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UPDATE: Early details on Mass Effect 3's newly announced multiplayer mode have started to slip out via the developer's forums.
According to the forum post, the multiplayer mode will be cooperative with up to four players. Players will be able to "choose from a variety of classes and races," and success in the co-op mode will affect the "Galactic Readiness" system in the solo game. It's unclear how that will influence your game overall, but knowing BioWare and the Mass Effect series, it could be a primary factor in deciding how the universe looks when you finish Mass Effect 3.
ORIGINAL STORY: Commander Shepard has never been the go-it-alone type, but the hero will have more backup than usual in Mass Effect 3. Confirming longstanding rumors, BioWare has revealed that the third installment of the series will feature an online multiplayer component.
Details on Mass Effect 3's multiplayer functionality will be appearing in the November issue of Australian mag PC Powerplay. Details are scarce at this point, but Eurogamer is reporting that multiplayer is separate from the main campaign and will include some form of competitive element.
We'll have more information on Mass Effect 3's multiplayer soon, so stay tuned.
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AH HA! I F***ING KNEW IT!!! People have been talking/debating about this on the forums for months now and it finally gets confirmed! What say you now Chris Priestly?!?! O.o Ha ha ha! In all seriousness though I really don't know what to say or what to think even when I first heard the rumors. This could be a good thing, or it could end horrendously and piss off all the hardcore fans especially RPG fans. I'll just wait until the game comes out to see for myself...or wait for more info/coverage.
I don't like that this will affect the single player. I hope it isn't too important, as I have no intention of playing this multiplayer.
Thank you Bioware for saving me 60 dollars. I already had some issues with certain design choices that Bioware made with ME2 and this news is pretty much the final nail in the coffin.
Ok, ENOUGH. All of you multiplayer haters reeeally need to just stop. I would LOVE nothing more than to sit here and troll with all of you about how terrible it is that they added the ability to play an awesome game with my friends. No, but seriously, WHAT is your actual argument here? Are you gonna try and tell me that the SEPERATE development team they had making this took too much away from the single player game developement? (single player that you haven't played yet), or how bout how the way their making the multiplayer able to integrate with your single player is gonna ruin your experience if you don't want to have anything to do with the multiplayer, because funnily enough, they already said that no matter how you decide to play you can always unlock the best possible ending, without touching multiplayer at all. Lets see hmmm, any other arguments? Oh, it's an unoriginal wave-based co-op mode? So wait, now your complaining about the multiplayer (that you say you don't even want or care about) being too unoriginal? Even though it does something totally original by incorporating the multiplayer into the actual story, and not to mention that, original or not, wave-based co-op is a tested and awesomely fun way to play pretty much any video game. Ya know, until one of you thick trolls comes up with an argument that shows that somehow the inclusion of another way to enjoy an already great game/series actually takes AWAY from the overall experience, (ya know, like what happened with Uncharted 2 when they decided to include multiplayer in their second game... yeah look how terrible the single player came out, it's only been quoted as being "the best single player video game experience of all time" by leading game journalists and players alike) than you all need to take a deep breath, and hold in the bs until you can actually make a fair and honest judgement call, and that won't be until the game releases in a couple months.
It would be great if your friends could play as one or both of the characters that you're running around with. The teammate AI in the first 2 games was pretty shady so having friends BE those teammates would be great. Obviously they would have to share the ammo on the ground, there would have to be more enemies to fight and they wouldn't have as many upgrades available as Shepard but I think that would be a great component here.
I'm not sure why there are so many haters on this topic though. GTA gets multiplayer and it didn't ruin the single player part of the game at all so why should this be any different? IGN calls Mass Effect 2 "THE BEST GAME OF THE CURRENT CONSOLE GENERATION." If a game gets THAT kind of title and recognition I'd say the developers have a pretty good idea of how to make great games and how to follow them up with even better games.
This to me is about as bad as people that "review" games based off of the demo or because they want to "even out" the score it's getting from other reviewers. Just let this be what it is and you never know...it may be the best thing that happened to gaming since the ability to play online.
Well this is interesting. This game seems like an odd choice for multi-player. I haven't played the series yet, but it seems like a very singular, involving world. I'm curious as to how they'd add in more players. I suppose a standard mission mode or death-match could work, though it does seem out of place.
I'm pretty sure half of the GI community read the title and then wrote a hate comment. READ THE ARTICLE ME3 multiplayer is not going to affect single player. You people are negative about everything. PUT FAITH INTO THE DEVELOPERS OF THE BEST GAMES OF THE CONSOLE GENERATION.
If Gears of War never had multiplayer in the first 2 games, than everybody would have complained about it being in the third. I love gaming but I hate the gaming community. Complaining doesn't make you popular or get you anywhere in life. Think about the good side of life and you'll be a little happier. You're missing out on a lot of fun by thinking about how much tomorrow is going to suck.
You're right, it's obvious this is EA. Bioware has never done this before. Of course they never screwed a game up like they did DA2....
I'm only wondering if you can play as females of any race in the co op. It would be really interesting since I have never seen any females of other races other than human and asari of course.