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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:54pm 21/03/11 | 19 Comments
Another update from our rogue reporting last week sees an official statement from BioWare and EA regarding what appears to be the last DLC (downloadable content) for Mass Effect 2, Arrival, which will actually bridge the game between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, due to land this November.
In Mass Effect: Arrival, Commander Shepard is sent to the edge of the galaxy to rescue an undercover operative who may have evidence of an imminent Reaper invasion that has been looming since the very beginning of the series. Returning and playing a prominent role in Mass Effect: Arrival is fan favourite Admiral Hackett, who is voiced by legendary science-fiction actor Lance Henriksen (Alien, Terminator).
Awesome to see Lance Henrikson on board. Arrival is set to be made available for all three platforms on March 30, and will set you back "560 MS Points on Xbox 360, $11.45 on PlayStation Network and [will] also available for PC for 560 BioWare Points at this link". We also have some new screens from the content pack you can check out below.




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Sc00bs
Posted 01:58pm 21/3/11
f*** yeah cant wait.

cant see a release date anywhere?
ravn0s
Posted 02:01pm 21/3/11
Arrival is set to be made available for all three platforms on March 30, and will set you back "560 MS Points on Xbox 360, $11.45 on PlayStation Network and [will] also available for PC for 560 BioWare Points at this link". We also have some new screens from the content pack you can check out below.
Rawprawn
Posted 02:11pm 21/3/11
Schweet!
Mention of old Henrikson has got me thinking I'm probably ripe for an Aliens reviewing :D
Basket
Posted 02:13pm 21/3/11
damn haven't even finished it yet :(
teq
Posted 02:15pm 21/3/11
man what ever happened to the days of downloading a patch for free, scumbags
greazy
Posted 02:38pm 21/3/11
Gone.

I think one of the reasons that PC gaming will be revived.
Khel
Posted 05:34pm 21/3/11
Well its a bit more than just a patch
Ozzy
Posted 08:32pm 21/3/11
teq,

Valve seem to be the only company out there adding content for free.

I agree, anything that contributes to the main story line should be free. Why should we have to purchase something that ties the two together, WE"VE ALREADY PAID FOR IT.
deadlyf
Posted 08:51pm 21/3/11
Have valve really added any content for free to their single player games/game? HL2: Episodes One and Two aren't free. Don't confuse getting new content for a multi-player game as being the same as new content for a single player game. New content for a multi-player game helps sell more copies of the original, DLC for a single player game isn't going to have the same effect as people don't buy games for DLC.

Mass Effect is purely single player, when has any game company added a whole bunch of new content to a single player game without it being an expansion or DLC?
DM
Posted 08:59pm 21/3/11
If you buy a collector's edition of a game you should get free DLC for it because of the extra cost you payed. People wouldn't complain then. I can't remember the last game that had true free DLC. Even back in the quake days you had to buy the expansion packs.
Crakaveli
Posted 09:02pm 21/3/11
This just in, game developers aren't a charity.
Mordecai
Posted 09:04pm 21/3/11
Unreal tournament had free expansion packs. Think it was just maps and characters though not story based stuff.
teq,Valve seem to be the only company out there adding content for free.I agree, anything that contributes to the main story line should be free. Why should we have to purchase something that ties the two together, WE"VE ALREADY PAID FOR IT.

This doesn't add tot he main story of ME2. The main story of ME2 was complete ont he disc. this is an optional addon you do not actually need to finish the story.

I for one will be getting it as BioWare have shown the LOTSB and Overlord they can do pretty damn good addons. Of course they also showed with the appearance packs they can do lousy addons ...
Enska
Posted 09:37pm 21/3/11
Bethesda and BioWare are the only ones who actually do decent dlc imo. Oh and Valve, but that's a given :P
Khel
Posted 09:49pm 21/3/11
I can't remember the last game that had true free DLC


Burnout Paradise had a heap of free DLC, and I think Red Dead Redemption had a few significant free DLC packs (like the co-op multiplayer one).

I agree, anything that contributes to the main story line should be free. Why should we have to purchase something that ties the two together, WE"VE ALREADY PAID FOR IT.


I suppose you figure you should get Mass Effect 3 free as well, because it continues the same story from Mass Effect 2?
Ozzy
Posted 07:59pm 22/3/11
I've finished the story, thoroughly enjoyed it.

I get annoyed when Bioware say that this DLC connects ME2 and ME3 together and this DLC plays a role in ME3. Doesn't that mean it should be included in the main story line?

"...which will actually bridge the game between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3..."

I wouldn't mind if it was one of those side quests like lair of the shadow broker or something. But this is integral to the story line and should be included in either ME2 or ME3.
Khel
Posted 08:36pm 22/3/11
Nowhere does it say you need to play it before you play ME3 though, its just an optional extra. There were novels released that bridged the gap between ME1 and ME2 as well, but they weren't required reading before you could play ME2.

And where do you draw the line at what is part of the story anyway? Cos I mean, the shadow broker has been a part of the story since ME1, and that DLC also includes one of the main characters from ME1 and ME2 as a focus, so what makes it less integral to the overall story?

I'm sure it wont be a matter of if you pick up ME3 and you haven't played this DLC you wont know whats going on, I'd be willing to bet most of it will have nothing to do with the actual story of ME3 and will just end on a tease that gives some hints about what the story will be in ME3 and makes you want to get ME3.

And if you really can't live without it, man up and buy it, its like $5 or something for a few more hours of Mass Effect. If you love the game as much as it seems, why pass up that opportunity. $5 isn't much to reward the hard work Bioware has put into it. Its not like they promised you this stuff when you bought the game, its extra stuff they're offering you above and beyond what you already have, shouldn't you be thankful for the opportunity of more ME2? An opportunity you wouldn't have otherwise had?
rrrocket
Posted 10:29pm 22/3/11
Can i buy through steam or have to get through egay? (EA)
Khel
Posted 11:14pm 22/3/11
I think you have to go through Bioware, cos it costs "Bioware points" which you have to buy on their website, its a bit of a pain.
Mordecai
Posted 07:49pm 25/3/11
More info coming out: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/03/24/mass-effect-2-arrival-dlc-preview/

"Shepard's alone, through the whole thing, and that adds a layer of complexity," observes Houston. The challenge of Arrival is the absence of squad members. Players must handle the combat on their own, without employing team-based tactics, the core gameplay that Mass Effect fans have become quite comfortable and enamored with. The challenge for BioWare was to design this solo combat to scale to the player's level.

I previewed Arrival as a level-8 Soldier, and this particular Shepard was better equipped than some of the other classes to handle squads of grumpy batarians on his own. My one death occurred while charging into a particularly tense gunfight like I was John McClane, reminding me that even a Soldier-class Shepard is no action-movie hero. I can only speculate that other character classes will be even more challenged to use brain over brawn to survive. If you're an Adept or Engineer, for example, the hindrance of only being able to wear light armor could be a particularly difficult weakness to overcome -- I fought a lot during my brief playtime.


No squadies with you and the chance to do stealthy things and skip some combat areas. Sounds like fun. Good thing I'm off next week so will have time to play it.
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