Mass Effect 2 (NA)
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"a triumph of an action game, blending satisfying shooter levels with dark themes and hours of heated debate." - ThunderboltGames.com
"strikes a perfect balance between intense shooter action and gut-wrenching drama, set in a richly textured world on the brink of destruction." - GamesRadar.com
From the makers of Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™, Dragon Age: Origins™, and Mass Effect™ comes the dark second installment in the thrilling Mass Effect Trilogy!
Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies. Now Shepard must work with Cerberus, a ruthless organization devoted to human survival at any cost, to stop the most terrifying threat mankind has ever faced.
To even attempt this perilous mission, Shepard must assemble the galaxy’s most elite team and command the most powerful ship ever built. Even then, they say it would be suicide. Commander Shepard intends to prove them wrong.
Mankind’s Future is At Stake - Command a unique team of amazing characters on a perilous mission in the most dangerous regions of space. Players of the first Mass Effect can import save games to continue the story of their own Commander Shepard. New players will find a thrilling stand-alone adventure awaits them, a polished and action packed journey that surpasses the first game in nearly every possible way.
Intense Third Person Combat - Take cover, command an elite squad with ease, utilize 19 weapon classes including heavy weapons, and unleash deadly powers against your foes with an all new and improved combat system.
An Entire Galaxy to Explore - Travel the distant and deadly reaches of space to assemble your team for the mission at hand. A cast of amazing characters await discovery on a variety of dangerous and visually stunning worlds
Robust Character Customization - Choose between 6 player classes, customize your appearance, and tailor your own abilities and strengths. As you progress, so do Shepard’s abilities. Control the conversation. Improved conversation system where you can take matters into your own hands – often with the liberal application of force.
- Cerberus Network - Includes a code granting access to additional bonus content via the in-game Cerberus Network.
Not that greatrslancer | Aug. 19, 2014 | See all rslancer's reviews »
Someone needs to say it...I really don't get all the hype and positives about the game. Combat is repetitive shoot + cover and use some random abilities and repeat until bad guys are dead. Go around corner and do the same.
The great thing about this game though is the universe it depicts. I like that best about the game. Its really cool imagining how life is like in that game world.
I think it was better than first game which had excessive reuse of maps over and over again which Bioware also did for DA2...I dont' recall there being any reused maps in ME2 so thats good.
Continuation of Mass Effectyngdr | Aug. 18, 2014 | See all yngdr's reviews »
The ME 2 game brings you closer to saving all sentient life. linear missions and endless planet harvesting are the only disappointments in the game. The combat is better and the characters are deeper and have more dialogue then the first ME. Graphics have improved as well as weapons, exploration is still the same and there is ample choices in almost all situations.
If you played ME and loved it you wont regret buying ME2 and if you have been holding out Id recommend buying the trilogy pack and save a bit a money. Great game and multiple replayability.
Best in the seriesJericho417 | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »
This is a very good sequel, exceeding the standards set by the first by leaps and bounds. I missed the planetary exploration with the Mako, though. Even without it, though, it's a big universe full of activities. The characters are more developed here, with the game promoting social interactions with them. The Normandy has been rebuilt and is better than before. The ship feels more alive, certainly not a cut and paste from the first game. The story adds a lot to the universe, introducing a lot of back-story. Over all, I really liked the direction they took here. The conversations feel more polished and the writing was top notch. They even explained away Shepard's death from the first game in such a way as to not treat the player like an idiot.
A Fresh Journey in the Mass Effect Universeharpiegirl | June 26, 2014 | See all harpiegirl's reviews »
If you were a fan of the story and characters in Mass Effect, you'll love Mass Effect 2. If you found the combat in Mass Effect clunky and slow, you'll probably appreciate the new and improved combat of the sequel.
The writing in general (in my opinion, of course) is greatly improved in ME2. There is much more dialogue, the main story missions are much more relevant and important and best of all - there are more of them. The improvement of the quality is quite frankly ridiculous if you're playing them one after the other straight away. There is so much more story to Mass Effect 2, like, relevant missions and dialogue and the universe feels significantly more complete than ME initially left us.
Combat is way faster and more fun. Less of the tedious and more of the "ha, bring on the enemies and bosses!". There's really not much else to say about it, it is just an improved and faster version of the combat of ME. It does, however, deal differently with equipment. I have to say though, the last battle itself, wasn't fun at all; just boring and tedious. The final battle of ME was more enjoyable to me.
The new characters and expanded upon old characters are great. New characters have a lot to say even if you can't romance them. Old characters are still relevant and will remain relevant to the story. Unfortunately I cannot comment on romances; if you romanced someone in ME and cheat on them with someone else in ME2 they will comment on it eventually (possibly only in ME3) and I personally did not want that to happen.
The graphics are improved. Not by too much but it is there and my character "translated" well into ME2. Unfortunately if you try to customize your appearance in ME2 with an imported character, it sets you at the default face instead of the imported one so it's extremely difficult to correct tiny things without remaking the face entirely.
I highly recommend this game if you've played Mass Effect. It is a worthy sequel with lots of things to keep you entertained and there are a couple ways to end the game that give it definite replayability if you'll be importing to Mass Effect 3.
Great Game - Good Deluxe EditionEpicazeroth | April 27, 2014 | See all Epicazeroth's reviews »
I haven't played Mass Effect 1, so I'm judging this game by itself, not as a sequel. First of all, I just want to say this an amazing game overall.
It has basically everything: 1) Smooth gameplay. This is probably one of a few dozen games where controller incompatibility was a plus. If it had been controller compatible, I would have used a controller, and never been able to play this game the way it should be played. All the controls are right there next to each other, and you never have to stretch your fingers awkwardly to in the middle of a battle. 2) Great story. Although at the beginning, the story was pretty predictable and a little bit cliché, it really gets better after the "tutorial" part. After that, the choices and the general story by itself make for an engaging, interesting game. 3) Interesting characters. Aside from Shepard being defined by player choices and therefore not judgeable as a character, the rest of the characters are very diverse. None of them seem like they're there just to fit an archetype, and none of them seem like they're too similar to any others. All of them feel real and relatable. 4) Interesting world. The galaxy really feels alive, from the wealth of the Presidium, to the battlefields you fight on, to the slums of Omega. Even the planets you never land on are all unique, so it never feels like any system is there for filler.
The only thing that prevents this game from being a perfect 100 is that some of the DLC's in the Deluxe Edition seem unnecessary. Even though it's not unacceptably more expensive, the Deluxe Edition bonuses sometimes just seem like more something given away as a consolation prize, instead of an actual "Deluxe" bonus.
Aside from that one tiny thing, it's an otherwise perfect game.