Buying All Of Mass Effect 3's Add-Ons Will Cost You $870

Downloadable content is serious business. Well, with the amount of time and money developers spend on it (and ask for it), you'd think it was. Stuff like Mass Effect 3's DLC, though, is more of a joke.

With various weapons and skins spread across pre-orders, toys and PC accessories, if you wanted to own every piece of available downloadable content on the day of Mass Effect 3's release, you'd be paying a ton.

Destructoid writer Chris Carter sat down with a calculator and worked out that to buy it all - and this means buying the stuff that some DLC is held hostage inside/alongside, as well as the game itself - would cost you around USD$870.

Here's the total rundown:

Collector's Edition (needed to obtain all content):

$80 - N7 Collector's Edition

Pre-order bonuses:

AT-12 Raider - Origin pre-order bonus

Chakram Launcher - Play the Kingdoms of Alamur demo

M-55 Argus - Pre-order bonus for select retailers

N7 Weapons pack - N7 Edition bonus

N7 Hoodie - N7 Edition bonus

N7 Warfare Gear - Pre-order bonus for select retailers

Reckoner Knight armour - Play the Kingdoms of Alamur demo

Robotic Dog - N7 Edition bonus

Squad Outfit pack - N7 Edition bonus

Auxiliary purchases:

Unannounced price for the iOS game Mass Effect Infiltrator, which can affect the main game.

$10 day one "From Dust" DLC

$44.99 for the Liara figurine - which oddly enough now comes with multiplayer unlock DLC

$24.99 for The Art of Mass Effect Universe - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

$80 for four Mass Effect 3 toys - "Slightly randomized" multiplayer unlock DLC

$59.99 for the Mass Effect 3 controller - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

$209.99 for the Chimera 5.1 Headset - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

$34.99 for the Mousepad - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

$79.99 for the Messenger Bag - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

$24.99 for the iPhone case - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

$79.99 for the Mouse - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

$139.99 for the Keyboard - Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

And people wonder why other people get upset about DLC.

It will cost you around $US870 to get Mass Effect 3's DLC [Destructoid]


    ...worth it.

      You realise that's US prices, right?
      And isn't the DLC with the keyboard, headset etc. etc all the same item?

        Oh, just checked the Destructoid article, each dlc code increases the power of the weapon, so if you get them all you have a potentially game-killing weapon to be used in multiplayer.

          But not if you're on PS3.

        US prices so imagine then what AUS prices would be since we tend to pay more. But EA is doing all this for the fans, yeah right.

    Did I miss the memo where peripherals such as keyboards, messenger bags, headsets etc.. were classified as DLC?


      You wouldn't download a car.

        Actually, now that The Pirate Bay is getting into 3D printable stuff, one day I probably will!

      You missed the memo where Steve from marketing outlined that using vague, sort of inflamatory statements in dodgey "plunk-ett down and forget it" articles generates more hits.

      I was wondering the same thing to, then noticed it says "Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup" after it, so I presume to get these guns you have to buy a piece of merchandise?

      You wouldn't download a messenger bag...

        I would if we had reach that point in time where we can teleport physical items over the internet.

          Pretty sure the boys in RnD are working on that now.

          One of them was trying to hock a live bear and an R-Kelly discography on me in the break room.

          Still working the kinks out, I imagine.

      I've edited the headline so that it covers everything rather than DLC. Thanks for drawing it to my attention. :)

        Thanks, now it is just the entire article that needs to be edited. It still refers to it all as DLC

          Now be nice, it's clearly about everything, even if the term DLC is used.


    I'm pretty sure you only need the collector Assault rifle once? you don't need to buy it 7 times?

      ' If you have already obtained the Collector Assault Rifle, this code will strengthen the weapon further. '

      Scratch that.

    8 of those items have the same DLC included. So really, if you wanted all the DLC you'd only need to buy the cheapest of those items...

    Not as dramatic I know, but still

      its a good point nonetheless. why would you buy all 8 for the same item?

    And they wonder why people pirate these games?

      You're planning on pirating a keyboard and 5.1 headphones?

        Wear a Bandana and a gun and rob Razer, hopefully its a French branch they surrender more promptly.

          Why... those cheese eating surrender monkeys!!!

        Haven't you heard? You can pirate physical objects on TPB now =D

      I'm pretty sure one of the bigger release teams will have the entire pack up at some stage. After seening this there is 0 chance of me me spending a dime on any of the dlc.

    "$10 day one “From Dust” DLC"

    Which is free with the N7 Collector's Edition which was already factored into this price.

    Most of the extra stuff is completely skipable merchandise as well. In a lot of cases it's the same DLC in multiple places.

    yeah i hate all this dlc bullshit

      The good thing is you can still enjoy the game without it... Oh wait, "From Ashes" is day 1 story DLC.... crap.

    Seriously, most of it is shit that no one really wants anyway. anyone putting their hand up for the N7 fabric patch out there? give me guns and the missions and I'm happy. Wait, isn't that what the game is anyway? BTW this list isn't very accurate with what is listed in the N7 pack anyway. I don't see a double sided shep tin in there. or the lithograph (fancy named poster)

    Excuse me while I clean up the milk sprayed all over my screen... Goddamn it bioware, I used to love your games...

    lol EA thinks it's hardcore, a certain train game trumps your cheap DLC by comparison EA. What do you have to say about that?

    Good lord I can not wait for ME3 to come out so I can never give BioWare money again. How I wish I didn't have to say that.

      You will, for the next inevitable Mass Effect game...

    Meh... I'm not fazed, still pumped for the game, just wont get suckered into buying all the superfluous crap called DLC. Bioware is a business. Businesses are meant to make money.
    I still cannot believe in the age of consumerism, people are still 'angry' that a company makes money.
    If you don't want to pay, then don't. Quit your whinging and vote with your wallets.

      That's not the point. At what point does the word "greed" come into play? Oh, that's right. People like you are too ignorant to believe in greed, or you just think it's justified. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that publishers and developers are taking advantage of gamers these days.

    Would i be a bad person if i pirated all crap DLC when ive already have the N7 version pre-ordered? Just thinking out loud.

    Plunkett, you needs to sets ups your owns sites. Calleds SHITS NEWS.

    Calm your nips, plunkett. If I bought everything on that list I'd have to be pretty stupid with my money. It'd be like ordering every meal involving the big mac and saying that a big mac purchase wouldn't have been complete without me doing so. Also, a fair few of those items offer the same DLC items as other content packs / editions.

    My argument is void though since I stopped a while ago when I heard Origin again. Good luck :P

    I am in the market for a new keyboard. $140 though? Psh! If its under $100 I'll take one. It looked like a slick keyboard!

    Or you can wait a couple of months and nearly all of the DLC listed here barring the CE stuff will be available to buy in a single pack for a fraction of the price...

    It's not quite Railworks 3/Train Simulator 2012 which at the moment costs over $1,800 on Steam with all the DLC and is still expanding... really?

    Oh this si for the Stuff you get for just buying game items i thought was 870$ for REAL DLC meaning Game expansions

    This is kind of misleading. I don't call a FIGURINE downloadable content. This is like saying ' MW3 dlc' includes the headsets, replica guns and merchandise.

    Plunkett, you've taken a poorly researched post by Chris Carter on Destructoid and made it even worse by changing the wording. None of the "multiplayer unlock DLC"s are 'held hostage' in their various tangible products, they are all unlockable through the normal course of play for every player, for free, without any additional purchase required. You failed to mention that in Chris Carter's version of the report he said "including pre-paying for unlocks" which translates to "buying multiplayer levels now instead of earning them later".

    Secondly, both of you listed the "From Dust" DLC in error - that DLC is included in the collector's edition of the game, you don't need to buy it again separately. If you want access to all of the DLC, you pay $80 for the collector's edition and you play multiplayer a little bit. That's it.

    Carter mindlessly rushed to throw fuel on unlit kindling to try to whip up confected news, and you're an accessory to this blatantly terrible reporting by not only re-reporting it without bothering to look into whether it was true or not, but MIS-reporting it to boot. I know Kotaku's standards have been slipping these past few years but this is getting ridiculous.

      Is it wrong to say you just jumped down off your cross and nailed Luke to it in a very awesome way Zombie Jesus? lol

      I enjoyed reading this comment, whilst slurping on my morning coffee.

    this is why piracy is rife

    It warms the cockles of my black heart to see people starting to wise up to how crap Luke Plunkett is as a journo (blogger? does that really count?)

    Given how awful the CAR was in ME2, I'm not really scared.

    Horse Armor.

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