Mass Effect Patch & DLC

This page offers a new version 1.01 patch for the PC edition of Mass Effect, and the Mass Effect Community Website announces the release the PC edition of the Burn Down the Sky downloadable content. There is a process for acquiring the DLC that involves generating a new CD key. The downloads are also available The Patches Scrolls.
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Jul 29, 2008, 17:40
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Jul 29, 2008, 17:40
 
I did maybe 15 or so side quests and they were rarely exciting and somewhat the same.
Yeah, I just gave up. It's like scanning the Keepers - you do it and get nothing from it, which is disappointing considering their relation to the main plot. They were too formulaic and not worth my time... fortunately the main plot was very enjoyable (if a bit unoriginal). I also don't like the fact that when you complete the game you can't keep playing. It was brilliant in Oblivion that it didn't limit you after doing the main quest.

Alot like Oblivion, the random side quests were rarely worth it except for the Dark Brotherhood.
Actually, I thought the side-quests in Oblivion were very entertaining - they had a lot of character and there was quite a lot of variation; not enough to make you want to complete them all but I preferred many of them to the main quest (which was a bit weak imo).

As for the DRM issue... I too am annoyed at the situation. Rightly or wrongly customers are effectively accused of being pirates. Not only that but, as mentioned, requiring DRM servers is an issue for the future when they're shutdown (like Microsoft and Yahoo are doing) - that means you won't be able to play the game without downloading a patch to fix the game being "broken" out of the box. I'm all for publishers protecting their investments but not at my expense. This is why I use Steam - I don't need to worry about disc checks and it's been stated that if Steam is going to be shutdown (which seems very, very unlikely at this point) that they'll allow you to keep your games by stripping the DRM (which is already much less intrusive than other systems).

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Re: Wrong
Jul 29, 2008, 17:16
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Re: Wrong Jul 29, 2008, 17:16
Jul 29, 2008, 17:16
 
But why should I be treated like a pirate from EA and all this DRM shit?

Because you FUCKING ARE A PIRATE, DIPSHIT! Admit to being a criminal, and then complain about being treated like one. Jesus, what is your IQ, like 75?

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Re: Wrong
Jul 29, 2008, 16:09
Bet
 
25.
Re: Wrong Jul 29, 2008, 16:09
Jul 29, 2008, 16:09
 Bet
 
I for one pirate because I want to make sure:

1. I like the game
2. the game works as stated on my system
3. Once the above two are met, I buy the game.

So did you ever buy Sins of a Solar Empire? Or did you not get 20 hours out of it so you didn't feel it was worth buying?

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Optional Exploring
Jul 29, 2008, 16:07
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Optional Exploring Jul 29, 2008, 16:07
Jul 29, 2008, 16:07
 
I agree. I did maybe 15 or so side quests and they were rarely exciting and somewhat the same. Some of the planets were cool like the one where the asteroids are coming in, but otherwise same cargo ships, same structures, same enemies and for what? Marginally better equipment.

So I just went straight into the main quest and was very entertained.

Alot like Oblivion, the random side quests were rarely worth it except for the Dark Brotherhood.

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Re: Please
Jul 29, 2008, 16:02
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Re: Please Jul 29, 2008, 16:02
Jul 29, 2008, 16:02
 
Pretty much all of the optional exploring is pointless. For most people I recommend just doing the main storyline.
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Re: Please
Jul 29, 2008, 16:00
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Re: Please Jul 29, 2008, 16:00
Jul 29, 2008, 16:00
 
There really is a ton of content.

Unfortunately, most of that content is completely generic and forgettable.

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Wrong
Jul 29, 2008, 15:57
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Wrong Jul 29, 2008, 15:57
Jul 29, 2008, 15:57
 
What EA and other companies are doing with DRM is just as bad as what pirates (like me) are doing on the other end.

I for one pirate because I want to make sure:

1. I like the game
2. the game works as stated on my system
3. Once the above two are met, I buy the game.

But why should I be treated like a pirate from EA and all this DRM shit?

MS and I believe now Yahoo are dropping their DRM inhibited music services. Guess what? Your account and all songs are now null and void, you lose, Mr. Consumer.

That's fair?

So for you dick suckers saying that pirates are always the problem, much like PC Gamer always chides, are fucking incorrect.

DRM is just as bad as what pirates do. No fucking excuses.

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No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 15:48
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No subject Jul 29, 2008, 15:48
Jul 29, 2008, 15:48
 
I pirated this game and will continue to unless they remove it. It's a shame because this game is awesome, but I refuse to buy a game that will stop working after a while, it's just insane.

You don't like the DRM, so you're entitled to the game for free because of you won't spend money on it? It's underwear stains like you that make it so those of us who buy game legitimately have to deal with this stuff in the first place.

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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 15:46
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 15:46
Jul 29, 2008, 15:46
nin
 
Has any other D2D game had issues like R6?

D2D games are not limited. I've never not been able to reinstall any of the games I've purchased.


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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 15:38
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 15:38
Jul 29, 2008, 15:38
 
Has any other D2D game had issues like R6?

D2D games are not limited. I've never not been able to reinstall any of the games I've purchased.
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DLC
Jul 29, 2008, 15:34
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DLC Jul 29, 2008, 15:34
Jul 29, 2008, 15:34
 
Isnt the name of the DLC "Bring Down the Sky"
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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 15:29
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 15:29
Jul 29, 2008, 15:29
 
Cabezone~

And have issues like R6V2, limited downloads....

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No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 15:05
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No subject Jul 29, 2008, 15:05
Jul 29, 2008, 15:05
 
Buy it from D2D, no limitations....no excuses.
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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 14:32
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 14:32
Jul 29, 2008, 14:32
 
Acragas~

3 activations.
Things that cause them:
-- Hardware Change
EA/Bioware refuses to tell us what this exactly is. But from the 19 threads (10 pages each) that is in the "off topic" section of Bioware's forums, some are saying just a video card swap can cause it.

-- Reinstall of game
This only happens if you reinstall the OS as well. If you install the game, then uninstall it but do not reload the OS or change any hardware. Then reinstall it, it won't activate again.

-- Run game under more than one account
There have been reports that if you install the game say under "Bob", run it, that eats 1 activation. Log out and run the game under "Sam", that eats another activation even tho its the SAME computer and SAME install.

After 3, you have to make a TOLL call to EA to MAYBE get them to release an activation.

Uninstalling the game DOES NOT release an activation like Bioshock did, tho the install limit on Bioshock was removed recently.

The worst part is after the first activation on install, if you change hardware the game eats another activation and from what ive read it doesn't tell you its doing that.

The number one thing about the 3 activations....
Its not mentioned ANYWHERE on or in the packaging, manuals, CD, website.

When I get home im going to eat activation #2 installing it again after an upgrade to Vista. Something I planned to do before I got the game but did not know about this limitation till weeks after the game's release.

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Re: Please
Jul 29, 2008, 13:53
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Re: Please Jul 29, 2008, 13:53
Jul 29, 2008, 13:53
 
I ended up putting in about 30 hours both times, but my second play through included the DLC and I did every side quest in the game. There really is a ton of content. Still, not quite as much as BG2

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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 13:49
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 13:49
Jul 29, 2008, 13:49
 
The fact you can only install the game on 3 different sets of hardware? Seriously, what the fuck are EA thinking this will this bullshit.

I pirated this game and will continue to unless they remove it. It's a shame because this game is awesome, but I refuse to buy a game that will stop working after a while, it's just insane.


Congrats! You're a douche bag! Thanks for being part of the problem.

BTW, Bioware's servers seem to be down right now. I guess this release was more popular than they anticipated.

11.
 
Please
Jul 29, 2008, 13:44
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Please Jul 29, 2008, 13:44
Jul 29, 2008, 13:44
 
Just go to GameCopyWorld.com for the No CD activation crack and quit bitching.

I just finished the game (I bought it day one because I played 45 mins of it on the xbox last year) and man what a fun game. Story was very cliche and typical, but the graphics and dialogue, voice acting was incredible. Great game, kinda like a Oblivion in space but smaller and better in my opinion.

20 hour games are great, just about the right amount of time to play and move onto something else.

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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 13:24
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 13:24
Jul 29, 2008, 13:24
 
The fact you can only install the game on 3 different sets of hardware? Seriously, what the fuck are EA thinking this will this bullshit.

I pirated this game and will continue to unless they remove it. It's a shame because this game is awesome, but I refuse to buy a game that will stop working after a while, it's just insane.

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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 13:09
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 13:09
Jul 29, 2008, 13:09
 
Shame, I would love to play Mass Effect but I don't buy games with limited activations or any other overly restrictive DRM.

What's overly restrictive about this?

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Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 13:08
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Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 13:08
Jul 29, 2008, 13:08
 
I got BDtS about 3 weeks ago for the 360 version and ended up playing through the entire game again. Ended up 2000XP off level 60 starting from 57 (I think). Anyway, it was a very enjoyable 90 odd minutes of play and it had a very good ending too. It was worth 400 MS points so for free it's a must DL. Anyway, I like the mention of extra DLC in the press release, considering nothing new has been mentioned ever I'm left wondering what exactly it's going to be and when. Of course I'll have to start another new play through to play it I imagine.

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