Excerpt: Playstation 3 owners know like no other what it is to wait for a game. The five year wait for Gran Turismo 5 was all but pleasant, but also the wait for a game that was one of the runners-up for Game of the Year 2010 tested their patience. However, the time has come and Bioware’s RPG Mass Effect 2 has found its way to their favorite console.
Summary: Commander Shepard, protagonist of last year's undisputed GOTY Mass Effect 2 , has a lot of favorite things. Whether it's a store on the Citadel, carrying out Pyjak genocide, or punching reporters in the face, Shepard likes a lot of things. Except Reapers. Then again, Reapers are to Shepard like the Batman is to the Joker; life just doesn't have much meaning without their existence.
Summary: Sparing intergalactic civilization from annihilation isn't a new narrative construct -- all budding sci-fi game writers and novelists must have soggy dreams about weaving this sort of epic -- but the foundation isn't exhausted just yet. In 2007, BioWare released the original Mass Effect , a stunning and colorful sci-fi RPG that had you saving intergalactic civilization from destruction -- almost.
Excerpt: Designed to bridge the gap between last year's Mass Effect 2 and the upcoming Mass Effect 3, Arrival exchanges roughly £5 for a brief jaunt through two new areas. After coughing up the cash and downloading 700-odd megabytes, Arrival will be triggered when next checking your terminal on the Normandy. Admiral Hackett (he who helped you attack Sovereign in Mass Effect 1) asks Shepard to rescue a friend currently rotting in a Batarian prison.
Excerpt: It's taken almost a year for Mass Effect 2 to reach the PS3. Now that it's finally here, however, there are only two questions worth asking: "Does the game live up to its reputation?" and "Does this version surpass the original?" The first enquiry can be answered with near-effortless ease; the second, less so.
Conclusion: There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best games ever made and an entertainment experience that should be unreservedly celebrated. Whether this is your first time in the Mass Effect universe or the third version of the game you'll own, Mass Effect 2 is completely and utterly essential.
Excerpt: Bridging the gap between Mass Effect 2 and the upcoming Mass Effect 3, the Arrival DLC preps the stage for the approaching Reaper invasion. Is this a must-see chapter in Shepard's story, or just a throwaway footnote? Arrival begins with Shepard receiving a discreet briefing from Admiral Hackett. Apparently a scientist has found evidence of an imminent Reaper invasion, but was mistaken for a terrorist and put in a Batarian prison.
Excerpt: The original Mass Effect wasn’t released on the PS3, but because they didn’t have the same restrictions as said original, EA decided to bring the sequel to Sony’s console. As many that are aware of the series will already know, your story decisions from the first game can be carried over to the second in the Xbox 360 version, so how have BioWare got around this in the PS3 version?