There are very few times in life when lightning strikes twice, especially during story telling. Mass Effect was an epic space adventure with fascinating lore, great characters and cool side stories woven throughout. The first game ended with Shepherd preparing to set off to fight the Reapers, and here the saga continues.
Right after the events of the first game, the Normandy finds itself under attack by a new threat: the Collectors, a race of creatures feared and forgotten with time. There weaponry is far more advanced and there attack swift, the Normandy is destroyed and Shepherd is dead…but not for long. Years later Shepherd is recreated and brought back through scientific means by the Illusive Man, the head of the human elitist group known as Cerberus. Cerberus is widely known as the terrorists and villains but the Illusive Man can’t deny the threat the Collectors and the Reapers possess. Shepherd must reunite with old allies and search out new scientists, convicts, soldiers to face the Collectors while under the flag of Cerberus…
While I admit I wasn’t a fan of the death and resurrection of Shepherd, the game is superior to the first in almost every way. Martin Sheen is fantastic as the Illusive Man and steals the show for me. Game play is drastically improved with more options and a great variety of allies to help you make some awesome combinations. The Collectors are a creepy enemy with a cool origin. The new characters are awesome while the old characters grow in some fascinating ways. Mass Effect 2 is an outstanding sequel I can’t recommend enough. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
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