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Mass Effect 2 is the sequel to BioWare's hit space-based role-playing game (RPG), Mass Effect. A single player adventure, Mass Effect 2 allows players to continue the adventures of the fully customizable series hero Commander Shepard, as you take on a whole new adventure and a new cast of supporting characters. Additional new features include the ability to import game save files from the original Mass Effect game to continue the adventure in an unbroken fashion, a new damage system, a new, more flexible dialogue game mechanic and more. 


Mass Effect 2 game logo Commander Shepard ambushing a mech in Mass Effect 2

The return of Commander Shepard.
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New characters from Mass Effect 2
A new cast of characters.
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The Turian Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect 2
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Mass Effect 2's new damage system illustrated as an enemy continues to pursue Shepard even with its legs are blown off
New damage and dialogue systems.
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Story
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.

Gameplay
An space-based action RPG like its predecessor, gameplay in Mass Effect 2 revolves around the player's particular version of Commander Shepard and continuing development of this character as the game proceeds. As the game opens a variety of character classes are made available to the player, with talents, both exclusive and general, associated with each. With experience these talents are leveled up, resulting in the unlocking of related abilities and/or entirely new talents. The player has the ability to customize their Commander Shepard in a number of ways including physical appearance, gender, and certain aspects of their personal history, with the rub being that these choices can influence things like available missions, dialogue choices with non-player characters (NPCs), and character background.

Accompanying this main character are a number of preset supporting characters that the player can direct and develop relationships with, which again, will alter the outcome of the story. All the characters from the original game make an appearance in Mass Effect 2, but the immediate characters surrounding Commander Shepard are new. Additional new features that players can expect to experience include new alien races, a more realistic damage system, a new heavy weapons system allowing for maximum damage, a regenerative health system, a dramatic increase in the number of character animations available to Shepard, and updates to the dialogue mechanic used when conversing with NPCs.

Integration with the Original Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2 allows players of the original Mass Effect game to import save games to continue the story of their own Commander Shepard. In doing this, the decisions that were made in the first game will affect the events of the second game. In addition, characters from the first game will return as long as they were not killed off by the player in the first game. On the other hand, new players coming to the series for the first time in Mass Effect 2 will start a brand-new character, discover the events of the previous games a they progress and embark on a thrilling stand-alone adventure that does not require the previous game for play.

Key Features

  • Futuristic Weapons - Choose from 19 different weapons, including devastating heavy weapons that can end a battle in seconds.
  • Elite Specialists - Recruit up to a dozen of the galaxy's most dangerous operatives to help you in your mission. Train and equip your team to survive insurmountable odds.
  • Explore the Galaxy - Scan planets to uncover unique secret missions in the Mass Effect universe.
  • Integration with Original Mass Effect - 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 - Increased intensity with precision shooter controls to let you control the action and overcome insurmountable odds.
  • New Damage System - New location based damage system allows for targeting of key weak points, blasting off limbs, igniting enemies, or cripple and disable enemy troops.
  • Character Customization - Choose a player class, customize your appearance, and tailor your own abilities and strengths. As you progress, so do Shepard’s abilities.
  • Improved Dialogue Mechanic - Improved NPC conversation system where Commander Shepard can take matters into your own hands – interrupting or using force to get the answer required.
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ESRB:  M
Number of Players:  Single-player
Publisher:  Electronic Arts
Developer:  Bioware
Console:  Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Genre:  Action RPG
Release Date:  January 26, 2010
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review by . February 01, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Mass Effect was one of my favorite games in the last few years, it has an epic story, well developed characters, and is just fun to play.  So it would be tough for Bioware to follow up on the sequel that will be equally impressive, and Mass Effect 2 was recently released, and it not only is a worthy successor to the first game, it improved on almost every aspect imaginable, even though it's only early in the year, this will probably be my game of the year.      The story …
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review by . March 01, 2010
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In 2007 Mass Effect came out and changed the landscape of the RPG.  Perhaps the only really huge problem I had with the first Mass Effect... was that it was just too short.  The story could be completed really quickly, and I was disappointed that the game had to end.  Even more disappointing was having to wait so long for a sequel.  But it's totally worth it.  Mass Effect 2 outdoes the first game in just about everyway.  Improving on just about everything.  …
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
I think a lot of people had gripes with Mass Effect 2. I did think it was a bit simplified compared to the first, but still came out of the experience satisfied. The storyline, to me, did not seem nearly as engrossing and the majority of the game is not devoted to furthering the story, but in collecting members for your team.
review by . January 28, 2010
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF A NON-SHOOTER:  As I said 3 months ago with Dragon Age Origins review, that title marked my first return (and a beautiful experience that has been) to computer roll playing games. I tried Doom briefly years ago, but just didn't find it very interesting.    Based on the richness of Dragon Age Origins and the teaser during the NFC Championship Game, I eagerly awaited this hybrid RPG-Shooter. As promised, the game was delivered the day of rollout. …
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