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Finally! Mass Effect! On the PS3! As a huge fan of the franchise, I was waiting for another excuse to play through Mass Effect 2. New and exclusive to the PS3 version of BioWare's RPG is an interactive comic that summarizes the events of the first Mass Effect. It's a clever workaround to Microsoft's publishing rights to the first game, and considering the importance of these choices in subsequent games, the effort is much appreciated. Unfortunately, after "playing" the comic, I couldn't help but wonder if it was enough to ease newcomers into the franchise.

Although most of the game's expansions are included on the Blu-ray disc, you'll have to download and install the free comic from the PlayStation Store before starting the game. The comic is also not the first thing you experience in the game -- you'll have to play Mass Effect 2's impactful intro sequence first. The comic book sequence takes place in-between Shepard's first encounter with the enigmatic Collectors and his arrival at the Cerberus station. (If you opt not to download and install the comic DLC, the game will continue as it did in the original version.)

While its position is unexpected, the interlude offers a perfect place for Shepard's life to flash before his (or her) eyes. (Both voice actors of Shepard provide narration for the comic, so don't be afraid to create an Oprah Shepard of your own!) The pace of the comic is incredibly swift, jumping from one crucial event to the next.
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I applaud the effort BioWare's shown in bringing Mass Effect to the PS3, but it's a real shame to have the better of the two games replaced by a comic, no matter how well it's presented. It'll be like reading the beginning of a synopsis online and then walking into a theater when the movie is half-over.

It's too bad that I'm sure everyone's too stubborn to come to some sort of publishing deal to get ME on PS3, because I bet it'd benefit everyone involved.

Oh well, Mass Effect PC isn't terribly hard to run, so I suppose that's always an option.
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I applaud the effort BioWare's shown in bringing Mass Effect to the PS3, but it's a real shame to have the better of the two games replaced by a comic, no matter how well it's presented. It'll be like reading the beginning of a synopsis online and then walking into a theater when the movie is half-over.

It's too bad that I'm sure everyone's too stubborn to come to some sort of publishing deal to get ME on PS3, because I bet it'd benefit everyone involved.

Oh well, Mass Effect PC isn't terribly hard to run, so I suppose that's always an option.
A matter of opinion, I found ME2 more cinematic; not to mention the depth of characters ME2 bolstered over ME1. The only character I liked from ME1 was Tali, and she had about 33% of the content compared to Laura Liara or Ashley.

Although playing ME1 then ME2 is preferable over a interactive comic.
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A matter of opinion, I found ME2 more cinematic; not to mention the depth of characters ME2 bolstered over ME1. The only character I liked from ME1 was Tali, and she had about 33% of the content compared to Laura or Ashley.

Although playing ME1 then ME2 is preferable over a interactive comic.
The characters (on your side, at least) were stronger, but I found the main mission to be severely lacking. The entire focus was on your team, compared to Mass Effect which I thought was just a more cohesive experience.

The plot, the settings, main villains, pacing, gameplay, etc. were all much better IMO. They could have ended the series with the first and I wouldn't feel like I missed out on anything, but ME2 feels like a simple stepping stone to ME3.

But, to each his own.
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Here's a solution. Play it on PC
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A matter of opinion, I found ME2 more cinematic; not to mention the depth of characters ME2 bolstered over ME1. The only character I liked from ME1 was Tali, and she had about 33% of the content compared to Laura or Ashley.

Although playing ME1 then ME2 is preferable over a interactive comic.
Laura?

I think it's a grand idea
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The characters (on your side, at least) were stronger, but I found the main mission to be severely lacking. The entire focus was on your team, compared to Mass Effect which I thought was just a more cohesive experience.

The plot, the settings, main villains, pacing, gameplay, etc. were all much better IMO. They could have ended the series with the first and I wouldn't feel like I missed out on anything, but ME2 feels like a simple stepping stone to ME3.

But, to each his own.
Ya, the main story writing in ME2 was focused on characters rather than the main plot. In ME1, it was the opposite. I think ME3, they will have perfected it
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Laura?

I think it's a grand idea
Haha, I ment Liara.
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Ya, the main story writing in ME2 was focused on characters rather than the main plot. In ME1, it was the opposite. I think ME3, they will have perfected it
It might be why I almost liked the first one better as far as pacing went. Compared to other games they did character development amazingly in ME1 anyways. ME2 was a little insane with character development imo. I was almost hoping for a ffwd button at times or a TLDR button. lol
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