a MUST for any fan of Sci-Fi, RPGs, or even shooters as the combat has been turned up to 11. Get this game now!!! Expand
  86. KaiK.
    Jan 31, 2010
    8
    Now before you nail me to the cross and tell me that my opinion is wrong its important to note that this game is good but far from perfect. It has many good improvements from the first one (mostly combat), but the pacing and game play at times are uninteresting, and at times flat out boring. For example: In Mass effect 1, you had the "mako" a vehicle to explore planets. The mako game playNow before you nail me to the cross and tell me that my opinion is wrong its important to note that this game is good but far from perfect. It has many good improvements from the first one (mostly combat), but the pacing and game play at times are uninteresting, and at times flat out boring. For example: In Mass effect 1, you had the "mako" a vehicle to explore planets. The mako game play was a cut and paste kind of game play which was some what boring. However it make collecting resource bearable since you get to shoot enemies and actually play. But in Mass Effect 2 you do something even more boring and even more cut and paste. You probe and scan planets to gain resources, which is extremely time consuming and uninspiring and flat out boring. Although its optional you won't be able to upgrade anything unless you mine for these resources. Your survival depends on these upgrades, which essentially means that you have to do it whether you like it or not. The other step backwards for Mass effect 2 is the Galaxy navigation. It is time consuming and unnecessary compared to Mass Effect 1 which had a quick and accessible galaxy navigation, Mass Effects 2 replaces that with a Expand
  87. AndrewH.
    Jan 31, 2010
    10
    To say that this game has built upon Mass Effect is giving it too little credit. BioWare has taken the near-perfect system used in Mass Effect and honed all of the edges. The combat is better, exploration is less of a pain, and most of all, this game manages to bring out emotions buried deep within you to actually care about the members of your team. Mass Effect 2 is, by far, the greatest To say that this game has built upon Mass Effect is giving it too little credit. BioWare has taken the near-perfect system used in Mass Effect and honed all of the edges. The combat is better, exploration is less of a pain, and most of all, this game manages to bring out emotions buried deep within you to actually care about the members of your team. Mass Effect 2 is, by far, the greatest game I've ever played. Expand
  88. JeffB.
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    Amazing space epic that had my heart racing and curiosity out of control from beginning to end. Choices hit hard due to being morally gray in nature and characters were deem and engaging. First series I've ever played where my choices caused me to feel joy and sometimes regret depending on the situation. Bioware really raised the bar for RPG's to come
  89. KyleS.
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    GotY. Improves on the first in every way, removing any boring elements, and only a few minor bugs. Amazing visuals, awesome story, addictive gameplay, and extremely long by today's standards.
  90. OliverM
    Feb 4, 2010
    10
    One of the greatest games ever made to date! Has the best party of characters (both in usefulness and background story, dialogue etc.) in any game I've ever played. The dialogue, graphics pacing and mix of both 'casual' and 'hardcore' elements are sublime! Definetly a must play for anybody with even the slightest interest in Sci-Fi. This is the Star Wars of video gaming!
  91. B.M
    Feb 4, 2010
    10
    Don't listen to all the haters, this is an amazing game that captivates from the start, Its not a lot different from the 1st one but it does not need to be because that game was close enough to perfection anyway. Some little things have been improved though like the covering system, It uses a similar one to Gears Of War. If you haven't played the first game my advise would be to Don't listen to all the haters, this is an amazing game that captivates from the start, Its not a lot different from the 1st one but it does not need to be because that game was close enough to perfection anyway. Some little things have been improved though like the covering system, It uses a similar one to Gears Of War. If you haven't played the first game my advise would be to play through it first then play this one as the story is an integral part of the experience, also you can import your saved game from the first title so the decisions you made affect the story of the second game. I can't recommend this game enough, It is easily one of the best games ever made, a must buy. Expand
  92. Erik
    Feb 5, 2010
    10
    If this game was released last year it would have definatly been my game of the decade, if you have a PC able to run this game, or an Xbox 360.... pick up this game now! Epic story, great Soundtrack, love able cast, great Voice actors... this is my dream come true! Bioware... thank you!
  93. AlexQ
    Feb 7, 2010
    10
    85/100 for a game this good would be harsh so GameCritics giving Mass Effect 2 a 75 is unacceptable! The game might not be perfect but it's one of the best games of this generation. The gameplay, the story, the graphics, the depth. BioWare has done a fantastic job with ME2, in fact, instead of reading this you should be playing it and if you don't have it you must go get it! You 85/100 for a game this good would be harsh so GameCritics giving Mass Effect 2 a 75 is unacceptable! The game might not be perfect but it's one of the best games of this generation. The gameplay, the story, the graphics, the depth. BioWare has done a fantastic job with ME2, in fact, instead of reading this you should be playing it and if you don't have it you must go get it! You won't regret it. Expand
  94. Nov 21, 2010
    10
    There comes a rare time every once in a while where a video game hits the market, and it transcends the industry. Be it a huge impact, an unforgettable memory, or an intense experience like nothing before. For one reason or another, there is always something noticeably more special than everything else. This does not happen very often, but on the day Mass Effect 2 released, it did.

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    There comes a rare time every once in a while where a video game hits the market, and it transcends the industry. Be it a huge impact, an unforgettable memory, or an intense experience like nothing before. For one reason or another, there is always something noticeably more special than everything else. This does not happen very often, but on the day Mass Effect 2 released, it did.

    Mass Effect 2 expands on the original formula of creating your character, gathering a squad, and having the universe at your hands. Literally everything that unfolds after is your choice, it is on your shoulders, and there are consequences. Normally games like KOTOR or Jade Empire (which utilize this choice of response system) are very clearly defined between good and bad. There is no shade of grey, there is just right and wrong. The beauty in Mass Effect is that there really is no right or wrong choice, it is simply the player's choice. This feature, making it feel as though it was an interactive movie playing out rather than a game, makes for one of the most unique and deep role playing experiences gaming has to offer.

    The original Mass Effect was considered an awesome game, though it had it's share of problems holding it back. Texture pop-ups, loading times, bland side quests, and rather mediocre gameplay all kept it from being what it truly could have achieved. It was not a bad game by any means, but it was clear that more work was needed. What BioWare has done since the period of Mass Effect 1's release and Mass Effect 2, is fix, or rather, completely get rid of all previous problems.

    The texture pop-ups? There are none. In my 40 plus hours of playing, there has not been a single issue with the graphics appearing properly. Loading times? Long elevators? How about five second load screens and no elevators at all? The side quests have been elevated to the scale where they are cinematic and made just as important as the story in presentation. There is no Mako to explore worlds, making these simplifications give the game a much more fluid and polished feel.

    The best improvement by far, is the gameplay. No longer being a bland, non-challenging system where you have cover but never use it, Mass Effect 2 relies on cover the way Gears of War does. You can rarely run out in the open and try to play this like the first game without proper armor, defensive powers, and precaution. No longer can you pile up every overpowered power in your arsenal on enemies to dispose of them in seconds. They have made it balanced and smooth. The guns all feel different, the classes all feel VERY different, and the restrictions to which class can use which guns/powers is very well done. You could barely tell the difference between classes in the original, but in the sequel, you would have to be blind not to.

    One thing that was awkward about such a dialogue, story-telling game in the first Mass Effect was the character expressions. The voice acting was superb (and is even better now), but the feel of immersion and belief was sometimes lost with the faces of character models being utterly inexpressive. Someone would raise their voice and their face would look like they just ate a rotten apple, it made no sense. Luckily this was all greatly remedied in the second game and there is no loss of feeling in these scenes. The camera was even made more cinematic in comparison to the static camera in the first game, which gives it a much improved cinematic scope.

    Furthermore, the character development itself has improved greatly. BioWare did a good job with the cast of the first game, but in the second, not only is the main squad more endearing, but even the NPCs come off very entertaining and interesting. I found myself applauding the backstory of each character, and I even enjoyed the logical development of characters from the first game greatly.

    Speaking of developing from the first game. Mass Effect 2 is really something else. Players can import a completed save game from the original (which means you HAVE to play both otherwise your gamer pass is revoked) and all their choices from the original carry into the second game. This is no exaggeration. EVERYTHING, every little thing you may have wondered the consequence or benefit of carries through. Playing Mass Effect 2 without importing a character or without having played the first one just isn't the same experience.

    It's the little things, the realism of the universe itself that BioWare has put together which makes Mass Effect 2 a nearly perfect game and easily one of the best games ever made and the 2010 Game of the Year. The gameplay, graphics, story, atmosphere, soundtrack, voice acting, everything about this game is absolutely amazing. Missing out on this is missing out on a great part of gaming history.
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  95. Mar 30, 2011
    10
    This game is very good. It's hard to say whether or not it is better than the first. It is certainly my favorite game of 2010, Red Dead Redemption a close second.

    The gameplay is much better in this game than the first. The combat is very nice, and the inventory system doesn't make you want to quit playing. In fact, the inventory is extremely streamlined, something RPG folks complain
    This game is very good. It's hard to say whether or not it is better than the first. It is certainly my favorite game of 2010, Red Dead Redemption a close second.

    The gameplay is much better in this game than the first. The combat is very nice, and the inventory system doesn't make you want to quit playing. In fact, the inventory is extremely streamlined, something RPG folks complain about. There is still inventory selection, you just don't have the same level of customization.

    I also would like to point out reviewers like AliJ who say that the game is okay and is not better than the first, but then give the game a zero. Are you aware that there is a scale that allows you to choose 0 through 10? Usually anything less than 5 means it's awful to play. This game has beautiful graphics, great combat, and more RPG elements than cynics would have you believe. The true merit of this game lies within the story, however. The story is amazing, and has hundreds of little subplots that make this universe so amazing. I'm also a big fan of the codex, since I tend to like things like Wikipedia.

    The first game had an amazing atmosphere to it to be sure. I don't think it will ever be recreated. That being said, you can't go home again. The series must progress, and I am enjoying the second game for what it is. Not an attempt to recapture the spirit of the first game, but a successful advancement of an ever-changing plot. Do yourself a favor and buy this game. It's cheap as all get out now.
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  96. Apr 5, 2011
    9
    I read other peoples reviews, some people are so in love with this game that they give it a 10, some people hate it with as much passion and give it a 0. its a good game but it doesnt deliver on that promise that its a RPG. Its a shooter with RPG elements and that are barely noticeable. thats the games biggest flaw and the reason why so many people hate dragon age 2 ( WORST ENDING EVER ).I read other peoples reviews, some people are so in love with this game that they give it a 10, some people hate it with as much passion and give it a 0. its a good game but it doesnt deliver on that promise that its a RPG. Its a shooter with RPG elements and that are barely noticeable. thats the games biggest flaw and the reason why so many people hate dragon age 2 ( WORST ENDING EVER ). They have dumbed down the RPG aspects to appeal to the casual gamer but that doesn't make it a **** game. It comes close to being perfect but it isn't. Expand
  97. Oct 7, 2011
    9
    I loved Mass Effect 1, and I hoped Mass Effect 2 would bring the same amount of fun and even more. I was not disappointed. Mass Effect 1 did have more RPG features to it. However, with what Mass Effect 2 was lacking in the RPG department, made up for it by doing an extreme overhaul in every single aspect of the game. Graphics are phenomenal and the game runs very smoothly, not extremelyI loved Mass Effect 1, and I hoped Mass Effect 2 would bring the same amount of fun and even more. I was not disappointed. Mass Effect 1 did have more RPG features to it. However, with what Mass Effect 2 was lacking in the RPG department, made up for it by doing an extreme overhaul in every single aspect of the game. Graphics are phenomenal and the game runs very smoothly, not extremely chopper like ME1. Mass Effect 2's combat is improved as well. The only thing bad about both games is that I wish there was more dialogue with characters. I do however like the loyalty missions that ME2 put in - makes the characters more relatable - it makes you feel like you're helping an actual person and you become attached to these characters; something I thought wasn't going to happen due to me being disappointed that most of the ME1 crew wasn't going to be squad members. Overall, this game is better than ME1; a major improvement in the series and I hope they incorporate more RPG elements in Mass Effect 3. Expand
  98. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    Any game that gets me to replay through the story 3+ times is worthy of a 10 in my book. There's really not anything bad I can say about the game, it's pretty much a masterpiece.
  99. Mar 14, 2012
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played. This is a near-flawless experience with fantastic game play, a rich and compelling story, an excellent voice cast, amazing graphics and a great soundtrack. This is definitely the 'Empire Strikes Back' of our time. The DLC is impressive and gives this game a lot of replay-ability. While the game could have used a few options in the menu, such as notOne of the best games I have ever played. This is a near-flawless experience with fantastic game play, a rich and compelling story, an excellent voice cast, amazing graphics and a great soundtrack. This is definitely the 'Empire Strikes Back' of our time. The DLC is impressive and gives this game a lot of replay-ability. While the game could have used a few options in the menu, such as not showing helmets during conversations, I can see no reason to give this anything less then 10. Expand
Metascore
96

Universal acclaim - based on 98 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 98
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 98
  3. Negative: 0 out of 98
  1. Mass Effect 2 overcomes its few gameplay weaknesses with a fantastic weave of dynamic combat, lavish presentation, and engaging character and weapon customization. But for all the myriad improvements that make Mass Effect 2's visuals so appealing and its combat so exhilarating, it's ultimately the way it moves us that makes it so memorable. [Feb 2010, p.56]
  2. 100
    Despite all of the ways Mass Effect 2 is more engaging to play and explore, after 35 remarkable hours it was the characters that stayed with us… Game of the year in January? Oh, go on then. [Feb 2010, p.112]
  3. Both an astonishing RPG and confident shooter, Mass Effect 2 is daring, shocking and often awe-inspiring in its use of choice. This is the future of storytelling in videogames. [Issue#, p.85]