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.
Fantastic SequelMatthew_Lumie | Nov. 15, 2013 | See all Matthew_Lumie's reviews »
Mass Effect is a series known in part for it's innovation, and while Mass Effect 2 isn't leaps and bounds ahead of Mass Effect 1, it improves so heavily upon the formula that it's almost a new game. Everything is better, the graphics, soundtrack, game play etc. The companions are for the most part, great: each has their own abilities that allow Shepard to complete his mission with relative ease. As the game starts off your ship explodes and are henceforth considered dead, but Cerberus - a rogue human 'splinter group' revives you and does you a solid by giving you a replica of your old ship, with considerable upgrades. Overall the story is somewhat generic, but apart from that this game is largely a unique experience.
Best Mass Effect Game of the TrilogyQwertyfour | Oct. 1, 2013 | See all Qwertyfour's reviews »
I enjoyed it the most because its modernized a lot past the first Mass Effect game but it still makes sense holistically, as opposed to 3 which did not make much sense in terms of ending. You get 2 squad members and you drive around your ship completing missions. It's tons of fun because of how great combat works and the ease of controlling your squad. The decision making is also really great. One thing I hated about the game is that the space bar is the contextualized button. Like, you use the space bar to run, find cover, talk to people etc. In addition, I didn't really like how slow you moved, but perhaps I'm just impatient. Overall, good game, best (in my opinion) of the series. The plot isn't really cannon which means you can jump in and play (by which I mean that while playing Mass Effect 1 will help, it's certainly not required, kind of like you don't need to play Half Life to play Half Life 2)
Much better second effortSimao20 | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »
I had skipped over the original Mass Effect and went right into Mass Effect 2 and quite frankly it was a good choice but also a poor one. This game is better off having played the first game so you know who older characters are. Its also a great feature that your decisions carry over from game save to game save, a very unique and innovative feature that most games don't have. Then again, most RPG's don't seem to have sequels that rely heavily on your choices like Mass Effect does. The graphics were greatly improved this go around as well as the gameplay. The guns feel good when using them and they removed the previous way of handling guns in favor of using actual ammunition which is a plus in my opinion. Certainly the best of the trilogy , I repeatedly went back and played this several times, its that good! Even if you're not a big "RPG" fan this changed my mind forever. Everything after it I played purely because I enjoyed this game. Its different of course from typical RPG's but it changed my view on these style of games
Good Gameromenjack | Sept. 15, 2013 | See all romenjack's reviews »
The problem i have with this game is in the story. a lot of problems that were in the first game were fixed, like the combat and the repetitiveness with your surroundings, where it lost me was the beginning. a lot of actions that you take seemed really forced and out of character there are several things that happen that make you tilt your head and just hu, they set up a lot of questions and just kind of wave them off like no big deal and Shepherded just shrugs and goes with it. they flooded the game with lots of new crew-mates and while i didnt mind this at the same time i felt like some of them were really flat and uninteresting (Jacob) as where in the first game even the crew members that were not team mates i grew attached too in this you will care about half of them and just kind of ignore the rest. sadly i also felt that this game was a little incomplete. once you get all the dlc for it then you can play it and be like yes that was a good game and my liking of it does go up when i play all the dlc in the game. i loved the fact that they put interrupts in the game i felt that it did add a lot more to your character and really i wish they could have put more. i dont really like how they changed the leveling system though i do understand why they did it the way that they did and again it was nothing that hurt it in any major way. i do wish they had spent more time on the talking parts and fleshed out some of the characters more and i think that the game would have been a lot better if they had just changed the first 2 hours of the game and would have made the rest of the game flow better but still worth playing a few times.
Overall Just a great gametripperthe3 | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all tripperthe3's reviews »
I found the beginning of the game highly enjoyable but as i moved on into the rest of the game i found it a little hard to motivate myself to even keep playing or going. I feel as if there is a huge bump mid way that made me loose interest but once i got past it the game turned the story back up and i could not stop playing. The graphics i thought were awesome even when i played on my low grade graphic card pc. Gameplay is immensely satisfying while level progression is also a joy. Overall this game is awesome.