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LittleBigPlanet 2, Mass Effect 2 Impress Critics Everywhere

We told you it'd be a difficult choice.

Both LittleBigPlanet 2 and Mass Effect 2 for the PlayStation 3 are here, and both are dragging down some of the highest scores of the generation. If you check the Metacritic rundown for each, you'll see that less than 24 hours after the arrival of both gems, ME2 is averaging 95 while LBP2 comes in at 93. As you can see, both are two of the best you'll find on store shelves in any given year, and with Dead Space 2 launching next week, your bank account may suffer. As for us, you've already seen our LBP2 review and we're currently working on ME2. You'll have to grant us a little leeway on that; we want to give it an appropriate amount of time; we don't really believe in issuing hasty reviews. But if you absolutely must read an analysis, the above Metacritic link will certainly help you out.

We love the fact that the first quarter of 2011 is looking so darn spiffy. Historically, it has been a pretty bland part of the year but recently, with more games escaping holiday competition, Q1 is often jam-packed.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 2

Tags: me2, mass effect 2, lbp2, littlebigplanet 2, me2 ps3

1/19/2011 9:11:34 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (68 posts)

La_Bete12
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:31:13 PM
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What does Mass Effect 2 emphasize more, the shooting or the RPG aspects?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:37:23 PM

I played the hour long Playstation PLus Trial, seemed like the shooting was the major emphasis though that could change the more you play it.

It's really not an "RPG". It's a shooter with some RPG elements.

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:44:13 PM

I still haven't downloaded the ME2 trial. I've played through the Dead Space 2 demo three times though. I seriously can't friggin wait.

I suppose DS2 will take me about 2 weeks to complete, at which time I'll look into LBP2. I don't know if I'm gonna get that, ME2 or Killzone 3 in February. I'm getting backlogged already.

I'd get ME2 or LBP2 now, but I don't want to be in the middle of a game when I start Dead Space 2. I'm getting it Tuesday morning, and if I can make it I will play straight through to Wednesday morning(yes I took Tuesday off from work for a video game).

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FM23
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:44:36 PM

It's a third person shooter with RPG elementsl like slowing down time during action and issuing commands during realtime, NPC's, side quest. Game is story driven...VERY story driven.

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big6
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:47:55 PM

Hey, being a Playstation+ member as well, I have a question...

If you play the first hour demo of ME2, does your savegame or stats stay when you get the full game? That way, you don't have to re-play the first hour again?

I'm curious, because I'm considering playing the free hour demo, but I don't want to end up having to re-play it again after I buy the game.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:59:53 PM

Yes it saves your progress and lets you pick up from where you last saved if you end up purchasing the game. Checking my save folder now there's 2 saves for ME2. One for the profile and one for my progress. I imagine that the save files would work with either the PSN copy or the Blu Ray copy of the game.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 2:04:05 AM

ME2 is driven by three main components: story, action, and character creation.
Each of these pillars hold together the structure of the game and each of them are fleshed out in detail. The plot will give you your purpose behind your actions. The decisions you make during the journey can have prolonged consequences and altering outcomes in result of these choices. Choices can affect the lives of others or the relationships, both intimate and professional, as you engage in this virtual universe. A good majority of the game revolves around these elements alone.
The action in the game is primarily structured after the manner of a third person shooter. It's more tactical than something like Gears but less real-time-action oriented as Uncharted. You can direct your two team mates and pause the action to assign tactical decisions (ammo-type/biotic/tech abilities). A person can choose to play with less brain and more brawn, or vice-versa. But there's no doubt that intelligent choices in character building/combinations and equipment load out can have a significant affect on how the action plays out. The strengths and weaknesses of individual characters will manifest themselves as you progress through the game. ME2 will eventually allow you to, with a cost, re-assign ability points to custom configure your characters as you see fit. The game doesn't delve into specific class based attributes like you would observe from a more traditional RPG. Typically, advancement means increased health and more and stronger abilities.
It's important to understand that ME2 is a hybrid of several modern popular gaming components. But despite that, ME2 is a complete package unto itself that doesn't feel half baked or underdeveloped. It's a significant stride in expanding the boundaries of modern game design, and is an indicator that the convergence of older already existing genres with more social oriented interactivity within a virtual existence has created a new way to experience this medium of entertainment.

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DIsmael85
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 4:11:50 AM

Tem I couldn't have said that better myself. Mass Effect is pretty unique in how it plays out and this is why I love it so much. Can't wait to see what I've done in ME2 and how it will affect ME3. It's going to be interesting.

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Looking Glass
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 4:59:21 AM

The game is first and foremost a third person shooter. It just has a few RPG elements included.

I'm not saying that Mass Effect 2 is a bad game. It's just that Bioware seems to like to think of itself as a champion of the RPG genre. So it's funny and a little frustrating that they then go and pull something like this.

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Bjorn77
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 5:17:22 AM

in a way is's also up to the player. You can play it like a 3rd person shooter, but you can relate to your characters if you want to.

On the XboX it took me about 30 - 40 hours to complete my first run, I was very diligent and was making my allies "like" me. Do things for them and stuff, but you don't have to.

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La_Bete12
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 6:58:00 AM

Thanks for the replies guys, I've been reading this site for a little while now and this is probably the most intelligent well-thought out gaming site I've seen on the net.

The reason I asked the question earlier was that I saw on wikipedia that it was an "Action RPG" so I thought that the RPG aspects were a little more prevalent.

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 10:29:58 AM

@A cappella dude

Perhaps officially it is an Action RPG. Unofficially however it's more Action than RPG.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:42:12 PM
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Man, I love LittleBigPlanet 2. Having a blast with it. It really does feel like a new game despite being a sequel.

As for Mass Effect 2. I played the 60 minute Playstation Plus trial. They really did fix those problems that were present in the demo so that's great for those who bought it. As for me, I really tried to get into it...but, I couldn't. Oh well. Annoying, now that I downloaded that trial. The game showed up on my trophies list and will forever be stuck at 4% since I am not getting the game. Wish we could delete games from out list.

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:58:42 PM

I have about 15 games stuck at or below 5%. CoD: MW2 and some Texas Hold em game are both at 0%. Really sucks that you can't delete games with 0% on them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:33:57 PM

I hear ya Jawknee, if memory serves Ben would really like to be rid of his Hannah Montana trophies :)

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:59:43 PM

You wouldn't want that. Some jackass friend would delete your trophies when you weren't looking.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:01:44 PM

Ah, but I don't have any friends who would do that to me. ;)

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:06:08 PM

Maybe not, but isn't your wife pregnant? Jackass friends, crazy kids, it's the same thing.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:15:10 PM

Indeed. Haha

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 1:08:59 AM

Speaking of trophies, I have two seperate lists for Demon's Souls. It's frustrating to see progression on one and having the other sit eternally at 1%.

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 2:50:02 AM

@ lawless

How is that possible?

BTW I personally wish there was a way to get rid off trophies you weren't ever going to try getting 100% on.

I think a good idea would be if you were asked if you were going to play suggested game and answered NO, it would then remove it from list. But if you for some reason decided to give it a go it would actually revive it from where you left off.

This way no one could truly erase it but if you weren't going to attempt platinuming it it would be taken off your list and not counted toward your percentage.

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Underdog15
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:40:11 AM

@ShadowScorpio
I think there's a separate list for the game of the year edition or whatever the special edition is called.

@Alienage
"Jackass friends, crazy kids, it's the same thing. "

HA! ^.^

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:46:14 PM

LittleBigPlanet 2. That game will offer limitless replayability.

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FM23
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:48:18 PM

Depends on your preference.

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FlyingKickPunch
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 5:51:05 PM

If you don't choose LBP2, I don't care how rad your skateboard is, you can't come to my birthday party.

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aaronobst
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 7:16:13 PM

get em both man, sell your house, car or your childrens college fund

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FM23
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:47:39 PM
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Really want to try LBP 2, but ME2 is definitely a classic. Deeper than your regular sci-fi story and the graphics are pretty good. Not PS3 exclusive good, but very artsy in way. Loving ME2 so far and glad I choose it. Wish I could afford DE2 next week...well whatca gonna do right

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:51:10 PM

I was actually surprised at how detailed some of the textures were and that it was running with minimal frame rate problems and zero screen tearing. I was quite impressed with the final code of the game. It still has that greasy plastic look that plagues Unreal games though.

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FM23
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:53:33 PM

So true...it's looks real glossy like Batman AA, but its looks good. It still has glitches. Textures dissappeared and I all I saw was this purple green shade over everything...weird. Besides that, I can see why Xbox fanboys are pissed they lost this game. Dude, I need LBP2.

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SmokeyPSD
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 12:18:12 AM

Different to the demo? Who would have thunk it... Farout out all you people that were jumping up and down...

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Temjin001
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 9:55:38 PM
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I'm excited for all of the prospective ME2 purchasers out there. Or for those who are coming into the ME series for the first time. I hope most people enjoy it as much as I have. It stands as one of my most adored entertainment experiences that I've encountered this gaming generation.

Believe the critics and the ratings--it's something special.

And for those who have paused for concern of a shoddy PS3 port. Information has been revealed that many of the caveats from the ME2 have been ironed out for the final release: no more choppy FMV, and the screen tearing has now been eliminated.

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FM23
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:00:26 PM

Well I have been experiencing the ME experience and it definitely strikes me odd that many people hear don't care for it. This appears to be the best game that came out last year in my opinion and I knew it once I read up about it last January. I said "I'll wait until I get an Xbox"...never did, and now it's in my PS3. I had to retire GT5 for this...that's how much I like it.

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big6
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:55:09 PM

So for someone who has super terrible right-analogue aiming, would you still recommend Mass Effect 2? I'm considering getting it, but not only for me, but my bro also. He really enjoyed Dragon Age, and I think he might like ME2 as well. However, his gaming skills are almost non-existent, so he can't do *any* sort of fast-action shooting.
Does ME2 have much fast shooting that requires right stick aiming skill?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:02:35 PM

Mass Effect's gameplay reminded of Gears of War.

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Beamboom
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 1:31:13 AM

Big6: I'd say a definitive "yes" to your question - the "easy" game setting is even described as a setting for those who want to play to enjoy the story.
In addition there's the "freeze-time" effect when selecting and trigger special attacks (like in Dragon Age), and if you select one of the less gun-focused classes you should be all set up for an awsome experience.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:31:26 AM

Jawknee, the control interface does share a lot of similarities with Gears. Most notably the run/cover/vault mechanic. I can't say I particularly like that about it. It still looks silly having your character take cover before they can vault. Granted it cuts down on buttons, but why didn't they map the melee to an analogue L3/R3 and a make the O button vault, or something? Instead, the game has both R3/L3 serve one purpose.


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YesterdysRising
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:26:15 PM
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Well, with Amazon's B2G1, I'm thinking about getting both but I can't find something else to get. I wish it was on all games :(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:40:09 PM
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Looking forward to ME2, (When I have time I'll purchase it) and I'm glad to hear that all those demo kinks have been ironed out.

The Butler commercial for LBP2 is saweet. I wonder what Media Molecule will be up to next. How about an extremely customizable old school RPG with the play, create, share model in mind?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:06:07 PM

Your idea reminds me of those build your own RPG games on PS1.

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 2:57:28 AM

You know, Media Modules has awesome production values and they have gamer freedom/customization/management down. Bring in the scenerio writers and I know they could totally make a kickass RPG.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:53:08 AM

NO.

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coverton341
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 12:47:03 PM

Care to explain the capitalised no sentiment or just going to leave us with a cliff hanger?

Given MM work on LBP and from what I am seeing with LBP2 (haven't bought it) I think they could give us something terrific in the customisable RPG department.

Even if you are no good with the customisation aspect or simply don't like RPG type games why would you issue a definite no to them making an attempt?

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:03:29 PM
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When January is off to a great gaming start, you just know you're in for a good year.

ME2 looks fantastic but I just can't play it until I've finished the first. Dead Space 2 though, that's a tempting one for sure.

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thj_1980
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:14:11 PM
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I have to say LBP 2 is a must however, i don't have any money right now so that'll have to wait. Also, it seems to me that the mass effect 2 demo was a bit out of frame? It was freezing a little bit every now and then so yeah, I hear that the final version of the game if like that too a bit, according to gamespot, but really it doesn't surprise me about that fact that it really is one major port over, so don't expect too much on mass effect 2 since it's already a year old. I look forward to lbp and motorstorm apolcalys. TYPOS yes i suck. However killzone 3 helgast edition looks really tempting and cool, but yet killzone 2 wasn't all that great as critics say it was, the game really needs more features i would say and the multiplayer was wack, by means of naming it they should just leave it classical as deathmatch or TDM not whatever they have. It's not a very player social game, as really theres nothing you can do besides play the game modes on there already, so I hope they incorrperate some sort of freedom matches where players can make thier own mathced with friends, and custom game settings. KILLZONE is a good idea that needs more in-game features.

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Beamboom
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 1:53:00 AM

I love IGN's intro in their review: "Celebrate, PS3 owners. The best version of Mass Effect 2 is all yours."...

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:39:36 AM

Then there's 1up's review--if you want to call it that-- where the editor can't help but constantly compare and contrast the PS3 to 360. It really is one of the poorest reviews I've encountered in a long time. He makes no bones about constantly reminding you that the 360 version is the way to go.

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Oxvial
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:41:22 AM

Gonna love those fanboys, if we are going unbiased and talk about the best version to go that would be PC, gez 360 fanboys are the worst.

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___________
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 12:48:07 AM
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a easy choice for me.
on one hand you have a fantastic well thought out combat system, great character development, fun gameplay, FANTASTIC story.
on the other hand you have a poorly controlled game, with, well really no story!
easiest decision i have ever had to make!
well it would be, but ME2 is not releasing here till next week, so i wont be getting that because ill be too busy graphically dismembering aliens!
a friend of mine got me LBP2 today as a late Bday gift, and im sad to say its exactly what i was expecting.
repetitive tripe, with really sluggish poor controls just like the original.
its official, the 2D platformer genre is officially dead!


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Looking Glass
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 5:01:16 AM

The 2D platformer is dead eh? That is not your call to make.

Piss off troll.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 7:14:01 AM

Lbp2 is not a platformer.

...and stop lying, no one bought you it, you just want to give yourself justification to slate it and be "different"

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FlyingKickPunch
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 5:52:35 PM

I bet you don't even play video games. Nerd.

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DIsmael85
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 1:07:25 AM
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I'm happy Mass Effect 2 is having a strong success on the PS3. The game is amazing. I want to play LBP2, but I can't see it being to much different from the first, unless I was going to delve into the creativity side of it. It'll be something to get down the line for sure, but it's going to have to wait till after Dead Space 2 and Dragon Age 2.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 1:13:45 AM
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Certainly makes for a difficult choice, but I know where my preferences lie. I don't know if I'll ever find time for either of these games, but LBP2 MUST join my collection. ME2, I'm sure is great, and the reviews only serve to back that up, but I'm really not feeling it.
Peace.

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Veitsknight
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 1:53:46 AM
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I'm gonna get this LBP2 on my sisters birthday and im gona get ME2 on june. The only reason for me to get ME2 is that I know for a fact that my computer will not be able to handle ME3. Still Saving up for killzone and the sharpshooter.

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Qubex
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 4:48:56 AM
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We knew they were going to be good titles... and it seems they have delivered on those promises...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 7:29:14 AM
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Thing is, Lbp2 is everything.

If you have a problem with the jump, you can create whole new physics, even rid Sackboy for your very own made from scratch character.

Any genre, ANY THING. If you want a classic platformer, you can make it EXACTLY as you see it...hell, someone did Mario spot on, complete with mushroom/flower transformation powerups.
If you want an RPG with turn based battle system, it's there. FPS, there. Puzzle games, there. Arcade games, there. Dungeon crawlers, there. Alternatives, there.
ALL with your own customisable EVERYTHING right down to the controls and music.

Merge them too! Make an epic MGS4 style mix of genres in one game, with full cutscenes, sneak gameplay, action etc...and have the gameplay change in that one level say, for a snipering bit, boss section, vehicle section, let's say you take to the skys at one point on a Jet and turn it into Afterburner!

When you hear someone criticise, say, LBP2's jumping mechanic, fix it yourself and personalise it yourself.

And if you don't want to do that, there is a community for LBP2 that's the most dedicated on the PS3, they'll do it for you...daily!

LBP2 is the biggest benchmark this gen and everything else is playing catch up. I know it's pulling stunning reviews and i enjoyed the one here, but i think it deserves more. I don't think people know just how much you can do with these tools and how much the game will offer any type of gamer or casual alive. It deserves to be the most successful game of the generation.

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telly
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:37:19 AM
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I've said it before and I'm saying it now -- if you're into great science fiction stories Mass Effect 2 is simply a must-play. I love third person shooters, RPGs and, well, outer space, so yeah, I had an amazing time with it. Probably my GOTY 2010. It really is something unique and special. I am crossing my fingers Bioware actually makes their late 2011 release date for part 3. The conclusion for this story looks like its going to be amazing.

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Underdog15
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:44:56 AM
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I thought about getting ME2, and went on PSN last night and saw it for $59.99.

The game isn't new just because it's out for the PS3 for the first time.

I still haven't written it off, but you can forget it at full price for a game that isn't new.

I'll wait until the price is reasonable before I make a purchase.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:58:58 AM

I strongly suspect the game will be had for around $30 nearing ME3's release.

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Underdog15
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:20:25 AM

Yeah. You're probably right. I'm going to wait a bit.

It's not that I don't want to give it a shot or not buy it, I just feel like at $60 I'm getting screwed a little.

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spiderboi
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:22:55 AM
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LBP2 is my up and coming purchase. Sorry ME2, you're gonna have to wait (or I'll just borrow you off someone). Quality time with my girl in LBP2 just nudges you clear off my priority for this month. And KZ3 nudges you off next month.. Who knows, maybe the month after...

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kraygen
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 12:51:46 PM
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Question, I don't have ME2 and was considering getting it at some point, but I thought it was supposed to be all inclusive, containing all the content, like a goty edition.

However on the playstation store there is over $30 worth of downloadable content. Do you get a voucher to download all of that for free? If yes, why wasn't it just on the disc, and if no, why is the game $60?

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kraygen
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:03:23 PM

All I can say to that is, how lame. Games a year old and they're releasing dlc on release day. Even if it is just cosmetic, that's really weak. Game should have been $40 with all content IMO.

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Lairfan
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 3:46:57 PM
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I'm definitely getting LBP2, but it'll have to wait until I get some more cash (preordered Dead Space 2's Collector's Edition, which kinda put me in the hole a bit).

As for Mass Effect 2, I'm not really interested. I tried to get into it, but it wasn't really all that fun and felt like the definition of meh gameplay (at least to me). Plus I didn't think the story was as good as the first's (mostly cause of how much they focused on the characters in your group instead of the actual plot), but that's IMO.

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Beamboom
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 6:11:04 PM
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I think that to write off Mass Effect 2 as being just a 3rd person shooter with some rpg-elements thrown in is not doing justice to ME2 at all.
Sure, there are no integers floating around above target heads to display the outcome of the damage calculations, but you really have to be the kind of player who frenetically skip any cutscene and all dialogue just to get to the next battle to put this game ont he same shelf as the pre-scriptet, nobrainer action shooters whose entire story is just a string of poor excuses to fire a gun.

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DIsmael85
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 7:45:00 PM
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I think people are forgetting what RPG stands for. Role-playing Game. Not even FF13 had as many choices and different outcomes as ME2 does. Hell ME2 at least has stores/shops. I mean anyone who watched the FFv13 trailer saw some 3rd person shooter elements in play. So there are different types of RPGs out there. I know it's not a "J-RPG", but unless we get some Tales of games here in the states we pretty much have to adapt to the newer stuff. There isn't a problem with that. The story is fantastic.

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Beamboom
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 12:52:26 AM

Yes the story is really good, but it doesn't end there: Also the effort they've put into everything from random npc-banter to the characters relations to eachother and subsequent dialogue are absolutely fantastic. I thought this was well done in Dragon Age too, but here it really shines.

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DIsmael85
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 6:11:34 AM

Too True Beamboom, too true.

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