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BioWare Evasive Concerning Mass Effect 2 On PS3

The more these guys refuse to say "no," the more everyone becomes convinced that a PlayStation 3 version is inevitable.

BioWare has already released their first game on a PlayStation machine - Dragon Age: Origins - and they've followed this by saying they will continue to work with the PS3. If you combine this with the fact that EA is now involved with everything they do, the common question posed to BioWare these days is: "will Mass Effect 2 come to the PS3?" They never say it is but to help fuel speculation, they also never deny the possibility. This has happened again during a recent Polygamia interview with BioWare's Andrew Cho, where he first dodges the question by saying they've spent two years working on the Xbox 360 and PC versions. When pressed, he replied:

"We definitely want to give as many people as possible a chance to play the game. The Unreal engine is cross-platform. I think maybe the only platform it doesn't work on is the Wii."

See, now that makes perfect sense. I'm really not sure why EA wants to keep this a secret but it seems obvious that Mass Effect 2 is PS3-bound. It may not launch at the same time as the 360 and PC versions, as Dragon Age did, but I just refuse to believe one of the biggest - if not the biggest - game publishers in the world would voluntarily cut out about 25 million consumers who might want to purchase ME2. This is why the big boys don't do exclusivity. It essentially makes zero business sense. So just spill the beans already!

12/17/2009 10:54:12 AM Ben Dutka

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Mamills
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:05:52 AM
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it'll come

just watch and wait
they know the PS3 crowd wants it
i mean look at Yakuza 3, they werent going to bring it at first, now its comming early next year.

If the people want it, they'll get it

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Random_Steve
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:12:18 AM

yakuza's exclusive

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Mamills
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:15:13 AM

yea it is exclusive im just saying that because Yakuza wasn't going to come west

but enough people started to complain and now its comming, fully translated

i was only using it as an example

another great example is Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2

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geovanwitdakick
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:06:27 AM
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I am 100% convinced that Mass Effect 2 will be found on the PS3.

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Mamills
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:17:52 AM

they should combine 1 & 2 onto 1 bluray disc and bring it
i know a bunch of ppl that would go crazy for that.

i had it on PC but i didnt have the best Gaming system to i didnt bother playing it for very long with such bad graphics

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:41:03 AM

yeah they definitely have to give us the first one. they'll probably release is for about $30.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:19:39 AM
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Oh another 360 FPS made with Unreal 3 is a must have on PS3. We dont have enough of those.

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Mamills
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:30:41 AM

lol man u really need to play that game before bashing it
its an RPG 1st
which sadly enough PS3 is lacking

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coverton341
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:34:08 AM

Have you played Mass Effect? It is much more than another 360 FPS on the Unreal Engine. It is a compelling story driven western RPG and probably one of the best this generation.

I personally cannot wait for Mass Effect 2 to come out.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:39:44 AM

mass effect is a great game. if you play it you'll have a change of heart.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:49:25 AM

My mistake. FPS/RPG made with Unreal. That's what we need more of.

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Mamills
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:04:36 PM

ahh ignorance, i love it
ok man just dont buy it when it comes

simple

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:23:45 PM

:)

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:33:27 PM

Actually it is a TPS/RPG, no first person view to be found in the entire game, unless you count looking through the scope of a sniper.

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I_defenestrate
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:16:55 PM

I was just on my way to saying that BTN.

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Juanalf
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:32:19 PM

An RPG you say, now I know to keep my distance ;)

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Hezzron
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:53:32 PM

What's with you RPGites? You've become such self-loathing gamers that you can't even recognize your own choice of genre if it came up and bit you in the ass.

Also, I don't think the first ME was made with the Unreal engine.

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Hezzron
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 4:17:47 PM

.....oh, it was made with the Unreal engine. Silly me....

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Oxvial
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:28:42 AM
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the first game was tedious on the 360 , pc was the version to go with this one.. still I find it overrated but yeah good game.

Mass Effect 2 being on the Ps3 is going to happen not doing would be one stupid decision of Bioware.

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coverton341
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:36:06 AM
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It will probably come out 6 to 9 months later on PS3 and be bundled with Mass Effect 1 on a single blu-ray if the game save carry over feature works how they want it to, and I see no reason that it wouldn't since they have done it very successfully before with the .hack series.

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Fane1024
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 5:59:21 PM

I would pay full price for both games on one disc...and I almost never pay full price.

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Orvisman
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:40:35 AM
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Yeah. I agree.

Furthermore, BioWare seems pretty adept at the PS3 hardware already. I have DA:O on the PS3 so I don't know this first had; but according to the GameSpot review, the PS3 version, aside from some frame rate issues, is the one to own over the 360 version, which the review cites has "drab, underwhelming visuals" while "The PlayStation 3 version features higher-quality textures than those on the Xbox 360, better color saturation, smoother facial animations, and shorter load times."

The entire paragraph reads:

"On the flip side, the Xbox 360 version looks positively disappointing. Textures are highly compressed and colors are washed out, though the upside is that this version maintains a smoother frame rate than on the PlayStation 3, where things might get jittery when swiveling the camera around. The PlayStation 3 version features higher-quality textures than those on the Xbox 360, better color saturation, smoother facial animations, and shorter load times. Minor visual hiccups, like corpses that disappear and reappear, are a bit more common on the PS3, however. The PC version is the superior experience, but if you're choosing between the two console releases, the PlayStation 3 has the upper hand."

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johnld
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:21:33 PM

hahahah, you lost me at gamespot.

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dart_driver
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 7:10:40 PM

Gamespot does have some very great info, just because a gaming giant makes a couple mistakes people put it way down. ?why?

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outcelgeist
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:54:32 AM
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Mass Effect and Dead Rising are the only reasons I still even own a 360. If BioWare brings Mass Effect to PS3 (with carried-over saves, they should bring the first as well) and if Capcom gets rerelease/remake happy and brings Dead Rising to PS3... I can completely rid myself of this burden. That is, unless Alan Wake ends up being the shit.

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Mamills
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:07:34 PM

they seemed to have turned alan wake into some kind of 3rd person over the shoulder shooter as well. so i totally lost interest in that thing

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big6
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:12:41 PM

Dead Rising 2 is already confirmed for PS3, so no need to bring the first one over. =)

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Oxvial
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:27:53 PM

Dead Rising is a game that would be luved more on Ps3 than 360...I really want to have the first part its like playing RE2 yeah its better than 1 but playing RE1 its worth!.

Alan Wake the only thing I like its the setting the gameplay looks like a shooter yeah I'm sure MS wasn't happy with the concept and wanted to put more action on it.

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Imagi
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:47:18 PM

I have gone well off Alan Wake, the more I see the less I want.

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godsman
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:15:25 PM
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It probably has a contract with Microsoft to keep it the lead platform. Same thing for Lost Planet 2, which I still don't see why they kept a secret when it's released together.

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JackC8
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:17:26 PM
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When they say "Yes, it is coming to the PS3", then I'll start paying attention.

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isaya85
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:22:47 PM
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ME2 and halo:reach will be the only reason I get another 360 anything else is strictly PS3, ME is my favorite rpg so far this gen I hope they decide to release it on PS3

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:35:18 PM

halo:reach, really?

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godsman
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:09:43 PM

Another? Wait till they have a pricecut then. It's inevitable for them to cut price next spring

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Alienange
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 7:47:40 PM

That's a bold statement. You like ME more than Dragon Age? I'm undecided but DA is one hell of an rpg.

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Imagi
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:44:25 PM
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I think it will come to the PS3, but not for a little while yet, M$ may pay for some timed exclusivity (the 360 has not got a whole lot of killer games for it) or Bioware may want to get the 360/pc version out of the way first, so to not give us a crappy port version.

As it happens Mass Effect was the last game I bought for the my 360, almost a year to the day now, still not played it past the first 30mins, will do at some point though, but it felt like a game I should be playing exclusively to get the most out of the story etc.

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johnld
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:25:41 PM

it pisses me off that microsoft does things this way. We cant make anymore higher quality games than ps3 so were going to use out infinite money bag cheat to have games. If they put a lot of their money to back up a good studio to make an exclusive game, they would definitely blow any ps3 game away with this new xbox 1080 game.

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coverton341
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:54:07 PM

Mass Effect is a game you want to dedicate all of your attention to so you probably do want to hold off until you can play just that. I did just the opposite the first time playing it and just wound up bored and confused but when I focused on it I really really enjoyed it. Same thing happened with Lost Odyssey with me.

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johnld
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 4:05:02 PM

i heard from a few people about lost odysey being good so i tried to track one down but cant find a cheap copy. went to hollywood video by chance and found infinite undiscovery for 10 bucks though. kinda satisfied my jrpg for the year till FFXIII which the people in japan are playin right now. damn square enix!

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coverton341
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:29:23 PM

See, I hated Infinite Undiscovery. Though it was another issue with not exclusively playing that game so I kept forgetting what was going on in it and got bored and frustrated. Maybe I need to sit down and play it and it only until completion.

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www
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:04:02 PM
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I wish to get it on my 360. The cover alone is attractive.

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johnld
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:26:38 PM

hell, if you wanted the cover, you can print one online or make one yourself. lol.

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www
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:16:39 PM

Haha......HA! I want the game too ;)

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SILVERAMMO
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:05:16 PM
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mass effect 2 is timed exclusive i dont even care i wont get it anywasy if it does come to ps3 looks boring to me

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Nynja
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:09:50 PM
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Probably a contractual agreement where MS will cover marketing costs if the game is advertised as an exclusive.

Curious though... has anyone seen any Mass Effect 2 commercials yet? Does it carry the "Only on Xbox" tag line? If it doesn't then that could be another indicator as to the game potentiality coming to the PS3. Though, if it does have it this could mean a timed exclusivity agreement. I would not be surprised if BioWare is working on a PS3 port of the first installment in addition to the sequel. Bundle deal anyone?

Either way, I'm not really interested in this game anyways. Don't be fooled into thinking that I only say that because it's not on PS3. I'm sure people already know that I own the Xbox 360 and if I really wanted to play it I could have.

****EDIT; I'm really tired of the over done sci-fi stories. I grew up on the stuff and it has become stale after 30+ years. Some originality would be nice.

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jackofAlltrades
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:30:01 PM
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To be honest..almost everyone i know can care less about this coming to the ps3..

its a 360 game that has been hyped for the 360 since its iception. why do we want this game? the graphics really dont compare with anything else on the market right now. most or all games made for ps3 or 360 have the graphics bar pushed to a high standard..but i continue to see what the hype is about this game..yes ive payed part 1..story was pretty much what most syfy games out there bring to the table..ohhh but since its a 360game they can commercialize the hell out of it..kinda like HALO...what number are we on??? (20)?

look again better games than this will come for both systems next year and this will become another ninja g zigma2 lost in the shadows of gaming.

seriously ask your self why? most sites that write articles on this have there comment boxes filled with people saying they can care less..

im waiting for GODOFWAR3

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jackofAlltrades
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:31:53 PM
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.but i continue [not]to see what the hype is about this game..yes ive played part 1..story was pretty

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:54:18 PM
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I'd just like to add that I really hated Mass Effect. It seemed like little more to me than a mediocre third-person shooter placed over a fairly standard RPG mold.

Dragon Age: Origins may be considered "standard," too, but I just think it's much better. More to my taste, anyway.

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Victor321
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:22:22 PM

:*( I personally believe it was a top quality game, despite technical issues. The ability to form your own story was its main purpose, not to cap heads; that's what Halo, Gears of War and Resistance are for.

Mass Effect was my MGS4 and FFX to me, when it came to how strong and immersive the experience was.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:43:19 PM

Even metioning ME and MGS4 in the same sentence is blasphamy. Kneel and Repent!

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piratedrunk
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 4:34:33 PM

Agreed Ben.

I was painfully bored with Mass Effect.. I tried to get into it really.. but I just couldn't see why people talk it up so much. I would have a better time with the form your own story type games if the stories available weren't all lacking.

I think freedom at the expense of plot and character depth is a bad choice

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NoSmokingBandit
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:34:04 PM

Im with you, Ben. I cant figure out why everyone gets all excited about ME. Im not really interested in the sequel at all.

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convergecrew
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 1:16:27 AM

The best thing about ME is the world that Bioware created, and the storyline to go along with it. The same could be said about Dragon Age, I think.

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Buckeyestar
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 8:43:46 AM

See, I am of the complete opposite opinion on this. I think Mass Effect is outstanding while Dragon Age felt horribly ho-hum.

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Oxvial
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:42:41 PM
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Just for the lulz I posted about this in some ME2 threads and I got a bunch of buthurted xbot expressions xD....read some.

Windwaker
Timtarded
Legendary Ninja

They can have mass effect 1 and 2 if we can get uncharted 1 and 2

Bluth
Banana stand employee
Academy Teacher
^I would need something of equal value from Sony to give up ME to the Playstation.

forgotten_hero
The one they led astray
S-Class Missing-nin

They can get the series a year after we get the third one...as long as we get the MGS series.

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:15:55 PM

All of what they want is impossible even if the devs wanted to do so.

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DGo8
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:47:35 PM
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I always fort we'd get mass effect dunno why just knew we would...my friend rekons uncharted will go 2 xbox at some point...i doubt that highly

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dart_driver
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 7:22:07 PM

Same here, uncharted looks so much better than ME. Its easy to play a lvl 1 game on a lvl 2 system but not the other way around!

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Alienange
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 7:52:54 PM
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For me, Bioware can do no wrong. On PC, Xbox or PS3.

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:13:16 PM
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eh...im not into western rpgs so much. JRPGs is another thing.

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:19:23 PM

Lets put it this way. I never expect a good story out of western games. It's my personal opinion.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 10:16:37 PM

Yes Sir!
But i don't agree with your generalization about stories and the West.

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___________
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:24:58 AM

thats a load of tripe theres many western games that have brilliant storyline.
assassins creed was repetitive as hell i HATED IT! but the storyline was so interesting it kept me playing, and im glad i did.
GOW has a brilliant story line.
dantes inferno, based on one of the worlds most famous poems.
bioshock, did not see that final twist coming.
infamous.
i could go on for days.
while i agree theres no story to top MGS4, just because its not made by a asian does not mean its got a crappy storyline.

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just2skillf00l
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:08:09 AM
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The Uncharted series will never go to the 360! Naughty Dog seems pretty clear the path they want to take. If graphics and awesome effects is what they want to improve, there is no way going multiplat is going to help obtain that goal.

On another note, JPG's are the way to find a unique and engaging story. Looking forward to the "JRPG flood" next year.

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Geobaldi
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 2:23:05 AM

Sony owns Naughty Dog anyway so it's up to Sony if the want to let them work on Microsoft games as well.

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___________
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:28:49 AM
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maybe they like the attention?
free publicity, and advertisement.
anyway i think its will come to the ps3 not because they refuse to say no, only because its being published by EA.
yea, they publish valve games, but gabe while a brilliant developer, hes a little for the lack of a better word stubborn!
EA seem to be favoring the PS3 as of late.
last year they announced there going to develop all their games for ps3, than port them to the 360 and other systems.
battlefield bad company 2 beta exclusive to ps3, well till jan when it hits PC.
dantes inferno demo 2 weeks earlier than the 360.
there up on the bandwagon, so i would not be surprised if mass effect 2 ended up on the ps3.
now all i need is crackdown 2 and splinter cell conviction and im set.

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ShooPooMagoo
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 3:36:28 AM
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Maybe Bioware are seeing the PS3 flying off the shelves in recent months and are thinking, "hey we'd like some of that action".

Anyway, if they do decide to bring it to PS3. Hopefully they won't do a crappy port that looks awful(this only generates bad press for the PS3). Ports to PS3 have almost always looked awful especially early on.

I think people should use Uncharted 2 as a measuring stick and say,"if we can't make it look as good as this, we're packing up and going home".

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Mr Bitey
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 9:48:58 AM
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My guess is it will be a timed exclusive. Bioware won't deny or confirm it, which sounds exactaly like all of the other timed exclusives which eventually came to PS3.

I haven't played the first Mass Effect, but I'm loving Dragon Age at the moment. 80+ hours and counting. :)

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Mounce
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 1:15:53 PM
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PS3 sales right now are around 27-29 million! Thanks to November among other things in sales, 25 million is too low! Lol

Other than that, I'd hope Mass Effect 1 AND 2 comes to the PS3 as some form of Duo-deal bundle. I don't want to play a sequel to a series that I've never even played the original damn installment, or it'd be like trying to play Saint's Row 2 all over again! Bah!

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