Mass Effect 2

Massive attack or epic fail? Take one guess.

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Even, perhaps, that behind the gloss and dazzling presentation and art style, the game really trades in clichés - the insectoid, extra-galactic threat is just one example. But these are all part of the warp and the weft of Mass Effect, and indeed Bioware's role-playing systems as a whole. Forgive the game its idiosyncrasies and what you'll find is a whole universe of possibilities and people, each of whom is rendered in astonishing detail.

Mass Effect 2 may not have quite the depth and consequences of Dragon Age - although it's impossible to tell, as both games contain so many variables - but it's the more polished and confident of the two. It is arguably the best RPG of recent years, and as a standalone game, a sequel, and a lead-in to the final part of the trilogy, it's an unqualified success. Get comfortable: the galaxy awaits.

For another verdict read CVG's Mass Effect 2 review and Official Xbox Magazine's Mass Effect 2 review and PC Gamer's Mass Effect 2 review

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The verdict

A glorious RPG, polished until it shines - but it's not without its minor niggles.

  • Magnificent characters
  • Actual role-playing
  • Main narrative takes its time
Xbox 360
EA Games
EA Games