It was great to hear that Bioware’s sci-fi trilogy was getting a bundled edition, complete with all three Mass Effect games. However, in what is becoming an irritating trend, the issue of DLC has created problems which have convoluted what would have otherwise been a great product for fans looking to acquire an ‘ultimate edition’ of this series.
Throughout Mass Effect’s lifespan, the franchise has seen several DLC packages. One would hope that if a bundle offering all three games was ever released, it would come complete with all of the DLC that has been released over the years, or at least the option to purchase a version of the trilogy including all of the series’ DLC.
Instead Bioware, or more likely EA, has decided to fragment the various DLC over the 360, PS3 and PC versions of the game. Meaning that there is no single edition of the game on offer that includes all of the content tied to the Mass Effect universe.
For those unsure of what DLC is included with each version of the game, here is a breakdown of what each contains:
- 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.
I recommend those who are dissatisfied with EA and Bioware‘s decision to not release a truly definitive edition of their Mass Effect trilogy to ignore this incomplete offering, but for those still interested, enjoy the trailer below.
Mass Effect Trilogy, developed by Bioware and published by EA, will be released on November 6th for PC and Xbox 360, and ‘later’ for PlayStation 3.