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Clarification of content of PS3 version of Mass Effect 2.

Jesse Houston writes:
"Hey Folks,

For those that don't know, I am the Producer responsible for Mass Effect 2 PS3. Some of you may have read over on the German forums some of the details on Mass Effect 2 PS3's contents. I'd like to provide some clarity as I believe that there was some translation errors in the interview that Casey gave.

Firstly I'd like to talk about what's on the BluRay Disc; Of course Mass Effect 2 will be included. On top of that, Lair of the Shadow Broker, Project Overlord, Kasumi: Stolen Memory and the Blood Dragon Armour.

Also included is, as on Xbox 360 and PC, an access code to the Cerberus Network. This will give you instant access to the same great lineup of Downloadable Content such as Zaeed and Firewalker."

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TOO PAWNED2000d ago

Like what i hear. BTW what is "Zaeed and Firewalker."?

Solidus187-SCMilk2000d ago (Edited 2000d ago )

firewalker is a few mission that first introduced the hover tank. Zaeed is a pretty cool character and I liked the mission.

both are free through the Cerberus network. but you also get teh really good kasumi, overlord, and Shadow broker DLCs free with this version. I got all of these and they are great DLCs that will be awesome to get for free.

From what he said it seem they will release more paid DLC in the future, probably after the PS3 version is out. Im looking forward to that.

Game-ur1999d ago

Is the ending a cliffhanger or complete like ME1? That’s the only reason I held off until now.

Red_Orange_Juice1999d ago

" This interactive comic (...) will be included on the Cerberus Network.
does it mean it won't be free? is the stuff on Cerberus Network whatever it is, free?

Perjoss1999d ago (Edited 1999d ago )

the Cerberus Network is basically a way to discourage buying games 2nd hand. When you buy ME2 or dragon age you get a scratch card with a code, this code gives you access to cool stuff like extra missions and weapons and armor, even an extra character to add to your team while playing the campaign (like stone prisoner dlc).

Once the code is used and you trade in the game the person that buys that game 2nd hand will not be able to get those things for free. There is an option to buy access to Cerberus network costing 1200 MS points (probably £10 on psn). This option is clearly in place for 2nd hand game buyers and is a way for EA to make some money from 2nd hand games sales (which I 100% agree with). None of this DLC is needed to play the game but it is cool and worth checking out for sure.

frostypants1998d ago

Agreed, it's a brilliant solution. And some of that free DLC adds a LOT to the game. It seems clear that it was part of the original game, but they removed it and made it free DLC for the purposes you describe.

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Simon_Brezhnev2000d ago

Zaeed is probably the best co-op ai in the game. The rest of the ai cast was stupid in missions.

ALFAxD_CENTAURO2000d ago (Edited 2000d ago )

So, basically PS3 have the GOTY version of Mass Effect 2?

kaveti66161999d ago

yup. glad i didn't get it yet.

also, off topic, but yesterday assassin's creed 2 for 360 was like 17 bucks on amazon but the ps3 version was 27 bucks or something. lame.

punkpop1011999d ago

Sorry but if you could get it but didn't because you're a ps3 fanboy that's sad.

Sony3601999d ago

By "have" you would mean that it's available now, which it isn't.

Get it on PC along with the first game.

frostypants1998d ago (Edited 1998d ago )

I think the difference is this: on the 360 and PC, ME2 is only $20. Even with all the DLC, I don't think it comes up to the $59 price point on the PS3. I'd guess it would be around $30 for all the DLC, so you'd be looking at about $50 (someone correct me if I'm wrong...stupid Live points system...).

The only thing of any true substance that the PS3 version has that the 360 version doesn't is that comic, I think. Other than that, they're really just forcing you to buy all the DLC. It's not a bad thing, as 90% of the DLC is great, but it's not like you're getting an epic deal here, or anything that the 360/PC players will miss.

If I never intended to play ME1, I'd go for the PS3 version just for the interactive comic to fill in the back-story. Other than that, though, I'd say the 360/PC version is probably a very slightly better deal.

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Christopher2000d ago (Edited 2000d ago )

Love that they listened to fan feedback to do the interactive lead-in story. Even better as an animated comic. This is a great way for people new to the storyline to get to make the more important decisions from the first game rather than just the default storyline.

I can't wait to pick this up for my PS3 next year alongside DA2.

Jaws0072000d ago

Zaeed, another badass squad member. Extra mission. Firewalker are just other short quests.

Silentmerc3nary1999d ago

But are fun, too. Firewalker is fun to drive.

Weaksauce11382000d ago

So PS3 version gets about $24 in content for $35 more than current 360 price? Yea, that's value right there /s

Solidus187-SCMilk2000d ago

I paid 60 for the game and bought all the DLC they are including, and it was worth it for me.

All that content is way more than almost all of the other games that cost 60$.

Boody-Bandit2000d ago (Edited 2000d ago )

For PS3 only consumers it will be worth every
penny.

I would go on but better judgement tells me it's best to end right there.

RyuStrife2000d ago

@weaksauce

Well it is a better value than buying a 360 just so you can buy ME2 at $20 and all of its DLCs.

TheBlackSmoke2000d ago

Somehow I think if I bought the 360 version for my PS3 I don't think it would work.

jony_dols1999d ago

The 1 blu ray eliminates the hassle of changing the disc every 2nd side mission as well

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NYC_Gamer2000d ago

always have faith in Bioware

frostypants1998d ago (Edited 1998d ago )

Well, except for Dragon Age.

That game is a train wreck.

Motorola2000d ago

Good stuff, cant wait to pick this up. Great reviews on PC and 360

jay22000d ago

Oh booooooo! :(:(:@ no exclusive content, all the expantion packs on the disk as well as 'timed exclusive comics?' I'll stick with the PC virsion. If we'd HAD 6HR of exclusive back-story content that would be another matter.

distorted_reality2000d ago (Edited 2000d ago )

This makes no sense at all. If you've got the PC version, why would you want to pay for a full priced game for 6 hours of exclusive content when it would make much more sense for Bioware (and for yourself and all us other PC/360 gamers out there) to make that 6 hours DLC and give it to everyone?

I would of been raging if the PS3 got exclusive content before other platforms, as the other platforms MADE this franchise as successful as it is today. I think Bioware has done the exact right thing to make all parties happy.

edit - and by exclusive content I mean stuff that ties ME2 to ME3, not the interactive comic, as cool as that sounds, as that's just to bring the noobs up to speed.

cmrbe2000d ago

there is an interactive comic to help PS3 only users understand and make decisions that affect your game in ME2?. Thats really interesting.

However i do still recommend PS3 only users to play ME1 on PC or their friends x360 if they are able to. In alot of ways i actually liked ME1 more than ME2.

I am a bit surprised though that it seems that a alot of PS3 owners haven't played these games yet as these are the sort of games PS owners really flock too.

jay22000d ago

No, it's NOT exclusive.
This interactive comic's INITITAL release will be exclusive to PS3 owners who would be otherwise unable to realize the full effect of choice in the Mass Effect universe and will be included on the Cerberus Network.

I.E, timed exclusive. Then, same post
Edit: While I can't go into details all of this content is or was available to Xbox/PC Owners but otherwise wouldn't be available to PS3 owners.
More details about this will be released later. ;)

cmrbe2000d ago

The fact that they are going to all this length so that PS3 only owners would know the backstory from ME1 is admirable but i think its best to play it them selves. ME is only $20 on steam for crying out loud.

I not sure though if PC, x360 owners would be interested in this comic as ME is already avaliable on their platform.

josephayal2000d ago

Calm down KID, are u going to cry?

Dramscus2000d ago

"I am a bit surprised though that it seems that a alot of PS3 owners haven't played these games yet as these are the sort of games PS owners really flock too. "

Many PS3 owners have a steadfast disdain of anything xbox or microsoft.

BiggCMan2000d ago

"Many PS3 owners have a steadfast disdain of anything xbox or microsoft."

This goes all ways man. There are insane fanboys for the ps3, the xbox, the wii, the pc, the psp, the ds, even the long dead dreamcast. Its brand loyalty, not unlike cheering for a sports team.

frostypants1998d ago (Edited 1998d ago )

I own a 360, PS3, and a PC, but I too tend to back the PS3 in most debates. I just think it's a better piece of hardware, is all.

That said, I have ME1 and ME2 on my 360 and they are FANTASTIC games. Picture Dragon Age, but in the future, better production values, and 10 times more fun.

ct031999d ago

An interactive comic is a good idea, but it can hardly replace the experience of the first game. Making decisions in a short comic about characters and story elements you hardly know is pretty hit or miss.

Can you grow as attached to Wrex in a comic as you can during hours of actual gameplay? Will it even matter to you what happens to him?

I definitely recommend actually playing the first game before moving on to Mass Effect 2. To me Mass Effect 1 is a 10/10 and Mass Effect 2 is a 8/10.

frostypants1998d ago (Edited 1998d ago )

Nah, ME1 was fun but driving that rover around was horrible, and everything was a bit too antiseptic and friendly. ME2 is much darker, and there are more morally difficult decisions...i.e., doing the "right thing" can get good people hurt or killed. I'd give ME1 a 9/10 and ME2 a 10/10.

But I do agree that ME1 makes you care about some of these characters. Without that, their re-introduction in ME2 will probably feel shallow, and you'd be less concerned with their fates.