Review by golden_sailor

"Very Compelling (Possible Spoilers)"

With so much hype around a game it was sure to fail like Halo 2 and Gears 2 however Mass Effect 2 exceeds all expectations. The game play, story, graphics, virtually everything has vastly improved.

Story - 10/10 - The story is much darker. All the sidequests for your characters are dark and sad. For me Tali and Garrus's side quests were the most compelling. Garrus has greatly changed and Tali's is very moving but all the others are just as compelling and really draw you in. I just happened to invest more time with Tali and Garrus. For the main plot, it is very rich, easily drawing you in. For those who played Mass Effect 1 it hits home so much better. You get to see the consequences of your decisions in this game and how it affects the galaxy as a whole. The game is by no means a short game. Coming in two discs, there are vast amounts of things to do.

Gameplay -10/10 - The biggest change and improvement is with how you fight. The controls closely resemble Halo and Gears and seem just more natural, at least to me. Running into cover, pistol whipping, everything is simply better. The ammo/overheat system isn't at all annoying and makes combat more of a challenge. Its much closer to a shooter than the first one was. The hacking and decryption mini-games make much more sense and are better than the simple push random buttons. No more pointless driving around on empty or near empty planets. Now you scan a planet for either resources or a sidequest that isn't completely pointless.

Sound - 10/10 - Again ME2 has an awesome soundtrack rivaling Halo and Star Wars. The voice acting is spot on and amazing. Good to know that they took the job very seriously.

Graphics- 10/10 - The graphics have slightly improved from the first Mass Effect but the first ME had amazing graphics to boot so it was hard to have improved. There subtle changes though, more detail, more facial expressions, and tears (even though they look kinda fake). The are also short cinematic scenes where the graphics simply shine at their best.

Overall - 10/10 - It is difficult to see how this game could improve aside from the obvious make it even longer!!! The game is a vast improvement over the first and it is simply an amazing game with outstanding graphics, a compelling story, and awesome game play. An overall amazing game that could make you orgasm just playing. j/k maybe...

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 01/29/10

Game Release: Mass Effect 2 (US, 01/26/10)

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