Mass Effect 2 versus Mass Effect 1: HD Screen Shot Comparison

Mass Effect 2 is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2010. But how much has the game evolved graphically since the original Mass Effect? It’s been over two years since the last game released on the Xbox 360, so we thought it would be nice to do a screenshot comparison between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, just before the January 26th release date.

The first image is from Mass Effect 1 and the second is from Mass Effect 2 in each of the comparisons.

Please note that we have considered Xbox 360 as the platform to compare the screen shots.

Click the images to see in full screen.

Comparison 1:

In our first comparison we will pit Shepard against Shepard. Commander Shepard definitely looks much more realistic in the sequel. In two years Bioware has done a hell of a job with their engine, the details and the visible scars on Shepard’s face is just amazing. In the first game, even though the visuals were good, it’s no way as close to what we have now.

Comparison 2:

In the second round we compare how the visuals are when you are in the over-the-shoulder view. This is an ideal view to compare both the games since it tells us a lot about the visuals; the characters armor, environment and the objects around the Commander. Hands down, Mass Effect 2 again looks superior in all departments. The first game had a kind of a grainy look to it, so it’s a no brainer who is winning here.

Comparison 3:

It’s time to compare the beautiful scenery in both the games. Mass Effect had some of the most visually appealing environments back in 2007, but in 2010 its sequel will be a sight to behold. The environments have a touch of glow and they are better and more appealing in Mass Effect 2.

Comparison 4:

It’s time to compare how the two games look like while you are fighting. I know this is somewhat similar to the second comparison, but this time we will also compare enemies and the explosions. Mass Effect had decent effects when the players used their special powers but in Mass Effect 2, not only do the effects look amazing but they do look like they are really electrifying the enemies. Also if you look closely the enemies are pretty detailed too.

Comparison 5:

This time we will compare the other characters in the game. In most games the main protagonist is modeled in a pretty good fashion but the developers simple forget about the other guys. As you can see from the images, Mass Effect 1 does not stand a chance against the sequel. The characters are much more realistic and have awesome facial modeling.

So in our visual comparison, Mass Effect 2 wins five out of five, but will its gameplay be as solid as the first one? Check Gaming Bolt again when the game is released to know the answer.


  • Geoff

    How can you compare the citadel in ME1 to concept art? That doesn’t make sense. We’re supposed to be comparing the in game graphics right?

  • Chris

    Anybody else think the graphics look almost the same?

    Comparison 2 is the only one that looks different but it’s an entirely different scene with different lighting and foreground objects so of course the darker one looks worse.

    Weird article.

  • D

    The writer seems a bit biased. The mass effect 2 screen shots are far more vibrant and alive in their subjects and whats happening. The mass effect screen shots are almost all of dirty buildings and bleak backgrounds. There are some much better mass effect screen shots out there. Not saying mass effect has better graphics but the writer has clearly tried to hype up mass effect 2 as being far better than the prequel.

  • Dan

    This is a really poor bit of internet journalism. There is no telling what platform the ME2 promo shots are taken from, though you can assume Bioware used the most powerful PC they have to produce the best results. You’ve used concept art vs a promo screen shot in comparison 3. You’ve used a screenshot with the film grain in ME1 turned on for comparison 2 and treated it as if its a flaw in the graphics. Comparison 4 is a ripped screenshot vs an official promo shot.

    If you want to do a comparison article, and this is crazy I know but stay with me, you MAY want to wait until ME2 is out and take your own damn screenshots.

  • http://bakugan.cc Bakugan

    So pumped for Mass Effect 2. And these screenshots make me even more excitied. This game is going to be off da chain.

  • Kana

    This article is really stupid. What kind of idiot decides how good a game is by how sugarcoated it is with graphics?

  • poopoo

    This article is retarded, clearly a game that comes out 3 years after its predecessor is going to have better graphics…gg gamingbolt…

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  • pedrosvk

    I played M1 and now im playing M2 (highest details ofc) but I dont see too much of difference. There is shitty console graphics and i dislike film grain. I think M1 was more playable and a lil better. M2 = less abilities, no inventory window, need to unlock some basic moves like cover, crouch during the game wtf. Planet scanning is time taking and boring.

  • Daveh

    comparing concept art is really pointless. I was let down by how clean cut ME2 is, not a lot of choice in weaponry and abilities, it feels more like an action game with rpg elements than an rpg with action elements. Still a great game, but not as good as ME1.

  • abc

    comparison 2 is flawed, the grainy look is because of the film-grain effect, which can be turned on and off in both ME1 and ME2. But still, ME2′s UE 3.5 does provide better visuals than ME1′s UE 3.0

  • http://Website Ap

    Are you fucking serious ?
    You compare STRECHED screenshots to those that the devs released themselves !?

    How amateurish.

  • Rob

    Both games look almost the same. The writer was obviously bribed by Bioware.

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