Let me just say this right away; I love Mass Effect 2. For all of the things that I hated about ME1, Mass Effect 2 not only fixed, but for the most part fixed in such a manner that I can’t even comprehend how the first game led to the creation of the second.
Not everything was made better in ME2, but it was a great gaming experience. The following is going to be a very comparison heavy deconstruction because it’s very hard to remove one game from the other, especially playing both Mass Effect games back to back like I did. The one thing I must stress is that despite loving ME2, it is not perfect, especially when looking back on the individual mechanics separated from each other and under direct scrutiny of whether they were good choices or not. At the end of the day these articles aren’t reviews, but me breaking down a game to find what made it good overall, even if the negatives outnumber the positives. Continue reading