One of the criticisms leveled at Dragon Age 2 is that a lot of the content was withheld from the core game for the sole purpose of selling it via DLC. Having played the game I can see the merit in that claim.
It makes me wish I had waited until the finalized 'ultimate' edition for DA2 was out before buying it.
So. How likely is it that the ultimate edition will be out within a year or so of the initial release of ME3?
Given that they have yet to announce an ultimate edition of ME:2, I doubt it will be the case for ME:3
I bought most of the dlc for the first two mass effects and the replay value was worth it in my opinion. In total, I've spent a little over $100 on me:2 given all the dlc after initially buying the game on release, but it's not like it was all spent in one sitting. We're talking about a long span of time here.
And I would agree, except that MA2 felt like a complete game in of itself while DA2 was certainly short-changed. IF this is going to be EA business model from here on out, then I don't see the reason to play along with it.
I would wait if I had other stuff to keep me busy. Alan, Im pretty sure the 'minimum core game/maximum DLC' will continue as far as they can push it. But I dont know what to make of DA2 DLCs, I would have thought there'd be at least 5 or 6 out by now, considering how blatantly they pushed them on release day of DA:O. I have this weird feeling DA2 DLC wont expand the lands as much as they will remove cemented-off doorways and clear away the boulders; fleshing out the original land mass somewhat
It's so sad... T_T I thought Fable 2 had cured me of pre-orders, too.
I already have ME3 pre-ordered. I can't help myself. It and DA2 are the only titles I buckled under for since Fable 2 cheesed me off. Yes, I feel the DLC hand probing around in my pocket for DA2. I won't be pre-ordering Skyrim, or any other title this year. Like Oblivion, and Fallout 3, I'll wait for the Ultimate, GOTY, whatever version with all the DLC rolled in to it for the same price.
I enjoyed DA:O's DLC, and am slowly playing through DA2, so I can't compare the DLC experience. That being said, ME2's DLC was terrific I thought, considering how much more content you got. I didn't feel it was 'on the cheap' either, that they had just cobbled something together to get more coinage. It was real quality. I thought Civ V had cured *me* of pre-order, but I find myself clicking 'add to cart' WRT ME3. By the time I finished ME2 and the final mission, I felt I had been through the ringer - a profoundly deep and emotional experience that still left me wanting more. I'm sure that memory is driving my decision here. Please Bioware, don't muck this up!
Given that this is supposed to finish the story arc from the first 3 games, I would think an ultimate collection of all 3 is very likely. I know I will be holding off until the inevitable GOTY or whatever. Seems insane to me to pay $60 for an incomplete game, then get nickeled and dimed for DLC here and there that should have been included in the first place, unless they want to make a full expansion.
I disagree with that. Mass effect 2 itself is a complete game and also polished. my first play through took me 45~50 hours to finish all the contents which is a fair enough game length. I mean really dlcs are all optional, why even bother with these contents.