I can think of no other game that has pulled me into the experience as much as Mass Effect 2. From the opening cinematic to the closing minutes it never let me go, never got boring and had me asking for more. The improvements from the original were astounding. I loved the original and considered it one of the best stories I had ever played next to the first Knights of the Old Republic. After playing the fist I had my doubts that they could adequately follow it up but only hours into the second I knew they had done so and so much more. Bioware has never ceased to amaze me with their storytelling. Though the mechanics may not always be there the stories that they weave together are an amazing tapestry of grey instead of the standard black and white upping the ante by making you live with every decision you make. Mass Effect 2 is hands down a must play for any gamer. To miss this experience is to miss out on a piece of gaming history. I would however strongly suggest that you play the first before starting the second. A story is never complete without its beginning and you won’t want to come back to it after you’ve had a taste of the masterpiece that is Mass Effect 2.
If you are a fan of the Mass Effect series you need to take a look at the Dark Horse comic series Mass Effect Redemption. The story takes place between one and two and chronicles the story of Liara T’Soni as she attempts to recover Shepard’s body from a deal taking place between the Collectors and the Shadow Broker. It is a great story and provides some interesting context to where you pick up at the start of Mass Effect 2. Copies of the comics are pretty much impossible to find but lucky for the rest of us Dark Horse has made them available on iTunes for the iPhone. Reading the comics on the iPhone is really cool and comes at the very reasonable price of .99 cents per issue. Check out the link below.