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...
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.
Excerpt: The adjective "stunning" is over-used, especially when it comes to video game criticism. Everything's stunning these days; graphics, story, characters… everything. Well, in the case of Mass Effect 2, it's the only word that even comes close to describing the experience on offer.
Excerpt: BioWare was always going to return to the Shadow Broker; the mysterious information trader's existence has been dangled in front of us for long enough for everyone to know that we would eventually get to unwind that proverbial ball of yarn.