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Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3

BioWare's Casey Hudson tweets that development of Mass Effect 3 is complete: "After an awesome effort by our team, I'm proud to announce #MassEffect3 is officially GOLD! Many surprises await you - this week and beyond." (thanks VG247). This Mass Effect tweet offers a reminder that a demo of the action/RPG sequel is expected tomorrow: "That is correct. The demo will be released for Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 on Feb. 14th! :)." Videogamer notes early access to the Xbox 360 edition of the demo is available through Facebook.

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68. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 19, 2012, 10:42 eRe4s3r
 
If you disable origin in-game things in the origin settings you can also play just fine (even bf3) with origin in offline mode  
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67. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 14, 2012, 10:44 Creston
 
Dades wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 22:25:
That was fixed last version Creston, it no longer auto-updates when you have it turned off and it doesn't switch back.

Ah. I stand corrected.

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66. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 14, 2012, 09:54 eRe4s3r
 
Origin N7 Edition - 80€
GMG N7 Edition with 25% voucher and paid in UK pounds.. 50€

And they wonder why Origin gets nowhere? ^^
 
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65. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 14, 2012, 04:47 Prez
 
It also has auto-patching, though it's an all or nothing feature in Origin, whereas in Steam you can select whether to auto-update on a per-game basis.

I should have said working auto-patching. On a big update, it took me 4 tries and a full afternoon and evening, and much aggravation, to get it to download and install correctly. Assuming that has been fixed since, on that and the offline mode I stand corrected.
 
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64. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 14, 2012, 01:24 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Hump wrote on Feb 14, 2012, 01:03:
Gamestop price: Hard copy 59.99
Digital Download 59.99

Upper Management: "We can't understand why so many consumers are pirating our products...."
Yeah that's the damnest thing. What I find funnier is when hard copies can be bought for $3-4 or sometime $10 less than digital. I've seen it more than once at Walmart, Futureshop and Bestbuy up here in Canadaland.
 
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63. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 14, 2012, 01:03 Hump
 
Gamestop price: Hard copy 59.99
Digital Download 59.99

Upper Management: "We can't understand why so many consumers are pirating our products...."
 
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62. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 23:47 Orogogus
 
Dades wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 22:25:
That was fixed last version Creston, it no longer auto-updates when you have it turned off and it doesn't switch back.

It still auto-updates for me. The only thing that turning it off does is prevent it from updating before I've run the game, so at least it's not rushing to suck from the bandwidth spigot, but once I run the game it insists on patching. I was playing Steel Storm, for what that's worth, which I guess has a multiplayer mode but I was only trying to play the singleplayer.

It does remember the setting, though. I do see that on the Steam patch notes, but nothing about the first issue.
 
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61. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 23:38 Teddy
 
Prez wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 19:28:
Teddy wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 18:53:
Yifes wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 16:40:
Just curious, but what functionality does Steam provide that Origin doesn't?

Voice Chat
Multi-user chat windows
Game Recommendation system
Community Groups System
Steam Workshop
Patch Notes (product update) page for every game
Videos and/or Screenshots for every game available
Metacritic rating integration for most titles
Integration of Major Video Game news sites (PC Gamer, Eurogamer, Kotaku, etc)
Screenshot sharing system
Integrated Video Driver update System
Built in game backup system to avoid repeated downloads


Some of my favorite options on top of the ones you listed:

Flawless auto-resume on game downloads that actually works
Auto-patching feature (with the option to disable it if you prefer older builds).
Easy as pie game installation from archives again that actually works
Notification of which friend is playing which game with one-click join functionality.
A working (finally) offline mode.
Easy and robust gifting and trading features.

Unless something has changed since I tried it, Origin offered none of these.

Origin does have an offline mode, it's one of the options in it's menu (gear icon). It also has auto-patching, though it's an all or nothing feature in Origin, whereas in Steam you can select whether to auto-update on a per-game basis.
 
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60. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 22:25 Dades
 
That was fixed last version Creston, it no longer auto-updates when you have it turned off and it doesn't switch back.  
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59. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 21:48 Creston
 
Orogogus wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 19:40:
Prez wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 19:28:
Auto-patching feature (with the option to disable it if you prefer older builds).

I know the beta 1.4 Skyrim patch at least let you not update to the beta, but I was under the impression that it's otherwise as draconian as ever, and that telling it not to auto-update automatically only prevents background updating -- it still updates when you run the game, and the only way to avoid it is offline mode. Was this changed? I don't see it on the Steam notes.

Yeah, it's still the same. Bethesda managed to get an exception of some kind, but for every other game it's "patch as soon as you run it."

Not only that, but the "do no auto-update" thing gets reset every time you start Steam. They REALLY want you to patch up.

Steam is still a billion times better than Origin. I wonder how many people EA will make redownload nearly all of ME3 because Origin is uber-ultra shitty with resuming downloads.

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58. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 21:47 Bhruic
 

I don't know but at the very least Steam tends to automatically remove old demos/betas if you get the full game later.

I've still got the RO2 and TF2 betas listed in my Steam games, so they aren't exactly stellar at removing old betas.
 
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57. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 20:42 Prez
 
Orogogus wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 19:40:
Prez wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 19:28:
Auto-patching feature (with the option to disable it if you prefer older builds).

I know the beta 1.4 Skyrim patch at least let you not update to the beta, but I was under the impression that it's otherwise as draconian as ever, and that telling it not to auto-update automatically only prevents background updating -- it still updates when you run the game, and the only way to avoid it is offline mode. Was this changed? I don't see it on the Steam notes.

To be honest, the only time I tried it was with Stalked SoC, when there was a patch that broke the game. I was able to play the game with a previous build while the mess got sorted out (I also like that you can archive an older build and reinstall it). I haven't tried it with multiplayer games, but I imagine it does work the way you say for them, which I agree is the gamer's choice to make, not Valve's.
 
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56. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 19:51 Mashiki Amiketo
 
I'll bet in 0.89 seconds a cracked copy of the demo will be out anyway. So people who don't want to screw around with origin can simply skip it.  
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55. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 19:40 Orogogus
 
Prez wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 19:28:
Auto-patching feature (with the option to disable it if you prefer older builds).

I know the beta 1.4 Skyrim patch at least let you not update to the beta, but I was under the impression that it's otherwise as draconian as ever, and that telling it not to auto-update automatically only prevents background updating -- it still updates when you run the game, and the only way to avoid it is offline mode. Was this changed? I don't see it on the Steam notes.
 
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54. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 19:28 Prez
 
Teddy wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 18:53:
Yifes wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 16:40:
Just curious, but what functionality does Steam provide that Origin doesn't?

Voice Chat
Multi-user chat windows
Game Recommendation system
Community Groups System
Steam Workshop
Patch Notes (product update) page for every game
Videos and/or Screenshots for every game available
Metacritic rating integration for most titles
Integration of Major Video Game news sites (PC Gamer, Eurogamer, Kotaku, etc)
Screenshot sharing system
Integrated Video Driver update System
Built in game backup system to avoid repeated downloads


Some of my favorite options on top of the ones you listed:

Flawless auto-resume on game downloads that actually works
Auto-patching feature (with the option to disable it if you prefer older builds).
Easy as pie game installation from archives again that actually works
Notification of which friend is playing which game with one-click join functionality.
A working (finally) offline mode.
Easy and robust gifting and trading features.

Unless something has changed since I tried it, Origin offered none of these.

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53. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 18:53 Teddy
 
Yifes wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 16:40:
Just curious, but what functionality does Steam provide that Origin doesn't?

Voice Chat
Multi-user chat windows
Game Recommendation system
Community Groups System
Steam Workshop
Patch Notes (product update) page for every game
Videos and/or Screenshots for every game available
Metacritic rating integration for most titles
Integration of Major Video Game news sites (PC Gamer, Eurogamer, Kotaku, etc)
Screenshot sharing system
Integrated Video Driver update System
Built in game backup system to avoid repeated downloads

Shall I go on?


 
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52. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 18:52 briktal
 
Jago wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 17:45:
Shineyguy wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 17:35:
... a way to remove games from your list easily...

Really? How is this possible?

I don't know but at the very least Steam tends to automatically remove old demos/betas if you get the full game later.
 
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51. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 17:50 Prez
 
Verno wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 16:10:
The pickle wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 16:00:
People who say they don't want or use origins crack me up. It's the same thing as steam.

You crack me up because no it's not, Steam has actual functionality that people like in addition to just being a videogame library.

Agreed. Even if EA makes Origin as good as Steam one day, (and considering that this is the infamous EA we're talking about, that is a BIG if...), it still is EA, which means it is run by a company that is nowhere near as decent, trustworthy, and pro-PC as Valve, which is enough reason itself to stay away.
 
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50. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 17:45 Jago
 
Shineyguy wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 17:35:
... a way to remove games from your list easily...

Really? How is this possible?
 
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49. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 17:35 Shineyguy
 
Full game integration, indie dev releases, game updates pushed by their service, a WORKING and good friends list/chat functionality, built in web browser in game (I do use it, and it works well), game gifting (to an extent, it's getting better), a way to remove games from your list easily, ability to use it as a launcher for non-Steam games (which will allow integration into said game).


List can go on as well.

Now of course many of those things are easily added. But seeing as how long Origin has been out, and EA still labels it as "Beta" software...
 
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