BioWare’s “Mass Effect 2″ for Xbox 260
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  • The original selections were minimal for customization, and while this might be attributed to me being a woman, I couldn't help but feel disappointed
  • I, personally, did not experience any glaring mistakes during my play of the game
  • BioWare always promises the best in story-telling, and they have certainly delivered
  • Mass Effect 2 is one of the best games for Xbox 360 to date, and I would highly recommend even the newest gamer to give it a shot

    • by L.F. Merritt
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      *Note: Playing the first game helps in understanding this sequel, but it is not necessary.*

      Commander Shephard is back, and BioWare’s ready to put their fans back in the cockpit of the Normandy.

      In this choose-your-own-path third-person-shooter, you play Commander Shepard- savior of the universe. Whether that’s Miss or Mister Shepard is up to you.

      The character creation hardly defers from the original, which was a bit of a disappointment. The original selections were minimal for customization, and while this might be attributed to me being a woman, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Female Shepard always looks a little like she’s gone under the knife, and male Shepard never shies away from looking incredibly gruff. In the end, I understood the choice that BioWare made to keep it simple. Even if you’re making your own Shepard, Commander Shepard is


      still *Commander Shepard.* I was, however, pleased as punch to see the gorgeous graphics in creation mode.

      It may not be as pretty as its PS3 counterpart (that the developers at BioWare had an extra year to work on), but to the untrained eye, it’s still a gorgeous game. And those B-A-D graphics pop-in issues that fans of the original game had? A thing of the past (aside from a few, brief moments that may have lasted up to two seconds at the most). The game is separated into two discs in order to open up the expansive Mass Effect universe without lag or the aforementioned pop-ins. BioWare is known for their awkward graphic/animation glitches, but Mass Effect 2 is sleek, polished, and the hiccups are at a minimum- even if character animations lack a certain fluidity.

      I, personally,


      • did not experience any glaring mistakes during my play of the game. At the same time, the story kept me engrossed and at the edge of my seat. BioWare always promises the best in story-telling, and they have certainly delivered. The glossy, sci-fi world of Mass Effect will have even the “un”-nerdy crowd marveling at its suspenseful, gritty storyline. The Reapers- giant, spaceship-like creatures bent on destroying each civilization it allows to prosper- seem to get dumped on the back-burner when insect-like aliens known as “the Collectors” come to town. Revelations about these enigmatic opponents rise to the surface as the game reaches its crescendo. While the dialogue might get monotonous for those with very (and I mean *very*) little patience, watching your choices weave together throughout the story keeps you reeling from beginning to end.

        Gameplay works

        seamlessly with the rest of the package. While the battles in the first game often felt awkward and a little pesky, Mass Effect 2 swings in with snappy gunfights, a duck-and-cover system, and more diverse opponents. Many of the frustrating mechanics from its predecessor have been dumped (the Mako, anyone?), and it leaves the final product exciting and fresh-faced.

        Mass Effect 2 is one of the best games for Xbox 360 to date, and I would highly recommend even the newest gamer to give it a shot. It being a shooter, there *is* a learning curve involved, but it’s well worth it. The opening sequence will leave you gasping, and its cliff-hanger ending will have you begging for more.

        Look for Mass Effect 3 this March, 2012. In the meantime, I give Mass Effect 2 a standing ovation and a sparkling recommendation.




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