Mass Effect 1
was good. Mass Effect 2
ups the ante in almost every way possible. More characters, deeper characters, improved combat, interrupts... The list goes on and on. A few things were removed, but they were mostly the bad things. I'm going to skim over the game, giving highlights on my favorite points.
First, the inventory was removed. While some may say that makes it less of an RPG, the original's inventory was horrendous
, with little to no sorting whatsoever, and samey weapons. While ME2
only has 4 or 5 guns per class, each one feels and acts differently. For example, the assault rifle class:
- Avenger - fully automatic, decent damage. Standard.
- Vindicator - slightly more damage, three-round burst; headshot-happy. Significantly less ammo; skills needed to keep ammo count high.
- Revenant - uber-machine gun. High damage and rate of fire. Inaccurate, though; lots of recoil.
- Geth Assault Rifle - only found on Hardcore or Insanity. Good damage. Rate of fire variable; determined by a sine wave.
This variety allows you to strategize, based on your strengths - like an RPG, ironically.
This time around, characters have hidden depths, and are more developed. However, one of the characters I think is the best written is the one I like the least - Jack. She's a psycho, but as you talk to her, it slowly become apparent that this is her way of dealing with what she's been through. This character development reaches a head in her loyalty mission, where you can persuade her to show mercy - maybe for the first time in her life. If you romance her, she shows how broken she is inside, and she becomes very respectful when you gain her loyalty.
Power use is very streamlined, allowing for much neater usage of powers. Up to three powers can be accessed instantly, compared to ME1
's one. This also allows for easy power combinations - say, pulling an enemy into the air before blasting them with a concussive shot. The way powers work has been tweaked, allowing you to, with some powers, attack an enemy behind cover.
With all these improvements, Mass Effect 2
is an Even Better Sequel
in every sense of the words. I'm Tera Chimera, and this is my favorite game in the world.