EA will be releasing a 3 game bundle pack come November 6th for anyone who’s not had a chance to play this iconic and often divisive series. If you’ve wanted to know what all the fuss was about, then I recommend picking up this $59.99 bundle this holiday which contains Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 as well as certain DLC in a nice foil box. Currently only the Xbox 360 and PC releases are dated, the PS3 version will be detailed at a later time. The Wii U will only be getting the Mass Effect 3 version itself and for the full $59.99 price tag (but it does include the From Ashes DLC)
The PC version will include Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station DLC for Mass Effect, the Cerberus Network for Mass Effect 2 which includes some bonus weapons and missions, and the Online Pass for Mass Effect 3 granting co-op access. It does not appear that the From Ashes DLC is included in this bundle.
It seems to be pretty rough over at EA lately. Things just have not been going their way. Good for people who want to stick it to the man, not so good for people who still like many of the IPs that EA owns and operates, and even less good for people who work there. EA seems to have fallen into a perfect storm of losing on some really big gambles. I’d like to quickly explore what’s happening at one of the industry’s biggest publishers and maybe where this is going next.
So this is a rant that I’m sure many of you saw coming. It took me some time to get to, but I have finally beat Mass Effect 3. Probably one of the few reasons I ended up beating the game when I did was because I heard so much about the ending and I wanted to see what all the hub-bub was about. I did originally plan to take much longer and experience more of the side quests, but there was just too much mounting pressure to get in on the discussion. Somehow I was able to remain isolated from spoilers and I didn’t find out why the ending was bad until I experienced it for myself
First of all, let’s get this out of the way on the abstract page:
SPOILER ALERT LEVEL 99
This is going to be a spoiler-ific discussion and so if you have not beat the game yet, don’t click into it. I don’t know a good way to talk about the subject without directly referencing some things, so just stay away if you haven’t had the chance to finish this game yet. With that out of the way, hit the jump for my breakdown on why I hate the Mass Effect 3 ending and why many others do as well.
Over the course of 3 games you would think people would have drastically different outcomes. I think those of us who go out of our way to get away from the status quo of games will have that experience, but many others end up with pretty similar paths. That’s just how things go sometimes.
Probably my favorite part about Mass Effect is the camaraderie around it. We discuss the game in detail after playing it and share what we did. Its a much older style of multiplayer if you ask me, we all share the experience, but we’re not necessarily playing the game together. The above picture is exactly how I felt when I told off James the first time. Then we later had a beer over it.
After playing for several hours last night and quickly losing track of time, I can already tell that Mass Effect 3 is going to be a huge game to go up against. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the characters and finding out all of the twists and tricks this game has to offer, but for now let me offer my first impressions of the game.
You would think for a service that I generally think is pretty mediocre that I wouldn’t write about it so much, but EA keeps doing interesting things with it and so Origin keeps rearing its ugly head.
Recently the service has begun activating products that you’ve already bought through Steam on their Origin service. That deserves a big “say what?“.
Its no secret that I’m starting to get ME3 fever. After the demo’s release and the massive amount of screens and pre-order bonuses being given out, its been hard to resist this game’s almost magnetic pull. Why don’t more games release around this time again? Seems like the lack of a proper gift-giving holiday has no bearing around the probable success this thing will have.
Oh yea, there’s a new trailer and its pretty awesome, you should maybe check it out. After the jump of course.
Since EA couldn’t get the clearance to launch giant billboards into space for Mass Effect 3 (I think people were afraid they would affect the Earth’s gravatational pull or something), they went with the next best thing: attach early copies of the game to 6 weather balloons and launch them around the world.
Mass Effect 3 is nearly upon us. Admittedly I may be more excited about this game than any other game slated to come out this year. The second game solidified it as a franchise that can really dole out the heavy-hitting story while keeping the gameplay fresh and interesting. My desire to hear that 80’s-inspired space soundtrack and earn paragon points is so high I can barely contain myself.