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Mass Effect 2 - Plot Analysis @ Twenty Sided

by Dhruin, 2010-02-17 21:56:12

Shamus Young takes a detailed, three-part look at the plot of Mass Effect 2 at his blog, Twenty Sided.  Since it takes a close look at the overall plot and structure, it's a giant spoiler from start to end, so don't go near this unless you've finished the game:

The main plot of Mass Effect 2 not only fails to stand up to scrutiny, but it retroactively goes back and messes up parts of Mass Effect 1 which worked perfectly fine. It’s cheap, obvious, and tacked-on. It fails to exploit any of the great ideas set up in the original, and instead does a messy reboot and burns all of the bridges built by the first game. The only thing it keeps is the idea that “Reapers are coming from beyond known space to kill us all”. But it even screws that up, because it takes the very small number of things we know about Reapers and changes them for no good reason.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.


Information about

Mass Effect 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360
Release: Released