Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mass Effect 2 coming to PlayStation 3

It's probably the biggest and best news for PlayStation 3 owners that the previously exclusive Mass Effect trilogy is coming to the Sony console. Because BioWare is now owned by EA and looking to expand its market, the series is coming to the PS3 in January of 2011 though the first installment will likely not see a release on the system nor can it be said whether Mass Effect 3 will hold a joint release between the Xbox and PlayStation versions. The news is bittersweet for passionate Mass Effect fans, not because a popular selling title of the Xbox is going multiplatform, but the fact that the epitome of the what made the core experience of Mass Effect so great will be lost without the first game. It is hoped that the crucial decisions that made ME1 so powerful and epic will be granted to new players of the PS3 community rather than being forced into being the smeg head who killed the council and just about every other character of importance in the galaxy (rest in peace, sweet Wrex). I can believe that BioWare could take the same road as Shenmue 2, featuring a brief film version of ME1 but with interactive options to develop the story for the overall ME2 experience. It's nothing impressive but will appease fans as well as gamers who could have cared less what happened in part one to begin with. BioWare has released a teaser trailer for the launch of ME2 on PS3 on its site. Even though I love PlayStation and can look forward to the prospect of finally playing ME2 in its entirety on a single disc (rather than switching over at the start of loyalty missions and then back to disc one for the suicide mission), something just doesn't feel right without ME1 to start us off down our road to fight the Reapers. Later, gamers!

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