Perhaps “odd” is being too lenient. A better headline probably would have been “Mass Effect Trilogy DLC inclusion is the dumbest thing we’ve seen in months”. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t fit so we had to settle for what you see above.
Recently, BioWare and EA revealed Mass Effect Trilogy – a fancy collection of all three Mass Effect games bundled into one slick box. The package is being called “the definitive Mass Effect experience”, even though EA and BioWare’s definition of “definitive” is different to the rest of the world’s.
Basically, depending on which platform you play on, the DLC that comes with the so-called “definitive” version will be different. On top of this, there is no version of Trilogy that actually comes with all the DLC.
In an odd turn of events (and it’s weird saying this), the PC version is the one that scores the most DLC. It’ll come with both DLC offerings for Mass Effect 1: “Bring Down the Sky” and “Pinnacle Station”. Mass Effect 2 will include the day-one Cerberus Network Pass that unlocks missions and Zaeed as a recruitable squad mate. Mass Effect 3 will just include its online pass for access to multiplayer.
Xbox 360 players don’t get any of the Mass Effect 1 DLC. They do, however, get the Cerberus Pass and the Multiplayer pass for Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 respectively.
As for PlayStation 3 players, BioWare has said nothing about what DLC you’ll be getting. Perhaps you’re just meant to be grateful for even getting Mass Effect 1?
In case you were wondering, this is the amount of DLC that’s missing for ALL platforms across the latter two Mass Effect games:
- “Lair of the Shadow Broker” and “Arrival”, both of which add significant plotline development and bridge the gap between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 through hours of additional missions.
- “Kasumi – Stolen Memory” which brings in the final squad mate for Mass Effect 2.
- “Overlord”, which adds four new missions to Mass Effect 2
- “From Ashes”, which was the day-one DLC for Mass Effect 3
- “Resurgence Pack”, “Rebellion Pack” and “Earth”, which are all multiplayer packs for Mass Effect 3
- “Leviathan” – the recently released single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3
- “Omega” – newly announced DLC for Mass Effect 3 that hasn’t come out as yet
That’s quite a sizable chunk of content that’s missing from the “definitive” Mass Effect experience, don’t you think?