Is it just me or are new games falling in price really quickly this month? Actually, don't answer that or we'll probably jinx it. Whatever's going on, the results are good for us more conscientious consumers, and today brings news that you can pick up BioWare's epic space opera Mass Effect 2 for under £30.
At the time of writing, PC owners can still pick up the action-RPG from The Game Collection for under £20 as highlighted in the deal I posted the other day, but now 360 owners can delight in the fact that they don't have to pay the launch price any more either. Thanks to ShopTo you can snag one for the Xbox for just £28.99, saving you just over £4 on the nearest competitor over at Simply Games (£32.89).
Continuing the tale of Commander Shepard and his Reaper-baiting, galaxy-saving antics, Mass Effect 2 is everything a sequel should be. Like The Empire Strikes Back, it's moodier, beefier and more emotionally charged than the first game. The tweaked and refined combat system helps with the darker atmosphere, injecting a few thrills into the firefights and making the action part of the game much more exciting. Although some of the RPG elements have been scaled down, and we'd like some more customisation options please BioWare, don't be fooled - this is still a character-driven, narrative-heavy epic, with an emphasis on moral choice and consequence.
Say good bye to the irritatingly fiddly Mako, the bland side quests and the sluggish shooting of the first game, and hello to unique mission design, a cracking cover system and more smoothly integrated tactical teamwork. Like Empire the ending comes across as somewhat less than finished, but this is a trilogy in the making after all. We could have done without the tedious mining mini-game though BioWare. Seriously.
If you appreciated the first game at all then this is a must buy. Hell, if you own an Xbox 360 you're going to want this in your library. Early days, but probably going to end up being one of my games of the year. Check out my full review of the game right here.
Thanks to christ_ at HUKD