Mass Effect 2 Has Some Fancy Disc-Swapping Action

Like many sprawling role-playing games, Mass Effect 2 is coming on two discs. Unlike other two-disc affairs, however, it's taking a different approach when it comes to swapping said discs.

Normally (this of course only applies to the 360 version of the game), you swap a disc halfway through a game. Or, if there's four discs - like there was in Lost Odyssey - you swap a disc roughly every quarter of the way through.

Mass Effect 2 will instead ask you to swap from disc 1 to disc 2 around 1/3 of the way in. You then play the "middle" section of the game using disc 2, before swapping back to disc 1 for the game's concluding stages.

"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," BioWare's Jessie Houston told IGN. "This way players won't have to swap their discs multiple times during the middle of the game."

Oddly, we've found with our review copy that even players electing to install the game to their HDD will have to perform the above disc-swap routine.

Mass Effect 2's Strange Disc Swapping Explained [IGN]


    "Oddly?" Both Lost Odyssey and Star Ocean required disc swapping even if the content was installed; I'd consider it "odd" if a game actually took the logical course and read the content from your HD once the disc was confirmed for copy security.

    whats the deal do you have to put in disc 1 to start he game i mean if im at disc 2 in game i dont want to have to put in disc 1 just for the menu

    SOunds like a bit of a stupid idea I believe...

    They should just make it so disc two can be an install disc if you choose to and run everything off the first. Problem solvered.

    Or the 360 could get Blu-Ray... but thats not gonna happen anytime soon.

    This is sounding like Star Ocean 4's system, which was terrible. When you were doing any of the post-game stuff, you had to swap the disc whenever you wanted to go back to your ship to do item crafting, and then swap it back when you were done.

    Or you could just get the (superior) PC version and not worry about this bull*hit.

      or you could take your fanboyism out of the article.

      The superior version is the version with your Mass Effect 1 save.

    You can load up the game on any disc. I haven't tried loading my save file on Disc 1 but I guess it will tell me to put disc 2 in.

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