idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
ME2 was an absolutely awesome game. Easily top 5 gaming experiences I've ever had. And top the series itself has consistently been one of the best sci-fi experiences I've had, cross-medium. I think ME3 is both better and worse, but both manage to be awesome.
ME3 is definitely one of the most consistently epic gaming experiences I've ever had. And emotional ones. ME2 did certain RPG aspects better, imo, particularly where companions are concerned. But it's not like ME3 is slacking there, I just prefer ME2's style. Though ME3's multiplayer is still a blast for me.
From what I've read of ME3, it's that 90% of the game is amazing, and then the ending is just terrible... but it'll be expanded somewhat come summer, even if no "new" endings are added. That seems fair - that's my major criticism of DA2 as well (namely that all my choices meant jack-sh*t until one of the last ones, and you never find out what happens to your companions).
ME2 just seems... amazing so far. The combat is a bit better (at least more challenging, I find). No more stupid Mako minigame. Tons of continuity from the first game. My main contention so far is that my romance carried over to ME2, but I don't really like Liara's personality in the second game... nor can I get her as a companion. But there seem to be several romance options, rather than the limited two (per gender) from the first game. And there are, what, 10 squadmates? 12 with DLC? And from what I hear they aren't superfluous. I love that two make a reappearance from the first game, though I wish the rest of the crew was available as well.
Gaaaah, so good. I want to play more. MORE!!!
(I also want to re-run ME1 to get higher levels and thus better starting stats in ME2).
You aren't locked into your relationship with Liara, though you can continue it in the Shadow Broker DLC (which actually IS worth buying/playing, just so you know). And she returns as a companion in ME3.
Side Note: Arrival is also worth playing, though you should play it after everything else because it's essentially setting up the beginning of ME3.
Your romantic options for ME2 are: Stay faithful to Kaidan/Ashley, Stay faithful to Liara, Miranda, Jacob, Jack, Thane, Garrus, and Tali. Those are the "true" romances, which will give you the Paramour achievement (or is that the name of the DA one?). You can also pursue a romance with Kelly Chambers (and she'll feed the fish in your cabin, so they don't die) and your Asari companion.
Note: If you want to romance any of these characters, you MUST romance them in ME2 (most notable for Garrus/Tali, who will still be companions in ME3).
ME3 also adds three new romances (one bi female reporter, a gay male pilot, and a lesbian communications officer).
If you decide to cheat on Liara/Kaidan/Ashley, they'll confront you about that in ME3. Unlike Garrus and Tali, you'll have a chance to start the relationship in that game. Kaidan and Ashley are both available for both genders in ME3.
And yeah, ME2 has been tons of fun for me every time I've replayed it. : )
God dammit, now I want to start a new ME1 game. I haven't even finished ME3, and I have an active game in DA:O going. I guess I should be thankful my free month of TOR ran out. >.< Edited, May 30th 2012 9:23pm by idiggory