Mass Effect 1 vs Mass Effect 2 (graphics)

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#1 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

Which one do you think was better with graphics.

I think the first one actually has better graphics although I am judging this by the PC version of both.

Mass effect one seems to be more polished while the second game has too many smoke and mirrors.

The second one adds a lot of shiny bright materials which reminds me of the chrome age where lots of devs where covering their game with metallic objects.

Also the inconsistency with textures is pretty bad.

I know mass effect 1 had some parts but no where near as bad in certain areas.

Just take a look at how back this looks.....and it is right next to a good texture which makes it worse.

Mass Effect 1 had the option to use ultra high textures while the second has no option for textures.

#2 Posted by lusitanogamer (9338 posts) -
Speaking of the 360 version, Mass Effect 2 definately looks better than Mass Effect 1.
#3 Posted by pc-ps360 (3460 posts) -

u cannot even compare the graphics me 2 looks so much better. i never like me1 but i love me2. me1 trully is an ugly looking game with bad animation and every one walks weird in that game. me2 looks outstanding compared to it and levels are very nice also the gameplay in me2 is outstanding

#4 Posted by Fried_Shrimp (2902 posts) -
MassEffect 2 looked and played much better than the first.
#5 Posted by locopatho (20421 posts) -
I thought they both looked super pretty. Didn't see much of an improvement to the 2nd one, tho texture pop was gone completely.
#6 Posted by DethSkematik (3900 posts) -
The intro of Mass Effect 2 is all I need to be convinced those graphics blow the first one away :D.
#7 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

u cannot even compare the graphics me 2 looks so much better. i never like me1 but i love me2. me1 trully is an ugly looking game with bad animation and every one walks weird in that game. me2 looks outstanding compared to it and levels are very nice also the gameplay in me2 is outstanding

pc-ps360

This is mass effect 1 and it didn't look so bad.

#8 Posted by CTR360 (7178 posts) -
mass effect 2 is better game for mass effect 1
#9 Posted by New_Messege (304 posts) -
OMG you guys the first Mass Effect was awsome stop hating.
#10 Posted by pc-ps360 (3460 posts) -

[QUOTE="pc-ps360"]

u cannot even compare the graphics me 2 looks so much better. i never like me1 but i love me2. me1 trully is an ugly looking game with bad animation and every one walks weird in that game. me2 looks outstanding compared to it and levels are very nice also the gameplay in me2 is outstanding

Hakkai007

This is mass effect 1 and it didn't look so bad.

all i will say if u played mass effect 2 before mass effect 1 it is a very bad idea.

#11 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="pc-ps360"]

u cannot even compare the graphics me 2 looks so much better. i never like me1 but i love me2. me1 trully is an ugly looking game with bad animation and every one walks weird in that game. me2 looks outstanding compared to it and levels are very nice also the gameplay in me2 is outstanding

pc-ps360

This is mass effect 1 and it didn't look so bad.

all i will say if u played mass effect 2 before mass effect 1 it is a very bad idea.

Well yah it would be bad to play the second if you did not play the first because of the story.

I played the first one and now I am playing the second one.

#12 Posted by AAllxxjjnn (19988 posts) -
Both games have pretty meh visual design. Like step it up Bioware.
#13 Posted by pc-ps360 (3460 posts) -

[QUOTE="pc-ps360"]

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

This is mass effect 1 and it didn't look so bad.

Hakkai007

all i will say if u played mass effect 2 before mass effect 1 it is a very bad idea.

Well yah it would be bad to play the second if you did not play the first because of the story.

I played the first one and now I am playing the second one.

for me i played me2 first i loved it so i decided to play me1 and i hated everything about it i could not stand the game. also me2 story get u up to date u dont need to play the first to enjoy the story of the second

#14 Posted by New_Messege (304 posts) -
Both games have pretty meh visual design. Like step it up Bioware. AAllxxjjnn
Define "visual design"
#15 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="pc-ps360"]

all i will say if u played mass effect 2 before mass effect 1 it is a very bad idea.

pc-ps360

Well yah it would be bad to play the second if you did not play the first because of the story.

I played the first one and now I am playing the second one.

for me i played me2 first i loved it so i decided to play me1 and i hated everything about it i could not stand the game. also me2 story get u up to date u dont need to play the first to enjoy the story of the second

Well playing the first adds a lot to the story and it has more meaning that way.

The first game is fun but it seems people like easy fast paced third person shooters.

I don't like the second as much although the presentation is better I just don't like the new controls and settings.

#16 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16807 posts) -

Mass Effect 1 had terrible up close textures on both the 360 version and PC version. Mass Effect 2 does not suffer from that, and it runs much better.

#17 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

Mass Effect 1 had terrible up close textures on both the 360 version and PC version. Mass Effect 2 does not suffer from that, and it runs much better.

JangoWuzHere

I just posted a screenshot of one of the most horrible textures I have seen in this current gen and it was in mass effect 2.

What made it worse is that texture was added to all of that area.

I did not really see many bad environmental textures in Mass Effect 1. There were some poor clothing textures but Mass Effect 2 still has that.

Mass Effect 1 seemed to have more polish in the environments.

Also Mass Effect 1 had the option for ultra high textures.

#18 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16807 posts) -

[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"]

Mass Effect 1 had terrible up close textures on both the 360 version and PC version. Mass Effect 2 does not suffer from that, and it runs much better.

Hakkai007

I just posted a screenshot of one of the most horrible textures I have seen in this current gen and it was in mass effect 2.

Never noticed that texture before. I noticed a lot more high quality textures in ME2.

I did not really see many bad environmental textures in Mass Effect 1. There were some poor clothing textures but Mass Effect 2 still has that.

the poor clothing textures was MUCH more noticable in ME1.

Mass Effect 1 seemed to have more polish in the environments.

I disagree

Also Mass Effect 1 had the option for ultra high textures.

So? The difference between high quality and ultra was unnoticable

#19 Posted by guildclaws (7907 posts) -
Mass Effect 2 looks is much better than Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 gameplay is much better too
#20 Posted by PAL360 (27022 posts) -

I have only played the console version. ME2 looks alot better than ME

#21 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"]

Mass Effect 1 had terrible up close textures on both the 360 version and PC version. Mass Effect 2 does not suffer from that, and it runs much better.

JangoWuzHere

I just posted a screenshot of one of the most horrible textures I have seen in this current gen and it was in mass effect 2.

Never noticed that texture before. I noticed a lot more high quality textures in ME2.

I did not really see many bad environmental textures in Mass Effect 1. There were some poor clothing textures but Mass Effect 2 still has that.

the poor clothing textures was MUCH more noticable in ME1.

Mass Effect 1 seemed to have more polish in the environments.

I disagree

Also Mass Effect 1 had the option for ultra high textures.

So? The difference between high quality and ultra was unnoticable

Here is another and it looks bad even from far away.

#22 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16807 posts) -

ok..

#23 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

Yah I know the clothes textures were bad in some characters but that has not changed with mass effect 2.

And let me find that part in the PC version and see how it was.

Hopefully I got a save for it as it was close to the beginning.

#24 Posted by Bunj84 (494 posts) -

havent played ME2 yet, but ME1 has ridiculous texture popin issues and some frame rate issues when there are more enemies onscreen. Xbox version of course.

#25 Posted by The_Gaming_Baby (6337 posts) -

Easily Mass Effect 2. My only problem with Mass Effect is that the textures usually load up after you begin gameplay.

#26 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

havent played ME2 yet, but ME1 has ridiculous texture popin issues and some frame rate issues when there are more enemies onscreen. Xbox version of course.

Bunj84

The PC version didn't really have this issue at all.

And I can't seem to find a save with that NPC in the pic but I think that is just about as bad as it was for me.

#27 Posted by ExESGO (1895 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"]

Mass Effect 1 had terrible up close textures on both the 360 version and PC version. Mass Effect 2 does not suffer from that, and it runs much better.

JangoWuzHere

I just posted a screenshot of one of the most horrible textures I have seen in this current gen and it was in mass effect 2.

Never noticed that texture before. I noticed a lot more high quality textures in ME2.

I did not really see many bad environmental textures in Mass Effect 1. There were some poor clothing textures but Mass Effect 2 still has that.

the poor clothing textures was MUCH more noticable in ME1.

Mass Effect 1 seemed to have more polish in the environments.

I disagree

Also Mass Effect 1 had the option for ultra high textures.

So? The difference between high quality and ultra was unnoticable

The only noticeable difference between High and Ultra-High was Garrus' face.
#28 Posted by waltefmoney (18030 posts) -

[QUOTE="Bunj84"]

havent played ME2 yet, but ME1 has ridiculous texture popin issues and some frame rate issues when there are more enemies onscreen. Xbox version of course.

Hakkai007

The PC version didn't really have this issue at all.

And I can't seem to find a save with that NPC in the pic but I think that is just about as bad as it was for me.

Please post a screenshot, then people might believe what you're saying.
#29 Posted by Miroku32 (8666 posts) -

Can't say here because I don't know why on my pc ME1 looks so awful:cry: but I can say that Mass Effect2 looks great.

#30 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="Bunj84"]

havent played ME2 yet, but ME1 has ridiculous texture popin issues and some frame rate issues when there are more enemies onscreen. Xbox version of course.

waltefmoney

The PC version didn't really have this issue at all.

And I can't seem to find a save with that NPC in the pic but I think that is just about as bad as it was for me.

Please post a screenshot, then people might believe what you're saying.

A screenshot of what?

#31 Posted by waltefmoney (18030 posts) -

[QUOTE="waltefmoney"][QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

The PC version didn't really have this issue at all.

And I can't seem to find a save with that NPC in the pic but I think that is just about as bad as it was for me.

Hakkai007

Please post a screenshot, then people might believe what you're saying.

A screenshot of what?

A screenshot of the PC version not having the low res texture issue that JangoWuzHere posted.
#32 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="waltefmoney"] Please post a screenshot, then people might believe what you're saying.waltefmoney

A screenshot of what?

A screenshot of the PC version not having the low res texture issue that JangoWuzHere posted.

He posted some of the characters and I agreed that mass effect 1 had some bad clothes textures on NPCs but so does Mass Effect 2.

If I had the save where that NPC was at I would post screenshots but sadly I do not have that save point.

My arguement was with the horrible textures that Mass Effect 2 had in some maps like the one I posted.

It wasn't just 1 or 2 objects with bad textures it was a bad textures that covered a lot of the walls and it made it worse because it was right next to some good textures on the ground.

#33 Posted by Sheppard212 (765 posts) -

A game first in the series from 2007 that wasn't well optimized versus a 2010 game with much better optimization and money put towards it?

I don't know, it's a tough one champ.

Both games play well and are on my top ten list, so let's just call it the "Mass Effect Series/Franchise" instead.

#34 Posted by waltefmoney (18030 posts) -

[QUOTE="waltefmoney"][QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

A screenshot of what?

Hakkai007

A screenshot of the PC version not having the low res texture issue that JangoWuzHere posted.

He posted some of the characters and I agreed that mass effect 1 had some bad clothes textures on NPCs but so does Mass Effect 2.

My arguement was with the horrible textures that Mass Effect 2 had in some maps like the one I posted.

It wasn't just 1 or 2 objects with bad textures it was a bad textures that covered a lot of the walls and it made it worse because it was right next to some good textures on the ground.

I don't remember ever seeing those low res wall textures and I played the game on the 360. Anyway, a few bad textures and all of a sudden the game looks worse? How about all of the character models looking better, better overall animations, better particle effects..
#35 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

Also Mass Effect 2 seemed like a hasty console port to the PC.

They did not fix the video cutscenes and they are horribly pixelated.

I know why they are like that and it's because the videos are displayed in 1280x720 and my resolution is 1680x1050.

Since the aspect ratio of the movies are 16:9 and my resolution is 16:10 the pixels do not align correctly making the videos eye bleeding to watch.

I wish there was a fix for this, I had the same problem with the Witcher.

#36 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="waltefmoney"] A screenshot of the PC version not having the low res texture issue that JangoWuzHere posted. waltefmoney

He posted some of the characters and I agreed that mass effect 1 had some bad clothes textures on NPCs but so does Mass Effect 2.

My arguement was with the horrible textures that Mass Effect 2 had in some maps like the one I posted.

It wasn't just 1 or 2 objects with bad textures it was a bad textures that covered a lot of the walls and it made it worse because it was right next to some good textures on the ground.

I don't remember ever seeing those low res wall textures and I played the game on the 360. Anyway, a few bad textures and all of a sudden the game looks worse? How about all of the character models looking better, better overall animations, better particle effects..

Character models are the same to me. animations may be a little better in parts. And yes having a whole map covered in ugly wall textures while the floor looks great is bad.

Also the shiny effect and over bloom is kind of bad.

Particles effects don't look much more amazing just more smoke and mirrors.

#37 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16807 posts) -

Also Mass Effect 2 seemed like a hasty console port to the PC.

They did not fix the video cutscenes and they are horribly pixelated.

I know why they are like that and it's because the videos are displayed in 1280x720 and my resolution is 1680x1050.

Since the aspect ration of the movies are 16:9 and my resolution is 16:10 the pixels do not align correctly making the videos eye bleeding to watch.

I wish there was a fix for this, I had the same problem with the Witcher.

Hakkai007
I don't like to argue with PC gamers who just throw out the word "console port" to every game they see....
#38 Posted by waltefmoney (18030 posts) -

[QUOTE="waltefmoney"][QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

He posted some of the characters and I agreed that mass effect 1 had some bad clothes textures on NPCs but so does Mass Effect 2.

My arguement was with the horrible textures that Mass Effect 2 had in some maps like the one I posted.

It wasn't just 1 or 2 objects with bad textures it was a bad textures that covered a lot of the walls and it made it worse because it was right next to some good textures on the ground.

Hakkai007

I don't remember ever seeing those low res wall textures and I played the game on the 360. Anyway, a few bad textures and all of a sudden the game looks worse? How about all of the character models looking better, better overall animations, better particle effects..

Character models are the same to me. animations may be a little better in parts. And yes having a whole map covered in ugly wall textures while the floor looks great is bad.

Also the shiny effect and over bloom is kind of bad.

Particles effects don't look much more amazing just more smoke and mirrors.

Well the only thing you showed was one wall from one section of a level. If you would kindly point me to the entire level covered in low resolution wall textures I would love to see it.
#39 Posted by Sheppard212 (765 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

Also Mass Effect 2 seemed like a hasty console port to the PC.

They did not fix the video cutscenes and they are horribly pixelated.

I know why they are like that and it's because the videos are displayed in 1280x720 and my resolution is 1680x1050.

Since the aspect ration of the movies are 16:9 and my resolution is 16:10 the pixels do not align correctly making the videos eye bleeding to watch.

I wish there was a fix for this, I had the same problem with the Witcher.

JangoWuzHere

I don't like to argue with PC gamers who just throw out the word "console port" to every game they see....

Apparently ME2 plays better on the console, and combined with somewhat clunky movement and cover system on the PC, I can see why the came is considered a console port.

But is there really anything to argue? It's not like the graphics got worse. Did you see the opening sequences, the closeups to the characters and the clothing?

#40 Posted by Ravenchrome (1776 posts) -

I don't care much about graphics in Bioware's games.

Their graphics suck.

I play for character's interaction an lore.

#41 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

Also Mass Effect 2 seemed like a hasty console port to the PC.

They did not fix the video cutscenes and they are horribly pixelated.

I know why they are like that and it's because the videos are displayed in 1280x720 and my resolution is 1680x1050.

Since the aspect ration of the movies are 16:9 and my resolution is 16:10 the pixels do not align correctly making the videos eye bleeding to watch.

I wish there was a fix for this, I had the same problem with the Witcher.

JangoWuzHere

I don't like to argue with PC gamers who just throw out the word "console port" to every game they see....

Well it is true.

The PC version of Mas Effect 2 has very little video settings compared to Mass Effect 2 and they kept the cutscenes at 720p only which screws anyone over who has a 16:10 monitor.

#42 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16807 posts) -

[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"][QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

Also Mass Effect 2 seemed like a hasty console port to the PC.

They did not fix the video cutscenes and they are horribly pixelated.

I know why they are like that and it's because the videos are displayed in 1280x720 and my resolution is 1680x1050.

Since the aspect ration of the movies are 16:9 and my resolution is 16:10 the pixels do not align correctly making the videos eye bleeding to watch.

I wish there was a fix for this, I had the same problem with the Witcher.

Hakkai007

I don't like to argue with PC gamers who just throw out the word "console port" to every game they see....

Well it is true.

The PC version of Mas Effect 2 has very little video settings compared to Mass Effect 2 and they kept the cutscenes at 720p only which screws anyone over who has a 16:10 monitor.

Well good thing I play all my games at 1920x1080:) Cutscenes looked fine to me
#43 Posted by SaltyMeatballs (25155 posts) -
Mass Effect 2 had better graphics and gameplay.
#44 Posted by waltefmoney (18030 posts) -
Suddenly this whole topic makes sense.
#45 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"][QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

Also Mass Effect 2 seemed like a hasty console port to the PC.

They did not fix the video cutscenes and they are horribly pixelated.

I know why they are like that and it's because the videos are displayed in 1280x720 and my resolution is 1680x1050.

Since the aspect ration of the movies are 16:9 and my resolution is 16:10 the pixels do not align correctly making the videos eye bleeding to watch.

I wish there was a fix for this, I had the same problem with the Witcher.

Sheppard212

I don't like to argue with PC gamers who just throw out the word "console port" to every game they see....

Apparently ME2 plays better on the console, and combined with somewhat clunky movement and cover system on the PC, I can see why the came is considered a console port.

But is there really anything to argue? It's not like the graphics got worse. Did you see the opening sequences, the closeups to the characters and the clothing?

Cut scenes were horrible because they were all pixelated. I already mentioned why that is.

The clothes on the main characters are usually great whether it is ME1 or ME2.

But there are some bad textures still.

#46 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16807 posts) -

[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"][QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

Also Mass Effect 2 seemed like a hasty console port to the PC.

They did not fix the video cutscenes and they are horribly pixelated.

I know why they are like that and it's because the videos are displayed in 1280x720 and my resolution is 1680x1050.

Since the aspect ration of the movies are 16:9 and my resolution is 16:10 the pixels do not align correctly making the videos eye bleeding to watch.

I wish there was a fix for this, I had the same problem with the Witcher.

Sheppard212

I don't like to argue with PC gamers who just throw out the word "console port" to every game they see....

Apparently ME2 plays better on the console, and combined with somewhat clunky movement and cover system on the PC, I can see why the came is considered a console port.

But is there really anything to argue? It's not like the graphics got worse. Did you see the opening sequences, the closeups to the characters and the clothing?

Based on what? movement and aiming is fine, so I don't know what you are talking about. Especially considering that the raidal menu in the console version just slows the action down compared to the hotkeys on the PC version.

#47 Posted by Sheppard212 (765 posts) -

[QUOTE="Sheppard212"]

Apparently ME2 plays better on the console, and combined with somewhat clunky movement and cover system on the PC, I can see why the came is considered a console port.

But is there really anything to argue? It's not like the graphics got worse. Did you see the opening sequences, the closeups to the characters and the clothing?

JangoWuzHere

Based on what? movement and aiming is fine, so I don't know what you are talking about. Especially considering that the raidal menu in the console version just slows the action down compared to the hotkeys on the PC version.

Based upon what the players have been sayign abotu the game. Now, let me make myself clear: The cover system has a few quirks that annoys me from time to time, but it's a minor gripe and it doesn't subtract from the signle best SP experince yet. But basically, the game apparentky runs "better" on a 360. But I wouldn't know, I'm a PC gamer and I enjoyed it anyway.

The version I played had better scanning speeds and Mako controls. :D

#48 Posted by Hakkai007 (4905 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hakkai007"]

[QUOTE="waltefmoney"] I don't remember ever seeing those low res wall textures and I played the game on the 360. Anyway, a few bad textures and all of a sudden the game looks worse? How about all of the character models looking better, better overall animations, better particle effects..waltefmoney

Character models are the same to me. animations may be a little better in parts. And yes having a whole map covered in ugly wall textures while the floor looks great is bad.

Also the shiny effect and over bloom is kind of bad.

Particles effects don't look much more amazing just more smoke and mirrors.

Well the only thing you showed was one wall from one section of a level. If you would kindly point me to the entire level covered in low resolution wall textures I would love to see it.

Fine I will post more of that level.

#49 Posted by coreybg (2608 posts) -

Everyone bashing different stuff.

Some are bashing ME1 textures, some ME2 textures and cutscenes, now even controlls.

Here's what:

ME1 - Graphics were fine, only the clothing wasn't detailed, but the face textures and animations were awesome.

ME2 - Cutscenes were fine,textures were fine aswell and it plays better on PC (my opinion cuz I can't even use a controller)

#50 Posted by waltefmoney (18030 posts) -
Hakkai007, which level is that?