January 30th, 2010

Mass Effect2

It sounds cheesy, and I may be a sap for admitting it, but...

Mass Effect 2 has come very close to making me cry, and not just because the fish in my fish-tank went belly-up; this is a really emotionally-gripping video game. Miranda's reunion with her sister would have gotten me choked-up if I wasn't going "That's Yvonne Strahovski doing what she does best: emoting without saying a word!" I don't know the name of the actress who voices Tali, but my heart broke due to the way she reacted to finding her father, and I did get choked-up at her trial. And while things started good with my romantic interest from the first game, Liara, who I wanted to stay faithful to, but her new attitude and vengeful obsessiveness turned me off, so I may well fall for a new romantic relationship, we'll see.

I believe Time magazine called it the Avatar of video games, but better written. I still haven't seen Avatar, but it's not hard to believe that ME2 is better written. While there's a heavy level of darkness, there's also a good amount of humor, too. I think I'm close to 20 hours on the game and have gotten nearly half of my squad loyal to me, but I've still got a ways to go, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish it this weekend or not. That's the thing about this game, the replay-ability is very, very high.