I finally decided to purchase this game rather than wait for the price to drop down any lower, and thought I'd share that the Cerberus Network Code that comes with the game for the free Cerberus Network DLC expires on Jan. 1 2012.
The Cerberus Network DLC (retails for $14.99 on PSN), includes the digital comic to cover ME1, a new character and mission (Zaeed), new vehicle (hammerhead), new armor (Cerberus Assualt Armor), new weapon (M-22 Eviscerator Shotgun), apparently other new missions, and additional unique items, as a description reads.
I wasn't aware of this when I bought the game, don't think the info has already been posted on here (and if so, oops), but again, if you're waiting for a cheaper version of the game, don't wait too long unless you don't care about the code.
I think the box says the digital comic comes with the game. I imagine they wouldn't be able to sell a game to you after Jan 1, 2012 saying on the box it has the comic but have inside an expired code. At the very least that would upset people a lot :-) Maybe come Jan 1, 2012 they'll just have a new set of Mass Effect 2 games like a GH
Well I double checked the box art. I guess the digital comic could be tied into the online service, it's not explicit. If it was that would be a dirty trick. Well I guess it's already dirty having a online code like that expire in less then a year from release. Seriously is there any real reason to have an online code like this expire so early except out of greed? It's not like it's taking up store shelves. I'll probably not buy the game out of principle. That is unless the price lowers :-)
I looked at the back of my copy of the game, and it seems to indicate that the digital comic is included on the disc. The description on the case reads: "Includes: -The complete Mass Effect 2 game -Interactive back-story by dark horse comics -Three action-packed bonus missions"
Below that is a box regarding the Cerberus Network (DLC with code that expires 01/01/12): "Activate the Cerberus Network to access bonus downloadable content including weapons, armor, vehicle missions, and characters."
While this would lead me to conclude that the digital comic is included on the disc, it's a curious issue because the description on the PSN Store states that the digital comic is included with the Cerberus Network DLC, $14.99 without code.
Lastly, according to 1up.com and joystiq.com, the digital comic is in fact downloaded with the Cerberus Network DLC; thus, it will likely need to be paid for via the Cerberus Network DLC if you purchase the game after 01/01/12. Frankly, I find this annoying as well, as without the digital comic, PS3 gamers won't even have that chance to experience ME1's major plot choices without paying extra.
So, long story short, be safe and buy the game before it's too late! Even though it's hard to tell what the Cerberus Network DLC content actually entails while playing, it's still free before the end of the year, so why not get the game before it's too late?!
Thanks again to Raul for contributing to the discussion.
That was really nice by amazon to suspend their sales of this item. EA should resolve this soon, I hope a company like this loses a good amount of sales by putting an arbitrary expiration code. I understand there might have been a good reason to put an expiration date but not one soo close in my opinion.
I heard the code still does work forgot what article, IGN maybe, if not they said something like call the EA number on the voucher that came with the game and they will allow an extension and make it valid.
I ran into this problem when I purchased Uncharted 2 GotY edition. The expiration on the DLC stuff was like 10/30/2010 or something like that. I bought the game summer 2011. I tried the code anyway and it worked. Here is hoping that Mass Effect 2 is the same way. I can't pass it up for it's current price.
I'm debating going for this game since I just played the demo today. I got through it and thought it was really fun. I just don't want to pay for the network and not get anything. I wonder if calling EA will help? I might get this game.
I just received my copy today and was still able to redeem the voucher code for the Cerberus Network on PSN. I played a bit of the game and so far it seems like $20 with or without the working code is still worth it!
Well I just read about the code's expiration date as I'm currently installing ME2 game data on my PS3. I already had 1 and 2 on my PC but frankly I didn't want to deal with Origin service for ME3 (plus I don't own a 360). Once this data installs I'll get to see whether I have to pay $15 extra for a code that works...