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 32 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 47 reviews

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Community Reviews

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
age 16+

Best in the series.

The sex is toned down showing less skin than ever (still got them blue dancers tho), but violence and profanity has gone up considerably. Shootouts produce a surprising amount of blood that splatters surfaces (red, purple, blue, etc) especially when using "armor piercing" ammo which cause massive amounts of blood to splatter surfaces. Some enemies explode into gibs. Cutscenes and environments feature more bloody scenes altho none are grotesquely gory. Burned bodies and blood splattered rooms , including a dead interroagation victim wallowing in his blood and a pile of decomposing humans are seen. The F word is used. Altho mostly only by 2 characters and not frequently throughout the game (no more than 10). Story and characters new and old still strong. The plot is less mystery driven and more progression and objective driven but it is well constructed and fun to follow. The choices are more guilt tripping and moving than ever and the combat and resource gathering actually GOOD this time. The side activities are also more varied and involving and personal.

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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