There's really not much to dislike whilst you're zipping around the universe in the Normandy with Commander Shepard and his crew of assorted alien species, in what has to be one of the best games to come out this year.
You can grab a copy on the 360 from Zavvi for £13.95, which is just over £1 cheaper than the next best offer of £14.98 coming in from PC World and Currys.
The plot kicks off two years after the events of the original and this time around Shepard has to team up with the Cerberus organisation under the watchful eyes of The Illusive Man, who asks him to build up a crew consisting of some of the top specialists in the galaxy. There are some welcome returns from old friends, some of whom are happy to rejoin you in your mission whilst others have moved on with their lives and have new responsibilities, but you'll also get to meet a whole load of new characters who are just as intriguing and come with some pretty well thought out back stories.
If you played Mass Effect 1 then you'll be given the choice of importing your old character into this instalment of the series, which'll have an impact on the story depending on the course of events you decided to pursue in the first game.
Combat feels a lot smoother thanks largely to the fact that you can map your powers onto specific buttons, which allows you to quickly initiate them without having to constantly bring up the power wheel during encounters with enemies. Your team mates are also pretty adept at finishing of your foes and shielding themselves without you having to dish out too many orders, so you're free to move around the battlefield without worrying what's going to happen to them.
Not everything is enjoyable though. The new system of gathering resources using the planetary scanner and probes, initially seems quicker than rambling across the surface of planets in the Mako, but it quickly becomes tedious due to the vast number of worlds that are out there for you to explore.
I love this game because it's a sequel that improved on the original's flaws whilst maintaining everything that made it so much fun to play, and it's definitely worth checking out if you've not done so already.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD