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EA announces Mass Effect 3 pre-order bonuses

Submitted by on Thursday, 5 January 20123 Comments

These days pre-order bonuses, and more specifically predictable profit margins, are all the rage. In anticipation of the launch of Commander Shepard’s final mission, EA hath revealed the extraneous pieces of retailer specific pre-order bonuses gamers can expect for Mass Effect 3.

PS3 owners who pre-order Mass Effect 3 through either Gamestop or Game will receive download codes for N7 Warfare Gear which includes both the N7 Valkyrie Assault Rifle and N7 Defender Armor.

Since we know close to nothing about what either of the two will actually do in the game we’ll defer to Gamestop’s official press release:

N7 Valkyrie Assault Rifle After the carnage of the Battle of the Citadel, Alliance officers commissioned a new rifle for their ground forces. A variation of the popular Avenger design, the Valkyrie is now standard issue for new recruits. Exceptionally well-crafted, accurate, and packing ample firepower, the rifle is a hot black-market item on the rare occasion it surfaces.

N7 Defender Armor The Defender Armor is a variation on the N7 Special Forces’ combat gear, built to protect soldiers in long-running engagements where reinforcements may be sparse. When the wearer fires a weapon, the suit’s computers divert energy from the main power cell to the gun’s kinetic coils, offering an extra punch. The Defender’s storage compartments are designed to hold spare thermal clips, while capacitors throughout the armor provide extra power to shields during critical moments in battle. The armor also comes with an injection system built into the suit and neural-linked bio-monitors that help adjust the wearer’s breathing rate and adrenaline levels.

Gamestop press release

Well there you have it folks, your rewards for pre-ordering through Gamestop or Game, depending on your region. The question is whether or not pre-order bonuses like the ones featured here factor into your buying decision at all. Is there an argument to be made that such enhancements would somewhat alter the gaming experience?

Thanks to GameInformer for the press release information.

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