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Mass Effect 2 PS3 Includes Old DLC, New Introductory Element

Don't look for Mass Effect 1 anytime soon, though.

Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 will include some, if not all, of the post-release DLC from the Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect 2. It will also ship with a fresh introductory element that might help new owners of the sequel come to grips with what happened in the first game, which so far isn't confirmed for a PS3 release.

Word of this comes straight from BioWare's Dr. Ray Muzyka in a conversation with VG247. "One of the things [BioWare] is doing is bringing a lot of the post-release downloadable content and integrating it into the experience, so that PS3 fans can check that out and play it," he said at Gamescom in Cologne.

"We're making sure there's a really seamless introduction to the world of Mass Effect, for players that haven’t experienced it before." 

  
   

After this edition of the game was announced during EA's press conference in Cologne, the publisher promised "bonus content" in a press release. Post-release DLC and a new introduction fit that bill.

Dr. Muzyka didn't address one of the other glaring weaknesses of the PS3 edition of the game: the lack of a save file transfer. Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360 featured numerous plot branches that players of the first game (with a transferred save file) could experience. It made choices, such as the life and death of two crew members, in the first game matter in its sequel. BioWare has until January 2011 to figure out what to do about this part of the game, though it's worth pointing out that you can certainly still play and enjoy Mass Effect 2 with a fresh character. 
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Posted by BradNicholson
Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 will include some, if not all, of the post-release DLC from the Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect 2. It will also ship with a fresh introductory element that might help new owners of the sequel come to grips with what happened in the first game, which so far isn't confirmed for a PS3 release.

Word of this comes straight from BioWare's Dr. Ray Muzyka in a conversation with VG247. "One of the things [BioWare] is doing is bringing a lot of the post-release downloadable content and integrating it into the experience, so that PS3 fans can check that out and play it," he said at Gamescom in Cologne.

"We're making sure there's a really seamless introduction to the world of Mass Effect, for players that haven’t experienced it before." 

  
   

After this edition of the game was announced during EA's press conference in Cologne, the publisher promised "bonus content" in a press release. Post-release DLC and a new introduction fit that bill.

Dr. Muzyka didn't address one of the other glaring weaknesses of the PS3 edition of the game: the lack of a save file transfer. Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360 featured numerous plot branches that players of the first game (with a transferred save file) could experience. It made choices, such as the life and death of two crew members, in the first game matter in its sequel. BioWare has until January 2011 to figure out what to do about this part of the game, though it's worth pointing out that you can certainly still play and enjoy Mass Effect 2 with a fresh character. 
Posted by Mrnitropb

So thats cool.

Posted by Droop

Oh wow.. That desperate?
 
Mass Effect on the Playstation seems wrong >:o

Posted by Dany
@Droop said:
" Oh wow.. That desperate?  Mass Effect on the Playstation seems wrong >:o "
How is it desperate to have players new to Mass Effect 2 to know what happened in Mass Effect 1?
Posted by Grissefar

That might help me pick up the game.

Posted by get2sammyb

I think that's fine. So long as they're doing the best they can. Bioware's a great studio so I'm sure they'll come up with a good solution to bridge the story gap.

Posted by KosmoK
@Droop said:
" Mass Effect on the Playstation seems wrong >:o "
About as wrong as Metal Gear on the 360...
 
So what?
Posted by Meteora

I don't like the idea that they include all or some DLC packs into the game which we had to buy ourselves...
 
Its like Tales of Vesperia all over again.

Posted by Raven10

As someone who plays Mass Effect on PC I don't see how one could enjoy the second game without having played the first. The whole point of Mass Effect is that your actions carry consequences through multiple games. For PS3 players will have the choices made for them which isn't fun at all.

Posted by Raven_Sword

Hope they figure something out. Still a great game though.

Posted by HT101

I think this is a good thing to happen but it will be interesting to see what happens with ME and ME3.

Posted by Boom_goes_the_dynamite

Even though the lack of Mass Effect kinda sucks I don't care.  When my friend told me about Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS2, I called him a liar and told him to get out of my told him to get out of my house, although it was his house.  But just knowing I can finally play Mass Effect 2 is awesome enough for me, given I don't have a 360 nor a PC good enough to play it I am ecstatic.

Posted by rohanspear345

oooh i hope they release metal gear on 360

Posted by Gearhead

Fuck you Bioware. You made me buy all those DLC packs for the S-Rank; even the shitty Kasumi DLC.

Posted by hermes

I would expect something like a one hour movie that highlights some of the moments of the Mass Effect 1 story, or something like what they did for MGS4. 
I have a friend that played through ME 2 with minimum knowledge of ME 1... so, I guess it can be done. Still, some introduction to the world before jumping into 2 would be nice.

Posted by Shuborno

People should not be annoyed that it comes with the DLC. 
 
Every game with tons of DLC inevitably returns in a package that includes it all a while later.  What you get out of paying for it immediately is being able to play it immediately and supporting its existence.  If we didn't have to pay for that content, it simply wouldn't exist for anyone. 
 
There's nothing "unfair" going on here.  I only have a PC and 360, but I think it's a great thing that PS3 owners can play what I consider to be the best game of 2010 so far.

Posted by W0lfbl1tzers
@Meteora: You mean like game of the year edition of games?
Posted by Meteora
@W0lfbl1tzers: Game of the Year Editions are fine; but I don't like it when they retail it on another port version with more stuff than the original. Financially and economically it makes sense, since adding all that DLC will justify them jacking up the $60 price mark for ME2 on the PS3, but it kinda makes you feel as if you got jipped.
 
Ah well.
Posted by His_lane

Couldn't they fit both games on one blu-ray disc? I would understand cutting DLC if they could make that happen.

Posted by FuzzYLemoN
@Droop said:
" Oh wow.. That desperate?  Mass Effect on the Playstation seems wrong >:o "
Someone's butthurt.
Posted by MJHAYLETT

Microsoft published ME1 - that is why we aren't getting it along with ME2!

Posted by max3000

You COULD just buy ME1 for the PC for cheap. And it runs quite well on low end PCs.

Posted by hagridore
360 owners: We got the game a year earlier and we also got Mass Effect 1. The PS3 edition including some DLC is not ripping you off.
Posted by W0lfbl1tzers
@Meteora: I own it on PC but I see why they do it. It will be a year old by the time they release it and some people will need some kind of incentive to pick it up.  Maybe they'll release a Game of the Year edition along side of the PS3 release
Posted by Shuborno
@His_lane said:
" Couldn't they fit both games on one blu-ray disc? I would understand cutting DLC if they could make that happen. "
Even if they could, I don't think the first game would hold up in 2011. 
 
When you consider when it was released, there is a case to be made for liking the first Mass Effect more than the second, but ME2 is up to polished, modern AAA shooter standards in terms of how it controls and ME1 definitely isn't.
Posted by RedSpark47

Mass effect on the Playstation is wrong dead wrong 
Its bullshit when r we gonna c Uncharted 2 or GOW 3 on the 360 
Why should the 360s greatest game b released for the PS3 
Its not fair, Metal Gear being released 4 360 is different because its a completely new game

Edited by Zimbo
@RedSpark47 said:

" Mass effect on the Playstation is wrong dead wrong Its bullshit when r we gonna c Uncharted 2 or GOW 3 on the 360 Why should the 360s greatest game b released for the PS3 Its not fair, Metal Gear being released 4 360 is different because its a completely new game "

Bioware is not owned by Microsoft whereas Sony owns Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica. Bioware is free to port Mass Effect 2 to whatever console they wish so long as EA allows them too. In fact, this is probably EAs idea to begin with.

@His_lane

said:

" Couldn't they fit both games on one blu-ray disc? I would understand cutting DLC if they could make that happen. "

I think Microsoft holds the rights to Mass Effect 1 seeing as they published it. Bioware probably isn't allowed to port that game to any other console. Its a shame really.
Posted by Afroman269

Knew this would happen. Oh well better than not having the game at all. If people want to get the full experience then get a 360 or have a good PC.

Posted by Teran
@Afroman269: To be honest you don't need a good pc.  Mine is 3 years old and ran ME2 on high settings with little trouble.
Posted by Cornman89

Hope they conjure up some way for PS3-only gamers to choose their own canon. No Wrex = no sale.

Posted by phantomzxro

I'm just happy more people can play Mass effect 2 because it's a great game.
Posted by Octaslash

 @Zimbo said:

"I think Microsoft holds the rights to Mass Effect 1. Bioware probably isn't allowed to port the game to any other console. Its a shame really. "

I don't really understand publishing all that well, but couldn't they just change some features and rename it (like Ninja Gaiden Sigma)?  Either way, it's probably too much work for 3 year old game.
Posted by Kinsella

This is cool. I played the hell out of ME 1 and 2, glad to see PS3 owners get a chance to play. Everyone should get to play Mass Effect, fun games.
Posted by Saseav

why not just release mass effect one on it too?

Posted by OllyOxenFree
@RedSpark47 said:
" Mass effect on the Playstation is wrong dead wrong Its bullshit when r we gonna c Uncharted 2 or GOW 3 on the 360 Why should the 360s greatest game b released for the PS3 Its not fair, Metal Gear being released 4 360 is different because its a completely new game "

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Edited by xyzygy

Just release the first game for PS3. This is ridiculous and as I've said before, it's stupid to try and release 2 games from a trilogy on one platform and the other two have the full trilogy. It's like starting the original Star Wars trilogy off on TESB, and at the beginning have a "Previously on Star Wars" moment. Extremely lame.

Posted by KinjiroSSD

I played Mass Effect just fine without a 360. Its called a PC, check it out sometime.

Posted by KinjiroSSD
@xyzygy: Its not up to EA. Microsoft Game Studios published Mass Effect and I don't think they would be too keen to release a game for a competing system.
Posted by Castiel

No ME1 means no ME2 for me!

Posted by Castiel
@RedSpark47 said:
" Mass effect on the Playstation is wrong dead wrong Its bullshit when r we gonna c Uncharted 2 or GOW 3 on the 360 Why should the 360s greatest game b released for the PS3 Its not fair, Metal Gear being released 4 360 is different because its a completely new game "
Bwahahahahahahahahahaha... wtf did just happen!?! 
 
"It's not fair" classic ;)
Posted by Droop
@FuzzYLemoN: The desperate part was to the first poster : >
Edited by CouncilSpectre

Wouldn't most PS3 owners have already played this on their 360 or PC?  Unless... oh, dear lord.  This must mean there are gamers out there that only own a PS3!  What must that be like? (shudders uncontrollably.)

Posted by bwmcmaste

January 2011? A little late to the party, no?

Posted by Razputin

I just hope that they assume, that everyone who had any interest in Mass Effect had already played it on this platform or another, and allow us to choose the, well, choices we made in the first game at the beginning of ME2 PS3. Plus, they throw in some plot summary for those, who haven't experienced the greatness of ME yet, and prepare a ready setup of choices for them.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Cool.

Posted by HarrySound

If they start doing ps3 exclusive content and dont bring it out on 360 i'll be fucking PISSED!

Posted by xyzygy
@HarrySound: Bioware would never do that. Their roots is with Microsoft and they would never put any major DLC that is exclusive to the PS3, mark my words.
Posted by NoSuchSol

I'm sure that I won't purchase first day on this one, but I'm excited about having it on the PS3. I've played through ME2 on the 360, traded it in for some dumb reason, and wish I still had it. I'll just wait for it to be released @ 40.00 for PS3

Posted by CronoXtream

as long as the pos3 version does not get any exclusive dlc, i can live with this.

Posted by Dany
@bwmcmaste said:
" January 2011? A little late to the party, no? "
Not for those who only have PS3.
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