Mass Effect Trilogy Is EA's Holiday Cash Grab

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Medal of Honor Warfighter is not doing that well at retail, nor is it finding favor with critics. EA needs something else with massive mainstream appeal to propel the company into a profitable fourth quarter. Why not release three previously released titles in one swank boxset? It's worked for HD collections, and it will work for BioWare's space saga.

It's been known for a while now that BioWare and EA would be releasing the Mass Effect Trilogy on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this holiday season. It wouldn't be that interesting except for that the trilogy will be the first time that the original Mass Effect makes the jump to the PS3.

Mass Effect 3 was disappointing to many fans, but the first two titles are generally regarded as some of the finest RPGs of the current generation. The limited edition packaging might be a draw for the hardcore BioWare fans, but the rest of us might want to stick to the copies that we already own. The set is an excellent package, however, for those who haven't played any of the Mass Effect games.

The Mass Effect Trilogy will be out on the Xbox 360 and PC on November 6. The PS3 version will launch a month later on December 4. The original Mass Effect will also be made available on the PSN on December 4 for those who already own the latter titles on Sony's console.

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