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Having loved Mass Effect so much, and while I could get it so cheaply, Mass Effect 2 was an absolute must for me... So, trawling through the second hand stores again we found it for a quality bargain price of £9ish... and took it home, eyes bright with excitement. Nerdicus found this most amusing.
Mass Effect 2 is, in fact, the second installment of the Mass Effect trilogy (part 3 yet to be released!) - but don't be fooled into thinking that it's more of the same. Or be disapointed that it's not more of the same. It's better... god only knows how they did it, but they managed it somehow!
The gameplay uses the same intuitive setup, but the skill trees have been totally overhauled, and reset. While you do import your "Shepard" and his background, and appearance, you carry none of the skills across, or the weaponry... because in the first five minutes of the game you WILL die. This, as it turns out, is unavoidable.
The first cutscene is exquisitely done - absolutely superb in the setup for the later story, and graphically even sharper than the first game. While you begin the game aboard the Normandy... on a seemingly normal cruise, you soon discover it's anything but. It is, in fact, a fatal mistake. For Shepard, at least.
Poor old Shepard gets spaced - an ignomonius end to a war hero, you'd think... but a pro-human splinter group called Cerberus (yes, that Cerberus) rebuild his body, adn set him on the path to stopping the Reapers - the big bad at the end of Mass Effect.
Again, the gameplay has immense possibilities in the second phase of this trilogy - and all the decisions you've made in Mass Effect affect how Mass Effect 2 plays as well - start with a shiny new Shepard, and witness it for yourself!
Again, the Voices are well chosen, and Seth Green is back as Joker, pilot of the Normandy, along with a whole host of other famous vocal chords.
Graphically, Mass Effect 2 is sharper, cleaner and a little less laggy than ME, though the first game was by no means a graphical slouch itself.
My only bugbear with ME2 is that the new skillsets offer so many choices it's hard to know which way is best to go, and because of this, you find yourself second guessing all your decisions... a tad frustrating, but a minor irritation from a game that offers oh so much to you.
All in all, i've been impressed beyond belief by a game that's topped what I considered to be one of the top ten games ever developed... I only hope that ME3 can live up to its two predecessors!
Good review, but more information would be helpful. More detail could be added about gameplay, for example. How easy is it to control the character and the weapons? What are the levels like and roughly how long is the game? Perhaps it might be helpful to compare it to similar games in terms of graphics and controls for those who haven't played the first game. If you update this let me know and I will re-rate it.