The controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3 has finally died down a bit, and you would think that BioWare and EA might have learned something from all of this. But nope, it seems that EA and BioWare want to keep disrespecting their fans and hurting themselves in the image department. EA and BioWare recently announced the Mass Effect Trilogy that will be available later this year for Xbox 360 and PC (PS3 has no release date as of yet). This announcement was met with a lot of excitement, especially considering that EA found a way to release Mass Effect 1 on the PS3, not to mention that people assumed that this deal would include all DLC for all three games.
However, today we found out that is not exactly the case, as each version of the Mass Effect trilogy will contain separate versions of DLC. Nothing at this time has been announced for the the PS3 version, but here is what you get with the Xbox 360 and the PC versions:
“PC copies of Mass Effect Trilogy will include the best DLC selection (still not very much), including Mass Effect 1′s Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station add-ons on-disc. Mass Effect 2 comes with its day-one DLC Cerberus Network intact (included with all new copies of the game). It unlocks the bonus squadmate Zaeed, plus a few extra missions and weapons. For Mass Effect 3, you’ll get the game’s online pass (also included with new copies).
For Xbox 360, you won’t get any of the Mass Effect 1 DLC. But you will get Cerberus Network for Mass Effect 2 and the Online Pass for Mass Effect 3.”
This is absolutely ridiculous, I have never been a fan of EA but this greed is getting absolutely out of hand at this point. If you own the three games on the Xbox 360 or PC already, there is basically no reason to buy this trilogy. Think about it, if you bought all the DLC for all three games it would probably run you the purchase price of the trilogy. In other words, the money would be better spent buying DLC for those that already own the games.
The only people benefiting from this deal is people who only own a PS3 and want to play Mass Effect 1, but at the same time EA and BioWare said they would release the game on the PSN for download for $14.99. Which means unless the PS3 version of the game comes with all the DLC, fans would be better off buying the DLC and the downloadable version of Mass Effect 1 to save money.
I have to say as a Mass Effect fan this is a huge slap in the face, I would have bought this trilogy if it had included all the DLC from all three games; even though I already own all three Mass Effect games, it would have been worth the $60. But now there is absolutely no way I can recommend anyone buying this Mass Effect trilogy as the content does not justify the price.