First, there’s the horribly jittery camera. It makes the game look horrible. Seriously, it’s horrendous. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that there would be anything more horrible to me than the nauseating stench of shitty camerawork. But then I realised what I thought I saw was the Xbox 360 version of the game. Wrong. In fact, I couldn’t tell the difference. I couldn’t tell that the visuals weren’t being rendered on 360 hardware. Wrong. And the more I played, the more awful the game looked. I’ve been adamant that Mass Effect 3 wasn’t fixed in my playthrough, but I can tell you that the Xbox 360 version is very much the same. The game still has the issues of the original game, just with the Xbox 360 version of the game. I was able to play through the first ten hours of the game and was still struck by the terrible early levels. I was also struck by the slightly more advanced weapons and the horrible, awful voice acting. I know that the Xbox 360 isn’t prettier than the PS3 version, and I was struck by the terrible Foley. There’s also the fact that the crowds of civilians that you see around the Citadel are missing the detail of the people who are making their way around the building. I know, I know – I watched the first three hours of the game and had to watch them with my big, big brain. But that’s a whole different discussion. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to stare at the screen with a blinking, hard-to-see eye and wonder what the hell is going on, because I’ve seen the game running on 360 and it looked terrible. I’ve seen the original game running on PC and wanted to see how much better the 360 version is. The truth is, I couldn’t tell you. Mass Effect 2 was one of the best games of the last console generation. It’s a fantastic space opera story, one of the best action games of the last console generation and a game that took a promising new IP and made it absolutely astonishing. I’d be remiss to not recommend it to anyone who hasn’t played Mass Effect 1 and 2, simply because I know that it’s one of the best space-RPGs of the last console generation. But the 360 version is just one of the many terrible games that have been made by jerks with the power of Microsoft’s console. Reports of erratic behaviour from Xbox Live users have been making the rounds, but the reality is that every time you dismiss them, they’re more likely to be true.