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
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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
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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References The Fifth Element