Mass Effect 2 is a brilliant, fun, addictive game. How can I make such claims? Well here’s my review of Mass Effect 2.
Let’s start off with the most important thing: Gameplay.
The third-Person shooting part of the game just contains the action, which is fun and addictive but Mass Effect 2 really shines with its RPG elements. Whatever you say affects the course of the game with its Paragon/Renegade actions, such as “Will Jacob’s Father live or die?”, “Whose side should you take, Jack’s side or Miranda’s side?”, and “Will you suck up to the Illusive Man, or go your own way?”. Even things from the first game carry on to Mass Effect by using the “import Shepard” feature, so your decisions from the last actually had a purpose. I’m so glad I let Kaidan live instead of Ashley.
Mass Effect has one of the most Compelling stories that I have ever seen.
It starts off on the Normandy, Commander Shepard’s ship. The Normandy gets attacked by an unknown enemy destroying the Normandy and killing some of Shepard’s crew. While trying to save Joker, the Normandy’s crippled pilot, Shepard falls out of the ship during the second attack, and runs out of air in space. He is then rebuilt by the Lazarus Project, a project that is supposed to bring Shepard back alive. But before the project is finished, the ship Shepard is in gets attacked by Corrupted Security Mechs. Someone named Miranda Lawson tries to help him get off of the ship, but Shepard loses contact with her. But then he finds Jacob Taylor who helps Shepard get to the escape pods, and Jacob informs Shepard that the Lazarus Project was built by Cerberus, a Human-Dominance Organization owned by The Illusive Man. When Shepard and Jacob reach the escape pods, they meet with Miranda, and they all escape and go save the world! Well, Shepard has to recruit some people first, but you get the point. It’s all worth it because Mass Effect 2 has one of the best final missions I’ve ever played in any game, but I’ll try and keep the spoilers to a minimum.
Mass Effect 2 gives you at least 10 hours of gameplay NOT including all of the DLC it has. Plus in order to save, all you have to do is press the start button and save. It’s actually quite useful if you have to go somewhere and you don’t have time enough to walk all over the level looking for a save point.
Believe it or not Mass Effect 2 is also quite humorous. I don’t know about anyone else, but I die laughing every time EDI says “That was a joke”.
Mass Effect 2 also has a great cast of Characters, like Garrus, Tali, Mordin, Miranda, and Legion. It also has Zaeed, but you can kill him. All of the characters have great voice acting and a great AI.
The last pro that I’d like to point out is that Mass Effect 2 has an epic soundtrack. Jack Wall did an amazing job on songs like “infiltration”, “The End Run”, and “The Suicide Mission”.
The only real problems I have with Mass Effect 2, is that sometimes it glitches up and the loading screens take a while, but overall Mass Effect 2 is probably one of the best game I’ve ever played.