So, I'm sure there are lots of threads about ME2 but since most of them are super old I thought I'd make a new one so I could have a massive whinge even if it's just to make me feel better. So, I'll start with the good because I'm nice like that. 1. The dialogue and the delivery is much more enjoyable. It's much smoother and much more interesting, doesn't feel forced and no delays between characters makes it feel like an actual conversation. 2. The combat is slightly improved, the AI is more intelligent and takes cover/uses its advantages to better effect. I liked how the advantage of using one weapon/ammo over another provided clear benefits. In the first one it didn't seem to make much difference to me. 3. Miranda is smokin'. 4. The end boss looked freakin' awesome and the game looked better overall. Ranty time. 1. First and foremost, just what the hell... There are what, four or five actual story important missions that happen? I mean I realise the game has to be a setup for ME3 but all I can really remember is a. Pick up EFI thing to get through Omega 4 relay. b. Go and kill collectors. There was way, WAY too little of actual plot in the game. 2. I found it difficult to like or connect to the characters. Rather than in the first where it just felt like a natural progression of a team coming together It just felt like a chore. I guess the biggest disappointment is that when I finally got to the end of finding them and then doing whatever they wanted I got all excited about getting on with the actual game and finding out some cool plot stuff and it was bloody over in an hour! 3. The dumbing down is incredibly annoying. It does just feel like console gamers bitched about having to use too much analogue stick to find and pick weapons etc. It's way too over simplified. So far as I can tell all the bullet weapons effectively carry out the same damage but just have different firing modes/clipsize... 4. End level. Whilst the humanoid robot thing looked AWESOME the end level was pants. It reminded me of that GOW2 end level where you just fly around in a helicopter and shoot at something. In the ME1 finale my heart was absolutely pounding, it was incredibly tense. As soon as I saw that robot thing I knew what would happen... Oh look, I'm hiding behind a wall and popping up to fire rocket launchers at you at the appropriate time... I barely moved. Just... Super disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love it but ME1 completely blew me away and really made me feel like games could be good and have an actually wonderful story line. This one, whilst enjoyable just felt like any other shooter with a half arsed plot. /rant.