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Best game I've ever played,
This review is from: Mass Effect 2 Platinum Hits (Video Game)
This is by far the best game I've ever played. I was never a gamer. I bought myself an XBOX to deal with the long winter months in New England rather than watch reruns. As someone who enjoys RPG games, a friend recommended this game.
Within the 1st hour, I was hooked. You are Commander Shepard, you assemble a team, gain their loyalty, and have a "suicide mission" at the end with numerous ending possibilities based on how you played the game through.
The dialog you have with team members and strangers is pretty cool. How you respond to dialog often has direct affect on game play and relationships with other characters in the game. This is by far what makes it so interesting. You basically write your own story, outcomes rely on your responses. It takes you in many possible directions all the way through. You can even romance characters. You can be male or female Shepard, so if you are a female and prefer to play a female role, you can. I played the male role every time. Romanced different characters each play though.
Yes, there is combat/shooting. Missions have combat, other smaller side tasks include finding things for characters or talking to other characters. That stuff can be boring, but there's plenty of missions and side missions if you like the shooting stuff. There are a few modes, casual for someone more interested in the storyline and not as difficult in combat, easy for more shooting difficulty, and insanity for the hardcore gamer. I used casual, I am no hardcore gamer. Controls are responsive and once you get the hang of it, there's a lot you can do to control your team and beat the enemy.
This was my first Mass Effect game. Since playing it, I got Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 1. I was disappointed with 1 as controls were not as well done. I liked 3's changes in the combat, but the missions and tasks got too overwhelming and seemed pointless. I rate Mass Effect 2 an "11" on a scale of 1-10! The other two, not as much. If they come out with a Mass Effect 4 combining changes between 2 and 3, I will be a very happy camper.