One of the gaming highlights of the start of 2012 will undoubtedly be Mass Effect 3, the grand finale to a trilogy that has taken you, as Commander Shephard, to the far flung reaches of the galaxy and had you saving the known universe on at least twelve occasions. Originally a 360 exclusive, the series is now available across all major HD formats and Mass Effect 3 is sure to ramp things up another notch in terms of quality and depth.
The PC versions of Mass Effect 3 are well regarded as the best Mass Effect experience money can buy, providing your setup is decent enough.
PC owners may well have anticipated downloading the game through the Steam service, which has become the most popular method of digital distribution in a format without one company in overall control. Unfortunately for them, EA seem to want to exert their control, and thus will only be making the game available through their own download portal, Origin. Owners of the retail PC version of the game will also be required to register the game on Origin.
BioWare community manager Chris Priestly said that: “During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time.” He went on to add: “Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.” Not putting too fine a point on it, but does that roughly translate in to meaning EA will potentially make more money from selling add-ons through their own service?