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Mass Effect 2 - Standard Edition

by Electronic Arts
Windows Vista / XP
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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The second chapter in the Mass Effect trilogy takes you to the darkest reaches of space, where you must uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of humans across many worlds. Prepare yourself for a suicide mission to save mankind. Travel the galaxy to assemble a team of soldiers and combat specialists, and launch an all-out assault on the heart of enemy territory.

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Mass Effect 2 is the sequel to BioWare's hit space-based role-playing game (RPG), Mass Effect. A single player adventure, Mass Effect 2 allows players to continue the adventures of the fully customizable series hero, Commander Shepard, as you take on a whole new adventure and cast of supporting characters. Features new to this latest release in the franchise include the ability to import game save files from the original Mass Effect game to continue the adventure in an unbroken fashion, a new damage system, a more flexible dialogue game mechanic and more.

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Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new danger has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies. Now Shepard must work with Cerberus, a ruthless organization devoted to human survival at any cost, to stop the most terrifying threat mankind has ever faced. To even attempt this perilous mission, Shepard must assemble the galaxy’s most elite team and command the most powerful ship ever built. Even then, doubters say it would be suicide. Commander Shepard intends to prove them wrong.

Commander Shepard ambushing a mech in Mass Effect 2
The return of Commander Shepard.
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New characters from Mass Effect 2
A new cast of characters.
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The Turian Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect 2
Along with familiar faces from the past.
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Mass Effect 2's new damage system illustrated as an enemy continues to pursue Shepard even with its legs are blown off
New damage and dialogue systems.
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Taking aim at evil zombie thingie in Mass Effect 2
Integration with original game.
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An space-based action RPG like its predecessor, gameplay in Mass Effect 2 revolves around the player's particular version of Commander Shepard and continuing development of this character as the game proceeds. As the game opens a variety of character classes are made available to the player, with talents, both exclusive and general, associated with each. With experience these talents are leveled up, resulting in the unlocking of related abilities and/or entirely new talents. The player has the ability to customize their Commander Shepard in a number of ways including physical appearance, gender, and certain aspects of their personal history, with the rub being that these choices can influence things like available missions, dialogue choices with non-player characters (NPCs), and character background.

Accompanying this main character are a number of preset supporting characters that the player can direct and develop relationships with, which again, will alter the outcome of the story. All the characters from the original game make an appearance in Mass Effect 2, but the immediate characters surrounding Commander Shepard are new. Additional new features that players can expect to experience include new alien races; a more realistic damage system; a new heavy weapons system allowing for maximum damage; a regenerative health system; a dramatic increase in the number of character animations available to Shepard; and updates to the dialogue mechanic used when conversing with NPCs.

Integration with the Original Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2 allows players of the original Mass Effect game to import save games to continue the story of their own Commander Shepard. In doing this, the decisions that were made in the first game will affect the events of the second game. In addition, characters from the first game will return, as long as they were not killed off by the player in the first game. On the other hand, new players coming to the series for the first time in Mass Effect 2 will start a brand-new character, discover the events of the previous games as they progress and embark on a thrilling stand-alone adventure that does not require the previous game for play.

Key Features

  • Futuristic Weapons - Choose from 19 different weapons, including devastating heavy weapons that can end a battle in seconds.
  • Elite Specialists - Recruit up to a dozen of the galaxy's most dangerous operatives to help you in your mission. Train and equip your team to survive insurmountable odds.
  • Explore the Galaxy - Scan planets to uncover unique secret missions in the Mass Effect universe.
  • Integration with Original Mass Effect - Players of the first Mass Effect can import save games to continue the story of their own Commander Shepard. New players will find a thrilling stand-alone adventure awaits them, a polished and action packed journey that surpasses the first game in nearly every possible way.
  • Intense Third-Person Combat - Increased intensity with precision shooter controls to let you control the action and overcome insurmountable odds.
  • New Damage System - New location based damage system allows for targeting of key weak points, blasting off limbs, igniting enemies, or crippling and disabling enemy troops.
  • Character Customization - Choose a player class, customize your appearance, and tailor your own abilities and strengths. As you progress, so do Shepard’s abilities.
  • Improved Dialogue Mechanic - Improved NPC conversation system where Commander Shepard can take matters into your own hands – interrupting or using force to get the answer required.

System Requirements:

Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP or Vista.
Processor: 2.4+ GHz Intel or 2.0+ GHz AMD 2.6+ GHz Intel or 2.4+ GHZ AMD
RAM: 1GB+ (XP), 2GB+ (Vista) 2GB+
Disc Drive: 8x DVD-ROM drive or better
Hard Drive: 12GB or more
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6 series (6800GT or better), ATI 1300XT or better (X1550, X1600 Pro and HD2400 are below minimum system requirements) NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or higher. ATI X1800 XL series or higher
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers – 5.1 sound card recommended
Input Device: Mouse and keyboard

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4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXPERIENCE JUST SHORT OF A HOLODECK! Jan. 26 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Now THIS is what I call immersion!

In the past, Bioware has shown a tendency to surpass itself when developing a sequel (remember how much better Baldur's Gate 2 was compared to I - and the original Baldur's Gate was already excellent). Well, compared to this second installment, the original Mass Effect now seems like a typical space-RPG/Shooter.

Having played the original game will not only help you better insert yourself into Commander Shepard's boots - you can actually import your original character form the first game (choices and all) - but also appreciate the improvements more.

The story is darker and (without spoiling it) the choices harder to live with. Combat has been streamlined, with tactical decisions (using cover, taking the high ground) now being more important, without the game loosing its shooter character though.

Both the visuals and the sounds are exquisite. Not only are the graphics really impressive (and I am running WinXP so that is DirecX-9 mind you) and the sounds dramatic but the voice acting and dialogue integration should be taught in game-design seminars.

In this second installment there is no actual inventory to speak of (more on this later), loading times are shorter and better concealed (remember those endless elevator rides? Now forget about them), and accessing your special abilities menu has been streamlined.
In a true BIOWARE tradition, the available companions all come with their own special abilities and personal stories to explore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, honor, and a smoking gun. Feb. 15 2010
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game has it all and it has to be one of the best RPG's I've played in a while. The first thing I noticed was the graphics, not the backgrounds or the environment, the special effects, but the ingrown hairs on one guys face. The graphics overall are spectacular but the characters in this game are detailed down to the pores.

The story line is good as well. It follows a logical progression and any deviations from that make sense. There's nothing more frustrating than when you're immersed in the game and the aliens you've been battling suddenly introduce a fire breathing, flying dragon from medieval England. In Mass Effect 2 there is the possibility of developing a romantic relationship with some of the characters. I never knew someone with blue skin and tentacles could look so hot. This is where the game designers have done a superb job. The game is an excellent blend between reading a good book or watching a good video and good role playing. The blurring between game play and story is great, when you're standing before you're crew on a radiation hardened chunk of rock on the far side of the galaxy knowing that none of you may come back it brings a tear to your eyes and a surge of adrenalin and pride to your blood. Yeah, it's that good. Action sequences are good and fit the story line well. I did find I wished for a bit better control over my own weapons and how the NPC characters performed.

Production values in the game overall are great. As the credits role by you see voice overs done by notables such as Martin Sheen, Claudia Black, and Carrie Anne-Moss. I can't say I'm familiar with the engineers, designers, or other team members but the game is pure Hollywood all the way from the standpoint of the level of craftsmanship that's gone into it.

On the down side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but ... Aug. 9 2014
By Dave
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I hope I can play with this game as long as I want to, because with the first one: Mass effect, there was some limit for the installation of the game on the computer, SecuRom ! Besides it was hidden. I think It is not legal to hide such thing when you buy something. This is just logical. If I had known, I would not buy the first game: Mass effect because of that thing hidden. They should write in big letter on the box: Enjoy this game, but know that you can not install this game more than 3 or 5 times. :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Effect 2 March 13 2013
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I haven't played this game yet but I know I will enjoy it that is
the reason why I bought this game
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Effect 2 Feb. 20 2013
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Have'nt played it yet but it looks like it will be great if it is better than the first one. Was told by friends that the second one is better, so I went out and bought Mass Effect 3 in preparation when I finish the first 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game! Feb. 13 2013
By Al
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The game play is brilliant. The environments are engaging, If you like the sci-fi genre than this game is perfect. The graphics are far ahead of the xbox.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Terminator 2" of videogames May 30 2011
By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If Mass Effect 1 got the ball rolling on high ended videogame storytelling, then Mass Effect 2 is an indestructible meteor. BioWare has taken all the best parts of the original game and streamlined the experience, while upping the ante on plot and character development tenfold. Mass Effect 2 picks up right where the original game left off. It's impossible to even mention here, as any single sentence would unearth a severe spoiler. Rest assured, ME2 revisits old teammates from the first game, while introducing an entire handful of new ones with distinctly vivid personalities and backgrounds. The narrative progression is a paradigm shift from the already lauded original, by far.

BioWare takes several of the original's elements and turns them upside down, just for the hell of it. Due to extenuating circumstances, Commander Shepard is no longer a whitewashed Alliance hero, but a wild card with questioning loyalties. As the dreaded Reaper threat looms ever closer to horrifying reality, Shepard (and indeed, the player) is forced to play by a looser set of rules, culminating in difficult moral and ethical choices. Mass Effect 1 introduced players to the concept of extreme consequences depending on their choices throughout the game. In Mass Effect 2, it can literally be a life or death experience, with certain choices leading to very disastrous consequences. It should be noted that like the original, both Mass Effect 2 and some of its downloadable content will have direct repercussions on the outcome of the upcoming Mass Effect 3. Players who completed the original ME can import their save data into ME2 and retain their personality traits, skills, and consequences of past decisions.

There was some criticism about the original PC release's graphical issues.
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