Mass Effect 2 PlayStation 3 Version Hands-On

BioWare's acclaimed sci-fi role-playing series debuts on Sony's console with a few added bonuses.

Not too long ago, the idea of anything on the PlayStation 3 bearing the Mass Effect name could be aptly described as far-fetched. After all, the series began its life as an Xbox 360 exclusive published by none other than Microsoft. But one major acquisition later, BioWare is now part of the Electronic Arts family--a publisher with no small affinity for multiplatform releases. So while PlayStation 3 owners won't see the original Mass Effect on their system of choice anytime soon, its critically lauded, EA-published sequel will finally arrive on the PS3 this January--almost exactly a year to the date after it first hit the Xbox 360 and PC.

The story of Mass Effect will be relayed to players through motion comics.

Those familiar with the series--and BioWare's catalog as a whole--ought to be well aware of Mass Effect's heavy reliance on story and choices. In fact, Mass Effect 2 let you import your save files from the original game to shape the landscape of what has happened and who's left standing in this sci-fi space opera. Not only does anyone who picks up the PlayStation 3 version not have a save file to import, but they might not even be familiar with what has happened thus far in the game's vast, rich universe.

Fortunately, BioWare has a solution for that. The PlayStation 3 version includes a motion comic that spans roughly 15 minutes and seeks to fill in new players on all the events that transpired in the first game. It's a product of collaboration between BioWare and Dark Horse comics, bearing the latter's hand-drawn art and a script penned by Mass Effect 2 writer Mac Walters. (And fortunately, the art style is far more pleasing than EA's most recent stab at motion comics, Dead Space: Ignition.) The comic's narrative is a first-person account of the original game as told by protagonist Shepard and covers an awful lot of ground--right on down to a nostalgic recollection of that headline-grabbing sex scene.

The PS3 version looks more or less identical to the Xbox 360.

The motion comic looks like a pretty comprehensive learning aid for those new to the series. Shepard's voice-over has a tendency to move perhaps a little too fast during moments when he's describing big action scenes, but for the most part it seems like something that people unfamiliar with the plot should be able to easily wrap their heads around. But it's also more than simply a comic. Mass Effect project director Casey Hudson also describes it as a "save game creator," because there are a handful of moments in the narrative when you must make a choice that will shape the outcome of the game. Said choices will affect your play-through of Mass Effect 2 in the same way as those who imported save files on the Xbox 360 and PC versions shaped theirs.

The game itself looks nearly identical to the Xbox 360 version, though Hudson did point out that the PlayStation 3 version will sport slightly improved textures thanks to the added storage capacity of the system's Blu-ray disc format. Another benefit? It's all on one disc, so no disc-swapping like in the Xbox 360 version. And then there's the nice little bonus of getting a bundle of downloadable content packs at no added cost, including the critically acclaimed Lair of the Shadow Broker mission pack.

My God… it's full of krogans!

This will surprise just about no one, but Mass Effect 2 on the PlayStation 3 looks great and seems like it will offer a hefty bit of value as well. If you haven't played it yet, you owe it to yourself to give Mass Effect 2 a shot--it's easily one of 2010's best games. Expect it to arrive on the PlayStation 3 January 18.

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OMG126
OMG126

I don't normally get pre-order games but I think this one will be different.. Cant tbh

eliebaz911
eliebaz911

i was hoping they would've made gears of war for ps3 but im happy with ME

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

Played Mass Effect 1 and 2 both on the 360, but I'll by Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 forsure! :P

KingsterX
KingsterX

well i don't compare the ps3 and the 360. having a ps3, i've always wanted to play this (and halo) and now, i get this as soon as it releases. yeah :D

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

I own ME 1 & 2 on pc, and now I'm tempted to get ME2 on PS3

ukxxboi
ukxxboi

demo sold it .... this and DEAD SPACE 2 ... best demos on the PSN and have to own BOTH!! Done me proud EA

lrsp
lrsp

The demo on PSN for ME2 definitely made me want to buy it when it comes out. Another game I gotta save money for! Darn.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

The first Mass Effect really didn't click with me. I couldn't help but thing, not RPG-y enough to be a good RPG and not a good enough shooter to be... a good shooter- but the demo for ME2 that's on the PSN right now is AWESOME. Seriously awesome. Day one purchase for sure.

JoshX042
JoshX042

Ok, I see I'm not the only one who experience issues with the demo. While the game looks better on the PS3, there were times when the framerate would stutter and I also had some screen tearing. Oh, and there was one point that I got behind cover and couldn't move at all after that. Had to start over, of course, I've had similar problems with the 360 version in that regard.

organbank
organbank

@ahpuck pretty much. Just one long boring and over-bloated cut scene after another with tedious linear shooting gallery set pieces to break it up. The real problem is once you have played through once there is nothing left in the game for another go. Once you skip all of the boring cut-scenes you are left with about 5 hours of actual game play. Don't waste your money on this crap, let the gaming industry know that we want GAMES not crappy animated movies!

boarwar
boarwar

already showing clips of mass effect 3...who would buy it now.. collect your losses, stop releasing on single platforms only to go multi-platform after your heat dies down. Might of bought this wen it first came out But fan boys neeeed something to feel cool about. Oh and gears of war is still a disappointment (no troll just facts)

HabanoHal
HabanoHal

rock out with your c o c k out

angelcar
angelcar

@HabanoHal Wowza, you'r so cool. On the other hand, I have two arms and two legs. I'm awesome too, I know...

angelcar
angelcar

@ahpuck Except it's not a shooter. Troll

ahpuck
ahpuck

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ahpuck
ahpuck

Is the battle system this shallow on the 360 as well? it's like playing any other shooter with overly dramatized cinematics.

HabanoHal
HabanoHal

Big deal. I have all systems on their own LCD. Already beat the game on 360

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

Xbox lovers now have nothing to be prowd of haha :evil:

jin-ro
jin-ro

Sweet Jesus .....can't wait for it, beside fallout series THE best rpg ever !!!!! Have to swap consoles with my mate to play first one ....and now ps3 ,so happy and third one on the way yessss

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

@pinky08_09 Thanks, im tempted to get it as its out around my birthday and has a lot of extra stuff in it. Will have to wait and see how it looks like and runs as there were definately issues with tearing in my demo. Im going to go back and have another go on the demo later.

ArokaShadow
ArokaShadow

I have to agree with famunda666 the demo dose have issues and the game did seem a little off in it. The one thing I notice while playing the demo was that the armor and skins didn't have trouble loading where in my verision of me2 for 360 had plenty of trouble loading the textures some times I'd play for 5 mins with armor that either had no detail or had bolcky coloring. The faces some times had no detail but loaded faster then the armor. While this was a worse issue in me1 it still apeared in me2 for 360 so far from the ps3 demo and I've played it alot I have not had this issue. Every game has its problems and demos make aware these issues so the deveolper can maybe fix it by its realese.

gstealer
gstealer

famunda666 @ I understand your point, it is indeed true. But remember back when the PS2 ruled the gaming world and the Xbox was barely recognized as a console? Games used to come out to both consoles with the exception of few ( like, Halo.) and they do even now-a-days (RDR, CoD, etc.) but do we really need exclusives games other people should be enjoying aswell? Should we be the only ones to enjoy a game like Uncharted, or Halo 3? In my opinion, no, but this is capitalism, and therefore there must be a contest to determine which is better than the other. MS and Sony have history in the gaming industry, but if you check MS's website for Laptops, you'll find a good variation of Sony Vaio's on their market. Money? They don't need it, at all. They're not only out to consoles, games and PC's. Sony, for example, has Cel Phones, TV's, PC's and what else.. So you see.. Exclusivity is yet another dirty business powered by capitalism. (Sorry for the massive wall of text..)

famunda666
famunda666

The PS3 demo is great but having played the original ME and ME2 on the 360 I'm a little worried. There was A LOT of screen tearing and slowdown during gameplay and cut scenes of the ME 2 demo for PS3 which the 360 version doesn't have.....I know its a demo, and its running on the ME3 engine, I'm hoping this demo is just kind of old......of course then there is the Mafia 2 no grass issues for PS3 which was suppose to be just in the demo......hopefully the full version of ME2 PS3 has these things fixed, or its going to be a let down.

famunda666
famunda666

@gstealer I agree to some extent but then there would be no reason to own one console or the other, exclusivity of games breeds better competition between MS and Sony, which equals better games. A merger is no where in the future so if you want all the great games you have to own both. Like I said to some extent I'd love to own just one console for all games, but then you know devs would get even lazier then they are now lol.

xionomiaou
xionomiaou

dont miss that guys... Mass effect is the greatest game Ive ever played on xbox360.... Mass Effect 2 must be even better

socom987
socom987

I agree with you gstealer.... also cross platform multiplayer.

gstealer
gstealer

Hell yes, we should get more games like this to come to all platforms. Uncharted 2 should be on the 360, even if it means lowering textures and etc, Halo 3 should be on the PS3 and vice-versa. This whole "exclusivity" thing effing sucks.

misst3r
misst3r

Well, I'm glad our PS3 brothers will be able to enjoy this gem. Platform rivalry is actually a load of crap, IMO. Anyways, Mass Effect newbies, get ready to put some serious hours into this game, it's well worth it. I've got at least 12 different characters at different stages in the game.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Gelugon_baat Chances are the new engine will let Mass Effect 2 run better because it's unlikely the engine is a step backwards from the original. The demo was out and seemed to look alright but the full game will show us what's what. Either way Mass Effect 2 is a welcome addition to any console; and one I'm sure to buy.

cyberdejin
cyberdejin

Well, certainly PS3 version will have some graphical superiorities over XBOX version due to utilization of new engine. The matter is, Mass Effect 2 is out date and this is only for preparing the whole consumers including ps3,xbox and PC to their new ME3.. So please enjoy ... So no big deal. A better version is always welcomed guys.

Darth_Cola
Darth_Cola

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MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Ex-DarkBlade I found the demo was running fine and it was a good size as far a demo goes. The graphics were alright but not mind blowing; graphics don't matter though because the gameplay's pretty good.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Gelugon_baat Makes me laugh to see how biased people are. The PS3 version offers alot more content and is running of the new engine; Bioware have stated themselves that the PS3 version is "the best" version of Mass Effect 2. At the end of the day though as you've said it's a business and they will try and get more money any way they can.

pinky08_09
pinky08_09

@Dominicobaggio Is this game really good or nas it just hyped to heck? I played it and its awesome. Buy it when its released. youll never look back.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@Dominicobaggio Tearing? Graphics are poor? Demo is short? What?

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

I have to say, and plz dont thumb me down its just what i thought, the demo on my ps3 looked poop. There was tearing across the screen, the graphics are poor, worse than dragon age and no where near drakes fortune. The demo is so short you dont get a feel for the game but it felt quite basic. Like the little computers strewn about which give you some back story when you wake up of the girl who has been putting you back together. You can stop and listen to these while the ship is being attacked, it doesnt matter how long you mess about no one says anything no one does anything. Is this game really good or was it just hyped to heck. I love dragon age even on ps3 but this would be my first space age game since the second knights of the old republic (which im sorry, but i also found just felt so wrong...) So is it really that good?

lazerboi
lazerboi

Put aside all those console wars s**t. Its time for everybody, especially the ps3 gamers to experience this good game!

master_foam
master_foam

yes that seems nice and all but i just bought mass effect 2 off steam for 20 bucks i cant justify this they should have just released it with the xbox and pc why would i pay 90 bucks for a game ive already experienced already and can get for crackers on 360 and pc..but for for ps3 owners who dont have a good pc or 360 wait a month or 2 for the price to come down and price match with the 360 :)

hardeddie
hardeddie

As a gamer and a veteran one I'm very happy that PS3 will get this. I will know most gamers that missed this will have a chance to enjoy rich and deep story as well as endless hours of fun and choices. Played it on the the xbox 360 and now looking forward to the PS3 version. Theres still tons I want to try in this game. Just a shame that fanboys do not reflect the nature of hardcore gamers and tend to put this game down because it shifted to another console. We are gamers so play games and stop being a PR for the corporation that manufacture the console. We are the consumer and we don't work for them. So for fanboys out there when you want to criticize then criticize the games and not the players. And don't hate your fellow gamers cause they have different console. Many have all platforms PSP + DS included because we love gaming. Gaming since 1978, Happy gaming all :)

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

I just played the demo of this game. The demo was awesome but the visuals are so detailed. Looks like Bioware successfully ported this game to PS3. Good job Bioware!

kiopta1
kiopta1

@ drummerboy71 From what I have seen/heard you will create the physical representation of your sheppard then go through the comic....or simply choose sex of your char...then comic..then face...then ME2 (got it?lol). I haven't heard of any major ME1 points being cut from the comic.

drummerboy71
drummerboy71

ok here's the deal, i hav a ps3, and im psyched 4 this, but will u be able 2 wat sex/look the shepard in the comic is. also i heard that the mission on feros might be cut. im sry but i just waana no everything i can. if anyone has info, plz reply

Naxct
Naxct

Interesting. That's all u really need to say for this game on whatever console this is on

KoreanSchoolKid
KoreanSchoolKid

cool. but im guessing we still have to deal with a heavily structured recruitment procedure so we still dont get to have non-hacked legion on the migrant fleet. just a guess of course...but im willing to bet 10 american dollars on it. if not then thats a bet im happy to lose

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

...would like to see alan wake and splinter cell come to the ps3 as well.

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

wow are people really turning this into ps3 vs. 360...what a shocker. all pettiness aside, can't wait to finally play this.