Over the past several days, numerous reports of corrupted Mass Effect 2 PS3 save files have popped up on Bioware's support forums. It's every gamer's worst nightmare - after hours of play and through no fault of your own, everything you've accomplished vanishes in an instant.
"So i was just upgrading some weapons after playing the game for 8 hours. The game froze so i waited a minute or 2. Then i restarted the game. When i came back in it only gave me the option to play a new game," wrote forum user Typh0nx. "So i went and checked my save. YUP corrupted. Fun. No more Mass effect 2 for me. Thanks bioware."
Other stories are even more heart-wrenching. "I just got that too. Played about 20 hours, console froze and no more save game," wrote brunoqc.
One user reports that even if you take the extra precaution of creating a brand new save file every time you save the game, it doesn't matter. One contaminated save file will poison every single one on the PS3 hard drive.
This isn't a great start for the PS3 port of what was one of the most important Xbox 360 exclusives. Seriously, there is no worse gaming-related feeling than having to start a game from the beginning because of a corrupted save file. Bioware has not yet issued a statement about the reports.
Have you had save issues with Mass Effect 2 on PS3? Comment below or let us know more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Source: Bioware forums]
Jan 25, 2011