Originally Posted by Scott Simonian
Unfortunately, it does not appear that they will be transfering skills or weapons to the next game. There are certain choices that you can make in ME1 that will affect how your ME2 story unfolds, I've read. Paragon/Renegade transfers a little bit. I think it is just a boost of some kind. Like others mentioned, they changed the skills in the game and there will be no transfer of those but if you beat the game at lvl 60 you are supposed to get some kind of perk. Not sure what that is yet...
Comes out soon. Not looking forward to some of the changes but I am sure it will still be a gripping story which I will enjoy.
Xbox Magazine has an exclusive hands on review and gave it a 9.5. They said that by importing your character you will get more experience to start so you can select more skills, etc. You also are not locked into that class. For example if you import a Sniper, you get more experience to start and to customize but you can then make that character an Adapt instead. Its completely open when it starts, but you just get a bonus for importing. Plus, ALL your decisions in the first one will be reflected somehow in the game, even how you treated the guy who wanted your autograph, planet exploration, etc. They were blown away by this.
Weapon customization is through a workshop on the ship where you can do a lot more customization with things you find in the game and minerals, etc. from mining (see below).
The negatives where the fact you will have to swap DVDs in and out, even if you install it on your hard drive because the game is so big. Extremely long loading times (broken up by wire frame drawings on the screen). And the biggest negative was that you HAVE to mine planets for minerals, etc. You can run out of fuel in your ship while mining, which means you have to use your minerals you find for fuel instead of something else so you have to be careful. They said the whole process of mining a planet is so boring it sucks the fun out of the game at times. They say you still will only use 2 or 3 weapons in the game and there is no vaerity in weapon types (i.e. pistol, sniper rifle, etc.) but that you can customize that weapon more.