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1.0 out of 5 stars Word of advice to potential buyers from a Mass Effect junkie, December 10, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mass Effect Trilogy - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I own all the Mass Effect games, and proudly bought them as they came out, and keep up to date on DLC. So why am I reviewing a set I have no reason to own? Because I know a rip off when I see one! And if the Mass Effect trilogy was going to have a boxset it needed to be DEFINITIVE!

NONE of the franchise's large collection of DLC is included in this pack.

Sure, DLC in the first Mass Effect isn't anything special, but for Mass Effect 2 there's bonus levels which directly bridge the gap between it and Mass Effect 3!

When games like Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion released new editions they included all the DLC expansion packs on bonus discs (if you played on Xbox360). At this point I expect that when a big RPG like this are re-released they will include all the DLC as a bonus.

Here's the real kicker. Say you just want the basic Mass Effect experience without the DLC. This set still won't meet your needs because you can buy all three of these games individually for less than $60. Heck, get the Platinum Edition of the first game and you'll at least get one of the DLC missions!

So this set fails on two counts:

1) If you're a new gamer wanting to tackle the Mass Effect trilogy for the first time your wallet would be better off buying the games individually.

2) If you're someone who wanted the definitive Mass Effect experience this set fails to include anything worth warranting a double dip.

So either buy the games individually, hold off until this set is in the $40 range, or wait for BioWare to release the inevitable "Definitive/Collector's/whatever" special edition with all the DLC included.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2012 11:21:44 PM PST
Bryant Lam says:
Is the campaign in any of the games two player really want to play with my best friend

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 10:01:09 AM PST
V. Berk says:
No. Mass Effect is very much a single-player experience because the game revolves around the choices made by a single character. Only form of mulitplayer is Mass Effect 3 which has a variation on horde mode.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 12:20:38 PM PDT
JavaJim says:
Thank you for this feedback. I own Mass Effect 1 and was about to purchase this thinking it would provide all of the DLC like most Game of the Year editions provide when they are released. Can't believe this doesn't include the DLC. Why create a collection/trilogy that isn't complete?

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 12:16:16 AM PDT
I do agree this set is an overall disappointment, even as an introductory package for a new ME player. But you fail to mention this set does at least contain online access to the ME2 Cerberus Network, which is worth $15 on its own if you choose to buy ME2 used. Now that the Trilogy box is readily available for around $40 new, this inclusion makes the overall value much better. Assuming the buyer actually wants the Cerebrus Network, of course. It's not ideal, but as the price drops, it's getting better.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2013 1:28:45 PM PDT
AndrewP says:
It's worth noting that while it does contain the "Cerberus Network" DLC, so does every single new copy of ME2. It was basically an early attempt at fighting the preowned industry, giving you a new squad mate and a few pieces of equipment.

Posted on May 26, 2013 8:44:19 AM PDT
Now that this is down to $40 (at least at BestBuy) can someone tell my why I (a ME newbie) shouldn't get this trilogy? Does buying ME1 (and the others individually) have DLC that this one doesn't?

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2013 2:45:19 PM PDT
I can't answer the second part of your question, but you shouldn't get it here because it's even cheaper at GoHastings - only $20, in fact. Hopefully you see this before the sale ends.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 12:34:04 AM PDT
P. C. Fuller says:
You don't own them all. Mass Effect Infiltator is only available as a tablet game. Not a console game. It's still part of the storyline that you can only play on a small screen tablet, instead of big screen tvs and a controller, that everyone should be complaining about but no one seems to make a connection to. Am I the only one who thinks that's bogus? Halo Spartan Assault is the same way on windows 8 tablet only. What crap.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 10:12:53 AM PST
Rest assured. The PS3 variant of this collection has the DLC, from what I heard. That version should provide more bang for your buck. In your defense, why the Xbox 360 version did not include DLC vouchers, I have no idea.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 10:34:59 PM PDT
Only Mass Effect 3 has any multi-player capability and it is not related to the campaign/story mode (minus some points towards "Galactic Readiness" which is an issue I will avoid here). If you're looking for a fun game to play with a friend, this really isn't it.
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