EB Plans Darker, Edgier Mass Effect 2 Launch Events

Just how big is Mass Effect 2? Big enough to be deemed worthy of EB Games hosting early morning launch events in three capital cities. Phew, now that's big.

The dark, edgy Bioware sequel is set for release on January 28 for Xbox 360 and PC. EB stores in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will be opening extra early to accommodate the demand for 2010's most keeny anticipated RPG... well, until Final Fantasy XIII comes out a few weeks later.

As per usual at these things, there'll be a bunch of giveaways, including the chance to win a limited edition Mass Effect 2 branded Xbox 360 Elite console. And apparently you'll also "leave with an exclusive photo with the characters" from the game, whatever that means.

Here are the stores in question:

EB Games Brisbane Albert Street Shop 245 Albert Street Brisbane QLD 4000

EB Games Melbourne Swanston Street 67 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000

EB Games Sydney George Street 403 George Street Sydney NSW 2000


    Why does Perth always get left out? *Sigh*

      Yeah - Stupid laws preventing them from opening....

      This is defiantly one launch i would have gone too...

      i thought it has something to do with anti-midnight trading laws or something *shrugs*

        I thought midnight launches had been done before in Perth?

          They have been done - it's just the question of legality, as the retailers have gotten into some serious shit over it.

      And canberra.

      Try living in Hobart then... :S

      Onya Perth! Screwed again.

    Does "exclusive photo with characters" mean "slumming actors doing some suit work in bad cos-play outfits"?

      Either that, or a cardboard cutout insert-yo-face-here thingy. Haha I'd like to see a cosplay Krogan though!

      Or, is it just a cardboard cut-out?

    Why is it coming out 2 days late anyway?

    It's coming out 26/1 in America. With the 26th being a public holiday here, why couldn't EA be nice and give it to us on the 25th?!

      We got Mass Effect 1 late as well. At least they're releasing the collectors edition here this time.

      Simple: the majority of games are released on a Tuesday in the US and on a Thursday in Australia. It's just the way it goes.

      American Releases always seem to be on Tues, Australian releases (movies/ games/ etc) always seem to be on Thursdays.....when the vast majority of Australians get paid....

    do yourselves a favour and boycott EB games. they are for the mums and dads that don't know they are being ripped off.


      Unless of course you like paying full price for stuff at launch as they won't match prices before everyone else is even open selling the product

    Has it even been rated yet by our dodgy ratings review board? Chickens before they hatch and all the that...

    I preordered at Perth harbortown... I might go there at opening time to harass them for fun. Anyone want to come? I'll be the anonymous guy.

    Bah i already pre-ordered the collectors edition all the way down at Carousel (Cannington WA) because i pre-ordered it there when i saw Avatar 3D in IMAX down there. bah. If anyone else is going let us know - however i will be down there as soon as the store opens and then will be rushing off home to be locked up in my house for 24 hours straight :P

    Yeah, I'm not a fan of EB either. I got my Modern Warfare 2 XBOX from there because they were the only ones who had it, but I always buy from GAME otherwise, they just seem to have the better specials on better games. I shop at GAME Civic in Canberra, and always found Josh and his team to be awesome (I don't work for them)

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