Mass Effect 2 is quite clearly the middle game in a trilogy. The actual story takes a backseat to character development, spending 30 hours introducing a motley crew before wrapping everything up with a jaw-dropping final mission and cliffhanger ending. The experience is worth playing through at least twice for the Paragon and Renegade choices; maybe more for those who want to explore every nook and cranny of the game. Mass Effect 2 is a triumph of an action game, blending satisfying shooter levels with dark themes and hours of heated debate. Other games have featured metric tons of dialogue alongside their shooting galleries; however, few have done so as well as Mass Effect 2. It's also a fantastic example of how to properly do a sequel. The changes between the two games show how dedicated Bioware is to making Mass Effect the best franchise it can be. The only problem now is waiting for a third game to wrap up the whole thing in what is hopefully one glorious swoop.