I have to admit I never played the orginal Mass Effect and did not really know what to expect from this game. However as soon as I started the game I knew I was going to be addicted to this game franchise. Mass Effect 2 is an absolutley beautiful and breath taking game! Everything from the graphics, characters and sound. As a voice-over actor I have to stay they have did a great job selecting the cast and voices for this game... it really keeps you involved. This is one of those games that you could play over and over again, because of the five different classes you can choose for your player.
The only real problem I have with this game so far is that I would like to see more weapon selections.
Mass Effect 2 is probabley one of the smoothest game play experiences I have had to date. Having to watch my ammo expenditure, while a bit annoying compared to the firsts overheating, is nice. However, they drastically altered how well combat worked in exchange for this. Guns are more accurate than they were in the first one, and your class only equips weapons they are proficient with. As a Soldier class, I found myself switching between all 5 weapons, based on the situation. And I do like how each weapon class, except for the Heavy Weapons, have a subclass. Each of the characters are vivid, with a story that I found pulled me in. Even though I don't like a few of them, it's not due to their stories, it's due to their personalities. Something a lot of games forget to instate into their stories.
The voice actors from the first Mass Effect are all here. So when you bump into someone you bumped into in Mass Effect one, they still sound the same. For me, little details like this are a nice bonus. Last, but certainly not least on the list of improvements, the ability to customize your armor, and what you wear as casual clothing. I don't know how many people found an armor they felt had the perfect stats, then it turned out to be something like an eye wrenching pink for a male Shephard, or maybe you just don't like the camo style print or the green it came in. This game solved that problem, giving you the ability to customize the design of your armor, as well as it's pieces. Different Pieces have different effects for your character, but now appearance and function are more up to your preference vs just what they gave you.
Better Combat, Better Customization, Better and more involving world travel. I like what they've done, and if you enjoyed the first, you'll more than likely love this one all the more.
Very rarely will you hear that a sequel to a ground breaking game surpass its superior. Mass Effect 2 does exactly that. From the moment you enter the game into your console, you know you’re in for an epic journey that keeps you on the end of your seat.
While the game is a direct sequel, this story feels more original, and impressive. Everything this time around is almost perfect. The action is in your face the moment you take control of Commander Sheppard.
I can keep going on how epic the game is, but 2,000 characters is not nearly enough.
There are some cons( like scanning planets), but these are easily over looked!