Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2: Genesis Interactive Comic Available Now on XBL
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Do you feel like you're falling behind with the Mass Effect saga? Did you miss out on Mass Effect 1 and feel like it would just be far too many man hours to get yourself up to speed? Then the Mass Effect 2: Genesis interactive comic will be just what the doctor ordered, giving you the perfect chance to make your Mass Effect decisions.

The digital comic is now available from the Xbox Live Marketplace, offering the Mass Effect backstory as a 15-minute 'interactive experience' created by BioWare and Dark Horse comic. Through playing the comic, you'll be able to make all of the key decisions that would otherwise be made by playing Mass Effect 1 and have them reflected in your playthrough of Mass Effect 2. Perfect for getting yourself ready for Mass Effect 3, no?

You can add Mass Effect 2: Genesis to your download queue here for 320 Microsoft Points.

In other DLC news, Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts DLC is available now for 800 Microsoft Points. Add it to your download queue here.

And Crysis 2's Retaliation Map Pack DLC is also out now and ready to add to your download queue for 800 Microsoft Points.


[Thanks, mmartynn]


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Comment #1 by Caesar XI
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 05:49:55 AM
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Sweet new Fallout dlc

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Comment #2 by TimTam AU
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 05:55:26 AM
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Might have to get the comic, just to fix my stupid decisions hehe

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Comment #3 by PrinceOfThralls
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:00:01 AM
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I thought that comic would come free with ME3. No way I pay money for it, I'd rather start a fresh ME3 game or play ME1 and 2 again. They should have released this free.

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Comment #4 by DarthTrakd
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:03:55 AM
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the temptaion to get this is overruled by my having every possible option already played out... oh well it was a well spent 100 something hours anyway

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Comment #5 by Htimsdrof
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:05:58 AM
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I have already played both games 3 times over but I still kind of want to get this. I'd be interested in doing a few quick playthroughs on ME2 with different decisions. But I swear, Kaiden will never make it off of Virmire. Never.

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Comment #6 by the bears beard
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:07:42 AM
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Agree with #3. Should have been free!

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Comment #7 by TimTam AU
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:11:16 AM
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I'd be more interested in this if this had love interests, cause I cannot remember for the life of me if I boinked Ashley on the playthrough I'm in for ME2 now. Cause the playthrough I did boink her, everyone died on the suicide mission, except for Miranda who I also boinked. Any input into this would be appreciated

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Comment #8 by C0B WILDCHILD
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:15:05 AM
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This comic was released with the PS3 version of ME2. The only things the comic covers is the Rachni Queen, your love interest, and if you saved the council or not. There might be something else I'm forgetting but it's hardly the definitive backstory you get if you actually complete Mass Effect 1.

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Comment #9 by shavron
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:15:30 AM
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Honestly I'd rather replay Mass Effect.

@3 My understanding is ME3 will have a downloadable one of these covering ME2 for importing into the third game. This just covers the events from the first game to import into the second game.

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Comment #10 by DarthTrakd
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:16:44 AM
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@8 actually those were the really important ones, also wether you shot wrex or not but most people didnt.

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Comment #11 by shavron
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:18:34 AM
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@8 I would assume it would also include who get's sacrificed on Virmire and Wrex's fate. Those seem fairly important decisions.

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Comment #12 by mmartynn
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:19:07 AM
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quick heads up abouut the fallout DLC. its refusing to load for me, im stuck on the "loading downloadable contenct. please wait." screen. ive re-downloaded the content and it still wont load. ive deleted the DLC and the game loads fine.

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Comment #13 by ShinobiSteve81
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:24:37 AM
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Hrm, I suppose the Pinball FX2 table isn't until tomorrow yet since I don't see it anywhere on the marketplace.

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Comment #14 by M1 Punk
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:25:15 AM
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For 100 MP I would consider getting the comic, but I'm gonna pass.

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Comment #15 by C0B WILDCHILD
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:25:16 AM
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I know it's the important decisions but the point is your missing out on a lot if you don't play through ME1. I just don't want people to think this comic can be used as a substitute to playing the actual game. I've played ME1 many times on the 360 and this comic quite honestly SUCKS compared to the full experience.

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Comment #16 by QKT
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:26:20 AM
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you get another comic with me3. this comic only goes up to the moments prior me2.

although it should have been free.

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Comment #17 by Lord Diamond
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 06:50:53 AM
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320 points to save me 40+ hours of gameplay (not that i dislike Me1 but i have played through it like 8 times) seems like a good deal. Plus its a cool idea.

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Comment #18 by WonderCaliban
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:08:57 AM
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I lost my ME1 save and had already played through it twice. Was planning on a 3rd playthrough, now I won't have to.

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Comment #19 by Vindicator51
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:11:38 AM
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Wow, they want people to pay for blood replacement or something? Even little decisions has an effect in Mass Effect 2, and i doubt this ''replacement'' of a game will cover that. Not to mention the gameplay itself.

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Comment #20 by mad4ra
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:11:44 AM
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I think you shouldnt see it like a Save Game Creator - look at it as a interactive comic with nice art. And come one 320MSP wont tear your wallet apart.

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Comment #21 by WonderCaliban
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:16:51 AM
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Umm, is this the ME1 backstory? As the above picture is the very start of ME2.

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Comment #22 by mad4ra
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:19:24 AM
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@21 I think its probably the end of the comic - it should be the ME1 backstory as it was designed to get a grip on the story for ME2 on the PS3.

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Comment #23 by Dalek Effect
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:35:11 AM
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This is awesome! :D

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Comment #24 by Lord Montymort
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:39:10 AM
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This isn't bad for anyone who, like me, has already played ME1 to death, but anyone who hasn't played ME1 and wants to play ME2 using this rather than playing the original just shouldn't bother, it'll never be an decent enough substitute for the real thing.

Also 320MSP is a lot for a Comic, but it wouldn't have been too bad if there was at least an achievement or two with it.

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Comment #25 by mistermoravec
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:02:51 AM
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If I have played ME 1 through several times with the same character, each time making slightly different decisions and now I am half way through another play through, what decisions will be counted in ME 2? Do I have to complete the play through I am on now to import my character into ME2? I had been playing on easy trying to rank up and I have been stuck on level 58 for some time now. After my last game finished I decided to restart and play on hard/insane hoping I would get more experience. Once I reach 60 do I need to finish the game, or I can just import my character into ME2?

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Comment #26 by PuttyGod
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:06:31 AM
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The PS3 version got it for free in the Cerberus Network. This is bullshit.

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Comment #27 by Space Cadet
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:11:55 AM
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^ agreed.

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Comment #28 by Vindicator51
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:22:43 AM
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#25 You'll need to finish the game first.

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Comment #29 by Obi-Brown
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:27:07 AM
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will i get this, not unless it's free, PS3 gamers get it for free, why should we pay, besides, i have a save where Mr Boring McLoserPants AKA Kaiden dies so it's not that neccessary

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Comment #30 by Richie Sambuca
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:44:31 AM
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@12 - Day one Fallout DLC not working? Now I've seen EVERYTHING. ;)

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Comment #31 by potterscrow
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:49:55 AM
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LOL number 30. I was just about to post that. I have decided that I am never ever buying anything Fallout related Day 1.

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Comment #32 by Gilganomics
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:58:19 AM
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"But I swear, Kaiden will never make it off of Virmire. Never."

Agreed. Some things are just irreversible (like that "stupid Trump-cut" of his).

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Comment #33 by Russman
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:58:21 AM
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I'm just scared i'll FUBAR my choices made in ME2. Even though I chose all paragon ones I don't want to lose a team member or something since I tried so hard not to in ME2

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Comment #34 by crAsh kun
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:03:15 AM
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This Mass Effect 2 Genesis is quite awesome !
No more save hacking, no more trouble getting the "Shepard you dream of" !
I played both games quite a lot, still missing some achievements, but this is sweet !

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Comment #35 by Thicketford
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:05:54 AM
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Are they serious? 320 points? I assumed this was free when reading the description.

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Comment #36 by Opiate42
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:09:08 AM
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Bugger that, I replayed ME and ME2 again. And will likely play ME2 again at least once more before ME3 hits the shelves.

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Comment #37 by R0Y4LEwitCHEESE
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:19:53 AM
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I think I'd rather go through both games again. Still never had my perfect save from ME1, its just a case of finding the time.

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Comment #38 by BBowles
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:24:39 AM
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As someone who has played through ME1 8 times and ME2 4 times, I'm still buying this. While I enjoy ME1, it is a mediocre game at best compared to ME2. And after playing ME2, it really makes ME1 feel dated to me. This will be a tremendous help designing new Sheps for ME2&3, even though I wish it would have shown up sooner on the marketplace. Would have saved me many hours in ME1, but honestly it still will.

And to those of you crying that the PS3 got it free, that's because they had to wait a full year for ME2, and were unable to play ME1 at any point on their console. Honestly, without this coming with ME2, sales would have suffered. I know personally I hate jumping into the middle of a series, but something like this in sequels is a great idea.

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Comment #39 by Jor-El
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:26:26 AM
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I would get the comic for just being a die hard Mass Effect fanatic. But it sucks that it doesn't cover those other little minor decisions you made in ME1. Like...

1. How you treated Conrad Verner
2. The fate of Helena Blake
3. The fate of Fist
4. The fate of Giana Parasini
5. The fate of Shiala
6. The fate of Rana Thanoptis
7. Wether you chose Udina or Anderson as council member
8. Message from Emily Wong

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Comment #40 by Blackest Metal
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:34:36 AM
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Ive just finished the Fallout dlc. Its not very good tbh, only took 2 odd hours

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Comment #41 by bio187
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:39:27 AM
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So STAFF, any idea where the rockstar pass for L.A. Noire is?

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Comment #42 by Boro Iz Rich
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:41:14 AM
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It's not the comic for ME3. It's the same comic that is on the PS3 version of ME2.

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Comment #43 by The Elite Elite
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:41:36 AM
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320 points? I would get it if it was for free, but I'm not paying $4 for an extremely inferior experience of a game I still own and love.

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Comment #44 by PluralAces
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:54:34 AM
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i might have to play ME1 again...i just hate the whole weapon system with all the add-ons I am dreading that again...

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Comment #45 by Damodar Thade
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 11:25:41 AM
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Should be free especially to ppl with the Cerberus Network

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Comment #46 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 11:45:05 AM
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It's a good way for ppl that don't have those 100hrs of time to invest in first game. Not sure why everyone is complaining. It's cheap and if you played ME you don't need to get it....

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Comment #47 by Mr Blonde 324
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 11:46:35 AM
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no new achievements for crysis 2 pack? i think ill just save my $10

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Comment #48 by darkboy1200
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 12:24:30 PM
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EA, why are you charging us for this? This should be 100% free you greedy bastards.

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Comment #49 by Drjimbo32
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 12:30:04 PM
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@ 44 Don't know why people thumbed you down, the weapon system is so clunky in the first mass effect

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Comment #50 by ICGMU12321
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 01:06:03 PM
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I haven't played Mass Effect 1 or 2.....I know what I'll be doing this summer.

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Comment #51 by Vindicator51
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 01:08:10 PM
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#46 RPG's are known to be timesinks, if you don't want to invest time in the game, why bother buying it?

Besides, you won't get the full experience, nor every effective decision which carries over to Mass Effect 2. Playing through the first game also adds a lot more knowledge of the game series itself.

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Comment #52 by Wing X Custom
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 01:13:21 PM
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thats BS, the comic should be free or include ME2 decisions towards ME3. It would help bring newer people to the series for 3 and pay for itself. EA had to get money hungry again though.

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Comment #53 by gambit444
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 01:47:24 PM
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Wow, seriously? $4 USD for something that should be free to get players into the game? i was gonna get this & then some DLC to start a perfect game run but seeing as there being money grubbing whores. they lose my money.

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Comment #54 by Sean1234
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 02:26:38 PM
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@12 The Fallout DLC is working for me....
I think this should be free buy I don't care much because I think the only difference from importing a character is a few dialogue items and you can start at level 5. But I may be wrong so please correct me if I am.

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Comment #55 by Stoko
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 03:06:32 PM
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Not only should it be free - or at the very least, released for free on the Cerberus Network - but it's also rubbish. Saw the whole thing on Youtube when it first came out on PS3, they really phoned it in. If you're desperate for a bare-bones ME1 save creator, get it for that, but don't get it for the narrative.

It's supposed to be written from Shepard's first person perspective, looking back on ME1, but honestly, he/she must've been loopy from the lack of oxygen that preceeded the death at the start of ME2. They really phoned it in, in fact, whoever wrote the script? I'd be amazed if they actually played ME1 for more than 5 minutes. And I'm pretty sure it was one of the ME2 lead writers who wrote it. Which pretty much sums it up.

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Comment #56 by Charcoal1990
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 03:12:09 PM
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In the event of Mass Effect 3 coming up, I'm going ro re-play ME 1 and 2 with different paths and options. Might play as a female Shepard next time round.

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Comment #57 by Crazyfulla
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 04:08:14 PM
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hey i doubt it but do u get any achiveys or any other unlocks... or is this just like the one on ps3

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Comment #58 by kyrosnag
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 04:56:33 PM
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@3 The one for ME3 will be free. :/

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Comment #59 by poheroe
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 05:04:33 PM
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ME stuff is alwasy welcome.

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Comment #60 by TheCroixMan
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:01:43 PM
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Friggin awesome! I have been wanting to make a new character while not playing Mass Effect (I love the game, but put in too many hours and too short of a period, I need a brake from that game).

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Comment #61 by wickedclowns95
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 07:42:21 PM
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Honest Hearts shall be mine!

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Comment #62 by killajoy714
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:43:16 PM
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I think that this is a great idea for those that never played mass effect 1. However, I highly recommend that everyone plays mass effect 1. Anyway, today was awesome. All I did was play L.A. Noire. I got the Honest Hearts DLC and can't wait to try it out.

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Comment #63 by traaped_under_ice
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:44:29 PM
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@21 @22
it is the ME 1 backstory
the picture is actually from the very beginning of the comic
u get the opening cinema, and when shepard's dying he/she starts to remember the events of ME 1...after the comic the lazarus proyect begins and
with it ME 2

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Comment #64 by bio187
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 08:48:34 PM
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no offense but L.A. Noire is crazy..... and i want my pass for whatever is going to give me considering its supposed to be out today.

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Comment #65 by NickBeam21
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 09:22:31 PM
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no matter how many times i play ME1 over, Kaiden NEVER makes it lol

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Comment #66 by Phenoviral
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 10:35:09 AM
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I've been looking for something like this for ages, and now I found it's already been out for a month. Awesome! =D

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Comment #67 by scott.m
Friday, July 01, 2011 @ 03:54:21 AM
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hmmm. i have no need for it, but it is very interesting, maybe i should just get this & have some fun with the decisions.

way to go bioware for thinkin outside the box to extend the experience of the trilogy. *thumbs up*

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US January 26, 2010
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