Scheduled release date:
January 18, 2011
Publisher:
EA
Developer:
BioWare
Number Of Players:
1
Genre:
RPG


Almost exactly one year after releasing for the Xbox 360 and PC, Mass Effect 2 will finally arrive for the PlayStation 3. But Sony fans shouldn’t be too annoyed at the delay; after all, there was a time when nobody expected the award-winning role-playing franchise to ever hit a PlayStation console. But after EA’s acquisition of BioWare, things have changed; the world’s biggest game publishers simply aren’t interested in exclusivity as it seriously cuts down on the number of potential consumers. We’ve already seen Dragon Age: Origins on the PS3 (and the sequel is due out next year), and Mass Effect 3 has also been confirmed for Sony’s machine; it’ll receive a normal simultaneous multiplatform launch. So now it’s time to take a look at ME2 for two reasons: firstly, it deserves your attention, especially if you’re a sci-fi/RPG fan, and secondly, because it’s less than four weeks away.

Jumping into a heavily story-oriented series like this may be a daunting task for some. But as you may have seen in the news, PS3 owners needn’t worry about being lost when playing this sequel. Sure, you didn’t get the original but BioWare will let you play catch-up with a cool motion comic, which is about 15 minutes in length and tries to initiate new Mass Effect players and introduce them to the in-depth world of drama and intrigue. Of course, 360/PC players had a chance to import a game save from the original title when setting out to play ME2, and PS3 fans won’t have that option. But the comic, produced by Dark Horse and featuring a script penned by ME2 writer Mac Walters, ought to help a great deal in regards to orientation. Basically, it’s a first-person account of the original title; protagonist Shepard talks about where things stand, and what transpired in the franchise’s inaugural adventure. It might prove very, very critical.

Here’s another interesting tidbit about that comic: it has been dubbed a “save game creator” by project director Casey Hudson, because the player will make choices during the telling of the comic that will have a direct impact on the ensuing experience. This tries to mimic the aforementioned save importing 360/PC owners can utilize so in this way, you really shouldn’t feel lost in the dark. As for technical differences between the versions, most will tell you the upcoming PS3 version looks just as good, if not a little better: improved textures thanks to the added storage capacity of Blu-Ray, and the benefit of using the same graphical engine the team is using for ME3. Plus, let’s not forget about the free inclusion of the extra downloadable packs, which immediately expand upon the vast ME2 landscape. We’ll get Lair of the Shadow Broker, Project Overlord, Kasumi: Stolen Memory, the Aegis and Recon Operations packs, and the Blood Dragon Armor. And if you hit up the demo on the PSN, you can get a better idea of what to expect.

So, we get a ton of bonus content, an advanced graphical engine, the pluses afforded by Blu-Ray, and of course, the same awesome title that wowed gamers back in early 2010. The controls have been changed up a little to accommodate Dual Shock 3 users: the shooting/aim-down-sight buttons are R1/L1, and you’ll sort through your skill/weapon wheels with R2/L2. We wouldn’t dare give away anything plot-related and although we’ve said in the past that ME often feels more like a third-person shooter with role-playing elements tacked on, the end result is undeniably appealing for millions. Even though it’s a year later, this sequel still holds a ton of clout and given the lack of RPGs on store shelves this generation, a purchase might be inevitable. You could always wait for our review, though…

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Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

One of the best games this gen. PS3 players that dive into it are in for a treat.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I agree man, I love these games. They took me by surprise. I knew they were good, but I didn't expect to like them as much as I do.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Feels like a broken third person shooter and I'm no hardcore RPG fans.
Guess I shouldn't have gotten my hopes too high.


Last edited by Snaaaake on 12/27/2010 10:00:56 PM

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

ME2 is a mediocre shooter with a good story. Nothing to get too excited about, imo.
When it comes to RPGs i'm a bit of an old-school fan, so maybe if you like modern RPGs you'll like it. I didnt.


Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 12/27/2010 10:08:30 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Really, if people want the best version of this game, PC is the way to go. I was really surprised at how poor the PS3 demo was in comparison to the PC one. I won't be getting it on either platform as sci-fi fantasy really isn't my thing. District 9 is about as close as I get to liking anything sci-fi related.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

ME gameplay always sucked, without the awesome plot and rpg elements the game pretty much mediocre.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I thought the comic would have been a LOT longer than 15 minutes… Seriously, is that all it takes to recap the entirety of the first game in a supposedly epic trilogy? Colour me less than impressed.

On the other hand, the game itself does sound interesting, and I can get into sci-fi, sorry spec-fi. Unfortunately, there are other, more interesting titles on my want list, and I've still got too many to play through from this year, so I think I'll pass.
Peace.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Seriously, it's a comic…not a movie. Comics can easily deliver a longer story faster and smoother than a shortened rushed cutscene.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

If it has the same content, then how? I understand what you're saying, but the story is touted as one of the strongest elements of the game, and 15 minutes isn't enough to do justice to most any story. I haven't the slightest idea of just how epic ME is, but I;m likening it to LotR, which, were you to try to present each of the three parts in only fifteen minutes, you'd miss pretty much all of the detail.
Peace.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

You know what you make good sense. I'm not familiar with that game, but if I wanted to play MGS4 with no prior MGS experience…a 15 minute video wouldn't do a good job presenting MGS's emotional/deep/complex story. Now that I look at it this way, it does seem kind of trashy. But thank god it's only one game being told instead of the MGS's example I used.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It isn't meant to capture all the epicness of the first game, just the important decision points so that you can effectively enjoy the epicness of ME2 and ME3. I think it's a decent compromise considering they can't lawfully bring ME1 to PS3.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Fair enough World, but the devil is in the detail, and I don't think that this comic will have the detail required to get across all of the subtler nuances, and included plot points, of the game.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I agree on that point, it won't have that for sure.

_______
_______
9 years ago

After playing the demo im not sure why its so acclaimed, but I'm willing to find out on Jan 18th.

HighOnFire
HighOnFire
9 years ago

The demo wasnt much, but once the story gets going and the galaxy opens up it gets good. Some of the best writing this gen.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'm gonna get it, but on the cheap, you can't screw PS3 owners and hope to get full price for it later. I like sci fi and RPGs, and I dug the demo (Made my Shepherd look like Angelina Jolie) so off it goes to the "Buy it later" shelf in my mind.

Don't screw people, you make more money.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 12/27/2010 10:37:57 PM

Gimmedat
Gimmedat
9 years ago

This is not bioware screwing PS3 fans,you all know they cant legally bring ME 1 to our console.So why bi*** and moan about the comic,you get all the dlc content included and its good content to have.This is bi***ing cause it was a xbox exsclusive and not for the PS3 to start with.ME is a great franchise not for everyone but the writing and the character interactions are top notch.

Milonakis
Milonakis
9 years ago

I didn't like mass effect 1. I got it for 5 dollars on steam. I really hated how slow paced it was. I mainly just wanted to check out the alien sex scene but that turned out to be a complete joke. Not a fan of the mass effect series. I'll save my money for lbp2.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"I'll save my money for lbp2."

Same. Money better spent IMO.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Why are so many people posting how uninterested they are in this game. We get it, you all have been saying this forever now. I feel like I'm the only person who wants this game on this site…lol. Even Ben was knocking it until recently. It's old now, but I do agree with some of the bashing like mediocre third person shooting.

The demo's gameplay left a confusing taste in my mouth and the story seems very cliche/corny. I do love sci-fi to a certain extent and unlike many on this website, I didn't grow up playing RPG's at all so something like this does appeal to me as it is story oriented. My first RPG was Fallout 3, so I don't know what a 'true' RPG is, but I do like Western RPG's. Mass Effect 2 looks great and it pulled down great reviews for a reason, but all that my change in my eye once I sit down and play it. I thought GT5 looked like crap until I sat down and actually played it for hours and walked away amazed. Mass Effect 2 looks great, but it might end up being crap.

I understand if people aren't interested, but I don't want to keep reading about how uninterested everybody is in this game everytime a PSX article featuring Mass Effect 2 is written/posted. Give the game a chance because it might turn out to be the best thing in 2010 or 2011 for PS3 owners. I'm excited. Come on guys…let's be positive.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"but I don't want to keep reading about how uninterested everybody is"

Then don't. No one is forcing you to read anything. If you start to read a comment you don't like, then skip it and move on. It's great that you like the game but don't get but hurt because some of us are vocal about our disinterest.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

If I wasn't interested in it I wouldn't play the demo, but the RPG element alone won't suck me in if the main gameplay mechanic is bad.

I'd take Gears of War over Mass Effect any day.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

Hey for one OP I agree with you. I played both ME1 and 2 on the XBox 360. (Ooh low and behold I mention that). It's a great game and I think you should totally give it a shot. I own the xbox version and will own the PS3 version as well. Only because now it's on my console of choice. Just ignore most of the fanboy trite you will encounter. It'll save you some stress and wont bait the trolls.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"fanboy trite you will encounter."

oooh. what a surprise. The name calling begins because we don't agree with you.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Yeah Jawknee I got hurt because someone said they didn't like a game. Anyway, think about it…every Mass Effect 2 article on this website has people posting how unintersted they are. That is annoying. I like to read the comments on this website as they are all insightful (positive or negative), but the repetition of familiar negative comments for this game is old. I don't mean to call you out and I might be wrong, but I think I see you say the samething about this game on every related article. And if it's not the same, it is quite familiar.

Trust me when I say these comments annoy me, I don't me it bugs me because people aren't interested…it's annoys because people in general find it easier to alienate themselves from things they aren't interested thus this results in them bashing the unfamiliar/non-preference. I'm guilty of the same thing. I kept bashing this new Twisted Metal remake…remember…and I bet you were annoyed. Not because I wasn't interested, but because I kept bashing it. And I still don't care for that game…lol

Oh yeah, why don't you like sci-fi?

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@dismail85

Trust me…nobody here who frequently posts on this website are fanboys. I'm not a fanboy though I highly prefere PS3 over expensive in the longrun Xbox 360.

@Snaaake

Yes I want to play Gears. That and Mass Effect were the only reasons I thought about getting an Xbox, but now that ME2 is PS3 bound…the interest has faded. Gears looks mighty good though.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

@Jawknee

If you would like to take a trip around the internet, particularly gametrailers.com, you would know what I am talking about. Wasn't pointing the finger in particular, but you know you never have to read anything you don't like right? Sorry if you felt that was directed at you. I was commenting to the OP.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I couldn't care less what most people think about the things I am interested in. If they like it cool, if not, no biggy, different people have different tastes. It's not a big deal. I didn't attack anyone or make fun of anyone because they like this game(unlike someone we know). And yes, I have expressed disinterest in the past but so what? Why does it both you so much. I'm just some guy on the internet. I rarely agree or find anything you say interesting but it's no skin off my back, nor should my opinions be any off yours. Like I said, if you don't like it, skip it and move on. Much easier to do than letting some random guy on the internet stress you out.

Why don't I like sci-fi? Not sure. I've never really liked it. The Alien Trilogy and District 9 are the only sci-fi adventures I have ever liked and this is coming from some one who grew up in the 80's with a dad who was all about sci-fi movies. I just don't dig it. I wanted to give this game a chance since we are supposedly getting the "definitive" version. I downloaded the PC demo and while its a pretty game on PC, the cheesy kick backs to mediocre sci-fi flicks, the half ass RPG elements and the clunky gameplay ultimately turned me off. This game is massively over hyped as most Xbox exclusives tend to be. Playing the crappy, buggy and poorly made PS3 demo was the final nail in the coffin for me. With LittleBigPlanet 2 releasing the same month, I have little to no reason to spend $60 on another poorly made Unreal shooter.


Last edited by Jawknee on 12/27/2010 11:58:09 PM

Victor321
Victor321
9 years ago

@Jawknee

Unlike the first ME, ME2 is using its own game engine, so to speak; Bioware re-modified the entire engine (UE3) during ME2's development to the point where it doesn't even resemble anything like UE3 that was used for the first ME1.

Also after ME2's release, hardcore ME fans like myself voiced out on the forums about the more light, streamlined RPG elements in ME2 versus #1. Bioware, although unofficially, has stated that in ME3, there will be a bigger presence of RPG elements. So no need to worry about that ūüėČ

The reason of the more streamlined RPG elements in #2 is because they spent so much time re-working the technology (hence the big gap of visuals and technical performance between the two ME titles) that they didn't "deepen" the RPG elements, if you catch my drift.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

No scifi luv? come on Jawk's are U gonna miss the glory of Deadspace 2?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"Bioware re-modified the entire engine (UE3) during ME2's development to the point where it doesn't even resemble anything like UE3 that was used for the first ME1."

The screen tearing, texture pop in, choppy frame rate and choppy FMV's say otherwise.

@Oxvail, No I won't skip Dead Space 2. Yea it's sci-fi but the games main focus is survival horror so I will be partaking in that for that reason alone. Though after playing the demo I can wait a bit. Didn't seem like a new game to me. Unlike the LittleBigPlanet 2 demo. Ooozed freshness.


Last edited by Jawknee on 12/28/2010 12:42:00 AM

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Well yeah I'm also gonna wait til drops to 29.99 , not having too much money lately =/ also I'm thinking about hit the gym next year so I'm not gonna get all the games I want day one (except some Ps3 exclusives).

Well yes the Demo didn't scream too much progress but I'm okay with it, I know I'm gonna enjoy it a lot.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

It's no surprise that people around here aren't interested in ME2.

There's nothing anybody can do to stop that, so if you like it, fine. Please don't complain that everyone else isn't constantly lauding the game.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I understand FM23 – when you're excited about an upcoming release it's not fun getting "bad vibes" from those who do not share the enthusiasm. Now I am not indicating that I think people should not post their opinion, I just gotta say that I understand what he's talking about.

Anyhow, I can't understand how one can *not* be excited by that demo! Not that I have played all rpg's that's out there, far from it, but judging from the demo I think me2 is the best looking *RPG* I've ever seen! If the story and rpg elements holds the same level then this *gotta* be a killer?

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Best looking RPG? dunno bro beauty at the eyes of the beholder for me it's more about scenarios and character design in which ME is VERY generic also it still look like almost any unreal engine games to me….hell for me demon's Crest has better graphics .

http://nintendoforever.free.fr/SNes/DemonsCrest/DemonsCrest_index.php

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@Jawkneee…please stop exaggerating my irritation level. My point is, people who have nothing, but negative ish to say need to stop 'repeating' that nonsense because where I'm from either you get your a** handed to you or people find it disrespectful. That isn't a threat, it's just me expressing my opinion. Of course you can say whatever you want especially on the internet, point is if you don't have anything positive to say…well you know the rest.

@Ben…Seriously, the only reason why you don't care about the bashing because it is about a game you don't care about. If somemone came on here bashing GT5 or Heavy Rain, I bet you would have words. Just saying.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Your digging yourself deeper in the hole.

Get.Over.It!!!!

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@Ben…and seriously I don't care if noone is 'lauding' the game, but people don't need to keep repeating negative comments. Even you should understand that. Not sure where you got the impression I want people to praise the game because I never said anything like that…that's you putting words in my mouth. You know I enjoy this website, but everytime I get a comment from you…it's about how I'm being negative. I'm hardly being negative.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@Jawknee…your always saying this. I'm digging a whole…why? Because I'm telling you about your negative ways. Hilarious. Dude I'm over it. Understand I don't care for negativity and thats all I have been reading in this column.

Like I said I understand you don't care for the game…great, but you don't need to keep telling the world. You comment enough on this website for people to understand where you stand.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

FM23: I don't ever recall directing any comment in your direction before, firstly. Secondly, I've seen plenty of people who don't like Heavy Rain or God of War III or any other game I might like – hundreds such comments, in fact – and I don't believe I've responded to them all. In fact, I doubt I responded to more than a few.

You wanted to defend ME2. And you want to call people out for not doing the same. If you didn't care about everyone else, and simply posted about why you liked the game, and why you wanted to play it, I can guarantee it wouldn't be a problem.

Maybe stop worrying about what other people say. Maybe just be satisfied with your own opinion.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@Ben…well said. Yeah, I needed to check myself on that one. I pretty much started this dumb agreement. Anyway, I am excited for Mass Effect 2 even if that demo kind of left me wanting more. All I can say is from what I have seen so far, PS3 hands down offers better exclusives then 'lets fight aliens' mostly Microsoft exclusives…right?…right. Anyway, I just keep stupid personal things like this to myself as they aren't important and actually have nothing to do with the article.
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Anyway, I meant no disrespect and the same to you Jawknee.

@Jawknee
I read somewhere you actually played some of the actual game…well would someone who likes stories and sci-fi be satisfied with a $60 purchase? Just want to know because I want this and Dead Space 2, but school loans and etc. are preventing me from freely spending money on both.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

If you enjoy sci-fi opera and if you don't mind games with tearing and frame rate problems, you will no doubt enjoy this.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Just want to add though, from a technical standpoint, I think Dead Space 2 is a better buy. Visceral at least makes sure their games are running as best as they can. Dead Space 2 won't have any screen tearing or any major frame rate issues. But from what I do know ME2 will probably have a deeper story.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Well I'm definitely more familiar with Dead Space in all regards. Mass Effect "2" is a sequel thats really a year to late. Dead Space was polished to a tee and I know Dead Space 2 will be no different. But it seems Mass Effect will last longer, but based on the demo and the cheesy writing, I'm not sure I want to sit through this affair as I made more jokes about it with my girlfriend than actually praising it. Dead Space 2 at the moment looks more satisfying and I am up to date on that game. I'm not sure if space operas are my thing at all. Like I said, I like sci-fi to a certain extent…but aliens fighting humans is pretty familiar. I here the game is deep, so I am hoping that is true. I hear nothing, but good things about this game so I will probably pick it up as ME2 will definitely last longer than Dead Space 2. I spent $20 on Dead Space after the price came down, but I experienced it prior through a rental. I would definitely buy DS2, but money isn't staying in my pocket easy these days so beginning next year I'm trying to buy must haves and necessary games. Those include Killzone 3, Infamous 2, Batman Arkylm City, Uncharted 3, Oblivion 5, and ME2/3. Maybes include Resistance 3, Dead Space 2, and Red Faction.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

*shakes head* Everyone is entitled to their opinion, have no reason to say otherwise. The constant push on how horrible the game is is probably what he was mentioning. I'm not trying to dis you, as it seems that it's mostly what you think. I feel if you'd play more than a demo or a PC downloaded demo, you'd understand why the game is good. Not all sci-fi is the same, and if this is the case, then Aliens is a cliche right along with any other one that will get mentioned.

(if my comment, which isn't bad, wasn't awaiting mod approval you'd see that I was mentioning I wasn't attacking you. Just pointing out the general views I've seen across the internet.)


Last edited by DIsmael85 on 12/28/2010 12:04:06 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

No worries, I misunderstood your comment. I take back what I said about you calling those of us who aren't excited about this release names as I posted it before your comment was approved. Sorry dude. ūüôā

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

I've got my plan down-pat, so I'll be getting both console versions.

I'll get the 360 version so when I finally start ME1, I can use my game saves on ME2.And if the 360 ME2 version does the same game-saves for ME3, then I'll also do the same there too.

I'll also be picking up ME2 on the PS3, just for the comic & all the extra DLC included in our version.
But I'll play all of my decisions on my PS3 completely opposite of how I did them on the 360 version, to give it a whole different storyline. And I'll do the same for ME3 too.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 12/28/2010 12:12:03 AM

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

Totally sounds like an awesome idea. I can't wait to check out the DLC since I wasn't planning to pay for it on the box. I've never run through as evil Shephard so this will be my chance to see how that goes. Cannot wait.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

DIsmael85,
Well as a collector I need both versions anyway for my PS3 & 360 collections anyway, so I figured this way I'll at least be able to keep it fresh by playing them both completely differently. Plus I won't have to keep re=playing the same version twice just to see the different outcomes.

But other than that I hate multi=plat games just because I know I'll need at least doubles or triples of the same exact game if it's on the PS3, PSP & the 360.
And make that quadruples of the same game if it's also on the Wii too(which I'll be adding to my console collection soon after the new year.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 12/28/2010 12:48:31 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

They said ME2 for PS3 was running on the ME3 updated engine, so that might be a reason for owners of the 360 version to play it again.

As far as people dissing this game, on here I think it's safe to say they just aren't interested in it, as opposed to being upset that it was 360 exclusive. Same with Bioshock. So relax.