Game: Mass Effect 2
Genre: RPG, Third-person Shooter
System: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Reviewed by: Crazyjulious
Mass Effect was with ought a doubt a smash hit on the Xbox 360. Many say the Mass Effect series is revolutionizing the RPG genre. It was a long praised Xbox exclusive for one year which made PS3 owners drool in waiting for its PS3 release. The wait is over and PS3 finally got it. The PS3 version was built on the Mass Effect 3 game engine and we will see what and if there are any graphical differences. Will Mass Effect 2 shine on its new console or will this game be another bad port on the PS3.
Story: You play as Commander Shepard and it picks up right where Mass Effect ended. If you haven’t played the first game(Mass Effect) it lets you go through the story briefly, it does this so it lets you make some story decisions which ultimately effects the outcome of Mass Effect 2.
People are disappearing and the cause is unknown. An infamous company named Cerberus is responsible for bringing you back from the dead. A company which apparently has an unlimited amount of resources. They brought you back to save mankind.
You are given a ship (Normandy SR2) and references to a crew your supposed to build. To build your crew you travel to different planets and engage in some pretty nasty battles. All of your crew members have their own unique background and story. You don’t have to recruit them all to continue the game, but its better to do so.
The main goal of this game is to find out why people are missing and to take down the entities responsible for it. The story is very deep and it grows as the game goes on. There are many side quests to emerge yourself in within the main missions. The game rewards exploration which is nice and very useful when scrambling for ammo among other things. Mass Effect 2 has one of the best story lines I have ever seen in a game.
Gameplay: This is ultimately what make or breaks the game. Mass Effect 2 isn’t your standard run and gun type shooter. It has a more strategic approach to it. It is third person and team based in a way. You take two squad member with you on every mission. The members are out of the recruits.
There is a wide variety of guns to choose from. You have your snipers, shotguns, assault rifles, rocket launchers, etc. Some of these guns have upgrades to them. What makes this game unique is the ability to choose different ammo depending on what type of enemy you are shooting at. There is ammo for organic targets and mechanical also. Using the wrong ammo on your gun can have you emptying clips on a single enemy.
The battles are epic and you will need your squad members to complete. Sending your squad members to strategic places during battle is important. The AI is rather intelligent though, they take cover and use their individual abilities really well. You actually feel like they are helping you out a lot. When they go down you quickly find yourself wanting to revive them. If your like me, you’d probably want to let the AI do its thing. Every time I told them to go to a specific spot, I would send them to their death.
There were times during the game were the frame-rates dropped significantly. It didn’t make the game unplayable but was very noticeable. I wouldn’t say it damages the experience.
Graphics: This is probably the most anticipated aspect of the game. We all know that Mass Effect 2 is an awesome game. The PS3 version of this game is supposed to have somewhat of a graphical advantage since it was built in Bioware’s ME3 engine.
The reality is that the game almost looks identical to its Xbox 360 counterpart. It looked good then, and it looks good now. This is a really good looking game. There are some parts of the game where you fly a small shuttle where the graphics get very pix-elated but is seldom and barely worth mentioning.
Sound: The voice acting is spot on. The characters in the game have superb voice acting. It really gives them all a unique personality. The battles and explosions sound as expected, awesome.
The soundtrack is very well in tune with the moment. When in a vicious battle, the music is rocking. When in a quiet and scary dark place, the music is screechy and keeping you on your toes. You can usually tell by whats going to happen by the theme of the music.
Wishes: The game is very well done and barely any room for correction. If I could change anything it would be the framerate issues I had during some of the intensive battles. They weren’t significant but noticeable. The loading times were sometimes long enough for me to make a sandwich, it would be nice if they were shorter.
I would have liked to have better graphics that represent the ME3 engine. But who knows what that looks like. Just an idea.
TQ Bottom Line: Mass Effect 2 is a must have game. If you played it before on the 360 you probably wont find anything new on the PS3. Its a 60 hour game on average that has a great replay value. If you haven’t played it, its a must buy.
Final Score: 4.5 out of 5 Michelas!
Mass Effect 2
Publisher: Electronic Arts