MSN: Mass Effect 2 Review

To recap: Commander Shepard, who fended off the civilisation-devouring Reapers in the first game, is resurrected by shady pro-human organisation Cerberus to deal with the Collectors, a nefarious, insect-like race of aliens who are abducting entire human colonies. He (or she) must assemble a crew for the Normandy SR-2, then head into deepest uncharted space to hit them where they live.

Though everything is built on the success of the first game, the improvements - some subtle, others substantial - are everywhere. Menus are slicker and simpler; the galaxy map is tagged with mission locations and completion percentages; the clunky inventory system is gone, replaced with a streamlined system of upgrades and a small but meaningful selection of weapons.

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