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. Despite its flaws, it was a game that stuck with you in a way that many "better" games don't. Fast-forward two years, and the highly-anticipated second part of the trilogy, Mass Effect 2 , has finally reached its audience.
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. So when I heard that Mass Effect 2 had vastly improved the shooting aspects of the game and cut out a lot of the RPG features, I didn't really know what to expect.
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 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic . In fact, Mass Effect 2 might be one of the most enjoyable video game experiences ever created, period. Why, you may ask?