Summary: I was so psyched to get this game that I started playing it the moment it arrived at the house. Unfortunately, the excitement died off quickly. 1. Mass Effect 2 adds nothing good that the previous game didn't have. Not a thing. 2. The large number of animated sequences, while pretty, too forever, and seem to be the primary reason why the game needed 2 CD's.
Good, but the removal of RPG elements is a loss I miss
Opinionated Consumer "Dana", Amazon
26 February 2010
Summary: Playing Mass Effect 2 is like watch a good movie, a movie where you can interrupt the flow at certain points and take control of the characters and slightly change the plot. Mass Effect has always been about telling a grand story, and the middle part of the Mass Effect trilogy has made improvements over the first title, the story is deeper, and a bit more interesting and complex than ME1 (Mass Effect 1).
One step forward and one step back for Bioware and ME.
R. B. McCord "Sylencer", Amazon
2 February 2010
Summary: I really enjoy ME2 but I think the game is really only worth about 3.5 stars. The main reason for this is the "improvements" were in many ways not as good as they should have been. First off the xp and money system was completely redone. Now you get xp only from completing quests and no longer from enemies ( Money is gotten from hacking and mission completions too ).
Nice storyline, but gameplay could be a lot better
Philippe Clarisse, amazon.co.uk
17 February 2013
Summary: I like the storyline of ME, but the gameplay is quite boring ( like the random missions - too simple, too little ). I will play the 3rd episode of the saga however since I really like the story line.
Not what I had expected, but still a game the RPG player would enjoy.
23 October 2012
Summary: I was abit dissapointed playing through Mass Effect 2, because I kept comparing it to Mass Effect 1. The story is good, you can import your character from ME1 so the choises you made in ME1 follow you through the whole game. Mass Effect 1 had a really nice planet exploration system, where you would drive around in a vehichle scanning and finding side-quests loot or info. Where in ME2 you scan planets from The Normandy, which gets very repetitive and absolute boring.
They call it a suicide mission. You'll want to prove them wrong.
10 October 2012
Excerpt: The Mass Effect series is one that I have a longstanding love and affection for. For all it's faults and foibles, these are the games I always seem to come back to when I tire of my shiny new purchases and just want to lose myself in a game. In this review, we're signing up with Cerberus and returning to the fight with Mass Effect 2.
Summary: I am sorry, but it doesn't matter how good your graphics are, the story was lame, the game was easy, and everything was formulaic. Bioware just takes the same old game, re-skins it, changes the abilities, and repackages it. The gaming industry is becoming entirely lame. Are we really so lazy that we prefer games that are "Press A and you win!"? Sorry Bioware, I am done with you.
Excerpt: Mass Effect 2 (If you're reading this after reading my review for ME and feeling deja vu don't worry this isn't the Matrix... I think... I've just finally gotten around to putting ME and ME2's reviews under the right products, oops. Anyway enjoy the review) Bioware's Mass Effect 2... it has a lot to do, juggling the pressure of the critical acclaim of it's predecessor while trying to expand on the interesting (if a little underdeveloped) story.
Good game, but it didn't grip me like Bioware games usually do. I was disappointed overall.
9 April 2010
Excerpt: I have to start this off by admitting I'm an RPG geek. I'd rather swing a sword than shoot a gun and I love nothing more than spending 20 minutes deciding whether +2 strength or +3 cunning is more important for my character. Soo... obviously a lot of the changes Bioware made to Mass Effect in the sequel just did not sit well with me. I'm not saying it's a bad game, just that it didn't live up to what I expected, or wanted.