Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Review

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Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Review

Mass Effect 3's cooperative mode is a surprisingly solid multiplayer experience.

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I'm enjoying it far more than I ever did Horde or Firefight.

Nice review.

It still felt tacked on to me. I guess new things are always good, but still seemed like a quick dash to say, "Our game has multiplayer now too!"

Now if only I knew what the "Repears" were...

#corrections

Now that sounds like fun. I was a little iffy about MEMP, but I guess its not all that bad.

I'm defiantly in the category of it not sitting right with me. I don't have a gold account on my Xbox anymore (I play pretty much exclusively story driven games) so I can't get the full single player experience because I can't play multiplayer? That doesn't sit right with me at all.

One of the laggiest pieces of, I have ever played. It rivals metal gear online and Crysis 2 in terms of lagginess, which isn't helped by how many americans play it.

I found myself pressing charge at least 7 times (no exaggeration) before it would actually work on an enemy in front of me, out of cover, in full LoS.

You can get the full single player experience without it, you don't need it to get the best endings.

If you're not american, give it a pass.

BeastofShadow:
I'm defiantly in the category of it not sitting right with me. I don't have a gold account on my Xbox anymore (I play pretty much exclusively story driven games) so I can't get the full single player experience because I can't play multiplayer? That doesn't sit right with me at all.

Except that's not true. It's been stated so many times I'm not sure what else to say, other than you can still experience the full single player game without touching the multiplayer.

There have been many topics and news stories on this very site about that.

Okay, so it helps the single player, but isn't a necessity? When I get it, I suppose I could spend some time on it, it looks fun.

Radoh:
Okay, so it helps the single player, but isn't a necessity? When I get it, I suppose I could spend some time on it, it looks fun.

No it's not, it just can make it so you don't need to get as many Military Assests, which are already sooo easy to get.

Multiplayer would be awesome, except for the fact that there's no local splitscreen. You have to be on Live or Origin, which is frustrating. Why can't I just play the game in my living room, on my couch, with my friends?

Radoh:
Okay, so it helps the single player, but isn't a necessity? When I get it, I suppose I could spend some time on it, it looks fun.

Actually...that statement is misleading. Some might call it a lie.

Someone did the math on the war assets in the game...so...

..I can't say I saw this myself: so take it with a grain of salt.

There are a potential 8000 War assets in the game if you do EVERYTHING.

You need 5000 for the "good" end.

If you don't play multiplayer your Readiness multiplier stays at 50%:
Meaning you get only 4000 points.

And thus you CANNOT get the best ending without playing Multiplayer.

I'm curious if the reviewer even checked this or he just trusted Bioware isn't lying.

Kingjackl:
Multiplayer would be awesome, except for the fact that there's no local splitscreen. You have to be on Live or Origin, which is frustrating. Why can't I just play the game in my living room, on my couch, with my friends?

The console has to process everything twice, so it can't run the game because they're already pushing the graphics as far as they're able without lag.

At least, that's the usual excuse.

It also means that everyone has to buy a console and an individual game: More money for them.

Fun isn't profitable enough.

18.99PlusTip:

Radoh:
Okay, so it helps the single player, but isn't a necessity? When I get it, I suppose I could spend some time on it, it looks fun.

Actually...that statement is misleading. Some might call it a lie.

Someone did the math on the war assets in the game...so...

..I can't say I saw this myself: so take it with a grain of salt.

There are a potential 8000 War assets in the game if you do EVERYTHING.

You need 5000 for the "good" end.

If you don't play multiplayer your Readiness multiplier stays at 50%:
Meaning you get only 4000 points.

And thus you CANNOT get the best ending without playing Multiplayer.

I'm curious if the reviewer even checked this or he just trusted Bioware isn't lying.

So rather than check your own information, you come here to inform me that it is impossible to do without the multiplayer which flies in the face of people who have done it.
Has it occurred to you that the fifty percent multiplier is actually a multiplier, as in, it boosts your war assets as opposed to reducing it?

Radoh:

18.99PlusTip:

Radoh:
Okay, so it helps the single player, but isn't a necessity? When I get it, I suppose I could spend some time on it, it looks fun.

Actually...that statement is misleading. Some might call it a lie.

Someone did the math on the war assets in the game...so...

..I can't say I saw this myself: so take it with a grain of salt.

There are a potential 8000 War assets in the game if you do EVERYTHING.

You need 5000 for the "good" end.

If you don't play multiplayer your Readiness multiplier stays at 50%:
Meaning you get only 4000 points.

And thus you CANNOT get the best ending without playing Multiplayer.

I'm curious if the reviewer even checked this or he just trusted Bioware isn't lying.

So rather than check your own information, you come here to inform me that it is impossible to do without the multiplayer which flies in the face of people who have done it.
Has it occurred to you that the fifty percent multiplier is actually a multiplier, as in, it boosts your war assets as opposed to reducing it?

Don't get your jimmies in a rustle.

I did say citation was needed and that you need to take it with a grain of salt.

18.99PlusTip:

Radoh:

18.99PlusTip:

Actually...that statement is misleading. Some might call it a lie.

Someone did the math on the war assets in the game...so...

..I can't say I saw this myself: so take it with a grain of salt.

There are a potential 8000 War assets in the game if you do EVERYTHING.

You need 5000 for the "good" end.

If you don't play multiplayer your Readiness multiplier stays at 50%:
Meaning you get only 4000 points.

And thus you CANNOT get the best ending without playing Multiplayer.

I'm curious if the reviewer even checked this or he just trusted Bioware isn't lying.

So rather than check your own information, you come here to inform me that it is impossible to do without the multiplayer which flies in the face of people who have done it.
Has it occurred to you that the fifty percent multiplier is actually a multiplier, as in, it boosts your war assets as opposed to reducing it?

Don't get your jimmies in a rustle.

I did say citation was needed and that you need to take it with a grain of salt.

My Jimmies are most certainly not in a rustle!
I did take it with a grain of salt, as made clear by my questioning of it, I just don't like it when people bring hearsay into a discussion and make a supposition that the person doing the review as part of their job must be wrong because of it.

18.99PlusTip:
snip.

I don't think you understand the Galactic Readiness. It doesn't make it so you can get more assests, it makes it so you don't need as many to get the better ending.

Radoh:

18.99PlusTip:

Radoh:

So rather than check your own information, you come here to inform me that it is impossible to do without the multiplayer which flies in the face of people who have done it.
Has it occurred to you that the fifty percent multiplier is actually a multiplier, as in, it boosts your war assets as opposed to reducing it?

Don't get your jimmies in a rustle.

I did say citation was needed and that you need to take it with a grain of salt.

My Jimmies are most certainly not in a rustle!
I did take it with a grain of salt, as made clear by my questioning of it, I just don't like it when people bring hearsay into a discussion and make a supposition that the person doing the review as part of their job must be wrong because of it.

Here's some discussion about this theme going on:
http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/347/index/9693363/1
So far, no proof has been produced that the best ending can be reached by single player alone. Several completionist runs have been completed, staying shy of 4000K. So either there's no wiggle room to reach the "best" ending, or that MP isn't needed was a bald-faced lie to push sales.

The guns all sound like freaking tinker toys.

so it is almost like left4dead?

I really enjoy the multiplayer, and I don't really play the likes of Halo's firefight or GoW's horde mode.

Quarian Infiltrator's FTW!

Daystar Clarion:
I really enjoy the multiplayer, and I don't really play the likes of Halo's firefight or GoW's horde mode.

Quarian Infiltrator's FTW!

Quarian Snipers are in the multiplayer?
*checks*
Quarian Snipers are in the multiplayer.
That's it, this game is a must buy.

Radoh:

Daystar Clarion:
I really enjoy the multiplayer, and I don't really play the likes of Halo's firefight or GoW's horde mode.

Quarian Infiltrator's FTW!

Quarian Snipers are in the multiplayer?
*checks*
Quarian Snipers are in the multiplayer.
That's it, this game is a must buy.

They have the accent too.

Best class ever.

This would do wonders for me. As much as I love the single player and will definitely only buy ME3 just because of single player with the story involved.. I really like how this multiplayer sounds. Especially since we get to pick our race, (gender?), colors, armor, and abilities (for the most part I believe). Also some creatures are scary, I would probably stay back and nuke them with my powers until it dies for sure. I like range attacks but I am tempted to be a Krogan if you can charge at enemies lol.

PC gamer put together a nice article about readiness. I'm honestly not sure how it's possible to get the best endings w/o multiplayer if you're a new to the series...or want the freedom to make your own decisions (not optimized) throughout the trilogy.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/03/06/mass-effect-3-war-assets-and-readiness-how-multiplayer-affects-your-ending/

That said, I'm really enjoying the multiplayer and was sitting at 100% readiness before I continued beyond the game's prologue, it's too bad that it diminishes over time.

Multiplayer is really fun, you do need to play it a bit if you want to get the best ending, but it's so fun that I don't think it really matters too much to me.

Unlock system is kind of a pain though. I get that it's supposed to be addicting (It is) but you just have to hope on luck if you want to get a particular weapon/attachment/character type.

I'm surprised that you have to play the co-op to get the best possible ending. I thought Bioware said that this would not be the case and that the co-op would not have to affect your single player experience?

I just looked at the 360 achievement list for ME3 and Bioware obviously didn't want to disadvantage those who weren't interested in the co-op as any achievement applicable to the co-op can be unlocked alternatively through the single player game. So any achievement hunters can ignore the co-op for their 1000G.

I'm happy to play the co-op as I'm really enjoying it. But it's not very fair to anyone who does not have access to the online component of the game. It seems strange that Bioware would have done this.

One thing I noticed playing the multiplayer demo(Picking up my ME3 copy at the post office tomorrow), if you do really well in a match, like really far ahead points wise from the rest of the team, some might let you die just to get a chance to pass you in points. I ran into this FAR too often, multiplayer is best played with friends that you know will have your back.

Caramel Frappe:
This would do wonders for me. As much as I love the single player and will definitely only buy ME3 just because of single player with the story involved.. I really like how this multiplayer sounds. Especially since we get to pick our race, (gender?), colors, armor, and abilities (for the most part I believe). Also some creatures are scary, I would probably stay back and nuke them with my powers until it dies for sure. I like range attacks but I am tempted to be a Krogan if you can charge at enemies lol.

Only certain species can be certain classes, and you have to unlock most of them. You also have to unlock most of the customization options for each class.

Kingjackl:
Multiplayer would be awesome, except for the fact that there's no local splitscreen. You have to be on Live or Origin, which is frustrating. Why can't I just play the game in my living room, on my couch, with my friends?

Because it's not 2001 anymore.

Face it, companies want you to be online because everyone is a potential pirate.

Stupid isn't it.

Bioware need to face the facts. People will find stuff wrong with their games, even if it's trivial. It's what they get for 'evil' business practices.

Anyway, about the multiplayer. I always enjoy a bit of co op, I just don't want to play co op in Mass Effect, it just feels wrong. To elaborate, when I played ME1, it was MY story, I didn't feel as though someone else should have been there, it would have made my story less important. Gimme co op in a great shooter any day, but not in such a story driven game, the story is all it has going for it, and even that isn't amazing.

blarg, I have no interest in playing ME since I finished 1 (just not a good shooter or RPG in my opinion). But this makes me want to play the multiplayer mode quite a bit. Trouble is, the price on this isn't going to go down for a long time, so I'm not going to pick it up until most people have moved on :(

To actually get a good idea of the MEMP, you really have to play it. Honestly, I was a huge skeptic and was laughing at how much Bioware was breaking things with their marketing. Then one day I was in the same room as someone else with the demo on xbox and gave it a shot. 10 hours of me playing later (and even more of watching other people) that opinion changed. It plays surprisingly well, with a pretty good balance between weapons, powers, and how much that teamwork actually matters. Furthermore, it is pretty clear you aren't Shepard - there are fewer skills to choose from per class/race combination, and you are capped at 2 weapons no matter how high your weight capacity is. Also I swear I'm a hell of a lot more fragile in MP than SP.

The unlock system is both addicting and frustrating. I advise any people just entering it to focus on a lot of recruit packs early before trying to get the fancier rare weapons. While no one really says the Avenger is their favorite gun, a mark V+ of that when everyone else is using mark Is, well, lets just say the difference is clear.

18.99PlusTip:

Radoh:
Okay, so it helps the single player, but isn't a necessity? When I get it, I suppose I could spend some time on it, it looks fun.

Actually...that statement is misleading. Some might call it a lie.

Someone did the math on the war assets in the game...so...

..I can't say I saw this myself: so take it with a grain of salt.

There are a potential 8000 War assets in the game if you do EVERYTHING.

You need 5000 for the "good" end.

If you don't play multiplayer your Readiness multiplier stays at 50%:
Meaning you get only 4000 points.

And thus you CANNOT get the best ending without playing Multiplayer.

I'm curious if the reviewer even checked this or he just trusted Bioware isn't lying.

Kingjackl:
Multiplayer would be awesome, except for the fact that there's no local splitscreen. You have to be on Live or Origin, which is frustrating. Why can't I just play the game in my living room, on my couch, with my friends?

The console has to process everything twice, so it can't run the game because they're already pushing the graphics as far as they're able without lag.

At least, that's the usual excuse.

It also means that everyone has to buy a console and an individual game: More money for them.

Fun isn't profitable enough.

You can raise the readiness multiplier without multiplayer. I don't know how I managed it, but I got a system up to 57% without having done multiplayer.

I love the multiplayer, some nitpicks I have are some glitches with the enemy, like on Firebase White some enemies will get stuck under the landing pad. But I'm sure that will get patched soon.

I really think character customization should be unlocked with level. I kinda don't like you have to buy random packs to try to get the customization you want or like.

Also some tips -
*Veteran Packs are the way to go, Avoid Recruit packs.
*If you get past Level 10 or so start playing silver to get A LOT of XP and Money
*Only play gold with a full team of 18-20 Levels
*Phantoms and Nemesis are annoying, if you have stasis, USE IT!!!!
*And please, getting kills/XP is nice but at wave 11 if you are in the extraction zone you get 15000 Extra XP. It's annoying you miss that much because of 1 guy that want's to go Rambo at the end.

I don't want to pay for xbox live gold.

Jesus shit. This makes me so angry I could spit!

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