Mass Effect 2 DLC Released Early

In case you’ve been living under a rock you will have noticed that a few people are quite excited about imminent release of Mass Effect 2.

It seems like every second message on twitter is about the game and among the high volume of people declaring how they cannot wait any longer I spotted that the DLC has already sneaked onto Xbox Live.

There are some hints at minor spoiler details below so please do not read on if you want to be kept in the dark completely.

Credit for bringing this to my attention go to 360sync

Earlier tonight, we were notified of some leaks of DLC, which as reports come, were supposed to be free on launch day (and maybe even after).  However, we’re under the assumption that EA didn’t really want this out until the game launched.  So here’s a list of all the DLC and descriptions, but be careful as the last one is extremely spoilerific!  Quite frankly, the spoilerific piece of content called “Normandy Crash Site” seems to be the much-touted Day 1 free DLC.

  • Sentry Interface – This visor works with the Sentry system, a software application that optimizes an armor suit’s microframe computer. When the Sentry system is running, more power can be devoted to shield management. Increases shield strength by 5%
  • Umbra Visor – A next-generation night-vision device that assists targeting. By detecting the focal point of the wearer’s eyes and enhancing the image at that location, the visor helps direct a biotic power or a shot from an omni-tool exactly where the wearer is looking. Increases power damage by 5%
  • M-29 Incisor Sniper Rifle – The M-29 Incisor rifle is one of a new wave of military and police sniper rifles designed to overload active defenses such as shields. Firing three shots with each pull of the trigger, the Incisor’s burst is so fast that all three rounds will be in the target by the time the barrel has moved a millimeter, increasing its stopping power without sacrificing accuracy.
  • Blood Dragon Armor – Created for Earth’s Urban Combat Championship league, this set of armor has undergone more field testing than those of modern militaries. The chest and shoulder piece bears the logo of the Edmonton Blood Dragons, and the inside of the armor bears the signatures of the entire team. When and how the Illusive Man got his hands on the armor is unknown. Increases power damage by 15%. Increases shield strength by 10%.
  • Recon Hood – A hood issued to covert action teams. Ballistic-mesh fabric and composite ceramic plating provide necessary armor, and the integral air filter helps in hostile environments. Weapon damage + 5%
  • Normandy Crash Site – Shepard discovers the location of the Normandy Crash Site, an emotionally charged and reflective moment for Shepard as he is on a mission of salvage and recovery.

Also, some of the various armours that were being included with the game from various sellers was also up, as well as the Collector’s Edition Weapon and Armor. Read up on them below if you’re interested:

  • Collectors’ Weapon and Armor – The Collectors’ weapon uses the same principles as a human assault rifle, but its organic components clearly set it apart. Its ammunition resembles pellets of metallic enamel that strip shields off enemies with deadly efficiency. The Collectors’ armor is flexible and even tougher than ballistic fibers. Its organic construction allows it to be self-healing. Regeneration Bonus +10%. Storm Speed +10%. Health +20%.
  • Terminus Weapon and Armor – The M-490 Blackstorm Singularity gun encases particles of matter within a high-powered mass-increasing field. This creates a gravitational singularity that draws enemies inward for a short time before exploding. Terminus armor is environmentally sealed with an independent air supply for use in space and extreme planetary conditions. Increases storm speed by 10%. Increase shields by 15%. Increases all weapon’s reserve ammo by 10%.
  • Inferno Armor – The Inferno armor has a VI dedicated to recognizing signs of stress and medical trauma. This application helps assess soldiers, but can be useful in any high-risk situations. The Inferno’s microframe computer also manages biotic amp and omni-tool power, and microservos help the wearer’s movements to counteract the armor’s weight. Negotiation Bonus +10% Tech and Biotic Power Damage +10% Storm Speed +10%

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