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Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2

PC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Genre: Role Playing Players: 1 to 0
Developer: Bioware Official Site: http://masseffect.bioware.com/
Publisher: Electronic Arts Classification: MA15+
Release Date:
26th January 2010
Mass Effect 2

Genre: Role Playing
Players: 1 to 0
Developer: Bioware
Official Site: http://masseffect.bio...
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Classification: MA15+
Release Date:
26th January 2010
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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Post by Dan @ 12:54pm 30/03/11 | 9 Comments
EA have reminded us that the latest and final downloadable content expansion for Mass Effect 2, Arrival is now available for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
In Mass Effect: Arrival, Commander Shepard is sent to the edge of the galaxy to rescue an undercover operative who may have evidence of an imminent Reaper invasion that has been looming since the very beginning of the series. Returning and playing a prominent role in Mass Effect: Arrival is fan favorite Admiral Hackett, who is voiced by legendary science-fiction actor Lance Henriksen (Alien, Terminator).
The reapers are on their way to Earth and s#@t is going to go down.

Watch the trailer below or click here for the HD option.

The Arrival DLC for Mass Effect 2 can now be found on the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network or Bioware store and will hopefuly tide us over until Mass Effect 3, still currently due "holiday 2011".

Monday, 21 March 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:54pm 21/03/11 | 19 Comments
Another update from our rogue reporting last week sees an official statement from BioWare and EA regarding what appears to be the last DLC (downloadable content) for Mass Effect 2, Arrival, which will actually bridge the game between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, due to land this November.
In Mass Effect: Arrival, Commander Shepard is sent to the edge of the galaxy to rescue an undercover operative who may have evidence of an imminent Reaper invasion that has been looming since the very beginning of the series. Returning and playing a prominent role in Mass Effect: Arrival is fan favourite Admiral Hackett, who is voiced by legendary science-fiction actor Lance Henriksen (Alien, Terminator).
Awesome to see Lance Henrikson on board. Arrival is set to be made available for all three platforms on March 30, and will set you back "560 MS Points on Xbox 360, $11.45 on PlayStation Network and [will] also available for PC for 560 BioWare Points at this link". We also have some new screens from the content pack you can check out below.

Friday, 18 March 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:24am 18/03/11 | 7 Comments
BioWare are being as sneaky as Aliens landing in our fields, dissecting our animals or probing red necks, with their impending next DLC announcement, which, like every conspiracy theorist out there, we already know is the bridging episode between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, Arrival.

They recently added a few new screenshots to the BioWare ME2 site, and Tweeted with the most recent one "Another Mass Effect 2 screenshot Arrived this morning...". Note the capitalised Arrived in that post, and we have our smoking gun. Unfortunately that's all we know, barring that Arrival will document the Reapers invasion of Earth, which, from that awesome SpikeTV teaser we know is the setting for Mass Effect 3, due to arrive this November.

Check out the new screens below, and stay tuned for details of the new DLC when we get it from the Asari's mouth.

Friday, 25 February 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:48pm 25/02/11 | 0 Comments
With BioWare's hugely successful and critically acclaimed sci-fi RPG now available on PlayStation 3, Electronic Arts have sent along a few extra copies of the game to put in the hands of PS3 owners that have yet to see what all the fuss is about (AusGamers review 9.6/10).
"The Mass Effect franchise is an epic science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous aliens and mysterious, uncharted planets. In Mass Effect 2, PlayStation 3 players will step into the role of Commander Shepard for the very first time, leading a crew of the most dangerous special operatives from across the galaxy on a mission to save mankind. Featuring intense shooter action, a rich storyline, space exploration and emotionally engaging character interaction, Mass Effect 2 delivers an unparalleled gameplay experience."
The competition is your standard 25 words or less affair, and entering is easy. All you have to do is head over to our competition page and answer: "If you were resurrected after falling in an epic intergalactic battle, what is the first thing you would do after waking up and why?".

The five best answers will receive a fresh copy of Mass Effect 2 for PS3.

Enter now

Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Post by trog @ 05:08pm 18/01/11 | 1 Comments
EA have just let us know that their local distribution of the anticipated PlayStation 3 release for Mass Effect 2 has been affected by the flood disaster up here in Queensland.

It is now scheduled to land on the 27th of January, so a week later than originally planned. Our Australian release dates page has been updated to reflect this change.
Friday, 17 December 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:08pm 17/12/10 | 13 Comments
In their most recent podcast, BioWare revealed that the long-awaited PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 was actually running on their modified Unreal Engine 3, created for Mass Effect 3.

"We actually created the engine for Mass Effect 3 and used that to make Mass Effect 2 on PS3," revealed Jesse Houston, producer for the PS3 version of the game. "So we took the content, the story, and all of the other assets that made up Mass Effect 2, and we put it into the Mass Effect 3 engine."

The podcast also reveals the PS3 version will have revamped controls, and that a demo will be released on the PlayStation Network on December 21, ahead of the game's release January 21.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:17am 08/09/10 | 7 Comments
The Xbox 360 offering of BioWare's next round of DLC for Mass Effect 2, Lair of the Shadowbroker, is now up and fully available. PC users, however, will have to wait as the initial file offering has turned out to be corrupt and so it has been pulled for the time being.

BioWare are working on a fix, and if you grabbed the file, don't stress, it won't do any damage to your game or your system (at least as far as we know), it's just essentially 1.4 gig of zeros (so avoid grabbing it).

There's no ETA for a renewed PC DLC post, but as soon as we know, we'll let you know.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Post by Dan @ 01:46pm 02/09/10 | 4 Comments
BioWare have released a trailer for the next downloadable content expansion for Mass Effect 2 - The Lair of the Shadow Broker.
Liara T'Soni is tracking down the mysterious Shadow Broker, and no one is safe. She'll do anything to recover the man the Broker kidnapped... and the Shadow Broker's agents will do anything to stop her. Team up with Liara and chase clues from the luxurious heights of Illium to the Shadow Broker's own secret lair. Adds the Shadow Broker intel center, new research, and five new achievements – and the chance to continue a relationship with Liara.
The extra content we've seen so far for Mass Effect 2 has been some of the strongest in the DLC space, so this is no-doubt one to keep an eye on.

Lair of the Shadow Broker is due on PC and Xbox 360 September 9th 2010 for 800 MS/BioWare points and will presumably be available on PSN when the game hits PlayStation 3 in January 2011.

Watch the trailer here on AusGamers.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:26pm 25/08/10 | 2 Comments
The much anticipated "The Lair of the Shadow Broker", BioWare's next round of downloadable content (DLC) for Mass Effect 2 has a release date for PC and Xbox Live of September 7, according the game's official site and will set you back 800MS Points (AU$13.20, roughly).
Liara T'Soni is tracking down the mysterious Shadow Broker, and no one is safe. She'll do anything to recover the man the Broker kidnapped... and the Shadow Broker's agents will do anything to stop her. Team up with Liara and chase clues from the luxurious heights of Illium to the Shadow Broker's own secret lair. Adds the Shadow Broker intel center, new research, and five new achievements – and the chance to continue a relationship with Liara.
Sweet, more promiscuity abounds - I'll be all over this when it's released. Check out a batch of new screens below or by clicking here.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:14am 18/08/10 | 5 Comments
As if all the reviews and "ner, ners" out there weren't teaser enough for PS3 owners when it came to Mass Effect 2, EA and BioWare offered up their own teaser at GamesCom, though this one has a massive silver-lining in that it reveals the critically acclaimed Mass Effect 2 will be rocking Sony's home console January 2011.

There are no other specifics given, so whether or not there'll be a "Game of the Year"-like edition (with all the currently available DLC at retail), or any PS3-exclusive content remains to be seen, but at the very least, PS3 owners have a solid month or two of some of the best sci-fi gaming to catch up on.

Check out the trailer below, or download it here.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:49pm 04/08/10 | 3 Comments
If your Commander Shephard isn't sporting the most sporting of hunting tools, BioWare's latest DLC offering might just be what the US's Second Amendment ordered with three new weapons now available for Mass Effect 2 mission load outs.
The Phalanx heavy pistol hits like a hand cannon but features increased precision with its integrated laser sight. Next is the Mattock semi-automatic rifle, a deadly and accurate weapon that can eliminate waves of enemies thanks to its reduced recoil. Lastly, turn Geth technology against them with the Geth Plasma Shotgun. This triple barrelled monster allows users to charge up each shot for increased damage, or just blast away rapid-fire style.
Of course, more missions and story-arcs wouldn't go astray to fully utilise all of this - keep it coming BioWare.

Friday, 23 July 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 08:10am 23/07/10 | 5 Comments
Continuing their rock solid support of Mass Effect 2 post-release, BioWare have today revealed the next downloadable content (DLC) mission pack, Lair of the Shadow Broker.
Two years ago, Commander Shepard died and Liara T'Soni fought in a desperate struggle against the Shadow Broker to recover her former Commander. Now that Shepard is back, it's time to even the score.

Team up with Liara and confront the mysterious and sinister Shadow Broker in the latest expansion to Mass Effect 2, coming soon!
Here's hoping it's as compelling as the Overlord DLC, which to this day I proclaim as some of the most gripping content I've played in a videogame, ever. Check out three screens from the Shadow Broker DLC below, and stay tuned for more details as they're made available.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:58am 07/07/10 | 2 Comments
Anyone still following the space drama that involves The Illusive Man and the real illusive man (Commander Shephard), Mass Effect 2, will know that BioWare are aggressively supporting it post-release with both item and weapon upgrades and new full missions (with new characters). The last DLC to land, Overlord, was one of the most enjoyable moments in gaming I've had in a long while (stay tuned for more on this soon), while everything else has more than kept me picking it up again and again.

Today BioWare have revealed you can grab the Aegis Pack for 160MS Points and 160 BioWare Points on Xbox 360 and PC, respectively.
What's better than the latest in high-tech armor? High-tech armor and a sniper rifle, of course! The Aegis Pack adds the M-29 Incisor sniper rifle and the Kestrel armor to Shepard's armor locker!

The Incisor is a burst-fire rifle that excels at decimating enemy shields from a distance, while the Kestrel armor comes in 5 pieces and adds a variety of weapon, shield, and utility bonuses.
Not so long ago, BioWare also released a two-hour long demo, available on both Xbox 360 and Steam, and any progress you made in the demo could be carried across to the game should you unlock the full version. So there's really no need to avoid getting your space drama on any more.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Post by trog @ 07:42am 15/06/10 | 13 Comments
A PC demo for Mass Effect 2 has been released, giving gamers the chance to try out this hugely popular role-player. For those who came in late:
Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies. Now Shepard must work with Cerberus, a ruthless organization devoted to human survival at any cost, to stop the most terrifying threat mankind has ever faced.
More information is available on our Mass Effect 2 game page, and you can download the demo now locally from AusGamers.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:02am 25/05/10 | 16 Comments
More Mass Effect 2 DLC is on the way, due to arrive in June, further expanding BioWare's critically acclaimed sci-fi universe.
When sent to investigate a Cerberus research base that's mysteriously gone silent, Shepard arrives to find Geth overrunning the base. The sole survivor, Chief Scientist Archer, paints a dire picture: an experiment to fuse a human volunteer with a virtual intelligence created a dangerous hybrid "VI overlord". The rampaging VI has already attacked three other Cerberus bases, controlling any technology it finds in an attempt to break free–and unleashing Geth across the planet.
The action will span across five missions, with two new Achievements to unlock. Here's hoping all this DLC isn't just filler though, and that these new characters have an impact on the eventual third installment in the series. Check out some screens for the Overlord DLC below.

Thursday, 8 April 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:53pm 08/04/10 | 9 Comments
The second round of DLC (downloadable content) for Mass Effect 2 is now available for PC and Xbox 360 from BioWare and the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Kasumi's Stolen Memory is the first paid DLC pack for the critically acclaimed BioWare sci-fi epic, and can be picked up for 560 Microsoft Points or BioWare points (around $10 Australian). Cerberus Network owners will also receive Firewalker, another DLC add-on, free of charge, offering a balance between paid and free content which isn't too shabby an idea.

Click here to read the AusGamers Mass Effect 2 review if you haven't played the game yet and need some convincing.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:38pm 26/02/10 | 7 Comments
BioWare have revealed an all-new content pack for Mass effect 2, affirming their support behind the sci-fi epic, which will arrive for PC and Xbox 360 in "late March" and will be free for registered Cerberus users.

The DLC, called "Firewalker", will introduce five new missions, expanding gameplay for the title alongside the introduction of a new heavy vehicle.
The Firewalker pack includes 5 all new missions featuring the Hammerhead. Hovering over the battlefield at up to 120 kilometeres per hour, the Hammerhead also boasts a guided missile system ensuring accuracy even during aggressive manoeuvring.
BioWare are also promising another reveal closer to the DLC launch with an all-new heavy weapon. Check out some new screens for it below.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Post by Dan @ 12:08pm 23/02/10 | 9 Comments
BioWare have released the first patch update for the PC version of Mass Effect 2, addressing several bugs - a couple of pretty nasty ones and a few benign. Here's my favourite from the changelog:
  • Fixed an issue where pressing F9 after the mission completion screen reset Shepard to Level 1.
  • Fixed an issue where the Mass Effect 2 launcher was being associated with files that have no extension.
  • Fixed an issue where uninstalling the game under Windows Vista or Windows 7 might uninstall Mass Effect 1.
Download the Mass Effect 2 v1.01 patch right here (40MB) on AusGamers.

For more details on Mass Effect 2, stop by our in-depth review (9.6/10).
Friday, 29 January 2010
Post by Dan @ 11:48am 29/01/10 | 41 Comments
Capping off an unusually big January for triple-A games is BioWare's hugely anticipated RPG-shooter Mass Effect 2. Now available worldwide for Xbox 360 and unlike the first Mass Effect simultaneously launched for Windows PC as well.

Mass Effect 2 continues the epic sci-fi tale that puts the player in control of decisions with galactic consequences. With well over 20 hours of gameplay, this is a game game that deserves a real in-depth critique and that's precisely what we hope you'll find in AusGamers Mass Effect 2 review.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Post by Dan @ 11:39am 22/01/10 | 19 Comments
With less than a week to go now until therelease of the long awaited Mass Effect 2, EA and Bioware have released the launch trailer for the hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel.

This latest clip doesn't show anything we've seen before, just your run of the mill dramatic launch trailer. watch it here on AusGamers.

Mass Effect 2 touches down on Australian shelves on Thursday January 28 2010 for both Xbox 360 and Windows PC.