PS3 Mass Effect 2 release detailed

BioWare offering on-disc access to DLC packs such as Lair of the Shadow Broker, Project Overlord; original game's backstory to be told through interactive comic.

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At GamesCom in August, Electronic Arts announced that BioWare's Microsoft-exclusive sci-fi role-playing franchise Mass Effect would soon be a multi-console enterprise. Early next year, EA will publish Mass Effect 2 on the PlayStation 3. The outing will follow on from the game's release on the Xbox 360 and PC in January 2010 and portends well for Mass Effect 3's eventual distribution on Sony's platform.

This week, BioWare offered PS3 gamers a glimpse at what they'll be able to expect from Mass Effect 2's Blu-ray disc debut. Namely, the primary advantage of the PS3 edition of the game will be on-disc access to content released in a downloadable form for the Xbox 360 and PC. This content includes the Lair of the Shadow Broker, Project Overlord, Kasumi: Stolen Memory, and Blood Dragon Armor packs.

Commander Shepard will have any number of things to do upon Mass Effect 2's PS3 release.

PS3 gamers who purchase Mass Effect 2 new will also gain access to the Cerberus Network, which offers free access to additional downloadable content ranging from the Zaeed character missions to the Hammerhead hover tank. Used-game purchasers 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.

"While I can't release all the details about this yet, what I can tell you is that we want to create a stunning visual experience that not only tells the core story elements of Mass Effect 1 but also is fully interactive, allowing you to be faced with some of the major choices, which will have consequences your Mass Effect universe," said BioWare producer Jesse Houston of the comic. He also noted that it will be included with the Cerberus Network and initially be a PS3 exclusive.

Lastly, BioWare confirmed a number of additional DLC packs will be available for the PS3 edition of the game, of both the free and paid variety. Though the studio didn't delve into the specifics of these add-ons, it did offer the names Aegis Pack and Recon Operations Pack.

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

Discussion

321 comments
elby322
elby322

PS3 owners that don't own a 360 should pick up Mass Effect 1 on the PC. It's only 8 bucks at Amazon. I just finished it and it's pretty good. Can't wait for part 2 on the PS3.

durio
durio

As soon as I read it was being released on the PS3. I started clicking my way over to the Game website, clicked on pre-order, and bought it for $69 :))) Now the waiting. "Oh the way-ay-ting, is the haaar-deeee-st part"

GunGrave47
GunGrave47

now BioWare is starting to realize that the ps3 is the future of gaming !!!!!!!!!!!! i played it on pc and i will on ps3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Avian005
Avian005

I may have Mass Effect 2 on the Xbox 360, but it's such a good game I'm going to buy it PS3. I'm still going to get both Mass Effect games on PC some time.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I'd get this but I already have it for 360. If ME3 comes out for PS3 on release day then I'll get it for PS3.

MatthewSnyder86
MatthewSnyder86

Man I am excited always wanted to play Mass Effect, now I can in January!

kevb84
kevb84

Yep no problem buying this game again

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

Blu ray edition of Mass Effect 2 will be awesome!! the graphics should be a improvement over the shoddy 360

maxwell97
maxwell97

Mass Effect 2 might just be the best game I've ever played. Just looking at the still of the video above makes me want to boot it up. Glad to hear more people will get to play it.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Interesting. I just bought a 360, but I may end up just waiting for the PS3 release if it's good enough. I'm waiting to see how it turns out. Console wars are for the fools. Either way, 360 owners should be happy to get the game first and PS3 owners should be happy to be treated well to ME2.

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

Agreed analogjunkie24... Any gamer can agree regardless of the system a great game is a great game...

analogjunkie24
analogjunkie24

I am glad that PS3 owners will get a chance to play this wonderful masterpiece of a game but I don't think an interactive comic is going to be enough to fully immerse themselves into the game's universe. Pretty much every site that reviewed this game highly recommended playing the first one to its conclusion to fully appreciate it.

Kid2812
Kid2812

@rogue81 Well i liked what i played in Mass Effect 2 and i dont care what Bioware made the game to be. As long as this game is good and has a really good story then am fine with the game. I was not complaining about the fact that the game was not like Final Fantasy or it would not even be worth releasing it on the ps3. TBH i was comparing the game to Dragon Age since they where made by the same developers which is also a RPG. As long as the game gives me my moneys worth i wont care what the game was trying to be and am not a really hyped about the whole making choices part but the game has alot of action and fun moments to make me wanna buy it.

rogue81
rogue81

@Kid2812: If giving it another classification helps you enjoy the game, by all means, please do what you need to do. I have no problem with that. For me, the RPG elements come from the choices I make in the story. My actions in the game have weight, and my actions make the characters come to life. To me, those choices give more meaning to the term "RPG" than deciding where points go in a talent tree. The frustrating part for me comes from people who complain about one game because it doesn't play enough like another game. If someone doesn't like game B because it isn't game A, then why are you playing game B to begin with. If the rules set by the earlier games are so sacred that they can't be bent or broken, then that doesn't leave a whole lot of room to grow. You don't have to like Mass Effect 2. All I ask, when you get the game, judge it on what it presents to you in the game. Don't constantly compare it to Final Fantasy.

Kid2812
Kid2812

I think that Mass Effect 2 looks amazing and i had a go at it once. I cant wait for it to be on the ps3 BUT i dont get why Mass Effect 2 is a RPG coz it seems to be more action/adventure type game then a ''Role Playing Game''. I havent played the full game since am waiting for it to be on the ps3 but from all the videos and reviews Mass Effect 2 would like (in gameplay) Uncharted 2 and Socom then Final Fantasy and Dragon Age Still going to pick this up if i get the money and time to, but am going to treat it as a Third Person Shooter rather then a RPG

rogue81
rogue81

@GodGundamNT1: 1) Microsoft owns the rights to the first Mass Effect. So, that "lazy game developer" just happens to be limited by copyright law. Damn them, if only they spent millions of dollars on a frivolous law suit just to lose to MS and still not be able to publish the first Mass Effect on the PS3. Maybe then you'd get off their case. 2) I think the game is fantastic, you think the game is average. These are what we call "opinions". However, I happen to know for a fact that "RPG" stands for "Role Playing Game". I take that to mean that I would be "playing the role" of a given character in a given RPG game. You'll probably blast back with historical records of the past 20 years of Final Fantasy and Dragons Quest games (hit tables and leveling charts included). Just in case you haven't noticed, there are no spikey haired, troubled youths with giant swords that have to overcome their shyness to save the world from an effeminate, one winged angel in the Mass Effect universe. I suggest you relax and enjoy the game for what it is. Stop trying to shoehorn everything with and RPG label into your preconceived notion of what an RPG should be.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

ill get it to see whats all the fuss about

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

So what good games are there only on 360? This was already on PC so it didn't even count before. If someone owned a PC and a PS3 the only reason to get a 360 is Halo or Gears and they are good but not worth a new system for.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

great news for PS3 owners,Mass Effect 2 is an amazing game. I've been through it 3 times on PC now,shame PS3 owners had to wait so long though

anthonycg
anthonycg

@GodGundamNT1 And average as opposed to what exactly lol? This isn't final fantasy and if that's what you were hoping for then you were going to be disappointed. While ME1 was much better in the stats department, they are still a very important aspect of the game especially on insane mode. Maybe you're playing on an easy difficulty where you can spam biotics all the time and just run up on people with the shotty but by increasing the difficulty you will see that just shooting will get you beat fairly easily. Teamwork and the proper leveling of your biotics is essential. But if you're playing on easy then you'll never figure it out. I bet you use pull and push a lot too eh? :D

anthonycg
anthonycg

@ GodGundamNT1 MS owns the rights to ME1 so that would be impossible.

lowkey254
lowkey254

@rogue81 It's not that I'm a fan boy, I play my 360 more than my PS3, due to my friends having a 360 and not a PS3. I'm more of a realist, and to the quote you have for me, I meant, "only because the PS3 has way more power than the 360." @gandalf_storm Maybe MGS4 could fit on a single disc, but let's say they did take out the cinematics, the game still wouldn't play correctly on a 360, the frame rate would be too slow to enjoy the game. They would have to take out a lot for it to work. Too everyone else, if you have a friend with a PS3 or if you have one but don't use it, I would like you to Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2. With an objective mind just play through the first two levels and you will see what I mean about the PS3. I honestly, cannot think of, nor have I seen a game on the 360 that can rival 1 let alone both of these games. Of course this is my opinion, so I'd rather you check it out for yourself.

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

@ lowkey254, if they cut out the 100 hours of intros MGS4 would run fine on 360, cant why either demon souls or KZ2 wouldnt work either

Malhound
Malhound

Its fully packed! I'll buy it when it comes out!

noah10
noah10

I wish they would have just came out with the first mass effect for the ps3.But then again I beat the first mass effect when had a 360 and not a ps3 so its not that big of a deal 2 me.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

oh and rogue81 this game is not "fantastic" its pretty average, the KOTOR games were far superior specially when you could raise the stats of your gun wielders like a real RPG instead of having to control them like a third person shooter wich detracts alot form an RPG experience specially when shootters are more about you than stats

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

wow what a lazy game developer. why didn't they just reprogram the first MassEffect, release it and then like 5 months later reprogram MassEffect 2 including all of the dlc fixed as many bugs as possible and put it as an all at once release. They have no excuse, Sony's PS3 dev tools have matured to yield ease of use and alot of power to developers and the Blu Ray format just simply hold more data, just look at GTA4 the complete edition version on PS3, it includes all the DLC in ONE blu ray DISC.

rogue81
rogue81

@lowkey254 "only because the PS3 has way more power than the ps3" hahaha... I love fanboys. Anyway, this game is fantastic. I'm glad to see more people are going to be able to play it.

godofwar1229
godofwar1229

I can't wait for this to come out it will be so awesome=-)

lowkey254
lowkey254

For anyone to truly think that a ps3 exclusive could run on a 360 has not played the ps3 exclusives. I only say that because, licenses aside, KZ2 would have to be severely downgraded to even play properly, the same goes for Demon Souls, MGS4, so on and so forth. Once again, licenses aside, Halo and Fable would run beautifully on the PS3. only because the PS3 has way more power than the ps3. Think of it like this, you can't play a Blu ray disc in a dvd player but you can play a dvd in a blu ray player. I'm not talking about the formats they use, I'm just giving an example of upgrading and downgrading.

Fancelot
Fancelot

Being able to watch a movie or play a game earlier than the next guy itself has a value attached to it. For those people saying they would prefer waiting for Goty versions because it's a better deal... well it's not necessarily a better deal depending on what value you place on the fact that you have to wait a year or 2 (usually there is a value attached to the wait time). Think of it this way, if a developer told you that you can have access to a video game 1 year before it comes out if you fork out an extra 20-30 bucks on top of retail... I know a lot of ppl that would do it.

majere613
majere613

Well. I actually finally got around to upgrading to a 360 Slim from my elderly 20gb launch model largely due to wanting to play the ME2 DLC, which simply wouldn't have fit in the 58mb I had left :P If you only have a Ps3, or for some other reason you never picked up ME and/or ME2, you'd be officially nuts not to go for this release, IMHO.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

I'm sad as a multiplatform owner, I spent so much money on those DLC and the collector's edition. PS3-only owners, snatch this one up ASAP. You are getting a GREAT deal. ME2, in my opinion (and I've played a lot of 2010 games) should be GOTY.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

For those of you that that have never played Mass Effect, dont worry too much about missing out on ME1, as all is explained eventually throughout ME2. I got ME2 at launch and was a little worried about missing key points in the story, however it is very cleverly written, and all becomes clear.

Axel450
Axel450

@shaun_ofda_dead After long thought.......(30 minutes later)...agreed. we all hate paying for dlc, so we wait for the goty version (i.e. Fallout 3). but what happens when there isnt a goty edition coming out (i.e. CoD WaW)? wouldn't that just be a gigantic waste of time? btw, i dont really need professional help, im only a teen. and, selling all of my systems would AT LEAST get me $2,000, not including games.

shentonio
shentonio

@Chiyo18 To be honest I hadn't heard about that, but I assume having to purchase the interactive comic if you pick up the game 2nd hand is another attempt to try and make people pick up the game new. I personally don't have an issue with people buying games 2nd hand, but I will usually go out and get a game at full price anyways (yes, I am a sucker I know!). Usually if you wait around a few weeks the price of new games generally goes down eventually :0)

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@Axel450 wow you have serious fanboy issues that should be taken up by 1. seeking professional help and 2. selling all of your gaming consoles. Get rid of your pc while you're at it, that why you won't take up space on the internet with asinine comments. Mass effect is really only playable (that's the proper way to say that statement by the way) on xbox? that's as dumb as saying that street fighter 2 is only playable on snes. which is dead wrong. Ya know, I am glad that this game is coming to ps3 (and I don't even own one). It is too great of a game to not have on multi-home consoles. And kudos for bioware for including some from of back story via the comic, as microsoft will never give up on the license of the first game. Now if they will just release a goty edition for 360/pc, everyone will win. I hate paying for dlc.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

AWESOME!!! so looking forward to this game! =D

Axel450
Axel450

you idiots. mass effect was only really playable on xbox. this is almost as bad as the release of E.T. The Video Game. Again I say- you idiots.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Was Mass Effect 1 ever ported to the PS3? Bioware should do that aswell (I preferred ME1 over 2)

organbank
organbank

Wow EA/Bioware are actually going to release the FULL game for full price. Still, who would pay to get this boring piece of crap, better off watching a movie.

frazzle00
frazzle00

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shooters125
shooters125

I'd say that porting Mass Effect to the ps3 is fair. I mean in case you forgot the xbox is getting the new sequel for Demon's Souls. The only real difference between consoles is the controller, exclusives and network feel. In fact the only reason I favor the xbox is the controller and all my friends have it.

thanatosser
thanatosser

They said that the ME franchise will continue, however maybe with different charactures, either way 3 will be the end of the trilogy. @Spahettificator, yeah i'm aware that some people didnt have to buy into cerberus network, like yourself... but people who didnt buy the collectors edition did.

Montrovant1488
Montrovant1488

The fact that this game will be released is not a betrayal from bioware, nor a backstab to all x360 and PC gamers who made this franchise great (myself being a hardcore fan). This will help to introduce new people to this great universe, and in the long run make the franchise bigger, most of us think that Mass Effect 3 will be the end, hell no! if our PS3 brothers accept this game and expand it, we will have more ME for years to come, isn't that something to ponder?

No_Intelligence
No_Intelligence

I don't see how this can possibly be a bad thing for consumers for a game to go multiplatform. Gamers win from this.

Kabals
Kabals

Many of you guys are missing the point: less than 10% of people buy the DLC anyway, and the cost to make this is virtually nothing. DLC that is 6-12 months old is like the $40 toaster you get when you open a checking account at your local bank. Look at other situations: how many of you were the first to buy a DVD player back in the day? Or the first to buy a Blu-Ray player? How much did you pay? You paid a premium for it because it was brand new. You knew what you were doing, and you knew that if you waited, you could get it cheaper (or free), but you wanted it RIGHT THEN. DLC is no different. So you paid some $$ for it when it was released. That was your choice. Don't go off half-cocked about how it's suddenly not fair. Is it fair that you spent $400 on a blu-ray player when people are buying them now for $75? It's not a matter of fairness, it's how the market works.