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Play Mass Effect 1 first, it's out on PS3 now.
on 25 March 2018
Mass Effect 2 is one of the best single-player RPGs on PS3. It continues from where the first game left off and sees Shepard and the Normandy crew investigating the abduction of human colonists, while building up a team for a suicide mission against the Collectors. For much of the game this involves Loyalty Missions which are some of the best story missions in the game. Not doing these missions negatively affects your chances in the final mission.
You also have the opportunity to make choices throughout the game that affect the outcome, this was back when choices actually mattered and didn't just change the colour of the ending. The gameplay is a lot less "clunky" than the first game, and plays more like a third-person shooter than an RPG. Although the first game was always an RPG that happened to play a bit like a third-person shooter, it's just moved further in that direction. Some people would say maybe a bit too much. The third game is more like a full third-person shooter with limited RPG elements, I would say Mass Effect 2 was the best balance between the two sides.
There are also far fewer annoying vehicle sections, and in the ones that do exist you're no longer driving around massive empty areas either. The areas are all unique and detailed, and don't look like they've just been randomly generated this time. The PS3 version also includes three of the four story DLCs on the disc, which are definitely worth playing for anyone who likes the game.