Having traveled to Bioware’s offices in Edmonton, Canada, last December, to write a cover story on Mass Effect 2 for Play Magazine, I was really impressed with the near final title. I am now giddy to see the early scores coming in so high.
My associate at IGN, Eric Brudvig, penned this review, scoring the game a 9.6, and hailing the sequel as fulfilling the promises of the first one, while pushing the standard concept of videogames forward. Check out Eric’s review here. “From the very first scene, you will be hooked. And the farther you dive into this epic action role-playing game, the better it gets,” he says. The Official Xbox Magazine gave Mass Effect2 a 9.5 out of 10 and IGN Australia handed out a 9.3 out of 10.
When I visited Bioware’s offices in December 2009, I was blown away by the drastic improvements made in the shooting aspects of the game, the smoother, smarter presentation, and the overall level polish of the controls. In the three levels I played I faced up against a nasty mech boss, explored the new vessel, the SSV Normandy SR-2, and unkocked the secret of the new Krogan.
If you have watched any TV for the last week, you’ll have seen several new commercials for Mass Effect 2. The latest one is the biggest and best, airing during the NFC championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. Created using “hype” quotes from magazines such as Edge, Game Informer, etc., and using clever cuts aimed at Shepard’s ability to recruit rough, fringe characters to join his suicide mission into the darkest part of the universe, the commercial makes Mass Effect 2 look like a real kick-ass game. Time Magazine, not known for having any real idea of what the difference is between Super Mario 64 and Ford Racing, came in with this interesting quote. “It’s the Avatar of video games – except it’s better written.”
Thankfully, the commercials aren’t false representations and neither is IGN’s review. Mass Effect 2, exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PC for now, is going to be one of the best games of 2010.