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Mass Effect 2 PS3 Uses Same Engine As Mass Effect 3

Well, this is interesting.

Many role-playing fans love Mass Effect and both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners are looking forward to the third installment, set to release next year. PS3 owners will also get ME2, which will arrive on Sony's machine in January complete with a bunch of extra content. But did you realize ME2 is similar to ME3 in a way you might not have expected...? According to a recent BioWare podcast, both ME2 PS3 and ME3 use the same engine:

"We’ve actually created the engine for Mass Effect 3 and use that to make Mass Effect 2 PS3. So we took the content and the story and all the other assets that made up Mass Effect 2 and we put them in the Mass Effect 3 engine. And that‘s what we are actually delivering."

So come January 18, when you're playing ME2 on your PS3, you should know you're playing a game that uses the same engine as ME3, which you'll see at a later date. Well, that's the upside of being forced to wait almost a year for a game, right? And we won't have to wait again; EA has already confirmed the simultaneous multiplatform release of the upcoming entry.  Are you one of many who are on the sci-fi bandwagon created by BioWare?

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3

Tags: masss effect 2, me2, mass effect ps3, me3, bioware

12/15/2010 9:13:56 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (46 posts)

GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 9:43:19 PM
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If I like the demo, then I'll plan on getting it right after I beat Dead Space 2.

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TheCrazyMerc
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:15:54 PM

Bam! Right in the Kisser!

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 2:43:53 AM

I wish I could get Dead Space 2 next month, I have to wait until march (sigh).

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 9:47:12 PM
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But if they are using the same assets as ME2 there really wont be a difference outside of the optimizations, right? It will look and play the same, it will just do it more efficiently.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:37:17 PM

I have no doubt the textures and art assets are the same, but that doesn't mean it rules out significant upgrades to performance , lighting dynamics, and post processing effects.

Though, I would still assume that the 360 may enjoy some obscure visual advantages of it's own once the game is put under the microscope, but at least we can already tell that the PS3 version will enjoy several unique advantages of it's own, which may help it be a better all around package more than it already is.



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InBlackestNight
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 9:51:05 PM
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I really want this but how long before it's cheap? The xbox version is under $20 now and it's not even a year old. I guess I'll wait and see.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:02:25 PM

But this has the dlc for free, also it has a new engine ,that sounds like some nice extras for your 60 bucks.

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GuernicaReborn
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 11:40:50 AM

I bet you will find deals for it about a month after the game releases. I have a feeling You will be able to get it for about $40 by the end of February/beginning of March. Just keep checking Amazon/WalMart/KMart/Target.

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Kiryu
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 9:57:58 PM
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January - Mass Effect 2 , Little Big Planet 2
February - Killzone 3
March - Yakuza 4
April or May - Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection.
June or July - Infamous 2
September - Resistance 3
October - Batman Arkham City ,probably
November - Uncharted 3, Mass Effect 3
December - The Last Guardian , probably

I have to get all these games,they are all must buys,My wallet is going to Explode.

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TheShadow
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:18:56 PM

Don't forget march or april with Sorcery and MLB 11 the show- Now with move support.

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Swim_Irr
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:59:41 PM

And Socom 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 12:37:35 AM

And Twisted Metal.

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 2:46:29 AM

And Deus Ex: HR.

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Dustinwp
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 8:35:30 AM

Infamous 2, Motorstorm: Apocalypse, Resistence 3, Ratchet & Clank: All for One, and probably White Knight Chronicles 2! Better start saving people or win the lottery!

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Jawknee
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:08:48 PM
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IGN has some comparison videos of Mass Effect 2 and Xbox and PS3 and the PS3 version does look a bit better. Its more colorful and vibrant.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:10:34 PM

And hows the framerate? , they did mention of it?

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Temjin001
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:31:31 PM

Wow, didn't see this coming *thinks Bioware is cool*. The flat lighting of ME2 definitely caught my attention before this IGN comparison vid (especially when going from ME2 to Uncharted:DF). And to see that they addressed the biggest visual weakness of the game, I'm quite pleased.
But like Oxvial, I'm curious about the performance end. ME2 cleaned up all the screen tearing issues from the first game, and I hope the PS3 version is v-sync'd too.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:32:22 PM

It looks like that, watched the video the cinemas difference is very brutal, kinda FF13 cinemas comparative on 360.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:39:22 PM

The frame rate looked okay to me. I didn't notice any screen tearing either.

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:33:44 PM
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The more I read and see about ME2 for the PS3, the more I am getting convinced on getting it. This version of the game is more like Bioware's love letter to the PS3 community for making us miss the first installment and the long wait for the second. This game would rock!

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cLoudou
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:39:57 PM
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I was hoping to get new tires in January but that will have to wait, gotta get this, LBP2, and Dead Space 2 first.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 8:40:26 AM

When is Two Worlds II supposed to come out? I saw a retail copy earlier when I was looking for the Uncharted 2 GOTY version. I thought it isn't coming out until next year? And yes, it's the PS3 version I saw. LOL

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Temjin001
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:50:27 PM
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I really think Bioware is proving to be a more standout PC/multi-console dev.
Dragon Age, for example, showed how they put the effort into doing some optimizing for each (360 and PS3) hardware characteristic. The PS3 version sported better texture filtering and some higher res textures (the game needed all the help it could get in that department). Whereas, the 360 version had a more stable frame-rate and 2xMSAA. Personally, I'm typically more of a performance oriented guy. But it's good to know neither version could be considered superior, and Bioware takes the time to do more than the usual dev.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:43:38 PM

Even if it doesn't its still a good thing. :)

Look at the IGN comparisons. You can see a difference.

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Gordo
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:38:54 PM
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D1P for me... Don't care for Dead Space 2 and can wait for Killzone 3 as I'm not into multiplayer...

Mass Effect 2 is just the story based RPG lite adventure that I am looking for.

Count me in!

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sha4dowknight05
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:46:43 PM
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I hope they get Me 1 for the ps3, because dead rising 2 didn't feel rigth being on ps3 when dr 1 was on 360.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:52:21 PM

Not going to happen unfortunately, but to make up for it the major story points are going to be included on the disc as an interactive comic, so you can make key decisions and be filled in on the happenings before you get into the actual game.

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Oxvial
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 12:23:42 AM

Dead Rising 2 felt bad bc it was a bad game, it's a shame because it has a lot of potential.

Also no dlc for ps3? the heck is wrong with capcom.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:50:12 PM
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Nice, this kinda sorta points to Mass Effect 3 being nice and stable since the engine is good enough for a commercial release already.

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StangMan80
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 12:22:01 AM
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Owning a PS3 keeps on getting better :D
Never regretted paying $600 bucks for the 60gig.

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STAY3R
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 1:06:23 AM
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yeah, the early screenshots indicated that, they removed the bloom filter, sooo evrything is quite clean and neat now, either way i will get it, i got mass effect 1 & 2 on both 360 & PC, i buy whatever bioware makes , lmao

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 1:11:36 AM
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So, does that mean that we'll see any improvements that Bioware has made for ME3, in this. I'm referring to lighting, physics, perhaps even slight gameplay tweaks? The graphics probably won't be improved much, considering that they're using the same assets, but it's good to know that we'll get a massively upgraded version as a result of our wait. I'm still on the fence about this one though. Backlog too big, and too many other, more high priority games out and coming.
Peace.

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Fane1024
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 5:10:27 PM

It could also make it easier to patch in any optimizations they make while building ME3 over the next year, since the base engine is the same.

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kraygen
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 1:29:10 AM
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Best part of that news is that if we don't enjoy the engine when me2 for ps3 comes out we know to just go ahead and skip me3. Hopefully it's good tho.

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 2:41:31 AM
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That sounds great, I already ordered have ME2 for my 360 though. I don't use it as much as I use to and I never actually buy games for it that often. I'm starting to feel bad for it, so I'll just get the ME games for the 360.

Oh yeah for anyone out their who also owns a 360 wal-mart is selling ME2 for $10!!! I'm serious you should check it out before its to late, here is the link.

www.walmart.com/ip/Mass-Effect-2-Xbox-360-Xbox-360/10979133

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marcusfrommo
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 2:52:00 AM
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Blue dragon is another sweeeet game I wish ps3 would take from the the xbox 360.

By the way, have you've seen the (I'm changing the subject) the kollectors and the tornament edition of mortal kombat?

I'm aware it was posted a few days or a week ago, peace.

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 7:38:50 AM
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My bank account is already crying and next year's not even here yet.

I think there's over twenty games I'm getting next year? Including this one...

Yikes...

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maxpontiac
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 8:02:16 AM
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Bioware, if Mass Effect 2 does indeed look and run better on the PS3, you move into my 3rd party developer list that I'll support.

It's a short list!!

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TheShadow
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 11:12:05 AM
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@ At list of games for 2011.

Who god, Either I win the lottery or get more money somehow........ I could work more......I could steal from a bank!..... Alright I know what to do.

Bye

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big6
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 12:08:20 PM
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I must admit, I've never been interested in the series.

Gonna definitely wait and try the demo, before I decide on whether to buy it or not.

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Alienange
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 1:00:28 PM
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Maybe I have to finish the first ME. I don't know... I didn't like the dune buggy stuff. It was weird and very non-rpg. The characters seemed quite cool though. I just don't see myself reading a comic and then jumping into part 2.

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Oxvial
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 1:30:50 PM

If u are going to to play the first do it on pc and put the same decisions on the interactive Ps3 comic , 360 version of ME1 sucks.

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Nynja
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 1:51:49 PM

It took me a couple restarts on this game to actually appreciate it. The story is what really makes the first game good. The gameplay is a bit weak and buggy from my play experience. I'm almost tempted to not finish the 360 version and just wait for ME2 on the PS3.

Hopefully ME2 gameplay takes cues from Dragon Age and has a better interface. The menu screens were just plain awful.

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Alienange
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 6:04:34 PM

@ Oxvial - Didn't think of that when I bought the 360 version. Probably should have too. When I end up with ME2 on PS3 I think I'll do like you say. That's a smart idea about the comic.

@ Nynja - I actually read today that Bioware has updated the controls for the PS3 but if you don't like them you can go back to the 360 controls. Weird huh? Maybe it'll be better for us? Hope so.

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DUNDEAL79
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 7:07:20 PM
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kinda find it hard to reward a company with my my money when they didn't give us the first game and took an extra year for the second.Buy it used or rent it. tired of the ps3 getting the shaft

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The X Factor 9
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 1:21:04 AM
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This is, in my opinion, the best game of this generation. This is THE ultimate RPG series in my opinion. PS3 fans should be freaking out with joy that Mass Effect 2 is coming to PS3 in a few weeks. Where's the love and respect?

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