Excerpt: Mass Effect : a delicious concoction of nearly every over-used sci-fi concept ever imagined blended together in such a way to create a wholly unique universe, and a game that's easily stolen several weeks of my life over the past two years.
Excerpt: The original Mass Effect was my very first BioWare RPG. While I was a big fan of the story, characters, dialogue, and world, the combat and other mechanics didn't really cut it for me. The gameplay was too much of a shooter and all of the RPG components were more cumbersome than anything.
Excerpt: Mass Effect 2 is not just the second entry in the already beloved Mass Effect series, but also a full realization of the concepts and ideas first put forth in the original game. It is easily one of BioWare's best titles, which says a lot about the developer of past works such as Baldur's Gate and...
Summary: The Mass Effect universe has a galaxy's worth of potential; it's too bad that Mass Effect 2 's final add-on, Arrival, squanders it so readily. If you play Mass Effect 2 exclusively for the shooting, Arrival's predictable action will put your itchy trigger finger to good use.
Pros: Atmospheric environments, The action is entertaining
Cons: No real decisions to make, Glitches and other execution flaws, No memorable dialogue or characters
Conclusion: Everything about the game – plots, combat, progression, characters – comes together in a tidy, satisfying package. I’m not going to mention anything about the story, either, other than that’s it’s all very exciting and ultimately left me desperate for the trilogy to be concluded in Mass Effect 3.
Summary: The beautiful and regal Liara T'Soni was one of several memorable party members in the original Mass Effect , so it was disappointing to see her relegated to a decidedly minor role in that role-playing game's sequel.
Pros: Absolutely dripping with atmosphere, Lots of excellent combat, Exciting vehicle sequence, Two enjoyable boss fights