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I purchased ME2 used via Craigslist and do not have Cerberus Network access. What are the benefits to having access? I'm trying to decide whether or not to purchase access.

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It gives you access to some free (well, not REALLY free since you have to pay for it ;)) DLC's and possibility to buy others.

Here is a list of DLC's in ME2, the ones marked as "free" are available to any CN member.

http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Downloadable_Content

In my opinion - it's definitely worth it (especially for Zaeed, an additional squad member + nice side quest), and other DLC (the paid ones) are also very good, but play 2-3 hours and then decide.

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So some DLC requires Cerberus Network access? –  M. Travis Volker Apr 12 '11 at 22:04
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@M.Travis - all DLC requires Cerberus Network access from what I understand; it's how they authenticate any DLC you've installed. If you somehow manage to install DLC without purchasing it via the cerberus network, you'll get a message saying that the Network was unable to verify the following DLC: (lists DLC in question) and informs you that it won't be available during gameplay. –  Raven Dreamer Apr 13 '11 at 0:31
    
@Raven Dreamer is that true for Xbox 360? It appears as though we can download the DLC from live.xbox.com without the Cerberus Network. marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Mass-Effect-2/… –  M. Travis Volker Apr 13 '11 at 1:24
    
@M.Travis - ultimately, I'm unsure, as I bought a new copy of the game. –  Raven Dreamer Apr 13 '11 at 2:27
    
So I bought Cerberus Network for Xbox 360 last night. It cost 1200 Microsoft Points and it installed on my Xbox 360. It does appear that Cerberus Network must be installed on your Xbox in order to play any of the DLC. I didn't test playing the DLC without installing Cerberus Network though. –  M. Travis Volker Apr 13 '11 at 15:18
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