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  • Feb 1, 2010
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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 opened up a couple of years after the events of the first game, and the story did a good job of explaining why your team from the first game is no longer with you (you'll be able to recruit some of them back, and run into some others during the game), if you beat the first game, you an import your character to this game, and it will know what major decisions you made in the first game, and the story will unfold differently depends on some of these decisions, and you can also create a new character from scratch, the game will then make certain decisions for you, and also will prompt you for some other decisions in an initial dialog with one of your new teammate, the system works exceedingly well, I imported my character from the first game, and there are little story elements pop up throughout the game that reflect how you played in the first game, it really made you feel that what you did have lasting consequences.  And right off the bat, the game looks and runs beautifully, it uses the same technology (Unreal Engine 3) as the first game, but it's apparent that the developers really got the hang of the technology this time, none of the issues that plagued the first game remained, the frame rate is steady and never once did I notice a hiccup, and the notorious texture pop-ins are nowhere to be seen, and the game features more varied environment from the first game, gone are the copy-and-paste level design, every missions you undertake will take place in unique environment and all the levels are really well designed.

Some of the most complained features of the first game were either vastly improved or completely ripped out and replaced with new gameplay mechanisms.  The game is now much more action oriented, it can now be played like a third person shooter, if you line up the shot and shoot an enemy, you'll always get a hit, it's no longer depending on the stats whether you hit or not, the stats still play a role in determining the damage.  And the inventory system was completely overhauled to be research based, so you no longer get any "loot", but you will get new schematics throughout the game, and once you are on your ship, you can do research to improve your equipments and abilities.  The much maligned planet exploration has also been completely redone, now you can scan a planet from surface for different resources, and if there is a landable spot, it will show up as an anomoly, and you'll land right on the spot to begin the mission, so you don't have to drive around the barron surface of a huge planet looking for something interesting to do.


How can you not love a singing Salarian Scientist?

The game is also much more cinematic, some of the main characters are animated so well, you can actually see their emotions by little cues they do with their body language and facial expression, and almost every missions in this game feel much more fleshed out and you'll get to know your crew a lot better this time around, every one of them are interesting and have a back story you can explore, Bioware really did a good job improving on the system they started in Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR), I enjoyed these interactions with my crewmates as much as the rest of the game.  The only thing I feel Mass Effect 2 didn't improve on the first game is the overall story, the first game felt much more epic in comparison, but the sequel more than made up for that with the character missions (you need to do a mission to recruit a new character, and another mission gain his/her trust and loyalty).  As the middle of the trilogy, it did a good job in wrapping up the story, yet leaving a lot of room for more development in the third game, Mass Effect is one of the best game I have played in a long time, the only thing I don't like is having to wait another 2 years for the third game!

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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. 


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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
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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.

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An space-based action RPG like its predecessor, gameplay in Mass Effect 2 revolves around the player's particular ...

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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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