Mass Effect 3: Regular vs. Premium Spectre Pack Comparison

UPDATE: I have spent about 5M more credits since this post and have updated results – click here to see them!

Ok, I promised to do a little experiment to decide once and for all what is better, the Spectre Pack (SP) or Premium Spectre Pack (PSP). ¬†I saved up around 3,000,000 credits and bought 16 PSP’s and 26 SP’s. ¬†NOTE: ¬†I already have everything (weapons, characters, etc) up to Rare unlocked to the max level or customization, with the exception of some Gear.

I bought 10 of each first and here were my initial results:

As you can see, the main difference in the first 10 SP/PSP is that I got a lot more Gold (Level IV) Equipment with the PSP.  I got an Ultra Rare Weapon in both the PSP and SP, with an M-77 Paladin IV in a PSP and Particle Rifle III in a SP.  Both gave me equal amounts of Disposable Equipment (ie. Medi-Gel, Missiles, etc.).

10 Pack Analysis: ¬†The SP is cheaper and I got the same number of Ultra Rares from both. ¬†10 SP = 600k credits while¬†10 PSP = 990k … with the additional credits I spent on 10 PSP, I could have gotten 6.5 more SP’s.

But, a sample size of 10 is not representative, so I went on to buy more packs. ¬†I ended up with 16 PSP’s and 26 SP’s, which were about equal in total price – 1,584,000 credits for PSP’s vs. 1,560,000 credits for SP’s. ¬†Here are the results:

I got a significantly greater number of Silver (Level III) Equipment packs and Disposable Equipment with the SP’s, as well as another Ultra Rare weapon, the Cerberus Harrier VI. ¬†I also got more Character Training with the SP’s.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  REGULAR SPECTRE PACK WINS!

I actually got more Ultra Rare weapons with the SP than the PSP, spending the same amount of money on both, even though the PSP claims to give you a higher chance at Ultra Rares.  I also got more Character Training cards (good for fast N7 rank increases) and Disposable Equipment with the SP.  Lastly, in terms of Equipment, I got almost the same number of Gold (Level IV) Equipment in both packs, and significantly more Silver (Level III) Equipment with the SP.

If you look at just the Disposable Equipment, you would have to purchase a Jumbo Equipment Pack in addition to your PSP to get the same amount, adding another 30k to the total spend of the PSP’s. ¬†Additionally, you get almost the same amount of Level IV Equipment and more than double the amount of Level III Equipment. ¬†Lastly, there doesn’t seem to be a difference in the chance at getting an Ultra Rare weapon – in fact, the regular SP gave me two vs. the one in the PSP.

Do you have any data to add to mine?  Let me know in the comments or via email!

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  1. Chris January 25, 2013
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