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Mass Effect 2 Review

I’m literally writing this as the credits to Mass Effect 2 are rolling on my cheap TV behind me. What do I think of the game? Let’s just say that there’s a very good reason why so many Xbox fanboys were annoyed when Red Dead Redemption beat out Mass Effect 2 at Spike’s Video Game Awards for 2010.

Although Mass Effect 2 was originally released over a year ago to the Xbox 360 and PC, the PlayStation 3 version is well worth the wait. DLC, that would cost the the owners of the other versions upwards of $20, is given with you for free (the DLCs are Kasumi: Stealing Memories, Overlord, and Lair of the Shadow Broker, which are packaged with the game on the disc. You might also get a piece of paper with a code written on it, advertising the Cerberus Network. Download it immediately – it provides the opening comic, Mass Effect Genesis, some new armor and weapons, and a new character to recruit).

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Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard Battles New Evil!

There has been some talk floating around on the internetz that some PS3 users are getting corrupted save files after playing Mass Effect 2. According to Chris Priestly the Community Manager this is caused by to many level transitions within a single gaming sessions. The workaround for now is to play a little, turn the game off, and then start it up again. He has also stated that a patch has already been submitted to SONY and is awaiting approval. Patch notes are below:

  • Fixed a crash related to memory fragmentation. This fix will also resolve the crashing that corrupted Save Games.
  • Slightly improved load times and level streaming.
  • Added some telemetry to better improve future titles.
  • Updated some strings to fix spelling mistakes (Sorry Kaidan!)
  • Fixed the picture frame in Shepard’s Cabin to accurately reflect your love interest choices in Mass Effect: Genesis.
  • Fixed a rare crash in the PSN version in Shepard’s Cabin.
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    Mass Effect 2 Will Be Available on the PSN & Blu-Ray on 1/18

    Mass Effect 2 will be released next week alongside LittleBigPlanet 2. Personally, I enjoyed the first one (a 360 exclusive) quite a bit. Too bad my PS3 is still out of order, and thus, I will still have to wait to pick this up. Anyway, what’s cool about it is the game will be coming to the PlayStation Store as well. As usual, PlayStation Plus subscribers get to do the 1 hour trial as well.

    The downside to quite a few people is the $60 price tag associated with the game, though. Personally, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, considering we get the best version of the game with the updated Mass Effect 3 engine (and the differences were definitely noticeable) and all the DLC.

    Anyway, one of the big questions was how much space the game will take up. According to the Examiner, upon inquiring Sony, Grace Chen responded saying the download clocks in at “around 12GB”, so if you’re planning on downloading it, as opposed to getting the Blu-Ray disc, keep in mind the amount of space needed.

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    New Mass Effect 2 DLC Coming

    Although all DLC will be new for us PS3 users, a post from the Cerberus Network news service, an in game daily newscast, confirmed that there will be new DLC content in 2011. It also announced the end of daily news updates.

    The Cerberus Daily News will begin a hiatus on January 24th, finishing its run of one full year. Daily postings will cease except for three weeks in 2011: a week of posts will precede a downloadable content release, and two more weeks will lead up to the release of Mass Effect 3. The CDN team thanks fans for their attention, comments, and feedback (both in and out of character!). We are sorry to go, but we had fun — we hope you did, too!

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