Game Review #1

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 is an action RPG game developed by one of my favorite developers, BioWare.  This is the second game of a soon-to-be trilogy.  I started to replay ME2 a few weeks ago on the Xbox 360.  It centers around character named Commander Shepard, whom  you can customize as you see fit.  Put simply, he is a “man on a mission.”  Shepard is sent to hunt down a group of aliens called the Collectors who have been abducting whole human colonies and are believed to be involved in a plan to destroy the rest of humanity.  It is your job to stop them.

There is so much to say about this game, from the stunning visuals to the gameplay itself.  It is truly an epic game.  The thing that I like most about this game, and the reason that I am replaying it currently is the choice between good and evil.  Every action and decision you make in the game changes your “good/evil meter.”  It changes your appearance as well as how some people interact with you.  You can use this to get discounts from the local shops by asking nicely… or simply intimidate them enough and take it.  This aspect of the game makes it feel as though you are in control and actually affecting the outcome.  It is just one more thing that pulls you in and makes you want to play this game.

If you like third-person shooters with some RPG elements, I would strongly recommend playing this or the first Mass Effect.  Although there are some in-game bonuses to playing the the first one before the second, it is not too detrimental to the story line if you start with Mass Effect 2.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris Bateson on September 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    So I just started playing through this game yesterday and I have to say I’m completely satisfied with all the changes they made from the first. The combat system seems to have been upgraded and it is much easier to use. My favorite thing about his game is the fact that you can use the character from Mass Effect 1 to continue into Mass Effect 2. Choices you made in 1 hold over in 2 such as who you decide to leave behind and if you decided to save the council at the end of the first which can severely change the direction of ME2. I’m very impressed and I can’t wait to see more. Bioware is by far my favorite game developer with legendary game titles such as Dragon Origins and Knights of the Old Republic.

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