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 Ride of a Lifetimestickybomb | Sept. 7, 2015 | See all stickybomb's reviews »
Largely regarded as the best game in the Mass Effect series (so far), it's not hard to see why. Compared to the first game, it's an improvement in every way. The combat in this game doesn't feel filler. It's smooth, entertaining, and actually tactical. I'm just going to say it now, the end mission is one of the greatest missions ever thought out in any game, having so many different outcomes. It can be very rewarding, or utterly devastating. Whoo, now that that's out of the way, let's continue. Take control of yourself and your squad mates abilities. You've also been given the ability to select all of your load outs. Gain upgrades, weapons, armor, etc. as you go throughout the game for you, your team, and your ship. The character creation is wonderful (if you've played Mass Effect 1, and have the completed save game, you can import it to Mass Effect 2). You can pick your origins, military background, and create your own personal personality as you go throughout the game. Gaining Paragon (good) points for conversation and certain actions. Or Renegade (bad points) for conversation and certain actions. The character development, not only for you (Shepard), but for the rest of your squad mates and crew. You also get to pick your romance option throughout the game ;) which you can have conflicting emotions on. Just keep pushing' on my friend. No, but really. The romance options in this game can be a really good experience. It's not a thrown in feature, it is very well thought out. And it can be even more enhanced if you carry on your savegame to Mass Effect 3, especially if you get that game with the Citadel DLC. Next to your crew growing in personality through the game, the people you encounter along the way have great development as well. All in all, the whole game is just... wonderful. Every bit of it is an experience that will feel every bit as alive as life itself. The graphics, sound, voice acting, and optimization are all greatly improved compared to the first game. It runs better, and it runs better on higher settings. There's a decent amount of settings to mess around with. Also, when you complete the game. You can go for a New Game+ play-through. Which is fun. And don't forget to keep the save if you plan on playing Mass Effect 3 (which I'd highly recommend if you end up enjoying 2- and you will, I know it), because the save game carries over. Just like from 1 to 2. I can honestly say that the Mass Effect series was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life. It was an emotional ride, but it was all worth it. I'll remember it forever. I hope that after reading this, you will too.
Best in the trilogyThe1337N00Bx | July 22, 2015 | See all The1337N00Bx's reviews »
I wasn't the biggest fan of the first Mass Effect when it came out, but heard great things about this one, so decided to try it out and was so happy I did. The story in this game is amazing, with some great dialogue options and characters. There are multiple diverse worlds to explore and fight through that are immense amounts of fun. The game also allows for multiple play styles with the different classes you can pick and abilities you can gain. This game is amazingly fun and highly immersive, would definitely recommend this game to everyone, and while the first game does add more depth to the story and universe in this game, isn't necessarily needed to get into this one.
Massively effective storytelling and gameplayMadDemon64 | Dec. 29, 2014 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Mass Effect 2 is the second game in the Mass Effect franchise, and it is a worthy successor to the franchise. Mass Effect 2 is an improvement to Mass Effect in almost every way. The vehicle sections have been completely removed and the teammates have been reworked so that they are no longer carbon-copies of the classes you could choose. The combat is now faster, but you now have limited ammo and some of the RPG elements have been removed. The story, however, is as solid as ever, as is character interaction, which is now supplemented by interrupts that can make conversations easier or help you skip entire fights. One of Mass Effect 2’s best points is the fact that you can load save data from Mass Effect and have your choices from that game carry over to Mass Effect 2. This includes character deaths, who you decide to help, and many more. This feature takes the replay value of Mass Effect and triples it, if not quadruples it. Mass Effect 2 is a must own game for anyone who loves space opera. Or RPGs in general.
Fantastic Gameadboyum | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all adboyum's reviews »
This franchise continues to make great games! I absolutely loved the first game, and the said can be said for this one as well. It has all of the best aspects of the first game....amazing story, great characters exciting action but it also expands to a much larger scale. More of the universe is opened up creating so many more options for gameplay. You also meet a lot of cool new characters that you fall in love with right away. This being the second game in the series, it could be easy to lose it in the middle...but you don't. This is a game that I'll always remember as being an awesome experience!
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.