Posted on February 6, 2008,

First DLC for Mass Effect Announced

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I’m happy to bring word that the first downloadable content for Mass Effect has been revealed today and will be released on March 10. I’m not so happy to tell you that it’ll come attached to a price of 400 Microsoft Points ($5).

As BioWare’s Chris Preistly puts it, this DLC pack, known as Bring Down the Sky, is the first in a series of DLC that will expand the game’s universe and continue your escapades as Commander Shepard.

Bring Down the Sky includes a new uncharted world that introduces the notorious and feared alien race of the Batarians. A Batarian extremist group has hijacked a mobile asteroid station in the Asgard system, setting it on a collision course with the nearby colony world of Terra Nova. Only Commander Shepard can save the millions of innocent civilians before the asteroid completes its deadly descent.

Bring Down the Sky contains approximately 90 minutes of heart-pounding action and a new Achievement worth 50 Gamerscore points.

Having read the Mass Effect prequel novel, I’ve been dying to know what the Batarians look like, as they play a significant role in the book – and my imagination sucks. While I’m a bit concerned that a “series” of DLC could add up to big bucks for gamers, I can’t help but want more Mass Effect. I sank 29 hours into the game in my first trip through, and I will helplessly fork over the 400 points for this DLC pack.

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5 Comments on First DLC for Mass Effect Announced

William

On February 6, 2008 at 9:02 pm

400 points for 90 minutes is a bit steep. You figure the game costs $60 for what takes the average gamer about 30 hours to finish, which breaks down to 2 dollars per hour, which isn’t terrible.. it isn’t great either. I’m just not sure if I’m going to pay an additional $5 for just 90 minutes of gameplay.

p3sublime

On February 7, 2008 at 12:40 am

:lol: Iwant to this game

The Man

On February 7, 2008 at 2:56 am

if you truly love mass effect you already know you’ll play it more than once with all of your characters.

Chris

On February 7, 2008 at 4:48 am

30 hours for the average gamer is over the top, Will. 10-15 is more like it, since I highly doubt the average person is exploring every single planet.

But, if you compare this $5 to 1.5 hours with $60 to 10 hours (the average length of an FPS), it doesn’t look so bad. Hell, compare it with a movie and it looks like a bargain.

Again, I’m not happy that we have to pay, but it could be worse.

Joelteon7

On February 7, 2008 at 9:05 am

Hmmm, if it were cheaper or longer, I’d get it. Bit reserved now, but then again, I’ve completed it once and am running through it again with two side-by-side profiles and it’s still just as fun. Perhaps later.