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The ‘definitive version’ of Mass Effect 2 is only available on PlayStation 3

Submitted by on Friday, 17 December 201019 Comments

BioWare is soon to be in a rare position, one where the developer can boast that it has a game of the year contentender in both 2010 and 2011 in Mass Effect 2. Xbox 360 and PC gamers have loved Mass Effect 2 all year, while PlayStation 3 owners have watched from afar; yet, good things come to those who wait because the PlayStation 3 version is set to become the “definitive version”.

These are not our words – but we would happily print them – they are the words of Bio Ware’s Casey Hudson, executive producer on Mass Effect 2, who is supremely confident in the studio’s port. Do not let the word “port” worry you one bit – this is not going to be one of the shoddy kinds  that we are normally served. The studio has absorbed feedback and has improved on previous complaints, so the gameplay will be slicker. There is an install option, which will significantly improve loading times, and all the DLC will be available from the off, straight from the one Blu-Ray disc. However, the most noteworthy news is that BioWare has altered the game engine significantly; it will actually be the Mass Effect 3 engine – so expect super smooth textures, especially on the faces.

BioWare has also come up with a solution for gamers worried about missing Mass Effect 1. The studio has teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to create an interactive comic, which will not only tell the back-story, but also give players the chance to make decisions that will affect their experiences in Mass Effect 2, just as they would had they played Mass Effect 1.

Mass Effect 2 is one of the most accomplished role-playing games ever; we told you as much, just after BioWare announced the PlayStation 3 version.

2011 is shaping up to be a hot year, and the release of Mass Effect 2 in January is the perfect way to begin it. It is certain to be one of the games of the year, but its sequel could have something to say about that; Mass Effect 3 is also looking titanic.

View the interview with Casey Hudson below:

[source: US PlayStation Blog]