Mass Effect 2 Screenshot

Apologies for the lack of timely updates lately.

Since Mass Effect 2 came out, I've been burning the midnight oil to get it done in a decent amount of time… had to put a few things on hold and reshuffle priorities for the last week or so, but I completed the game tonight and will be getting my schedule back on track starting tomorrow.

Working on the review as we speak, but I will say that the second "half" of the adventure plays a hell of a lot stronger than the first. The end sequence is especially gripping, and finally brought back a lot of the emotional tension that I felt was missing from much of the game. It doesn't change the fact that I still feel as though the developers made a lot of WTF alterations to the game design, but it was very heartening to see that the team got their act together and delivered a real showstopper to close things out.

The Mass Effect magic isn't gone, the devs just take more than their sweet time getting around to it, and make the player work a little harder to find it.

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway has been playing games since arcades were a thing and Atari was the new hotness. He's been at GameCritics since 2000. Currently, he's juggling editing duties, being a homeschooling dad, a devoted husband, and he does try to play a game once in a while.

Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody's looking, and his favorite game of all time is a toss-up between the first Mass Effect and The Witcher 3. You can catch his written work here at GameCritics and you can hear him weekly on the @SoVideogames Podcast. Follow Brad on Twitter and Instagram at @BradGallaway, or contact him via email:

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Brad Gallaway
10 years ago

Honestly, I’m going to take a day or two to decompress and we’ll see what’s next. In the meantime, i’m going to be working hard to get my second novel finished in a month’s time, so that will take up a pretty good amount of time. = )

abfackeln
abfackeln
10 years ago

So what is next on your plate?

I was just in Florida for a few days. While I was there I read most on the prequel Mass Effect book to get me into the universe.

I am interested in seeing if I had a different take on the two games once I am done.