Mass Effect 2 PlayStation Store-bound

BioWare's award-winning role-playing game will also be available via PSN when it launches for the PS3 on January 18.

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Next Tuesday, PlayStation 3 owners will get their first crack at BioWare's award-winning Mass Effect series, courtesy of Mass Effect 2. Nearly a year after it debuted on the Xbox 360 and PC to rapt reviews, the game will arrive for Sony's console on January 18 on the console's Blu-ray disc format. The expanded storage capacity of the format will allow for the port to also contain three previously released downloadable content missions--Overlord, Lair of the Shadow Broker, and Kasumi--on a single disc.

Mass Effect 2 will storm the PlayStation Store at the same time it hits real-world retailers.

In a rare move, Sony and BioWare owner Electronic Arts are simultaneously releasing Mass Effect 2 as a digital download on the PlayStation Store alongside its retail launch. Because the game was originally too large for a single DVD--the Xbox 360 edition occupied two discs--look for a hefty install size of over 10GB. Both the downloadable and boxed editions of the PS3 game will cost $60--three times more than the current price of the Xbox 360 and PC editions of the game.

A demo for Mass Effect 2 is currently available on the PlayStation Network. It lets players experience the beginning of the game, as well as introduces them to Dr. Mordin Solus, a potential party member. Players must undertake a dangerous mission to recruit Solus, a fast-talking Salarian scientist who can both heal injured party members and craft complex weapons.

Billed as more than a simple port, Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 runs on a new engine developed for Mass Effect 3, which is due out this holiday season for the PS3, 360, and PC. The game casts players once again as Commander Shepard, a former Alliance Marine who finds himself in the employ of the shadowy pro-human group known as Cerberus. For more information, check out GameSpot's full review of the Xbox 360 edition of the game.

Discussion

127 comments
Blazers420
Blazers420

I have a question fellas....would it be in my best interest to play ME1 and fully complete it before getting into ME2? I know it's a direct sequel and the story lines in ME2, I've heard, are fantastic but would I be at a loss without finishing the first one? I just don't want to burn myself out with the first one and not get into 2 b/c of it.

otaviogalileu
otaviogalileu

Mass Effect 2 will storm your imagination at the same time it hits real-world retailers.

otaviogalileu
otaviogalileu

@Gliave The Kasumi's Stolen Memory add-on costs 560 MS points (around $7) both the Overlord and Lair of the Shadow Broker cost 800 MS points each ($10) making it a total of $27 I think it also comes with Zaeed and Cerberus Network (both of which are also packed in with the 360's version, if its new) that cost $15 if bought online I don't think it makes up for the difference in price since the 360's version is valued around $19,99 at Amazon, making it a $47 total if you were going to buy the 360's version and the DLC... I'm not counting the other two because those are essentially free for new copies and if you get the chance to buy them online, DON'T! They're not worth it... the Overlord and Lair of the Shadow Broker on the other hand are some of the best chapters in the Mass Effect series and priced very reasonably! But even with the difference of $13 in value I think its worth it, mainly considering that the PS3's version is incredibly better looking than the 360's version... thats because its running on Mass Effect 3's engine... and believe me, this game is all about presentation! Play the Demo and you'll see how good it is (even though I think the Demo could've been a lot better...)

Gliave
Gliave

Hey, I'm no Xbox owner so I gotta ask: How much did each of the DLC's (Lair of the Shadow broker...etc) cost at the time? They all better add up to something around 60 bucks.

kostian15
kostian15

I have pre-ordered this game it said on the website it comes out 21st but this article says 18th? Which one is it?

hoefy23
hoefy23

@itchyflop i never had the chance cause i don't have a xbox but my roomate has played it and i pathatically watched it on youtube to get wat the story...

Aneurysm_uk
Aneurysm_uk

I've already got this and all the DLC on my xbox, but the fact I'm currently doing yet another playthrough proves how awesome this game is :)

itchyflop
itchyflop

@hoefy23 did you play the 1st ??

hoefy23
hoefy23

Finally the day has come...i've been goin nuts waiting for this moment...haha def gonna get it

Kid2812
Kid2812

Not sure if i should get this game, I'm currently playing AC: Brotherhood and BlazBlue:continuum shift and loving it.

dkdk999
dkdk999

@Rummy500 you've got a nice pic yourself :)

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Jonyunotme108 Well, people talk about "all time" with reverence, but gaming is still just a baby, so the games we remember with nostalgia generally aren't as good as no as they were back then. Plus, I didn't say THE all time best game, I said one of.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Erm... I'll wait a few months until it drops down to bargain price. I am not as stupid as many gamers who would actually pay full price for an old game. lol at them.

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

Let's see GOTY edition $60. Original game now sells for $20. That's $40 worth of DLC your are being duped into buying. Stop being scammed by GOTY editions and at least wait till the price drops. If you don't wise up they're just gonna keep milking you. Anyone who pays over $30 for a game now days is insane.

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

PS3 owners are in for a great time! I've owned ME2 on Xbox since it's release and I'm still loving it! Amazing game!

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

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laplace985
laplace985

Can't wait. I hate exclusives and this is the #1 game I wanted to play that was on the 360.

Jonyunotme108
Jonyunotme108

MooncalfReviews well i wouldnt go as far to call it the one of the best games of all time, its good ill give you tht not the best

l777l
l777l

Buy it on disc.

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

Got it pre-ordered :D Looking forward to playing this game!

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

getting the physical version, HDD is running out quickly, plus i like to own something that exist

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

That is one hell of a downloadable file LOL If you are going to pay full price you're better off getting the disc. Takes up less hard drive space anyway. I'm also as happy as everyone else that there is not that much b*tching and moaning/back and forth between console fanboys. A great game is a great game, no matter what console it is on, and all of the consoles (including the Wii) provide a great experience for their owners; after all you bought the system you thought would best suit you, so why complain and argue over which is best?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

This really is one game that should be played by all : )

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

I'm pleased to see that fanboys from both sides of the arguement are getting thumbed down on this page. Finally, people are getting sick of the whole console wars propaganda crap. PS3 owners get to play one of the best games of all time, and we Xbox owners are PLEASED about it. Isn't that nice? :D

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

For anyone that has yet to experience the ME universe, your in for a real treat. Lock all the doors, take the phone off the hook, sit back, and be immersed, because believe me, ME really is that good. On a side note, in order to get the best out of this game, it needs multiple playthroughs. Have fun : ) @Frost259, "Also wanna see CG videos at the end of the game, I felt that on 360 it was really being pushed to the limit" Without giving anything away, If you are refering to the millisecond pauses, these pauses are simply at the points were the CVG video will change dependant on the certain desisions that you made whilst building your crew etc. They are simply checkpoints.

sutherland604
sutherland604

Been waiting months for its release, why wait a few extra hours for the PSN download...I'll be getting the disc version of this.

VaanXPenelo
VaanXPenelo

This is good for all gamers involved. PS3 owners, enjoy this awesome game.

Mercurio78
Mercurio78

I think it's ok to charge 60$ because this is ME2 + all DLC, like a GOTY edition.

OleanderX
OleanderX

Now we all can enjoy this great game! Lets just all stop with the console war its getting ridiculous and I HATE IT.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Definitely buying this, and it is fantastic to see the developers put in extra effort into this release rather than it just being a port. A new engine? That's unheard of for a crossover. All the expansions, Cerberus network, AND an interactive comic for Mass Effect 1 to fill in the story and make your own choices? I am sold and sold.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

@sleepnsurf Well I love Mass Effect and already completed it on X360, but I'm still buying it again on PS3. Why? Well I prefer to play on my PS3 so I'll want to get Mass Effect 3 on PS3 and I want to import my decisions from ME2. Plus, it gives me a reason to replay an excellent game while I wait for Killzone 3.

pszone
pszone

why getting thumbs down im right xbox360 nothing a chap consle what caurse trouble so pp into xbox360 go away

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

I'm against digital purchase if they are the same price of the store copy. They save shipping, printing and the share of the retailer (which is at least 10% on new games) but I'm to pay for all they saved? Count me out. Plus I cannot resell it once I'm done with it, so I lose even more than paying the same price on retail.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

That would be nice if they had a way to get the PC version on the new engine also so I can use all my PC to get some excellent visuals that even the PS3 can't get. That was my one problem with Mass Effect 2 is the lack of PC graphics settings. It was a console port in that respect that we can't even set the Anti Aliasing.

Rummy500
Rummy500

@dkdk999 - Amen, buddy. A-friggin-men. Everyone should be able to play this big pile of awesomeness PC,PS3 or 360. Forget console wars and fanboism. PS Nice pic by the way.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@liam82517 Microsoft only published the Xbox 360 version. The PC version was published by EA because Bioware was purchased by EA after ME1 was released on the 360.

biagio55
biagio55

since when did mordin heal your party??

mattg90520
mattg90520

@macca366 ahh, yes, if any game can finally put an end to the console wars, it surely will be mass effect 3. flowers will grow. birds will sing. and yes, there will be a giant mofoin orgy of awesomeness

victoremilioflo
victoremilioflo

Beautiful thing sony did... finally some really great games in PSN! I just downloaded mass effect 1 for pc to understand everything in the sequel, but because i dont live in US, and games in my country are like $ 100 the new ones... this is just awesome!

newhighscore
newhighscore

10 gig download is pretty hefty. Plus Im a fan of all those game cases bowing the shelf on my entertainment center. Hard copy for me. Cant wait to play it and see what all the hype is about. I think its great that the PS3 goes the extra mile and gets these games that we would regularly miss out on and then adds nice little perks and tweaks to em. Bravo Sony. Keep up the good work.

RonTorque
RonTorque

That's a nice one for those who feel a little bit lazy to go out and download the game they can get it online

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Got it pre-ordered. Loved the first when I had an xbox.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Anybody remember that guy SalarianChemist, with the Mass Effect avatar? Boy would he have been gutted to know this was happening. Wonder what kind of essay he would post here to say why it would not be good on PS3. But then again, I haven't seen him again since this was announced last year.

rodr1gues
rodr1gues

yeah!!! mass effect for all :)

macca366
macca366

I'm glad ps3 owners get to try this, definitely my favourite game of 2010. Then we can all enjoy Mass Effect 3 together in harmony, the console war will be over, and we can all have one gigantic orgy in the love-pit :']

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Does anyone know if this'll be comeing out on xbl too? ATM i've searched like 5 different stores (2 gamespots, mom & pop gamestore, frys, and best buy) around the bay area and it seems as if EVERY single one is sold out of Mass Effect 2.. And before black friday i saw bundles of them on the used section for $29.99.. Ugh.. I need.. my.. Mass Effect.. 2! I got done playing as a renegade and now i'am replaying #1 as a paragon.. That way when #3 comes out ill have two different play throughs..

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Got it for $10 USD on Amazon and DLC on special for holiday for a whopping total of $15 bux. If you got a 360 save your money if not, enjoy it on the PS3!

Paoksis
Paoksis

this news page just reminded me that i want to replay ME2

Consolaman
Consolaman

"Both the downloadable and boxed editions of the PS3 game will cost $60--three times more than the current price of the Xbox 360 and PC editions of the game." But don't forget it will include all the DLCs so far. I don't know if I'll buy it since I own it for the 360 and beat it to a 100%. I think I'll save for Killzone 3.