Saturday, April 27, 2013

Game review: Mass Effect 2

Hello ladies and gentlemen in the online universe, Today I'll bring you a review of a RPG game Mass Effect 2!

A bit about the game and developers.
Mass Effect series were developed by BioWare and Published by Electronic Arts. Mass Effect has three games which makes it Trilogy. It's a Role Playing game.

About Gameplay. 
Mass Effect 2 is a role playing game in space. Your objective is to save the Earth, Universe, humanity, anything that you can. In this game your choices matter. The choices you make will affect you in the further games. It also matters who lives and dies from your crew mates, because if they die in Mass Effect, they won't appear in Mass Effect 2, and if they die in Mass Effect 2, they won't appear in Mass Effect 3. This game requires you to stay fully focused all the time and to really think your choices through! I have never played Mass Effect, but I did watch the story videos in couple of minutes just so I wouldn't be confused on what is going on in Mass Effect 2.

To start this off, I'll begin by saying that this game is awesome mainly because of the story. You are Captain John Sheppard and you need to make a good crew to fight off the Reapers. Reapers are huge robots that can think like humans and they want to take over the universe! I won't give away any spoilers.

There are many different weapons, armors and mods in the game. Different weapons are used for different play styles. For example, I always love to use assault rifle, but the assault rifle that shoots very straight and precise. While on the other hand, I also like to have people with machine guns right behind me so they could support me. So yea, there are many different weapons that can fit anyone's play style. On the other hand, there are not many armors and they are mainly here for the look. I really couldn't see the difference between armor that gives you no boost, and armor that gives you 5% more shields. So once again, armors are mainly here only to show your look. Mods are very good and needed since it can help you survive.

There are many different modifications for your ship, armors, and weapons. Weapon mods make your
weapons stronger, do more damage against certain types of enemies or they allow you to have an extended magazine, while Armor mods allow you to have more HP, have more shields or just give you bigger protection against some types of damages or creatures. Ship modifications are very important once you go to the battle with your ship about which I will say nothing. Ship modifications also allow you upgrade your weapons and have better shields.

When you are choosing your team you need to think about many various stuff. You need to think about who is specialized for what. You need to think of which weapon combinations suit the best, you need to think about what weapons do you want to support you while you do what you have to. Honestly, if you're like me, you don't need to care about all that. You'll have to work a bit harder but you'll find the game a bit more enjoyable. I, for example, always played with my favorite characters. Thane and Garrus.

Once you get your crew mates, the next thing to think about is their loyalty to you. You need to do each crew member's loyalty to unlock all their powers and to grant them higher chance of survival in the final mission. Some people's loyalty's missions are very bad and you have an option to kill one man and let many people die, or to ignore one man and save a lot of other people while your friend does not become loyal to you. I had to chose that couple of times, but even if it made me a bad person, I kept choosing my friends over other people. Only the ones I like though, like Thane, Garrus, Miranda, Jacob and so on and on.

Choices you make in this game will follow you everywhere. From one game to the other, and you can not change them. So don't ever do something you will regret. And by that I mean: don't ignore loyalty quests. If you see that person as dear to you, do the loyalty quest HIS (or her) way, because if you don't you might lose him (or her).. Just as i have.

Graphic and Audio
Mass Effect 2 has amazing graphic, amazing bullet details, rocket impacts, textures, character details.. And mainly, the cinematic. The cinematic videos are so good, the voice acting is so good that it's like you are really there. And the soundtracks are very touching at the moments, and yet they can get very pumped up at the other times. I really love to listen to all those soundtracks in game. All of them.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Amazing storyline, one of the best I've ever seen.
- Ability to chose your answers that will follow you until the very end of the game.
- Various weapons and armors.

- There are some buggy places in which you will climb onto an invisible platform and you will have a hard time getting down from it, which will make you unable to move.
- There are no space ship battles.
- Tones of DLC's that make the game twice as expensive if you want to buy all of them.

Final grade:    9.8/10.

 Extra info: This game does not have full 10 only because of the DLC's and the platform bug. Without it the game would get full 10/10. I definitely recommend this game to everyone!
Also, I didn't put any pictures that I made here because I felt as if most of them would be too big spoilers. Mainly every good shot reveals something nice.