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Buy Black Ops 2, Get Mass Effect Trilogy For Free, Sort Of

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In a turn of events that can only be described as interesting, BioWare are offering fifty free copies of the Mass Effect Trilogy to a select few Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 purchasers.

This offer follows the intriguing news – reported on Reddit, as well as on the official Black Ops 2 and Steam forums – that some purchasers of the PC version of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 found that the second disc in the case, printed and labelled as Black Ops 2 Disc 2, was instead reading as Mass Effect 2.

This (probable) imaging blunder has lead to a small and uncounted number of people, estimated to be around a thousand, experiencing install issues for the game – something easily fixed, as the install requires a Steam key and the game can be downloaded in its entirety once activated, but no less inconvenient.

The kicker, however, is that BioWare has become involved, offering through an official BioWare blog post a free copy of the Mass Effect Trilogy to the first fifty people to send in a photograph of themselves with their “special disc 2”.

The cheeky move by Bioware could be seen as yet another humorous potshot at rivals Activision in the long-running feud between Activision and EA. The two companies have been in conflict ever since the former Infinity Ward developers Jason West and Vince Zampella left Activision for EA after a dispute about finances in regards to their work on the Call Of Duty series.

How will this play out? Your guess is as good as ours. In any event, it is an amusing blunder for us to watch, if not so much for Activision or the company behind imaging the discs to be involved in. We’ll keep you informed as to how this plays out.

You can read the official blog post below.

We’re Answering the Call…

Rumor has it that about a thousand customers who purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops II for PC today were also treated to a surprise copy of Mass Effect 2. If you were one of the affected, chances are you thought it was a mistake, but we prefer to think that it was an omen, and when the universe talks, you should listen.

If the universe thinks that you should be playing Mass Effect right now, who are we to argue? In fact, we want to help! The first fifty fans affected by this phenomenon to send us a picture holding their special disc 2 will receive a code for a FREE PC copy of Mass Effect Trilogy.

Remember, in order to qualify, YOU must be in the picture, and disc 2 of your Call of Duty: Black Ops II must be visible. Got it? Then send your photo to community@bioware.com and you could be playing your very own Mass Effect Trilogy in time for the weekend!

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Layers of Fear 2 Launching Late Next Month

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Layers of Fear 2

Layers of Fear 2 has been talked about for a while now and is finally coming late next month.

Announced today by publisher Gun Media, the sequel to the psychological romp through artistic ego Layers of Fear is set to launch May 28 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Gameplay-wise, the sequel looks to cover similar ground as its predecessor. As a first-person psychological horror with “an emphasis on exploration and story,” players meander through heavily-scripted set-pieces while solving puzzles and being scared a whole lot.

Layers of Fear 2, though, will be swapping the paintbrush for the dizzying heights of Hollywood. According to the game’s Steam synopsis, players “control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.”

Stifled by their own acting ambitions, the protagonist finds themselves alone and marooned on an increasingly nightmarish boat. The game’s unnamed protagonist must navigate their own past and the challenges the director sets them to unlock the secret to not just the film they are starring in, but their own motivations.

The original Layers of Fear was a captivating take on modern, story-driven horror, so the sequel’s inventive premise and greater scope are welcomed. While the sequel is embarking to a radically different setting, the title looks likely to recapture the original’s claustrophobic, atmospheric level design.

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