Bioware’s newly announced Mass Effect Trilogy, which contains all three Mass Effect titles, is starting to look anything but “The Definitive Mass Effect Experience”.
Updated on Bioware’s page, the list of included DLC is as follows.
- On PC, Mass Effect will include Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station on disk. For Mass Effect 2, Cerberus Network will be included which features Zaeed – The Price of Revenge, The Firewalker Pack, Cerberus Assault Gear, Arc Projector heavy weapon, and Normandy Crash site mission. For Mass Effect 3, Online Pass will be included granting players access to co-op multiplayer.
- On Xbox 360, Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station are not included with Mass Effect, however they are available as stand-alone downloads through Xbox LIVE. For Mass Effect 2, Cerberus Network will be included and Online Pass will be included for Mass Effect 3.
- Information on PlayStation 3 DLC will be available soon.
“Kasumi’s Stolen Memory”, “Overlord”, “Arrival”, “Lair of the Shadow Broker”, “Leviathen”, and many more DLC packs appear to be missing from this “Definitive” edition of the series. This lack of DLC content begs the question—is the $60 price tag worth it?
If gamers reading this play exclusively on the PlayStation 3, they’ll be happy to know that Mass Effect 1 will be available on the PSN store for $14.99. No news on whether a discount will be offered through PlayStation Plus.
Given that PlayStation gamers will have an alternative option for purchasing Mass Effect 1, and Mass Effect 2/3 usually retails for under $20 on all available consoles (excluding the upcoming Wii U of course), Mass Effect Trilogy’s price point is anywhere from a couple dollars to as much as $20 more than getting the same amount of Mass Effect content separately.
My advice? Enjoy the games now and pick them up separately wherever sold. You’ll save money and have time to comb through the long campaigns before the holiday rush hits. If you find yourself wanting to dive into the plethora of DLC options available in the Mass Effect universe, use the funds saved from purchasing each Mass Effect game separately and put it toward the DLC.
The Mass Effect Trilogy is set to release November 6th, 2012 at a price point of $59.99.
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