Mass Effect 1 was the most satisfying game I have ever played. Mass Effect 2, makes me feel like I never left the first game, and just continued that feeling of joy. The games new fighting mechanics made the journey that much more enjoyable. The story line is terrific. The voice acting is top notch, with well known actors. You could not spend a better 100+ hours on any game, and get the feeling of actually being a part of the story as it all roles out before you. Hands down, worth every penny.
I honestly have to say, this is one of the few series of games that actually gets better as sequels are released. Everything has been revamped; combat system, exploration, characters, etc while remaining true to what made the first game great. This game IS the game of the year, no questions asked.
Mass effect 2 picks up right where mass effect ended. Bioware stepped their games up on this title. I try to give myself a timeframe on how long I gonna play(3 hours) and I end up playing for 5 hours or until I have a headache. Amazing game is all I can say!!