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BioWare Not Saying "No" To Mass Effect On The PS3

Interviews have a language all their own. Interviewers and interviewees are usually schooled in this language, unbeknownst to the viewing public. But thankfully, the language is exceedingly easy to translate.

PlayStation 3 owners have been wondering if BioWare would ever bring their new role-playing franchise, Mass Effect, to Sony's machine. We all figured that with EA handling the distribution duties, it was only a matter of time, but it hasn't come about just yet. When asked about the possibility of a PS3 version of Mass Effect (or Mass Effect 2), BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka refused to say one little word: "no." When asked in a CVG interview, Muzyka would rather talk about what they've already announced; not what they won't do:

"I think a more accurate way to frame it is to say we've announced we're developing Mass Effect for 360 and PC. Right from the beginning we said we wanted to deliver Mass Effect on the 360. Right now all we've announced is we're working on 360 and PC."

To follow up, the question was, "so a PS3 version might happen then?" Muzyka once again avoided the dreaded "no" word and simply said, "we haven't announced anything on that front." When pressed with "but it's not out of the question?" Muzyka simply repeated himself: "We haven't announced anything on that." You probably don't need a special translation, but if you do, we'll explain it: you don't look at what he said; you examine what he didn't say. If there weren't any plans whatsoever to bring Mass Effect to the PS3, Muzyka would've had no incentive or motivation to say anything but, "nope, it ain't coming."

And so, when someone says, "we haven't announced anything yet," the almost automatic translation should be, "we haven't announced it because we're not ready to announce it." ;)

8/26/2009 Ben Dutka

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coldbore
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:33:20 AM
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So it looks like they are pulling a bioshock all over again :/ well if we get it, I have no reason to complain

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johnld
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:11:46 PM

i was never into mass effect from the beginning so its no big deal for me. However i did buy bioshock a few months back but never played it yet.

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fundando
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:33:46 PM

This was the last game I tried to play on the 360. I got about 4 hours in when the thing died on me. Great game as far as I got to play.

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englishgolfer
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:34:22 AM
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well i'm not ready to comment on this article yet because i haven't announced it yet ;)

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Kiryu
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:39:59 AM
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I have many more better Ps3 exclusives to play right now.

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AKA M80 TheWOLF
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:42:35 AM
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this, left4 dead, and splinter cell, should all be mutli-plat. many cuz I'm sick of xbots fanboys "bragging"

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ThePearlJamer
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:30:35 AM

They should be Multi-platform not because I would play any of them but because these days so many PS3 exclusives have made the transition that it's just not fair...

I mean come on...FFXIII for 360...fine, then at least throw some Halo our way...

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Mcbever
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:22:04 PM

you also forgot that mgs is going to 360 too

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johnld
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:13:12 PM

yes, but its metal gear rising. Its a completely different game than metal gear solid. Hell, its lightning bolt action, not tactical espionage.

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fundando
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:36:16 PM

I don't care for left for Dead. I got to play it for a but on pc and it's not my type of zombie killing.
Splinter cell and ME would be nice.

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kanok
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:43:02 AM
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Sometimes simple to answer a "NO" is better for us that only has PS3.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:52:24 AM
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He's just buying more time for his "PS3 guys" to finish up the job.

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sobleck
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:53:16 AM
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I don't know, its kind of late, if they don't act quickly enough i think they'll just lose the interest of many people, I mean, i migth still buy it if they announced it now, but if i don't know its coming i'm going to forget about it and maybe buy it when the ps4 is out as one of those games I never tried, but by that time they would may think that it wasn't a good idea after all because of the lack of interest and they may not have bothered with mass effect 2. ah I'm rambling. I have this game on the 360 already but i lent my 360 to my cousin a couple of months ago, and for some reason feel as though i would like to play mass effect on the ps3, maybe its so my cousin won't be devastated by me taking away his only current gen console, as he doesn't have a last gen console either. Oh wait he has a wii, but his dad hijacked it so he could relive his tennis glory days.

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:07:09 AM
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Well, now that sony is the real deal, they all can't say no.

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:07:13 AM
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Well I have to admit, I played Left 4 Dead on my friends PC the other day and it blew me away. Mainly because I'm a sucker for anything zombie. I believe the ideal set up for L4D is the PC, I don't see why they wouldn't want to bring Mass Effect to the PS3. When companies tend to bring used to be exclusives for PS they add more too it and make it twice as nice.

The Xbots really don't have much to brag about, they can't play they're games half the time because of the RROD, ha! But seriously, does the new Splinter Cell look that good?

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Alienange
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:11:03 AM
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Gotta love CVG's grilling tactics. They asked him enough times to make it clear that ME is coming to the PS3.

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:31:25 AM
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I loved the first one, but it always made my pc crash. So I was planning on buying the second one on 360 but if it comes out on ps3 all the better.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:32:34 AM
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?mass effect? na more like *** defect. i played this game when i when i had my 360 did not care for it i think this game is OVERRATED.

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Kai200X
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:44:58 AM
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Can anyone tell me what's good about Mess Effect? Is it the story, gameplay or something else?

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 12:31:36 PM

well the story is incredible, the gameplay is addictive in an rpg way, the controls were great on pc but apparently they were bad on 360, and there is just so much choice involved with how you play the game, all which combine to make one of my favorite games.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 12:24:32 PM
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Yaaaaawn, I'm over multiplatform games. I've started to play Batman: AA and while I'm having fun, I can't help but notice the gltiches and screen tearing. Then I find my self wondering if these problems could have been avoided had this been a PS3 exclusive. Screen tearing is pet peave of mine and I don't notice it as much or at all with PS3 exclusives. Mutliplats as far as I'm concerned are just low quality 360 games. They can keep Mass Effect. I bought a PS3 to play PS3 games. Not 360 games.

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Titch1794
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:47:03 PM

@ Jawknee
i have pre ordered Batman AA but not recieved it yet. What do you mean by screen tearing and what sort of glitches occur? Tell me please tell me.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:16:10 PM

Somewhat true, but we can't forget that most franchises are multiplat with many more going that way as well. Assassin's Creed, Final Fantasy (at least 13), Bioshock, COD, GTA just to name a few.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:32:43 PM

@titch
this is hard to explain so I copied this from wikipedia.

Screen tearing is a phenomenon in video where a newly rendered frame overlaps a previously rendered frame, creating a torn look as edges of objects (such as a wall or a tree) fail to line up. This occurs when the video card or the software using it begins updating the actively-displayed memory in a manner that is out of sync with the monitor's refresh rate.

Tearing can occur with most common display technologies and video cards, and is most frequently seen on systems where horizontally-moving visuals are commonly found, such as in slow camera pans in a movie, or classic side-scrolling video games. The material being shown may also exhibit vertical stretching or shrinking, or repeated parts of images, during vertical motion, depending on the nature of the video.

The glitches I've noticed are frame rate dips an texture pop in. By all means it doesn't ruin the game. I'm just picky about these things. I think it shows poorer quality. I don't notice these issues with most exclusive PS3 games. More so with Xbox exclusives and mutlipLatform games. I haaaate screen tearing. Gives me a head ache.

@nightkrawler

yea I get your point but the only games in your list I really care about is FFXIII and Bioshock. I hoping SquareEnix delivers on this or I'm gonna be pissed. If they are telling the truth about the developemet process then it shouldn't suffer any of these flaws.

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Kai200X
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:42:06 PM

I'm having fun with my Batman:AA as well, espeically with Joker challenge room. I guess I am easy to please because I didn't see any tearing or maybe I don't care that much. I bought it right away because you can get a great deal right now, only $38.83 plus tax

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 7:47:06 PM

Yea Batman: AA is fun, no doubt. I'm just picky I suppose and have always notice things like that in games. Mostly because after awhile the tearing begins to hurt my eyes.

Were did you pay $40 for it? Damn. I paid $60. $40 seems like a fairer price. The game is not $60 quality.

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Alienange
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:25:25 PM

It was 38 in Canada.
As for the screen tearing, it's only noticeable in the menu when you're seeing a close up of Batman. During gameplay there's nothing.

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Titch1794
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 10:01:30 AM

Thanks for the info jawknee ;)

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 12:55:50 PM
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I loved it on PC, if it comes to PS3 I would play it again just for the hell of it.

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Wazomba
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:19:40 PM
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Im my opinion Mass Effect is overrated, don't get me wrong its a great game but the loading screens on the 360 are diabolical

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sticklife
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:38:52 PM

I think if we got it we could install it and cut the loading down.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:33:57 PM
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They probably can't announce it yet because of some legal arrangement with M$ft.

Timed exclusivity?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:12:01 PM

You win sir.

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Day_v
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:00:59 PM
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Politically correct statements

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Luan
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:09:35 PM
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Well, if we get Mass Effect, the only thing 360 will have is Forza, Halo and Gears Of War..which none interest me...well...it'll finally be obsolete...hah...nah, I love the elevator loading on Mass Effect...

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sticklife
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:38:00 PM

What about fable? I don't really like it but a lot of people do.

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Crabba
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 4:54:41 AM

Well, the 360 doesn't have Mass Effect as an exclusive either, just like the 360 doesn't have Halo & Gears of war as exclusives.

Mass Effect is perfectly available on PC, and so is Halo 1 & 2 and Gears of war, and I bet that both Halo 3 and Gears 2 will be released on PC sooner or later as well. It's kind of pathetic if you think about it, that Microsoft has to put timed exclusives basically against its own system (PC/Windows) just to make the Xbox 360 look like it actually has some exclusive games of its own...

I said it before, and I'll say it again: If you want to play these games, just get it for PC. We all have one! Those games aren't even that advanced so they run fine on older PCs, and they're still a lot better than the 360 version! How's that for exclusivity?

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Gamer X
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 11:21:29 AM

@Crabba - You forget that the games you just mentioned also have the "Games for Windows" label on them. And who created the Windows OS? Microsoft. The games are developed to play on systems that are configured using Microsoft's technology, so technically the games are still MS-exclusive.

Not that I mind it; I go where the games I like go. Both PS3 and 360 systems kick ass in their own special way, imo.

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Crabba
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 4:23:36 PM

Gamer X, you need to read my post again. I just said myself that Windows is a Microsoft platform, but now you're talking about "MS-exclusive".

I see basically noone talking about this game or the others like Halo or Gears of war as "Microsoft exclusive", everybody's talking about these games as 360 exclusive, which is something completely different and obviously completely wrong.

The 360 is a pointless platform, as long as you have a PS3 and a PC you can get 99% of all the greatest games, nuff said.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:17:50 PM
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I'd like to give both Mass Effect and Gears a spin sometime. No...I've never played either. Makes me wonder if I'm a true gamer.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:52:50 PM

Never played Mass Effect but I have played Gears of War. I don't understand the hype. Snooooozefest.

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VersusAlby
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:20:16 PM
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I hope so
Releasing the First one this year or early 2010 and the second one for the Ps3 would be great

It sucks that Ps3 owners get screwed with RPGs this gen

I don't get this companies which make a RPG exclusive to the 360
I'm convinced that more people on the PS3 play RPGs than the 360


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sticklife
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:36:35 PM

not forever.

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King James
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:29:09 PM
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But if we take Mass Effect's exclusivity like we did Bioshock, what will the Xbox have left?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:49:27 PM

Failza, Queers of war and Gaylo STDS.

Last edited by Jawknee on 8/26/2009 2:51:09 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:13:21 PM

What the Deuce does ODST stand for anyway? Recon was a better title.

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sticklife
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:35:30 PM

jawknee that's not fair, gears is cool.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:46:24 PM

I didn't like it. I bought into the hyped and it failed to deliver. Controls are limiting and clunky, story is boring and the art direction and character designs are ugly. A chainsaw/assault rifle? Lame.

In my opinion of course.

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sunspider13
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 4:52:00 PM

@ World
Orbital Drop Shock Troopers or Team

A trailer was playing at gamestop and showed what odst stood for while I was waiting to pick up Batman.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:37:59 PM

Yep, it is Orbital Drop Shock Trooper. Forgive me, but I'll stick to playing as the Shock Trooper in Star Wars: Battlefront 2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:14:11 PM
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Option 1: MS put a gag order on them for timed exclusivity.

Option 2: There is no option 2.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 3:28:36 PM

Haha too funny.

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Ogibillm
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 4:09:32 PM
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they may be waiting to see how well the ps3 sells with the price cut and redesign

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Imagi
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:09:00 PM
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Not played Mass effect yet, do own it but never really played it. Bought it at the same time as Fallout 3 which I decided to play first and still have not completed as I keep playing side missions.

What kind of hourage is the game? Do not feel I am missing much, may have to cram it into a full on weekend, so I can develop a opinion on whether the version 2 should come to PS3.

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kevinater321
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:48:16 PM
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Maybe they don't have a plan yet, but if they said no then that means no. As in not ever. He might just be making options ofr themselves. A very smart move, but i don't see why they woudn't they would make a ton of money. And the game is already done, i have no idea how long it takes to tranfer the game to ps3 but i don't think it would take that long. Maybe a month at most. And that month of work would deffinitly bring them a lot of money.

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chucknasty
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 7:58:18 PM
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I really tire of this PS3 contingent that wants the PS3 to be a clone of the Xbox. If you truly believe their titles are better then by all means get an Xbox. I don't think we need to port over their exclusives...mostly because they are pretty much all FPSs and as such are garbage to me but also because they are old news by the time they port over. Let it go.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:39:41 PM

Most of us want the exclusives because it never hurts...

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SkantDragon
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 8:35:54 PM
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I wouldn't take this to mean anything. It's good practice to not reveal anything more than you intend to, even if the answer to a particular question wouldn't be problematic. Otherwise, people can determine things you don't intend them to by simply noting what you will and will not answer evasively.

You could also look at it as not pulling a Gabe Newell. "The PS3 is piece of junk and a waste of time!" -> "We need to hire PS3 programmers! We're losing market share!"

Keep your options open.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:08:47 PM

"Otherwise, people can determine things you don't intend them to by simply noting what you will and will not answer evasively."

Yeah, he definitely avoided that. :P

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OriginalSin
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 1:27:55 AM
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Hang me if you like.... But do we really NEED Mass Effect?

Great game and all.... But do we NEED it? Personally I don't think so. Besides by the time the actually port it to the PS3 we'll have so many other titles to look forward to. And a lot of those games will be kick ass RPG's.

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___________
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 3:19:45 AM
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there probably not saying anything at the moment because M$ and EA would string them up by their balls.
50 bucks says IF mass effect 2 does come to the PS3 it wont be till at least 6 months after the 360/PC copies.
and that seems kinda pointless because they would have to create mass effect for the ps3 also, just seems like to much trouble to me.
you cant bring a game onto a different console half way through the story.
imagine GOW 4 going to the 360 or halo 4 going to the ps3 or a new zelda game coming to the ps3.
people would be lost in the story, because as far as i know (ive never played mass effect as i HATE! RPGs) it has a very deep interesting storyline, coming in at the second part of the series would be like coming in to the godfather at part 2 completely missing part 1.
now thats a new game i would like to see, a new godfather game but on a much grander scale GF2 was good but lacked polish and scale.
than add in SYPHON FILTER 5 AND BLACK 2!
and im set for life.

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tanner1
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 6:52:03 AM
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Hopefully if there is a ps3 version it wont be compromised in any way in terms of performance, i know time scale will be but i dont want a shoddy port thanx

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Gamer X
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 11:27:40 AM
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Even if there is a PS3 version in the works, I'm going for the 360 version. If I go PS3, I can't use my old ME1 game save with it, and I'd like to pick up where my Shepherd left off.

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