Mass Effect 2 (2010)
Commander Shepherd is killed when the Normandy is obliterated by a giant ship of unknown origin. Pro-human organisation Cerberus goes to tremendous expense to obtain her body and resurrect her, certain that only such an icon of human heroism will be able to gather and lead a team to combat a new threat to the human species.
This is a thrilling action game with reams of strikingly presented content but, despite expectation to the contrary, it doesn’t really continue where the first game ended. Instead, everything is reset (you pointlessly and inexplicably die and are resurrected which dramatically devalues one of the potential endings) and you spend the entire time going on a mission to recruit a team member, then going on another mission to make them loyal. This transparent formula is almost instantly completely mechanical and does not quite provide the intended emotional connection to your team mates. Nevertheless, the sheer amount of fun visually impressive sci-fi content is astonishing and most of the gameplay and all of the graphics tweaks are welcome. Sadly, the climax leaves one filled with trepidation, wondering whether Mass Effect 3 will make us do the same thing all over again as every Normandy crew member (except Joker) can die. Including your Commander Shepard.
This game contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and substance abuse and extended violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, some strong violence and optional sexuality, sensuality.
Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.