Mass Effect 2 - a computer game in the RPG genre, developed by the Canadian studio BioWare and released by the American company Electronic Arts in January 2010 on the Xbox 360 and Windows platforms. and also on the PlayStation 3 in January 2011.
This is the second part of the Mass Effect series and is a direct sequel to the first game. The action takes place in the Milky Way galaxy in the twenty-second century, when humanity, exploring space, meets a hostile alien race. - Collectors controlled by the Reapers. The main character is Captain Shepard, an experienced officer of the Earth's space fleet. On behalf of the Cerberus organization, he brings together a team of specialists (humans and aliens) to fight collectors. Players have the option to carry over a save from a previous game, which will affect the game's storyline.
BioWare has made a number of gameplay changes since the first game, bringing the game closer to the third-person shooter genre. In addition, the developers have completed side quests, no less important than the main storyline. Jack Wall, the main songwriter of Mass Effect, also wrote the soundtrack for Part 2, making it darker and more serious, in line with the atmosphere of the game. From January 2010 to May 2011, many DLCs were released. was released for Mass Effect 2, which adds additional weapons and equipment, unlocks new missions and introduces new characters.
Mass Effect 2 was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. Thus, the version of the game for the Xbox 360 received 96 points out of 100 on the Metacritic aggregator's website, and the version for personal computers - 94 out of 100. The positive aspects of the game include the development of individual player scenarios. potential partners of Shepard, quality dialogue scenes and combat system. However, some critics felt that the combat and role-playing system was too simplistic compared to Mass Effect. In addition, the game has received numerous awards from prestigious organizations such as Game of the Year (Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences) and Best Game 2011 (BAFTA).
In 2012, the next part of the series was released - Mass Effect 3.