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Sequels should improve on the formula, and I believe that Mass Effect 2 did this in almost every way. However, that usually comes at a cost. BioWare dumbed-down some of the RPG elements. I mean, I get why...doing so made game more attractive to a broader audience; more customers mean more money. I understand that. Thankfully, they didn't cut corners where it counts. The story, characters, and (main) voice acting are all great. The graphics got a much needed upgrade with more "Wow! and less "Déjà vu..." Combat was given an overhaul and difficulty was given a kick in the pants. The end result was a more exciting and cinematic experience.
My only complaint is with the game's AI. Your teammates are stupid. Even when you tell them what to do, they're still stupid. If you tell them to take cover, I can't guarantee they won't stand on top of the object you told them to take cover behind. You'd think they like getting shot!
Stupid teammates shouldn't keep you from picking up a copy of this game though. It's a great title and now one of my all-time favorites.
For the TL;DR Crowd:
It's freaking awesome!
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