Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360) by Electronic Arts

Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360) by Electronic Arts Box Art

Release Date
January 26, 2010.

Average Overall Score:
9.77 / 10

It?s been a long wait but the sequel to Mass Effect has finally arrived with much anticipation by its fans to delve further into Shepard?s tale and the surrounding universe."

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Missing in Action
Save your crew from an overwhelming attack
Very Elusive
Return to active duty
The Convict
Successfully recruit the biotic Convict
The Krogan
Successfully recruit the krogan
The Archangel
Successfully recruit Archangel
The Professor
Successfully recruit the Professor
The Quarian
Successfully recruit the quarian
The Justicar
Successfully recruit the Justicar
The Assassin
Successfully recruit the Assassin
Friend or Foe
Obtain geth technology
Colony Defense
Defend a human colony from attack
The Prodigal
Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Officer
Ghost of the Father
Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Operative
Gain the loyalty of the biotic Convict
Gain the loyalty of the krogan
Fade Away
Gain the loyalty of Archangel
The Cure
Gain the loyalty of the Professor
Gain the loyalty of the quarian
Help the Justicar resolve her mission
Cat's in the Cradle
Gain the loyalty of the Assassin
A House Divided
Hack a geth collective
Ghost Ship
Complete the investigation of a derelict alien vessel
Suicide Mission
Use the Omega 4 Relay
Mission Accomplished
Save humanity throughout the galaxy from certain annihilation
Against All Odds
Survive suicide mission
Complete the game on the "Insanity" difficulty level without changing the setting
No One Left Behind
Keep your team alive through the suicide mission
Long Service Medal
Complete Mass Effect 2 twice, or complete it once with a character imported from Mass Effect 1
Successfully pursue a relationship with a teammate
Head Hunter
Perform 30 headshot kills with any weapon on humanoid targets
Shoot and kill 20 enemies while they're knocked back by a punch
Big Game Hunter
Thresher Maw defeated
Hit 20 different targets with multiple biotic powers to combine the effects
Master at Arms
Kill enemies with 5 different heavy weapons during the game
Make 20 enemies scream as they fall or are set on fire
Overload Specialist
Disrupt the shields of 25 enemies
Warp Specialist
Warp the barriers of 25 enemies
Incineration Specialist
Incinerate the armor of 25 enemies
Complete a mission discovered by scanning an unexplored world
Complete 5 missions discovered by scanning unexplored worlds
Retrieve mineral resources by scanning and probing a planet in the galaxy map
Visit 100% of the planets in an unexplored cluster
Power Gamer
Reach Level 30 with one character
Unlock 15 new Mass Effect 2 codex entries
Obtain 10 technology upgrades
Weapon Specialist
Fully upgrade a weapon
Complete any research project in the Normandy's laboratory
Personalize your armor in your quarters on the Normandy
Power Full
Evolve any power
Highly Trained
View all advanced combat training videos at Shepard's private terminal.
Gain the loyalty of the mercenary

User Reviews

Score: 98
Overall User Average: 9.85 / 10 (97.7%)
Gameplay User Average: 9.75 / 10
Graphics User Average: 10.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 9.95 / 10
Date reviewed: February 1, 2010.

Overall: M@!%#*! Effect 2 is the sequel to the hit game M@!%#*! Effect. I am new to the series, I did not play M@!%#*! Effect but if you haven't played the first game do not worry! The start of the game throws you into the story and you begin understanding it all right away.

Overall this is a great game the only con is the guns, which is not big if you love the story and RPG aspect, just gun battles got boring towards the end for me.

Amazing Game.....
Gameplay: The game play is very solid in M@!%#*! Effect 2. The balance of the RPG and TPS aspect are very well done. The TPS can be described as "Gears Like". You can jump in and out of cover as well as jumping over cover and shooting immediately. You also can command your teammates to use their powers such as Pull which pulls an enemy towards you slowly and lifts them in the air, allowing you to shoot them. Also the ability to choose your way through the game. You can choose what to say during dialogs and be courteous person or snap at people. You also must gain the trust and loyalty of your teammates in order to unlock secret powers and abilities.
Graphics: M@!%#*! Effect 2 is beautiful. The colors are crisp and clean as well as the environments being huge and looking like you are really on the ship. This game reminded me of a star wars movie to tell the truth. Especially the scenes where you are in bars or around weird mumbling alien creatures.
Sound: The audio and voice work in this game is amazing. Each character sounds different and once you hear someone speak you know who it is when they talk without seeing them. This works great in combat when one of your teammate says they are taking fire and you know exactly where they are and how to help out. I have Turtle Beach x41's(soon to be replaced with Astro A40's) and this game sounds incredible in them.
Suggestions: My only suggestion is to amp up the TPS aspect. Sometimes the shooting gets repetitive especially when you are not using the soldier cl@!%#*!. Less gun restrictions for each cl@!%#*! as well as more weapons. I was upset to see a lot of pistols and not very many sniper rifles or @!%#*!ault rifles.

Overall this is a great game the only con is the guns, which is not big if you love the story and RPG aspect, just gun battles got boring towards the end for me.

Amazing Game.....

Overall: 97 %
Gameplay: 95 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: February 1, 2010.

Overall: From the high acclaimed RPG developer Bioware comes the sequel to the hit M@!%#*! Effect. In this game Bioware has done what no other developer has ever done correctly and well. Integrate RPGs with Shooter games without an overwhelming tipping of the balance. M@!%#*! Effect 2 has taken every possible problem from the first game and catered to the needs of the player. To name a few improvements there has been a definite increase in the combat which allows the combat to run much much more smoothly then its predecessor. At the same time the game pulls you in with its extremely complex, and compelling story and dialogue. Bioware has created many masterpieces from Neverwinter Nights to Knights of the Old Republic, M@!%#*! Effect 2 definitly has set the bar for all new games to come. I honestly do not have enough good things to say about this game. Its so in depth and so much time has been put into it that I am glad that some video game companies are willing to take time and effort to make a quality game.
Gameplay: The gameplay is extremely compelling. I found myself seeing hours p@!%#*!by without me even realizing it because I was so into the game. I was able to play this game for extreme long periods of time without even the sign of getting bored or tired of the game. One major reason for that is that it imports data from the first m@!%#*! effect to have all your decisions from the first one actually affect the second game. For many game developers replayability is definitely one of the top things and this game definitely has lots of replayability simply because there are so many different ways you can go about the game you are willing to start over to try them all out. Another major reason is your party. Every person you find and recruit on your squad is so extremely complex and interesting that you don't want to leave that character until you know everything. In this game I actually found myself getting achievements not because I was working for them simply because I just happened to pick them up as I was having fun. From the first game there have been many improvements off the complaints from the consumers. One being the mako, many hated the long drives looking for minerals. Bioware heard this and replaced it with the planet scanner. Some hate it some love it I'll leave it up to you. But this time though these minerals actually mean something as you can use these to upgrade weapons, armor, and your ship even to satisfy your wants. The game also improved the hectic inventory system with something much more organized. Combat has been improved significantly as well. This is one major reason that makes this game so great. The controls have been completely redone so that it is more like a real shooter with more hotkeys for your powers so that combat flows smoothly I hardly found myself pausing the game at all. Along with cl@!%#*! specific powers and abilities, it provides even more reason to replay the game. One thing that really put a smile to my face was all of my past decisions from my first game in M@!%#*! Effect. I would see recognizable faces and I would realize that my choices actually made a difference and I don't think any other game has been able to do this and do this well. But even with all this improvement Bioware still remains faithful to what makes them them the good stuff. The story. I never think I have found a more compelling story, just watching the trailer makes me want to jump and down from excitement I would literally see hours fly by as I watched eagerly to see what happened next. Each character is complex and extremely well done you can see that Bioware definitely put many many days just thinking and working on each character. This is the major thing that makes this game stand out from all the other games of this time. Many games are fun yes, but how much time have they really put into it? Some games such as Modern Warfare 2 simply added some minor things made it shinier and just put it back out it seems like many games just get a new set of paint then are reshipped. Bioware though always produces quality work and always makes necessary changes and the time to make sure their work is always original and new.
Graphics: This game is simply beautiful... No other game can compare to the graphics of this game. Time magazine even quoted this as the "Avatar of Video games except with better story" And I agree 200%. This game has top notch graphics and each little detail is implemented very nicely. For example the character "Jack" She is covered with tatoos, but the thing is each one of those tatoos actually means something and each one is individually drawn to make this character mean something. As you play this game you actually believe that this could be real and that all these aliens you see are real because they are simply just that well made.
Sound: The music of M@!%#*! Effect 2 is similarly to the first one epic. The music goes along perfectly with every possible moment in the game. Each piece of music also has a lot of time spent into it that you can hear the hard work and you can see how the music fits perfectly with whatever is happening.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 99 %

Mass Effect 2 News

Mass Effect 3 Confirmed for Holiday 2011
Rumors, leaks, and premature EA game page prove accurate. We come home in Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 2:Overlord DLC released
When sent to investigate a Cerberus research base that’s mysteriously gone silent, Shepard arrives to find Geth overrunning the base.

Mass Effect 2 Patched
BioWare has put out a patch for the Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect 2, fixing some bugs and making a few subtle changes to the gameplay.

Mass Effect 2 ’Overlord’ DLC coming!
Mass Effect 2 will be getting another batch of premium downloadable content soon. Today BioWare sent out details and screen shots for a new adventure module called "Overlord".

Mass Effect 2 DLC Now Live After Day-Long Delay
After a short delay the new Mass Effect 2 DLC is finally available!

Mass Effect Sells Two Million
EA and BioWare have announced that the sci-fi sequel, Mass Effect 2, has sold over two million copies worldwide in its first week of going on sale.

BioWare Unveils The Cerberus Network
BioWare and EA have revealed ’The Cerberus Network’, which is billed as an “in-game portal” that acts as a hub for Mass Effect 2 downloadable content and news.

Mass Effect 2 Spans Two Discs
’You cannot fit this much awesome on one disc,’ says BioWare

BioWare Gives Mass Effect 2 Boxart a Makeover
BioWare sent along new box covers for the standard edition of Mass Effect 2, due for release in January for Xbox 360 and Windows PC. But wait a minute, wasn’t cover already revealed months ago!?

Mass Effect 2 Only On Xbox 360 and PC
Developer squashes rumors of a PlayStation 3 port for good. Do you believe them?

Bioware CONFIRMS simultaneous release
BioWare has confirmed that the anticipated title will be getting a simultaneous release on the PC and Xbox 360.

Mass Effect 2 locked in at 30 fps
When Mass Effect was released in 2007, it was known as much for its problematic framerates and lengthy load times as its quality gameplay. According to associate producer Jesse Houston though, that won’t be an issue in the sequel.

Commander Shepard abilities will reset in ME2
Hope you weren’t counting on importing a maxxed-out Shepard into Mass Effect 2.

Mass Effect 2 gameplay determined by Mass Effect 1
One of the more exciting prospects of Mass Effect 2 is the way it’ll use your saved game data from Mass Effect 1 to affect the adventure in the sequel.

Mass Effect 2 Preview
BioWare played with our emotions quite a bit in the lead up to E3. The gaming world was left in limbo as the company teased us with rumors of Commander Shepard’s death

Mass Effect 2 in the Works at New Montreal Studio
BioWare is opening a new studio at EA’s Montreal location that will have the highly anticipated sequel Mass Effect 2 as its first project.

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