November 4, 2009 - Mass Effect 2 was introduced to the world with a tease that Commander Shepard might not have survived the time between the first game and its sequel. We soon learned that not to be true, and development studio BioWare has since rolled out a steady stream of character reveals that introduced us to a few of Shepard's new friends that would be joining him on this supposed suicide mission. One question lingered: What happened to the old crew? Not to worry. They're all coming back in some form -- assuming you managed to keep them alive in Mass Effect -- to round out a complete cast of 10 total supporting characters. Recently, I got the chance to see this for myself in a new demo that showed off the triumphant return of the turian we know as Garrus.
The demo opened with the crew disembarking on Omega. This region was described as a kind of antithesis to the Citadel, and it's easy to see why. Flames dancing across the walls and garish techno music rocking the halls are your first introduction to this lawless colony built out of an asteroid. Anybody looking for a good time on the edge of moral boundaries -- or beyond them -- would do well to start their search here. Shepard needs information, naturally, so the first destination is a bar called Afterlife.
Release Date:US: January 26, 2010 Europe:
February 26, 2010 Australia: January 28, 2010