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#1051 shrike4242

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

I think that would be a little odd to have Tali open up her helmet and see Merrill's face, Dalish tattoos and all, staring back at you. :shock:

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:00 PM

I already have the CE preordered at Gamestop. Do I need to do anything in order to make sure I get these bonuses or are they only for the standard edition?


I'm wondering the same thing, I'd be pissed if it was only for the standard edition.

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#1053 shrike4242

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:06 PM

I'm wondering the same thing, I'd be pissed if it was only for the standard edition.

Pre-order bonuses are the same between the CE and non-CE.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:57 PM

FYI the 360 CE can no longer be preordered in-store at Gamestop. It's still available online but that will likely expire within the week. PS3 and PC CE are still available both in-store and online.

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#1055 Ryuukishi

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:09 AM

I think that would be a little odd to have Tali open up her helmet and see Merrill's face, Dalish tattoos and all, staring back at you. :shock:

Not if Rannoch is really Thedas in the far future. Plot twist!!

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#1056 Arikado

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:23 AM

New comic series coming in April, titled Mass Effect: Homeworlds.

Thanks to previous mini-series, Mass Effect fans have been able to learn more about characters like The Illusive Man and Aria T'Loak. Now the fauxhawked soldier who'll be running alongside your Commander Shepard gets the spotlight in the first issue of the new Mass Effect: Homeworlds series. You can take an exclusive look at issue one's covers in the images above. Written by Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters, each installment of Homeworlds will focus on one of the main characters of the game. You can look for Mass Effect: Homeworlds to hit comics shops and digital storefronts this April.



#1057 Anexanhume

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:25 AM

Maybe I should do a placeholder pre-order at gamestop online just in case. :S

#1058 AvengedBacklog

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 03:32 AM

FYI the 360 CE can no longer be preordered in-store at Gamestop. It's still available online but that will likely expire within the week. PS3 and PC CE are still available both in-store and online.


Well that makes me glad I took care of mine before. I thought about Amazon but the GS in my town is likely to do a midnight release and I want the game at 12:01 on release!

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 03:59 AM

New comic series coming in April, titled Mass Effect: Homeworlds.


Thanks for the heads up, Arikado! I eat up any little morsel of fiction I can get related to the ME universe! Even if it stinks like the latest comic series featuring Aria. That short one-shot featuring Vega was pretty cool.

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#1060 shrike4242

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:44 PM

FYI the 360 CE can no longer be preordered in-store at Gamestop. It's still available online but that will likely expire within the week. PS3 and PC CE are still available both in-store and online.

Thanks for the head's up.

Any other words about the pre-order bonuses that GS will have versus other retailers?

#1061 Ryuukishi

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:59 PM

Thanks for the head's up.

Any other words about the pre-order bonuses that GS will have versus other retailers?



This is from BSN:

Initially this information was going to be coming a little later, but since some retailers began to update their websites this past weekend, we wanted to get you as much information, not to mention the cool new videos and screenshots as soon as possible. We will be providing a more thourough list of retailers, including retailers outside North America, as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.



It sounds like Amazon, Best Buy, etc. will have their own retailer exclusives, but BioWare isn't ready to confirm them yet (and wasn't ready to confirm Gamestop's either until an early leak forced them to).

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#1062 shrike4242

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 05:29 PM

This is from BSN:

Initially this information was going to be coming a little later, but since some retailers began to update their websites this past weekend, we wanted to get you as much information, not to mention the cool new videos and screenshots as soon as possible. We will be providing a more thourough list of retailers, including retailers outside North America, as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

It sounds like Amazon, Best Buy, etc. will have their own retailer exclusives, but BioWare isn't ready to confirm them yet (and wasn't ready to confirm Gamestop's either until an early leak forced them to).

I ended up pre-ordering from GS as well as Amazon (I pre-order everything from Amazon) to get the GS pre-order items for ME2.

This time around, I may have to pre-order a non-CE from GS as well as my current Amazon pre-order for the CE to pick up their pre-order bonuses. Didn't all of the pre-order items for ME2 that were GS "exclusives" end up being released as an item pack at some point for XBLM points? If so, then I may just not to do a second pre-order and just wait it out to be downloadable.

#1063 MSUHitman

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 05:54 PM

Yeah Gamestop added the pre-order video to their in-store TV reel yesterday along with shutting off 360 CE preorders in-store.

No idea how varied the in-store bonuses will be, but the Valkyrie Rifle and the Defender Armor have the Gamestop exclusive tag on them so it looks like the Argus rifle may be for every store's preorder, then the other bonuses vary by retailer.

The Gamestop exclusives from ME 2 were part of one of the items pack pay DLC's.

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#1064 Ryuukishi

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:08 PM

Didn't all of the pre-order items for ME2 that were GS "exclusives" end up being released as an item pack at some point for XBLM points?

Actually, no. The Inferno Armor that was Amazon's exclusive bonus was made available in an item pack, but the Terminus Armor and Blackstorm heavy weapon from Gamestop were not. I'm not sure if they were included in the PS3 port.

ETA: Just checked the wiki, the Terminus and Blackstorm are DLC on PSN but not on XBLM.

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#1065 MSUHitman

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:18 PM

Actually, no. The Inferno Armor that was Amazon's exclusive bonus was made available in an item pack, but the Terminus Armor and Blackstorm heavy weapon from Gamestop were not. I'm not sure if they were included in the PS3 port.

ETA: Just checked the wiki, the Terminus and Blackstorm are DLC on PSN but not on XBLM.


Ah my mistake. I saw it as a free PSN download last year and assumed it was part of one of the item packs on 360 also.

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#1066 shrike4242

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:53 PM

Yeah Gamestop added the pre-order video to their in-store TV reel yesterday along with shutting off 360 CE preorders in-store.

No idea how varied the in-store bonuses will be, but the Valkyrie Rifle and the Defender Armor have the Gamestop exclusive tag on them so it looks like the Argus rifle may be for every store's preorder, then the other bonuses vary by retailer.

The Gamestop exclusives from ME 2 were part of one of the items pack pay DLC's.

Guess it'll be a ME3 pre-order then. :roll:

Actually, no. The Inferno Armor that was Amazon's exclusive bonus was made available in an item pack, but the Terminus Armor and Blackstorm heavy weapon from Gamestop were not. I'm not sure if they were included in the PS3 port.

ETA: Just checked the wiki, the Terminus and Blackstorm are DLC on PSN but not on XBLM.

I thought they did end up on XBLM, though I guess not. I know I used the Blackstorm from time to time in ME2, so I guess it was good that I pre-ordered @ GS.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:49 AM

came to the ME1/2 party pretty late so I have a question

were the pre-order guns/armor good or was it a collector/completionist thing that makes you guys "need" all the pre-order items, I'm just curious

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#1068 Ryuukishi

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:04 AM

came to the ME1/2 party pretty late so I have a question

were the pre-order guns/armor good or was it a collector/completionist thing that makes you guys "need" all the pre-order items, I'm just curious

Mostly a collector/completionist thing. :D Some of the preorder bonus items are interesting but they're not radically different from what's in the base game. Now some of the paid DLC guns that were introduced later do outclass the regular stuff (Locust, Mattock, Kestrel armor).

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#1069 theredworm

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:15 AM

Mostly a collector/completionist thing. :D Some of the preorder bonus items are interesting but they're not radically different from what's in the base game. Now some of the paid DLC guns that were introduced later do outclass the regular stuff (Locust, Mattock, Kestrel armor).


good to hear, I don't like to give gamestop my business unless it's for a pre-order bonus that is worthwhile

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#1070 AvengedBacklog

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:41 PM

came to the ME1/2 party pretty late so I have a question

were the pre-order guns/armor good or was it a collector/completionist thing that makes you guys "need" all the pre-order items, I'm just curious


yeah I'd say its a completionist thing too. I already have my preorder locked at GS so I wasnt planning on switching anyway (I dont like GS much either but they'll have a midnight release in my town and I'm not waiting an extra second if I dont have to), so the bonuses are nice but hardly a dealbreaker.

#1071 shrike4242

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:12 PM

Mostly a collector/completionist thing. :D Some of the preorder bonus items are interesting but they're not radically different from what's in the base game. Now some of the paid DLC guns that were introduced later do outclass the regular stuff (Locust, Mattock, Kestrel armor).

Out of the pre-order items, I think the only thing I actually used was the Blackstorm. Initially, I may have used the Terminus armor and the Inferno armor for ME2, though by the time you make it through a few levels and buy some upgrades, the basic armor + upgrades works best.

The Mattock is the best paid gun you can get, IMO, with the Locust right behind it. The Arc Projector was the best free gun you ended up with, IMO.

#1072 Ryuukishi

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

I used the Terminus armor for an entire Soldier playthrough just because it looks so cool, and I wasn't playing on the higher difficulties so I didn't really need to sweat the stats. I agree that the Arc Projector is the best heavy weapon overall, with the Avalanche, grenade launcher, and Collector laser being situationally very useful.

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#1073 Anexanhume

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

The Blackstorm weapon is clearly the coolest though. The physics are so fun to watch with that gun.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:11 PM

Maybe we will get lucky again and end up getting all of the Mass Effect 3 pre-order DLC for free. :D

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:43 PM

I really didn't use any of the pre-order DLC or any of the paid DLC weapons/armor just because I didn't think it was needed as the stock stuff is powerful enough. The auto-helmets with the armor killed it for me, too.

I hope we get the 'fire within' armor for getting Battlefield 3 for use in ME3 multi, ala the Blood Dragon armor.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:32 AM

I'm just happy they are showing off what the pre-order weapons and armor can do before hand instead of just what there name is. I could care less about what comes from what retailer, I just want the game.
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#1077 Tha Xecutioner

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:34 AM

I want everything.

I also want these next two months to flyyyyy by.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 04:54 AM

Pre-order from Newegg for $48 with the following code: EMCYTZT1034

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:07 PM

good price, if you don't mind waiting a couple days (Newegg usually delivers a couple days after release for me).

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

just preordered CE on amazon, wish they had the $10 credit....
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