Mass Effect 2 PS3 save files randomly corrupted

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

[Source: Bioware forums]

Jan 25, 2011




  • piccolodevilking - April 5, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    I has been two months now and the no matter the patch the same thing just happend to me. 15+ hours of gametime down the toilet. damn you EA and Bioware!
  • Fiin - January 26, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    beat it twice on 360.. I would do it 5 more times if not for the mining.. hope they fix it though, theres no worse feeling then seeing 30 hours flushed.
  • tabher - January 26, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    see even the PS3 thinks Mass Effect should have stayed Xbox exclusive
  • FauxFurry - January 26, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    It looks as if that virus intended to re-write the Heretics' logic had unforseen consequences extending to the very consoles running Shepard's latest adventure itself,resulting in mass Cerberus log corruption! Such are the risks when the galaxy is on the line. How meta. It's like something out of that one ending in Nier,only completely involuntary.
  • GenericSpaceMarine - January 26, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Some googling tells me that if you do the below it minimizes the risk of save files corrupting: 1. Avoid automatic sign in into the EA servers. 2. Turn off autosave and save yourself Can't vouch for it but I intend to buy this game asap and would hate if this happened to me.
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - January 26, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    This reminds me of the Jak X Combat racing save bug. Man that thing sucked. At one point auto save keeps on saving forever. So as soon as you restart the game. Save file corrupted.
  • beezn - January 26, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    I just ordered a copy from amazon tonight, hopefully a patch is issued... stupid unfinished games shipping broken bullshit.
  • Spybreak8 - January 26, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    Data loss has happened to me on the PC and yeah it seems it's transferring over to consoles (specific PCs if you think about it). I lost my Red Faction Guerrilla save and had to start all over again. I rage quit and didn't come back to that game until a few months. Grab the Xport if you have a 360, you can back up your hdd to an external hdd (those are really cheap now). Hope there's a fix soon and I feel ya PS3 gamers.
  • yonderTheGreat - January 26, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Why blame Bioware when it's EA's fault?
  • Unoriginal - January 26, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    Mine keeps freezing and is dropping frames like crazy. My saves have survived though, so far. Love the game but the port sucks
  • SAUGAPRIME - January 26, 2011 6:50 a.m.

    Just save it on a usb stick every hour or so and you'l be fine.
  • keefster - January 26, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    Hmm. I got ME2 for my ps3 recently and beat it yesterday, was great, etc, doing a playthrough. No issues, except a bug where shepard got stuck floating in the air and I have to load my last auto save, but I looked it up it was apparently in the 360 version too. The game did freeze on me once during kasumi : stolen memories, but I rebooted and I loaded my last autosave. I am doing a fresh playthrough soon. I sure hope it doesn't happen, god. ME2 WAS FUCKING AMAZING, BY THE WAY.
  • Crimmy - January 26, 2011 4:46 a.m.

    * I have the 360 version of Blur. recaptcha: Rocead results I hope this guy has results on how to fix it!
  • Crimmy - January 26, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    That sucks really bad for all the people out there. I know what it feels like, after getting some hard lights in single player Blur, my file corrupted, and I totally flipped. Luckily it saved my multi though.
  • Darkhawk - January 26, 2011 4:38 a.m.

    My friend deleted my 360 Profile by mistake, so now I need to replay Mass Effect 1 and 2 before the third comes out. It's once more into the fray with Commander James T. Shepard.
  • Amnesiac - January 26, 2011 3:26 a.m.

    Just happened to me too. After 12 hours, my PS3 locked up during a save in the middle of Tali's recruitment mission. Turned it back on, and... > New Game > Extras RIP Balls Shepard. ;_;
  • LaineNZ - January 26, 2011 2:01 a.m.

    This just happened to me, after hours of grinding for resources. I wasn't too far into the storyline to care but 12 hours of grinding every planet until it was depleted has vanished. I'm going to play again right now because I made a few mistakes along the way, but I'll be backing up my saves on a USB drive ever so often. See if that works.
  • Mode - January 26, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    I can see the Xbox fanboys pouncing on this now.
  • ShaneCedt - January 26, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    thanks PC
  • Garlador - January 26, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    A friend of mine had HIS file corrupted. I told him that starting over wasn't TOO bad since the game was so good... but I didn't know other people were getting corrupted either.

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