BioWare Unveils Mass Effect Trilogy

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i honestly dont thoiink i could sit through all 3 again (played 1 countless times, 2 twice and 3 once) so not for me unless it has all DLC and goes on super cheap sale in 12 months time.

i am super shocked about MS giving up the rights to ME1, i'd love to read about that

Re: ME1 on the PS3, given that they already published ME1 on the PC, it was really more of a timed exclusive contract with Microsoft. It had most likely already expired by the time EA published ME1 on the PC, or EA paid oodles to break out of said exclusive. And EA has a tendency to support multi-platforms and not be exclusive.

It's just that XBox360 -> PC is a much easier port than XBox360 -> PS3, and given how fragile the code was for UE3 at the time ME1 was being developed (i.e. at the same time as Epic was doing Gears of War), they probably didn't want to revisit it for awhile until they a) had the time after the trilogy was over, and/or b) got enough money to contract out to a studio focused on ports. Not to mention Epic's UE3 code being more matured to enable ports.

I mean, I still have nightmares of setting up the level streaming on the Xbox with it's 512mb memory limitation, I can't imagine how much had to be cut out and rearranged to fit in the PS3's 256mb system memory...(So yes you can sorta blame me for the slow elevators but remember it could have been much worse).

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Probably get it, if anything I have never got a chance to properly play the original Mass Effect. From what I recall from my 4 hours of playing it is the less shootery and the best.

ThriKreen:
Re: ME1 on the PS3, given that they already published ME1 on the PC, it was really more of a timed exclusive contract with Microsoft. It had most likely already expired by the time EA published ME1 on the PC, or EA paid oodles to break out of said exclusive. And EA has a tendency to support multi-platforms and not be exclusive.

It's just that XBox360 -> PC is a much easier port than XBox360 -> PS3, and given how fragile the code was for UE3 at the time ME1 was being developed (i.e. at the same time as Epic was doing Gears of War), they probably didn't want to revisit it for awhile until they a) had the time after the trilogy was over, and/or b) got enough money to contract out to a studio focused on ports. Not to mention Epic's UE3 code being more matured to enable ports.

I mean, I still have nightmares of setting up the level streaming on the Xbox with it's 512mb memory limitation, I can't imagine how much had to be cut out to fit in the PS3's 256mb system memory...(So yes you can sorta blame me for the slow elevators but remember it could have been much worse).

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I actually missed the elevators in future releases. I liked the downtime. Did more for immersion than any of the loading screens in the proceeding titles.

With that said, they had better make ME1 shiny with this. I'd re-buy ME1 in a heartbeat if it was re-optimized and re-polished.

Honestly, fuck bullshit like this. Why am I reminded of Jim Sterling and his thoughts about "Ultimate Editions?"

To clarify, EA has said nothing about whether the DLC will be included or what DRM will be used. "All of it" and "Origin" are probably good bets, but it's all supposition at this point.

Andy Chalk:
To clarify, EA has said nothing about whether the DLC will be included or what DRM will be used. "All of it" and "Origin" are probably good bets, but it's all supposition at this point.

If I had to guess they will likely include the DLCs for ME1, ME2 and the free DLC for ME3. Javik may also be thrown in there, but since they're still cranking out single player content for ME3 I kind of doubt they'll include any others.

Cool, I've been waiting for this. I'll pick it up in a year or so, really only want it for the DLC.

I would buy it if I didn't already have all the games and the DLC's(minus some of the weapon packs for ME2). Someone already mentioned something about Origin being mandatory and I will second that. It's EA we are talking about.

I'm one of those people who never bought the Mass Effect series since I could never get the first game on my main system, so this is great news for me! I just hope that the DLC will be included too!

Well, I gotta say that 59.99 is a great deal for the 3 greatest games of all time is a steal! Too bad I already own em! I could get this for PS3, assuming all dlc is on it, otherwise I won't get it.

"worldwide celebration of the Mass Effect franchise"? well I guess that's one way to get more sales, esp after all the fallout as of late

Finally I can see what all the fuss is about.

I will deny that it is a good deal. Currently you can buy a new copy of each game seperately (on the xbox) for 30, 20, and 20. Yep, part 3 is down to $20 already. That's $70 for the whole series. So how is a whole $10 savings to get it in a single package a really great deal?

Now if it included all the DLC, which I see no evidence of, I might consider it a deal. But just because you once payed full price for all 3 titles does not mean that they are worth that anymore.

To me, its not much different than the Battlechest packages Blizzard used to do. Those games had retained more of their popularity at the point they were selling them and they retailed for less than a full priced game even with some extra goodies.

I knew something like this would be released! I waited and I was right.

I will consider it, if it contains the DLC, if not, I can keep on waiting.

When does ME3 hit Steam?

I guess I win because I got ME1, ME2 and ME3 Collector's Edition for $40 like a month ago :3

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Thank the Reapers!

All three games on PS3! That's awesome!

I'll finally be able to finish ME1 and get to play ME3 for the first time. Better gather up some money fairly quickly.

I've missed the entire Mass Effect series. If this has the updated ending BioWare made to sooth the raging fans then it should make for a fun game marathon.

I'll get to it when I finish playing KOTOR II, which I just got in the KOTOR I+II combo pack.

Don't think I'll be hurting for games to play any time soon.

Scars Unseen:
Well this is a bit of a waste. PS3 folk aside, I can't imagine there are too many people that wanted all three games that don't have them already. Now if they had taken the time and money to port the first two games to ME3's engine and ironed out some of the more egregious mechanical problems (like the option to nix that stupid single context sensitive button assignment), I'd be all over it. But this seems like nothing more than a cheap money grab (again, aside from the PS3 folk).

Apparently there are a lot of us who never bought any of the games. Since the only thing that I really ever paid attention to was the uproar over ME 3's ending the series won't be spoiled for me.

This should work out pretty well for those of us who never got around to buying the games before for one reason or another.

Eh, already have em all + DLC on xbox, so probably gonna pass. That being said, if this DOES include all of the DLC (the weapon/costume packs from ME2 would be nice, but no fucks) I could see picking this up for PC.

Andy Chalk:
To clarify, EA has said nothing about whether the DLC will be included or what DRM will be used. "All of it" and "Origin" are probably good bets, but it's all supposition at this point.

It's kind of like reverse psychology - you just have to assume the opposite of whatever EA/Bioware says, then you'll be close to the truth. This release smells of desperation.

I admit, I wasn't expecting ME3 to be on sale this cheap within such a short timespan. I chalked up the bargain-bin prices at Amazon and brick-and-mortar stores (down to $20 in most places) as a fluke, then I realized it was probably due to the lagging sales figures and negative reception. Pumping out a trilogy pack six months after the release of the last game?

Something tells me they won't even bother to include the DLC on this release - there's a ton of major content that has to be augmented or included in the discs themselves. ME2, for instance, had a ton of material cut just to make enough room on the disc for the base game. Unless they're somehow shoving Lair of the Shadow Broker, Kasumi, Overlord and Arrival on the disc, it's probably just old stock they're clearing out. Maybe they'll include a voucher for the DLC, but I doubt it.

I also saw a photo in another topic showing what appears to be an HD screenshot from the original game, sans the film grain that was present in the original release. I guess EA's trying to make this re-release more worthwhile for the CoD crowd, but that grain was a deliberate choice in the game as evidenced by the making-of materials for it. Not sure if I agree with removing a game's style just to fit in with the latter entries.

crazyrabbits:

I admit, I wasn't expecting ME3 to be on sale this cheap within such a short timespan. I chalked up the bargain-bin prices at Amazon and brick-and-mortar stores (down to $20 in most places) as a fluke, then I realized it was probably due to the lagging sales figures and negative reception. Pumping out a trilogy pack six months after the release of the last game?

Maybe they're trying to keep the fans' attention on the series while they work on future DLC. If they let the series get too cold people would dismiss it as completely passe, while if they keep the series on gamers' radar they might be able to build up anticipation for future releases.

And frankly what else are they going to do to make money with three games--two of which are years old--that they already have sitting on their shelves gathering dust?

It's a smart, and predictable, move to squeeze out more money for older games. I never bought any of them but I'm going to get this collection as soon as I've heard that it's bug free.

I still get pissed about ME3's ending when I hear news about Bioware and honestly I'd rather spend $60 on Crap of Duty: Modern Fail 500 billion then give any more of my money to the EA infested dev known as Bioware (speaking as someone who owns ME1 and DLC, ME2 (collectors) and DLC, ME3 (collectors).)

Pretty sweet deal even if it does nothing for me. Great chance for PS3 owners to finally get in on the ground level.

Copper Zen:
Maybe they're trying to keep the fans' attention on the series while they work on future DLC. If they let the series get too cold people would dismiss it as completely passe, while if they keep the series on gamers' radar they might be able to build up anticipation for future releases.

And frankly what else are they going to do to make money with three games--two of which are years old--that they already have sitting on their shelves gathering dust?

It's a smart, and predictable, move to squeeze out more money for older games. I never bought any of them but I'm going to get this collection as soon as I've heard that it's bug free.

I agree. Considering how hard they're trying to ride the franchise, I assume that BW/EA is trying to drum up interest for future installments. I just don't think anyone will let them off the hook for how badly they botched 3 (and all the fallout it entailed).

There's nothing wrong with re-releasing old games, but unless it's bringing something new to the table (HD re-releases, putting four or more games in one pack), it's probably just clearing out old stock a la the Final Fantasy Anniversary Collection set.

Judging from the box and disc art, it looks like the same 2-disc ME2 release and 1-disc ME3 release. Even Dragon Age: Origins' Ultimate Edition had an entire extra disc with all the DLC for that single game (that said, even that release didn't have all the promotional and exclusive items). Like I mentioned earlier, unless it's a voucher, I'm going to assume there's no included DLC in this release.

If it's true they're reusing the same disc, all the bugs are probably still going to be present as well.

Saw this coming (a box set), though I'm very surprised to hear that they're selling the whole deal for the price of a single game. Gotta say, that's pretty nifty. As big a fan of the series that I am, though, I don't intend to pick this up seeing as how I've already got all three games. :P

Something that did catch my eye, however, is this:

Andy Chalk:
N7 Day is coming! What's N7 Day, you ask? November 7, for one thing, but also a "worldwide celebration of the Mass Effect franchise," which will feature a variety of in-game, online and even live events. Don't feel too bad if you've never heard of it, because this year's event is the first.

Any information on what these "in game events" are? Are we talking everyone gets some free equipment packs for the multiplayer or is there going to be a special mission or something wedged into the campaign for a week or something?

Will they patch the intro comic out of the intro to mass effect 2 on the ps3 and will this include dlc?

Harbinger_:
I'll likely buy it if it includes DLC for all three games. Operation Overlord is the only time to date that I have ever cried because of a video-game.

Get Red Dead Redemption. You will cry.

This just make me think that somewhere out there; one person didn't buy the games waiting for this day. 2007...wait...2010...wait...2012...wait for it...N7 day...NOW! S.O.B sniped us.

So they dumbed down ME1 so all the ME 2/3 fans can play it right?

ZippyDSMlee:
So they dumbed down ME1 so all the ME 2/3 fans can play it right?

Go back and replay ME1. You'll see that it was already plenty "dumbed down". At least ME2 and ME3 had more gray areas for deciding what the better choice was, rather than "blatantly Paragon" and "blatantly Renegade".

BrotherRool:
Darn it, I bought ME1 when it was slashed on Origin in the hope that one day I'd own a PC(well laptop) that can play it.

Does anyone know if the choices from the ME1 version can carry over to ME2 and ME3 on the PS3? It seems to me that maybe they wouldn't have bothered to stick that bit of code on the PS3 versions, but if they do carry over, it'd be well worth checking out

That may have been a futile hope. I've actually found it much harder to keep running on Windows 7 than I did on XP... :\

Does this mean I can finally play ME3 without breaking my Origin / EA DLC boycott?

Yay! Finally, PS3 players will get to play Mass Effect 2 and 3 the way they were meant to be played. And I'll finally be able to get my trophies for Mass Effect on the PS3. I have always hoped this day would come. The only game franchise where I will own two of every game.
Um...you WILL be able to transfer your save file from the PS3's Mass Effect over to your old copy of Mass Effect 2, right? Because that comic doesn't do it justice.

As someone who only has a PS3 for playing games, not only am I overjoyed that I will finally be able to play Mass Effect 1, but totally surprised that I will be able to play it on my system.

Not sure yet whether I'll spring for the whole package or just download the first game (I guess the UK price and extra content thing will determine that. And trade in values for 2 & 3) but just the thought that I'll be able to experience the whole trilogy (and hopefully be able to carry one character through the whole thing) is enough to make me break my 'only five games this year' rule.

Captcha: patience, child. My god have you got it right there Captcha.

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