Friday News Recap: 9/22 – 9/28

I hope you like trilogy box sets!

Mass Effect Trilogy Incoming to PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, Includes ME1 for PS3

BioWare felt they’d wrap up one of the best, most connective series in all of gaming into one box. On November 6th, a trilogy bundle of Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 will release for $60 on Xbox 360 and PC, complete with an art book in a “premium foil box.”

EA hasn’t stated whether this includes DLC. Let’s be optimistic here.

PS3 owners will see the compilation (presumable all on one sexy disc)at a later date, presumably because Mass Effect 1, for the first time ever, will be available on that platform. Mass Effect 2 was released on PS3 in January of 2010 and had an interactive comic to fill in for ME1. Fans who just want ME1 can download it separately on PSN when it comes out. It would be safe to assume that the extra time will be needed to add Trophies, make it run on the system, and make it compatible with ME2 and ME3.

As a big fan of Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, I’m interested but I don’t know if I’ll go back all the way to ME1. I am extremely grateful that I, and others like me, now have that choice.

Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy Coming to PS3

Not to be outdone by BioWare, Ubisoft declared a trilogy of their own; one with more Italian assassins. Dubbed Assassin’s Creed: Ezio’s Trilogy, it will include Assassin’s Creed II (and it’s DLC), Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and, the ginger stepchild, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. This one-disc package will hit exclusively on PS3 for $40 on November 13th.

This is a good deal, but the timing and lack of DLC for the latter games is odd. Assassin’s Creed III comes out on October 30th, a full two weeks before this. Anyway, this is a deal for bargain hunters who have not taken advantage of this franchise.

PSN Gets Day 1 Digital Release for October

In case you are tired of cases and physical discs, Sony has an alternative in October for you. Starting with Resident Evil 6, eight full retail games will hit on the same day on PSN. The titles are:
Resident Evil 6
(Available for download on October 2nd – $59.99)
NBA 2K13
(Available for download on October 2nd – $59.99/$53.99 for PS Plus members, with pre-order)*
(Available for download on October 9th – $59.99/$53.99 for PS Plus members, with pre-order)*
DOOM 3: BFG Edition
(Available for download on October 16th – $39.99/$35.99 for PS Plus members, with pre-order)*
007: Legends
(Available for download on October 16th – $59.99)+
Medal Of Honor: Warfighter
(Available for download on October 23rd – $59.99)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
(Available for download on October 30th – $59.99/$53.99 for PS Plus members, with pre-order)*
Assassin’s Creed III
(Available for download on October 30th – $59.99)*

You can pre-order them now off PSN, with some even offering a 10% discount for Playstation Plus members. Midnight launches are even planned for a few, but they haven’t been determined.

An idea such as this seems more like an experiment and I applaud Sony for doing it. It won’t be perfect, as pre-loading needs to be a thing and more discounts wouldn’t hurt, but it is a solid step forward into future.

Mark of the Ninja Hits PC on October 16, 2012

Xbox Live Arcade’s most interesting game finally is coming to another platform. Steam users will be able to buy Mark of the Ninja on October 16th for $15.

A “stealthy ninja game in modern day” has been a game idea in my head for a long time, so I can’t wait to finally get my hands on it. I just hope my PC can run it. If not, I’ll have to wait for a PS3 version. If you have an Xbox 360, you should give this one a go.

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