Summary: Mass Effect 2 is a better game than the original Mass Effect. Plain and simple. The combat is better, the side missions are much better, and this is arguably the most polished and relatively bug-free game that BioWare has ever produced. Little nitpicks and problems with the first game are long gone, and what you are left with is amazingly fun gameplay and a spectacular story with great characters and a complex and rich galaxy to explore.
Excerpt: Bioware’s release of Mass Effect in 2007 was something of a statement of intent from the producer in what it wanted to produce. Perhaps tired of the restraints given to them from producing Star Wars games, Bioware produced what was potentially a masterpiece which was unfortunately flawed.
Excerpt: One of Earth’s deep-cover operatives has been arrested on the edge of known space by the Batarians after apparently discovering a Reaper artifact. As ever, it's Commander Shepard to the rescue. Potential spoilers prevent me from saying much else but needless to say a lot more will unfold over the course of this new chapter.
Excerpt: I’m struggling to record my thoughts on Mass Effect 2 in a serviceable way. I could very easily talk about how the previous title’s engine has been overhauled almost completely. How firefights are vastly improved by a universal magazine system rather than waiting for your sci-fi weapon of choice to cool after an overheat, or how the scaling back of customisable powers and equipment means less fiddling and more immediate results.
Excerpt: Despite a lot of uncertainty on the part of Sony’s security and a rather lukewarm reception to the PS Move, I still think the PS3’s best days are ahead of it. And one of the good signs is to see a previously exclusive franchise start making its way to a console for the first time. Maybe the biggest of these in the last while is Mass Effect 2 - while Microsoft is holding onto the publishing rights for that game, meaning we won’t likely ever see a PS3 port, BioWare did a...
Excerpt: There’s nothing like more Mass Effect 2 to get the gaming blood flowing again. Lair of the Shadow Broker takes players back to Illium, where Shepards across the world will reunite with Liara T’Soni for one more battle. This time, it’s against the Shadow Broker, a shady character who tried to sell Shepard’s body to the Collectors in the Mass Effect: Redemption comics.
Excerpt: Bioware is no stranger to releasing add-on or expansion packs for their lineup of games. It comes to no surprise that they are continuing to support the success of Mass Effect 2 with extra content for space-hungry gamers to devour, hence the recent release of Lair of the Shadow Broker. The narrative around Shadow Broker explores the relationship of Shepard and the very blue Liara T�Soni as well as follow-up regarding her strained dealings with the Shadow Broker.