Developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts, Mass Effect 2 is an action RPG third person shooter that was released in January 2010 for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was made available for PS3 in January 2011 and again in the aforementioned trilogy set.
After discovering Saren was nothing but a puppet for the Reaper, Sovereign, a new battle awaits Commander Shepard and his crew. Not only are the Reapers the true enemy but now the Collectors have appeared and begun wiping out Earth colonies! Are the Reapers and Collectors working together? So little is know about the Collectors. Can you, Shepard, and your team survive a suicide mission to ensure Humanities continuation?
Mass Effect 2 builds off the story of the first, with the ability to import a pervious save file so that your decisions from the first impact your new play through. Plus you can keep your class with some bonuses! As well, your love interest! If you had one. My latest playthrough, Shepard ain't got no time for space-lovin', he's got shit to do!
While the connection between the Reapers and Collectors is the overarching focus for the game, the game is neat because it mainly centres around recruiting team members and then working to secure their loyalty. You are no longer the Commander Shepard from Earth, you've joined up with Cerberus, hinted at in a few missions in the last game. Cerberus has a less than good galactic reputation and many of your former comrades are wary of your new allegiance.
While old favourites do return, coughGarruscough, we are introduced to new team members. My least favourite is Miranda and Jacob, the two human Cerberus members. They aren't bad characters, I just find them annoying. Though I thoroughly enjoy the tongue and cheek explanation of Miranda's over sexed appearance: her father genetically modified her to have every advantage, included and not limited to extreme sexual attractiveness. Good one, BioWare!
BioWare seems to have listened to the fans of ME1. To this game's immense credit, it has done away with the Mako planet exploration (though there is a DLC that is reminiscent of the Mako)! To be fair, though I hated, and I mean HATED, the Mako parts, the actual planet environments and sky visuals were beautiful. Instead, we now explore different planets by using a scanner and then probes to bring back materials. Occasionally you find distress calls or something and then you can go onto the planet.
The Citadel is still the hub of the galaxy but it has been more streamlined! There are funny side assignments that you can get from the Citadel by listening to people's private conversations. Like finding out if there are fish in the Citadel lake!
The DLC is pretty good as well. Two DLC options are for additional crew members. The biggest is a DLC pack is the Lair of the Shadow Broker, in which you help Liara deal with her history with the Shadow Broker. This DLC leads directly into Liara's story in Mass Effect 3. Personally, the two character DLC packs aren't worth the money Xbox is asking for them. On sale, yes. The Shadow Broker is still like 10-15 bucks but if you love ME, it's probably worth it.
I've played a lot of games. I've also played the majority of the BioWare library. Something happen inside of me when I started playing Mass Effect 2, something fan-girlie.... For me, the emphasis on characters and their stories makes this game. It reminds me of older RPGs where the main focus is story not just fancy graphics and the ability to headshot things. The trust and respect of your team members directly effects your ending. You don't need them to like you but they need to follow you.
Without gaining their loyalty, which you can do even if they hate you, your suicide mission will be tougher and you can die or lose your whole squad. I wasn't actually aware of this. Every time I play through this game, I do every single mission available. I think about my decisions in the end of the game. You can die! Your whole squad can die! If you die, you can't import your save to ME3. It has consequences for your story if you don't do the work to secure your teammates.
To me, any negatives of ME2 are out shadowed by beautiful gameplay, a lot of customisation and in depth character archs. I love this game! Try it! Now!
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- Beautiful creatures, environments and scenery
- Great story
- Fun characters
- Hilarious romance options (Garrus fumbling romance, awe!)
-Multiple outcomes and replayability
-Doesn't feel as grand as the first or third