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Pre-Order Mass Effect 3 On PSN, Dowload It On Launch Day

The digital world beckons...

Mass Effect 3 is undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of 2012, and it'll be in stores on March 6. But you know, there's one other place to purchase BioWare's hotly anticipated RPG: the PlayStation Network.

Sony has confirmed that ME3 will be available to download on the PSN on the same day the physical copies arrive at brick-and-mortar retailers. The only catch is that you have to pre-order via the PSN, which you can do right now. In addition, those who pre-order the digital version will get the M55 Argus rifle as a bonus; it's a "close-range weapon that uses bursts of fire to ensure ammunition conservation." You'll nab a nifty ME3 PS3 theme, too.

Bear in mind that this offer pertains exclusively to the launch of Mass Effect 3, so you have to strike before March 6. The interesting question is this: how many are willing to take up a giant chunk of their hard drive to put this big ol' game on it? I'm also willing to bet I could get to GameStop and come back before you're down downloading it... Yeah, sorry, still a big proponent of physical copies.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: me3, mass effect 3, bioware, mass effect 3 psn

2/21/2012 8:46:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (40 posts)

Douchebaguette
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 9:28:08 PM
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Better to just preorder a copy from Play or something. The game tends to arrive on the day (or even a day before, which has happened), and you get the aesthetics of a physical copy and new book smell.

This is related to the previous Mass Effect topic: the trailer title should of been "Break the Cycle." F**k yooou Maku Waruterusu!!!

Though I can confirm Clint Mansell did a brilliant job in staying true to Mass Effect 1, even using and remixing ME1 tracks with his own tint of serenity. Hope the game turns out well.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 9:30:29 PM
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This sounded like a great idea till I read "available to download on the same day the physical..." One of the best features of Steam is the ability to purchase a game and download it weeks before it actually releases. As much as I enjoy the PSN it still lacks features that have become commonplace to me for nearly a decade.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 1:18:12 AM

I agree. Being able to pre-load games is a nice perk. I wonder why PSN isn't allowing that.

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friction
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 11:05:28 AM

@Temjin001 maybe the network has to approve it first? I mean I know it can take up to two weeks for a patch to be approved, so maybe the same goes for other downloadable content.
But if the game has already gone gold, then I don't see why they can't pre approve it.

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 11:15:49 AM

Yah, that is nice that u can download before the offical release but nothing serious unless if people have a fast enough connection and r gamer whores that want a particular game before anyone else.

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Gabriel013
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 1:01:52 AM

Is it because you need to be online to play your steam games but you don't on the PS3?

Would it be possible to download it early and then change your system clock to launch day to unlock the game?

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BigStack007
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 9:36:20 PM
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Great,fun,and VIOLENT,co-op. I'll get the Disc and save my HDD space. Excellent 4 player co-op. Could care less about the single player portion. I'm in it for the co-op. We need more good co-op games. Way to go Bioware..

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 9:50:58 PM

Co-op can piss off, too many games are forcing it on us traditional gamers. RE5!?

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Beamboom
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 1:12:22 AM

/me rubs eyes
You're going to get ME3 because of the coop gameplay, but could not care less about the single player story? Wow, that's something I've never seen anyone say about Mass Effect before.

Not that there's anything wrong in that - I absolutely *love* coop play too and I haven't even tried this demo so for all I know the coop play might be pure excellence in this game, but... Getting the game for the coop gameplay and not care the slightest about the story? Just... Wow!


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aaronisbla
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 6:39:12 AM

im not sure why he wouldnt want the single player portion but i will say this:

The co op portion is that good to validate his opinion even if i disagree with skipping the single player portion. It's highly addictive for a survival co op mode, a mode i normally don't care for much.

Its also a breath of fresh air using other races besides human.

The game doesn't need multiplayer but it fits this game better than what i could have imagined

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Beamboom
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 10:07:06 AM

I've heard so from others too, aaronisbla! Amazing. I'd never have guessed. Well, I assumed it would be fun, but not *this* good.

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Fane1024
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 4:15:48 AM

He said he *could* care less about the single-player. No need to rub your eyes.

;P


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friction
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 9:41:20 PM
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lol ben im like the complete opposite, i'd much rather download a game then physically own it.
fu** scratching disks, and that damn saran wrap stuff

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cLoudou
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 10:17:10 PM

You should use whatever is scratching your discs to cut the "Saran wrap stuff".

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 10:18:51 PM

Also, Bluray discs are way more scratch resistant than DVDs. That was a very pleasant surprise when I discovered this fact first hand years ago.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 12:08:03 AM

Okay. I'll keep an actual real collection, thanks.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 12:55:46 AM

I hate it when people talk on the internet like it's one big text message.

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friction
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 10:54:03 AM

@cLoudow lmao great post, I only scratched 3 games out of play-ability this generation. So Like CrusaderForever states, blu-rays are definitely a lot more durable.

@Ben Sorry if I came off as rude my intention was humor (fail). I don't mean physical is any better then digital, it's the same thing...
I have a collection of over 40 physical ps3 games.
In the course of a day I usually switch games about 4-5 times...

I know it's my fault for not putting the disks back in their cases, I leave them on top of the case. So occasionally a disk will fall and due to my carelessness I end up scratching the game.
Which is why for me personally I prefer digital stuff, I cant break it, only erase it.

Also I'm curious do you know if the digital version will be cheaper? Because if it's the same price as physical then that's just stupid.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 10:17:40 PM
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Great idea, but as LV has stated it would be truly epic if I could download it now and then have it unlock on 3/6/12 midnight. Plus, I am a physical copy fan as well. Ben you couldn't be more right though, the digital world beckons for sure.

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bebestorm
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 10:24:20 PM
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I like having physical copies for certain games and ME3 is one of them.

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dmiitrie
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 11:33:28 PM
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This is absolutely ridiculous. Launch day downloads should be available for every game even if you don't pre-order. I'm with LV, I'm sick and tired of Sony treating gamers who prefer to download games like we don't matter.

PC gamers have been enjoying this for years. We know there's a market for new release downloads, and the PSN can already support it. There's no justifiable reason why this hasn't happened yet. Not when there's an extremely successful business model in place that proves the ease and profitability of it.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 1:17:02 AM

PC gamers also have 700+GB HDD;s where 6-12GB games can be loaded by the dozens.

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Fane1024
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 4:21:42 AM

So do PS3 gamers...just ask Biker about his babies.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 11:44:28 PM
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Sorry, I want & need my psyhical copy.

D/L is an evil to me as a collector, like a werewolf always howling in the near distance,

But I've been preparing, & I'm ready for it, got my pump shotgun locked & loaded with 72 caliber rifle slugs.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 12:02:58 AM
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I was going to pre-order the PC digital version, but since EA won't allow Steam to have it and forcing you to buy it through their service Origin, I'll wait for a physical version later on down the road. Have enough to keep me busy in the meantime.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 1:15:51 AM

You can download it from Amazon.

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 2:51:30 AM

But you bought battlefield 3 on on origin (I think it was you), why not do the same?

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 4:55:40 AM

I didn't buy it on Origin. I bought mine on Amazon. You're forced to play it on Origin however. You can't play the game otherwise. The same goes for Mass Effect 3. EA is forcing PC gamers to use Origin. So I'm in no hurry to get it due to that fact.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 12:59:25 AM
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I wonder what price it will be sold for? I can buy it from an online retailer for £38 but games on the PSN are typically sold at RRP. Would they dare to try launching the game at £50?

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PAKINIPS
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 1:27:27 AM
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I'd only preorder a digital copy if it was much cheaper than the physical copy.

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___________
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 3:42:15 AM
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no thanks!
if it takes several hours to download a 1GB demo, then i dont wanna see how long it will take to download a 20GB+ game!
i wanna play ME3 this year thanks.........

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 6:44:19 AM

several hours? damn dude upgrade your connection or stop exaggerating so much

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slugga_status
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 8:10:30 AM

hours for a gig???!!!! What kind of crappy connection do you have set up over there...That's a dial up user kind of rate...

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___________
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 8:45:44 AM

got nothing to do with my connection, how many times do i have to say i can download WHOLE PC GAMES IN THAT TIME!?
downloaded alan wake today, only took 6 hours.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 8:59:28 PM

Even 6 hours is not that great as Alan Wake's hard drive requirement isn't that much. Now say for example Total War Shogun 2 on the other hand, that's sounds more reasonable as it's over 20GB.

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redman479
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 7:22:33 AM
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Is it just me or is the ME3 demo very glitchy? I'm hoping this is an earlier version of the game. The single player had watered down graphics and stuff was hopping around on the screen. I haven't tried the co-op part yet.

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Fane1024
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 4:28:28 AM

ALL demos are old builds of the game (excluding trial versions of PSN games, which are the actual game). If the demo is released before the game, it's at least 3 months older than the gold build and may be up to a year old if it was used at E3, etc.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 8:08:31 AM
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*scratches head* So..I can pre-order on PSN and get a weapon and a theme on launch day. Then wait for the download to complete..Yet it takes me 3 mins to run to K-Mart or Gamestop to just buy it...Rather pointless if you ask me..

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telly
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 10:01:10 AM
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When internet speeds and hard drives/cloud storage become vastly improved, downloading huge games like Mass Effect 3 will make sense. Until then, as Ben notes, one can literally drive/walk/take the bus to Best Buy, pick up the game, drive/walk/take the bus home, and start playing WAY before something this massive is done downloading.

A lot of us are stuck with crummy cable internet connections with laughably slow connection speeds -- comcast and others literally refuse to offer anything faster for any price. I have to think that some day, some company is going to come up with a brilliant way to increase internet speeds hundreds of times over (supposedly google is working on this right now) and if that day comes, it really will be a game changer. Till then, physical copies for big games is an easy choice.

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 11:13:34 AM
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The demo was cool, I'll be buying this game someday.

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