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Get Mass Effect 2 PC For Free With Your Purchase Of Dragon Age II

Also, Dragon Age II sold a million and another Mass Effect is coming this year.

Still don’t have Mass Effect 2? Here’s an expensive way to get a free copy of the oft-acclaimed sequel: buy Dragon Age II. In a celebration ending April 30, past and present owners of any version of Dragon Age II can sign up to receive a free digital copy of Mass Effect 2 for the PC. Just head on over to Dragon Age II’s official Web site, hit the rectangular “Get Mass Effect 2 Code” link in the middle of the page, and follow the directions to claim your own.

This is all an obvious marketing stunt that trades exposure for a free game, but to hear Mass Effect and Dragon Age series creator BioWare tell it, this Mass Effect 2 giveaway is simply an effort to reward fans of Dragon Age II since the game has sold over one million copies to date. 

  

        

There have got to be catches with this, right? Yeah, I've spotted a few small ones. In order to claim your Mass Effect 2 code in the first place, you’ll need to have a valid Online Pass connected to your copy of Dragon Age II. Also, the copy of Mass Effect 2 you’ll receive in return won’t come with an Online Pass, so you won’t be able to access the Cerberus Network (or any DLC) without forking over $10 first. Oh, and also, all of this is done through the EA Store, which isn't the... most popular or solid of services. But otherwise, hey, free game!

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Edited by Karkarov

God most of you are a bunch of whiny pricks.  For a game that sucks so bad why are they saying it already sold over a million copies and did so faster than DA:O did it?  Second who cares if you have already played ME2?  If you already have it on PC use this to give it to a friend or something if you have the option.  Or if you are like me and don't own the PC version but want to check it out well here you go.

You guys do realize they could have given you, you know, nothing right?  Maybe it is just where I am from but around here "something" in general is considered better than "nothing".

Posted by Brendan

That's a pretty sweet way to get as many Mass Effect 3 sales as you can.  

Posted by Impossibilium
@Karkarov said:
" God most of you are a bunch of whiny pricks.  For a game that sucks so bad why are they saying it already sold over a million copies and did so faster than DA:O did it? "

Eh, massive numbers of pre-orders based on the popularity and word of mouth of DA:O and fans of the first one who thought it wouldn't be as bad as other people made it sound only to discover it only has a handful of empty locations, boring loot and combat borrowed from Dynasty Warriors?

Just a guess.

Still, free game. And one that's better than DA2.
Posted by detectivepbert

Almost everyone will probably disagree with me, but I prefer my shooters on consoles.

Posted by darkjester74

Can anyone confirm the bit about having to fork over $10 for the Cerebus Network?  I just entered the activation key the EA store gave me and it took it with no questions asked.  I haven't tried to buy DLC  yet tho. 

Posted by Quickdry

I wasn't going to bother with all this, but after seeing people put up their codes, that seems like a good idea. All my friends that are into video games already played this, so here's my code.


5VM5-H2H2-KU34-MDQ7-QA5X

enjoy. 
Posted by Jimbo
@Under_Influenz said:
" @Daveyo520 said:
" Already own it on the PC.


Okay seriously fuck everyone who is making this into a bad thing. You ungrateful fucks.
"
"
Ungrateful?  Don't be daft.  It's a sales promotion, no more and no less.  EA spinning it as a 'celebratory gift' doesn't mean you guys have to be naive enough to take them at their word.

It's neither good or bad - it's just a totally transparent sales promotion being pitched as something more than it actually is.
Posted by Hunkulese
@Jimbo said:
" @Under_Influenz said:
" @Daveyo520 said:
" Already own it on the PC.


Okay seriously fuck everyone who is making this into a bad thing. You ungrateful fucks.
"
"
Ungrateful?  Don't be daft.  It's a sales promotion, no more and no less.  EA spinning it as a 'celebratory gift' doesn't mean you guys have to be naive enough to take them at their word.It's neither good or bad - it's just a totally transparent sales promotion being pitched as something more than it actually is. "


Now who is being daft? How is it not a gift? It's great for the consumer. They get a free game. Are they supposed to say "Oh I don't know about this. I would take the free game but it may just be a ploy to make me buy future products for them so I better not download it because they're evil."

 

I'm not always in favor of what Bioware does for their games. The signature edition was bullshit and they milk preorder bonuses far too much but I don't see how them giving away a free game to people who supported them is anything but positive.

Posted by ___pocalypse

I'm pretty excited to have the PC version. I have in on 360 already because I didn't have a PC at the time it came out, so this is really cool. Very excited to try out mods and whatnot!

Edited by tourgen

The PC version is pretty good.  You can use more powers without having to use the power wheel which pauses the game.  Seems like a good thing if you were already planning on getting ME2 from EA's site.
I imagine this is an attempt to get people to buy Dragon Age II before the price tanks.  Digital version of ME2 is already just about free so it's not like they're giving away the farm.  And if they get you to install their background downloader/updater and other EA crapware all the better (for them) - trying to get people off of Steam and using their digital distro service.

Posted by Shaanyboi
@fleethefactory said:
" Stuff like this blows my mind. Let's complain about developers giving away stuff for free. That'll convince them to keep doing it.

"
this
Posted by Sankis
@darkjester74 said:
" Can anyone confirm the bit about having to fork over $10 for the Cerebus Network?  I just entered the activation key the EA store gave me and it took it with no questions asked.  I haven't tried to buy DLC  yet tho.  "
The article is wrong. It comes with Cerberus Network.
Edited by PhatSeeJay

Article is very much inaccurate!  The Cerberus Network has become included in the package and is automatically given to you when you go to the redeem page again. It just has to be downloaded and patched manually.

Also let's just forget the fact that you get a FREE copy of Mass Effect 2 that's not even account locked and possible to gift to other people. I would consider this one of the best deals I've been given.

@darkjester74:


Read my above comment or go to the forum thread. But in a nutshell: Yes I can confirm you get Cerberus Network since I downloaded, patched it in and met Zaed in the process of five minutes.
Posted by itsVASH

smart marketing

Posted by Leptok

Eh, think I'll pass. If they'd give out a code for steam though...

Posted by selbie

They should have thrown in the major DLC like Shadow Broker and Arrival.

Posted by Mumrik

Buy our mediocre and slightly insulting game and get the fucking GOTY 2010 for free!


They should be giving away free copies of DA2 with sales of ME2.

Posted by PenguinDust

I have ME2 for the PC already.  I think what I am going to do is wait and then get DA2 when EA gives it away with every copy of ME3.

Posted by Beomoose

If this were a Steam deal I'd probably go for it. Of course if it were a Steam deal it wouldn't have that BS extra $10 fee to get access to other stuff


Posted by Arrested_Developer

Sweet, I own the 360 version but I've wanted the PC too.

Posted by 137

dragon age II is the first game I have ever loaded onto my new rig that actually made it crash LOL!!! no thanks. 

Posted by iam3green

i'm currently downloading mass effect 2 right now. i hope i enjoy this game.

Posted by Picard

I DLed mine last night. I can't believe EA is giving it away.

Posted by Skytylz

I have an unopened copy of DA II that I haven't opened yet and I've yet to decide whether or not I should return it.  This is making the decision harder.  

Posted by rjayb89
@Skytylz: What version do you have? Some mods can make traversing through the same maps over and over again so much easier.
Posted by McDunkin

Why do people think this has anything to do with Dragon Age II?  Yes you get the game for owning a copy but what it really is is a way for them to build an install base on their digital storefront.  Valve has done the same thing, for example, with Alien Swarm last year.

Posted by Skytylz
@rjayb89: Well, here's what happened.  I played Origins the first time about a year ago and didn't like it, but I gave it another try about two months ago and I really liked it with a different class.  I wasn't planning on getting DA2 till after I finished, but then I saw that a local video store was selling PC signature editions so I bought one.  Now that I'm about 30 hours in to Origins I'm not sure if I really want more of something similar, I know it's different but most people are saying the changes aren't necessarily for the better.  
Edited by rjayb89
@Skytylz: Yes, I'm sure you've heard a lot of things about Dragon Age II and how... polarizing it can be. And a lot of these complaints are true and depending on your tolerance of visiting the same places over and over again, you might feel like you're not progressing toward an ultimate goal (something I felt, at least). I'm probably not going to change your mind about it, but one thing we have in common is that we didn't like Origins in our first playthrough until we played a different class much later. Rather than playing through the game as a Warrior, I chose to be a Mage and had fun, but that's not the point.

Things I noticed from the original game to Dragon Age II (DAII) that might entice you into playing the game is that you won't be spending as much time in menus, whether it be to check your journal for quest descriptions or map to figure out where to go because the game purposefully focuses you on a singular path, even the main quest maintains this mantra albeit across three "acts." With Origins, you were given a list of people to request aid from without a particular path to follow leaving it to you, and as a result, made it a difference to how the ending played out. At any rate, the game is much more combat-focused. Would you say that combat might have felt a bit clunky and slower in the original? Most definitely if you compare it to DAII's. Instead of slowing your party members speed when an enemy appears, you actually move faster than you usually move (unless you install that mod I linked for you up there, or last page, whatever).

As someone who has extensively enjoyed the fiction that Dragon Age (in general) has set up from reading the novels (The Stolen Throne so far, in progress on The Calling) to multiple playthroughs of the original to understand how impactful Origin stories could have been for particular characters, I think the story in Dragon Age II fell extremely short. The game centers around a rags-to-riches character who manages to overcome all odds, and while doing so became surrounded by the catalysts, or reasons, why the story happens as it does (sorry for being vague or confusing, I don't want to spoil anything) instead of becoming a Grey Warden and the feeling that you've become the only hope that Fereldan needs to overcome the Blight.

But, mods, dude! Mods! Not very many yet, though.

TL;DR
Things I like:
  • faster combat
  • less time in menus
  • mods (PC)
Things I dislike:
  • what I think is the most important part about Dragon Age, the story, is disappointing because you're given clear choices (less impactful consequences)
  • Isabela
Posted by GrandHarrier

Correction to your post. You do get Cerberus Network. It uses the same code as you use to download it.

Posted by UncleBenny

Man, I wonder if they'll give out Dragon Age II for free when Mass Effect 3 comes out... dangerous precedents, EA...

Posted by Khann
@Shaanyboi said:
" @fleethefactory said:
" Stuff like this blows my mind. Let's complain about developers giving away stuff for free. That'll convince them to keep doing it.

"
this "
A rapist might lure a child with free candy.. that doesn't mean his intentions are pure.

Just because somebody gives you something for free doesn't mean you must immediately and blindly sing the praises of said somebody.
Posted by mewarmo990

It's cool that EA approved this since ME2 is one of the greatest recent games, but I must say that this sudden marketing ploy is a rather telling indicator of Dragon Age II's sales...

Posted by RVonE
@mewarmo990 said:
"

                    It's cool that EA approved this since ME2 is one of the greatest recent games, but I must say that this sudden marketing ploy is a rather telling indicator of Dragon Age II's sales...

                   

                "

DAII sold over a million copies.
Posted by Shaanyboi
@Khann said:
" @Shaanyboi said:
" @fleethefactory said:
" Stuff like this blows my mind. Let's complain about developers giving away stuff for free. That'll convince them to keep doing it.

"
this "
A rapist might lure a child with free candy.. that doesn't mean his intentions are pure.

Just because somebody gives you something for free doesn't mean you must immediately and blindly sing the praises of said somebody.
"
It's not like they're handing out a shit-stained washcloth.  They're handing out a copy of what is widely considered last year's Game of the Year. 

And I highly doubt EA Marketing people are going to be coming to your house to molest you in the middle of the night.
Posted by Khann
@Shaanyboi said:
" @Khann said:
" @Shaanyboi said:
" @fleethefactory said:
" Stuff like this blows my mind. Let's complain about developers giving away stuff for free. That'll convince them to keep doing it.

"
this "
A rapist might lure a child with free candy.. that doesn't mean his intentions are pure.

Just because somebody gives you something for free doesn't mean you must immediately and blindly sing the praises of said somebody.
"

It's not like they're handing out a shit-stained washcloth.  They're handing out a copy of what is widely considered last year's Game of the Year.  And I highly doubt EA Marketing people are going to be coming to your house to molest you in the middle of the night. "


Candy can be pretty nice. 

And you never know. They might.
Posted by Skald
@Khann said:
" A rapist might lure a child with free candy.. that doesn't mean his intentions are pure.

Just because somebody gives you something for free doesn't mean you must immediately and blindly sing the praises of said somebody. "
That analogy doesn't make the slightest bit of sense.
Edited by fleethefactory
@Khann said:
" @Shaanyboi said:
" @Khann said:
" @Shaanyboi said:
" @fleethefactory said:
" Stuff like this blows my mind. Let's complain about developers giving away stuff for free. That'll convince them to keep doing it.

"
this "
A rapist might lure a child with free candy.. that doesn't mean his intentions are pure.

Just because somebody gives you something for free doesn't mean you must immediately and blindly sing the praises of said somebody.
"

It's not like they're handing out a shit-stained washcloth.  They're handing out a copy of what is widely considered last year's Game of the Year.  And I highly doubt EA Marketing people are going to be coming to your house to molest you in the middle of the night. "


Candy can be pretty nice. 

And you never know. They might.
"

Just because I don't see the need in attacking EA for giving you something free doesn't mean I'm singing their praises. It's funny that just because some people don't care for EA they immediately say the idea of them GIVING YOU A FREE VIDEO GAME is crap. You don't want the free video game? Fine, don't take it. What if a company that you did like did the same thing; would you call that crap? Probably not. THQ did the same thing with Darksiders when they gave away copies of Red Faction: Guerrilla. Did anyone talk shit about that?
Posted by Haseo

Good deal indeed if you don't own them already of course still might give some people their first taste of ME2

Posted by Khann
@extremeradical said:
" @Khann said:
" A rapist might lure a child with free candy.. that doesn't mean his intentions are pure.

Just because somebody gives you something for free doesn't mean you must immediately and blindly sing the praises of said somebody. "
That analogy doesn't make the slightest bit of sense. "
U FACE IS SENSE
Posted by Mikazukinoyaiba
@RVonE said:
" @mewarmo990 said:
"

                    It's cool that EA approved this since ME2 is one of the greatest recent games, but I must say that this sudden marketing ploy is a rather telling indicator of Dragon Age II's sales...

                   

                "
DAII sold over a million copies. "
Forgive the Troll, logic isn't his best subject.
Posted by NoCookiesForYou

Is there someone who hasn't played ME2 and would like to? I've got a free code to giveaway. Just reply to this message and I'll hook you up. First come first served.

Posted by SparkEngineer

This seems like a way to boost sales and maybe gain some respect back from the people who bought Dragon Age 2. 

Posted by lordarioch

That's an awesome deal too bad i already have it

Posted by mewarmo990

I saw Signature Edition back up for sale on Amazon. Hm.

Posted by SpliTTMark

the whole thing with online code/pass code confused me to death. was afraid that i used it and threw it away. luckily they have that "get code" option which is what should be the default option

Posted by lostaddict1993
@Verb4tim: Hey I would love your code if you haven't already given it away. Haven't seen anybody reply on here yet so if you're willing, PM it to me so I can finally play that damn game.
Posted by NoCookiesForYou
@lostaddict1993 said:
" @Verb4tim: Hey I would love your code if you haven't already given it away. Haven't seen anybody reply on here yet so if you're willing, PM it to me so I can finally play that damn game. "
Finally someone claimed it, check your PM.