In less than two weeks from now, Electronic Arts will launch Mass Effect 3, the final chapter of the acclaimed trilogy. Even though BioWare recently started to point out that there might be future titles for now – the Mass Effect franchise will be brought to an epic conclusion (for Shepard) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the PC.

However, as media started to point out, Electronic Arts and its subsidiary BioWare tend to milk each and every cent from gamers, even significantly affecting the gameplay. Originally, game developers intended purpose of DLC (DownLoadable Content) was to extend the sales of the game into the future. What EA has done with Mass Effect is even going beyond what the company tried to do with Battlefield 3 and backed at the last minute (special weapons for retail-only versions). Furthermore, the company will not sell the title on Steam, forcing you to use EA’s own Origin service.

First and foremost, we invite you to watch or listen to the video made by TotalBiscuit, known by his Cynical Brit channel on YouTube (213 million views, 625,536 subscribers):

If you’re still not convinced something is seriously off with the decision to include one of key characters of the game as a DLC only, we bumped into an article on Destructoid.

If you would like to enjoy in the full aspect of the game, you will need no less than $870. Yes, you’ve read it correctly – the amount of money equal to purchasing a good gaming PC, or a game console with multiple controllers, steering wheels and everything you could have imagined (or the vast majority of it).

The Complete Mass Effect 3 Experience List

Collector’s Edition (needed to obtain all content): $80 – N7 Collector’s Edition

Pre-order bonuses:

  • AT-12 Raider – Origin pre-order bonus
  • Chakram Launcher – Play the Kingdoms of Alamur demo
  • M-55 Argus – Pre-order bonus for select retailers
  • N7 Weapons pack – N7 Edition bonus
  • N7 Hoodie – N7 Edition bonus
  • N7 Warfare Gear – Pre-order bonus for select retailers
  • Reckoner Knight Armor – Play the Kingdoms of Alamur demo
  • Robotic Dog – N7 Edition bonus
  • Squad Outfit pack – N7 Edition bonus

Auxiliary purchases:

  • Unannounced price for the iOS game Mass Effect Infiltrator, which can affect the  main game.
  • $10 day one "From Dust" DLC
  • $44.99 for the Liara figurine – which oddly enough now comes with unconfirmed DLC
  • $24.99 for The Art of Mass Effect Universe – Collector Assault Rifle DLC/Powerup
  • $80 for four Mass Effect 3 toys – "Slightly randomized" multiplayer unlock DLC
  • $59.99 for the Mass Effect 3 controller – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
  • $209.99 for the Chimera 5.1 Headset – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
  • $34.99 for the Mousepad – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
  • $79.99 for the Messenger Bag – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
  • $24.99 for the iPhone case – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
  • $79.99 for the Mouse – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
  • $139.99 for the Keyboard – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup

Faced with the fact that here at BSN*, we want to test the full experience in every game – and that requires purchasing a quantity of a single game (disclaimer: we do receive game keys from hardware and software vendors, but they’re mostly singular), we came with the only possible conclusion.

Bright Side of News* will not purchase any copies of Mass Effect 3 nor its DLC content, as well as include it in our performance tests. If we wanted to do so, we would have to spend almost five thousand dollars. That will not happen.