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Mass Effect 2 - PC

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Platform: PC
Edition: Standard
  • Improved NPC conversation system where Commander Shepard can take matters into your own hands ? interrupting or using force to get the answer required.
  • The second act of BioWare's epic sci-fi RPG trilogy continues the story of Commander Shepard and humanity's first steps onto the galactic stage.
  • Integration with the original Mass Effect game allows players to import saved files and contiue play with those files in Mass Effect 2.
  • Choose from 19 different weapons, including devastating heavy weapons that can end a battle in seconds.
  • New location based damage system allows for targeting of key weak points, blasting off limbs, igniting enemies, or cripple and disable enemy troops.
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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001VJ4DHK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard

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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 cast of supporting characters. Features new to this latest release in the franchise 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 more flexible dialogue game mechanic and more.

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Story
Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new danger 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, doubters say it would be suicide. Commander Shepard intends to prove them wrong.

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
Along with familiar faces from the past.
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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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Taking aim at evil zombie thingie in Mass Effect 2
Integration with original game.
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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 as 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 crippling and disabling 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.

System Requirements:

Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP or Vista.
Processor: 2.4+ GHz Intel or 2.0+ GHz AMD 2.6+ GHz Intel or 2.4+ GHZ AMD
RAM: 1GB+ (XP), 2GB+ (Vista) 2GB+
Disc Drive: 8x DVD-ROM drive or better
Hard Drive: 12GB or more
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6 series (6800GT or better), ATI 1300XT or better (X1550, X1600 Pro and HD2400 are below minimum system requirements) NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or higher. ATI X1800 XL series or higher
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers – 5.1 sound card recommended
Input Device: Mouse and keyboard

Product Description

The second chapter in the Mass Effect trilogy takes you to the darkest reaches of space, where you must uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of humans across many worlds. Prepare yourself for a suicide mission to save mankind. Travel the galaxy to assemble a team of soldiers and combat specialists, and launch an all-out assault on the heart of enemy territory.

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115 of 129 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXPERIENCE JUST SHORT OF A HOLODECK! January 26, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Now THIS is what I call immersion!

In the past, Bioware has shown a tendency to surpass itself whenever developing a sequel (remember how much better Baldur's Gate II was compared to I - and the original Baldur's Gate was already excellent). Well, compared to this second installment, the original Mass Effect now seems like a typical space-RPG/Shooter.

Having played the original game will not only help you better insert yourself into Commander Shepard's boots (you can actually import your original character form the first game - choices and all) - but also appreciate the improvements more.

The story is darker and (without spoiling it) the choices harder to live with. Combat has been streamlined, with tactical decisions (using cover, taking the high ground) now being more important, without the game loosing its shooter character though.

Both the visuals and the sounds are exquisite. Not only are the graphics really impressive (and I am running WinXP so that is DirecX-9 mind you) and the sounds dramatic but the voice acting and dialogue integration should be taught in game-design seminars.

In this second installment there is no actual inventory to speak of (more on this later), loading times are shorter and better concealed (remember those endless elevator rides? Now forget about them), and accessing your special abilities menu has been simplified.
In a true BIOWARE tradition, the available companions all come with their own special abilities and personal stories to explore.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic February 2, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
SUMMARY
The long awaited sequel to the much lauded, though admittedly flawed, Mass Effect is finally here - and it's already consumed over 30 hours of my life. In short, Mass Effect 2 is the most refined and presented action RPG I have personally played. The narrative is perfectly paced, guiding the player through a well-realized world that isn't exactly an open ended sandbox, but certainly isn't restrictive or linear (you're free to complete the major missions/story points at your own pace while you pursue other content, and your decisions along the way will shape the story). The game play has been calibrated to remove almost all tedium associated with the RPG hybrid genre. Combat is real time and plays smooth as butter. The visuals, especially at 1080i or 1080p, are nothing short of spectacular. This is an incredible game, it might just end up being my favorite.

Aspects that I enjoyed are preceded by a (+), things I disliked a (-).

GAME PLAY
(+) Bioware (the developer) has taken many of the elements common to the "RPG hybrid" genre (which they themselves have greatly forwarded over the years) and stream lined and calibrated the experience to better suit the action-oriented focus of the Mass Effect series. Itemization and character customization have been made less bulky, and yet magically remain robust and even more rewarding. Just as in their past games, there are still various vocations you can pursue (soldier, engineer, etc) and many ancillary skills to learn and improve. Each vocation feels wholly unique (though many abilities share similar animations), and there are no wasted skill points or useless abilities.

(+) Combat is a blend of third person shooter (Gears of War) and tactical RPG (Dragon Age).
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137 of 166 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More your little brother's FPS than dad's RPG February 12, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I tripped across the original Mass Effect at EA's download site recently, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Using basically the same engine and game mechanics as KOTOR I and II, it plays pretty much like the third installment of that franchise, minus the licensing fees. I downloaded the deluxe edition of Mass Effect II, ready to continue the saga of Commander Shepard.

The Good:
- You pick up where you left off in ME. You can import your character model, and the decisions he/she made, though no experience or skills transfer.

- The writing and voice acting are excellent.

- The universe of the original ME is still here, but expanded and enriched.

- Where you aim is where you hit.

- Graphics have been kicked up. Models are higher poly count, and textures are more detailed.

- You can customize your cabin now, as well as your clothing and armor color. It isn't essential to the plot, but it adds more personality to the game. Remember to feed the fish.

- Bypass and hacking mini-games are a little more contextual, and less forced than the "circular frogger" mini-game of ME.

The Bad:
- This is a different game engine than ME, and as others have said, many of the RPG elements have been stripped down. There are fewer skills, with fewer steps. Ammo types are now a skill, and after you've used one skill, you have to wait for the recharge time to use any other. So if you decide to switch ammo types in a fight, find a place to hide before you can use AI hack.

- Levels are smaller, and linear now. There is little or no 3rd person exploring. You will proceed from one "shoot house" (with liberally distributed cover, a few exploding barrels, and a few breakable boxes) to the next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for fans of Fallout or Elder Scrolls
A very "linear" game and definitely a FPS (First Person shooter). The game has truly stunning visuals but playing it relies too much, for my tastes, on twitch reflexes. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jim Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't played this, you need to
If you haven't played the Mass Effect series you are seriously missing out on an epic adventure. Do yourself a favor and play it.
Published 1 month ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably one of the finest games of all time.
Excellent in so many ways. I'm sure there's nothing new to say but between the design of the universe, the brilliantly acted characters, the absurdly engaging story and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JRonck
3.0 out of 5 stars ok game
you like this game of not, i gave my copy to a friend. Take me too long to play got lost a few times....
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
No complaints only, I wish I could get into vehicles and drive. Everything else is awesome. Looking forward to play the whole series
Published 1 month ago by JEFFREY ZELAYA
5.0 out of 5 stars A pantheon game
Mass Effect 2 is one of the greatest games I've ever played. The storyline is amazing, the characters well developed, the world is fully realized, and the game play is wonderful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by King Kashue
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as ME1
It's hard to top a great game with a sequel. I don't know if ME2 is better than ME1, but it's not worse. It's definitely different. Read more
Published 2 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Great installment
Mass Effect 2 was an excellent follow-up to the stellar original, expanding the epic storyline of the galaxy's clash with the ever-coming Reapers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pokegreg
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Game is ok, hard to get into but its got its merit, very similar to halo, just a bit more like an rpg.
Published 2 months ago by Weeelord
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had seen it before, that was why I bought it, I recommend this to anyone. You cannot go wrong with this product.
Published 3 months ago by Murph
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