Mass Effect 2 was a Dream Come True

     Like many people out there, I'm a huge fan of the Mass Effect games and franchise. I've played the games, I've read the comics and books, I've even bought framed art from the series. Mass Effect was the reason I bought an Xbox 360 at all, and I've never regretted the purchase. When I finished the first Mass Effect game, I definitely had some things I was wishing and dreaming would be in the sequel, if they made a sequel. You see at the time we still didn't know how big of a hit Mass Effect would end up being. Luckily I wasn't alone in my love for the game and it sold like hotcakes. Finally the day came, and Mass Effect 2 was announced.
 

Mordin
      Now like I said, I had wishes for what I would find in Mass Effect 2. The first of these was to have a playable Salarian character. The reasoning for this was because we knew the 3 main Council races were the Asari, the Turians, and the Salarians. We already had played as the first two with Liara T'Soni and Garrus Vakarian. A salarian would complete the set. Well I certainly got my wish when Mordin Solus was revealed. what I didn't expect was that he would end up being my favorite character of all the Mass Effect characters. I found him likable, expressive, and most of all funny. Even if sometimes it was unintentional, he was almost always amusing. But that wasn't the only thing I had been hoping for in Mass Effect 2.
 
     In Mass Effect we were set against the never ending assault of the blood thirsty Geth. The reasoning for their aggressiveness was explained as being a sort of self defense gone mad. Organic life had once tried to wipe them out, so now they were out to kill all organic life. My wish was that we would get a playable Geth character in Mass Effect 2. In my mind the scenario was that there would be a Geth that came to the conclusion that if mechanical life had a right to live (which is why they were fighting)
then organic life must also have an equal right to live. Basically, why be a hypocrite? I figured it would be cast out of the ranks and it would become a member of our team somehow. The reveal of Legion seemed like it couldn't be real. The Geth were nothing but enemies in the first game. I didn't know how it would all work out that he'd be on your team, but I didn't really care. My dream had come true! Turns out I wasn't too far from the truth, but that I didn't even have the whole truth to begin with. Turns out the majority of the Geth population didn't care about killing organics at all. Live and let live and all that. Not only that, but they circumvented the concept of single Geth being nothing but simple machines unless many individuals were nearby to create their networked intelligence. To get around that they invented a single platform that over 1000 programs could be installed into, thus having the higher intelligence functions constantly even when "alone". Legion brought about a whole new side to the Geth and an extremely interesting character as you got a totally alien perspective on life and how odd it seems compared to what is normal for how an A.I. life form might live.
 
     Now with news of Mass Effect 3 on the horizon, my brain is running in high gear trying to think what they might do or what we might see. Will there be new aliens? Will there be new squad members? How will the romances work out from previous games? Will we ever see the Rachni again? There are so many hooks in the previous games I can only imagine how many times I'll have to play through to see it all, and I can't wait!
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Posted by BlackSymbiote

     Like many people out there, I'm a huge fan of the Mass Effect games and franchise. I've played the games, I've read the comics and books, I've even bought framed art from the series. Mass Effect was the reason I bought an Xbox 360 at all, and I've never regretted the purchase. When I finished the first Mass Effect game, I definitely had some things I was wishing and dreaming would be in the sequel, if they made a sequel. You see at the time we still didn't know how big of a hit Mass Effect would end up being. Luckily I wasn't alone in my love for the game and it sold like hotcakes. Finally the day came, and Mass Effect 2 was announced.
 

Mordin
      Now like I said, I had wishes for what I would find in Mass Effect 2. The first of these was to have a playable Salarian character. The reasoning for this was because we knew the 3 main Council races were the Asari, the Turians, and the Salarians. We already had played as the first two with Liara T'Soni and Garrus Vakarian. A salarian would complete the set. Well I certainly got my wish when Mordin Solus was revealed. what I didn't expect was that he would end up being my favorite character of all the Mass Effect characters. I found him likable, expressive, and most of all funny. Even if sometimes it was unintentional, he was almost always amusing. But that wasn't the only thing I had been hoping for in Mass Effect 2.
 
     In Mass Effect we were set against the never ending assault of the blood thirsty Geth. The reasoning for their aggressiveness was explained as being a sort of self defense gone mad. Organic life had once tried to wipe them out, so now they were out to kill all organic life. My wish was that we would get a playable Geth character in Mass Effect 2. In my mind the scenario was that there would be a Geth that came to the conclusion that if mechanical life had a right to live (which is why they were fighting)
then organic life must also have an equal right to live. Basically, why be a hypocrite? I figured it would be cast out of the ranks and it would become a member of our team somehow. The reveal of Legion seemed like it couldn't be real. The Geth were nothing but enemies in the first game. I didn't know how it would all work out that he'd be on your team, but I didn't really care. My dream had come true! Turns out I wasn't too far from the truth, but that I didn't even have the whole truth to begin with. Turns out the majority of the Geth population didn't care about killing organics at all. Live and let live and all that. Not only that, but they circumvented the concept of single Geth being nothing but simple machines unless many individuals were nearby to create their networked intelligence. To get around that they invented a single platform that over 1000 programs could be installed into, thus having the higher intelligence functions constantly even when "alone". Legion brought about a whole new side to the Geth and an extremely interesting character as you got a totally alien perspective on life and how odd it seems compared to what is normal for how an A.I. life form might live.
 
     Now with news of Mass Effect 3 on the horizon, my brain is running in high gear trying to think what they might do or what we might see. Will there be new aliens? Will there be new squad members? How will the romances work out from previous games? Will we ever see the Rachni again? There are so many hooks in the previous games I can only imagine how many times I'll have to play through to see it all, and I can't wait!
Posted by FancySoapsMan

Mordin isn't a playable character. In fact, Shepard is the only character.
 
And honestly, for me ME2 is meh at best. As an RPG it's way too simple and has a poor story. As an action game, it's a crappy 3rd person person cover based shooter (although I'm a bit biased, considering I don't like 3rd person shooters in general). 
 
It's good that you like it I guess, I just think Bioware can do much, much better.

Posted by overbyte

 I'm my dreams EA cancels that money-guzzling TOR and shifts those massive funds in the making of ME3 :) 
 
I guess with modern tech and insanely high production costs we just can't have the sheer scale of Baldur's Gate 2 anymore without filling a whole Blu-Ray (to me Dragon Age is great in its own right but doesn't live up to BG2 and KOTOR). Bioware, please prove me wrong on that. I also wished they dropped the all-star cast and hire some cheaper but still good voice actors instead so they don't drive the costs up so much and we get fresh voices (Steve Blum and Nolan North everywhere is a bit tiring) AND shift those resources to pump out a longer game. 
 
Like every fan and with all of those "what I want in ME3" threads plastered all over the net, Bioware cannot disappoint with ME3. I believe they're using the ME2 DLC as a testing ground on what gameplay elements work and not with this unique shooter/rpg (Kasumi = museum heist. Overlord/Hammerhead = vehicle travel on large maps and mindscrews. Shadow Broker = car chases and more world interaction. Firepower = some very different weapon sets).