ME2 Alternate Appearance Pack #2 Incoming

By Quintin Smith on February 4th, 2011 at 9:36 am.

I was all ready to put a positive spin on this, like “Thinking of replaying Mass Effect 2 with the latest bits of DLC? The second Alternate Appearance pack, with new outfits for Miranda, Grunt and Tali will be out on February 8th for 160 Bioware Points (abour £1.20).” But no, because I’ve noticed that Bioware are advertising this news with the slogan “Put the WAR back in your wardrobe!” Just- no. You leave the crap puns to us, Bioware, d’you hear? It’s weird when you do it. Also, Grunt up there looks like he was an extra for Tron and changed back into his ME2 outfit without a mirror, so there. Thanks to Blues for the tipoff.

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  1. DoucheMullet says:

    People care about this stuff?

  2. Giant, fussy whingebag says:

    Woo! Horse armour lives!

    Rejoice!

  3. Giant, fussy whingebag says:

    On a more serious note: These things obviously sell enough to be worth the (admittedly, relatively small) time/cost of making them. If people want to waste their money on these, I hope they enjoy it. The rest of us can safely ignore such offerings and everyone wins.

  4. Vadermath says:

    Until I see Miranda in a golden bikini, I have only ‘Meh’ as a reaction.

  5. vanarbulax says:

    That pun is the only thing which redeems this pack/the whole practice from even existing.

  6. Njordsk says:

    That doesn’t make the game good. Sadly.

    • subedii says:

      Very true, costumes won’t change anything there.

      The game being good is what makes it good.

    • kyrieee says:

      Nop, it’s still more than ‘good’, it’s amazing

    • Urael says:

      I’ve yet to try it but am realy looking forward to it (despite lack of ground rover joy). More people seem to have praised it than hated it so I’m hopeful I’ll enjoy it. :)

      Mind you, more people liked Dragon Age than hated it and I hate that so much I’m irked at the shelf space being taken up by the DVD box that could be filled by a better game.

    • Koozer says:

      Mass Effect 2 has the plot and polish, Alpha Protocol has the gameplay and level design.

  7. Zogtee says:

    If I hadn’t already finished the game, then I would get this. ME2 was a great ride, but I just can’t see myself going through it again.

    Edit: As mentioned by someone on another forum, some worthwhile DLC would be a post-game pack that allowed you to just cruise around space, trade between planets, fight random space pirates and monsters here and there, buy extra costumes, and tart up the Normandy. A bit like Elite.

    Post-game (ie when the epic main story is done) DLC might be a good idea in general, because a lot of people have probably finished it by now.

    • ceriphim says:

      I would agree, and go so far as to say I’m probably done with the ME franchise after this unless they make some serious alterations to gameplay.

      The first time I started mining I was so confused I almost started googling to find out if I got some unpatched Beta version. I thought to myself, “There’s no way this could have made it past the playtesters as THE mining mechanic… Could it?”

      Plus I have an inventory-porn addiction and the lack of “actual” inventory really bummed me out. I just can’t see myself playing the boring-ass sequels unless there’s a major reworking of core mechanics…

    • Bret says:

      Good news. The last DLC, Shadow Broker, was designed to be played post suicide mission.

      Can be played prior, but so it goes. Same deal seems likely for the next one.

      And you liked ME1′s inventory? Just was replaying it to get a (shudder) paragon for import, and CRIPES.

      Every thirty seconds you get upteen hundred guns. All of them are either useless or a tiny bit better than your current guns. Just the tiniest bit. You have to manually get rid of them so your inventory won’t be too full to get the rare good stuff. Repeat ad infinitum.

      For armor was almost okay, nice to have some options and they dropped just slow enough to think about it, but for guns and mods? Gah. Painful.

      Lot of other things they changed, I sorta miss. The endless parade of worthless drops?

      Good riddance.

    • Zogtee says:

      It’s just that I or rather my Shephard finds herself in an odd position. The big mission is over and everything is fine again. She has bought and researched everything that can be bought or researched. She has a ton of money, minerals, fantastic weapons, amazing tech, a beautiful spaceship, a crew of borderline superheroes, and she has fuck all to do.

      I loved the game and the universe and I just want to have a reason to stay in it.

  8. Inigo says:

    Grunt looks like Kryten.

  9. James G says:

    I wonder how many people DO buy something like this? I mean I’d possibly grab it if it were free for the sake of completeness, but its not something I can see myself ever spending money on. Oddly, I don’t feel quite the same way about similar stuff for The Sims, while again I’d never bother buying it*, I can understand why it has an audience a whole lot better.

    For context I refused to use the collectors or blood dragon armour in Mass Effect 2 because they were so ugly, so clearly I do have a appreciation of my characters aesthetics at one level.

    * The extra clothing, not The Sims. I have purchased The Sims.

    • Oak says:

      People like to play dress-up; that’s not exclusive to players of the designated dollhouse game. It’s just that in the world of big manly games we have to call it armor.

  10. abhishek says:

    Here’s what I’m wondering… a few weeks ago Bioware had said that they were shutting off the Cerberus network news updates, and would restart them once more before Mass Effect 3 when they were about to release one last DLC pack. Is this alternate appearance pack the aforementioned last DLC?

    • Shubb9 says:

      It does feel like a bit of a gyp if the last piece of DLC touted is just a few character skins, not something more substantial/story based. I was hoping for something to tie 2 &3 together and whet the appetite for the main course.

    • abhishek says:

      Yea I don’t think this is it either. The only reason I raise the question is because they categorically mentioned that there would only be one more (last) DLC for the game, and well… this is one more DLC for the game.

  11. Navagon says:

    Why is Miranda sporting the lower half of Shepard’s face in that image? It’s very odd.

  12. Maxheadroom says:

    I loved ME1 & 2 and am eagerly awaiting ME3, but i’ve not gone near any of the DLC which in my mind is tantamount to buying a DVD and then paying more for the extras like deleted scenes.

    And paying to see some of the characters in different clothes can fuck right off

  13. fallingmagpie says:

    Does Miranda’s outfit include assless chaps? Might buy that.

  14. ANeM says:

    Nice to see Miranda wearing some real armor, it even sort of matches Jacobs armor. The only thing that could make this better would be if you’re required to make Miranda murder Jacob to unlock it. That is probably not the case.

    Tali is a bit disappointing. I can see the changes, but it still doesn’t differentiate itself much from her previous outfits.

    • wiper says:

      Aye, that’s by far the most appealing thing about this DLC – you can make Miranda wear Actual! Clothes! Rather than having her romp around the galaxy in her pyjamas.

    • Serenegoose says:

      @Wiper. I’m not sure who you’re sleeping with, but I can’t say a skintight space-latex suit with built in push-up bra, corset, and heels is what I often find myself retiring to bed wearing.

      As for the DLC, it’s harmless. I thought DLC that didn’t change the game and cost as much as a big bar of chocolate was the good kind, because if you didn’t want it, you could just skip it, and if you did, you’d never notice paying for it? That it was the big, ripoffy DLC like additional characters and say, actually finishing off the plot of the game, that was the problem? You know, since you could actually argue your experience is lessened from not having it and stuff like that should be in the game from the off?

    • wiper says:

      Well clearly you’re a /lot/ less fun than my girlfriend… ;)

      It is amusing that Bioware are releasing a piece of DLC fanservice that allows you to remove some of the, er, ‘fanservice’. Which was one of my largest misgivings with ME2 – it seemed to enjoy sexualising its female characters a lot more than ME1. Though with Miranda it at least it somewhat fit her personality. It was Samara that really bemused me. I just hope ME3 features a large number of buff men in states of undress for no apparent reason on your team, to redress the balance.

  15. bleeters says:

    Is there an alternate appearance for Miranda that involves shoving a cork in her gob?

  16. The Sombrero Kid says:

    This proves the capitalist model is broken beyond repair.

    • Serenegoose says:

      I know that hyperbole might have been used, but I can’t leave this alone. A near-global economic crash, showing the unrestrained greed of the worlds wealthy and how they can profit even as the poor get poorer (indeed, by the poor getting poorer) wasn’t such a big wound to the capitalist model, but a £1:20 reskin of some characters in a game and that’s it, the jig’s up? :D

      If only I’d known it was so easy!

    • The Sombrero Kid says:

      lol

  17. Pijama says:

    I bought bioware’s magical ultromegapoints for Kasumi and Lair of the Shadow Broker, but some remained and I got the firepower pack.

    Am I a bad person? *cries*

    • Qjuad says:

      I bought the first appearance pack because I had points remaining…and I still have points left over, so I’ll probably buy this.

      OH GOD PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME

  18. parker says:

    How much longer until I can buy a GOTY edition of Mass Effect 2 with all its DLC rolled in for $10 on Steam?

  19. The Pink Ninja says:

    I’d buy it if they were all at Miranda’s level of quality or if I was paying this much to reskin every character.

    Otherwise no thanks.

  20. Alastayr says:

    I don’t get the whining. There are people that *live* certain games to the exclusion of playing all others. Why shouldn’t they get something new to enjoy another playthrough. Ever thought about that?

    This DLC is for people like my brother, who’s put more than 375h into the Mass Effect franchise so far. Everyone else can just shut the hell up. Go find your own fun and don’t ruin it for the others you dicks.

  21. Vinraith says:

    After the $25 sparkly WoW horse fiasco, I just can’t bring myself to react emotionally to this kind of thing. Parting fools from their money is an extremely viable business model, clearly.

  22. Araxiel says:

    This is crap! There’s no point to it. Why should anybody buy this. It does not improve the game. It is a huge scam! What a waste of potential! This just makes me furious that such a crap is…
    …oh, shiny new hats in the TF2 store. I have to get ‘em!

    For the record, It’s quite the opposite. I bought all the ME2 DLC, including the first AA-pack, and I never bought a single TF2 hat (they are seriously ridicoulsly expensive). I mean, why do you bother so much. I loathed DLC some time ago. But now, I don’t really bother to buy DLC for games I really like (except a hat for 17€). I mean, this alternative appearance pack is not even 1.5€, it’s like taking a piss in a public toilett or the extra sweet-’n-sour sauce at my local take-away. It’s 2% of the money I’ve spend on the game itself. If you think it’s useless, don’t buy it. If you like it, do it. It’s not that difficult, really. Probably you wasted more money for the internet connection to watch YouTube videos which you don’t even like.

  23. kutkh says:

    I’ll probably end up buying this on a whim. I’m really pretty certain that nothing terrible will happen as a result.

    Although it’s probably too much to ask that Miranda’s new armour prevents other characters from making ‘she looks like a whore’ comments. I’ve always found it strange that they’d draw attention to it so much, yet no-one ever points out that Jack is a untied shoelace away from actual toplessness. I bought the first appearance pack just to cover the poor girl up.

  24. Barman1942 says:

    Tali’s outfit doesn’t change at all. It hasn’t since ME1.

    I’m a little disappoint.

  25. Blaq says:

    Damn you Bioware, that pun is already taken! *shakes fist* Inside your own department even!

    A community project for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (most commonly abbreviated as WAR) called Wardrobe (not mine) has been running since September last year.

    I expect DMCA takedowns, cease and desist letters, lawsuits and other similarly expensive and embarrasing shenanigans to follow immediately!

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