The Playstation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 came with a digital comic that allowed players to make the main decisions from the original Mass Effect. This was necessary to catch up PS3 owners on what the Mass Effect saga was all about. It is now about a year and a half since Mass Effect 2 was released and the game can be purchased new at Los Angeles area Gamestops for $19.98. While this is a low price, and EA is probably not making a ton of money off of those sales, this is a download that should be free.
Ea and Bioware setup a buy new program with the “Cerberus Code” included in new copies of the game. The Cerberus Code is required to download any of the downloadable content for the game. Some of the early downloads were also free. This latest offering is a digital comic back-story that was created by Bioware and Dark Horse comics. The 15 minute interactive experience allows you to make the key choices of the original Mass Effect. This retelling will also let you have those choices reflected during Mass Effect 2. Mass Effect Genesis costs 320 Microsoft points or $4 and can be found now on Xbox live.
Considering the digital comic is only 15 minutes long and a year and a half late, it seems this download should be written off as marketing, used to increase sales ofMass Effect 2. While Ea and Bioware have people that make a lot of money that decide how to market their products, it seems that this idea is a miss. Mass Effect 3 has been pushed back to next year and a freebie like Genesis, seems to be a good way to keep MassEffect 2 sales going, while everyone waits.
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