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.
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.
The best Mass Effect game yet!HappyCloud9 | March 26, 2014 | See all HappyCloud9's reviews »
I wish that I could rate this title more than 100/100 because that's what it deserves.
This game is a gripping, emotional, yet hilarious sequel to the original Mass Effect. It feels like you are in a moving story book in which the world is yours to explore. The new combat systems trump the original's ten-fold, and the story feels absolutely flawless.
You would have to be crazy not to get this game.
The Battle Continuesupandatom786 | Feb. 12, 2014 | See all upandatom786's reviews »
Commander Shepard returns in this sequel to Mass Effect, and it's hard not to see the improvements Bioware's made in this game. The combat, a sore spot in the first game, particularly the shooting, has been revamped. Playing as a Soldier is now much smoother and more fun. That doesn't mean the powers system isn't still tremendously accessible. They are, and still remain a perfectly valid way to play the game.
The graphics have improved greatly as well. When this game first came out, the level of visual acuity it showcased was stunning. Even now, the game looks great, especially if you have a higher end PC. And the art design of the world has kept up with the expansion of the playable world. The new playable race, the Drell, are well fleshed out and look suitably exotic.
Of course, the real strength of this game, as in the first, is the writing and storytelling. Both factors remain strong as ever. The dialogue between characters is brisk and snappy or deep and dark, as demanded by the story, and no other video game franchise is as adept at making you care for the main characters. The story is compelling, and would hold up to the plots of most movies. All in all, this is a great game, as close to a perfect AAA title as studios can get.
Wow!LtValerii | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all LtValerii's reviews »
Mass Effect 2 is by far one of the best games I have played to date. It took everything they did right in the first game and expanded on it. Yes, it has it's faults, like all games, but it is truly enjoyable!
ME2 is a mix of RPG and shooter and it has a great balance. The conversations that you have with other characters are informative on the huge universe and many have an impact on the story. It's nice to have some control that what you are choosing makes a difference.
The combat has been updated from the first and is a lot more fluid. It's more fun to play and there are more things to do. It has been quite an improvement.
There are of course drawbacks, the probing system is a bit boring and tedious, but it can be worked around. You don't get to explore planets much (unless you have some DLC), but it helps to move along faster. Takes out a lot of down time just drifting.
The story opens with a bang and continues to get more interesting and fun. The universe opened in the first game is greatly expanded on and there is a lot of new and exciting things to learn.
There is still a nice customization system in ME2, though different from the first. You can fully customize your character. Armor and weapons aren't really customizable, but you get to choose between a bunch and you can color your armor and choose the pieces (which have some effect). There is also still an upgrade system for your powers which is slightly different, but more fluid. Last of customizations is for the Normandy (your ship), you can upgrade everything and it even impacts the story.
Overall, I recommend this game because of the great story and gameplay. It's great for any gaming level as their are setting to choose from to make the game comfortable or challenging. Enjoy it!