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Mass Effect 2 Gets a Release Date for the PS3

The widely popular Xbox game, Mass Effect 2, was announced to also be released on the PS3 as well as the Xbox and PC. Electronic Arts told IGN, exclusively, that the newest addition to the series will launch on the PS3 January 18, 2011 in the US and the 21st in Europe. Yes, that’s right, if you have played Mass Effect on the Xbox and found it to be a game with much potential, and heard that the second iteration would be released on the PS3 like I have, then your wait is soon over.

However, the PS3 version will not be quite the same as the Xbox version. Instead of having PS3 exclusive content, the PS3 version will include 6 hours of “bonus” missions in the form of the game’s 3 expansion packs: Kasumi: Stolen Memories, Overlord, and Lair of The Shadow Broker.

Bioware announced on their forums what was to be included on the Blu-Ray version of the game, which, of course, includes Mass Effect 2, the three expansions, and some armor, as well as a DLC code that is said to grant you access to some sweet content. On top of all that, there is one difference from the Xbox release. There is supposed to be an interactive comic, from Dark Horse Comics and Bioware Edmonton (The Canadian company that created Mass Effect), that is supposed to fill in players on the events from the first Mass Effect.

Mass Effect 2 was a cool concept for a game. I enjoyed it when I borrowed an Xbox from a friend a while back; I saw much potential in this game and dreamed of a PS3 release, where this game could see the release and development it deserves. It’s just a shame that we didn’t get a release of the first one, and for a lot of players, they will have to rely on an “interactive comic” to fill them in on the events of the first Mass Effect.

Is this a game you will buy? Do you think this game will see a decent launch on the PS3 or should it stay on its home port system of the Xbox? Time will tell if this is a game that PS3 players want to dive into after it being a hand-me-down from the Xbox.