Mass Effect 2 (2010)

Mass Effect 2 (2010)
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Recruit. Explore. Control.Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies.

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Mass Effect 2 (2010) system requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 / Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM for Windows XP / 2 GB RAM for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Graphics: 256 MB (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c August 2008 (included)
  • Hard Drive: 15 GB
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Supported Chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or greater; ATI Radeon X1600 Pro or greater. Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, and 9300; ATI Radeon HD3200, and HD4350 are below minimum system requirements. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.
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Storia: 4/5
Facendo un riassunto della storia principale questa non risulta particolarmente originale ma lo sviluppo è ben fatto e questo la rende comunque interessante da scoprire.
L'universo narrativo ereditato dal primo ME rimane ricco e dettagliato, comprese le missioni secondarie.

Progressione: 5/5
L'eccellente progressione con cui si sviluppa la trama riesce a creare tanta voglia di andare avanti per scoprire come evolveranno gli eventi.
Le numerose scelte pratiche e morali che bisogna fare rendono ancora più interessante procedere per scoprirne le conseguenze.

Grafica: 3/5
La grafica non è proprio il massimo. I modelli 3D non sono male ma le ambientazioni, sia esterne sia interne, sono decisamente sotto tono e nel complesso l'impianto visivo sembra sempre non voler andare oltre alla mediocrità e non voler competere con i concorrenti del suo periodo.

Giocabilità: 3/5
Il sistema di selezione delle abilità durante i combattimenti non mi è piaciuto molto e spesso ho avuto la sensazione di non riuscire a sfruttare tutte potenzialità della squadra a causa dell'interfaccia poco amichevole. A parte questo comunque durante l'azione i controlli sono sempre buoni.
Male anche la noiosa modalità di scansione delle risorse dei pianeti.

Audio: 4/5
Gli effetti sonori, ambientali e le musiche non sono particolarmente di rilievo, mentre i dialoghi in inglese dei personaggi principali sono eccezionali. Livello praticamente cinematografico, grazie anche ai nomi presenti nel cast.

AI: 3/5
Purtroppo, come nel 90% dei giochi, l'intelligenza artificiale è molto artificiale e poco intelligenza.

Interfaccia: 3/5
L'interfaccia su schermo e nel ramificato menu principale è ben fatta ma lo stesso non si può dire per quanto riguarda quella dedicata alla gestione delle abilità nei combattimenti e alla gestione dei viaggi spaziali. La gestione delle mappe stellari mi è rimasta particolarmente sullo stomaco a causa della pessima scelta dell'inquadratura.

Qualità della produzione: 5/5
La qualità della produzione è di massimo livello. Solo dal marchio BioWare potevo aspettarmi l'impegno profuso nel rendere credibili, complessi e interessanti l'universo e i personaggi di ME2 e le aspettative sono state soddisfatte.

Voto finale: 8/10
In parte ferito da un comparto tecnico non proprio all'altezza, ME2 rimane complessivamente un gran gioco, divertente e appassionante.

sports shoes in disguise
sports shoes i…

Pretty decent sci-fi action RPG with a few issues. I don't think it's quite as breathtaking as everyone says it is, but I enjoyed my time with it very much.

Mass Effect 2 picks up with Commander Shepard et al. aboard their ship the Normandy, pretty soon after the end of the first game. In short order, they're lasered by a highly advanced flying piece of shit and everyone who isn't a named character dies. Shepard is scooped up by Cerberus, a morally dubious organisation with limitless resources and rebuilt as he was because they have the technology. With his new lease on life, he, and therefore you, must assemble a crack team of professional oversharers who understand even less about delegation than Shepard does, and take on the aliens who lasered you while investigating the disappearances of human colonies around the galaxy. And also do side quests with all the characters you assemble. So far, so good.

Mass Effect 2, moreso than 1, I think, is very good at developing at fleshing out the galaxy until it feels as epic as an actual galaxy. Every faction has different opinions, each subplot of each party member splinters off into their own missions that flesh out their perspective on the world. There's always a risk that "stop the destruction of the galaxy because dying is cringe" can become completely dull, but Mass Effect 2 understands there's no one single way to end up at that point.

The running theme of the game that ties it all together is justice. Each character has their own reasons for allying with Shepard and therefore Cerberus, mostly related to their complete distrust in the beaurocracy of the Alliance to get things done mixed with a duty for good that might come from abuse, love, loyalty, etc.. But without guidance or different opinions, each falls victim to the flaws in their own notions of right and wrong. Does a "code" endorsed by generations of a species supercede laws? (No) Does murder become justified if the law is incapable of detaining someone peacefully? (Not really) Does a family member have the right to let themselves go to prison for their own reasons, even though the truth proves they shouldn't? (Not if the criminal gets to go free) You as Commander Shepard become the great mediator of the galaxy, standing in the middle of all these perspectives you gathered, respecting each for who they are even though their opinions differ, and making informed choices they never could have made otherwise. It's honestly all great stuff.

I do have some gripes with how all this is presented, however. Of the eight total squad members, each mission allows you to choose two. The sheer number of missions combined with the number of combinations is an exponential volume of writing, that is reasonably not done. So oftentimes characters only have one or two dialogue lines acknowledging their situation. It missions with moral dilemmas to make, like side missions, the debates on the subject are freqently limited to the mission-specific party member and Shepard, plus some NPCs, and the third wheel party member stands in the background of each shot if they're shown at all. Other times missions have such absurdly evil villains that there's no need to debate anything. Fine for the overarching plot, I guess, not so much for side missions. The reason I'm bringing specific party members on these missions is for their specific worldviews and opinions on the matter, but when it just doesn't happen I feel very disappointed. This doesn't always happen, though. I remember a few lines in the mission for the last party member you meet that unexpectedly flipped my thinking on the moral dilemma of day while being completely in character. Moments like that stand out to as the best parts of the game.

Another problem with the limited dialogue is that there's not much room for showing without telling - understanding how this or that character thinks based on what they say about the events around them rather than being told how they think like you're reading a psych evaluation. Mass Effect 2 prefers the eval method when you talk to your squad between missions. And it can be ages before that conversation is paid off in a side mission. You walk in, get some info - very interesting info, mind you, the krogan in particular was fascinating - then walk out. Occasionally there's a nice conclusion but I don't feel particularly resolved afterwards. It's annoying, but not a deal breaker by any means.

As for the gameplay, eh. It's functional. The guns have a nice kick to them. Getting party members to do things felt a bit unnecessary because by the time they've done their ability you could have just killed the enemy yourself. I played on normal and got away with only changing my ammo types and using the team revive ability. The movement can be a bit sluggish and it feels like there are magnets in the walls, but apart from that it's functional. It's a decent enough vehicle for the more interesting story, which is all you can ask for, really.

So, yeah, all in all, hearty recommendation. Good stuff.

Pasta Ssempa
Pasta Ssempa

---{ Graphics }---
☐ You forget what reality is
☐ Beautiful
☑ Good
☐ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it

---{ Gameplay }---
☑ Very good
☐ Good
☐ It's just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Watch paint dry instead
☐ Just don't

---{ Audio }---
☐ Eargasm
☑ Very good
☐ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf

---{ Audience }---
☐ Kids
☑ Teens
☑ Adults
☐ Grandma

---{ PC Requirements }---
☐ Check if you can run paint
☑ Potato
☐ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer

---{ Difficulty }---
☐ Just press 'W'
☑ Easy
☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Significant brain usage
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls

---{ Grind }---
☐ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☑ Isn't necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You'll need a second life for grinding

---{ Story }---
☐ No Story
☐ Some lore
☐ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☑ It'll replace your life

---{ Game Time }---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☐ Average
☑ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond

---{ Price }---
☐ It's free!
☑ Worth the price
☐ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money

---{ Bugs }---
☐ Never heard of
☑ Minor bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs

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☑ 10


A continuation of the story. Gameplay is a bit less desirable than the first or 3rd. But this series will always get a thumbs up from me. Except for Andromeda. Almost forgot to mention the very reputable voice cast!

Morgan Grey
Morgan Grey

Amazingly dramatic, but not enough Alenko-Shepard. At least we get new interesting people like Jack and Thane. It's my least favorite, but still pretty amazing.


Husband bought me this game when it released. I wasn't sure about it, didn't look much like anything I'd played before. Spent the next week or so playing one of the best games available, fell in love with the Mass Effect universe. Replayed a bunch. Replaying now to compare it with the Legendary version.


Why sell this trash if you need to take lsd, sacrifice a goat, sell your soul to EA to only tthen be able to activate DLCs?


Everybody loves this game. From what I recall of it it was the worst of the trilogy by far. The only game I had very mixed feelings about once finished (even though there are definitely some great moments in this game and the world is even nicer than in ME1).


Not the strongest gameplay wise and is oddly placed within the narrative of the trilogy. Everything else is excellent.


Run from point A to point B through some linear corridors or narrow open area terrains. If you see any kind of obstacles on your way then hide behind it because you're gonna be attacked. When attacked, slow down time, stand up, shot at enemies, sit down, wait until cooldown, repeat. Run from point B to point C. Repeat.


great game not finished yet but ill edit when i finish but right now its fun i don't trust Merriah idk how to spell her name


One of the best space games you'll ever play.


I have good memories of this game.
Totally worth it


Controls don't work, at random and surrounded by enemies, you will begin walking in the opposite direction of the button you're pressing on the keyboard.

In addition (and a separate problem) all the surfaces become sticky at random. Not consistently, at RANDOM. They will attract you like a magnet and you will stick to them.

Can't have relations with the attractive older lady doctor, which is the only one worth pursuing in the game. The ancient asari has a linebacker jaw am I the only one noticing this? Rest of them are pathetic.


The RPG gets in the way of the Shooter, the setting and story aren't intriguing at all, and the RPG side is mediocre. People hype and hype this up, but it's just not there.


Retarded game, bland art style, predictable writing and idiotic use of cliche character tropes. Only the gameplay with boring level design redeems this mess.

God  Star Dragon
God Star Dragon

yeah i lile that game a lot , ecruit. Explore. Control.Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies.


One of my favorite games ever. Here's the thing with this particular version:

Con- no controller support

Pro- you don't need to install stupid Origin to play it like the legendary edition.


The game itself is perfectly fine !! The characters, universe and story live up to the franchise's reputation. But I recommend you look into buying the legendary edition of Mass Effect instead, which includes three titles at an advantageous price, and includes all DLCs rather than having you find workarounds to download them.


Hard to believe this game came out in 2010, it still looks awesome & the balance of action to story couldnt be better, quite possibly the best RPG i have ever played


Un juego de excepcional calidad, de los mejores de su época, pero que a pesar de tener más de 10 años ya, sigue valiendo la pena.


It's Electronic Arts, so don't buy it.


A wonderful game with many objectives and subobjectives, this is a game you can get involved with the story as well as the subplots.


sex is cool, but have saved your crew and the galaxy fighting a giant robot baby?


85/100 It's different to the first one: fewer grenades, less min-maxing gear, more varied locations, more crew to choose from for each mission. Good writing, great characters, fun combat, a good game.

Hoboman61 but
Hoboman61 but

Mass Effect 2 (2010) - Game is old just like Mass Effect (2007) but this time... all the + from Mass Effect 1 but like... on steroids of some-sort eh. Companion wheel is bumped up to like a 100% because this game right ere' has the best companions out of all the Mass Effect games in my opinion... the solid team building... relationship building ect... just makes this game the icing on top of the cake I tell ya. Gameplay has been re-done in a way I suppose, the bullets are feeling meaty... impactful... but this time we have ammo which didn't really bother me much. Graphics are done a little nicer but tbh... I don't care for graphics a whole lot. The story is bumped up even more than the first one... with your saves and decisions making an impact in the second game! Who doesn't like that!! This one has even more choices that go into the third game! and yeah, just another SOLID entry in the series for me I tell ya. 9/10 for me right here, go out and buy it... buy it for your grandma, whoever hasn't played it! Don't make the silly decision not to play this trilogy for like 14 years like me! I love these types of games!


I love this game, but omg I had the hardest time getting any DLC to work.. I actually ended up giving up on trying after hours of brain-strain trying. So it was unbelievably frustrating that I didn't get to do ANY of the DLC that I paid for, resulting in missing out on two really interesting squad members and extra game-play. It is a good game, but it'd have been much better if the DLC would work properly and I didn't have to log into my dumba$$ EA account EVERY SINGLE TIME I loaded up the game.


Fun RPG shooter with interesting characters and story where choices matter. Combat is average but games fun change of pace between narration. Pretty much more same as the first game.


Let's see what under this environmental suit. =3