Mass Effect 2

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Extraordinary sci-fi sequel with mature content.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 47 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

One of the greatest video games of all time

This is one of the greatest video games of all time. The story is fantastic, combat is great, mechanics are wonderful. The final mission was the most intense exciting experience I've ever had with a game. make sure to import a character from the first one for the best experience. There is some blood, and a couple of harsh scenes, especially if you play as a renegade. Language is minimal, the worst offenders being the ocasional Fuck and Shit. You can drink in bars and pass out, but nothing graphic. You can choose to have sexual relationships with other characters, but no real nudity and its all very tame. There are also some areas with strippers, but it isnt that bad either. Overall a fantastic game for everyone to enjoy.
age 18+

Amazing open world game with tons of moral decisions, consequences and tight combat!

If this game is a movie, I would rated this movie as "R for strong sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, suggestive materials/dialogue, language, sexuality/innuendo, excessive drinking, and disturbing images" Why? Because Collectors is trying to abduct all human to turn into monsters. Secondly, it has tons of inappropriate dialogue including violent reference/sexual comments/and much more. Thirdly, it has huge amount of cursing. Shepard can also unlimitedly drink alcohol at any time with no expectation and without getting trouble...There are some grisly image or disturbing image in the Mass Effect 2 game because Shepard can "Incinerate" enemy and then enemy become melted into ashes filled with fire. THat can be scary for younger people. This game is perfect for adult and not good for the kids. Because of adult-like sexual activity, and many suggestive dialogue. I should recommend your child to wait until they are 18 and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: January 26, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Drug Reference, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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