A House Divided – Mass Effect 2 Game Review
One of the most talked about games of the year, Mass Effect 2 has become one of the biggest surprises in gaming. With a story that takes place twenty years after the events of the first game, it’s no surprise that people are eager to find out what all the fuss is about. Unfortunately, the game makes it difficult to read the game’s critical reviews, which can make it difficult to tell whether or not the reviews are based on factual information or just your opinion. We’ve put together a gallery of our favorite Mass Effect 2 reviews, so that you can decide for yourself whether or not this game is worth your time.
BioWare’s new RPG/boarding game, Mass Effect 2, definitely lives up to its predecessor. Although we didn’t get a clear look at where the story was going with the first game, Mass Effect 2 is still an excellent example of sci-fi gaming. The scenery and overall “look and feel” of the game are top notch. As far as the game’s storyline is concerned, it’s good, but not quite as good as the first game. The main plot revolves around a planet called Mars, where two races, the Humans and the Salarians, have been fighting over the ownership of the planet.
Each of the team members from the first game returns for Mass Effect 2, including fan favorites like Jack Shepherd and Kaidan Alenko. They’re now joined by new players like Chun Li, who’s now known as Normandy. This team has strong characters that can change the course of the game. In fact, the player’s decisions throughout the game will heavily affect the outcome of each chapter, and can actually determine the fate of the entire game.
The combat system in Mass Effect 2 is a lot more streamlined than the first game, too. It’s possible to activate special moves and abilities as you see them on the mini-map, so it never feels like you’re forced to learn an entire new system. Using cover and moving intelligently while fighting will be essential throughout the game. There are also new, powerful weapons that can take down tougher enemies, but using these weapons requires skill, timing, and a little bit of luck. The developers managed to make the weapons feel powerful, but balanced enough that they don’t feel like they’re over powering the player or abusing their capabilities.
The graphics and audio have both been improved. Music has been changed to improve the feel of the game. Audio in Mass Effect is better than ever, adding a realistic feel to the game. The enemies also have voices, making the game feel more life-like. A great job was done with character dialogue and romance, resulting in a game that is fun to play.
Unfortunately, some of the side quests were lacking. Not all side quests were complete, and there were quite a few that simply took a long time to do. Some of the side quests focused more on story rather than gameplay, which could be a problem if you want to get to the end of the game.
If you are a Mass Effect fan, then the game should be fun for you. It will take time to really learn everything about the characters and how the gameplay works. However, the story does grow and unfold as you progress through the game. You will be satisfied when you reach the end, and will likely wonder how you lived without those people for so long. As you advance through the game, you will unlock items and powers, allowing you to build and develop your character even more. You can combine these powers with a variety of abilities and weapons to create a very interesting character.
Overall, Mass Effect 2 is a great game to play. Although there are a couple of minor annoyances, they are not enough to detract from what makes this game so enjoyable. It is well worth the money spent to experience all the magic and the science. If you enjoyed the first game like I did, you will enjoy this second version just as much. Even if you did not like the first game like I did, you should still give this one a try, as it has a lot of replay value.