VIDEO | X360, PC Monday, January 18, 2010 | 6:00 PM

Mass Effect 2 gets generous

Mass Effect 2 gets generous

EA and Bioware have decided to give a hard time to those of you who have decided to remain spoiler-free until the release of Mass Effect 2. Today, no less than 39 images, all from the PC version of the game, and a whole new developer diary to go with. The question is, will you still manage to stay away from all Mass Effect related threads?

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Commented on 2010-01-18 18:14:56
Thanks :) So excited
Commented on 2010-01-18 18:18:02
Just how good does this game look? The screens are all in-game too, so it's not bullshottery either. Easily one of the best looking games this gen. Stands up to most on any platform.
Commented on 2010-01-18 18:35:07
Between Darksiders, Bayonetta, and this, this first month of 2010 has been pretty insane. This year really is shaping up to be something special.

ME2 looks like a sure fire GOTY contender from everything I've seen so far. With all the bugs fixed from the first game, this should be a masterpiece.
Commented on 2010-01-18 18:43:05
Could do with some AA.
Commented on 2010-01-18 18:48:17
That Dragon Age armor looks insane!!!
Commented on 2010-01-18 18:53:14
Environments look generic :( Hope there will be cooler places to explore
Commented on 2010-01-18 19:19:17 In reply to nepton
Posted by nepton
Environments look generic :( Hope there will be cooler places to explore
I'm guessing you've never played the first one?
Commented on 2010-01-18 19:32:45
the way it's meant to be played! says the GTX295 owner. :P
Commented on 2010-01-18 20:26:50
WOW
Commented on 2010-01-18 20:29:00 In reply to IRAIPT0IR
Posted by IRAIPT0IR
That Dragon Age armor looks insane!!!
Hell yeah is about time for some cool armor
Commented on 2010-01-18 20:30:24
GOTY this year will be HARD, ME2 vs BC2 yikes
Commented on 2010-01-18 20:48:59
Can't imagine the rig needed to run this - minimum quad core and a DX11 card?
Commented on 2010-01-18 21:32:57
http://images.gamersyde.com/image_mass_effect_2-12...

Damn :P
Commented on 2010-01-18 21:51:31
@karaokequeen3
a dx11 card minimum? No way. dx10 will be fine, though a good one ;)
Commented on 2010-01-18 21:53:33
I recall the last ME on pc required you to force AA on nvidia card. Since it did not employ it by default. When I found out, it was night and day. ME1 ran with x16 AA smoothly for me so hoping more of the same.

Looks great on the 360 code too.
Commented on 2010-01-18 22:23:55
i hope people are complaining about these textures too like they are in the GOW3 screens comments section?

at any rate, the dragon age armour looks sweet as, will be wearing that when i get it.
Commented on 2010-01-18 23:37:42 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
i hope people are complaining about these textures too like they are in the GOW3 screens comments section?

at any rate, the dragon age armour looks sweet as, will be wearing that when i get it.
God, I hope so too. One thing we need is more complaining and fanboyism in the forum.....oh wait. I'm a PS3 owner, but I would trade GOW3 for this in a heartbeat. Way to many linear hack n' slash games lately.
Commented on 2010-01-19 02:11:11 In reply to karaokequeen3
Posted by karaokequeen3
Can't imagine the rig needed to run this - minimum quad core and a DX11 card?
An 8800 and a decent dual-core is all you needed for the first one, which you can get for dirt cheap these days. I can't imagine this one needs much more.
Commented on 2010-01-19 04:18:00
Bioware could've used some help from Guerilla Games when it comes to lighting although it's highly improbable since it also has to run on the lower spec'd 360. Still, the graphics off the PC look quite average. Of course, this is not a FPS game so pretty graphics is pretty low in hierarchy of things.
Commented on 2010-01-19 05:27:00 In reply to myke6699
Posted by myke6699
Bioware could've used some help from Guerilla Games when it comes to lighting although it's highly improbable since it also has to run on the lower spec'd 360. Still, the graphics off the PC look quite average. Of course, this is not a FPS game so pretty graphics is pretty low in hierarchy of things.
The problem with Mass Effects engine is that it looks mad gamey. It's pretty much screaming in your face that it's a game.
Also it looks way better in motion.
Commented on 2010-01-19 05:54:02
Pre-ordered this for my PC.

Gotta love multiplatform console games though. They usually set the system requirements for the PC version of the game pretty low so that usual upgrade cycle has been delayed for PC gamers. That said, there are some negatives (MW2 and its unoptimized bullshit framerate drops in random places in the PC version).
Posted by Skoll
An 8800 and a decent dual-core is all you needed for the first one, which you can get for dirt cheap these days. I can't imagine this one needs much more.
Exactly, if it can run it on a 360, you should be able to run it on such a rig (assuming the PC version isn't a half assed port).
Commented on 2010-01-19 05:57:31 In reply to pythxvii
Posted by pythxvii
The problem with Mass Effects engine is that it looks mad gamey. It's pretty much screaming in your face that it's a game.
Also it looks way better in motion.
Sometimes you read comments on the internet that make you want to headbutt a pitchfork. This is one such comment. Gamey? Of course it looks like a fucking game because it is a game. Nothing is ultra, photo-realistic in this day and age yet. This game, visually, matches anything that I've seen so far on these consoles, give or take a few fancy effects here and there. This holds its own, it looks that good. Artistically, it's a technical wonder.
Commented on 2010-01-19 06:02:38 In reply to dingleberry
Posted by dingleberry
Nothing is ultra, photo-realistic in this day and age yet.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crysis
Commented on 2010-01-19 07:14:11
Avatar is the closest thing you can get to cg realism. Now imagine when WETA does the Hobbit. Gonna be ridic.

Anyways. Mass Effect is a crack addiction that will only continue in number 2. I'm glad I waited to play the first so I didn't have to go into withdrawals.
Commented on 2010-01-19 07:29:27 In reply to myke6699
Posted by myke6699
although it's highly improbable since it also has to run on the lower spec'd 360.
Sure thing... *rolls eyes*
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