Summary: It was worth all the money. The game itself had some glitches like you can glitch out onto the side of the Normandy and see the stars!! But the art book really shows you that the characters had alot of time and effort to perfect it all and the game as a whole.
Summary: I really like the fact that you get to know each of your crew members really via their personal quest missions. Although I like some character's backstory more than others, all crew members are really interesting and great characters.
Summary: The idiot's description of this game: "a shooter with RPG elements". The Mass Effect games are proper RPGs. Just because they don't feature elves and dragons does not make them less RPG.
Pros: 1. a science-fiction RPG - no elves, no dragons, no magic, 2. fun and diverse combat system, 3. good character customizations, 4. all the AI have personalities, 5. epic storyline, 6. great sound and graphics, 7. choices made during gameplay matters
Cons: They removed too many good parts from the first game: extensive gear & armor customizations, large number of sidequests, ways to make money, long playtime, tactical gameplay. Apart from teammembers there's less of everything in Mass Effect 2.
Summary: Mass Effect was one of the best RPGs I've ever played and its sequel is almost as impressive. Some say the sequel is better but for every improvement, what they dumbed down in terms of party member management made it feel more action rpgish.
Pros: A great story line. The game is almost worth buying just for the screenplay. I also really enjoyed the action sequences. Top notch stuff.
Cons: Its all the in between stuff that gets pretty dull. You have to mine for minerals to get weapons upgrades. This practice takes up the majority of game play if you want to trick out your characters with best gear available.
Summary: Mass Effect 2, is an improvement primarily in some gameplay functions, but is a step back in a number of rpg elements. The biggest improvement is that the repetitive maps from the fist ME are gone and now each mission has a completely unique map.