Mass Effect 2 - IGN Review

"Games like Mass Effect 2 don't come around often enough. Look at any aspect and you can be sure it's great. It's incredibly personal while still retaining a sense of epic sweeping scale."


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Mucudadada3218d ago

It's time for me to finally get off my ass and beat the first one. I have to play this game immediately!
Congrats to Bioware for delivering what seems to be another outstanding product.

shocky163218d ago

I can't freaking wait any longer!

Sarcasm3218d ago

Same here, I haven't finished the first one. As soon as I do I'm gonna buy this game. Man it's going to be quite a busy few months from here on out.

Bungie3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

holy crap Awesome review for an awesome game

looks like another AAA for mah 360

HammockGames3218d ago

Tuesday = automatic sick day

(practices fake cough)

darkmurder3218d ago

Sure to be a kick ass game!

SnuggleBandit3218d ago

^^^to my friends above me...its one site, lets wait to see where the meta ends up before you celebrate too hard okey dokey

LtSkittles3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

No, Bungie what does that mean?

Oh, Bungie was too afraid to keep his original comment.

Saaking3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Great score. I can't wait to play the game. A nice addition to the 360 and PC library. I don't really trust IGN so I'll wait for more reviews, but really guys? Will lower scores deter you from buying the game? Of course not! I'm gonna buy the game regardless of scores.

And seriously 360 fans, don't even mention UC2. Wait for more reviews before you run your mouths. Else you could end up making fools of yourselves.

EDIT: LMAO at bungie. Editing your posts ey? Why don't you stand by the BS you yell out? haha.

baum3218d ago

@Bungie, this is one of the early reviews, wait for the ones in the middle to get a more accurate score :)

thereapersson3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

You just love stirring up trouble, don't you?

Seriously, a .1 difference, and you're already cheerleading?

You wonder why you get so many disagrees all the time...




Bungie3218d ago

hey i'm talking about 2009 as overall

2010 looks like it's going to be a better year it outscored MW 2 :)

JonnyBadfinger3218d ago

Yeah im super pumped for this game... my 360 has been switched on in about 2 weeks.
But what makes Mass Effect 2 even better then most other exclusives, is the fact its also on PC... which means twice as many people get the chance to bask in its glory.

I think the days of the exclusive need to come to a end... its pointless comparing exclusives on different consoles. The day all games go multiplat, the gamers will start to win. Cause at the moment all exclusives do is turn gamer against gamer.

But they still need to get ports up to date, the is no excuse for 1 version to look worst than the other... it just shows incompetence on the developers. Bayonetta was a complete disgrace with the way they treated the PS3 version, is you cant make it idenical by launch push it back a couple of weeks.

darkmurder3218d ago

Errr its from a site with a lot of pull and secondly ME2 has already had 10's and 9's from many sites so its clearly good, keep dreaming it'll fail and that MAG will somehow be the better game on the day.

Marceles3218d ago

Preordered this from EBgames, should be on Monday :P

Darkstorn3218d ago

A higher score than Uncharted 2? It had better blow my mind, then...

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Montrealien3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

This game is epic, and deserves this score, bioware really hit it out of the park with this one. And Uncharted 2 is an amazing game.

and I have it! ;P

I just added that Uncharted remark to confuse the disagrees I will get for agreeing with this review.

Bungie3218d ago

ME2 turned out to be the best RPG this Gen

congratulation Bioware and 360/PC owners

Christopher3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Finally, a reason to sit at my PC again.

Edit: edit removed because Bungie edited his comment above.

pippoppow3218d ago

Hey Bungie. Your an attention seeking goofball. Give it a rest already.

This game looks like it's great. Will have to get around to playing it on the PC since I think the 360 isn't worth my time and support.

I wonder if it plays better with a kb/m or gamepad?

Also why is it that every multiplatform related news gets linked to the 360 section at IGN?!

Raf1k13218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I wonder if it's actually better than Dragon Age which is awsome.

edit: @pippoppow, I played the first on PC and it lends itself to the PC control scheme really well (also didn't have many of the issues that the 360 version had). Bioware games have always been better on PC anyway so you won't be disappointed.

edit2: there's always the option of using your 360 controller too if you want to play it that way.

green3218d ago

Cant wait until the 28th to pop this game in my 360.

Unicron3218d ago

LOL @ idiots who think scores are anything other than arbitrary.

ME2 is great. UC2 is great.

But you guys love flaming each other, so plz continue ;-)

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LtSkittles3218d ago


well said +Bubbles

ABizzel13218d ago

Every aspect of Mass Effect intrigues me, but I just couldn't get into the combat. I have to give it one more try before I rent Mass Effect 2 (If 2 is better I'll just start the story from there).

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pippoppow3218d ago

Thanks Raf for the reply. Probably stick to kb/m.

At least the PC version will not have the same intrusive DRM that the first game had. Kind of pissed me off from getting the game. Need to get ME1 (used) +2 (new)when I get the time. 2 looks too good to pass up but will play 1 first.

I did the same when KoToR was released. Bought and played 1 and 2 a few months after 2 came out. I really like sci-fi so this series will be played by me soon.

Solidus187-SCMilk3218d ago

This game looks great. I cant wait to play it.

gamer20103218d ago

Sounds incredible. I have no doubt that this will be one of my favorite games of all time.

solidt123218d ago

Another AAA game for the PC and 360..... Im getting it on PC at launch

TROLL EATER3218d ago

it seems final fantasy 13 will be disapointing based on some reviews. oh well got mass effect 2 to look forward to perhaps best rpg this gen

3sexty rulzzz3218d ago

this at walmart and get a ten dollar giftcard.

presto7173218d ago

But I think I'll pass. Never got into the first one. Cant say this one will be much different.

Aquanox3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Increible review!

Any other game will struggle to beat MAss Effect 2 in reviews but most important, we gamers will enjoy a jewel of a game in just 4 more days.

Well done Bioware!

TheDeadMetalhead3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I have to get this on 360.
I also have to get MAG on PS3.
And No More Heroes 2 on Wii.

Translation: TOO MANY GAMES. D:

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JokesOnYou3218d ago

for a Great Game, and well deserved.

Saaking you of all people shouldn't be telling anybody to wait before running their mouths.....afterall you are the fanboy who admits to your fanboy agenda in your Bio, apologizes later on a NPD thread for your bashing stating you will change and then later your back to bashing 'n trolling 360 related threads yet again. lol wtf is wrong with you, bipolar I guess....either way, just looking at all the previews, screenshots, media, trailers, and many many sites consistently saying how ME2 has improved over ME1 in every way we don't need anything to know that ME2 is going to be one helluva game, so save your caution, you're just bitter.


NeoBasch3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I'm past the breaking point. I couldn't possibly be any more excited for this game. The first one may have had its fair share of issues, but, overall, Mass Effect was an achievement. Similar on scale to Uncharted. These scores make me rest easy knowing how often I've compared the two. I view these franchises as the pinnacle of game design. If you can bear with the technical issues, the original Mass Effect will impress beyond belief. Narrative design for the win!

Bnet3433218d ago

GOTY 2010 folks. I'm calling it.

Traveler3218d ago

Wow another amazing score. I loved the first game, so this should be even more incredible. Looks like it will be a GOTY contender for sure.

Xandet3218d ago

picking up ME2 and NMH2 at the same time? It's going to be one long, amazing night/morning.

RAZORLAND3218d ago

Im STILL trying to get the most out of the first one! By the time I get around to ME2, the price will probably drop; but I should support Bioware day one just for making a great game the in ME1.

FACTUAL evidence3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Some people are just plain ridiculous....they talk about a one point difference. Besides, just because it got 1 point over uncharted 2 doesn't make it only indicates that it's one of the most outstanding games for it's genre. Yeah guys compare a RPG to a what's next? Comparing GOW3 to Splinter cell: Conviction? Get over it, game and be happy..

JasonPC360PS3Wii3218d ago

That is a great score keeps this up we will have a major GOTY contender.
Microsoft, EA, and Bioware scored a big here and this is just the big hit EA needed. Microsoft scores here because Mass Effect 2 can only be found on their platforms the Windows PC and Xbox 360. Bioware scores because this will probably earn GOTY.

tripewire3218d ago

From the Review:
"I've played through the game twice and during that time experienced sound cutting out, my character getting stuck in the environment and full game crashes."

I'll take UC2 thanks lads.

CWMR3218d ago

-Oh please, you act like Uncharted 2 didn't have glitches.

Mass Effect 2 is one of my biggest games of the year. Nice to see it getting such critical reception.-

thewhoopimen3218d ago

Been a fan of Bioware since Baldur's gate. BGII, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment (by far favorite), Neverwinter Nights, Jade Empire (hated this game with a passion, because of its lame generic asian themes), KOTR, Dragon Age, (missed ME1... but won't make that mistake) and now ME2... mmm for my pc!~

Hoggy19833218d ago

As a 360 only owner I'd agree that 2009 was the weakest yet for the console. 2010 looks to be getting things back on track.

As for Mass Effect. If Im honest, I really wasn't that bothered about the first game. However it sounds like the second installment has really upped its game. No way I can get this game until I get paid next Friday. Looking at my bank balance I'm on an economy drive until then!

vhero3218d ago

Got the superior PC version installed and not got round to playing right now but will do probably later today. Great score though..

Alvadr3218d ago

Awesome, time to blow the dust off my 360 controller!

iv just finnished Dragon Age and im bored of waiting for the new DLC so Im all set for Mass Effect 2 to keep me busy until FFXIII comes out.

Microsoft Xbox 3603218d ago

IGN are less critical to 360 games, that's all.

Microsoft Xbox 3603218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

It's a 9.6 on last gen standards. Now if you were to compare scores with PS3 exclusives, this will be an 8 at best.

Also, lets not forget, IGN are less critical when they review 360 games.

skagrerrrr3217d ago

I'm totally getting Mass Effect 2!

MNicholas3217d ago (Edited 3217d ago )

Seriously ... IGN only rates games this high if they are exploding with innovation. Don't buy the game. It's a fire hazard.

On a more serious note. They talk about it being a top notch technical showcase and put up utterly dull screens. I've seen multi-platform games with better visuals. Almost PS2 quality environment textures, poor shadows (sometimes non-existent), mediocre lighting, etc...

I have to admit I like the art style. Surely an IGN reviewer knows the difference between snazzy artistry and technical merits ... right?

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shocky163218d ago

This. Is. The. Game. Of. The. Year.

Sarcasm3218d ago

A definite contender, it will be. GOTY seen, remains to be.

Odion3218d ago

its def going to win all the RPG awards

Saaking3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

It's too early to tell. And it's a really early game. The disadvantage of early games is they tend to be forgotten by the end of the year. Hopefully, ME2 and many other early games (including GOWIII) won't be forgotten.

thereapersson3218d ago

Yeah, Killzone 2 had the unfortunate luck of running into that exact problem

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littletad3218d ago

But a worthy contender nonetheless.

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baum3218d ago

Fable 3 and Fallout 4 are coming out, and that's only in the WRPG department.

We have yet to see how good is FFXIII and if Versus is coming out this year. That does not include all the unannounced games for the end of the year. Furthermore, some people look into RPGs for characteristics that other games may also display, like a great storyline, customization and epic battles; God of War 3, The Last Guardian and Zelda Wii may just fullfill that niche too.

LtSkittles3218d ago


It's Fallout New Vegas, not Fallout 4.

Raf1k13218d ago

There are so many amazing games coming out this year. It's going to be really tough choosing which one is GOTY.

aaronisbla3218d ago

no offense to fable but do you really think it has a chance of winning rpg category goty with mE2 and hell, even FF13? Bet on no

gamer20103218d ago

As much of a fan as I am of Mass Effect, I have to admit that it is too early to say for sure which game critics will tend to choose as GOTY. Ultimately, though, it doesn't matter. Reviews are opinions. GOTY selections are opinions. What really matters to you is your opinion.


Sir you are wrong once more!

A good game is never forgotten and prevails for years!

Look at Halo 3, its a 2+ year old game and
thousands still play it today!!

Only good games tho!
ME2 will do this as well!

FACTUAL evidence3218d ago

Don't be so hasty to say that. FF13 lives off it's name alone......sad to say.

vhero3218d ago

GOTY a game released in Jan? I seriously doubt it we all know they only ever count games released from September onwards as they are fresh in peoples minds.

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tatotiburon3218d ago

Best RPG of this generation. Great Review

baum3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Best WRPG*


@disagrees, Not Best WRPG? Oh well, I guess it's fallout then.

HammockGames3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

But to say it trumps all, well, that's subjective.

Especially considering Demon's Souls is still very much front and center.

green3218d ago

Best RPG this gen, simply no contest.