If you’re an Xbox 360 gamer with a Silver account on Xbox LIVE, you now have a brand new reason to download the demo for Mass Effect 3. This demo includes with it a glimpse into both the single player campaign and the multiplayer side of the game.
Normally, Silver members wouldn’t be able to access the multiplayer features on a demo as that’s limited to Gold account levels. However, in order to make the demo fully playable, Microsoft will upgrade any Silver account that downloads the Mass Effect 3 demo to Gold until the game releases on March 6th. The demo releases on February 14th.
So, that means that by downloading and playing the Mass Effect 3 demo on your Xbox 360 with a Silver account, you’ll effectively get almost a full month of Gold access for free.
Gold access will let you play games with friends and give you the chance to use premium apps; Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook (does anyone use this on their Xbox 360?) and access to the Deal of the Week (which, right now, is Bastion for half-off its normal price).
The same demo will be made available for both the PlayStation 3 and PC platforms, but nothing special happens upon downloading or playing it with either system. Both platforms offer free ways to play games together, so this whole upgrade business isn’t necessary.
EA and BioWare announced today that a Mass Effect 3 demo will be made available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms on February 14th, 2012.
“The extensive demo will allow players to experience the all-out galactic war against an ancient alien race known as the Reapers from multiple fronts, including the mind-blowing opening attack on Earth that kicks off the single-player campaign. Players will go deeper into the campaign and also get a taste of the franchise’s new co-operative multiplayer mode as they preview the epic story, adrenaline-pumping action and deep customization options that lie ahead when Mass Effect 3 launches on March 6, 2012.” (EA and Bioware press release)
Xbox 360 gamers with the Kinect add-on in operation alongside their console will also be able to sample the voice control features touted back at Microsoft’s E3 conference. Gamers will be able to give voice commands to companions in battle as well as use their voices to select dialogue options when those moments approach.
This is the first pre-launch demo to support full Kinect voice recognition functionality, according to a blip in the release.
Mass Effect 3 will launch for all three platforms on March 6th, less than two months from today and one month from the demo.
Final episode? What do you think we will see in the final game?