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Here Are the Mass Effect 2 System Requirements

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Is your PC power massive enough to be effective?

BioWare games, despite often being somewhat tailored for console gamers as well, feel and look best on the PC. Now that Dragon Age is here, the next big BioWare title is Mass Effect 2, which will be hitting stores late January.

Of course, to best run Mass Effect 2 on PC, you'll want to have a decent computer. BioWare revealed today what sort of rig you'll need to run this next space epic.

PC MINIMUM System Requirements
OS = Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 / Windows 7
Processor = 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
Memory = 1 GB RAM for Windows XP / 2 GB RAM for Windows Vista and Windows 7
Hard Drive = 15 GB
DVD ROM = 1x Speed
Sound Card = DirectX 9.0c compatible
Direct X = DirectX 9.0c August 2008 (included)
Input = Keyboard / Mouse
Video Card = 256 MB (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support). Supported Chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or greater; ATI Radeon X1600 Pro or greater. Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, and 9300; ATI Radeon HD3200, and HD4350 are below minimum system requirements. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required. Intel and S3 video cards are not officially supported in Mass Effect 2.

PC RECOMMENDED System Requirements
Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 / Windows 7
2.6+ GHz Cure 2 Duo Intel or equivalent AMD CPU
2 GB RAM
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, or better recommended
100% DirectX compatible sound card and drivers
DirectX August 2008
NOTES: For the best results, make sure you have the latest drivers for your video and audio cards. Laptop or mobile versions of the above supported video cards have not had extensive testing and may have driver or other performance issues. As such, they are not officially supported in Mass Effect 2. Intel and S3 video cards are not officially supported in Mass Effect 2.

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    lightzy , November 25, 2009 7:56 PM
    I dunno why they even bother, much less make a big 'story' out of system requirements..
    It's not like system requirements have changed much since the release of the retarded 360 and ps3 about 15 years ago
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    ant1-b0dy , November 25, 2009 9:43 PM
    I Can Play Crysis, So Yes I Can Play Mass Effect 2.
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    sylvia648 , November 25, 2009 10:36 PM
    redgarlI hope it's going to be better than Dragon Age... the most overrated game I have seen in the last couple of years with no story, dungeon loot and bad dialogue option.Mass Effect on PC was easily the best Bioware game I have played. Great gameplay, story, dialogues, level ups, story, character design (it was so deep in comparaison to Dragon Age) and with an incredible ending.



    No friend, that would be Modern Warfare 2 that is overrated.
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    lightzy , November 25, 2009 7:56 PM
    I dunno why they even bother, much less make a big 'story' out of system requirements..
    It's not like system requirements have changed much since the release of the retarded 360 and ps3 about 15 years ago
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    festerovic , November 25, 2009 7:59 PM
    My rig with an 8800 GTS 320mb was not capable of playing the ME1 at full frames. Once I switched to a 4870, it was alot better. Not expecting a lot more graphically if the recommended specs haven't changed.
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    Onyx2291 , November 25, 2009 8:03 PM
    I don't have recommended :(  even if I didn. Runnin at high res it's hard to see if it would stand up.
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 25, 2009 8:06 PM
    I can play it. :) 
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    rambo117 , November 25, 2009 9:01 PM
    mlopinto2k1I can play it.

    same :) 
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    ant1-b0dy , November 25, 2009 9:43 PM
    I Can Play Crysis, So Yes I Can Play Mass Effect 2.
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    matt87_50 , November 25, 2009 9:56 PM
    "ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT"

    oh good, another port that pushes no boundaries.

    I could of course hope that thats just what you need to play it on low settings - that would still look good - and on high it will be pushing a 5970. but some how I doubt it...
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    rockstone1 , November 25, 2009 10:07 PM
    Damnit, the graphics haven't changed since 2007. The two best looking games on the Market are World in Conflict, Far Cry 2, and Crysis (Warhead). Far Cry 2 and Crysis Warhead were released this time last year, and both used a 2007 engine, World in Conflict was released about this time two years ago, and uses a 2007 Engine.

    //Stupid Consoles ruin the gallant march of Technology.
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    Anonymous , November 25, 2009 10:24 PM
    I could play ME1 on my old 512Mbyte 7950GT XXX without any major issues. Granted, this was on "high" rather than ultra but I found the engine to be quite agreeable while still looking good, despite the lack of AA.

    ME2 promises to rectify my only letdowns from ME1, very skimpy secondary quests and exploration and overly repetitive and uninspired combat.

    I weren't overly much a fan of the game controls either, it really showed its console roots, but AFAIK ME2 is being developed for PC and consoles side-by-side so hopefully this snag will also be addressed. *fingers crossed*

    Oh, I've already pre-ordered. I'm pretty much BioWare's bitch.
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    sylvia648 , November 25, 2009 10:36 PM
    redgarlI hope it's going to be better than Dragon Age... the most overrated game I have seen in the last couple of years with no story, dungeon loot and bad dialogue option.Mass Effect on PC was easily the best Bioware game I have played. Great gameplay, story, dialogues, level ups, story, character design (it was so deep in comparaison to Dragon Age) and with an incredible ending.



    No friend, that would be Modern Warfare 2 that is overrated.
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    jerreece , November 25, 2009 10:52 PM
    Quote:
    Is your PC power massive enough to be effective?


    Am I the only one who caught that?
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    steiner666 , November 25, 2009 10:55 PM
    lol Dragon Age had no story? I could have sworn that was a huge part of the game. Oh wait, you're probably one of those ppl that quit before the game got good (after Ostagard or whatever). Personally, i enjoyed it better than mass effect, but im glad that i was able to thoroughly enjoy both. cant wait for ME2, regardless of the fact that it, and every other game coming out this holiday season, does little to nothing new graphically. graphics are only a small factor in what makes a truly great game though.
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    MitchMeister- , November 25, 2009 11:08 PM
    redgarlI hope it's going to be better than Dragon Age... the most overrated game I have seen in the last couple of years with no story, dungeon loot and bad dialogue option.Mass Effect on PC was easily the best Bioware game I have played. Great gameplay, story, dialogues, level ups, story, character design (it was so deep in comparaison to Dragon Age) and with an incredible ending.



    Have you played a Bioware game before? Like 65% of the games are dialog with characters, which in turn drives the story. So you must be one of those people that think talking is useless in games, and now think that Dragon Age has no story. Couldn't be more wrong.

    sylvia648No friend, that would be Modern Warfare 2 that is overrated.


    MW2 is good, but not great. I'm having more issues with bullet registration than anything else. The laggy crap of IW net is ruining my MW2 experience.
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    CoryInJapan , November 25, 2009 11:16 PM
    Yea,No biggie.Like its been said before. System requirements have not changed a whole lot since the release of the xbox 360 and ps3.

    Or at least since 2007 it hasnt changed much at all if any.

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    FlayerSlayer , November 25, 2009 11:27 PM
    My old GeForce 6800GT 256mb ran ME1 at 1024x768 at 10 fps. My new GeForce GTX285 1gb runs ME1 at 1600x1200 at 60 fps.
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    Drag0nR1der , November 26, 2009 12:00 AM
    matt87_50"ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT"oh good, another port that pushes no boundaries.I could of course hope that thats just what you need to play it on low settings - that would still look good - and on high it will be pushing a 5970. but some how I doubt it...



    Cos' that's just what pc gaming needs... a game that the 'majority' of pc's sold can't even run.
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    Drag0nR1der , November 26, 2009 12:06 AM
    redgarlI hope it's going to be better than Dragon Age... the most overrated game I have seen in the last couple of years with no story, dungeon loot and bad dialogue option.Mass Effect on PC was easily the best Bioware game I have played. Great gameplay, story, dialogues, level ups, story, character design (it was so deep in comparaison to Dragon Age) and with an incredible ending.



    Really? I found Mass Effect to be pretty over rated too... ok, the dialogue was generally pretty good, and there were a few nice touches on the decisions you had to make, but overall the generic (and very small) base and ship design, the tiny amount of clusters, the tediously easy sideline missions, and very short storyline made the game quite boring, And the world/planet design was terrible, very very bland and, again, very generic. Compared to a lot of recent RPG's it may have stood out, but that says more about the state of RPG games these days than about Mass Effect itself. It was ok, but it lacked any real depth or polish.
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