Alan Smithee

Bioware Kills The Replay Value of Mass Effect 2

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Ok, well I had some serious hope that I’d be playing Mass Effect 2 the same amount of times that I did the original (last count was 4), but it seems that there won’t be any kind of feature in ME2 to let you restart the game with all your stats, credits, skills, and inventory intact…yeah it hit me pretty hard too.

Preston Watamaniuk from Bioware offered the prospects of Mass Effect 3 as to why they’re disabling this feature:

“We have been working very hard to make sure we design the abilities system to offer smooth progression into ME3 from ME2. Allowing double progression on characters makes that almost impossible. We have to have reasonable knowledge about where a character could end up finishing all content on a playthrough. We also want to offer choice of character build within specific classes…We replaced that feature with playing after you were done because it preserves progression and allows for smoother downloading of PRC.”

No matter how you look at it, fans of the series will be severely let down that they’ll have to wait until ME3 to beef up their character more. I think this is a dick move on the behalf of Bioware. I’m still going to pick up the game, but I’ll be mad at it the whole time I play it…like a stepfather.

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