Mass Effect 2 downloadable content

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The Cerberus Network is an online downloadable content and news service for Mass Effect 2. It can be accessed from the game's main menu.

Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on January 26, 2010, and for PlayStation 3 on January 18, 2011. The game features a variety of downloadable content packs that were released from January 2010 to May 2011. The downloadable content ranges from single in-game character outfits to entirely new plot-related missions. Notable packs include "Kasumi - Stolen Memory", "Overlord", "Lair of the Shadow Broker", and "Arrival". The downloadable content of Mass Effect 2 was generally well received by critics and some packs were nominated for Best DLC (downloadable content) at the Spike Video Game Awards.[1][2]

New purchases of the game are provided with a one-time use card granting access code that unlocks the game's Cerberus Network, an online downloadable content and news service that enables free bonus content for the game. However, users who buy the game used have to pay for the Cerberus Network separately if they want access to the bonus content.[3] Some downloadable content packs were originally only available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 2 through limited promotional opportunities. These were then made available on the PlayStation Network when the game was released for the PlayStation 3.[4][5][6]

Mission packs[edit]

Title Release date Ref.
"Normandy Crash Site" January 26, 2010 [7]
  • Requires the Cerberus Network.
  • Adds a mission and other items.
  • Concerns the exploration of the SSV Normandy crash site.
"Zaeed - The Price of Revenge" January 28, 2010 [8]
  • Requires the Cerberus Network.
  • Adds two missions, a squad member, a heavy weapon, and other items.
  • Concerns Zaeed Massani and his history with a mercenary organization called the Blue Suns.
"Firewalker" March 23, 2010 [9][10]
  • Requires the Cerberus Network.
  • Adds five missions and other items.
  • Concerns planetary exploration aboard a hovering vehicle.
"Kasumi - Stolen Memory" April 6, 2010 [11][12]
  • Included in the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2.
  • Adds two missions, a squad member, a submachine gun, and other items.
  • Concerns the recovery of data of great importance to Kasumi Goto.
"Overlord" June 15, 2010 [13][12]
  • Included in the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2.
  • Adds five missions and other items.
  • Concerns the events of an experimental virtual intelligence that has gone rogue.
"Lair of the Shadow Broker" September 7, 2010 [14][12]
  • Included in the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2.
  • Adds a mission and other items.
  • Concerns Liara T'Soni and her history with an information dealer known as the Shadow Broker.
"Arrival" March 29, 2011 [15][16]
  • Adds a mission and other items.
  • Concerns the events of an imminent invasion of a highly advanced machine race of synthetic-organic starships.

Weapon and armor packs[edit]

Title Release date Ref.
Collectors' Weapon and Armor January 26, 2010 [17][18]
  • Originally included in the Mass Effect 2 Digital Deluxe Edition and Limited Collector's Edition that were released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360.
  • Adds an assault rifle and an armor set.
Terminus Weapon and Armor January 26, 2010 [19]
  • Originally available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 2 through limited promotional opportunities.
  • Adds a heavy weapon and an armor set.
Blood Dragon Armor January 26, 2010 [12][20]
  • Originally available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 2 through limited promotional opportunities, and included in the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2.
  • Adds an armor set.
Recon Hood January 26, 2010 [21]
  • Originally available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 2 through limited promotional opportunities.
  • Adds an armor part.
Sentry Interface January 26, 2010 [21]
  • Originally available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 2 through limited promotional opportunities.
  • Adds an armor part.
Umbra Visor January 26, 2010 [21]
  • Originally available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 2 through limited promotional opportunities.
  • Adds an armor part.
Cerberus Weapon and Armor February 9, 2010 [22]
  • Requires the Cerberus Network.
  • Adds a shotgun and an armor set.
Arc Projector March 9, 2010 [23]
  • Requires the Cerberus Network.
  • Adds a heavy weapon.
Equalizer Pack May 4, 2010 [24]
  • Adds two armor parts and an armor set.[a]
Aegis Pack July 6, 2010 [25]
  • Adds five armor parts and a sniper rifle.[b]
Firepower Pack August 3, 2010 [26]
  • Adds an assault rifle, a heavy pistol, and a shotgun.

Other packs[edit]

Title Release date Ref.
Alternate Appearance Pack 1 March 23, 2010 [27]
Mass Effect: Genesis January 18, 2011 [28][29]
  • Requires the Cerberus Network for the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2.
  • Adds an interactive comic that allows the player to impact the story of Mass Effect 2 with several major plot decisions of the original Mass Effect.
Alternate Appearance Pack 2 February 8, 2011 [30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The armor set, called Inferno Armor, was individually and originally available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 2 through limited promotional opportunities.[19]
  2. ^ The sniper rifle, called M-29 Incisor, was individually and originally included in the Mass Effect 2 Digital Deluxe Edition that was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360.[17]

References[edit]

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