The imminent Mass Effect 2 on PS3 is much more than a "simple port" of the Xbox 360 game, BioWare community coordinator Chris Priestly has said on the official PlayStation Blog.

The game first appeared on Xbox 360 and PC in January 2010, but Priestly says the team has used the time to ensure PS3 gamers get a great version of Mass Effect 2.

"What I think Mass Effect fans on the PS3 will be most appreciative of is that this is not a simple port," explained Priestly. "The Mass Effect team has taken the time to utilize the PS3 hardware to the fullest in order to maximize your gameplay experience."

He added; "It was also extremely important for the team to make sure playing with the PS3 controller worked and felt good. You will also see that the in-game graphics and cinematics are clearer and more vibrant on the PS3."

The PS3 game also features previously released DLC missions: Overlord, Lair of the Shadow Broker and Kasumi.

PlayStation gamers worried that they won't know what's going on - Mass Effect was never available on PS3 - can also look forward to a newly produced digital comic from Dark Horse Comics. The interactive experience not only allows players new to the franchise to experience Mass Effect 1, but also to make story choices that have repercussions in the sequel.

Mass Effect 2 will be available for PS3 on January 21.

Mass Effect 2 shipped over two million units to retailers in its first week, but the game had a ready made audience after the success of the first in the series. It will therefore be interesting to see how the sequel performs on PS3, given the console's installed-base is likely to be new to the franchise.