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Mass Effect 2 Disc Swopping Detailed

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I’m declaring this Friday Mass Effect 2 day – that’s how excited I am for the sequel to one of my favourite games. Word is it’s pretty good. It’ll be releasing locally on Friday – a day I may or may not be *cough* faking illness. Or at least that would have been the case.

The game will be coming on two discs (and, depending on the quality of the game’s purported sex scenes, I may be doing the same), which means that Xbox 360 gamers will be tasked with the daunting burden – an increasing trend – of actually swopping discs. The folks over at IGN have detailed how the disc swopping will work and contrary to earlier reports from Bioware that only one swop was necessary, it seems that will strangely no longer be true.

Players will start with Disc 1 for the introduction and early level choices, then go through a funnel level of sorts, where they will need to switch to Disc 2, Houston said. From there they will play the middle portion of the game, which is mostly on Disc 2. Then after another funnel point in the story they’ll go back to Disc 1.

“The decision was made due to the nature of having to go to two discs for what is a non-linear game and fitting the right amount of content onto each of the discs,” he added. “This way players won’t have to swap their discs multiple times during the middle of the game.”

What they should have done is make part of it installable like Forza 3 so that disc swopping would be unnecessary. Screw those guys with arcade units – you’re not proper gamers anyway! What kind of bullsh*t is this!? Having to get up twice to swop discs within a 30 hour period?

F*ck that, If I wanted a workout I’d have signed up at Virgin Active.

Source : IGN

Last Updated: January 25, 2010


  1. WitWolfyZA

    January 25, 2010 at 14:44

    i seriously doubt that many ppl still have those cheap ass Arcade units anymore. I mean seriously… who wouldnt want to use the install option anyways?!?!?!


  2. Uncle

    January 25, 2010 at 14:59

    Agreed that it should have been like Forza 3… I have one of those Arcade units however I got a 60GB HDD for it last year.


  3. Macethy

    January 25, 2010 at 15:20

    Damn I can’t wait for this game,Friday can’t come soon enough! :cwy: Hope work is busy this week so that time flies by. . .


  4. Bobby Kotick hated Zombieland, but loved When Harry met Sally

    January 25, 2010 at 15:45

    😀 The only xbox game I’ll buy this year. I hope my PS3 will forgive me. :blush:


    • WitWolfyZA

      January 25, 2010 at 15:49

      I hope my xbox forgives me when i buy FF13 for PS3


      • Bobby Kotick RRODed

        January 25, 2010 at 15:52

        Last time, my PS3 and xbox were in the same room, the 360 RRODed, so I don’t know man, I think she won’t look to kindly on that, but “a man needs to do what a man needs to do”. :happy:


  5. benny klotitck

    January 25, 2010 at 15:47

    Die game is awesome. Amper 2x deur gespeel al.

    Dis befok. Amper goed genoeg om te koop!


    • Nick de Bruyne

      January 25, 2010 at 16:00

      Wow, that’s like the first afrikaans comment we have had in 2 years I think


      • Bobby Kotick can like to speak Afrikaans

        January 25, 2010 at 16:05

        En ek dink hy’s familie. Die Koticks en die Kloticks is almal van dieselfde straat. 😮


    • Nick de Bruyne

      January 25, 2010 at 16:07

      Wow, only after bothering to read what you wrote did I realise that you are a douche bag.

      There are people here who are dying with anticipation for Mass Effect 2 and will only play the game on Friday and they are willing to spend their hard earned cash on it, so do us all a favour and don’t come in here telling us that you’ve played it twice, and that means it’s almost worth your money. You have done nothing to support the industry that we all love and to make it worse, you shove it in other peoples faces?



      • Bobby Kotick is training to be a pirate killing ninja

        January 25, 2010 at 16:16

        Damn you’re right, I thought he meant the first one, and then I read the “amper goed genoeg om te koop!”

        Meh! :ermm: :angry:


    • Darkling

      January 25, 2010 at 18:47



  6. DieFrikkenator

    January 25, 2010 at 16:23

    “and, depending on the quality of the game’s purported sex scenes, I may be doing the same”

    hehehehehe 😆


  7. spl0it

    January 25, 2010 at 17:56

    Geoff’s penmanship FTW!


  8. bboy

    January 26, 2010 at 09:53

    eww, sticky disks :/


  9. HoodedGrub

    January 31, 2010 at 15:16

    Great game. Best Box game since Gears2 for me. My PS3ZA will have to wait a few more days while I finish it


  10. Ruslan

    February 1, 2010 at 07:55

    Managed to get my hands on ME2 and imported my level 50 ME1 character through a very nicely detailed process. Game is riveting and it really sucks a player into it.


  11. HardcoreGamerNOT

    February 14, 2010 at 10:09

    @WitWolfyZA and the Author

    I stumbled upon this thread when googling about how many disc changes would be involved. Sorry but as a individual with a wife,friends,social life and somebody who has ACTUALLY had sex, we don’t get promotions at work based on how much xbox time we grind out on weekends ! OK? Don’t get me wrong i LOVE me2 and games like it BUT many people have arcade boxes. don’t see the need to copy ten games at a time to my hard drive. only play then and save achievements and 256mb is PLENTY to do that with.

    You can’t be serious about not wanting to move your potato chip azz to swap a disc. i could prolly push u over with my pinky Geoff!


    • Geoff

      February 14, 2010 at 17:26

      “You can’t be serious about not wanting to move your potato chip azz to swap a disc. i could prolly push u over with my pinky Geoff!”

      I wasn’t serious. I employed something known as satire. to save you from having to use google, the definition of satire reads as “Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.”


  12. Geoffisadumbazz

    February 15, 2010 at 03:59

    Using Google? nah, relax techy, just because I don’t talk in RPG shorthand doesn’t mean I won’t understand your use of simple lexicon. The two Masters degrees I have speak to that as do my career achievements lol.

    I was busting your hump cause you were trying to make a blanket statement. How do you know nobody has an arcade system? huh? Oh and don’t play it off you know exactly why u said it. cause your REALLY mad that non-super nerdo’s just might play xbox360 too. The part that gets me after you is you express how you feel about the “gaming world” Why???? No, that NOT what they should have done, they did what they SHOULD have done JUST FINE, by having two disc, cause we can’t afford taking up space on our little 256mb saving junk like Froza or whatever did…..deal with it :shocked:


  13. Reaver

    February 15, 2010 at 08:02

    Wait, so his username is “Geoffisadumbazz”? Bwah ha ha ha… that’s classic!!


    • Flamebaitboy

      February 15, 2010 at 08:25

      And he came up with it himself. With Two Masters degrees you would think he would know how to spell ass…


  14. Geoff

    February 15, 2010 at 09:10

    This is how I felt after reading the comments this morning.



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