Repackaged, But Nothing New

It’s hard to imagine certain franchises will stick to their guns and remain exclusive to one console. This year has seen Final Fantasy’s highly publicized fall from grace, when Xbox 360 got its own version (a slightly underpowered one, at that) of Final Fantasy 13, which was released alongside its native PS3 counterpart. The ever raging console debate is just losing its momentum – the heavy-hitting big name titles that fanboys tout as the reasons to purchase a console are becoming moot, since it seems that both sides eventually get access to these previously exclusive games.

I unfortunately had missed out on the Mass Effect craze. Both games have gone right over my head, but I always wanted to check them out. Although I own every console, other circumstances always stopped me from taking the plunge. Even so, this series is pretty special. It’s clear that the story is modeled after the best sci-fi trilogy ever made, and it would be foolish to step into the second game without having played the first. This past year I’ve been trying to move my focus from my Xbox 360 to my PS3, and the unwarranted consequence to that was that I was going to miss out on Mass Effect

Until it was announced that Mass Effect 2 would be released on PS3.

Naturally, the Playstation camp is pretty ecstatic. This port of the main game also contains all of the downloadable content that was released for the PC and 360 versions of the game, all on the disk. Of course, this is all well and good, but a quick glance at the price turns me off completely. The core game is still largely the same experience, yet the mere 6 hours of bonus content (as it’s advertized on the box) boosts it to full price. Compare the $60 you’d spend for this against the astronomically low price for the PC and 360 versions, which are hovering around $15 now.

In the midst of having the privilege of playing this game, PS3 owners will be missing out on an important factor that this release will be lacking. One of the main factors of playing each Mass Effect game is that the choices you make in the previous game reflect in the next. For example, your main character’s class and reputation, whether certain characters are alive or dead, or the livelihood of an entire race, to name a few, are variables that can affect your experience. The rights to Mass Effect 1 are owned by Microsoft, so the chances of it appearing on PS3 are slim to none, but I hope this glaring problem is addressed somehow.

I suppose in the end, this was a good move for Bioware. When all is said and done, a new audience gets to play another excellent RPG. Past decisions or not, Mass Effect 2 is still a great game, but I’d be more inclined to play it if it wasn’t so expensive, just for being on a different system.

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3 responses to “Repackaged, But Nothing New

  1. The DLC included in the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 comes to a total of 3120 Microsoft Points (Xbox 360),or 3120 Bioware Points (PC). This is just 80 points short of 40$ flat of DLC.
    Not to mention the PS3 version also comes with a set of armor only obtainable by PC and 360 owners by registering a copy of Dragon Age: Origins in their EA account.

    The Mass Effect forum also mentions that there may be other ‘free’ and ‘paid’ DLC packs soon to come for PS3.
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/103/index/5188310

    Not sure exactly what that means, but the word “free” is in it. Assuming that might mean the PS3 has more content coming at no extra charge; then the PS3 version is definitely a deal as far as content is concerned. Probably not a huge deal, but a deal none the less…

  2. Sorry for the late response and thanks for commenting!

    A lot of the downloadable content from Cerberus Network was free, like the character Zaeed and a couple of extra missions, I know you had to pay for Kasumi and the DLC that came out a month or two ago (I forget the name of it) – but the main thing about DLC is that it depreciates in price as time goes on, much like how Bungie charged players for Halo maps when they were first released, but they’re eventually made free.

    I believe PS3 owners are paying the premium for the access to Mass Effect 2, even though it was believed to be a Microsoft exclusive. The DLC provided on the disk amounts to a total of 6 additional hours (on average) of extended playing time. compare that to the 40-60(?) hours that the main game offers. Even if this package was ten dollars less, it would be a lot more digestible for people who are now given the opportunity to play this.

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