Mass Effect 2: the greatest RPG ever made

The New York Post:

There's always a feeling of unease when exclaiming something ultimately subjective that you want to be taken objectively. And so I write the following with minor trepidation.


Mass Effect 2 is the greatest RPG ever made.

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rebirthofcaos3403d ago

.....And also is a shooter XD

Bungie3403d ago

the Definitive RPG of this Generation

kalebgray923403d ago

im only starting off but not of all time... sorry ffvii will forever have the crown

DatNJDom813403d ago

the greatest rpg of all time????? LMAO.

Tewi-Inaba3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

Implying FFVII is better than FFVI

because it isn't

MyBlasterRunsHot3403d ago

They have absolutely no credibility to be calling best games in genre but I'm sure Mass Effect 2 is a great game and I'll pick it up when i finish 1

Hisiru3403d ago

FFVII better than FFVI or Chrono Trigger? Only in your mind.

Darkstorn3403d ago

Mass Effect 2 one of the best RPGs this generation, but it doesn't hold a candle to Star Wars: KOTOR. That game is absolutely godly.

thesummerofgeorge3403d ago

But who knows, maybe it's the greatest RPG ever made....

Tewi-Inaba3403d ago

Hell I was never a StarWars fan, and I'm still not a fan today.
but damn was KoToR great.

BioWare is definately one of the gem development studios around this gen
even last gen they had JadeEmpire.
We need more people like them :D

Dragun6193403d ago

Mass Effect 2 isn't even an rpg, its a shooter.

And to say that its the greatest RPG of all time? Just curious, how long have you been playing games? Its no doubt that Mass Effect 2 is a great game but to say its the Greatest RPG ever? really?

Immortal Kaim3403d ago

How can that be possible when Secret of Mana is clearly the greatest RPG of all time ;)

Can't wait to play this, devastated I have to wait until my birthday on the 6th of Feb... Oh well, I will play through ME1 again first.

Simon_Brezhnev3403d ago

dragun now the fanboys are going to roast you for speaking the truth

GUNS N SWORDS3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

"the greatest RPG ever made
.....And also is a shooter XD"

the game is more than just shooting. you can beat the whole game without firing a single round of ammunition. you can rely upon your tech biotic powers. that's unheard of for many shooters don't you think?

apart from having a lengthy campaign mode enriched with many decisions to make. the only decisions you make in all shooters is whether or not you should shoot your opponent...and it's always going to be the same answer, so you'll always know your outcome. with mass effect it's not like that shooting doesn't have to be a priority, if you don't want it to be.

Christopher3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

I'm about 8 hours in. It's not the greatest RPG ever. In fact, I'd call it a lesser RPG than its predecessor. I think most people like it just because it's a bit darker and has characters that are overall more gray or black than white in their actions, but much of it has been replaced with gunplay in the latest in lieu of a strong storyline with which to play in.

It might be the greatest action RPG game ever, though. I really like the action elements of the game and the RPG elements in between are more than enough to keep me going.

My personal favorite RPG of all time is still Planescape: Torment, and that games darker than Mass Effect 2 but is a true RPG and nothing else.

Digitaldude3403d ago

All aboard the hype train. Choo chooo.
But seriously what a statement. May be the best western RPG but not RPG.

moneybuyseverything3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

A role-playing game (RPG) is a broad family of games in which players assume the roles of characters, or take control of one or more avatars, in a fictional setting. Actions taken within the game succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.

-You have character growth
-Story driven gameplay

Role playing has to have a Sword?

Anyways I'm a bit surprised the game is still at 9.6 on metacritic after 44 reviews.

AllroundGamer3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

more of a shooter, than RPG... and everyone, that played at least some RPGs will agree with me. For a RPG there would have to be more RPG elements in the game, not just talking to NPCs and some Quests... and don't come with some weapon/armor upgrades, which are very linear based in ME2 :p

lol at the disagrees :D some angry xbox fanboys making their move... try to play some RPGs like Diablo and then compare it to ME2, but i warn you, the facts may hurt you :D

moneybuyseverything3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

We call dem ACTION RPGS now dayz. I don't think your opinion on the number of "SIDE QUESTS" required to make a game a RPG matter as that is not the definition of RPGs.

Raf1k13403d ago

It's more of a TPS with just enough role play for it to still be considered an RPG.

moneybuyseverything3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

Neah, its a Role Playing Game that uses force powers or guns instead of swords. You're assuming a role of a fictional character the gamer builds in a story rich game while you level this character up. I'm playing the game now fighting to catch Thane and have not fired a shot. The Telekinesis is off the hook in this game, the telekinetic powers in this game is just as beefy as the guns play.

MGSR THE HD VERSION3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

yes, yes, many gamers idea of RPG.

"main character must be a character that wields a weapon that is sharp, it can be a lance, a sword, an axe, an arrow, or a spear."

..........even if the fvcking year is 3000, where hopping in and out of space crafts is a way of life in many civilizations. when it comes down to annihilating millions of aliens we must always sharpen are blades before use. wonder why the aliens love to say that we're so primitive in every aspect to them.

Morbid Bulldozer3403d ago

If ME is a shooter than almost every jRPG is a simple turn-based strategy game. Mass Effect has more role playing elements than any other so-called RPG. Role playing isn't about combat mechanics or boosting your stats. It's about choices and consequences. In ME you make decisions all the time - small ones, like being friendly or rude in a dialog, big ones, like saving/killing a teammate and huge ones, like deciding the fate of an entire race. And they all have consequences that influence gameplay and storyline. This is pure RPG. With fun combat mechanics that somehow bother people, who think that clicking "Attack->Heal->Summ on->Attack->Heal" has anything to do with role playing.


I am a 360 fan, but i have to say i agree with Dragun619.

I have not played the full game yet, so I have to reserve final judgment, but from what I have played...ya I agree.

Guido3402d ago

For shooter fans. If you love true RPG's, then you know this is not the best one ever. It's good but not that good.

gaffyh3402d ago

ANY self-respecting RPG fan will know that Mass Effect 2 is not the best RPG ever made. It's good, but no way is it the best. Best WRPG imo is still Deus Ex, and best JRPG is the FF series as a whole (can't choose one).

PrimordialSoupBase3402d ago

For a real RPG see Planescape Torment. Or, more recently, Bioware's own Dragon Age.

otherZinc3402d ago

Mass Effect 1 & 2 are the greatest console RPG's by far, period!

Ryo-Hazuki3402d ago

The game is very good but to call it the greatest rpg ever? No way, how can you call it that when they stripped most of the rpg elements away

ThanatosDMC3402d ago (Edited 3402d ago )

I'm a sniper whore in this game. Screw rifles, shotties, and handguns. Sniper team is the way to go.

Anyway, RPGwise Dragon Age is better sucks it's not open world with random encounters. I'm buying the expansion.

nycredude3402d ago

I've been playing this since yesterday and although I agree it's a great game, this one is less of an RPG than the first ME. It's more of a 3rd person squad shooter with an amazingly deep story with some rpg elements than a full fledge rpg.

Anyone who proclaim this to be the best rpg ever is probably young as hell and started playing games this gen.

superrey193402d ago

Awesome game... but no where near the "best RPG ever". I mean, it seems more of a shooter than RPG imo. Sure there's lots of dialog and leveling up, but its all relatively basic compared to traditional RPGs

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WildArmed3403d ago

I personally think it can't rival the classics:
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy 6/7
Dragon Quest
Zelda: OOT
etc etc

But I havn't played the game yet, and am willing to be surprised!

wicko3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

I have been playing the game and I agree. The RPG aspect of the game has been toned down since the first game. As much as the first game needed fixing I think they toned it back a bit too far.

The game is still very good though, but it isn't just an RPG, its also a shooter, so you could possibly say the best Shooter RPG of all time.

S4NDM4N3403d ago

But that also means that it has to compete with Deus Ex and System Shock 2.

That is laughable. ME2 is not better than those games

Myst3403d ago

Seriously I love Mass Effect 2 [A brief look at my comments should easily reveal this], love it to death been playing it for about 5 hours now; but I don't think it's the greatest RPG ever made...It's fine-tuned that much is for certain.

JokesOnYou3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

but then again, I don't usually like traditional rpg's much, really hate turned based and I can't really get into micro managing every little aspect of xp etc. I like the style of a Epic story driven game, and role play with interesting charachters, add a little shooter combat and I really love sci-fi universes, I was sad Too Human missed its potential, on paper it had all the right elements to make a AAA game, but the execution was not there, ME2 executes everything very well so yes its perfect for me, it hits all the aspects I yeah, its the best rpg I've played.

Enjoy the game, and Good Night.


spectyre3403d ago (Edited 3403d ago )

Great comments lately. Who are you and what have you done with J O Y?

This game sounds great but I only own a PS3. I know I could play it on PC but for some reason I just don't care for gaming on PC. I am so backlogged on games right now that I decided to only buy FFXIII until I get caught up on some of the other games. Right now Demon's Souls is kicking my ass and I can't see being done with that for a long time. Such is life with family and full time employment.

Enjoy the game... it sounds like a thoroughly enjoyable title.

Jamescagney3403d ago

Yes it is. You do more than just shooting, and can get by with powers alone. And the depth of the gameplay, with decisions made changing the game in many ways make it more than a shooter. Far more.

It is an rpg, you fail.

8thnightvolley3402d ago

go look of the definition of RPG.. then come bk to N4G.. RPG IS split into JRPG= turn based or WRPG or Action RPG= real-time but the main essence is still retained which is the ablility to tailor the game to each player and make choices to alter the story either with dialog or action....

So stop ranting non-factual BS