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How Mass Effect 2 Differs From The Original
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Mass Effect 2 is a much different game than its predecessor. Here are some comparisons between the two game, and why Mass Effect 2 is better overall than Mass Effect 1.

1. Combat

Combat is different in Mass Effect 2 than in the original game. For example, you don't have to heal yourself with medi-gel the way you would in the first game. Instead, medi-gel is used to revive fallen squadmates. You actually have regenerating health that you must hide to recover.

Combat is very dependent on hiding behind crates and ensuring you get hit as little as possible. Even the vanguard class which is the most melee-oriented class has limited survivability.

2. Playstyle

In Mass Effect 2, the general style of play is much different. You move more quickly through each zone. You'll also spend less time walking around cities - more time completing missions that involve fighting.

Overall the game is a lot more combat-heavy than ME 1. It also feels more linear, but there are good and bad points to this. Because it's so linear, you always know exactly which missions are integral to the story, and which you don't need to bother with.

3. Cinematic quality

The second game in the Mass Effect series feels much more like a movie. You feel as though you're watching a great sci-fi flick unfold, kind of like Blade Runner or Star Wars. And the best part is you have complete control over the action.

Fans of games that feel very story and cutscene driven will like that. However, if you want a game that's more freeform, and less cinematic, Mass Effect 2 may disappoint you.

4. Improved experience

Every aspect of Mass Effect 2 is improved compared to the first game. You have better graphics, more detail, more vivid colors, better equipment, better sound. The music is also much better in the second game. The storyline, while revolving around acquiring characters for your team, is also much richer.

Overall, Mass Effect 2 is a much better game than the first one. This includes more detailed characters, locations, and of course romances than the first game. Both Shepards get several romance options; in the first game you only had Kaidan, Ashley, and Liara. In the second you get many more romances.

5. Tons of DLC

The first game didn't have much in the way of downloadable content, but the second has many DLC packs that you can get all together in the collector's edition of the game. This DLC really adds to the storyline and makes the game last longer. Once you start playing, you'll want to savor every moment, so adding as much playtime as possible is a huge plus.


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