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Mass Effect vs. Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock vs. Bioshock 2 - Graphics compared

Mass Effect and Bioshock have some things in common. A great story, a nice anbiance and a huge community. And at least they both get a sequel. But what about the graphical improvements? PC Games took some screenshots and compared the original games with their sequels.

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-MD-3135d ago

I'm seeing improvements in both games over the originals. Mass Effect 2 looks amazing.

ia_studio3135d ago

I don't see the big improvement in Mass Effect, but I do see the character models in bioshock have improved a lot.

kingdavid3135d ago

bioshock is mainly just an improvement in lighting. Most of it looks the same, not that im arguing with that.

Mass effect, theres not any good comparisons there. Too Hard to judge.

ShabzS3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

yes the lighting is one of the major noticible improvements in unreal 3 ... this was really clear while playing gears 2 .... even the water physics were amazing ... the water waves react to your movements very well in the current unreal build... and it is something(water) we can expect to see a lot of in bioshock 2...

STONEY43135d ago

I thought Bioshock ran on a heavily modified Unreal Engine 2.5?

mistajeff3135d ago

A lot of those ME1 shots are from the PC version, which looks a lot better than the 360 version, so it's not exactly a fair comparison. Though I'll admit that the ME2 shots look better, and since they're from the 360 build, I can only imagine how good it'll look on PC.

Yeah, Bioshock ran on a heavily modified Unreal 2.5, dunno about the sequel though. In OXM Hudson said that ME2 isn't using 100% Unreal 3 this time, and explains that that's how they were able to iron out the framerate and texture issues. They said it was really easy to fix the issues once they made the switch.

yog-sothot3135d ago

What I really hope is that I will be able to play those two sequels on the same PC I used to play (and enjoy) the original games.

Mr Marbles3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

disagree with this? He didn't say THE two best games of this gen, he said two of the best games this gen.

and that they diffenately are.

sjaakiejj3135d ago

Mass Effect, Definitely one of the best games this gen. Bioshock however bored the hell out of me :/ The story was boring, the gameplay felt slow.. Overal the only good thing about it was the atmosphere

PirateThom3135d ago

Yeah, I agree with Mass Effect. Easily one of my favourite games this gen... BioShock? Not so much, I didn't get it, either a physically copy or gameplay wise.

ShabzS3135d ago

i always felt the shooting in bioshock was terrible ... and the non existant ai... granted the story and plot were all solid ... you never really felt those machine gun kills... although the wrench kills were satisfactory ...

mistajeff3135d ago

I really enjoyed the narrative in Bioshock. I'm not gonna claim that it's groundbreaking like so many people do, because it's not (System Shock???), but it's a good example of the path that 1st person narrative should take in games, where the protagonist really is YOU, you don't see him react because his reactions are your own. Like Gordan Freeman in Half Life. More games need to be doing this, there's way too many FPS games that sacrifice effective narrative by essentially being a 3rd person game that slips in to first-person view when the gameplay starts.

And Mass Effect was just balls awesome.

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DragonWarrior_43135d ago

meh . ME2 is gonna be awesome but both games are far from the best this gen. Ive played better last gen games.

Mr Marbles3135d ago

what games can you name that are better this gen? Killzone? LOL

I don't think so.

thewhoopimen3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

What's so great about BioShock2? Me2 I can agree with but Bio2? I think there are plenty of games this gen that have surpassed Bioshock and even hit par with ME1 (MGS4's linear story is superlative even). Besides nobody is missing anything, not even ps3 players considering EVERYONE has a PC.

Sez 3135d ago

That has to be one of the dumbest comments I heard. Yes everyone may have a PC. But not everyone PC is able to run games like bioshock2 or ME2. Have you ever tried to upgrade a personal PC so it could run new games. It's not worth it. Sometimes(depending on the spec's) the game runs choppy or the quality is sh1t. And not everyone has a gaming rig.

mistajeff3135d ago

My gaming rig cost me $300, minus the monitor which I already had. It runs games like Bioshock and ME infinitely better than my 360 does. It's not hard to make a gaming rig, you just need to take 30 minutes and research it. There's even video tutorials for how to put PCs together, it takes 15 minutes, you just have to put some effort into it. Consoles may be easier, but it's not that hard to get a gaming PC that'll run games a lot prettier for a comparable price.

Here's a useful tutorial I saw recently:
http://www.teckh.com/?p=690

You certainly don't need to upgrade your graphics card every year like people say, even to stay ahead of the console curve.

And even if your computer right now runs current PC games like complete @$$, whenever you get your new computer in however many years, you'll ultimately be playing a better looking game than the console versions. Like right now, for example, I could play the Xbox version of KOTOR, or the superior looking and playing PC version. It may have been easier back then to get the console version, but in the long run, the PC version is a better choice. My computer back then couldn't have run it better than the Xbox, but my computer now can, and I'm glad I made the choice to get it on PC despite playing it at a crappier quality back then.

Now that I've wasted a noticeable portion of father's day typing this comment, I think I'll go downstairs and do something more worthwhile than ranting for no reason.

Tony P3135d ago

vega is right in that regard. Just because everyone has a PC doesn't mean they can play the latest games on it. Mainstream PC users can't even find Firefox on the web, let alone build/upgrade a PC for gaming.

It is definitely worth it imo to have a gaming rig. I'm not disagreeing about the value at all. If you know what you're doing or can follow directions, you will often reap richer rewards with better visuals and overall quality than the console version of a game.

But enthusiasts build PCs. Everyone else buys consoles so they don't have to.

thewhoopimen3134d ago (Edited 3134d ago )

What kind of PC today CAN'T run an Unreal engine game? WTF? What, are you pre-teens or something ... seriously? The engine is designed to run everything from a celeron with shared memory up to current processors. Even an iMac can run gears of war. I am shaking my head at some of the rebuttals above.

Tony P3134d ago (Edited 3134d ago )

Yeah, but running a game and running this 'superior' (or sometimes even comparable) version everyone brags about are two very different things. You don't often run a better version of the game from a factory card or an integrated gpu. Maybe on minimum or medium with low detail? These $500-$600 multimedia PCs most people buy aren't gaming rigs.

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