So I just picked up Mass Effect 2 Collectors’ Edition
(PC) today. Beautiful looking package. According to Amazon.com, the package weighs about a pound which includeds a tin case containing 3 discs – game install discs 1 & 2, bonus materials disc 3, manual. You also get another cardboard box containing a 24 page limited edition Mass Effect Redemption #1 comic book, a 48 page hardcover art book, and a Limited edition Cerberus Network card granting access to bonus content.
There’s also a case sized card for the bonus collector armor and assault rifle, and another case sized card advertising Dragon Age: Origins and the fact that the game offers a Special Downloadable Item for Mass Effect 2 (the Blood Dragon armor). Since I already have DA:O Collectors Edition, I now have the armor as well. Thus I have two additional armors, one from ME2-CE (Collector Armor) and one from DA: O-CE (Blood Dragon). Nice!
The bonus material disc contains videos on the making of ME2, trailers, and wallpapers
Installation was a breeze and took about 10 minutes for the 2 discs. You're also given the option of installing DX, If needed, before installing the game.
The opening screen is about the same as ME1.
The Configuration Utility is the same as it was in ME 1 with the addition of adding your old saves from ME1.
I choose to have everything on set to high – We’ll see how that goes.
Loading up is pretty quick and once you load up, enter your Cerberus Network activation code to get your DLC, which for the time being is going to be the ME2 collectors stuff - the same items you got with the reg. code for the “Bonus Downloadable Items” (Collectors Armor & Rifle) HUH???
However, there’s supposed to be more to follow (fingers X’d)
Clicking on "New Game" allows you to create your character, but you can also import your old character from ME1. Cool! I choose to import my character.
Note – When you choose to import your character you will (may) be presented with multiple import choices. For me it was two (dependant on the choice I chose for the council at the end of ME1). Cool. Also, you can still customize your imported character before starting your game. So If you wish to customize or choose a new character, but keep his/her old progress, you can. I chose to keep my character in tact.
So now it's off to see what it offers – will keep you posted. BTW, I tend to explore everything, and do every little side mission possible, so don’t expect expedient posts about my progress. In fact some of you may finish before me.