Set the standard for Bioware to live up to

Your fight continues against the destructive alien machine race called the reapers and now the threat of the insectoid Species called the collectors. Also a corporation called cerberus starts playing a big part. With an epic start in which Involves the Normandy, you get introduced to the head of cerberus the Illusive man. You now collaborate with cerberus and begin to investigate large number of abductions and disappearances of human colonies all over the Galaxy with the reapers being the Likely cause. Joined by some of the previous main characters and also a brand new selection who you will encounter throughout the game, ”the fight continues”.

You now have the option to import your character from the previous game and it is advised to complete the first Mass Effect to the best of your abilities as it will contribute to this game. Many of the choices You made in the first game will also affect the plot and gameplay in this sequel as well as the last instalment of this trilogy Mass Effect 3. It is hard to give examples of many of these without giving away the plot. and I hate spoilers!!! 
One of the best things so far in my eyes is the available choice of intimate relations with the characters in game depending on whether you're up for a bit of blue Asari tale or a steaming session with a kind of psychotic skinhead bird named Jack who could of Broke out of some rehab somewhere. The possibilities are endless!! At least if all else fails you can now show off your moves in the nightclub while also getting drunk at the bar, then come to a conclusion it's just easier to watch a stripper of an alien race. Not far from reality sometimes eh??

This game is definitely credited for the outstanding performances by the voice actors who really brought this game to life. From great voice actor roles by Mark Meer/Jennifer hale who play shepard depending on the gender you pick, to Legends like D.C Douglas know by the title “the voice-over Guy” who plays Legion. In collaboration with Jack Wall who again composed the music for this sequel while also aiming for a more in depth and darker sound to set the right atmosphere for the scene or scenario in the game.

There are many changes they have been made for Mass Effect 2 including limited ammunition with the more realistic action of having to reload clips in battle, And also regenerable health, quite handy. There is roughly the same amount of weapons but there is the introduction of heavy weapons which can be picked up in various missions. A number of available DLCs are available which include different character outfits and included weapons within. Multiplayer action has now been brought to the table where the online players fight alongside each other against waves of cerberus or collectors. it is a fun mode of gameplay but I found it can be quite limited and irritating depending on the skill of the players you are with. 
They have stepped up gameplay in many ways including better visual graphics with a lot smoother frame rate which of course is expected of a sequel. They have done very well with this considering the engine is for 360 and PS3. There's a nice upgrade to the aiming system added points for headshots which all contribute in points for leveling up and increasing abilities of your selection as before. 
One of my favourite things and elements of the game, the ship the Normandy has now undergone drastic changes and advancements. This includes an new armory, the crew’s own quarters, your own quarters including space for collectible items which i found amusement in collecting, to also Tech Labs where ship and character upgrades are available. The ship is now managed by an AI under the name EDI which is a cool idea. They have changed the galaxy map menu as well as limiting fuel for the ship which has to be purchased or discovered throughout the Galaxy. A probe system for discovering resources necessary for upgrades has been put in place which is different. Many good things have been adapted or enhanced to make it an overall jump up from its predecessor.

IGDB User Score

Based on 1017 reviews
9

Mass Effect 2

Release Date:
  • 26 January 2010
Developers:
  • BioWare, BioWare Edmonton,
Publishers:
  • Electronic Arts,
Age Ratings:
  • PEGI:18+ ESRB:RP

Are you prepared to lose everything to save the galaxy? You'll need to be, Commander Shephard. It's time to bring together your greatest allies and recruit the galaxy's fighting elite to continue the resistance against the invading Reapers. So steel yourself, because this is an astronomical mission where sacrifices must be made. You'll face tougher choices and new, deadlier enemies. Arm yourself and prepare for an unforgettable intergalactic adventure. Game Features: Shift the fight in your favour. Equip yourself with powerful new weapons almost instantly thanks to a new inventory system. Plus, an improved health regeneration system means you'll spend less time hunting for restorative items. Make every decision matter. Divisive crew members are just the tip of the iceberg, Commander, because you'll also be tasked with issues of intergalactic diplomacy. And time's a wastin' so don't be afraid to use new prompt-based actions that let you interrupt conversations, even if they could alter the fate of your crew...and the galaxy. Forge new alliances, carefully. You'll fight alongside some of your most trustworthy crew members, but you'll also get the opportunity to recruit new talent. Just choose your new partners with care because the fate of the galaxy rests on your shoulders, Commander.