Turns out, there’s rather a lot of downloadable content for the game which is only available through very select methods – pre-order bonuses, books, figurines, peripherals, even a messenger bag. None of it, apparently, can be acquired through any other means, which suggests that – to enjoy the game to its entirety, you’ll have to pick up all the extras as well.
…so how much will that all cost? Chris at Destructoid did all the maths for us: A whopping US$870, give or take. Chris has also prepared a detailed list including all of the pre-orders, N7 bonuses and Kingdoms of Amalur tie-ins, plus all of the (known) “Auxiliary purchases” offering added extras.
Chris also confesses the number isn’t completely accurate – no price has been given yet for iOS release Mass Effect Infiltrator, which will nudge the total figure up a bit.
Believe it or not, though: Despite the large sums, Mass Effect 3 is by no means the title with the most expensive DLC. It’s not even close to the title with the most expensive DLC. That honour, my friends, goes to Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012, which features $1679 worth of optional extras that you can buy separately (and most if not all of that is simple, traditional DLC – no hoodies or messenger bags or figurines as bonuses). Looks like EA and BioWare still has a little way to go.
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