Mass Effect 2’s Disc-Swapping Won’t Interfere With Gameplay Experience

Coming On Two Discs, Mass Effect 2 Will Require Gamers To Exchange Discs Twice Throughout The Campaign

January 25, 2010 Mass Effect 2 will require disc-swapping because it is shipping on two discs for both the Xbox 360 and PC; however, the disc swapping will come at two points in the game and won’t interfere with the experience.

The news that Mass Effect 2 would be on two discs was revealed several months ago. Since then, gamers have wondered how it would affect the gameplay with regards to whether you would need to swap the discs multiple times as you travel to different parts of the game universe. Luckily, as reviews begin arriving and information about the game becomes widely available, reports say that gamers will only need to swap discs twice.

Gamers will need to swap discs about 1/3 of the way into the game and then will have to swap discs again for the final 1/3. It appears that the discs essentially both are able to hold the side missions and entire galaxy of Mass Effect 2 but aren’t able to include the entire main storyline and the worlds that open up during the main mission of the game.

Speaking to IGN, BioWare’s Jessie Houston said, “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. This way players won’t have to swap their discs multiple times during the middle of the game.”

The long wait for Mass Effect 2 is almost over as, starting at midnight tonight gamers will be able to experience the game in all of it’s disc-swapping glory.

Mass Effect 2 was developed by BioWare and published by EA. It is available on January 26 in North America and January 29 in Europe for the Xbox 360 and PC.

Source: IGN