Mass Effect 2 PS3 Hits PSN and Blu-ray on January 18th, More Than a Simple Port

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Mass Effect 2 for the PlayStation 3 goes on sale in stores on January 18th in North America, and will also be available in downloadable form through the PlayStation Network in North America on January 18th.

Mass Effect 2 PS3

Mass Effect 2 is an amazing game. It has all of the benchmarks of a truly great science-fiction epic: a heroic main character, memorable companions each with their own personalities and abilities, terror-inducing villains, vast galaxies to explore, exotic alien races, strange worlds and locations, high-technology weapons and vehicles, and a story that will have fans talking about it and replaying it for ages.

Mass Effect 2 PSN Mass Effect 2 PS3 Box

In Mass Effect 2, you play as Commander Shepard who has to lead a crack team of mercenaries, scientists and soldiers on a mission to investigate the disappearances of human colonies throughout the galaxy. Who lives, who dies and the ultimate success or failure of the mission, is up to you. Now BioWare and the Mass Effect team are proud to bring Mass Effect 2 to the PlayStation community.

PlayStation fans have been asking for Mass Effect for years and we are very pleased to finally be bringing it to a new branch of Mass Effect fans. However, what I think Mass Effect fans on the PS3 will be most appreciative of is that this is not a simple port. The Mass Effect team has taken the time to utilize the PS3 hardware to the fullest in order to maximize your gameplay experience. It was also extremely important for the team to make sure playing with the PS3 controller worked and felt good. You will also see that the in-game graphics and cinematics are clearer and more vibrant on the PS3. As an added bonus, the PS3 version includes previously released DLC missions: Overlord, Lair of the Shadow Broker and Kasumi.

Mass Effect 2 for PS3

Mass Effect 2 takes place after Mass Effect 1 and some fans were concerned they would miss out on some of the important story choices available in the first game. The Mass Effect team, working with the fine folks at Dark Horse Comics, has created an interactive in-game comic that allows players new to the franchise to experience Mass Effect 1 while making the story choices that have repercussions in Mass Effect 2.

There is a demo of Mass Effect now available on the PlayStation Network. You can learn more about the demo here. This demo lets you play the start of Mass Effect 2 as well as introducing you to one of your potential party members, Dr Mordin Solus. Dr Solus, or Mordin to his friends, is a salarian scientist who can not only heal the sick; he can create new exotic weapons to use in battle. Finding Mordin and recruiting him to join you and your suicide mission will not be easy.

Look for Mass Effect 3 to come to the PS3 in Holiday 2011.

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  • I’m happy it’s finally on PS3, but I already have it on Xbox, I only have enough money for one game right now, and that’s Killzone 3. But great to see it, should work great with the Playstation Hardware.

  • Mass Effect 2 on 360 was 12GB, I’d say it is probably about 15GB including all the DLC and the comic.

    Still…$60 for a DL seems too much. Only way to stop DL high prices is not buy them.

  • Nice to see more disk based games come to psn. Hey EA can you guys bring NBA JAMS to psn?…..

  • Re: 40

    All the ME2 DLC comes to a total of $32. And that includes a lot of crap I’d never buy. 32+15=47

    And this post only mentions the mission packs. They come to $24 for all three. 24+15=39. That sounds like a good price to me. ;)

  • Quick Question: Does the PSN version cut load times? This could influence my decision. Thanks :)

  • Digital? How big?

  • Any discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers?

  • I’m surprised it’ll be in download for too, but how will that be pulled off? Won’t it be a huge file considering how much content it has and will have?

  • Question: Are the cutscene videos compressed on the PSN download? The demo was great but some of the video didn’t look that smooth.

    I’m wondering if the video cutscenes will look better on the Bluray than they did on the demo

  • Day one buy, dont care about the price point really. Played the demo over and over. Love the anti gravity. You got that part right!!! Kudos!!! and generally anyone that complains about the price should just get it if they want it. pffft

  • meh
    i’d rather have my rpg taste like rpg rather than tps (me 1 is better rpg)

    hey SCEA why don’t speed up the WKC 2 or talk with namco to localize PS3 tales game instead

  • I wish more developers would do this. Maximize their game for PS3. It’s nonsense that we get crappier versions of games because we get ported from the “other” system. From what I’ve seen some people say on the internet (not very reliable, but a lot of people said it), a lot of developers make their games for the other system and then port it over to PS3, and release both to the public, but in the process, the PS3 version becomes a lesser version. A prime example would be the Black Ops incident. The petition for a refund of the PS3 version already has thousands of signatures!

  • Well, judging from the demo it didnt look like a leap in graphical quality really. In fact, demo comparison seem to show that its not really a improvement, more that its different. I hope that wasnt final code. Also, surprised by the day 1 PSN release

    • Evil Chris Priestly

      The demo was, for certification and testing reasons, about a 2 month older build than the final “what you will play when you get it home” version. I think you’ll see that the game is noticeably better at launch. =)

  • Amazon lists this at $60. Anyone at PSN care to comment on the price? I’m guessing we’re seeing a “new” game online for the first time as only an impulse buyer would spend $60 on a game that retails for $20 on the 360 and Steam.

    Sony, you didn’t pony up to keep this title from being 360 exclusive. Its now a year old, why would anyone expect to pay the same amount of money for this as they would for LBP2 or KZ3?

    Also would like to know details on compression of video/sound on PSN vs. Blu-Ray and install size.

  • How much space does the game take up as a download?

    That will dictate whether or not I buy the retail disc, or the PSN verion.

  • The Xbox has literally no exclusives left, yet it keeps outselling the PS3? Why? Sony does not advertise, most are not even aware of most of the great games available only on the PS3. Sony really has screwed the pooch this gen. It has the best system and games yet languishes in last place…………. This was the only real good exclusive 360 had and now thats gone.

  • I would be all over this game but not when it has sexual content in it. Bad move, BioWare.

    • Evil Chris Priestly

      The romances in ME2 are completely optional. If you choose not to follow them, you will not see any of the romances.

  • Wow! A day and date, full retail PS3 game!!! Give me moar! Throw in a PS+ discount and you’ve got a day one impulse buy!

  • The interactive comic-story prequel is a nice thing… I may consider this opportunity..

  • I would have gotten it through PSN had i know this a few weeks ago, i preordered the darn thing through gamestop using some credit i have there.

  • LMAo at the ARCADIAN REBEL who said he wont play this game because it has Sexual content. You want games to ever mature as a medium? They are not for kids anymore. As well if you call what is in ME sexual content, you need help. get a life loser.

  • Can you confirm if the final build quality is better than the demo. Tearing and aliasing really bugged me.

  • I wonder how much it will cost?

  • Yes this is awesome! My parents pre-ordered this game for me as a Christmas present! So how large of a download is it (for those downloading)? I know the PC game is about ten gigabytes. On a side note, I have officially fallen in love with BioWare and EA (a great partnership I might add)!

  • The PS3 Mass Effect 2 demo was awesome imo. I liked it quiete a bit. In fact, I should play the demo again soon!

    Wish I could get it on Tuesday, but I’ve bought the collector’s edition for LBP2, so Mass Effect 2 will have to wait. I will def. be playing it though when I get the chance! Looking forward to both Mass Effect 2 and 3!




  • very much looking forward to it.
    already have it pre-ordered it, and i know i’m gonna platinum the heck out of it.
    also got LittleBigPlanet 2 collector’s edition pre-ordered

  • Can’t wait to get this! I’m old school so I’ll be buying it in stores. And even better it’s released on January 18th, my birthday!! This and LBP2! Gonna be an awesome birthday!

  • Day and date release on PSN? Awesome, glad to see this trail getting blazed and hope others follow in your footsteps. I’ll speculatively hope I can look forward to the same with ME3 :)

    By the way, I desperately want a spinoff game with the awesome Asari bartender from Ilium, just so you guys can start planning that for me

  • Mass Effect 2 is also a PSN download, Well that’s nice but I’ll be getting it on disc. But thanks for the info. I played the demo and it’s amazing, now I know why ME 2 is game of the year 2010.

  • Haha people on here complaining about price are funny. It’s a brand new game to PS3 with all included DLC, if EA didn’t charge $60 they’d be stupid. For the people saying its cheaper on xbox, well duh buy it and play it on xbox. Pretty sure this release is mainly geared towards PS3-only owners. And as for downloading a full priced, $60 game, that sounds like a highly regretable decision.

  • Hey 13rand0 everyone on here knows you’re a liar and you hate the playstation and sony cause you’re miserable and probably have no life but now there is indisputable evidence. I played the demo on ps3 and i played me2 on 360 before and it looks the same or better on the ps3. So just stop posting here cause everytime you post you’re either complaining or hating on anything that happens on psn and this blog. Anyway i wasn’t expecting to be downloading this, just buying it but i guess i’ll be dl’ing it


  • I very much enjoyed playing the ME2 demo on PS3! It was a much better demo than the Xbox 360 got. Now I’m playing ME1 on my Xbox 360 & having a blast. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BIOWARE!!!

  • I suppose the downloadable version of the game will be discounted since it will include no physical media, no physical manual, no extra manufacturing required, no re-sale value and no way to take the game to a friends house; right?

    If it’s not discounted, then I’ll get my money’s worth and buy the physical disc so I can play it on any of my 4 playstations or let my brother or friends borrow it.

  • Considering real gamers who take company and hardware reliability seriously don’t own Xbox 360’s, this game is a day one purchase. I just hope the trophies aren’t just a rehash, and possibly they include the DLC missions in the Platinum requirements. It’d be nice to get his AND get some extra thought put into the superior trophy system.

  • BTW, is there going to be a mandatory HDD install? if so, how big will it be?

  • Hopefully you still remember me chris priestly ;)

    I like how you did not mention this time as the PS3 ME2 being the definitive version still. I bet a lot of users at the bioware forums made threads about the inferior PS3 version. Lets see if that demo was an “old build.”

  • holy crap this game is gonna be epic for ps3, and with added content.
    stoked! and 3 is coming out this holiday season lol

  • @link – when ps3 dies, so what u can download it again as it is tied with ur account.

  • What about pricing? would the PSN version be cheaper?

    The biggest barrier for the Digital Content to beat the physical today is not that gamers want to own a manual or a case, that’s half the truth, the real problem is pricing, No manufacturing costs, no warehousing costs, no distribution nor logistics costs but still as expensive?

    Most people chooses the disc because at least the can trade it in, if you discount at least a 30% for the digital version, I’m sure a lot more would get it!

    Please price realistic digital content! The same goes for PSP games

  • @15 Link01

    It’s safe to assume that the game will remain in your download history. Get a new/replacement PS3, login your PSNID, and re-download.

    @22 BlooodyCow

    It’s impossible to port over Mass Effect. It was published by Microsoft. So, yeah.

  • If the game plays and looks like the demo i have only one thing to say

    for those who played ME2 on 360 know how awful the demo performs. Unreal Engines are not PS3 friendly and it shows
    by summer this game will be around $30, i might get it just for the trophies and then sell it later. is a great game but the demo was ugly

  • Definiitely a download for me, i wish they would do that for more new release games.

  • Great news. Looking forward to more AAA titles doing this.

  • I just came here to tell you charging $59.99 for the PSN version of the game is insane.

    The Download must be the same price as Retail MSRP rule is insane is insane and needs to end.

  • Amazing game. Just got it on Steam a few weeks ago and I still need to beat it. I probably will also get the PS3 version also just because ME2 is a masterpiece (should have been GOTY 2010) and owning more than 1 copy is great.

  • To everyone asking;

    The game takes up 16.4GB on my Xbox, including all DLC and the Cerberus Network. Plus you’ll have that interactive comic, which will need more space….

    However, it could possibly be more condensed on PS3

  • nice, but the Digital version needs to be cheaper.

    no trade in value, no booklet, no way to share with friends, family or with a multiple ps3 home.

    At bare minimum digital copies should be $10 cheaper.


    Sony CANNOT sell the PSN version for less than the retail version. They are contractually bound (by agreements they’ve made with every retail outlet) to sell PSN versions for the same price as the physical copies on retail shelves.

    This is the case with ALL their games (not just Mass Effect).

    If the digital PSN version was $10 cheaper, people would buy it and not the physical version…which would make the retail outlets less willing to stock PS3 games in the first place.

    It’s not a cost-of-manufacturing situation. It’s a fairness to retails situation.


  • Thanks for PSN availability, I hope to see more full games.

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