Mass Effect 2 (2010)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  26 January 2010 (USA)
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After being revived from death and having to join a pro-human organization without a choice, Commander Shepard must assemble a team, battle a new threat, and make tough choices in order to save the galaxy from total annihilation once more.

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Following the conclusion of the first Mass Effect, Shepard and his ship, the Normandy, are dispatched to wipe out any further geth resistance. During the patrol in space, the Normandy is attacked by an unknown ship. Most of the crew escapes the Normandy, but Shepard is killed. Fortunately, Shepard's body is retrieved and is revived by Cerberus, a pro-human organization that is at odds with the Alliance, whom Shepard was a part of. Two years later, Shepard learns from the Illusive Man, the leader of Cerberus, that numerous human colonies are vanishing, but the latter does not know why. After Shepard visits a colony that was recently attacked by these unknown belligerents, he learns that the belligerents are in fact Collectors, the same species that was behind the downing of the Normandy. Attacking the Collectors home world would be suicide. In response to this growing threat posed by the Collectors, Shepard creates a team made up of former squad members from the first Mass Effect was ... Written by Sam

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During Miranda's loyalty mission, when she and Shepard get on an elevator, she comments why the elevator can't move faster. This is a poke at the elevators on the Citadel in the first Mass Effect, which many fans said seemed to take a very long time to move. In addition, the elevator music from the first game can be briefly heard when Miranda and Shepard first board the elevator. See more »

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On various locations, various characters met in Mass Effect 1 state that they've been doing lots of things in the past few years (most notably Liara built up her empire in that time). Since there are only 2 years apart events of ME1 and ME2, those statements ofter are quite out of place. See more »

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Flight Lieutenant Jeff 'Joker' Moreau: You know what pisses me off? Calling this the cockpit. Alliance ships have bridges. Asari have cockpits. Oh wait, no they don't.
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The first Mass Effect game is what I call gaming's answer to Star Wars. It introduces a rich, colourful universe and compelling diverse characters into an RPG that re-shaped the genre. But just like A New Hope, Mass Effect was only the beginning of a much larger tale and BioWare delivered on the promise of a sequel to continue the story of Commander Shepard and the fight against the Reapers. Mass Effect 2 is a game that is a brighter, better looking and overall, more compelling experience than its predecessor. This is such a terrific game to play that it may be my all time favourite video game.

Mass Effect 2 opens a few months after the events of the first game. Shepard and the crew of the Normandy have been sent by the Council to locate and wipe out any last remnants of Geth resistance following Saren's defeat. Suddenly, an unidentified vessel attacks the Normandy and destroys the ship but not before the crew evacuate to safety in the escape pods, except for a few including Shepard him/herself. However, two years later, the Commander reawakens on a space station during an attack. He meets two soldiers, Jacob Taylor and Miranda Lawson, who reveal to be working for Cerberus, a human supremacist syndicate who had recovered Shepard's body and rebuilt it, bringing him/her back to life. For answers as to why, the two soldiers help Shepard escape the station and bring the Commander to meet the Illusive Man (via hologram) the leader of Cerberus. The enigmatic figure tells Shepard that he fears the Reapers are arriving soon and that human colonies have gone missing. After Shepard, Jacob and Miranda find evidence that a group of aliens known as the Collectors are being used by the Reapers to hijack human colonies, the Illusive Man sends Shepard on a mission to recruit a team to fight the Collectors and delay the Reaper invasion of the galaxy. Along with Jacob and Miranda, Shepard is reunited with Joker (who survived the Normandy's explosion) and a new replicated Normandy to build a team of powerful warriors and soldiers to take the fight to the Collectors.

One feature of ME2 that makes it worthy of playing through is being allowed to import a finished saved game from ME1 to start a new game. Therefore, the Shepard the player plays as in this game can still be the Shepard they created and played through in ME1. This makes for a much more interactive experience however, it also means for the player to visit the first game and finishing it before getting into this one as they will miss out on many important elements of the plot. ME2 has a much more ambitious story to ME1 and feels more like a story for a mini-series than one full length movie unlike the first one. This makes for a longer playthrough but also more opportunities for interacting with characters and gameplay. There are also some additional DLC packs that add more to the entire trilogy than just this one game. Two additional squad members are added through DLC along with missions involving a conflict with a rogue Cerberus V.I, the search and final battle against the fabled Shadow Broker (with the assistance of former ally Liara T'Soni) and delaying the Reaper invasion after rescuing an Allience scientist. These are all worth your time and have impact in Mass Effect 3.

The absence of squad members from ME1 may be a problem for some who loved the characters in the first game (though some return, making cameos) but the new characters are more lively and have their own unique pasts about them. The total number of squad members in this game adds up to 10 (12 if you count Zaeed and Kasumi, the two DLC companions). Garrus and Tali are the only squad members to return along with Jacob and Miranda joining from the beginning. Other new characters include the eccentric Salarian scientist Mordin Solus, the biotic criminal Jack, the genetically engineered Krogan warrior Grunt, the terminally ill Drell assassin Thane Krios, the Asari Zen warrior Samara and the friendly and communicative Geth soldier Legion. Each of them have their own specific missions Shepard must undertake to allow them to focus on the mission to stop the Collectors. Unless players upgrade the Normandy to full power, complete all loyalty missions and pick squad members carefully for specific roles, then deaths in the climax will likely occur. If handled carefully however, all deaths can be prevented, defeating the purpose of the so-called 'suicide mission'. Romantic pursuits are still allowed here but if players already accomplished one in ME1, it may be best to remain faithful as it will have repercussions in ME3 if you focus on another too.

The graphics and gameplay of ME2 compliment its majesty. The game is more polished looking and animated realistically than the first game which already boasted tremendous visuals. Levels are more confined and there are no vehicle segments apart from the Hammerhead levels in the Firewalker DLC. The RPG elements remain but ME2 has more elements of a shooter, making it more condensed and comfortable for casual gamers to play (it's still an RPG however). Conversations with characters are still just as intriguing as in the first game; some funny and amusing, some emotional and heart-wrenching. The voice-acting is also top-notch; Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale provide better vocalizations for their respective Shepards and Martin Sheen remains a stand-out voicing the Illusive Man.

Mass Effect 2 is a truly masterful work and is perhaps the best video game I've played. Building on the success of an already phenomenal game, it magnifies its potential and is the best game of the modern era. If snobby politicians and anal conservatives refuse to believe that games should be considered art, this will give them a run for their money.


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