Mass Effect 3 preorder perks detailed

GameStop customers get exclusive N7 in-game gear, Origin users get rapid-fire shotgun, and all preorders at participating retailers get an extra assault rifle.

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Mass Effect 3 doesn't hit store shelves until March 6, but BioWare today launched its campaign persuading people to avoid procrastinating on a purchase. The developer confirmed that those who preorder the game will receive a variety of in-game perks for their trouble.

"What the world needs now is guns, sweet guns."

To start with, all preorders at participating retailers will receive access to the M55 Argus Assault Rifle, which fires in short bursts to assist in accurate shooting with little wasted ammo. On top of that, GameStop preorders will come with an exclusive N7 armor and assault rifle combo, while gamers who commit to downloading the PC version from Electronic Arts' Origin storefront will score the rapid-fire AT-12 Raider shotgun.

As for why gamers will need the extra firepower, Mass Effect 3's storyline sees planet Earth under siege. The attackers are the Reapers, a race of heavily armed sentient spacecraft that were central to the plot of the first Mass Effect. The return of the Reapers to the series was concretely revealed in Arrival, the last installment of downloadable content for Mass Effect 2.

In Mass Effect 3, players will once again take on the role of Shepard, who is now on the run from the shadowy pro-human organization Cerberus. To save Earth, Shepard must travel the galaxy trying to rally support from alien civilizations with varying degrees of sympathy.

Discussion

73 comments
SolidTy
SolidTy

Oh my god, I can post. Glitchspot hasn't allowed me to post for over a month...

flashn00b
flashn00b

I could care less about pre-order incentives. Just release the game on Steam, seeing that i got both ME1 and ME2 on that platform.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This retailer-specific perk routine is getting real old, real quick. Pure bull****.

darth_sedus
darth_sedus

Already Pre-ordered, I love this game, hopefully ME 3 would be up to expectations, and doesn't suck like SWTOR.

Didgeriedoodude
Didgeriedoodude

I think the pre order trend is a good thing. Retailers need an edge in this hugely competitive landscape. And they typically pay an insane sum to the developer for their exclusives which means keeping costs down for us if we buy from them! Now one tweak I would personally like to see is day one option to purchase dlc separately. That way every one could have it all just we would pay more for not buying with specific retailer. Because personally I strongly dislike game stop and will not buy games there no matter what and I know others have the same felling towards game stop or other stores, but we would be willing to spend more to get the exclusive and not buy from them.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@Icehearted We're in agreement on that, and I don't mean to sound overly apologetic on Bioware/EA's behalf. I'm still a little upset that I never got to use the dark matter cannon because I didn't order from Gamespot. The fact that you can miss content simply because you don't pay extra or pre-order from the right place, even if it's just a few weapons, isn't acceptable. If you're a paying customer, you should get the full cookie.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@Solid_ty alright then... didnt assumed you have eyesight problems. Glad I've 20/20 vision right now. :P

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@Gelugon_baat you can even "emphasize" your feeling just like EVERYONE ELSE, in normal fonts. hmmph?

therealFrek
therealFrek

After the massive suckage that was Dragon Age II(see what I did there, heh). I'm not falling for the pre-order thing again Bioware. ME1 and ME2 are some of my favorite games that I played several times through each. I have the patience to wait for reviews this time though. Make ME3 Origin exclusive though and I won't be buying it at all.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@Richardthe3rd Most of my biotic builds use pistols, and the best pistol on the game was DLC pistol. Best stat boosting armor, also DLC. All the best stuff in game was a piece of DLC, so in a lot of ways what we got was functional, unless we paid more. Just saying that's wrong, that buying the game a full price means we should get the full game, and not be teased with what could be a smoother, better, more robust experience only if we're willing to shell out more money on top of the already expensive initial purchase. So again I feel it really was an adequate experience vs a fun experience. A better weapon would have been the difference between intense shootouts and hiding while you slowly whittle away their shield bar, then armor bar, then health, which vanished much faster than shields and armor anyway (again rendering all but one biotic power practically worthless. My point is really that they just left out the best stuff and offered it later for a premium, and as a gamer that doesn't make me feel anything but cheated.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@EctoSpartan Its true how ME2 had too many spoilers in its marketing,but showing some genreic shoot-outs in ME3 also isn't a good way of marketting,they should give at least something about story and characters,while not spoiling too much. Have you played ME2 Arrival DLC? It shows how "ordinary" and mediocre ME game actually is when story and decision making is scrapped,and if combat is the only focus,with limited context.

hunter8man
hunter8man

This is one of the worst trends in gaming right now, and I hope it goes away soon. Those that pre-order are getting the same game the rest of us are. No need to reward them unless they want to pay extra for the added in content.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@Icehearted : Eh, that's a little extreme! Some of the guns that came with ME2 retail were just fine. The M-6, Widow, Viper, Avenger, Vindicator, GPR, Tempest, and Scimitar all got the job done well for me. The only gun that was really leagues above the default weapons was the Mattock, which was friggin' broken.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

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Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

This pre-order TREND needs to STOP! :( why cant gamers enjoy the same stuff?

EctoSpartan
EctoSpartan

I'm forced to pre-order at Gamestop. You can't get the $10 gift card with the CE at Amazon. :( @firehawk998 & Rocker6 - The reason why you haven't seen anything on the story or characters is because they don't want to spoil it. ME2 marketing was heavy on the spoilers and fans complained about it. BioWare is trying to not make that mistake again.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I already pre-order mines like in August 2011 and when are we going to get the Demo? It's January and we got 2 months before the game is out, So I assume the Demo will be release in late January?

isshiah
isshiah

i think i preordered months ago...i've been in mourning ever since the MP announcement.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@Richardthe3rd Mostly. There were a couple of packs that were nice and offered weapons and armor that would have been good to have considering how crippled biotics were on insanity runs. The difference is fun vs adequate. ME2 offered adequate weapons much in the same way paper bags can adequately pass for footwear.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@Icehearted I definitely agree with you. Thankfully items that shipped with ME2 (we'll use that as an example) retail were good enough that you could completely ignore the DLC items. Thanks to multiplayer in ME3, who knows if that will still be the case...

Icehearted
Icehearted

Anyone else remember when weapons were an intrinsic part of the RPG experience and not something to we had to pay extra for? This is just more exploitation. Yes, you don't have to buy anything, but that doesn't mean the content was cut and parts of the game withheld. Having a measly two or three weapons per class to choose from is a far cry from what even the first game in the series offered, before they realized they could rip people off.

detonadoma
detonadoma

i'll tell you where ea can shove that origin

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Thank you Bioware/EA for making the Origin/ Gamestop pre-order items ugly as hell. I now have zero interest in pre-ordering from either, which is convenient since I hate them both.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

i hate these pre-order perks, especially since i know that most of them will be available as paid DLC within 90 days of launch and then bioware/EA will launch more and more DLC after that. can we just skip ahead to the ultimate edition now? I would consider pre-ordering that.

LordSaulot
LordSaulot

Bioware's still doing this? Too bad...

firehawk998
firehawk998

@Rocker6 : - Right on, bro. I agree with you. The thing is I am worried that the game may end up like DA2( even though they are made by a different team). Lots of promise but in the end absolutely nothing to show for. Also I am really gonna be pissed if the campaign ends up something resembling a COD campaign zero pacing, too much high action set piece and absolutely nothing of a story.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@firehawk998 Same here,Im worried if they decided to remove even more RPG elements than ME2 did over ME1,and focus only on combat,making the game appealing for "wider audiences"-read:drooling casuals,and adding stuff like pointless MP component and those game modes that allow the player not to be involved in making story decisions gives ME3 the posibility of a flop... Since we're dealing with EA here who constantly makes dumb decisions,I wouldn't be suprised too much,but still,it would suck for the trilogy to end on such a low note...

firehawk998
firehawk998

My biggest concern is that ME3 will be released just 2 months later( march) and yet other then some handful gameplay videos which emphasizes on combat. We have not seen one gameplay of campaign, whats characters will be returning, whose voicing who, more dev interviews. I am a bit worried about this,

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

No steam? Maybe I will buy it went when its $20 on the 360 or something. Poor performance EA, there is no reason this game shouldn't be on Steam other than we want people to use Origins.

twztid13
twztid13

Where's the "extra mission & teamate" as usual? The CE gets it for $20 extra. I wish I could swap orders w/o losing my expired promo credit on Amazon, and I would order the CE (as the ME ones have truly been limited, but we'll see). I guess EA is making them cut down, lol. EA's like, "We can charge them for that. We arent giving that away free."

twztid13
twztid13

Once again, they lure people into the store best known for used games by giving them the best preorder bonus. When this, or their other games, don't have MW3 numbers, they will blame it on used games, ironically. YAY for common sense....wait.

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

You know whats funny about Companies like EA/Bioware they complain about the Pre owned market so they go after gamers but for the people providing the services e.g truly ripping them off they give them pre order perks to buy the game from them.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I've had the game pre-order for a while now

emperiox
emperiox

@DemonChorro Sadly, it requires Origin. :( Before the QQ'ing starts let me get my chance to QQ: "F YOU EA, I WANTED IT ON STEAM!!!" Now you guys can rage. :P

magikman4
magikman4

I LOVE ME1. And how about an improved maako?

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

Well I know I'm not buying ME3 on Origin.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Very weak Pre-Order incentive IMO. The ME2 one was better.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I got these perks with ME2... then I found myself not using them or feeling stuck to them the whole game. These equipment preorders just get in the way. As for the game, I have to wait until the DLC equipped edition of ME2 comes out... I obviously have been missing storyline segments avoiding the DLC so no point to get into ME3 and find myself missing things.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

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Mortos13
Mortos13

Wow, i would expect that EA would put this on Origin.... Steam ftw!!!

mellow09
mellow09

On the run from Cerberus? But I helped them last game. They better not be pulling a DA2 where the storyline is set. I don't want my decisions to just affect whether or not someone likes me.

nosferatu94
nosferatu94

Preordered CE months ago. I must complete my virtual romance with Liara plus my trigger finger itches to kill stuff.

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

You know, I gave up on EA's preorders when they started forcing me to not only buy the game early, but then go online, log on to their website, not know my own password or username because they apparently auto-signed me up, wait on their tech support for 3 hours hoping someone to respond, then sent me on a quest to fight a wizard, bring peace to Cuba, make love to a lama, and take an arrow to the knee and FINALLY... no Terminus armor... FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU-

kvan33
kvan33

Pretty weak preorder incentive. The best bonus is when Best Buy or other retailer gives you a $10 gift card with preorder. That is pretty much the only thing that will get me.

lsw3638
lsw3638

When I first know mass effect series that is 1st ME, it was fresh breeze of hybrid of TPS/ RPG. Now it became incompetent TPS with static animation/ static motion capture, no harvoc physics engine to make the environment feel alive. Plot is getting weaker, details are deprived, exploration which is siginificant factor in RPS (look skyrim) is also deprived. Combat is not competently interesting enough as some of famous TPS or FPS games, i.e. gears of war, call of duty. It's very understandalbe when EA threaten bioware into this, overly intusive publishers do ruin the IP. It's bad that EA sees bioware/ RPG as dying breed, and never give it a chance as bethesda did with skyrim.

Llama345
Llama345

I got the dragon armor in DA:O and it worked for DA2 and ME2. I'm fine with paying for these. I love ME3 and I know I'd kick myself for not getting these.

zzamaro
zzamaro

pre-orders should be for physical stuff, not in-game content

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I wish it was March already lol I've had the game ordered since October....the collector's edition no less. I can't wait to see how the ME trilogy ends.