A while ago, the only way you could buy DLC for the original Mass Effect and Dragon Age games was with BioWare Points. Starting October 11th 2022, these points will no longer be available. But instead of restricting access to the old DLCs, EA is making them completely free to download.
This downloadable content is available to all Mass Effect players for purchase or download. Both are included in purchase of the game from Origin without extra cost. If Mass Effect was purchased outside of Origin, you could find alternate ways to download the DLC content (After Bioware's website shut down, all DLC for Mass Effect became available to download for free on EA's Website for the PC).
This downloadable content is available to all Mass Effect 2 players for purchase or download. If Mass Effect 2 was purchased outside of Origin, you could purchase DLC content from BioWare's website (After BioWare's website shut down, all DLC for Mass Effect 2 became available to download on EA's Website for the PC. Due to the requirement of logging into the Cerberus Network with an EA account with any DLC purchased under it, simply downloading these will not give them to you automatically, because of which, EA made a DLC bundle available for purchase on Origin.).
This downloadable content was originally available to Mass Effect 3 players only through limited promotional opportunities, or through console-exclusive offers. With the exception of the Reckoner Knight Armor, N7 Defender Armor, and the N7 Collector's Edition Pack, all these items have been made available through post-release DLC packs.
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. 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. In 2021, all of the Mass Effect 2 downloadable content was remastered as part of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
All enemies are protected by health, shields, armour, barriers, or a combination thereof. Each type of protection has its vulnerabilities. For example, armour is usually vulnerable to powers such as Incinerate, which burns enemies over time, and weapons with a low rate of fire, such as sniper rifles and heavy pistols. In contrast, shields are vulnerable to powers such as Overload and rapid-firing weapons like submachine guns and assault rifles. Barriers are typically used by boss-type enemies and are vulnerable to certain weapons and powers. When an enemy's shields, armour, or barriers have all been depleted, the player can use status-effect powers such as Pull, which temporarily levitates targets into the air, incapacitating them. Other powers may temporarily benefit the player; for instance, Adrenaline Rush puts the player in bullet time. Powers do not require any expendable resource; they only have a global cooldown.
Mass Effect 2 is set within the Milky Way galaxy during the 22nd century, where interstellar travel is possible through mass transit devices called Mass Relays, a technology believed to have been built by an extinct alien race known as the Protheans. A conglomerate body of governments known as the Citadel Council controls a large percentage of the galaxy and is responsible for maintaining law and order among races of the galactic community. Races that belong to the Citadel Council include humans, asari, salarians, and turians. Other alien races in the game include the reptilian krogan and drell, the environmental-suited quarians, and a hostile race of networked artificial intelligence called geth. During the events of the original Mass Effect, a geth army attempted to open a portal for the Reapers, a highly advanced machine race of synthetic-organic starships that are believed to eradicate all organic civilization every 50,000 years. The galactic community has since lived in fear of another possible invasion. Meanwhile, a human supremacist organization called Cerberus believes that humans deserve a greater role in the galactic community and supports the principle that any methods of advancing humanity's ascension are entirely justified, including illegal experimentation and terrorist activities.
New game purchases are provided with a one-time use card granting an access code that unlocks the game's Cerberus Network, an online downloadable content and news service that enables bonus content for the game. However, users who bought a used copy would have to pay for the Cerberus Network separately if they wanted access to the new content. This policy allows publishers to combat the used-game market; companies like GameStop have allowed customers to sell used games back to the retailer so that the company can resell them at a slight discount to other customers, but the publisher does not make a profit. BioWare online development director Fernando Melo revealed that 11% of all Mass Effect 2's downloadable content revenue came from the Cerberus Network. The policy attracted criticism from some of the fan community, who have criticized downloadable content as being overpriced and an incentive for developers to leave items out of the initial release.
Mass Effect 2 has been cited as one of the greatest video games of all time by multiple publications, including Slant Magazine in 2014, IGN in 2015, Polygon in 2017, and Game Informer in 2018. In 2011, the game was selected as one of 80 titles from the past 40 years to be placed in the Art of Video Games exhibit in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. According to the museum, the exhibit explored "the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies."
The game's sequel, Mass Effect 3, was released in 2012. The sequel begins on Earth with Commander Shepard having been detained following the events in the Arrival downloadable content pack. The story of the game is influenced by decisions the player made in the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. However, if Shepard dies at the end of Mass Effect 2, the character cannot be imported into Mass Effect 3. BioWare stated that Mass Effect 3 ends Shepard's story arc and that future games in the series would feature a different context. Unlike its predecessors, Mass Effect 3 features a multiplayer cooperative mode in addition to the single-player campaign. Although the game received critical acclaim from video game publications, its ending was poorly received by fans and drew significant controversy.
The original release of the Normandy Crash Site required the download of the Cerberus Network service for the game, and this Mission was released for free as well. Since Bioware's website has been deactivated, the code to obtain the Cerberus Network must be done via your EA account.
What I did was a complete new install. I uninstalled it with Revo uninstaller to get all the files away (there are some files that isn't in the mass effect 2 folder that need to go away aswell to make it all go away.) So if you download a trial and use it for that, then you will be fine.
After I installed ME2 from disks (if you have the physical edition). Then updated it as usual. But I didn't install/download the DLCs from Origin, I stopped all the downloads and removed them as soon as they started. Instead I went to _entitlements.php and downloaded all the installers there instead. I installed them 1 by 1 and sometimes windows said "Is this program installed properly?" just press the reinstall button (if you are using Windows 7 that is, otherwise it would show.) After all is done, then you probably will get this when you try to start the game "awc.dll failed to load" and you can't start the game. Just do a repair of ME2 (not the dlcs) and wait for it to finnish, then you are done. But I also did the "-nomoviestartup" shortcut and launched from there, just to be safe.
The fix in that thread is that you make a shortcut fromt he Masseffect2.exe file and add a parameter in the "target" box and the end, then you add "-nomoviestartup" without the ". But as I stated, it doesn't work for me. Hope it works for you though! I don't know why it doesn't work though I have a hunch, it may be origin that is bypass my "shortcut" so the parameters isn't set. And you edit the game in origin like you can in steam. I can't post in the Mass Effect 2 forums on the bioware site since my account doesn't have mass effect 2 and I get register it, because I bought the trilogy edition. 2b1af7f3a8