Mass Effect Legendary Edition is shaping up to be the definitive version of the beloved Mass Effect trilogy. We already know that the original Mass Effect has had the most work done to it; BioWare confirmed that Shepard's first outing features a number of "gameplay enhancements" in Legendary Edition. We're talking improved gunplay, better AI, and more responsive controls.
But other improvements have been spread across the whole trilogy. For starters, all three games will run at 60 frames-per-second on PS4 Pro (and PS5 via backwards compatibility). That'll make quite a difference considering how many frames were dropped back on the PS3.
Obviously 4K support is another headline, with HDR settings also available. And then there are the load times. The first Mass Effect in particular has infamously long elevator rides — but these lengthy waits will apparently be cut down considerably in Legendary Edition. The same will be true of the somewhat shorter (but still pretty damn long) load times in Mass Effect 2.
Beyond performance, we're getting a unified and expanded character creator across all three games. This means that the Shepard you create in Mass Effect 1 won't look completely different to the Shepard that you end up with in Mass Effect 3. "There are noticeable improvements to Shepard's range of available skin tones, hairstyles and makeup options, for a more diverse range of possibilities," writes Eurogamer.
It all sounds great, and honestly, we can't wait to play through the trilogy again. Are you looking forward to stopping the Reapers? Get your Carnifex hand cannon ready in the comments section below.
Really hope Dragon Age gets this treatment
I'm super excited. It's been years since I've played any of the original trilogy.
This is way better than I expected! Day 1! Is this going to be priced like a normal game?
I swear it felt like 85% of the time in ME1 you were either in the Mako or in the elevator, glad it's going to be a much better game now. Can't wait to play all three and follow it with Andromeda for completion sake.
@Feena Yeah, it's up for pre-order at the usual full retail price.
Never played those games, maybe I'll give it a try
Im waaaaaaaaay late to this party but i will be playing for the 1st time and streaming it on our father/son gaming channel OSNSG it looks to be very promising from the details and comments I've seen so far 😁👌
I will definitely be jumping in. Its been a long time since I played a sc-fi RPG.
Frankly I don't see why they can't get 60 fps on a base ps4, these games are all a decade or older and i doubt uprezing the resolution will be that much more demanding on eighth gen hardware. Hitman 3 is close to 60fps on a base ps4 so I dont get the reasoning
@Keyblade-Dan Dragon Age 2 is in desperate need of a proper overhaul like they are with ME 1.
@Jayofmaya Agreed that game is a blight
The only thing that makes want to get it is changing the gameplay in ME1 to what's in ME2!
If you have it on PC I don't see why get this one, especially with all the mod on the platform!
Yes! I can't wait to chin Saren in a stable frame rate.
@ShogunRok that’s sweet! I hadn’t checked!
I read that it will be missing the pinnicle station DLC from mass effect 1 because the source code was corrupted, and rebuilding it from scratch would've take them another full six months and it would have taken most of the team.
@Juanalf It Would Be Nice If They Gave Andromeda a Next Gen Patch And Fixed Up Any Lingering Problems
Surprisingly never played any of the ME games. I might have to jump in once they go on sale.
Me nether but I will this time I think!
Will it have modern BioWare features, like T-posing through cutscenes, constant crashes, game breaking bugs, corrupted saves and destroying your PS4?
Absolutely loved these games and it's great they are finally bringing out the trilogy again but as much as id love to replay them all I can hardly find time to play games I already have let alone adding ones I've already played.
I still remember the frame rate of 2 on the PS3. You could tell it was a quick port
I'm really disappointed that the cut LGBT romances are not being put back in.
60FPS is GOOD NEWS! I'll give this a go but not for $100 AUD... its a bit too much for me
Can't wait to experience these iconic space adventures for the first time. I still remember when the Wii U came out and how cool I thought it was that a mature game like Mass Effect 3 was on there and how badly I wanted to play it. And 60 FPS on PS4 Pro! Hell yeah.
When my memories brings me those endless hours of exploring whole maps in 1 and scaning tons of planets in 2 I get a bit nauseated... Story great. It feels like AC Odyssey, except ME has superb story.
I missed out on these altogether, so I'll likely check it out.
Would prefer a new one but I'll definitely get this, I've already done all the exploration and all the side quests of these games though the first couple times so there's not much else to do with them
I'm honestly interested in buying the trilogy, I've never played these games on the ps3 never had the time tbh but maybe I can invest some time into it this time
60 fps on PS5 and PS4 pro. Also, I've heard through the grapevine, these are actually some pretty good games which some people seemed to enjoy rather well...
I CAN'T FREAKING WAIT!!!!
So, no PS5 patch??
Never played any of them. Mainly because I was put off by the talk of all the RPG elements turning out to be pointless pointless in the end, and not impacting much from one game to another. Plus it sounds a bit grindy to 100%...still, if the moment to moment gunplay and story is good I might give this a go once it comes down in price and if I’m not occupied otherwise with my backlog.
Shame no native PS5 version though to remove those load times completely.
I doubt it'll happen, but one thing that would drastically improve the series would be an overhaul of the material mining stuff, and a unified approach across all 3 games - because it doesn't make a lot of sense that in ME1 you use the Mako to explore planets and find minerals, whereas in ME2 you have to scan planets and send probes - I can't even remember how it worked in ME3 as I never got that far into the main game.
I mean it makes perfect sense that the original games would do this, but if they're overhauling ME1 anyway rather than simply remastering it, this would be an amazing improvement
btw I'm not advocating all games to use just one of these systems (e.g you use the Mako all the way through ME1, 2 and 3), more that I feel that they'd all benefit from a bit of variety across the board
Absolutely adored this trilogy the first time around (even with the questionable ending to ME3) and I can't wait to play in 4k60 with HDR just for the nostalgia trip. Played them all on Xbox 360 originally so it'll be nice to add the platinums to my PS profile. Exciting! Anyone coming into this fresh is in for a treat.
Wasn't Mass Effect 2 the first one that came out on the PS3? I think I tried playing it but had no clue as to who was what and what was happening.
Might give these a go and play from the start!
@Keyblade-Dan Heck yes, a Dragon Age Legendary Edition! Can only imagine how good Origins could look with a visual upgrade and perhaps some new cave textures for DA2 to give some variety? DA3 (Inquisition) was one of my fave games on the 4 but I think that could do with a polish just to move it on from the PS3 cross gen era.
So excited for this to release. The Mass Effect Trilogy is one of the best games ive ever played and the story is incredible. To anyone who hasn't played this game before, buy it. There is enough content there to justify the full price especially if ME1 has been overhauled mechanically.
YOU WILL love it. I am jealous it will be your first time.
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