BioWare: Mass Effect 2 PS3 likely to see visual changes
- Posted September 27th, 2010 at 19:19 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 14 Comments
Greg Zeschuck, founder of BioWare, has discussed some of the fundamental differences players can expect from the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 compared to the original Xbox 360 release, noting there will “probably” be some visual changes between the games.
Speaking during an interview with PSM3, Zeschuck highlighted the fact that PS3 is a significantly different beast under the hood in comparison to Microsoft’s box of tricks – but refused to be drawn in to commenting on what system would house the superior version of the celebrated sci-fi RPG.
Quizzed as to what Sony’s black behemoth offered the Mass Effect developer that 360 couldn’t, he replied: "The important thing is that, fundamentally, [PS3] has a very different architecture. Visually, there are probably some changes - I mean, there are differences in the way the memory is allocated, and the graphical processor is all different.”
"We're not going to get pulled into the argument over which is the more powerful; at the end of the day, they both are, and we can do whatever we want on them. When you create games, you want as many people as possible to play them, so this is a great opportunity to reach a huge segment of the market.”
Zeschuck offered that the game would play “differently,” nothing that something as seemingly innocuous as a control pad would fundamentally change the overall Mass Effect experience:
"It think it will play a little differently. I mean, right from the start, you have a different controller, and that alone will change the way the game feels."
Mass Effect 2 will be released for PS3 in early 2011 and features a special intro allowing those who didn’t play the original title to familiarise themselves with the game’s story.
- 2:55pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
This was one of the only games xbox had that I wanted. Day one buy for me. Now all I need from xbox is Limbo.
- 3:02pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
Well, it's good to hear they are going to integrate some sort of back story for those who won't be able to play ME1. As for me I'll continue to take my Mass Effect doses on the PC where it can really shine.
- 3:03pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
just hope they use the blu ray to its fullest, and maybe move support ^^
- 3:09pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
Watching an Intro and playing the game are totally different.
They should have left it on the XBOX
- 4:19pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
@4Yes, watching an intro and playing the game are completely different, but they did say there would be hours of extra content, some of which may be Mass Effect Lite, and why should they have left it on the 360? They get to reach a wider audience and more people get to experience the game which really is brilliant.
- 6:26pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
hmm....good to know ps3 is getting this game but I doubt it will be superior to 360, though EA and Sony have been getting really friendly recently so I guess time will tell
- 6:46pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
so why do so many ppl complain when ps3 exclusive is ported? same thing should apply in reverse
- 8:44pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
Lets see how the game turns out on PS3 before we make a judgement, m'kay ?
- 10:43pm EDT - September 27th, 2010
Unless they engineer the game to take advantage of the Cell processor, odds are this title will look slightly better on the 360 ( the guy is already talking about the GPU and the split memory architecture which are NOT what most not first party developers consider to be the best thing about the PS3 architecture).
It's a port guys. Not built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS3. But it's definitely worth the money.
It's still an A+ franchise, but don't go expecting EA to spend millions to make the game run better on PS3. Included DLC content...check. Mass Effect 1 summary...check. Great game....check.
Looking for something visually prettier than the 360? Get the PC version.
- 7:45am EDT - September 28th, 2010
The fact that he doesn't say that the PS3 version will be superior is pretty much saying that it will be the inferior version - which is a shame seeing as they have had a while to optimise the final version. I am so bummed out at paying for what I thought was the superior console only to find we come second in so many titles.
- 10:46pm EDT - September 30th, 2010
@4 Agreed. I think that ME2 on PS3 will be inferior in both visuals and performance. ME2 uses Unreal 3 which doesn't run well on the PS3. To me it doesn't make sense to port ME2 to PS3 because it just won't be as good of an experience as it is on XBOX 360 and PC. And I know that there will be some review of ME1, but it's still not actually getting to experience ME1. Not to mention ME3 isn't even offically announced on PS3.
- 11:03pm EDT - September 30th, 2010
The second game was certaintly more polished but the first was a better experience hands down. There is no comparison in my eyes betweent he storytelling, it REALLY drops off with the second.
As for the hype between porting your choices from the first title to the next its a lot of empty hype. The relationships you build, love interests you have and beyond they are not much more than a footnote. You spend the first game basically deciding between two girls and they are not even playable in second game, just quick cut scenes.
Even if you are a PS3 fanboy who will never touch an Xbox at least get it for PC. The game is brilliant and I am currently on play number 7 (yes I said 7) all the way through. Mass Effect 2? I played once and have no interest in ever playing it again.
- 5:26pm EDT - October 4th, 2010
In other words, expect it to look much better.
- 3:09pm EDT - October 13th, 2010
"We're not going to get pulled into the argument over which is the more powerful"
That's not the argument. The PS3 is more powerful. It's a fact. The argument is which is better.
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