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March 6th, 2012
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Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition by Electronic Arts
DescriptionGet the ultimate Mass Effect 3 experience with the N7 Collector’s Edition! This exclusive and limited package includes:Premium metal case featuring commemorative artwork of Commander Shepard. 70-page hardbound art book featuring hundreds of unique and gorgeous illustrations from the BioWare development team. Limited edition Mass Effect comic by Dark Horse Comics, complete with unique cover artwork. Join the ranks of the N7 with the premium fabric N7 patch. Exclusive 4x6 lithographic print featuring a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. A full collection of in-game content that can’t be found anywhere else!
Mass Effect 3 is a Role-playing Game (RPG) / Third-Person Shooter hybrid set in a Science Fiction universe. Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the popular Mass Effect series, and is rumored to be the final installment. In it players continue the adventures of Commander Shepard utilizing extreme character customization which is the hallmark feature of the series. Additional features include: the ability to import decisions from both of the previous games into the new game, ownership/play of previous games not required, customizable weapons, improved mobility and melee combat, many returning characters (if they were not killed off in previous imported games), an improved cover system that allows for more action, compatibility with the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360 and more.
Along with the game, the Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition contains a wealth of exclusive bonus items. See the complete list below.
Join Commander Shepard in the struggle against the Reapers in the conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy.
Collector's Edition exclusive bonuses.
The Final Chapter in the Mass Effect Trilogy
Not everyone will survive. An ancient alien race, known only as "Reapers," has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all. How you wage this war is completely up to you: go into combat with guns blazing or use cover to plan a more tactical assault. Utilize your squad to full effect or take a lone wolf approach. Rain death from a distance or go toe-to-toe with enemies using devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect 3 will react to each decision you make as you play through a truly unique experience of your own creation.
Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition for Xbox 360 Contents
Key Game Features
The teaser video is short, but it shows a couple of tantalizing glimpses of Tie Fighter and X-Wing dogfighting. The few seconds of gameplay show off a confrontation between fighter squadrons, and in the background a huge battle between Empire and Rebel forces takes place.
EA will be releasing more footage of Fighter Squadron on Wednesday, possibly during its Gamescom conference at 12:30 AM PDT/9 AM in Germany.
Fighter Squadron is one of several multiplayer modes that Battlefront will feature. The others include Walker Assault, Supremacy, Blast, Drop Zone, and Cargo. There will also be a co-op mode called Survival. Recently, EA discussed Blast, which is a 10 vs. 10 deathmatch mode.
Star Wars Battlefront launches on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Recently, Battlefront developer DICE discussed the difficulties of taking over the Battlefront franchise. You can also read our interview with the studio's general manager, Patrick Bach, here.
The Gamescom conference is happening this week, and EA is sure to have more news and videos to show off at its press conference on Wednesday. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more about Battlefront all this week.
For the past few weeks, Rockstar has been offering up extra in-game cash and experience for completing certain heists. This week, that heist is The Pacific Standard Job. It involves stealing motorbikes, destroying a Merryweather convoy, and extracting a fugitive from the Los Santos Police Department. Complete this Heist by August 9 and you'll earn the extra in-game cash and RP.
The bonuses extend to the Heist's Elite Challenges, allowing you to earn even more cash and RP.
In addition, the following GTA Online activities will also pay out double RP through August 9:
Finally, Rockstar said it will announce daily GTA Online discounts throughout the week by way of the official Rockstar Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.
These types of promotional events have become quite regular for GTA Online, as it's now been four weeks running that Rockstar has enticed players with extra RP and cash.
Although it's unclear why the multiplayer mode is coming after the release of the base game, Konami suggested in a press release that Metal Gear Online on PC was delayed because the release date of the PC version of MGS V was moved up. In the same release, the studio announced that the PC version of MGS V would launch on September 1, the same day as the console versions. Previously, it was planned for a September 15 release.
Metal Gear Online's delay is similar to what happened with the 2013 release of Grand Theft Auto V. It took two weeks after the game's launch before GTA Online was available for players.
Konami also revealed today that players on Steam will get several bonuses. If you preorder the game on PC, you'll receive the game's prologue, Ground Zeroes, for free. All players on Steam will get a documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, and some in-game items.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on September 1. Recently, the developer talked about Metal Gear Online's player customization. Konami is also planning on showing off more of the game at Gamescom this week, including a Mother Base-themed trailer. In addition, you can get the game for free with purchase of certain Nvidia graphics cards.
You can watch the 90-minute video broadcast right here in this post through the embed below. After the show wraps up, we'll collect all the trailers and news for you.
What are you hoping to see from Microsoft tomorrow at Gamescom? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Speaking to IGN, Fergusson said that Gears 4 is meant to convey the same feelings and themes as the original Gears of War. He explained that while Gears 1 was suspenseful game about the dangerous creatures in the universe, Gears of War 3 was too focused on the war between humans and Locusts and lost that tension. The Coalition is thus attempting to bring Gears 4 back to its roots by evoking, in his words, "that sense of mystery, things going bump in the night."
He continued: "We're going back to something personal, intimate, dark, and mysterious, being afraid of the boogeyman."
Fergusson also hinted that the game's story will deal with morality with more subtlety and ambiguity than in past games. He stated that players' expectations for narratives have changed greatly. "Back in the day, people expected stories to be black and white, there's good and bad," he said. "Today, people want a lot of grey, a lot of moral ambiguity, things that are open to interpretation about what's right and wrong."
Gears of War 4 is planned for a holiday 2016 release on Xbox One. Players who preorder the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will get access to a Gears 4 beta, which will go live next spring. You can also read our recent interview with Fergusson about Ultimate Edition, Gears 4, and the future of the Gears of War series. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about Gears of War 4 in the coming months.
Konami had some big news to share today regarding the PC edition of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. First, the game's release date has been moved up, from September 15 to September 1, to match the console release date.
"We initially did not think it would be possible to get such an epic game out onto PC in time for launch alongside its console counterparts, but all involved have worked diligently to meet the demands of our PC consumers," Konami president Tomotada Tashiro said in a statement.
The Japanese publisher also announced today that everyone who preorders The Phantom Pain on Steam will receive the 2014 prologue, Ground Zeroes, for free. On top of that, everyone who buys the PC edition--not just preorders it--will receive a behind-the-scenes collector's video and documentary. They'll also get a "Venom Snake" emblem and something called the Mother Base Staff DLC.
The PC edition of The Phantom Pain supports resolution up to 4K. Konami also writes on the game's Steam page that The Phantom Pain for PC will have more graphics options than Ground Zeroes and will support Steam trading cards, as well as custom soundtracks.
One thing that's not locked down, however, is Windows 10 support.
"While we can't confirm official support by launch, we're looking into this for post-launch patches if necessary," Konami said. "However from all accounts, the basic performance should be to par."
In other PC news, Konami and Nvidia have teamed up to give away copies of The Phantom Pain with the purchase of select GPUs.
We're expecting more news about The Phantom Pain this week, as Konami is preparing a new, Mother Base-themed gameplay trailer for Gamescom to be released on August 5. What's more, The Phantom Pain is playable for the first time this week at the big-time European gaming show.
According to GameSpot's sources, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will leave Konami after the game ships next month. Just recently, a Nikkei report exposed the troubling culture inside of Konami.
Preorder Rare Replay (coming out this Tuesday, August 4) from the Microsoft Store and get a free $10 Xbox gift card. Alternatively, Amazon Prime members can preorder it for $26, and Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked members can get it for $24.
The Order: 1886 is $20 at Target this week. You can also save an additional 10 percent with Target Cartwheel, bringing the game down to $18.
Get a free 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and a copy of Assassin's Creed: Unity with the purchase of an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store ($349 500 GB/$399 1 TB). This is in addition to the bundled copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
GameStop has a summer sale on digital PC games, offering Titanfall's Deluxe Edition for $5, Typing of the Dead: Overkill for $5, Civilization: Beyond Earth for $20, and more.
Amazon's semi-secret discounts for Prime members currently include $50 preorders for Super Mario Maker and Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One/PS4), and $53 preorders for Halo 5: Guardians and Fallout 4 (Xbox One/PS4). Alternatively, all four games are $48 each with Best Buy's GCU discount.
Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform.
The Destiny Taken King limited edition PS4 bundle is now available for preorder for $400.
Buying a PS4 at Best Buy this week allows you to save $5 on a 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription.
Buy a used PS4 at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.
The PlayStation Store has a new Summer Sale going on for the next two weeks. Plus and non-Plus members have access, with Plus members getting larger discounts, such as Far Cry 4 for $30, Trine 2 for $4, and Roundabout for $6. PSN also has its weekly Plus-only deals, including The Escapists for $14 and Shadow of Mordor: Game of the Year Edition for $40.
Preorder Sword Art Online: Lost Song on the PlayStation Store and get a free copy of Sword Art Online: Re Hollow Fragment.
If you own a digital PS3 copy of Dishonored (including the freebie PlayStation Plus version from earlier this year), you can preorder the digital PS4 version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20.
Other PS4 game deals:
The free PlayStation Plus games for July are available for one more day and include Rocket League and Styx: Master of Shadows. August's free games will be available beginning tomorrow.
Walmart is selling the Halo Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle with a free second controller for $349. You also get a free copy of Minecraft, Titanfall, NBA Live 14, or Rabbids Invasion, or you can pay a bit more to replace it with Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition ($20), Evolve ($20), Battlefield Hardline ($30), or Batman: Arkham Knight ($30).
A similar deal is available, with the Halo bundle, an extra controller, and a copy of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, at Amazon for $349.
A new Xbox One bundle to be aware of includes the 1 TB system, Madden NFL 16, and a one-year subscription to EA Access for $400. You will, however, have to wait until August 18 for it to be available.
Buy a used Xbox One at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.
Buy an Xbox One at Best Buy and save $20 on an Xbox One controller and $10 on three months of Xbox Live Gold.
You can buy a year of Xbox Live Gold on eBay for $36.
If you own a digital Xbox 360 copy of Dishonored, you can preorder the digital Xbox One version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20. If you're logged into an account that owns the 360 version, Definitive Edition should show up as the discounted price.
This week's Deals With Gold are on and include sales on Warframe and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag DLC.
Other Xbox One game deals:
August's free Games With Gold games are now available and include Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
GOG has a big selection of strategy games on sale for one more day, including Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for $1.79, Men of War: Vietnam for $3, Star Wolves for $1.79, and more.
The latest Humble Bundle is the fourth "Jumbo" bundle. For just a few bucks, you can get games like Mercenary Kings, Endless Space, The Stanley Parable, and Outland, while paying $18 or more gets you everything, including early access to Space Engineers. New games were recently added, including Screencheat and Coin Crypt.
The newest Humble Weekly Bundle features games from Japan like Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser, and Neo Aquarium: The King of Crustaceans.
Buy select Nvidia GPUs (or Nvidia-equipped laptops) and get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area of the site where you can find some nice deals, including Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for $23 and Project Cars for $35.
You can save 20 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher GMGSAV-E20GMG-SAVE20.
Zuma's Revenge is free on Origin.
Other PC game deals:
If you don't mind a refurbished system, Nintendo's online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.
The eShop's Ubisoft game sale ends today; it discounts Child of Light to $3.75, Rayman Legends to $20, Splinter Cell: Blacklist to $15, and more.
Walmart is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for $239.
A handful of 3DS cases are on sale for $5 or less at Best Buy.
The Ubisoft eShop sale ending today features deals like Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars for $7.49 and Tetris Ultimate for $15.
The PlayStation TV is available for $40 at GameStop.
The PlayStation Store has a new Summer Sale going on for the next two weeks for Plus and non-Plus members. Plus members get larger discounts, including Guacamelee and Luftrausers for $3 each. PSN also has its weekly Plus-only deals, with deals like Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3 for $32 and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters for $28.
The free PlayStation Plus games for July are available for one more day and include Geometry Wars 3 and Entwined. August's free games will be available beginning tomorrow.
Amazon's Gold Box deals today feature various computer components including memory, solid-state drives, cases, and more.
Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.
GameSpot's gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site.
Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine (via GamesRadar), Nilsson admitted that there were so many games released that it had become confusing for consumers. When asked about all the different Need for Speed games, Nilsson acknowledged that it had grown too convoluted. "Was it confusing to have Need for Speed: The Run [six months after having] Shift 2? Absolutely. Not only does it saturate Need for Speed, but it also confuses you. 'What is the experience I get from Need for Speed?'"
So, to fix this problem, EA and Ghost Games waited a year and essentially restarted the series. "Taking the year off is obviously an answer to that, right?" he said. "We used it to figure out who we are and what we should be... This reboot of the franchise is about getting our foundation correctly laid out--what you see here is what the Need for Speed experience will be for the foreseeable future."
The Need for Speed reboot launches on November 3 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can read our impressions of the game here. Ghost Games and EA will also show footage at the Gamescom conference taking place this week. Check back on GameSpot during the conference for more news and videos of the game.
The video is full of jokes, including self-referential jabs about how silly it is to have a trailer for a trailer. The lighthearted nature is no surprise; after all, Deadpool is a wise-cracking, Hello Kitty-following guy.
The Deadpool movie tells the origin story of the Marvel Comic anti-hero Wade Wilson, who adopts the alter ego Deadpool after a science experiment gone wrong (or right?) gives him unnatural healing powers. He is played by "five-time Academy Award viewer" Ryan Reynolds in the film.
It opens in theaters in 2016, and we'll presumably know a lot more about the direction it's headed tomorrow when the trailer arrives.
In other news about Deadpool, Activision's 2013 video game based on the hero has returned to Steam.
In Gunjack, players take the role of turret gunners in mining ships. You're tasked with defending your mining ship from pirates and other enemy forces. The game is set in the EVE universe, in the Outer Ring region. You can check out the reveal trailer below.
The gameplay appears pretty similar to EVE: Valkyrie's, except a little more like an arcade shooter. It's also beautiful--the game's being developed in Unreal Engine 4, and its visuals seem impressive for a game on a mobile device.
According to the announcement of the game, CCP is investing heavily in virtual reality systems. "We believe that virtual reality will be a defining element of gaming's future," CEO Hilmar Petursson wrote. "It may take some time to get widespread adoption, but we're going to be there on day one. We're making smart investments in VR so we can learn important lessons early and blow people's minds when they get their hands on their first VR headset."
Gunjack is planned for release alongside the retail launch of Gear VR this fall. Not much else is known about the game at this time, but keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about Gunjack in the coming months.
Rare Replay is mostly old material, but oh what material it is. Boot up a game like Battletoads, and you're reminded of the golden, 8-bit era where studios experimented with wild ideas, when it was ok to make a game with frogs named Zitz and Pimple who walk upright and man-handle weaponized robots. Battletoads isn't merely regarded for its unusual dressing; it's also a game that's fun to play. It frequently surprises you with new mechanics and settings. These qualities define many of Rare Replay's best games, including Conker's Bad Fur Day, and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, and Blast Corps. Even more straightforward games draw you in with great, refined gameplay, like Cobra Triangle and R.C. Pro-Am, or maybe you take a liking to the handful of games that marry great writing, music, and characters.Never played Jet Force Gemeni? Now's your chance.
Jetpac and other ZX Spectrum games are OK in small doses, but that's about it.
For a collection that's as broad as Rare Replay, it's not surprising that some inclusions aren't very compelling. Jetpac, for example, is a simple game where you hover around a single, looping screen, collecting parts for your spaceship while fending off aliens with a pistol. It's merely quaint, like other ZX Spectrum games of its era, and its difficult to warm up to.
Rare Replay lets you use save states to save and load progress at any time, though only in its pre-Nintendo 64 games. Equally helpful is the ability to rewind gameplay with the press of a button, which is most appreciated in games with arcade-like sensibilities. You also have the option to apply a scanline filter to these games, which simulates the feeling of playing on an old-school CRT TV by casting horizontal lines across the screen. It's a gimmick, but one that will give you some momentary satisfaction.
Though you may not feel compelled to commit a significant amount of time to some of the lesser games in Rare Replay, Snapshot mode chops these and other games in the collection into bite-sized, focused challenges. Remember the turbo tunnel from Battletoads? There's a Snapshot version of that section, only now, it's been turned into an endless runner. Snapshots are also gathered into playlists, so you can tackle a few in sequence, rather than manually selecting one after another. These are quick, palatable diversions that are fun, but also a good way to earn stamps--Rare Replay collectibles that you earn by playing games, and use to unlock documentaries on Rare and its games.Long live Battletoads!
Herein lies the only major problem with Rare Replay. With hundreds of stamps to earn, you eventually need to play games that you may not want to in order to unlock every documentary. If you're a fan of Rare and have followed its work over the past few decades, these videos are a treat. In some cases, their content is far more valuable than some games included here, as you gain first-hand insight into the evolution of Rare and its employees. While it makes sense to lock supplemental content for new games, where creators may want to share details about story and character development, it doesn't make sense for a collection that's designed to celebrate and honor a well-known studio like Rare. When you come to Rare Replay because you already know and love Rare's games, having such information withheld feels unnecessary and disrespectful of your time.
Much of Rare Replay is old material, but that's OK when so many of Rare's games easily stand the test of time. Getting the chance to play its classics in an easily accessible package is worth celebrating, whether you've played them before or always wished you could. And you should, if you haven't had the chance. Rare's games have a way of speaking to you with respect. They embrace video game conventions and rarely take themselves too seriously. Expressive characters warm your heart and catchy and complex soundtracks stick with you long after you turn off your console. Rare Replay is a great way to experience some of the best games from the studio's past, and the new videos that document Rare's storied history are the icing on the cake; it's just a shame that you can't access them from the start.