In our charts Mass Effect 2 scored impressive marks on the artistic impression. From this point of view it has everything you ever wished for. Too bad it's a game and not a movie and it needs more than slick looks, smart lines and cool acting to make it in the big league. It needs a quality gameplay core heavy enough to make all the other elements orbit around it effortlessly. Unfortunately the EA-BioWare team dropped a lot of the good stuff from the previous game, simplified many other elements and released a pop corn game that has enough substance to fit in a tiny nutshell. Sure, a lot of the original game's flavor is still there, but if this is the new direction BioWare is following I fear the day Mass Effect 3 will be released. I prefer to believe this was actually not Mass Effect 2, but Mass Effect 1.5 – public test version. I am still patiently waiting for Mass Effect 2.