It's been awhile since we last received any substantial new information regarding Mass Effect 2, but Bioware have came back with a bang revealing the return of Garrus as well as the new evil plaguing Citadel Controlled Space.
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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.
That side-quest wasn't part of our demo, unfortunately. Instead, the demo continued with the re-introduction of Garrus. "I thought you were dead," the oft-heard line in Mass Effect 2, is amongst the first things out of his mouth. The mangled, scarred, almost robotic jaw-line on Shepard tells part of that tale without any elaboration needed, though it seems word of Shepard's supposed death has reached nearly every corner of the galaxy. That jaw, we're told, has a few potential looks -- a system arising from a great trauma experienced at the outset of the story. BioWare won't get any more specific than that, and I'm not sure I want them to just yet. Sounds like we can expect Mass Effect 2 to open with a bang.
There isn't much time for catching up with Garrus. There is just enough, in fact, for a gratuitous camera pan to showcase his awesome armor. It's the same shiny blue as it was in Mass Effect, and he's still sporting the fancy Last Starfighter-inspired monocle, but the visual overhaul the armor has seen makes it look so much better. While you're oohing and aahing at his outfit, he informs Shepard that he is in the midst of a coordinated assault. It's time for Shepard to do his thing. The fight breaks out, first with little grunts but then escalating to a massive mechanical beast called YMIR Mech and a boss named Jaroth.