As the title says, I have caved in and bought Mass Effect 3. I always was going to buy it eventually, but after all (if I could work that out) the single player campaign DLC had come out, so I could play through the whole story with all the additional bits in one go, for my ‘proper’ run through. There are two reasons for me doing this, one is that it worked very well for Mass Effect 2 for me (see my Mass Effect 2 done properly this time post for instance), the other being that I am fully aware of what the ending is like, so I would like to enjoy all the story before that happens. I have explained in previous posts how being spoiled on the ME3 ending is probably helpful for me, rather than an annoyance. This is all just in the case of myself of course, as always.
Anyway, the thing that triggered me off into buying it now was that it was (still is as of the time of this post, the 1st of September 2012) on special offer on Origin. I got the heads up from SavyGamer whom I also follow on Twitter – @SavyGamer. I got the standard digital edition for £7.49p. I don’t think I have even seen Mass Effect 2 for less than that, and I think that will be the lowest price I will see for a while! So I bought it.
The DLC (as far as I know) doesn’t get discounted so I just went ahead and bought the two single player campaign DLCs so far released (From Ashes, and Leviathan). These require BioWare points and for UK people BioWare points are cheaper from the BioWare social site than from Origin (you have to be a bit careful to make sure that your BioWare login and EA/Origin login are the same account – this is important for all sorts of reasons not just buying BioWare points!). Login to the BioWare social site with your EA/Origin login (which should be the same as your BioWare login these days, since the assimilation proceeded past the point of no return) and go to Profile → Add BioWare points.
One other thing, and I didn’t spot this at first (@zappdos (a friend on Twitter) pointed it out a bit too late, and I really should have seen it as it stares you in the face on the BioWare points store page), is that the points are cheaper if you buy them in lots of 800, rather than going for the 1600. The only downside to this is that if I make a bunch of purchases in a row my credit card company at least tends to regard it as suspicious and lock out my card*. On the other hand they are very very trigger happy in doing this and do it a lot. It is really annoying. Anyway, thanks to @zappdos at least I will remember to look more carefully next time.
So now I have ME3 and the two campaign DLCs released so far. I have no intention of even thinking about considering the possibility of playing multiplayer. It looks a cool fun multiplayer game, but the ME3 PC tech support forum on the BioWare social site is full of threads with people who have been banned from online ME3 by EA – which because of the requirement to be online each time you launch the single player game too (if you have DLC installed at least) means you can’t play the main game either. They get banned if they happen to be in a game with someone exploiting a glitch, or even if they encounter a glitch. One guy got glitched in an MP game and took a while to exit out of the game (he tried to de-glitch himself first) and EA banned both his and his wife’s accounts! Same IP address you see. Apparently getting glitched is an exploit for which they ban you, no appeal, no chance of playing the game again. Now, I daresay it is a minority of ME3 MP players who are being banned for nothing they did wrong, but it is a big enough minority that I don’t want to risk it. So I won’t play MP – and if that means I don’t get the ‘optimal’ ending so be it. The info in this paragraph came from reading the BioWare forums as stated above, so take that as you will – I guess all those people complaining could possibly have really been ‘cheating’ in some form and were making up stories to cover it up, but there are so many of them.
I do want to play all the campaign DLC, and there is a good chance there will be more released (if Leviathan does well according to Patrick Weekes (via Twitter)). I think there are fairly strong rumours about a possible Omega (as in take back Omega with Aria T’Loak) and weak possible rumours about another Citadel based DLC. So I am intending to try and wait for those, or at least to make sure they won’t be happening, before starting ME3. The Omega one in particular, if it is helping Aria take it back, sounds like it could be really good.
To keep me off caving in again and starting it, I have two novels (Retribution and Deception) and one set of comics (Invasion) to read (plus another graphical novel (i.e. comic set in one binding) on preorder (Homeworlds)). Plus a whole bunch of games to play of course, so I should be OK. Though I am due soon for another massive computer failure (every 11 – 18 months) so there is also that, though I am dusting the inside of this one a bit more often which should help.
*Update as of the following day: Barclaycard locked my card down after all, according to their staff (after a ridiculously long phone call) the combination of two transactions with EA yesterday, plus a domain renewal (for this domain) today, was very suspicious and they locked out my card. They made me jump through hoops to unlock it – all this ‘for my protection’. They do this every couple of months at least, and it is really annoying and can cause problems as they (Barclaycard) sometimes reverse the charge on a genuine transaction – if they ever do that with PayPal or Steam (for instance) I will lose those accounts. About one in three times they lock out the card they don’t phone me about it, so I am blissfully unaware until my card gets refused at a petrol station or something, which is embarrassing. It is like they don’t want my business as I buy stuff on the internet.