Mass Effect 2 lands on PS3 Jan. 18

Port of Xbox 360, PC RPG arrives on Sony's console next month; European launch pegged for January 21.

Ever since the first Mass Effect launched in 2007, PlayStation 3 owners have been unable to sample the sci-fi role-playing game series--unless they own an Xbox 360 or PC. Today, though, Electronic Arts finally dated the series' debut on Sony's console. The publisher confirmed to GameSpot that Mass Effect 2 will arrive on North American PS3s on January 18, with a European launch to follow on January 21.

Commander Shepard will commandeer the PS3 on January 18.

Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 will include the original game and several downloadable content packs released for the game on a single Blu-ray disc. The extra content includes the Lair of the Shadow Broker, Project Overlord, Kasumi: Stolen Memory, and Blood Dragon Armor packs.

PS3 gamers who purchase Mass Effect 2 new will also gain access to the Cerberus Network, which offers free content ranging from the Zaeed character missions to the Hammerhead hovertank. Used-game purchasers who want said content will be required to purchase access to the Cerberus Network.

BioWare will also be offering a make-good to PS3 gamers for the absence of the original game on Sony's platform. The studio's Edmonton arm will be collaborating with Dark Horse Comics on an interactive comic that helps fill in the story leading up to the events in Mass Effect 2. Choices made while reading the comic will also have an effect on players' character creation.

For an idea of what to expect from Mass Effect 2 on the PS3, check out GameSpot's coverage of the Xbox 360 edition.

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Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

@MEDzZ3RO I was referring to the statement by some other guy that all the ports to ps3 were superior

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@ballplayers-2-3 P.S. While I believe Mass Effect 2 will technically be a better game than the 360 one (probably better graphics, one disc instead of two, all DLC), I personally would rather play the 360 one for Mass Effect 1 and the carry-over events. Try to keep an open mind, sorry for flipping out, that's just my two cents.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@ballplayers-2-3 Now, I don't like Gears of War that much, but saying that Killzone is better because of graphics (which have NOTHING to do with a games quality) and multiplayer (which is token and uninspired, in my opinion), even though they both have the same scores isn't a very good reason. No, Gears multiplayer isn't that great, but it has its moments, and Horde kept me invested longer than I expected it to. You really don't seem like you've played any of these 360 games, I suggest trying them before you comment. Videos don't show everything after all. I'm not a PS3 hater, believe it or not. I'll admit that I enjoy some exclusives, like MGS, LittleBigPlanet, Heavy Rain, and Uncharted. I think some of them are overrated (particularly Killzone and Resistance. And God of War), but I think Gears of War is overrated too. I'm just saying that: 1) Each console has more than 4 good games. 2) Graphics don't mean a thing if the gameplay isn't special. 3) Try to actually play both games/systems before saying one is better than the other, your comments often don't make much sense. 4) Yes, PS3 has better TECH, but its often not used at its full potential. Which is why most multiplatform games (Lost Planet 2, Splinter Cell 4, Rainbow Six, Fallout, the Orange Box) run better on 360. Whats the point if developers don't use the tech right? And again, Gameplay > Graphics. 5) Enjoy Mass Effect 2, it's one of the best games I've ever played, hands down :)

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@ballplayers-2-3 Okay, trying to be a tad more civil about this: I highly doubt you've actually played Halo Reach or Alan Wake. Alan Wake may not be the best game ever, but it IS very original, its got a great atmosphere and story, and its extremely compelling. And it ends on a great note that leaves you wanting more. Personally I think that Heavy Rain (I forgot that one) is a pretty sweet game as well. Just like Alan Wake, theres nothing else like it on the market, and despite some flaws manages to be an excellent game, also with a great original story and characters. Idk how you don't like them, but to each his own. Halo Reach is also an AMAZING fps, and judging by your comment (there is no point in the campaign if reach falls at the end and the multiplayer is recycled from halo 3) you clearly have not played the game. It's one of the most changed sequels I have ever played, and manages to introduce many new elements while still being one of the (if not the) best balanced shooters on the market, unlike that CoD trash. Multiplayer is an entirely new beast, just playing it shows how little it is like earlier Halo's. The campaign is very dramatic and dark, and the plot twists make the game alot more relevant to the series than you might think. It explains alot about the start of the first game, and it has lots of emotional drama and tension. Kids game? Not in the least.

killer690
killer690

@WaffleBlaster you are totally right dude, but I don't know, it is like a mystical force that posses you and makes you trash the console you don't own XD but you got a point, each console has great exclusive games.

Tennies07
Tennies07

Definately looking forward to January 18th now lol. Never played this game but I was always a Star Wars fan, sorry if my comparison offends you but I like futuristic games/movies, and was extremely excited to hear that the series was headed to the PS3. If this game is really as good as people say I'm pretty sure I'll be stuck in my dorm for awhile lol.

WaffleBlaster
WaffleBlaster

Damn it guys, why does it matter which system is better? You own one, you own the other. Just shut the hell up and play your games! Mass Effect 2 is a truely amazing game and you should just play it and stop bantering over the systems. They both have the EXACT SAME GRAPHICS, and who can honestly tell the difference if two ports have slightly different graphics. Why does that matter anyway? Ocarina of Time and Super Mario World are amazing! The PS3 has Metal Gear, God of War, Uncharted, and Killzone. The 360 has Halo, Gears of War, Left 4 Dead, and Splinter Cell. THEY BOTH HAVE GREAT EXCLUSIVES! Seriously, if you like your respective systems so much stop arguing and play them!

ballplayers-2-3
ballplayers-2-3

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frogfromarz
frogfromarz

I own both systems (ps3) and (XBOX) and Im happy ps3 guys will have a chance to enjoy this great game I just bought it the other day for 20.00 dollars I wanted on ps3 but could not resist the price tag for the 360 anyways for u guys with ps3 system BUY THIS GAME!!!

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@ballplayers-2-3 P.S. Other GREAT 360 exclusives: Alan Wake, Viva Pinata (not the kids game that it seems to be), Splinter Cell Conviction, Supreme Commander 2, Perfect Dark Zero (not as bad as people say, its just not as legendary as the first), Battlestations, Blue Dragon, etc. You argument has no real validation at ALL, and honestly, if what you say IS true, who wants to own a system with 'only 7 great games?' Suck it up dude, I'm glad Mass Effect 2 is on PS3 so its amazingness can be seen by even more people, but that doesn't make PS3 the best console on the market, sorry.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@ballplayers-2-3 Okay, fixing what you said below.. Xbox 360 = Halo series (last Bungie Halo, but not last Halo. 343 Industries is continuing the series from that point on, which is composed mostly of ex-Bungie employees that know alot about Halo. So it'll keep going for awhile now. And its still better than any game on PS3. Including your overhyped crapstorm called Killzone), Gears of War (last TRILOGY GoW, Epic has said that the series may still continue outside of the main trilogy with new characters. Knowledge fail), Forza (kicks GT to the ground by critic and user ratings. a MUCH better game than GT), and Fable (overrated? Yes, thats for sure. Fable 3 ruined the series for me). PS3 = Uncharted (admittedly a pretty sick game, I like it alot. Not the best story ever though) Killzone (overrated garbage. AGAIN, its only famous on graphics alone, gameplay is nothing special. Your only defense of the game is the graphics being good and that it has a cool name, so it must be good. Riiiiight...) Infamous (ooh, Prototype v .5, how I want it...) MLB the Show (Yay, a baseball game! THAT'S why I own an HD tv and surround sound speakers in the modern gaming world! For a baseball game! *sarcastically* I'd rather play a real sport if I wanted a game that badly) Resistance (mad overrated as well, an okay FPS, but nothing worth buying a console for) Little Big Planet (also a good game, I like it) So 360 wins, 3 to 2. Looks like PS3 is the 'losser' here.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

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Cillerboy
Cillerboy

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Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@grinz2007 People who own a PS3 and who want to play this amazing Masterpiece will pay full price. I know I am.

ballplayers-2-3
ballplayers-2-3

@MetalMan300 Im getting this over with........ Xbox360= Halo (Last bungie halo is reach), Gears of war (last gears of war game), forza motorsport (goes hand in hand with GT), and fable is nothing special cuz there are a lot of rpg out there......... PS3= Uncharted ( best graphics,story, and great multiplayer.also funny) Killzone (Just look at the name) Infamous is nothing like prototype.... AMAZING GAME MLB THE SHOW IS THE BEST SPORTS GAME WITHOUT A DOUBT Resistance is nothing special but still a great game Little big planet ... there is nothing else like it WINNER======PS3 LOSSER======XBOX 360 JUST LOOK AT THE GAMESPOT RATINGS XBOX HAS 3 GREAT GAMES BUT THE PS3 HAS MORE THAN 7

samleon05
samleon05

Mass Effect 2 on the PS3 huh, played both 1 and 2 but might just consider getting it as late Christmas present to my PS3 so it can experience the awesome that is ME2

pspro95
pspro95

@greasemonkey42 The reason I read this article is because I was suprised to see that ME2 is coming on PS3.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

LOL, the console wars about which is better is the same thing as which religion speak the truth... It will never ends, and it will never be an answer! Tha fact that a game ships too late to a given platform, doesn't mean it were tested on the others first, nor that it will be better than the previous ones.

grinz2007
grinz2007

What a joke ME2 on PC and Xbox = £15 ME2 on PS3 = £40 Surely you can't bring out the same game 12 months later on a different platform and expect people to pay full price.

6h05tly
6h05tly

I've played ME1 so many times it would be interesting to see it in motion/interactive comics format. Looking forward to purchasing the sequel (again) on PS3 next month.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Hahaha. And now the Xbox owners cry at their 'exclusive' list diminishing.. Oh wait, you have Kinectimals!

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@ballplayers-2-3 They actually DON'T say that about GT5, just compare the scores and reviews of GT5 with Forza 3, its almost embarrassing to read about. GT5 is total trash compared to what the series was. As for Killzone, its a series with an AWFUL first chapter, a second chapter that only got ANY attention because of its graphics (even though the gameplay was totally unremarkable), and now you're trying to say that Killzone 3 will be good BECAUSE of the graphics?!?! If thats all it takes to please you have fun, I'll enjoy games that take skill to play, are actually well crafted, and have life after the "Ooh-la-la" shock of seeing the graphics of seeing the graphics wears off. Which is exactly what Halo Reach does. Infamous is just a bleh version of Prototype, and Uncharted... well okay, that game is pretty legit. I reallly want that one. The rest are pointless though. P.S. I don't even like Gears, yet another overrated game that sailed by on graphics alone. Killzone and Gears go hand in hand.

Classic24
Classic24

xbox's best game comes to PS3, I love it

Inconnux
Inconnux

wow its finally ported to the PS3... the PS3 is now the "Mac" of the consoles.

cracktoad
cracktoad

Why are we still having the cosole war? Two Great systems with wonderful games. I'm just excited about the games coming out next year. Gears of War 3, Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, Elder Scrolls 5, and possibly Modern Warfare 3. Going to be a great year, regardless of what console you have.

mightEone
mightEone

Yawn... I played this like a year ago.

Trident85
Trident85

but think of this. The more platforms the game developers have....the more income they get, therefore the better production a title gets. Hence Mass Effect 1 was AMAZING, after its release it shortly branched out to PC gamers months after...the Mass Effect 2 was a triumph over 1 in many ways (not exactly all)...Now with 2 branching out on PS3 and revenues coming in from another system....how EPIC do you think 3 can be? Is that because game developers & publishers are making more money to fund more time and work INTO the game? I would think so...Unless Microsoft or Sony own the rights to any specific game I wouldn't be surprised to see more titles diversifying over many systems...although I hate to see authenticity of a system lost, because just the name of a system can bring memories. Someone says Nintendo....you think of Mario, Metroid, Zelda or something right? Well, what do you think if both Xbox360 & PS3 have ALL the same titles? No difference except for hardware right? they will keep a few Exclusive blockbuster hits because they will not want to give up the rights to them for sure so Halo, God of War, Killzone, Gears of War and a few other titles will stay exclusive to keep a difference between the two systems...but otherwise a very large majority of games will be spread across all platforms. It’s a good but sad trade….

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

I hope more developer join EA Partner so maybe one day, i can play Killzone or Heavy Rain on my xbox 360.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Frankenstrat247 The Orange box was a terrible port but you're forgetting how long ago that was and how many good multi platform ports are now being released performing almost identically on each system by EA.Battlefield for instance. Also Bioware did a superb job with Dragon Age Origins, it looked slightly better on PS3. It's like Bayonetta in reverse.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@chikahiro94 You have to be the happiest person I've ever met on Gamespot, lol. True but I highly doubt high-end exclusives like Gears,Halo,Gran Turismo,Uncharted or Killzone will ever become Multi-platform because it's the only real way of enticing consumers to there product over another from a gaming perspective.It depends if the company's willing to pay enough to keep the company on side and if sales return a good profit.Naturally it's a double-edged sword because if it does return a good profit they realise that if they were on multiple systems it'd return more. Luckily as it stands most games are on both PS3 and 360 with the minority being exclusive. I'd be worried if big names like Call Of Duty, GTA , Red Dead Redemption announced they were going exclusive.

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

@Godoothegod you must not have played the orange box's ps3 version

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

@Godoothegod you must not have played the orange box's ps3 version

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

@solus909 pretty sure the word you're looking for isn't envy

Rootbeer95
Rootbeer95

I think we can all agree on which is the better console now.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@MEDzZ3RO Oh, no flame war at all. Sony's done a great job with their 1st and 2nd party stuff - an area that Microsoft has been falling behind in. Honestly, the only concern I have with Sony is that they might end up like Nintendo where their titles overshadow their publishing partners! Microsoft has made it a point over the years to emphasize how profitable the 360 has been for their partners, after all. 3rd party exclusives are dying off due to economics. If you only support one platform, you're basically cutting your sales in half. Games are getting too expensive to make to ignore that many potential customers! Even the formerly PS3 exclusive LA Noire is heading to the 360!

solus909
solus909

Like I said with ME1, I ENVY those who have yet to play ME2. Enjoy, PS3!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@St_muscat, Well i got ME2 on day 1, having never played ME1, and all i can say is please dont dismiss this game on never having played the original. Dont worry too much about missing the initial story, as all is 'Clearly' explained throughout the ME2 story. If you like RPG's youd be silly to miss this, it really is a great ride from beginning to end : )

St_muscat
St_muscat

No way in hell am I buying this, if Mass Effect 1 isn't coming to PS3 then why on earth would I buy the sequel if I haven't played the original (I'm assuming there is a continuing story to it). So unless number 1 makes it's way to PS3 I'm not going to be buying this. Don't own a 360 or a good enough PC to play number 1 and CBF jumping into the middle of a franchise.

ballplayers-2-3
ballplayers-2-3

@MetalMan300 Really?????? Halo reach is the last halo game from buungie.... the next ones by bungie and activison will be on the PS3.... HAVE YOU SEEN THE FKING GRAPHICS OF KILLZONE 3.....WILL BE A MUCH BETTER GAME THAN GEARS 3 .... IN THE GAMESPOT REVIEW OF GRAN TUSIMO 5, THEY CLEARLY SAY THAT IT IS THE BEST RACING GAME IN THE MARKET..... UNCHARTED IS AWESOME AND I ALSO FORGOT INFAMOUS WHICH IS EVERN CRAZIER.... THE PS3 IS THE CONSOLE TO HAVE FOR 2011 CLEARLY!!!!!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@chikahiro94 When looking into buting a 360 or PS3, if you don't include exclusives there's almost nothing between the two.It just depends if you'd rather pay for online premiums or not; other then that they near identical.Exclusive-wise the Xbox had everything until around 2008 where Sony began to produce more aaa titles until now where I personally feel Sony's offering more.That's subject to opinion and I'm in no way attempting to start a "flame war". This was the one exclusive I wanted to come to PS3 since my second 360 packed up.I buy systems to enjoy games not to constantly be on the phone being told useless information on premium rate lines.My 360 experience has been far from superb but alot of people say I was just unlucky.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Guys, i say this as a fellow gamer, and a non-PS3 owner, i gotta say that if theres only 1 game you buy next year, its gotta be this!! From the opening sequence, through all the many missions (of which there are many variables), to all the character development and background, to the finale, this ios one of the best RPG's youll ever play.

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

@pspro95 - for somewhere who doesn't care about ME2, you sure are wasting your time reading this article and commenting. All that extra content that they are handing out right out of the box - having already played 3 careers and downloaded the majority of the DLC for the 360 version of ME2, I can say this is definitely going to be a high bang-for-buck package.

pspro95
pspro95

I don't care about Mass Effect 2.The only game I want on the PS3 is Left 4 Dead 2

Kabals
Kabals

Muzza, You are free to roam around; it's not like Oblivion per say, but you are free to do the missions you want within the confines of the available places to go. Do note that the story is what drives this forward, not the world itself.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

The only way they could make this better was if they developed a way to transfer data from PC/steam saves of ME1 to the PS3 version of ME2.

macca366
macca366

The more who can play ME2 the merrier. I've played through it twice since it came out, and to any PS3 owner who's thinking about getting it, I definitely recommend following through

muzza93
muzza93

Im a PS3 player, and i'll definitely be buying this. One question for the 360 players, has this game got free roam? or just mission to mission? @DarkComedian Whats that about space hamsters and feeding fish? lol