Mass(er) Effect 2

Bioware and EA Games have announced the first Downloadable Content packs for the awesome Mass Effect 2. The first is available from today and is free!

Released on March 23 through the Cerberus Network is the Firewalker DLC pack, which includes five heart-pounding missions taking place on five uncharted worlds. Players will be able to explore planets and engage in combat in the new Hammerhead hover-tank.

This so called “hovertank” finally adds a replacement land vehicle for the orginal Mass Effect’s not so admired buggy sequences. Finger’s crossed Bioware have used the time wisely but if the improvements of Mass Effect 2′s general gameplay over it’s predecessor are anything to go by it’ll be well worth it. Besides, it’s free… Free!

Meanwhile the first Premium Downloadable Content is sent for April 6th:

Cerberus has procured the service of Kasumi Goto, the galaxy’s most enigmatic master thief. In return for her help, Kasumi has asked for Commander Shepard’s help on a dangerous heist to infiltrate the vault of a deadly master criminal named Donovan Hock. Players must gain Kasumi’s loyalty on the planet Bekenstein, where Hock is throwing a party for some of the galaxy’s richest and most deranged criminal minds. The mission: recover data of great importance to Kasumi, and to the galaxy at large. In addition to this new mission, players will also receive a new research upgrade, one new weapon, and a new achievement in this PDLC pack.

This pack costs 560 Microsoft Points on Xbox or 560 Bioware Points on PC which is about €6.50 depending on how many points you buy at once. Is it worth the extra cash? Well a heist mission is something that Mass Effect has never really tried before so it’s not just more of the same. Plus it’s an extra character to your save game for Mass Effect 3 meaning more than likely there’ll be more for you to do in the future. Lesson learnt from last time round this DLC still works with an already completed Mass Effect 2 game. You can read my review of Mass Effect 2 here.

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5 Responses to Mass(er) Effect 2

  1. johnmfinn says:

    Great, there’s my plans for the evening out the window.

  2. I’m sure they were inferior plans :)

  3. johnmfinn says:

    Well they didn’t involve Yvonne Strahovski so yes, yes they were.

  4. blaghle says:

    Firewalker pack is pretty meh. I mean, the Tank itself is awesome to use, a worthy successor to the Mako, but the missions themselves are really bland, bar one or two. Still, it’s free, and if they make new mission packs for the Hammerhead, I’m sold.

    Can’t wait for the 12th squad member either.

  5. nedicuss says:

    I have the first one still lying in its packaging – really need to get round to playing it and then this!