Mass Effect 2
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Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy 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, they say it would be suicide. Commander Shepard intends to prove them wrong. Features: From the makers of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, and Mass Effect comes the dark second installment in the thrilling Mass Effect Trilogy! Command a unique team of amazing characters on a perilous mission in the most dangerous regions of space. 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 adventure that surpasses the first game in nearly every possible way. Take cover, command an elite squad with ease, utilize 19 weapon classes including heavy weapons, and unleash deadly powers against your foes with an all new and improved combat system. Increased intensity with precision shooter controls to let you control the action and overcome insurmountable odｭds. Featuring a new location based damage system: target key weak points, and blast off limbs, ignite enemies, or cripple and disable enemy troops. Visit familiar locales, such as the Citadel, and travel to deadly unknown new worlds to save mankind. Survey unique planets and embark on side missions to uncover more secrets in the Mass Effect universe. Robust Character Customizations Choose a player class, customize your appearance, and tailor your own abilities and strengths. As you progress so do Shepard's
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It's a similar game to the original, but the gameplay has been a bit more streamlined - some people (such as myself) view this as a pro, while others view it as a con. You will need to make up your own mind about this.
Incredible sci-fi setting with alien races, several planets to explore, etc.
Fantastic action gameplay incorporating third-person shooter elements with sci-fi powers.
Well thought-out class based system - you will need to be selective about which party members / classes you take with you on missions.
Continues the great storyline from Mass Effect 1.
Fun side-quests with lots of conversations and a choice to be a 'paragon' or a 'renegade' (basically good or bad).
Great graphics and really fantastic soundtrack.
Personally felt that too much of the game revolved around building your party for the 'final mission' through a number of unique side-missions for each party member. While the side-missions are interesting and well-designed, they are not very related to each other and do not create a continugous story. This was quite different to the original game which had more primary missions related to a single objective (saving the universe).
I do pay attention to what people say even if it turns out some are paid reviewers and some talk utter s***e.
Never the twain shall meet is not a possibility on the above I am afraid and turns out failry often on recent experiences.
Well you take control of a star ship, if your nmot already familiar, and this is certainly a game that would make an extremely cool movie not seen outside of Star Trek, Star Wars and, yes fans I WILL say it, SERENITY!! Lol!
It has some great characters in this second version and I have not played the first, like many of my other games like Fallout, Dead Space and others.
I am annoyed as I have been distracted by other titles and need to go back and fnish this off so I can install the third installment that has sat here for over a month?! Yes i did say all that, lol.
Well i found out after a second try ( i am stubborn), that the commands can be reassigned, way less of a nightmare than with DEAD SPACE, but there are a couple of annoying things; FIRST > the use of command menu anytime to use a weapon, plus the restricted gameplay, ( i cannot do or go where i want) I also dislike all this messages poppin while playing telling me which of the keys to press, especially if those key are not the same I assigned, so damn irritating and confusing. But i get over it, because Mass Effect it is a great game, just like Dead Space, it is worth the hassle. STILL HATE YOU EA!!!
If you Google 'Mass Effect Ending' you will find pages and pages of VERY heated discussions on this game - just don't get too immersed in the spoiler comments! The fact that it has generated (and continues to generate) such debate over the years is a testament to its impact and appeal. Get the game and see for yourself!
The ending is fantastic, a real rollercoaster with superb cinematic additions, they saved the best until last, it left me with a big happy smile on my face! (just make sure ship and weapons are fully upgraded, team loyal). The core game is brilliant. 5*
DLCs. Apart from Kasumi I didn't enjoy them
Kasumi: Short but very sweet mission, wonderful new team mate, wished I'd got her earlier, she uses the invisibly cloak to great effect, good fun.
Overlord: Felt out of place, spoilt the flow. The overland excursions in the hover vehicle annoyed me big time, bunny hopping, dodging gun sentries, dieing many times just to figure out what's going on.
Arrival: Well you go in alone on this one, not my thing, I like my team onboard, first half was pretty boring but improved considerably after rescue of the scientist.
the only problem i have with the game is regarding a placement issue, for example; you are auto-running along in a docks area full of cargo, you are near a wall, within a feet of it, from time to time the game doesnt seem to recognize where you are and without warning you end up stuck on top of an object you can not get down from, again depending where you were from the last auto save if you had it switched on, you will not have a choice but to restore from last point. so i am not trusting of this game being near high enough objects that impede progress due to a design oversight or flaw, its the only real problem in the whole game.
at a few pounds these days it is worth buying and playing.
I've been gaming since the days of the Spectrum, Amiga 500 etc, etc, so I've seen a few games.
Secondly, I've just completed the Mass effect trilogy today, and was blown away with how good these games are.
Mass Effect 2 carries on where Mass Effect left off. Sounds familiar, but the way that the game starts is good, and builds upon an already great story, in effect making the story more deeper and mysterious. The choices that you make (morally, and storyline), and the bonds that you make with your team can have a large impact on how the story plays out, and that's even better if you played Mass Effect and imported your "Shepard" character from the first game. The game uses the choices and NPC (Team) relationships you made and had from the last game, to add to how the story unfolds in this second part, and that's important!
If you enjoy a great book or film, then this is better. The storyline just gets more interesting, and when you think that it's just another hero saving mankind game, it's not! The twists and turns are brilliant!
The gameplay itself was good. Not too hard or easy, and lots of side quests to do....if you wanted. The only thing that did get frustrating was exploring planets, and all the scanning for materials, but it didn't detract me from carrying on through the game. The graphics are good too, as well as really good cut-scenes for the story.
No installation issues, crashes or mess ups. Runs smooth.
Lastly then, if you want a good game with tough choices that effect the whole trilogy, good NPC development and feeling involved with them, and a truly amazing storyline with plenty of twists, then this game could be for you.
Best game trilogy in a long time!
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this is one is different and cooler.
yet with the amount of dlcs available I seriously recommend waiting for goty , gold whatever.
saves import , keep them for 3.
helps to have those from 1
over the shoulder shooter / adventure with rpg statics/ three gang party - 20 characters / they banter and add to atmosphere
biggest of the series
all in all a good experience
ME1 was a tiny bit boring in parts (the mako on the planet surfaces) but still had a blinder of a story line. Glad I stuck with it to arrive at this game. ME3 is awesome too.