Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 Review for PC

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The second instalment in the sci-fi trilogy.

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10Out of 10
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Some familiar faces return, but the new party members steal the show.
Some familiar faces return, but the new party members steal the show.

Some familiar faces return, but the new party members steal the show.

Critics might point to Mass Effect 2's structure as evidence of a more linear experience. And indeed you can play the game one clearly signposted mission at a time, with little exploration in between. But that does a disservice to the frenetic, relentless blockbuster pace. Mass Effect 2 takes its pacing cues from the likes of Gears of War 2 and Uncharted 2; the missions tie together seamlessly and never outlast their welcome. But there's nothing stopping you from going anywhere at any point, if you want to. You can play Mass Effect 2 and finish it without having to put 40 hours in. That option is an important one, in this time-starved, socially networked age.

In any case, like the most thrilling rollercoasters, once you've finished the game the first thing you'll do is play it through again. Why? Because any single playthrough only offers a snap shot of Mass Effect 2's gargantuan innards. Try a different class - the Adept, perhaps. Try playing Paragon instead of Renegade. Make different decisions at key junctures. Try taking on the Collectors with only the minimum team requirement, and with only a few of them loyal to your galaxy-saving machinations. Try all these things in different combinations; Mass Effect 2 will adapt and tell a different story each time.

Having finished the game ourselves, we're almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of standout moments. The first time you walk towards the Afterlife nightclub on Omega and marvel at the flying car-filled night sky; the first time you gawp at the busy backgrounds of Illium, or the war-torn rubble of the Krogan homeworld Tuchanka; the moment you finally convince Jack to let her guard down and open the door to her bed; the moment Shepard interrupts a female journalist mid-question by punching her in the head; the Salarian video game sales assistant who references old school role-playing games; the game's thrilling Dead Space-esque opening, in which the Normandy is obliterated and Shepard "dies". And what about the sex scenes; not quite good enough to convince but as good an effort as we've seen in video game land so far?

Best of all, though, are the party members themselves. The shaven-headed Angelina Jolie look-a-like Jack is our favourite; her incessant swearing and voluptuous lips made us weak at the knees. The religious Assassin Thane is another stand out NPC; his mysterious motivations and keen eye with a sniper rifle make him as cool as he is deadly. But what about the sexy Miranda, or the hyper Mordin, both stars in their own right? It would have been an easy win for BioWare to simply repopulate Shepard's party with familiar faces. We're glad it didn't: Mass Effect 2's NPCs are up there with the best of all time.

Mass Effect 2 is easily a 10. Easily. We're trying desperately to think of something to moan about, just so this review doesn't sound too much like a Mass Effect love-in, but we can't. The side missions are a bit abrupt. The game still takes too long to load. And your party members will occasionally get in your line of sight. But these annoyances are as inconsequential as a fly landing on a whale's back. Mass Effect 2 is the perfect fusion of the shooter and RPG genres. When you're not playing it, you wish you were. When you are playing it, you can't imagine doing anything else. Engrossing, captivating, stunning. Roll on DLC, and Mass Effect 3.

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awesome review!
edit :a thumb down! did i say antthing offensive?
Posted 11:01 on 26 January 2010

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EISPower's Avatar


Love this game. I first started it with a new character and really did not like it much.After i finished the first carier i imported my ME1 level 60 character & it was like playing a new game,everything continued from ME1 and the game become perfect, well allmost perfect i could not get Ash back but the truth kind of fell for Miranda. The game got even bigger and better than ME1 with all the DLCs.The only thing that sucked was playing the Insanity carier where i kept my weapons but lost all my upgrades and was it hard getting those upgrades back. Overall this game rules. (Mass Effect Rules)
Posted 11:03 on 10 March 2011
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rbevanx@ K3RT

Well I thought this game wasn't a 10/10 but it would help if Schumey explained why instead of ranting rubbish.
I thought the game was very repetitive as scanning for planets for upgrades was incredibly boring, could have mixed it up with more of a puzzle element.
I remember thinking to myself “This is very similar to detention in High school where I had to clean up rubbish during break on the fields”
I also found the “helping teammates” missions rather too similar with a combat system that felt very bland to me and not challenging.
Also far too much shelter from bad guys and not much requirement for thought to eliminate enemies like something with Splinter Cell or Half Life.
Don’t get me wrong they improved on the first game with controls and the environment you play in, as well as an impressive storyline and characters for a videogame (the score is still really good like the first game).
But when comparing it to other RPGs like Zelda, KOTOR, The Dig and Snatcher, it’s no where near being one of the best RPG’s ever (never mind best game ever).
I felt an 8/10 was more fair for this game.
Posted 11:44 on 06 June 2010
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K3RT@ Schumey

So because you think the game should be an 8 or a 9 the reviewer should to? has it not occurred to you that reviews are just the opinions of one individual? besides ME2 is one of the best games of the current gen and the only thing which I would say I disliked about it was the fact it wasn't multi platform so more people could enjoy it.
Posted 07:31 on 06 June 2010
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Mass Effect 2 is NOT a 10/10 game. But I guess you're just willing to give out any score to please the fans, huh? More like a 8 or 9, anything above that is pushing it. The overscoring of hyped games needs to end.
Posted 08:44 on 03 June 2010
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Clockpunk@ tome0124

Oh, is 'PC' a 'console'? I was not aware that I could just plug it into my HDTV and play, just like that...!
Posted 17:58 on 06 February 2010
VandaL's Avatar


Best game in ages!

Truley like playing an interactive sci-fi series. Only thing letting the PC version down is the crappy textures because of the 360. Other than that, flawless.
Posted 13:08 on 06 February 2010
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Hey Wes!
I just need some feedback man.
Is it me, or on Mass Effect do you have the same problem.
basically, I'm going for Renegade, but every time a Paragon interrupt thingy comes up I can;t help but pull it man.
My Renegade is still considerably more than my Paragon, but will it effect my chances of going full Renegade?
Cheers man, this is my favourite game for an awfully long time.
Posted 10:25 on 06 February 2010
Mark_S's Avatar


... Yogurt?
Posted 15:42 on 02 February 2010
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tome0124@ Handwipe

Do you aware of that this game is not console exclusive...? I own Xbox360 but I still buy a PC version...
Posted 22:00 on 29 January 2010
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I finished the game. It's amazing and I can tell they truely put lots of work in this game. But it's not that perfect... getting all 10s. I'd disagree with that. I don't want to spoil anything here. At least I was forced to load the game or sometimes die because of it's bug. Sometimes I get stuck near by boxes... (my 1st round... I got stuck like 10 times.) While I become careful doing anything and it got better lol. There are couple other the mouse issue... Just my opinion. Still a great & fun game to play. both RPG and shooting elements :)
Posted 21:54 on 29 January 2010
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The end of the day can't come soon enough.
Posted 16:44 on 29 January 2010
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Clockpunk@ Ghost_Dog

Maybe after the initial trilogy. As I've said so often, however, consoles NEED exclusives or we the consumer will get shafted with no choices whatsoever in our hobby.

On topic though - 2 hours in... wow. Jaw-dropping story, gameplay dialogue and graphics. I was hoping so hard it wouldn't let down the original, and so far it truly hasn't. Fantastic game, and probably a solid contender, already, for GOTY.
Posted 16:39 on 29 January 2010

renegade@ Handwipe

i know right same with Xbox, cos you cant play Starcraft 2 either hahahahaha........

See how i flipped it Fantard

as for Mass Effect ill enjoy this in Super HD lol on My pc thanks
Posted 14:29 on 29 January 2010
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Ghost_Dog@ guyderman

Funny how these idiots don't use their real names on their profile.

They are nothing more than cowards hiding behind keyboards.

There is also a good chance that Mass Effect will eventually appear on the PS3.
Posted 12:51 on 29 January 2010
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guyderman@ Handwipe

And another retard makes an appearance!

There should be a Doomed Vs A$$wipe thread - Clash of the Fanboys!
Posted 12:36 on 29 January 2010

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Mass Effect 2
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Release Date: 29/01/2010
Platforms: PC , Xbox 360 , PS3
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 15
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