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Aftermath Effect: BioWare on Mass Effect 2: Ray Muzyka Interview, Part 1
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Whilst many of you are no doubt still knee deep in Mass Effect 2, as a special treat this weekend we can bring you our latest interview with BioWare CEO, Ray Muzyka, discussing the title post release.

In part one - of two - we ask the BioWare CEO a wide range of questions regarding the game's reception, whether they came on too strong with the pre-release promotional push, whether they thought revealing spoilers at E3 last year was a mistake and much more.

Whilst today's interview focuses very much on surrounding aspects of Mass Effect 2, tomorrow's looks at a few design choices made in the title and of course, the future of the franchise... that means both, Mass Effect 3 (and beyond) and Mass Effect 2's post release support.

Check out part one below and check back tomorrow for the concluding part.


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Comment #1 by D4RK V1C3
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 08:48:45 PM
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Awesome intervieuw! my ME2 arrived friday at home but i'm stuck in holland till monday evening at least, darn it

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Comment #2 by TehClownsta
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 08:59:08 PM
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Great game, and the interview was pretty awesome too.

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Comment #3 by Yunder
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 08:59:17 PM
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I wonder if my question was asked from the Subscriber Thread.....:p

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Comment #4 by XxAli96xX
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 08:59:43 PM
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Mass Effect is the Best Game Ever Made !

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Comment #5 by Tidus755
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 09:11:30 PM
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Now I really want to start ME1. But I have to study! :(

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Comment #6 by Yunder
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 09:28:42 PM
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You have a lot of unread pms Webb......

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Comment #7 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 09:50:39 PM
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@#6 - Ha ha. Tell me about it =P

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Comment #8 by Bruce14
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 09:51:11 PM
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I want to see part 2 so I can hear about what is beyond mass effect 3. At the same time I haven't finished playing the second but I don't want to see the end of the franchise coming anytime soon!!

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Comment #9 by Mr Theropod
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:10:51 PM
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Whilst this is a good video, i am looking forward to the next one

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Comment #10 by Van Dayyyyum
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:41:58 PM
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Mass Effect 2 is just unbelievable. Already has me pumped for ME3.

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Comment #11 by SoulReaver626
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:58:27 PM
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ME2 was definitely one of the best games ever.A lil short,tho.Beat it in 2 days with all optional quests done and all upgrades.But the fun really comes from playing it multiple times and in different ways to get the full experience!

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Comment #12 by Nightbreedster
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 01:39:02 AM
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If you really listen to feedback then listen to this... Mass Effect2 is not a RPG it's become a Shooter and that's sad...

The game looks amazing though.. no it is amazing but i need the feeling from the first game that i'm in charge and it's just not there...

Still i'am gaming like a madman to see the end of this chapter.. and dude the midway twist, i didnt see that one comming at all...

Still looking forward to next chapter of this epic sci-fi adventure

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Comment #13 by PG_MaxPayne
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 01:54:10 AM
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After the ending my jaw hit the floor and I now CANNOT wait for Mass Effect 3!

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Comment #14 by Darth MaIak
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 02:39:41 AM
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I'm hoping to beat it fairly soon, although I agree with #12 in that I feel like Bioware has taken out a lot of the RPG factors in this game, leaving it as a shooter with dialogue. I love every bit of the game so far EXCEPT leveling up because there are so few choices, it doesn't really feel as customizable. I also miss the armor/weapon system from ME1 :(
The story, action, and characters so far are sick though!

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Comment #15 by WreckerRick
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 03:04:10 AM
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I goota agree with #12 & #14 about the absent RPG aspect to this one & i also miss te weapon/armor sstem from the 1st. Loving the story, at least that hasn't changed.

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Comment #16 by Sterzy
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 03:36:58 AM
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I blame EA for all the disappointments in ME2. I heard that Bioware was going to try to get some contract to make ME3 under Microsoft, which would be great. But yeah I would say that a lot of the RPG aspect was ripped away from us, as far as the more open exploration aspect of the game. I'm not to big a fan of the citadel in this one, the inability to change squad members armor/outfit, that there is only like 8 guns, and the narrow guided missions. other than that I love this game.

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Comment #17 by chente14
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 03:43:01 AM
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ME2 is fuckin badass....
in every aspect...
the only thing maybe is it's a lil short....
and i play rpg's a very certain way(search everywhere, and complete everything)...
and it took me about 35 hours to beat it....
great game tho no regrets....
most captivating game made, so dam intense that i can't even express it to you guys...

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Comment #18 by chente14
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 03:50:29 AM
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@ 12, then 14....
-12 me1 was never a true rpg...
the shooter aspect was always present...
and r yu fucken retarded?...
the choices in this game reflect so much throught the storyline that it shouldn't even be worth arguing...
more control than in any other game....
-14 wow seriously....
armor is way more customizable in this game...
that's a dam fact, everything from color to tint, pattern, style, hell even the material the suit's made of is given as an option...(unless you're like me and rolled thru like a g with the "Blood Dragon Armor"....
weaponry was better as well, allowing upgrades instead of useless piece of shit weapons that serve no purpose....

bottomline- you guys (12 &14) are seriously wrong in every point of view presented in your arguments....

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Comment #19 by callmeclean
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 05:22:55 AM
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@18. Yeah, even though i went through it without customizing my armour one bit (only performance upgrades) all the stuff i read in the hints while loading made the customization sound so much better then the first game!

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Comment #20 by GoRmS
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 07:49:53 AM
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love this game, havnt finished it yet, but cant wait for the third :)

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Comment #21 by iruhlman
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 07:55:39 AM
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GOTY in Jan! I love it! Bioware hold the RPG crown!

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Comment #22 by Atarii
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 08:41:57 AM
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Interesting interview. I finished my first playthrough, now I gotta begin working on different combinations of characters/story arcs to see all these choices!

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Comment #23 by Tyger7
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 08:49:25 AM
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We cant hear the questions being asked in the interview, can you please include that at least via text over video?

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Comment #24 by link667
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 09:02:55 AM
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I miss the "clunky" inventory from the first one. I enjoyed arranging my squad and myself with this.

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Comment #25 by Damodar Thade
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 09:10:04 AM
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I think they did release to many story/party member spoilers for DA and ME2 i remember following ME1 from very early on and they leaked next to nothing it was much more fun finding stuff out as you played.

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Comment #26 by bigjaii
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 09:32:44 AM
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great game a little bit short but very entertaining much better than most rpgs and i wasnt to happy about hw the game had became a shooter at first but thinking back it made the game better because of the kind of story

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Comment #27 by MjHealy
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 10:08:10 AM
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@16- It would be quite hard for BioWare to work with Microsoft since they are kinda owned by EA.

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Comment #28 by Pr0ph3cy
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 10:14:10 AM
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i love this game

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Comment #29 by Facial La Fleur
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 10:36:06 AM
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Can't wait to play this. I played through the first game 7 times over the course of 2 years and will likely be doing the same with this one.

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Comment #30 by MakoBallistic
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:59:07 PM
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hopefully after Mass Effect 3 they will make a Mass Effect MMO. Clearly its perfect for that sort of thing, and it would be amazing!

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Comment #31 by Mastervidit
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 02:04:18 PM
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Amazing game, beat it first time in 23 hours (ingame time, spread over 4 actual days). Time to play on Insane and finish up the 5 achievements I still need to do.

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Comment #32 by Sam41
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 02:40:13 PM
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literally nothing he said was interesting

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Comment #33 by boudro13b
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 05:28:49 PM
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Good interview. The part at the end where the Salarian talks about RPGs was the funniest thing I've heard in weeks!

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Comment #34 by mjc0961
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 10:01:48 PM
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"If you really listen to feedback then listen to this... Mass Effect2 is not a RPG it's become a Shooter and that's sad..."

Mass Effect 2 is absolutely an RPG. It's certainly more of an RPG than that new Final Fantasy game that's coming out soon could hope to be, that is certain. The Japanese seem to have forgotten, but RPG means "role playing game." And if there's one thing Mass Effect 2 lets you do by the boatloads, it's role play. You have so many choices to play how you want. This is what truly makes an RPG, not turn based battles and lots of leveling up.

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Comment #35 by Devil Sora
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 10:18:58 PM
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When I heard the last part in the game (from the Salarian) I started to crack up.

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Comment #36 by Dark Knight1990
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 10:57:49 PM
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I absolutely love the franchise... but if they make it an MMO like they did with KOTOR then I'm done. They shouldn't change what isn't messed up.

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Comment #37 by DustinEC
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 02:01:43 AM
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@ #11, Do you mean 2 FULL days, or 48 hours over a couple of days? From Tuesday till now I have put 40 hours in.

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Comment #38 by NorseForce28
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 02:10:16 PM
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Why even bother putting up interviews AFTER the game releases?I have yet to find an SMG or any other type of shotgun for my Vanguard and I only have 3 people left to recruit. Crazy

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Comment #39 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 07:07:55 PM
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@#23 - You don't need to hear the questions, the responses make it obvious what the questions are. It's about Muzyka's responses, not the interviewer's questions ;)

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Comment #40 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:50:46 PM
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@#38 - It's called a post-release interview for a reason ;)

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