No thanks to all the name-calling people swarming ME3 threads these days. Just because BioWare/EA fans tend to overreact, doesn't mean you can immediately prejudice them. Have some depth, internet people.
@SpaceInsomniac: Is there an explicit in-game message (like the display on the right of the main menu) saying that the new content can be unlocked now? I don't think an XBox console update (which is handled by Microsoft more-so than EA) counts as being communicated from EA.
However, if EA communicated in game that the characters are available when in reality they weren't, it'd be a problem. If there's a message in-game saying that EA is having problems with their item servers (or some similar message) then I think gamers have been forewarned adequately.
@Milkman: Like I said damage control You seem to think I don't understand exactly what's going on I'd do exactly what they are doing. Good will gesture you can profit off of wouldn't do it? Doesn't mean what they are doing is going to sway me one good will gesture is not gonna change the last 15 years.
It's actually my belief that BioWare planned free dlc from the start. It makes no sense to simultaneously charge for the content while charging for the randomized chance of getting that content from loot chests.
I don't believe this is a gesture of good will or damage control. I don't think any of this is in response to fans' hate. I think it's an incredibly successful cash cow for EA and free DLC earns them more money from loot chest sales than if they charged for it traditionally.
Can't prove any of this, though.
EDIT: My point is that I think BioWare planned this pricing scheme since before launch (when they were considering post-launch support).
Yay, this is already heading in the right direction...
So the issue is that even though the content is out, the reinforcement pack which is supposed to have a higher chance of new stuff is not out? So the content is live, but people can't get it soon enough? There's no way I'll ever have sympathy for people who waste their MS points on random chests of game loot. Talk about not knowing the value of a dollar...
EDIT: The reason you feel outraged enough to make this thread is because you enjoy Mass Effect 3's multiplayer.
Please don't buy a house if the only reason is that you think your apartment rent didn't return enough as an investment. By living in a place you pay rent for, you are consuming a good. Rent isn't a wasted investment on its own. It's the most legitimate housing solution for people thinking 3, 5, 10 years ahead.
Financing a house is is a 30+ year decision. By financing to own a house you are planning to commit to owning something big (and spanning generations for your kids to grow up in). You already are avoiding adjustable interest, so this makes you a lot more informed than other homebuyers already.
If you're absolutely sure you want to commit (and you've taken steps already so I'll assume it's 'yes'), then this market is a good one for buying houses. Look for short sales and low prices; if you are a handyman, you can afford a slightly more broken house at a lower price if you're willing to put the fixing labor in yourself. Location of your home is important; my opinion is that location is equally as price-driving as the actual material cost of the house. If you don't mind driving far to work, groceries, store, you can pick a home further out by some empty lots (which'll become businesses in about 10 years).
As for real estate agents, know that they all typically use the same state-supplied website to find and price houses. The difference in agents are the ones who are diligent, keep the process transparent, and have a vested interest to save you money (as in, the agent should have a real incentive to save you money on your purchase).
Also, 'easy loans caused the recession' is simplifying the issue wayyyyyy too much. Just know that you shouldn't base your homebuying plans on the expectations of the housing market. Buying a home to live in is not an economic decision, it's a life decision.
So I sympathize with you OP because at lvl 150ish I'm starting to notice the redundancy of loot I'm receiving. Cant even imagine N7 500+. I've thought about this and I think 3 really simple changes will fix the whole problem (while keeping it the money machine Bioware wants it to be):
Experience converted to credits when you use level 20 characters (neuter the exchange rate if you have to or whatever, but gaining tons of experience points on my level 20 is getting old and disappointing)
No more race/class combination unlocks if you already own all the appearance options (if I stop getting gun upgrades at 10X, why should I still get class unlocks? remove the experience bonus for these as no one cares about them)
Money bonus for being extracted on round 11. As of now, players will only do their best up to completing the mission on wave 10 (since no money is gained afterward).
I'm fine with 99% of the loot system and I understand they had to add fluff to the loot so we crave the rarer stuff more but some of it is totally time-wasting and rewardless and that makes people want to stop playing. Give the max level players a little more money and remove the heinous junk and we'll have a great system. I can't wait for new maps as DLC because I think Mass Effect 3 has the best 'horde mode' of any game and it's not because of its gameplay features, but rather because of the customization and enemy variety.