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- New location based damage system allows for targeting of key weak points, blasting off limbs, igniting enemies, or cripple and disable enemy troops.
- Collector's Edition items including: Mass Effect 2, art book, Mass Effect Redemption #1 comic book, exclusive in-game weapon and armor, behind-the-scenes and making-of DVD and Cerberus Network card granting access to bonus content.
- Improved NPC conversation system where Commander Shepard can take matters into your own hands by interrupting or using force to get the answer required.
- Integration with the original Mass Effect game allows players to import saved files and continue play with those files in Mass Effect 2.
- Choose from 19 different weapons, including devastating heavy weapons that can end a battle in seconds.
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That being said however, I can safely say that Mass Effect 2 has quite possibly one of the best, if not best production value and polish of any game I have played within the last 10 years. Everything from graphics, sound and voice acting, all the way down to the actual writing and little tidbits that flesh out all sections of the world show that Bioware was exceedingly thoughtful and fairly meticulous with developing a futuristic world upon which we strap on the boots of everyone's favorite Space Marine: Commander Shepard.
Firstly, a bit of intro to the story, without going into Spoilers:
The game picks up 2 years after the first game finishes. The Citadel is recovering from the massive attack that it suffered by Saren at the end of the game. The Citadel Council, in an effort to quell mounting rumours about the Reaper threat, officially claim that the attack was only the work of the Geth and a Rogue Spectre. Meanwhile several Human colonies and outposts just start vanishing altogether. The send Shepard to investigate what they believe is Geth involvement behind the attacks, when something goes horribly, horribly wrong...
Fantastic on all fronts, particularly if you take advantage of the Mass Effect 1 character import feature. You can definitely see how Bioware took great pains to take many of the choices, even the not-so-obvious ones, and transfer them to the new game. Choices you made in the first game can show up here!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This game is absolutely incredible! The story sucks you in like a black hole, and hours can pass by without you noticing it!
The gameplay in ME2 is FAR superior to the original game, with a greater emphasis on real time combat, but without sacrificing the great story elements that made the original a classic.
Graphics are noticeably improved as well, with more detailed textures and better lighting and shadow effects.
The only complaints I have are minor, such as not being able to toggle your helmet, and the game not having AA as an option..
Overall though, this game is absolutely incredible and I highly recommend it..
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This is the second of the Mass Effect series of the game. I got totally engrossed in it and played for hours on end non-stop. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Bill Ellick
Mass Effect 2 is an amazing role playing game (RPG) and in my opinion its the best title that Xbox 360 has put out. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Christopher J. Cowen
No installation code was included in the packaging. The CDs are useless pieces of plastic that I can play Frisbee with. I am not satisfied with my order at all.Published on October 12, 2013 by Benjamin A. Tuck
Mass Effect is one of the most impacting and engrossing story of any video game I have played in my 33 years. This being the second entry to the series. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Jerod Lytton
For the price of both the game and the shipping, I was honestly expecting something a bit more roughed up and worn out but I couldn't have been happier to be wrong. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Steven
This is a must own title for rpg fans who need to know what all the fuss is about! If you don't know what all the fuss is about run out and buy this game now!Published on April 16, 2013 by Cash A. Echevarria
Just as good as the original. The graphics are beautiful, the story is great. The new characters are interesting, but they still bring back the old favorites. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Lauren S.
The cats before you use the card and you end up paying about the price of the game for the ABILITY to BUY MORE content for the DLCs. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Nagourta