Mass Effect 2: Arrival has arrived on Xbox 360 and PC, PS3 later

Mass Effect 2: Arrival photo EA/Bioware

Today marks the release of the highly anticipated and last chapter of Mass Effect 2, Arrival.  This must have download for fans of Mass Effect will cost you 560 Microsoft points or about seven dollars.  So far, it is only available for and PC.  Availability on Sony’s , according to Bioware should be “soon.” The game description states that a deep cover operative has gone missing in Batarian space, days after reporting conclusive evidence of an imminent Reaper invasion.  Shepard must travel to the edge of the galaxy, rescue the Alliance agent and discover the truth behind the Arrival.  Uncover new research and three new achievements.  Unfortunately, this will have to get everyone through until Mass Effect 3 is released at the end of the year.

Last week, Mac Walters, the lead writer for Mass Effect 3 and the comics had a webcast where he took questions and shared a bit about writing for Mass Effect.  For those of you interested in breaking into the business, he got his start by making a community mod for the PC game Neverwinter Nights.  As you can imagine, he described the story as being huge spreadsheets of possible arcs within the story.  He was tight lipped about Mass Effect 3 other than to say there are big levels and a lot of possibilities based on who in your crew survived Mass Effect 2.  It was good insight into how a quality developer like Bioware takes input from fans and even the voice actors to craft a great story.

This week, two other RPG add-ons are going to be discounted fifty percent on Xbox live.  Fable III: Understone, where you discover a whole new town built beneath the streets of Bowerstone. This full size region also contains new houses and stalls to own, new creatures to fight and a major mystery to solve.  You will also receive two extra quests: the Mercenary Shooting Range, where you can earn prizes by hitting a variety of targets, and the Wheel of Misfortune, which gives you a chance to return to Reaver’s manor and participate in his insane combat arena.

The Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money gives you the Sierra Madre Casino.  The casino’s mythical contents are lusted after by desperate wasteland scavengers, who tell stories of intact treasure of the old world buried deep within its vault.  Lured here by a mysterious radio signal advertising the long-awaited grand opening of the casino, you are thrown into a high stakes game where you’ll have to work with three other lost souls if you want to survive.  On April 1st, Understone will cost 200 Microsoft points and Dead Money will run 400.