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On The Mass Effect Trilogy & Ezio’s Trilogy – Don’t Hold Anything Back

Last week saw the announcement of two trilogies. One for a story about a soldier who traveled the galaxy, fighting, gaining and losing friends, in an effort to save the universe, and another about an Italian who had been thrust into a world he had never before known about and ended up spending most of his life in its enigmatic embrace. Both series of games are great within their own right and their respective owners deemed it time to bundle these games into collections of their own. Unfortunately, not all of their content seems to be coming along with them. At least, not without a little green something from you.

Wait, that’s too much green!

It recently came to light that the Mass Effect Trilogy won’t contain all of the DLC we’ve come to know about since the series began. In fact, between the PC and Xbox 360 versions, only the PC release is known to come with the Mass Effect 1 DLC. How silly is that? Oh, sure, it’s nice that the trilogy comes with the Cerberus Network and Mass Effect 3’s Online Pass, but what about Lair of the Shadow Broker or Kasumi Stolen Memory? Hell, The Arrival DLC ties directly into Mass Effect 3’s opening and that’s not even being offered on-disc. Come on! Including the Online Pass shouldn’t be a bullet point on the ‘why-you-should-buy-this’ list because it was already given to people who bought the individual game(s) back when it first released.

Meanwhile, with Assassin’s Creed’s Ezio Trilogy, a PS3 exclusive, Assassin’s Creed II decides to be nice and come with the two DLC add-ons—the Battle of Forli and The Bonfire of the Vanities—that fill in that weird gap in the game, but AC: Brotherhood’s DLC, The Da Vinci Disappearance and AC: Revelations’ Multiplayer and The Lost Archive DLC have failed to even be mentioned in its corresponding announcement post. After specifically stating that Assassin’s Creed II would come with all of its DLC, one would be led to assume that the DLC for the latter two games wasn’t mentioned because they wouldn’t be included.

In a world where I can get five God of War games in one box, this should be unacceptable.

Five! And two came from the PSP!

Now, when it comes to the Ezio Trilogy, you could probably do just fine without its DLC, as it can be either hit or miss, but Mass Effect? A game all about plot and its characters? Not including that DLC almost feels like an insult. To the best of my knowledge, Mass Effect 3 doesn’t have a Game of the Year Edition, and this trilogy could have taken its place, but no. Instead we’re given a trilogy that can’t offer the same content across three different platforms and we’re then expected to put up money for the rest. Let’s not forget, the Mass Effect games have no problem referencing the DLC, even if you didn’t play them. Remember the one off, ‘Looks like the new Shadow Broker’ line in Mass Effect 3, when you’re saving the female Krogan?

Clearly, there’s no problem with including Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station for Mass Effect on the PC, so I’d be interested in knowing what’s holding the rest back. What makes the PC so special that it gets content another system won’t? Is it an EA thing? Because I have a hard time believing the guys at Bioware would honestly think this was a good deal. And why does the PS3 seem to be so neglected? It’s version of the trilogy has neither a release date nor details on what content it’ll have.

Collections/Bundles like this are supposed to offer consumers all the content they’ll need at a reasonable price. It implies that it’s the only purchase you’ll need to make in order to get everything you need, but that’s not what’s happening. God of War did it, Ratchet & Clank did, inFAMOUS did it. So why is it that two of the biggest franchises of this generation can’t seem to get it right?

I say this to both The Mass Effect Trilogy and the Ezio Trilogy, but more so to the former, and also as a huge fan: If you can’t give it all, then why even bother to begin with? Don’t belittle all the content you have to give by holding it back so that you can  squeeze out more money. It’s an insult. To consumers, as well as yourself.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.

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