Since everyone seemed really excited for this game and it's been out a while, I'm just wondering what people thought.
I'm a huge fan, and thought the whole game just played a lot more smoothly. The combat was more visceral and I loved the new characters and the writing for them. I thought they did a great job incorporating stuff from Mass Effect 1 game saves, considering it's basically unprecedented. The Wrex cameo had me marking out like crazy. I was a little disappointed with how they handled the relationships carrying over from Mass Effect, but I hear they're going to address that more in Mass Effect 3 depending on if you chose a new love interest in Mass Effect 2. I'm personally itching for an Ashley/Jack throwdown.
I still haven't figured out how to keep everyone alive at the end, but I'm the type that wants to figure it out myself. The best I've gotten was only having Legion die and that's it, but I can't get it perfect.
As for the pacing... I loved the whole Dirty Dozen theme. Each backstory was interesting and entertaining, and they switched up the types of gameplay occasionally. And the Normandy Crash Site DLC was heavy, it gave me chills looking through the wreckage and seeing the brief flashbacks. It's that type on continuity and depth you can't really find in most series.
My main gripe was that there was all this build-up to the end, and then once you go through the Omega 4 Relay you're all amped up for a huge mission and it only turns out to be a quick run-and-gun, you kill the giant Terminator, and that's pretty much it. The whole thing just felt so anti-climactic. I'm really intrigued about how much the decision about what to do with the base will affect Mass Effect 3 though. I felt like the game had tons of small character building and a bit of exposition, but it was an obvious middle chapter in how it sets the pieces in place for the grand finale to the trilogy. I can't wait to find out who the Shadow Broker is... And Liara... what a bitch she turned out to be in this one. It almost seemed like a whole new character.
Oh yeah, and one last thing... If I have to mine one more goddamn planet in Mass Effect 3, I may throw my controller out the window. I'll take the Mako over that ANY day.
EDIT: And I have to mention the Paragon/Renegade quick-time events not only because I think they're awesome, but to mention my favorite: Nothing was as sickly satisfying and jaw-dropping as knocking out the news reporter from Mass Effect with a swift punch to the face. Wouldn't have been as shocking if my Shepard was a girl, but seeing a man just rear back and suckerpunch a woman while onlookers shrug was indescribably weird.
First off, I really enjoyed the second game as well. I actually had finished the first Mass Effect game earlier while staying as a paragon, but then I started to go through the second time as a Renegade.
For Mass Effect 2, because I had not finished the second go-around from ME1, I just imported the saved Paragon game file. I'm now really glad I did because I know that I can go through later as a Renegade and get a lot of new options and gameplay. This is what Mass Effect does better than any other game I've played, which was to give real and tangible replay value.
The gameplay for ME2 was better than the first one, and the graphics were much more on point. The first game was kind of choppy on my HDTV, but ME2 moved real smooth.
As for the suicide mission, I had two people that died, Thane and Kreed (I might have that name wrong, the military/mercenary dude). I was told later why they died, so on the second run through I will try to right that wrong and get the achievement for keeping everyone alive.
I agree that the ending battle was silly and very easy, but the first game also had this problem. As for the relationships, I did get with Miranda in the second game, despite the problems it might set up for the third game. When I go through as the Renegade, I'm definitely going Jack.
All in all, this was a fantastic game, a worthy sequel to the first game and the best game I have played since...well, the first Mass Effect.
"Put on your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of 3!" "It was nice of you to give that dead woman another chance." "All right, look alive everybody...oh sorry Susan."- MST3K: Space Mutiny Click Here (myspace.com)
Well, I ended up trading it in to get Madden. The NFL AI didn't agree with me too much, seemed way too cheap. Plus, all of my friends and some of their mothers have Madden, AND, Madden is just the better game IMO.