Extreme Gamer writes: "In the course of the next hour I learned, perhaps better than I ever did while playing the original game, how to effectively leverage the powers of my two squad mates. After my first away mission to a frigid planet, I also discovered a series of tactical videos on the new Normandy space craft.
My time with Mass Effect 2 ended aboard the new ship. We were asked by BioWare not to mess around with the galaxy map, so I don't know what major changes have been made to planetary exploration or to the inventory system. But what I did see was thoughtful streamlining of combat and ally control, more creative hacking and decryption puzzles and an assured approach to story."