WIN! A Mass Effect 2 Xbox 360 Collectors Edition

We've hit the penultimate day of our week-long Mass Effect 2 giveaway. Here's how you can win the Xbox 360 Collectors Edition of Bioware's RPG.

UPDATE: This draw is now closed. If you left your entry on January 26, you'll be eligible for today's draw for one of three Xbox 360 copies.

We've still got four copies of Mass Effect 2 to give away. Specifically:

* 1 x Mass Effect 2 Collectors Edition (Xbox 360) * 3 x Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)

Today we've got one Xbox 360 Collectors Edition which comes with a "Making of..." DVD, a comic book, art book, Dragon’s Age Blood Armour unlock code, Cerberus Network card to access bonus in-game content and a tin case.

In Mass Effect 2, Shepard recruits a squad of the galaxy's most elite soldiers and assassins to undertake the most dangerous mission of all. To win a copy of Mass Effect 2, we want to know which six people (real, fictional or possibly not even people - we'll be flexible here) you would recruit to join you on the most dangerous mission of all. Tell us which six people you'd pick and why they're right for the job.

Leave your entry in the comments below. Multiple entries will be discarded and only your first entry will count. You have until midnight tonight to enter. The winner will be announced tomorrow at 10am when we open the final draw to win the three remaining Xbox 360 copies.

Good luck!

And the winner of the weekend's PC Collectors Edition is WaveOfMutilation, whose army of red shirts supplied irrefutable logic.

Before I choose my team I need to explain the theory behind it. The average lifespan of a party member is, being a sub-main character, up to 25 hours of culmative gameplay this being the maximum. Where as the lifespan of your average redshirt has a maximum lifespan of perhaps 20 seconds if he was extremely lucky. Thus one party member is equal to ((25x60x60)/20) 4,500 Redshirts.

Since I am allowed to choose the worth of 6 party member characters I would rather take the equal value of 27,000 Redshirts. By doing so I gain many benefits:

* I save a fortune by not having to outfit the redshirts with anything close to decent equipment.

* I get to keep all the best loot for my self.

* Redshirts are alot cheaper to employ.

* Instead of engaging in the usual single party member romance sex scene I get to engage in 4,501 person orgy (possibly not that great a thing now that I think about it).

* And most importantly so long as a single red shirt is alive I can not be killed because said redshirt would have to die first.

With 27,000 Redshirts at my disposal I can ensure my survival throughout my adventure as although a main character will always outlive Redshirt he is not always guaranteed to outlive his party of sub-main characters.

[Terms and Conditions]



    1. Z
    2. Four
    3. Q
    4. um... another Q
    5. A third Q
    6. and a batman symbol

      Well lets see here… I need to assemble the most kick ass team of all time to save the Universe? Well in that case its simple, I’ll need:

      Jesus: Pretty cool bloke all around, makes great waffles and handy to have when food supplies get low and the alcohol runs out!

      Sherlock Holmes and Watson: Okay, I’m cheating a little here but they are inseparable. One’s a doctor the other a detective. Puzzles and danger abounds in outer-space and I’ll need them both. Including them was just “elementary, my dear Kotaku.”

      Vlad Tepes aka Dracula: Impaling, torturing, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people. Whats not to like!? He’ll provide much needed humour the crew was so far lacking and I’m sure he’ll come in handy during fights. Oh and I’m pretty sure he’s a vampire.
      Note: Pack more sunscreen.

      Jessica Rabbit: Sultry minx. Singer. Former Disney character and most importantly female! Useful for wooing her way past male security guards and… uhh… singing?

      Christopher Columbus: I get lost often and asking for directions on the inter-space highway is just asking for trouble. You also run the risk of picking up a lot of dangerous hitch-hikers with their ‘towel’ and their fancy ‘book’.

      Confucius: Because Confucius says “Wise man never play leapfrog with unicorn.” And everyone knows you don’t want to play leapfrog with unicorns. His wisdom will be needed on this voyage.

      Yup… sounds like an unstoppable force!

      okays... the 6 people I would need to pull off the impossible suicide mission deep in the far reaches of the known galaxy with maximum awesome intact are:

      1. Ford Prefect - Betelgeusian, Galactic Hitch-hiker and editor - Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy - Lets face it, this guy knows his way around the place (and he can document the journey of awesomeness too)

      2. Chewbacca - Wookie, Pilot, mechanic and smuggler - Star Wars - Where gonna need a pilot that can rip off arms right? and perhaps fix things and umm.. smuggle things?

      3. 7 of 9 - Borg/Human female, Hotness and Science officer - Star Trek - Yer like you guys wouldnt pick her. bewbs

      4. Bender - Robot Bending unit, Futurama - Need a drinking buddy who isnt going to chase 7 of 9. Also who knows what bendables are going to exist out there..

      5. Legolas - Elven Male, Archer/Rogue - Lord of the Rings - Seriously who else do you want watching your back. Does space exist in middle-Earth.. hmmm

      6. Tiger Woods - Human Male, Golfer and Double Agent - Earth - Lets face it, 7 of 9 is never gonna go for me so who better to have help u pick up the interstellar ladies than the one man mojo machine, Tiger. Not to mention if we need to sneak action, who better to charm and lie his way out of a situation.


    Apple-event week themed team UNITE!

    1. Jon Ive - He would make space white and 10% slimmer
    2. Steve Ballmer - For muscle (or a distraction)
    3. Noah Wyle - To play Steve Jobs (again, see the movie)
    4. "1984" Guy on the Screen - To intimidate and entertain
    5. Lisa 2 - For extreme processing power (not a person, but has the name of a person)
    6. Apple Fanboy #486454 - Complete with FlameShield for defence

    1) Du Quois, Resistance Member
    2) Déjà Vu, Resistance Member
    3) Chocolate Mousse, Resistance Member
    4) Albert Potato, Resistance Member
    5) Latrine, Resistance Member
    6) That cow that wore the boots

    That movie reference is probably so old it is now 'Top Secret'... ... cough...

    1. Block of cheddar cheese
    2. Sirloin steak
    3. Red apples
    4. Cauliflower
    5. Broccoli
    6. Loaf of crusty bread

    Because with a balanced diet, I can handle anything.

    Everyone from both of the left 4 speed videos except Zoey because she doesn't do anything and... Rochelle for the same reason. I'd take them because they're all so smart and helpful but the downside is they seem to have a lot of bad luck. I might end up doing quite a bit of work.

    1. Hitler - Moral choice guidance
    3. Elizabeth Bennett - Potential love interest.
    2. Mother Teressa - Opposing moral choice guidance and potential love interest.
    4. Marvin - Necessary Funny Robotic side character
    5. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) - Majored in Bad ass-ery and potential love interest that hooks up with Marvin.
    6. Dizzy Flores - Potential love interest that dies horribly.

    1 Benny Hill, plenty of ugly heads in Mass Effect to 'bald slap'
    2 Saddam Hussein, why not... he was funny in South Park!
    3 Kato from the Pink Panther Movies. He could hide in lockers and jump out to attack you, keep you on your toes.
    4 Mel Gibson, he would get on with Saddam for sure.
    5 Gandalf, Thou shalt not fart!
    6 Bad Boy Bubby... if they taught sex with aliens was bad, what would he get up to!?!

      7 A Spell checker, sorry I meant thought, not taught!

    Six drunken midgets, because anyone traveling with six drunken midgets won't be messed with lest all kinds of arse-kickery should occur.

    1. Oprah- She can get things done behind the scenes.
    2.Stewie Griffin- Technological wizard who is funny as hell.
    3.The guy who randomly does the robot in Chapelles Show- Need i say more?
    4.Ahnuld- He's a governor and an ass-kicker, if he was black Oprah'd be gone.
    5.Macguyver- Just in case.
    6.Barney Stinson- Awesome magic tricks!

    1) That deer from Tooheys
    2) That tiger thing from Cascade
    3) That Eagle from Wolf Blass
    4) The Big Polar Bear from Bundaberg Rum
    5) Those two old fellows from Guinness
    6) That big mob of monks from the Carlton Draught ad

    Maybe it's the 4 day Australia Day weekend or all the brow beating I'm taking from the women or even all the beer I've drunk, but this is all I've seen all Weekend. Hell I can't even remember what this post was about, but this is the group that I would spend my Australia day with.

    Spock - It's only logical.
    Scout Sergeant Cyrus - He's Deathwatch. Mass Effect is full of aliens. Nuff said.
    Bear Grylls - Because giant ice worms have a weakness and some part of them is surely edible.
    Rosie O'Donnell - Because no good space expedition is complete without cannabalism.
    My girlfriend - On account of all the hot alien tail I won't be getting.
    Luke Skywalker - Because there isn't a space epic that can't be fixed by a Jedi.

    1. Sylar (from Heroes)
    2. Akuma (Street fighter)
    3. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
    4. Wolverine (Xmen)
    5. E.D.209 (robocop)
    6. Megan Fox (Transformers movie)
    Sylar with all his powers would be great in almost any situation, Akuma for his martial arts skills, Lara Croft with her climbing,finding and adventure skills also she can pay for lunch and dinner, Wolverine with his combat and healing skills, E.D.209 everyone needs a robot of some sort, Megan Fox can use to gain info from enemies and entertainment for the crew.

    1. xzibit so he can put things in things so we can do things while we do things and pimp my ride

    2. stephen conroy, so he can censor our crew as a form of camouflage and invicibility

    3. samuel l. jackson and his booming voice that hits like the fist of an angry god 5 cats that join forces to form as one big mecha cat, kinda like transformers, Optimus Feline and Bumblekitty lol

    5. colonel sanders cause i love dem chickens, and noonee can resist kfc

    6. edward cullen as the kamikaze member of our gang, the one who will slow me down in my mission and i'll have to leave him behind as a sacrifice or something

    with these powers combined, we are captain planet

      January 25, 2010 at 11:36 AM
      5. colonel sanders cause i love dem chickens, and noonee can resist kfc

      "Thats because the Colonel puts an addictive substance in his chicken which makes you crave it fortnightly, smartass!"

    1. The Great A'Tuin.
    2-5. Four giant elephants.
    6. Ankh-Morpork.

    Ankh-Morpork has never been successfully invaded, instead integrating invading armies into its tangled web of corruption, taxes and multiculturalism. Within a week of arriving, the Geth would simply be another minority group, petitioning for religious holidays, and with its own ethnic restaurants.

    Also, if it came to it, I reckon the Great A'Tuin could totally take out a reaper, presumably while trying to mate with it.

    6.Captain Planet

    1) Richard Hammond - his small stature would allow access to hard to reach places and his brilliant smile would blind and his awful hair would confuse...
    2) James May - his advanced intellect and floppy hair would be essential in any situation and in times of boredom he would serenade the team with his musical prowess.
    3) Jeremy Clarkson - That big oaf has got to be good in a fight...
    4) Sabine Schmitz's - Strong heroine figure to fulfill the rules of equal opportunity.
    5) Top Gear Dog - This loyal hound would be indispensable as it would vomit on James May when ever he became tedious...
    6) The STIG - No explanation necessary, its the godamn STIG!

    Subject Zero (because she kicks arse)
    Subject One (because he kicks MORE arse)
    Subject Two (even MORE)
    Subject Three (You get the idea..)
    Subject Four (The one with eight chainsaw-legs)
    aaaaand Subject Six (Subject Five was a... mishap)

    1. A "Big Boy" Nuke (Or similar bomb)
    2. Another "Big Boy" Nuke (Or Similar Bomb)
    3. Another "Big Boy" Nuke (Or Similar Bomb)
    4. Another "Big Boy" Nuke (Or Similar Bomb)
    5. A Spaceship with low-flying and bomb dropping abilities
    6. A Pilot capable of flying said spaceship.

    With the four bombs and Spaceship and pilot combo, Screw fighting and risking my life, I'll just have the pilot fly low over the enemy and drop the bombs, I'll be at the back manning a turret, although there won't be much need, the bombs will pretty much annihilate the enemy. Fights over, and me and the pilot go to the local pub.

    Valid email: [email protected]

    1) Marcus Fenix - He can channel the manly power of his muscles to heal himself
    2) A jigglypuff - It can sing and put the enemies to sleep, then draw on their face. They will all run from pure embarrassment (never fall asleep around your friends)
    3) MW2's Ghost - Because his pure awesomeness would create a barrier preventing him from taking damage from anyone other then friendlies.
    4) A Towel - Because one should always know where his towel is.
    5) Johnny Walker - Because we can't survive without our scotch ;).
    6) My mother - Because her anti-violence, drug and gaming policies would cause her to give lectures to all enemies, the ones she doesn't "change for the better" would suicide after spending 15 minutes listening to her. Also, she can make sandwiches.


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    1. Jeremy aka teh_pwnerer - greatest gamer in the world. you wouldnt have that name if you werent
    2. fps_doug - also great at games unless RTS he needs 5 minutes no rush
    3. Dave - great gamer, great cook and need a token asian guy
    4. Teh_Masterer - he teaches the guys how to use their micro to defeat enemies but never noobs for if there was no noobs there wouldnt be pros
    5. Anastasia - good at MMOs and also a chick dont want it to be a sausage fest on tour
    6. T-Bag (RIP) - his legend will live on forever and was friends with bill gates so free xboxes all round

    1. Black Lion
    2. Red Lion
    3. Blue Lion
    4. Green Lion
    5. Yellow Lion
    6. Sackboy

    Now Voltron has balls

    1: Everlasting Gobstopper
    2: Nerds
    3: Chewy Runt
    4: Nerdlicious Rope
    5:Oompa Loompa
    6:Willy Wonka

    surely if they can survive the chocolate factory they will be a successfull combination in my outer space adventures

      forgot to add that Mass Effect and The Chocolate factory have alot in common namely the really long winded elevator rides :) so Willy Wonka will have great skill in handeling those :P

    1. Batman he always has a plan of some sort.
    2. Master Chief it's not like he hasn't done dangerous before.
    3. Deadpool he can't die and makes good comic relief.
    4. Wolverine you always need a dangerous rouge.
    5. Jill Valentine there may be space zombies.
    6. Joanna Dark the best covert agent to take on aliens I can think of.

    1. Duke Nukem (I hear he's out of a job right now anyway)
    2. Commander Keen (Man that kid was a genius! Oh and he'd be good to get into tight spaces)
    3. Buffy (Not sure how many vampires we would run across in this whole space adventure thingy, but that super strength would sure come in handy, and we always need someone with the witty remarks)
    4. Flippy (From Happy Tree Friend, he's just so friendly, and then so outright f*ing insane!)
    5. Someone (anyone really, but someone easy to get along with would be best) who has the power to summon Cthulhu on demand. That would be ace.
    6. A really good cook, they say an army marches on it's stomach, so a good cook would be a good idea! I mean I've never seen Shepard eat, and I suspect that could be a real downfall if he was fighting a lot. He was fighting a lot when I was playing him, but then I didn't see him poo either, which is probably a good thing, but none the less I just don't trust that boy (or girl) is looking after himself, and I suspect the others would be the same. So a good cook, maybe Maggie from the Cook and the Chef (that other dude would be quite annoying I think), or perhaps we could get Heston Blumenthal and he could whip up a Medievil feast for us each night, and we can sing songs until all hours of the morning while drinking wine and mead and savouring the spoils of war......... Mmmmmmmmmm

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