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  • Summary: The Mass Effect trilogy is a science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In this dark second chapter, Saren’s evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, who are still struggling to make theirThe Mass Effect trilogy is a science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In this dark second chapter, Saren’s evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, who are still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril. [BioWare] Expand
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  1. Positive: 98 out of 98
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  1. 100
    Perhaps BioWare's greatest success in Mass Effect 2 has been taking a complex RPG and making it effortless to understand, play and enjoy on a constant basis, because it has done this in a manner that should prove utterly essential to veterans and newcomers alike, and more than enough to suggest Mass Effect 3 will be the most important game in BioWare's history.
  2. 100
    It's the way that Mass Effect 2 expands upon the narrative established in the first game that marks a true breakthrough for interactive storytelling.
  3. 100
    The only thing that shocked us more was the fact that we instantly wanted to play it again from the beginning. With Mass Effect 2, BioWare have created an astonishing video game which is likely to entrance casual and hard-core players alike. The only requirement one needs to enjoy Mass Effect 2 is an inclination to become lost in its dark and wondrous universe. Oh, and perhaps a week off work.
  4. Overall, Mass Effect 2 is a title that everyone has to experience. As fun as the first title was it did have its own share of issues. It’s refreshing to see a development team take in all of the criticism from their previous title and use it to improve upon their concept for the sequel.
  5. 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]
  6. The most polished and impressive RPG from BioWare to date. Roll on part three. [Mar 2010, p.60]
  7. Players who can look past the lack of drive, annoying decisions, and a general stripped-down, dumbed-down feeling can (thankfully) still look forward to some truly spectacular moments and unforgettable action before credits roll.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 565
  1. RobertOgilvie
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    Overall, an exceptional game. Interaction and combat are both greatly improved over an already high quality original. Similarly, the handful Overall, an exceptional game. Interaction and combat are both greatly improved over an already high quality original. Similarly, the handful of irritating flaws from the previous iteration are largely solved. Expand
  2. 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!" blissfullyWell, 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
  3. Chris
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    I've seen people rating it low for running too slow, but you can actually sprint in the game, lolwut? Yeah, lrn2play people. Also the I've seen people rating it low for running too slow, but you can actually sprint in the game, lolwut? Yeah, lrn2play people. Also the first ME1 wasn't nearly as great as ME2, ME1 was lagging, if you were to fight more than one person you'd lag everywhere, the DLCs in ME1 showed that. The Mako in ME1 was annoying, and if people are saying ME1 is better, they don't know anything. If you don't like the shooter type of gamestyle for those RPG fans, become an adept, use your powers to throw people, slam, or knock people over. People also complaining about audio level? Lol, learn to press start and go to options and make the music lower? And it's thermal clips so the gun can reload faster when it overheats. In ME1, when it overheated, it took forever to get it back to normal. Expand
  4. alexg.
    Mar 29, 2010
    10
    Released in 2007, Mass Effect was a modern classic in the Role Playing genre. It combined elements of a Third Person Shooter, incorporating Released in 2007, Mass Effect was a modern classic in the Role Playing genre. It combined elements of a Third Person Shooter, incorporating the cover system which has been something of a phenomena in recent years, with the levelling up and decision making standard in any Role Playing Game. But it had its fair share of problems. The framerate, for instance, was a major annoyance and the cover system was somewhat difficult to handle. On top of this equipping weapons and armour became labourous after your inventory became vast over the course of the game. Needless to say, BioWare obviously took notice of these complains. And the result is a near-flawless gaming experience, the likes of which is very difficult to come by, especially in a market dominated by First Person Shooters. Mass Effect 2 refines everything that was great about the first game and erases everything that didn't work. You'd be hard-pressed to find a flaw in Mass Effect 2: it's that brilliant a game. Set weeks after the first instalment, Mass Effect 2 sees Commander Shepard hailed as a hero after the defeat of Sovereign and saving the galaxy. Now, about the events of the previous games: any decisions you made in the first game will carry on into this game. If you chose you kill a character in Mass Effect, they remain dead in Mass Effect 2. If you destroyed a race, they're still extinct. If you got onto the wrong side of someone, they're still going to hate you for it. Considering the countless choices you made in the first game, it's really quite impressive that everything you did carries over into this game. This game, however, is a much darker affair than its predecessor. Moments into the game, your ship the Normandy is attacked by an unknown enemy. The crew are sent to disparate parts of the galaxy and the game continues two years later. A mysterious alien race known as the Collectors have begun capturing human colonies across the galaxy for an unknown purpose. You have been hired by a shadowy organisation named Cerberus to investigate the abductions and bring an end to the Collectors. To do this, you are sent to assemble a team to assist you in your mission. Throughout the game you come across one of the finest ensemble of characters ever conceived in a video game. You will come across characters from the first game, as well as assassins, prisoners, scientists and criminals. The entire galaxy is yours for the taking as you choose whether to continue your characters do-gooding or reign of terror from the first game, or choose to totally change his appearance and personality. For those who have never played the first game, you can just create a name character and the game will play as it normally does, only without the decisions from the first game carrying over into this one. It's still hugely recommended that you play through the first game before this though, as they're both highly rewarding experiences. In terms of gameplay, the game is superior to the vast majority of Third Person Shooters and Role Playing Games out there. The combat is as kinetic and pulse-pounding as anything you'll find in Uncharted or Gears Of War and the Role Playing elements are fleshed out just as much as in Fallout 3 or Oblivion. This game perfectly melds these two genres together, much better than any game has ever done before. In fact, the two genres have been mastered to such an extent that it is quite easily possible to just play the game as a Third Person Shooter, ignoring the Role Playing elements, and it could still be an all-out classic video game. Whether you want to go in all guns blazing or take a tactical approach to combat is all up to you. This is your game, you play it any way that you want to play it. It's all up to you, as the player, to decide how the story, character development and the gameplay progresses. The sheer amount of detail put not only into the gameplay, but in the story and overall universe of the game is astounding and incredible. This game is truly the next step in action and storytelling within video games, with immense set pieces, sprawling environments, countless side-quests, endless outcomes in missions and infinite replay value. Mass Effect 2 is quite simply one of the greatest video games ever made and if a better game is going to come in 2010, it's going to have to put up one hell of a fight to beat out this. If you own an Xbox 360 or a PC capable enough of playing this game, you absolutely need to own it. If you don't, you're missing out on a landmark in video gaming. Well and truly the most essential Role Playing Game in the past decade. Expand
  5. Aug 18, 2010
    10
    This is my favorite game I've ever played so I feel obligated to write a review for it. Mass Effect 2 is almost perfect they improved many ofThis is my favorite game I've ever played so I feel obligated to write a review for it. Mass Effect 2 is almost perfect they improved many of my problems from the first game which was a very good game in it's own regard and made it excellent. In the first one the frame rate was bad, the combat was stale and the Dialogue options were much less interesting all of this was fixed in Mass Effect 2. You have an compelling story, fun combat, great graphics and amazing characters with superb voice acting. What else can you really ask for in a game? Mass Effect 2 delivers in EVERY category. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2012
    9
    Newer but not entirely better. There's been a shift that's noticeable. Similar to Dragon Age 2, Bioware is trying to reach a broader audience.Newer but not entirely better. There's been a shift that's noticeable. Similar to Dragon Age 2, Bioware is trying to reach a broader audience. This is done by beefing the shooter aspect and narrowing the RPG aspect. Fewer powers, few choices for load-outs and armor, and worst of all, much less exploration. Where once I walked the surface of a planet and explored a sandbox area, now I am confined to scanning planet surfaces and flying down with a specific goal. Luckily these goals vary and are not boring. But the tedious mining task is not a substitution for actual exploring. Still, it's amazing to see the result of choices made in the original game and the story is the bed salute to dirty dozen type movies. This game is nearly perfect. Expand
  7. Nov 19, 2010
    0
    Ever hear the expression, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Well, with Mass Effects 2, Bioware really fixed it. For starters, the main plotEver hear the expression, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Well, with Mass Effects 2, Bioware really fixed it. For starters, the main plot is nowhere near as well-written or cleverly developed across the gameplay experience as it was in ME1. The voice-acting is good, and the dialogue is good, but he main story arc is far too sparsely delivered, and the final boss fight is pure and utter lameness. To add insult to injury, Bioware completely butchered the talent/power system, giving the tougher enemies special defenses that can only be taken down with a few key powers. This means that you are constantly using the same few powers over, and over, and OVER, and it is nothing like the wonderfully diverse and enjoyable talent/power system from ME1. This fact alone makes giving this game a good rating utterly impossible. In addition, Bioware decided to HEAVILY restrict the character customization options in ME2, for what reason I have no idea. They completely eliminated your ability to customize your teammates' armor/appearance, making it feel like they're barely your characters at all. They restrict the main character's armor choices to an insane degree, completely gutting ME1's L/M/H armor types and leaving the player with just a few bulky armors to choose from (and that's only if you buy all the DLC's), all of which look ridiculous. They oversimplified the skill/stat system to the point of stupidity, making leveling-up seem almost completely irrelevant. They removed entirely the ability to explore remote worlds with the vehicle, and instead replaced it with a horrendously boring mini-game with which to "mine" worlds for necessary resources. Lastly, because of all the restrictions Bioware decided to impose on the player in ME2, this game has ZERO replay value. Once you've done it, you never want to do it again. Basically, Mass Effect 2 is like Mass Effect 1, only with a LOT less stuff. Being a die-hard Bioware fan, this game was one of my biggest video game disappointments of all-time. Expand

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