It's a good day for BioWare and sci-fi fans! Alongside the groovy Mass Effect deal I posted earlier today, you can now pick up the sequel for just £17.99, although this one is for the PC version of the game. Shepard is back, and he's a bit more of a badass this time around, jettisoning some of the more fiddly RPG elements of the original for a faster-paced, darker and moodier second outing.
Coolshop just dropped their listing of the game by a fiver or so, now offering it for £17.99 and undercutting previous cheapest merchant The Games Collection by £2.
I've said it before in my review, and I'll say it again, this one is already on my shortlist for Game of the Year. BioWare really listened to the fans on the forums after the first game and have shifted and tweaked and streamlined no end to provide an action-RPG that's quite a bit heavier on the action side of things this time around.
The combat is now a joy to play, with a vastly improved and stickier cover system and thermal clips that you can now reload instead of risking overheating irritation, not to mention a quick button mapping on the fly and easier ammo swapping. There are fewer powers and weapon upgrades this time around, but they make more of a difference. Instructing your squadmates is easier than ever, and both the AI of your wingmen and the enemies you'll encounter has been improved.
The Mako hs been chucked, along with the bland side missions, but unfortunately BioWare has replaced the tedium of endless inventory dumping with planetary mining, which is teeth grindingly dull and would come close to ruining the whole experience if there wasn't so much more to do.
Mass Effect 2 is a game that will grab you and keep you hooked for hours. It's a superb piece of interactive storytelling with all of BioWare's big hallmarks - rich characters, pre-occupation with choice and consequence, amazing voice acting - and it succeeds in being genuinely thrilling at times. Admittedly it works better on the 360 than it does on the PC (in opposite contrast to Dragon Age: Origins), but don't let that stop you. No side-boob this time, though.
Thanks to amibees at HUKD