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Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours

BioWare Social Network has a summary of the first magazine review of Mass Effect 3, which offers impressions of BioWare's action/RPG sequel. It also offers perspective on how long the game should last, saying the main quest runs for about 15-20 hours, which amounts to about 40 hours of total playtime, saying "side missions are vital to amass enough opposition to the Reaper threat." They also note the game includes about 90 minutes of cutscenes, while also offering impressions of the game that do not involve clock-watching. Thanks Computer and Video Games. On an interesting side note, while noting the game's preorders are well ahead of its predecessor's, MCV also points out that Destructoid recently put on a green visor to do some accounting to tally up what it would cost to get all the DLC planned for Mass Effect 3. This results in an eye-popping $869.91 price tag. Part of the reason this ends up so inflated is because some of it is bundled with Razor hardware, though this illustrates the problem the plan presents to a completionist. Finally, if you are in need of some marketing, Game Informer has a commercial for the game.

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36. Re: Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours Feb 27, 2012, 20:25 Dev
 
Bhruic wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 20:04:
That would still be EA thats doing it on steam. Valve doesn't set prices at all on steam, they also don't set regional prices or the differences thereof. EA sends the price list to valve to put on steam.

My understanding is that it happens with all games, not just EA ones. Which would make it either Valve responsible, or price collusion between all of the publishers, take your pick.
Not just games. Its common in other industries too. For instance I've often seen xbox retail for say $200 here and 200 pounds in britain. Movie DVDs, music CDs, books, comics, etc etc. The UK and austrailia get hosed the most from what I've seen. AU I can sorta understand for physical products and shipping them over there to an island, but its on digital stuff sold in AU too.

And what publisher would sell on steam if valve told them they would set the price and not the publisher? There are some publishers (like EA) that rarely put stuff on a good sale. If valve controlled it, they would do MW3 sales all the time. And skyrim would have been below $40 on steam already. Remember the valve talks where valve tells publishers their own experience with price discounting on their own titles? How reducing a game's price in a sale results in increased gain, sometimes exponentially so? (and thats AFTER taking into account the reduced profit per sale). For instance valve sees a 40 TIMES increased revenue on a 75% off sale. Thats 4000% increase despite a 3/4ths reduction in the income per sale.

I guess its price collusion between publishers if you consider the AAA new game price of $60 to be collusion. Many set new games at that price.

Edit: I just did a search, you can see even non valve examples of this:
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"With Steam, our first sale was 25 percent off, and it generated around three times the daily revenue while it was going on," explained Ron Carmel, co-founder of World of Goo developer 2D Boy. "I believe this was mostly because of the promotion that the sale got, not as much the actual price drop, but it did drive home the point that Valve knows how to promote games on Steam very well. Our first 75 percent off sale generated something like 25 times the daily revenue."
And a verification that valve does NOT control prices:
"Sales were going slow," Andrew Goulding, the developer behind the point-and-click adventure Jolly Rover, told Ars. "Steam suggested right away that the price was wrong for this type of game at $19.99, but I wanted to see how it would go. I think they were right.
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For one day, all five games cost just $5. And despite only getting one-fifth of the bundle's revenue, with nearly 47,000 copies sold, Goulding said he still made more revenue in that one day than he had during the game's entire life up to that point.

This comment was edited on Feb 27, 2012, 20:42.
 
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