The sequel to what some call the best game on the Xbox 360 is finally here. BioWare's Mass Effect 2 is blowing away critics, and redefining what a sequel really should be. But, what did I think about it?
Well... I could write a giant review detailing every aspect of the game, the pros, the cons, but you can get all of that in so many places already, I'm just going to leave it at this. Mass Effect 2 is the best game this generation, so far. Not playing this is the equivalent of not having played Super Metroid back in the 16-bit days. That's about the highest compliment I can give to a video game. The scope, the atmosphere, the character interaction; Mass Effect 2 is honestly the current pinnacle of gaming. This will be the benchmark as to how a sequel should be made.
One warning though, to newcomers, play the original Mass Effect first. You'll miss so much of the emotional impact of the game if you don't. Why? Because most of your data, including decisions, dead/living characters, the look of your Shepard, as well as some money and resources will transfer over into Mass Effect 2. This is a game that plays heavily on the emotions of the player, and whether it be subtle or in your face, you'll be doing yourself a huge favor by playing the first entry before the second. Then sit back, enjoy, and prepared to be blown away.
+ Giant leap ahead from the first game.
+ Extremely cinematic, without losing too much control.
+ Your decisions actually matter.
+ Interesting world, interesting story.
+ Could hold it's own as a shooter.
+ Best cast of characters in recent memory.
- Loading times can feel a bit lengthy.
Overall Score: 9.5/10