The cinematic trailer for EA and developer BioWare’s Mass Effect 2 sticks with the formulaic in setting up the game s premise.  For the most part it wants to introduce the main characters, and for that its cookie-cutter roll-call approach delivers what an RPG audience wants to see: who are the playable characters, and what are their unique abilities.  It gets by on the bare essentials and for that it works.  What else works is thanks entirely to BioWare’s eye-watering CG and deftly directed animated action.  What doesn t is a borrowed opening sequence mired in stilted dialogue, not in a cinematic trailer for a rich IP like Mass Effect, and not when you go to the bother of casting a legend like Martin Sheen.

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