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Mass Effect 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
90
4.2
Xbox 360
93
4.1

User Reviews

With reserved excitement: Best of BioWare Lite Windows אולג 小奥 (169544)
I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my favourite store on the Citadel. Windows Adzuken (702)
A great RPG that is only slightly weaker than the first one Xbox 360 Zokolov (66)
The ultimate interactive movie Windows VVP (139)
A close-to-perfect middle part of the trilogy Xbox 360 Hammerlore (982)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Windows 82 4.2
Xbox 360 34 4.1
Combined MobyScore 116 4.1


The Press Says

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100
Xbox 360GameSpy
I could just say that ME2 improves upon the original in nearly every possible way, but it's far more than that. BioWare took the existing narrative and didn't just continue it, but built it into the framework of this sequel. Games like Quest for Glory and Baldur's Gate tip-toed in these waters years ago, and Dragon Age: Origins showed us real consequences just recently, but ME2 creates true continuity, where every decision truly matters. Mass Effect 3 better be spectacular, because it's going to be tough for BioWare to top this.
100
WindowsGamereactor (Germany)
Es ist offensichtlich, dass ich Mass Effect 2 maßlos liebe. Es löst alle hohen Erwartungen ein, ich glaube, dass wir (schon jetzt) einen sehr starken Anwärter für das Spiel des Jahres 2010 gefunden haben und ich hoffe, dass alle, die die Möglichkeit haben, dieses fantastische Abenteuer zu spielen, es auch tun. Egal ob hoffnungsloser Actionfreak, vergrotteter Rollenspielgeek oder ein fanatischer Sci-Fi-Anhänger, hier gibt es etwas für alle.
100
Xbox 360newbreview.com
Cinematic certainly is the operative word here. The visuals, writing and voice acting are as good as any blockbuster. This is an instant classic, a true achievement.
100
WindowsCheat Happens
If I had one complaint about Mass Effect 2, it’d be the lame mini-games required to find resources to upgrade weapons and armor. They’re lame, frustrating and quite frankly – boring. Why not just include these resources in the missions like the other items in the game? That minor gripe aside, Mass Effect 2 is nothing short of an accomplishment; not just in the video game world – but in media proper. With its incredible narrative, deeply satisfying combat and limitless possibilities; it would be nothing short of criminal not to own Mass Effect 2, yes it’s that good. Ladies and gentlemen – we have our first entry for 2010’s Game of the Year.
100
Xbox 360Xboxygen
Difficile pour BioWare de faire beaucoup mieux que Mass Effect avec cette suite sans changer certains mécanismes du jeu. Entre la disparition du Mako et l’amoindrissement de l’aspect RPG au profit du côté action avec une importance décrue du sacro-saint inventaire ou une refonte des compétences, pas étonnant que beaucoup soient de prime abord fort déroutés par ces changements. Il serait dommage néanmoins de rester bloqué là-dessus tant le jeu propose une suite riche et prenante, prenant un tournant plus adulte en sus du côté action plus poussé. Techniquement abouti malgré quelques soucis d’ajustements, scénaristiquement bon mais sans génie, c’est surtout grâce à sa capacité à alterner les différents types de phases de jeu, son univers immergeant et l’ambiance qu’il dégage que Mass Effect 2 se distingue et, croyez-moi, une fois plongé dans le bain, difficile d’en sortir…
100
Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Som ni förstår älskar jag Mass Effect 2 hejdlöst. Det infriar alla högt ställda förväntningar, jag tror att vi (redan) har en urstark aspirant till årets spel 2010 och jag hoppas att alla som har chansen att spela detta fantastiska äventyr gör det. Oavsett om du är hopplös actiontorsk, ingrodd rollspelsgeek eller fanatisk sci-fi-anhängare finns det något för dig. Och är du allt detta på samma gång: Välkommen till nirvana.
100
WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Som ni förstår älskar jag Mass Effect 2 hejdlöst. Det infriar alla högt ställda förväntningar, jag tror att vi (redan) har en urstark aspirant till årets spel 2010 och jag hoppas att alla som har chansen att spela detta fantastiska äventyr gör det. Oavsett om du är hopplös actiontorsk, ingrodd rollspelsgeek eller fanatisk sci-fi-anhängare finns det något för dig. Och är du allt detta på samma gång: Välkommen till nirvana.
100
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
My first playthrough of Mass Effect 2 clocked in at approximately 48 hours. That’s almost twice as long as Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle of operas. That’s two full seasons of “Lost.” But, aside from the resource-gathering tedium, it was worth every moment of it. BioWare has made welcome refinements to the gameplay of Mass Effect, added a huge cast of wildly varied characters (voiced by some of the best voice actors in the business who aren’t named Nolan North), and topped it all off with one of the most thrilling and memorable closing battle sequences that you’ll find in a video game. The concluding chapter in the series can’t arrive fast enough.
100
Xbox 360VideogameUK
The Mass Effect series is slowly turning out to be one of the best, and possibly my favourite story in video games. It all comes back to the personal aspect. This series is intended to be played through once, with the same character, as a cumulative experience. It should not be played through multiple times with different characters, just to see what happens (as tempting as it is). That, in my opinion, takes so much from the experience. Wait until you have finished your story, then go start again, from the beginning, and see what you can do different. But that is just my thoughts, and whether you agree or not, you have to play this game, it’s simply marvellous.
100
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
The commitment from Bioware in making this franchise the best it can be is astounding. With the praise the original received it would be easy to release more of the same, but they listened to the community and extensively improved on all of Mass Effect’s faults and even refined and bettered the elements that were so amazing to begin with. Mass Effect 3 can’t come soon enough.
100
WindowsThunderbolt Games
Mass Effect 2 is quite clearly the middle game in a trilogy. The actual story takes a backseat to character development, spending 30 hours introducing a motley crew before wrapping everything up with a jaw-dropping final mission and cliffhanger ending. The experience is worth playing through at least twice for the Paragon and Renegade choices; maybe more for those who want to explore every nook and cranny of the game. Mass Effect 2 is a triumph of an action game, blending satisfying shooter levels with dark themes and hours of heated debate. Other games have featured metric tons of dialogue alongside their shooting galleries; however, few have done so as well as Mass Effect 2. It’s also a fantastic example of how to properly do a sequel. The changes between the two games show how dedicated Bioware is to making Mass Effect the best franchise it can be. The only problem now is waiting for a third game to wrap up the whole thing in what is hopefully one glorious swoop.
100
Xbox 360Blend Games
Mass Effect is one of the best RPG's of this generation and BioWare could've used its exact same mechanics with ME2 and still raked in praise; the story by itself makes each installment in the series worthy of acclaim. However, the developers took an axe to the awkward features of the first game and crafted a sequel that's extremely accessible in spite of its depth. When a dev team's that willing to make bold changes to a proven formula, you can't help but be excited for the next chapter. Let the Mass Effect 3 hype season begin.
100
Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
No developer pulls off moral quandaries with such devastating ambiguity as BioWare, leaving you frequently unsure as to whether you're doing the right thing. It's mature: not because of profanity or nudey bits, but because it tackles complicated themes without telling you what to think. Having already sunk a distressing number of hours into ME2, the second this sentence is finished we're firing it up and exploring the rest of the universe.
98
Xbox 360Game Observer
Mass Effect 2 is a lot more of the same in a lot of ways: the world is familiar; the combat is structurally the same; and the relationships are branched much like they were in the past. But the level of finish and depth to every detail has been meticulously crafted to elevate this far beyond its predecessor in almost every single way possible. Some might balk at the streamlined approach to some of the RPG elements, and I suspect Bioware might integrate more elements of that when they finish off the trilogy, but you can’t argue that the game doesn’t play better. Bioware has outdone itself by creating not just a masterful sequel, but one of the best Action RPG games ever made.
98
WindowsGame Observer
It chips away all the useless parts and gives new meaning to interactive cinema while still finding a way to make action faster and more polished. In short: a masterpiece.
98
Xbox 360The Review Busters
I never got to experience the first Mass Effect properly but now I am ready to go back and play it again and then play Mass Effect 2 all over again. This sci-fi adventure will grab your attention from the very start and it will do its best to never make you shut the game off. Mass Effect 2 is going to be a hard game to beat in 2010 because this is one of the best titles, almost comparable to Uncharted 2.
97
Xbox 360Play.tm
Mass Effect 2 is a work of unreserved genius that not only surpasses its predecessor in almost every conceivable department, but also deserves to be listed alongside the greatest science-fiction properties in any medium. The perfect blend of rich, lustrous visuals, an evocative soundtrack and pure gameplay quality make Mass Effect 2 without question one of the best games of this or any generation, and anyone who believes otherwise, is just plain wrong.
96
Xbox 360OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Despite the flaws, the strengths are undeniable; Mass Effect is an amazing experience. Sci fi, shooter, and RPG fans should find plenty here to like, and with your data carrying over from the first game, Mass Effect 2 is the sequel that completes a satisfying second act and should lead the way to an action-packed conclusion with Mass Effect 3 this fall. This is sci fi and video games at near storytelling and game play perfection. Regardless of the platform, play Mass Effect 2.
96
WindowsOMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Despite the flaws, the strengths are undeniable; Mass Effect is an amazing experience. Sci fi, shooter, and RPG fans should find plenty here to like, and with your data carrying over from the first game, Mass Effect 2 is the sequel that completes a satisfying second act and should lead the way to an action-packed conclusion with Mass Effect 3 this fall. This is sci fi and video games at near storytelling and game play perfection. Regardless of the platform, play Mass Effect 2.
96
WindowsAusGamers
If you played and loved Mass Effect, picking this one up is a complete no-brainer. Fans of regular shooters however, may want to exercise more caution. If you don't care much for sci-fi or don't generally have the attention span for drama and just want to blow stuff up then your mileage may vary, but if you love a good yarn this game should touch you in all the right places. With terrific script-writing, exceptional voice-acting and yet more substance added to an already wondrous Universe, Mass Effect 2 is as good as interactive storytelling gets.
96
Xbox 360Realm of Gaming
Mass Effect 2 is just as good as the original if not a little bit better. The small annoyances that were in the original game (mainly how boring the side quests were) are now fixed, giving a much more complete and satisfactory game as a result. If you are a fan of the original, you will want to no doubt play the second one just to see the continuation of the storyline.
96
Xbox 360411mania.com
Even though it’s only January, we may be looking at a game of the year contender already. The graphics are amazing, the universe is alive and the characters have great personality. Add in great gameplay, a huge amount of places to explore and the promise of DLC, and you have a top tier game. A must have game for 360 owners, and a game that non-system owners should at least go out of their way to try.
96
WindowsIGN
Games like Mass Effect 2 don't come around often enough. Look at any aspect and you can be sure it's great. It's incredibly personal while still retaining a sense of epic sweeping scale. The combat and mission design are outstanding. The visuals, voice acting, soundtrack, and direction are miles ahead of the competition. Perhaps most impressively, Mass Effect 2 manages to fulfill its incredible ambition while only suffering from very few technical hiccups. The only real caveat I should mention is that some of the revelations and plot twists won't be quite as powerful if you haven't played Mass Effect 1, but that isn't any reason to skip this fantastic videogame.
95
Xbox 360GamersHell.com
Being the tough, dark, middle chapter in a trilogy, Mass Effect 2 has to avoid getting bogged down in too much exposition and recapitulation for the new players, and at the same time create a satisfying—yet still open-ended—story arc for everyone. That the game manages to do this with as much aplomb as it handles the visuals, action, and gameplay is not surprising, because Mass Effect 2 is nothing short of a landmark of game design and execution. While it ultimately may be more evolutionary than revolutionary, Mass Effect 2 still sets a new, almost impossibly high benchmark for future games.
95
Xbox 360XboxLiveAddicts
Mass Effect 2 on the whole is an extremely balanced game which gives the player depth and multiple ways of completing the game, with gorgeous graphics. It’s not without its faults though, in one part the mission wouldn’t end forcing me to re-load a save, there seems to be a few clones with different names and apparently sound issues which I didn’t encounter. Nether-the less it is a must-have fantastic game for RPG fans and shooter fans alike, it packs so much into it you are going to be playing this for months.
95
Xbox 360GamersGlobal
Größer und gleichzeitig gefühlt kompakter als Teil 1: Die Entwickler haben so gut wie alle Mängel des Vorgängers ausgebügelt oder das entsprechende Feature kurzerhand abgeschafft. Dass der Rollenspiel-Part zugunsten actionlastigerer Kämpfe zurückgefahren wurde, macht aus Mass Effect 2 noch lange keinen Shooter: Epische Handlung, Erkundungen und vor allem die ausführlichen Dialoge sind ganz klar "Rollenspiel". Vor allem haben eure Entscheidungen in den Gesprächen echte Auswirkungen. Ganz zu schweigen von den Langfristkonsequenzen für alle, die einen Spielstand aus Teil 1 verwenden.
95
WindowsGamersGlobal
Größer und gleichzeitig gefühlt kompakter als Teil 1: Die Entwickler haben so gut wie alle Mängel des Vorgängers ausgebügelt oder das entsprechende Feature kurzerhand abgeschafft. Dass der Rollenspiel-Part zugunsten actionlastigerer Kämpfe zurückgefahren wurde, macht aus Mass Effect 2 noch lange keinen Shooter: Epische Handlung, Erkundungen und vor allem die ausführlichen Dialoge sind ganz klar "Rollenspiel". Vor allem haben eure Entscheidungen in den Gesprächen echte Auswirkungen. Ganz zu schweigen von den Langfristkonsequenzen für alle, die einen Spielstand aus Teil 1 verwenden.
94
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Mass Effect 2 is the poster child for non-linear storytelling. With perhaps the finest cast of characters in gaming, and tons of replayability, Mass Effect 2 is an epic sci-fi adventure that shouldn't be missed.
93
WindowsOnlinewelten.de
Die faszinierende Geschichte wird mit jeder Stunde Spielzeit mitreißender und man fiebert unweigerlich dem Ende entgegen, nur um dann zu hoffen, dass bald der dritte Teil der Trilogie erscheint, damit man sich an noch mehr spannenden Abenteuern berauschen darf. Der Sound ist gewohnt stark und neben den wunderbar synchronisierten Dialogen besticht die erstklassige Musik.
93
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Mass Effect 2 ist die konsequente Verbesserung des Vorgängers aus dem Jahr 2007. BioWare hat sich ordentlich ins Zeug gelegt, um die Geschichte um Commander Shepard auf bestmöglichem Wege zu transportieren und zu erzählen. Ballast wie das umständliche Inventar-System oder das Aufleveln einzelner Waffentypen aus dem ersten Teil wurden entfernt und durch simple Mechaniken ersetzt, die von der Story nicht ablenken. Dadurch wirkt das ganze Spiel einfach straffer und knackiger – Langeweile kommt daher zu keiner Zeit auf. Okay, das Scannen der Planeten ist schon ermüdend und irgendwie sehen die Dinger eh alle gleich aus. Dafür müssen wir aber nicht auf kargen Planeten mit dem Maco-Fahrzeug rumdüsen und in furztrockenen Gegenden nach Ressourcen suchen.
93
WindowsComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Mass Effect 2 has quality oozing from every facet of its makeup. If you're patient enough to hop from tactical combat to immersive role-playing without a blink, then you'll discover that Mass Effect 2 is a wonderfully engrossing quest that's deep yet suitably streamlined and incredibly cinematic.
92
WindowsYouGamers
Mass Effect 2 is a cinematic sci-fi epic that continues the story of Commander Shepard with an unforgettable adventure. Some RPG elements have been thrown overboard and gameplay has been simplified, perhaps even a bit too much, but the flaws are minor and easy to shrug off. The characters, the story and the setting are just that good. A very solid PC conversion and definitely something that you shouldn't miss.
92
WindowsGamer.co.il

מאס אפקט 2 הוא אחת מחוויות התפקידים הטובות של השנים האחרונות, וזה נאמר גם בהתחשב בכותריה הקודמים של ביווור, החברה שהביאה לנו את מאס אפקט המקורי, את נברווינטר נייטס 2 ואת דרגון אייג' המשובח רק לאחרונה. רבותי, שנת 2010 תהיה שנה מעולה לגיימרים, וכבר יש לה משחק אחד באמתחתה להוכיח את זה.

92
Xbox 360Fragland.net
A real victory and one of the best games I've played in the last couple of years. And then there's still a third part coming in the trilogy! Those that still think gaming was better in the old days should take off their nostalgia glasses and get immersed in the world of Mass Effect 2.
91
Xbox 360Game Revolution
Looking only at the pros and cons (the report card), you might find the grade suspect. I would too. But despite all my gripes, Mass Effect 2 does more than enough to live up to its predecessor. You won’t give much attention to the unintuitive HUD, and the low level cap won’t stop most from playing the game again with added difficulty or for multiple story options. You'll get frustrated, you'll ask yourself why, but you'll still love it. Facing the dark reality of Mass Effect 2 has its stumbles and slips, but it’s a trip worth taking, no matter the destination.
91
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Mass Effect 2 lost alle verwachtingen in. Een waardige opvolger met de nodige verbeteringen op alle vlakken.
90
WindowsGamesCollection
ME2 conferma la serie come una delle punte di diamante della scuderia Bioware: profondo, ben strutturato e molto coinvolgente. Un degno seguito che pone le basi per un finale di saga straordinario per uno dei gdr più apprezzati di questa generazione. Non lasciatelo scappare, potreste pentirvene...
90
Xbox 360GamesCollection
ME2 conferma la serie come una delle punte di diamante della scuderia Bioware: profondo, ben strutturato e molto coinvolgente. Un degno seguito che pone le basi per un finale di saga straordinario per uno dei gdr più apprezzati di questa generazione. Non lasciatelo scappare, potreste pentirvene...
90
Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
BioWare have not only built up a fascinating, rich universe, they've made another fantastic game in which you get to be a part of it. A masterful piece of video game storytelling and a great action RPG to boot.
90
Xbox 360Gameplanet
Mass Effect 2 is a significant improvement over the first game - no small feat considering the first game is arguably one of the greatest of this generation. The series has become the crown jewel of the modern RPG genre and is an experience that every gamer should have.
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Nombreux sont ceux qui attendaient ce second volet de la trilogie Mass Effect avec une impatience touchant au fait religieux. Si Bioware va sans doute en prendre certains de court en ayant simplifié la dimension RPG du combat, le studio les a en revanche gâtés sur tout le reste. Les dialogues dynamiques sont prenants, le scénario haletant, sombre, l'univers dense et cohérent et on peut difficilement se détourner de cette aventure avant d'avoir conduit son équipe en plein coeur de la galaxie. Un véritable space opera interactif.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Nombreux sont ceux qui attendaient ce second volet de la trilogie Mass Effect avec une impatience touchant au fait religieux. Si Bioware va sans doute en prendre certains de court en ayant simplifié la dimension RPG du combat, le studio les a en revanche gâtés sur tout le reste. Les dialogues dynamiques sont prenants, le scénario haletant, sombre, l'univers dense et cohérent et on peut difficilement se détourner de cette aventure avant d'avoir conduit son équipe en plein coeur de la galaxie. Un véritable space opera interactif.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.fr
Qu’il est difficile de le caser dans la catégorie jeu de rôle, jeu d’aventure, ou encore jeu d’action. Mass Effect 2 est un peu de tout ceci à la fois. Tout ce qu’il fait, il le fait plutôt bien, sans pour autant faire sa révolution. Alors que retenir du titre de Bioware ? Et bien, que malgré quelques petits défauts pas forcément gênant, son ambiance générale du tonnerre, un plaisir de jeu omniprésent, sa prise en main intuitive, et sa durée de vie exceptionnelle en font un titre à ne pas manquer que ce soit sur Xbox 360 ou PC. Mass Effect 2 se savoure avec délectation… Un jeu sur lequel nous n’aurons pas de mal à revenir, en attendant la fin de la trilogie avec Mass Effect 3.
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.fr
Qu’il est difficile de le caser dans la catégorie jeu de rôle, jeu d’aventure, ou encore jeu d’action. Mass Effect 2 est un peu de tout ceci à la fois. Tout ce qu’il fait, il le fait plutôt bien, sans pour autant faire sa révolution. Alors que retenir du titre de Bioware ? Et bien, que malgré quelques petits défauts pas forcément gênant, son ambiance générale du tonnerre, un plaisir de jeu omniprésent, sa prise en main intuitive, et sa durée de vie exceptionnelle en font un titre à ne pas manquer que ce soit sur Xbox 360 ou PC. Mass Effect 2 se savoure avec délectation… Un jeu sur lequel nous n’aurons pas de mal à revenir, en attendant la fin de la trilogie avec Mass Effect 3.
90
Xbox 360Brash Games
PlayStation 3 owners have had to wait a year to get their hands on Mass Effect 2, but believe me, it’s been worth the wait. While not a technically perfect port, the PS3 version, like the 360 release before it, stands as a wonderful example of what can be achieved within the videogame industry. The action is exciting, the RPG-lite upgrading is hugely addictive and the art design is often unforgettable. What really sells Mass Effect 2 as something of a masterpiece of modern game design however is the consistency of its universe, the richness of its characters and the game’s ability to pull you into its world for hours on end. Not every aspect of Mass Effect 2 may be perfect but as a complete package there is very little out there that can compare.
90
WindowsGames.co.il
לסיכום, מדובר במשחק ראוי ואיכותי, טוב יותר מקודמו פרט לאורך החיים הקצר יותר, ולפחות כדי שיהיה לכם שפרד שמור לקראת מא3 שווה לכם לשחק אותו.
90
Xbox 360GameSpot
Mass Effect 2's improved shooting mechanics are no-brainers; they're the expected advancements that clean up the flaws of its predecessor. But what makes this sequel so rich isn't mechanics, but vision. A nightclub lit with flames, deadly family reunions, a friend accused of the inconceivable--these are the sights and events that cast shadows in your mind and heart. A few blemishes prove that this planned trilogy still has potential for growth, but they barely diminish the game's overall impact. This is a galaxy you want to explore that is populated with characters you are glad to know. Mass Effect 2 is the kind of game that you return to, not just because it's fun to play multiple times, but also because its universe is a place you wish you could call home.
90
WindowsRetrogaming History
Mass Effect 2 brilla lontano dal suo predecessore, capace di migliorarlo in tutto tranne che nella sceneggiatura, vera punta di diamante della prima avventura di Shepard. Ma il girovagare fra le stelle trabocca di fascino, ogni pianeta è meraviglioso, i combattimenti sono divertenti ed i rapporti con l'equipaggio tanto intensificati da estraniarvi completamente dalla realtà. Risvegliarsi dall'universo di Mass Effect 2 o, peggio ancora, completarne l'esplorazione vi sembrerà un peccato e vi mancherà da subito. E rattrista che le distanze di anni luce coperte con la Normandy non conducano ad un finale memorabile.
90
Xbox 360Lens of Truth
BioWare has made the improvements in all the right places for Mass Effect 2. Similar to Naughty Dog with Uncharted 2, a sequel should improve on every aspect of the original and omit whatever didn’t make the grade. BioWare has done this and in turn “raised the bar” for what is considered “Western” RPGs.
90
WindowsValhalla
Ocenienie Mass Effect 2 nie jest rzeczą prostą. Po pierwszym przejściu gry i rozpoczęciu drugiego „przelotu” jedno jest pewne: chcę więcej. Podobnie jak opowiadana historia dostosowywana jest indywidualnie do decyzji graczy, zupełnie różne mogą być opinie na temat najnowszego dziecka BioWare. Jedni duże uproszczenia uznają za wadę, inni za zdecydowanie słuszny krok. Dla mnie ME2 jest praktycznie pod każdym calem lepsze od pierwowzoru, jednak wciąż nie idealne, a tym samym nie zasługujące na maksymalną notę. Jeszcze przez długi czas będę poznawał różne opcje, jakie oferuje mi część druga, tym bardziej, że przede mną także testy wersji na Xboksa 360. Tymczasem Mass Effect 2 otrzymuje bardzo solidną dziewiątkę. Zupełnie zasłużoną. A ja, oczekując na ostatni rozdział trylogii, wracam na kolejne przygotowania do samobójczej misji.
90
WindowsGamer.nl
Ontwikkelaar Bioware heeft het maar druk. Terwijl in november vorig jaar Dragon Age: Origins al goed was voor vele uren westers RPG-plezier, verschijnt nu al weer het tweede deel in Biowares ruimte-epos Mass Effect. En dat terwijl de heren ook nog eens bezig zijn een MMO rondom Star Wars op te bouwen. Toch bezwijkt de Canadese ontwikkelaar allerminst onder de druk, want ook Mass Effect 2 is een pareltje.
90
WindowsGameSpot
Mass Effect 2's improved shooting mechanics are no-brainers; they're the expected advancements that clean up the flaws of its predecessor. But what makes this sequel so rich isn't mechanics, but vision. A nightclub lit with flames, deadly family reunions, a friend accused of the inconceivable--these are the sights and events that cast shadows in your mind and heart. A few blemishes prove that this planned trilogy still has potential for growth, but they barely diminish the game's overall impact. This is a galaxy you want to explore that is populated with characters you are glad to know. Mass Effect 2 is the kind of game that you return to, not just because it's fun to play multiple times, but also because its universe is a place you wish you could call home.
89
WindowsPC Pointer
Im Vergleich zu anderen Entwicklerteams haben die Jungs von BioWare aus ihren Fehlern gelernt und mit Mass Effect 2 ein überarbeitetes Spielkonzept auf dem Markt gebracht, dass filmreif inszeniert wurde. Trotzdem muss ich gestehen, dass mich der erste Teil vor allem in Sachen Story mehr gefesselt hat. Zudem habe ich mir mehr Rollenspielelemente und eine bessere Gegner-KI erhofft. Doch trotz der actionlastigen Gefechte kommen auch Rollenspiel-Fans auf ihren Geschmack. Daher können wir allen Action- und RPG-Fans Mass Effect 2 nur wärmstens empfehlen.
89
WindowsGame Captain
Das Spielerlebnis ist nicht perfekt - die Minigames langweilen schnell, die Erkundungstouren könnten ruhig umfangreicher sein, die Interaktion innerhalb der Gruppe war bei Dragon Age ausgeprägter... -, doch dieses Abenteuer werdet ihr so schnell nicht vergessen.
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WindowsPeliplaneetta.net
BioWare on taas kerran onnistunut tavoitteessaan ja lisännyt merkittävän kappaleen tietokoneroolipelien historiankirjoihin. Mass Effect 2 on oiva yhdistelmä roolipeliä ja räiskintää, vaikka sen todelliset vahvuudet eivät olekaan lajityypin perusteiden toteutustavassa, ja itse asiassa molemmilla osa-alueilla peli tuntuu kovin virtaviivaistetulta ja kevyeltä verrattuna lajityyppien puhdasverisempiin edustajiin. Toisaalta juuri roolin pelaaminen on Mass Effect 2:n suola, sillä Shepardin tekemien valintojen ohjaaminen on rajallisien vaihtoehtojen puitteissakin kiehtovaa. Galaksi asukkaineen tuntuu läpikotaisin suunnitellulta, ja pelin pariin palaa mielellään uudestaan ja uudestaan erilaisen lähestymistavan siivittämänä. Täysin rasvattu Mass Effect 2:n koneisto ei kuitenkaan ole.
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WindowsGamingXP
Für ein Rollenspiel bietet „Mass Effekt 2“ viel Action, dafür etwas weniger Rollenspiel als noch im Vorgänger. Stört aber nicht, denn sämtliche Anzeichen sprechen dafür, dass wir es hier mit einem echten Spiele-Hit zu tun haben. Die tolle Grafik, eine Welt, die durch Entscheidungen beeinflusst wird, und die spannende Story haben mich stundenlang gefesselt. Der einzige, aber extrem lästige Kritikpunkt ist der erwähnte Bug.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Meiner Meinung nach weiß kein Entwickler besser als Bioware, bemerkenswerte Figuren zu erfinden und packende Geschichten zu erzählen. Wenn ich Fingernägel kauend vor dem Monitor sitze, minutenlang über Entscheidungen nachdenke, lache, trauere oder mit Gewissensbissen kämpfe, dann steht für mich fest, dass Mass Effect 2 mehr als »nur« ein Rollenspiel ist. Schön auch, dass sich Bioware nicht auf seinen Lorbeeren ausruht, sondern die Serie konsequent weiter entwickelt, sei es bei der Bedienung, dem Questdesign oder der Technik. Und wer befürchtet, der gestiegene Actionanteil könnte dem Spiel schaden, den kann ich beruhigen. Die brachialen Ballereien passen perfekt ins nun erheblich düstere Mass-Effect-Universum. Außerdem schüren sie die Vorfreude auf das, was im (hoffentlich bald) folgenden Abschluss der Saga auf uns zukommen wird.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Mir wäre es viel lieber gewesen, wenn Bioware den Rollenspiel-Tiefgang gegenüber dem Vorgänger erhöht hätte, wenn ich mehr Freiheiten bei der Charakterentwicklung genießen würde, wenn mehr Items und individuelle Upgrades im Angebot wären. Stattdessen wurde dieser Anspruch nochmals deutlich reduziert – das tut der Action und dem Tempo zwar gut, doch wer gerne über Zahlenwerten wie in Dragon Age brütet, wird hier nicht fündig. Trotz all meiner Kritik ist Biowares Entscheidung aber natürlich nachvollziehbar: Das erste Mass Effect hat vermutlich niemand für sein Inventar- oder Klassensystem gespielt, sondern vor allem wegen der Story, der Atmosphäre, den starken Charakteren. Und genau hier legt Mass Effect 2 nochmal eine Schippe oben drauf! Wer den Vorgänger also kennt und für diese Eigenschaften liebt, der kommt um Mass Effect 2 schlichtweg nicht herum.
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WindowsComputerGames.ro
“So how does Mass Effect 2 stack up compared to the first one?” Well, it certainly has a lot more soul. More interesting characters. It shows the “other side” of the Mass Effect universe and neatly sets the stage for the final showdown that will take place in the last title of the trilogy. If you put it under a microscope, its shortcomings will become even more apparent and the game is now a shooter more than an RPG, but it really depends how much you’re willing to forgive for a story that’s very well presented. I for one don’t regret the time spent in its company, but I expect Mass Effect 3 to dump the “streamlining” (can it even get worse than it is?), combine the best aspects of its predecessors and end the trilogy with a bang. Anything less will be unacceptable.
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WindowsCPU Gamer
For a sequel that’s generally much more focused, Mass Effect 2 should last you around 30 hours if you devote your time to doing all the character quests. There’s a lot more substance to all its quests, which means you’re going to run into a lot more dialogue. You’ll be able to continue playing after finishing if you make it out alive, but really, there’s not a lot to which to go back. Unless your idea of choices and consequences is seeing what happens when Shepard chooses the jerk-wad response, don’t expect much that will truly impact the game’s world. Outside of the final decision you make in the end, everything is mostly set in stone for Mass Effect 3. Perhaps by then BioWare won’t feel tethered down to tell a story, but rather will allow you to really get involved and shape events that have yet to come. Until then, Mass Effect 2 is a great shooter loaded with involving dialogue.
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Windows2404.org PC Gaming
There’s a lot more substance to all its quests, which means you’re going to run into a lot more dialogue. You’ll be able to continue playing after finishing if you make it out alive, but really, there’s not a lot to which to go back. Unless your idea of choices and consequences is seeing what happens when Shepard chooses the jerk-wad response, don’t expect much that will truly impact the game’s world. Outside of the final decision you make in the end, everything is mostly set in stone for Mass Effect 3. Perhaps by then BioWare won’t feel tethered down to tell a story, but rather will allow you to really get involved and shape events that have yet to come. Until then, Mass Effect 2 is a great shooter loaded with involving dialogue. The way it addresses some of the other issues varies in success, but it’s still an extremely entertaining product and a great way to kick off 2010’s amazing first-quarter barrage.
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Windows4Players.de
Ein actionreiches, überaus ansehnliches Abenteuer mit klasse Charakteren, das als Shooter gut unterhält, den Rollenspieler enttäuscht – BioWare geht in die falsche Richtung.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
Ein actionreiches, überaus ansehnliches Abenteuer mit klasse Charakteren, das als Shooter gut unterhält, den Rollenspieler enttäuscht – BioWare geht in die falsche Richtung.
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WindowsLegendra
Mass Effect 2 est un très bon jeu, changeant "radicalement" les mécaniques du premier opus, il risque de dérouter voire de dégouter un certain nombre de joueurs. Ce n'est pas son scénario qui fera pencher la balance étant donné sa platitude. Cependant, Mass Effect 2 a énormément à offrir, que ce soit du côté des personnages, du background, ou des phases d'action incroyablement intenses et prenantes. S'enrobant dans une plastique presque parfaite, Mass Effect 2 est définitivement une réussite, sans doute un des grands jeux de rôle PC à faire cette année, et un superbe space opera à se procurer sans plus attendre.
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Xbox 360Xbox Gazette
Mass Effect 2 a été amélioré sur de nombreux aspects dont la disparition de la majorité des soucis techniques, des combats plus plaisants, et une IA des coéquipiers plus cohérente. Malgré cela, à cause de sa plus grande linéarité, de son action plus fréquente, et de la disparition de l'inventaire, le jeu ressemble plus à un mélange (réussi par ailleurs) d'action-aventure, que véritablement à un jeu de rôles. Et c'est un gros regret face à ce Mass Effect 2, qui a heureusement su garder certaines grandes qualités de son prédécesseur, telles que la richesse de son univers, le plaisir de la découverte de nouveaux mondes et races extra-terrestres, la qualité de la réalisation visuelle et sonore, l'ambiance très réussie et un système de dialogues excellent. Un jeu plaisant donc, mais pas vraiment celui qu'on attendait. On espère fortement que le troisième volet de la série saura allier les aspects RPG réussis du premier, avec les avancées techniques du deuxième, pour un final à la hauteur.
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WindowsPCActu
Bioware ne réinvente rien dans ce nouvel opus, mais à l'avantage de proposer un niveau de technique sans égal. De plus, en mettant en arrière le côté RPG tant adulé des fans, Mass Effect 2 peut refroidir bon nombre de joueurs. La déception pointe le bout de son nez quand on découvre des niveaux étriqués, dirigistes et linéaires, mais le plus souvent ces points noirs s'enfuient de nos têtes grâce à ses graphismes et sa réalisation à couper le souffle. L'univers est une nouvelle fois de très bonne facture, les modélisations réussies et l'histoire, plus sombre, a le mérite de faire cramponner les PCistes à leurs ordinateurs jusqu'au générique final. Pour conclure, l'équipe de développement a réalisée un travail formidable, bien que le soft ne soit pas exempt de défauts. Un jeu à recommander vivement, en attendant un vrai retour aux sources de ce space opera pour l'ultime volet de la trilogie.
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Windowsgameplay (Denmark)
Mass Effect 2 er et skridt i den strømlinede retning. Færre irritationsmomenter, men også færre fandenivoldske idéer.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Voilà une licence qui a intérêt à se réveiller si elle ne veut pas sombrer. Mass Effect 2 penche clairement vers l’action pour ne garder du RPG que des choix de dialogue et quelques points à distribuer. Efficace mais bien répétitif, on aurait aimé un peu plus de variété et d’intérêt pour un grand jeu comme celui-ci. En l’état, il fait plus office de trait d’union entre le 1 et le 3, dont on attend beaucoup pour nous rassasier après cette version 1.5. Du bon fan service mais est-ce suffisant pour attirer un nouveau public ?
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WindowsLevel
Mass Effect 2 reușește să răsufle impecabil ideile proaspete aduse de primul titlu cu același nume. Dat fiind că producătorii ne asigură că vom putea folosi save-urile din ME2 în ME3, părând deja mai degrabă preocupați de rapida aducere pe piață a celei de-a treia iterații a seriei decât de inconsistențele produsului lor actual, cred că franciza a devenit doar o vacă a cărui uger este conectat la mulgătoarea automată. Prea puțin suflet, prea puține idei, multă umplutură și telenovelă ieftină ne aduc aminte că e criză și că foamea de bani își caută clienți.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
Make no mistake, Mass Effect 2 still has the power to deliver blockbuster sci-fi like no one can, but its developers should know better than anyone that you can't tell a great story if you spend three-quarters of a game introducing characters. Players who can look past the lack of drive, annoying decisions, and a general stripped-down, dumbed-down feeling can (thankfully) still look forward to some truly spectacular moments and unforgettable action before credits roll. In my view, Mass Effect 2 is a definite high-wire stumble, but it's to BioWare's credit that they managed to make it to the other side of the tent with their dignity mostly intact.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Mass Effect 2, похоже, дрейфует туда, куда вот-вот причалит Heavy Rain. Вынести за скобки шаблонные пострелушки — и выйдет неплохой боевик, который не грех посмотреть один раз. Идти на второй заход не советую — если вы соскучились по космофантастике, лучше купите пять сезонов «Вавилона-5». Заодно узнаете, откуда черпают идеи канадские разработчики.