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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Samara (voice)
Kal'Reegar (voice)
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Mordin Solus / Additional Voices (voice)
David Anderson (voice)
Legion / Geth VI / Additional Voices (voice) (as DC Douglas)
Thane Krios / Fortack / Additional Voices (voice)
EDI (voice)
Captain Bailey (voice)
Garrus Vakarian (voice)
Jacob Taylor / Additional Voices (voice)


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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When Miranda's character was originally created, she was a blonde of Scandinavian heritage, named Miranda Solheim. When Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski signed on for the role, Miranda's last name was changed to the more Australian name Lawson, and her hair color was changed to black, which matched better with her white and black uniform. See more »


Shepard can be seen, along with other Team Members, holding and firing the wrong Assault Rifle during the finale cut-scenes. See more »


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If You Like Star Wars and Sci-Fi, Stunning Game!
23 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've played both Mass Effect and this game (avoided Mass Effect 3 after the bottomless pit of negative reviews).

This game I first played as a standalone and loved it. There were a lot of things going on though that I wondered what/why? So one bored afternoon I bought Mass Effect on Steam for £9.99, I have to say Mass Effect 2 is easily the superior game. Mass Effect is good story wise but the bonus missions with the rubber exploration vehicle that took you to the same copy/pasted bases ruined it for me. That and the fact that you levelled up more but it was like adding 1% to shields per level etc. In this game you feel more powerful as you level and power up.

Anywhoo, I think this game is a worthy play for anyone who is a Star Wars fan. I've often wondered if the same people that created the sound effects in this game are the same ones that created them in the Star Wars prequels. There are very similar noises throughout. Mostly noticeable in the Geth assault rifle (DLC) and a lot of the minor space ship travel noises. Not to mention some of the places like Illium look almost like a carbon copy of Coruscant from Star Wars episode 3 (in a good way).

Gameplay wise, I think this game has got it right, each and every mission and side quest feels unique (unlike the original ME which as I already said, had copy/pasted side quests). The planet scanning has been improved although can be a bit tedious when mining for resources. Worth it when you scan a planet and hear the joyful words "I Have Detected An Anomaly" from Edi (your spaceships AI).

All in all I think this game is vastly superior to the Original ME and has some stunning looking areas to explore (I'll never forget my first time walking into Afterlife). The DLC like 'Shadowbroker' etc. also add some of the best looking graphics I've seen in a game (far better than BF3).

Also I found myself caring about the characters because of the way the story is done. This game is very heavy on the conversations but it's very worth it as you feel involved in whats happening. You can be (in short) like a Jedi or Sith in your conversations. You can be (blue choice - Paragon) "I'm sorry to hear that" or (red choice - Renegade) "Shut up or I'll blow a hole in your head!" etc.

Easily one of the best games I've ever played. If you like Star Wars and sci-fi I'll be shocked if you don't have fun playing it!

Ps. I Played on the PC, the console version may contain peanuts and bad graphics!

Pps. Just be sure to change the graphics settings in the launcher as there are minimal settings when the game is running. Also if you have an Nvidia card, if you set your "Adjust image settings with preview" to "Use my preferences emphasising quality" you will get anti-aliasing. This worked for me also with Unreal Tournament 3. Mass Effect 2 is the same engine so no surprises there that this worked. It saves having to use 3rd party to get AA.

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