Launch Primer: Mass Effect 2


Posted January 26, 2010 - By Andrew Pfister

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Ever find yourself in a situation where all of your friends are talking about the latest and greatest game, and you can't contribute to the conversation because you haven't been paying attention? Solve that problem with our Launch Primers: everything you need to know (except the spoilers) about a game that's about to be released.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2
Xbox 360, PC
MSRP: $59.99 (console), $49.99 (PC)
ESRB Rating: Mature

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What kind of game is it?

Mass Effect 2 is the sequel to 2007's excellent 3D action-RPG from space Mass Effect. While the first game blended RPG elements into a hybrid of fast shooting action and strategic planning, the sequel comes out guns-a-blazin'.

Who's the developer?

BioWare's (Dragon Age: Origins, Star Wars: The Old Republic) Montreal studio -- a mix of ME team members and fresh blood -- is responsible for ME2, and Casey Hudson returns as the game director. BioWare is best known for raking in tons of money via their award-winning RPGs.

What's the story?

Commander Shepherd and the crew of the Normandy continue their adventures through the galaxy. Sorry for the generic description, but anything else might be considered spoiler territory! For a spoiler-filled refresher on the events of the first game, check out our Story So Far.

What’s new?

If you have a saved character residing on your Xbox 360's hard drive, you'll be able to wake him (or her) from cryo-sleep and bring them into the action of Mass Effect 2, with your stats and abilities intact. Once you're there, you'll find that the game's combat system is much more action-oriented, and a heavily streamlined interface and inventory management resolves the major qualms from the first game.

What'd we say?

Adam Sessler's totally in love with Mass Effect 2, and would marry it if he could! He gave it a 5/5:

"Bioware has long been on the road to make a game like Mass Effect 2. Each new title has demonstrated a move in a new direction, some more effective than others; this game feels like the creative culmination of those efforts and the team has pulled it off masterfully. Dismiss preconceptions born of the first Mass Effect or what you think the game is supposed to be and succumb to one of the most impressive feats in gaming."

See it in action:


Mass Effect 2 Special: New Combat System »



Launch Primer: Mass Effect 2


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