From TheGamer: “At the beginning of Mass Effect 2, the Normandy – your spacefaring base of operations for the entire first game – is destroyed. Protagonist Commander Shepard stays back to make sure her crew escapes with their lives. Shepard isnt so lucky. Shes still inside when the Normandy cracks open, sucking her out into the cold vacuum of space along with computer terminals, electronic parts, and shattered sections of the ships hull. Its as if someone presses the mute button on a TV remote, the void swallowing sound itself along with the debris, leaving Shepard floating there in complete silence, waiting for death.”

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