Following on directly from the original MASS EFFECT game (available on PC and X-box), this brilliant sequel sees Commander Shepherd joining the Cerberus organisation two years after the original games adventures.
A Dark Horse Comics backstory graphic novel sets the scene, allowing the player to inform the game of the choices you made in the original MASS EFFECT game (which is not available on PS3) or to give you a first grounding in the MASS EFFECT universe. It is advisable to actually play the original game, to help give the sequel some context, though, and as an added bonus MASS EFFECT 2 saved games will be able to be imported into the forthcoming third instalment being written at the moment, when it is released next year.
Creators Bioware have a strong tradition for producing first class character-driven stories, and MASS EFFECT 2 continues this trend admirably. The main story is compelling, the side quests interesting and the DLC good value for money. The graphics are stunning, the voice acting is good, and the music most atmospheric. Some characters from the original game appear in this sequel, and it is nice to hear the same voice actors reprising their roles.
Length-wise, the game will take between 42-60 hours to complete, depending upon how much time you wish to devote to side quests and for gathering resources from planets, which is a necessary for upgrading your weaponry and other equipment.
MASS EFFECT 2 is certainly one of the greatest games on the PS3 platform, with a massive scale, and the willingness to explore the entire universe on offer is strong. I completed the game twice in order to gain every available trophy (including DLC ones) and I fully expect most players to enjoy doing just the same. Another excellent Bioware game.