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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

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