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What Will Multiplayer Do for Mass Effect 3?

It's been officially confirmed that Mass Effect 3 will feature multiplayer. But with Mass Effect being such a heavily story-driven, single player game, how will this tie in, and what effect will it have on the game itself?

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Jester2233d ago

nothing. its such a single player game i dont think even co-op is going to work properly.

Godmars2902233d ago (Edited 2233d ago )

Lower if not wholly remove any aspect of exploration. Be able to go out of order of points A, B, and C, but A-B-C will still be there.

ATi_Elite2233d ago

totally ruin the SP experience that is Mass Effect as Bioware continues to turn Mass Effect into the next Halo.

ME3 from the videos i've seen is becoming a full blown 3PS!

ECM0NEY2233d ago

"totally ruin the SP experience that is Mass Effect as Bioware continues to turn Mass Effect into the next Gears"

Fixed

ATi_Elite2233d ago

yeh i should of used Gears for the 3PS w/ cover but IDK for some reason ME just feels like Halo to me in some aspect.

EmperorDalek2233d ago (Edited 2233d ago )

Wait until the full game before judging it. There is nothing wrong with making the shooting better. Enemies drop weapons, you can modify your guns on weapon benches (25% more accuracy for example) and you can evolve your powers in different ways multiple times (like the last upgrade for a power in ME2). So to me, the combat RPG elements sound more fun than "Spend point for 2% damage upgrade".

Besides, making decisions that can effect whether you save the galaxy or not is more important than spending 10 minutes in your inventory. The co-op is being made by a seperate studio, so I don't think the campaign will be affected. Uncharted 2's campaign sure wasn't.

Tony P2233d ago

"Besides, making decisions that can effect whether you save the galaxy or not is more important than spending 10 minutes in your inventory."

But is that based on any kind of enlightened analysis of the mechanics or do people simply parrot BioWare's bullshit PR about what a "great" RPG is?

EmperorDalek2233d ago (Edited 2233d ago )

I'm just saying that the story is more important than the combat RPG elements. And as I said, the combat RPG elements look like they could be good. Or are you trying to tell me the combat RPG elements are more important than the story?

Read the RPG elements I talked about, and tell me that part 1's were better. Sure, it had more customisable Armour, but 3 looks like it has more customisable stats. I also think they raised the level cap to 60 again, but don't quote me on that.

And just so you know, I don't care if it's an RPG or not, as long as the game is as epic as the first two. I'm more interested in TRYING to convince Alien armies to help defend the Galaxy against the Reapers.

Tony P2231d ago (Edited 2231d ago )

"I'm just saying that the story is more important than the combat RPG elements. And as I said, the combat RPG elements look like they could be good. Or are you trying to tell me the combat RPG elements are more important than the story?"

And I think that's the huge problem with buying into the hype. You ask me this question like there is an obvious answer. There isn't.

Do you know how a few good systems in place can benefit an RPG? Or any game? Of course the story should be nothing to overlook, but somehow BioWare has convinced gamers that RPG mechanics are bad.

And why is that?

Because THEY screwed up ME1.

And now it's "But we didn't screw it up! RPGs just suck!"

So to sum up, yes, I'd rather have story in a BioWare game. Because apparently they can design a dialogue tree better than anything else for which RPGs are famous.

RememberThe3572233d ago (Edited 2233d ago )

Haha wow. How is this going to ruin the game? In no way does adding MP and co-op mean that the single player game is going to suck. There is no logical link between the two. You guys are making an assumption on top of an assumption. But, MP ruined Uncharted didn't it? Oh wait...

christheredhead2233d ago

there is no logical link between uncharted mp and mass effect 3 multiplayer. i mean were talking about bioware and ea here. its very possible that they would spend to much time and resources developing a "dead space 2 experience." thankfully there is that second studio and if they can pull it off, then great. i will remain skeptical until i see it. i mean it just sounds weird that they would add it at the end of the series, where above all, the main focus would be to end the epic trilogy. seems more suited to just wait for the next installment in the mass effect series, but we'll see soon enough how it plays out.

RememberThe3572233d ago

I guess I'm trying to say that I have the opposite opinion on it. You guys are skeptical and I'm optimistic. Not so much about the MP being good (though I think co-op could be awesome), but more so that the single player wont be sacrificed. The logic in bringing up Uncharted 2 was to show that SP doesn't have to be sacrificed to include MP. Everyone had the same reservations about Uncharted 2 when it was announced that it had MP but then they played to game and it was mind blowing.

We have not seen many games loss quality when MP is added to them. The guy below trys to list titles but all of those series are going strong and are still quality. Adding MP never swayed true fans of those series and I don't see that changing here.

If anything I'm worried about the lack of RPG elements. Even though I loved Mass Effect 2, the watered down RPG elements bothered me. And I want loot damn it!

Quagmire2233d ago

Take away from the SP experience. Nuff said. Just look at franchises such as Uncharted, Bioshock, Assassin'd Creed, Dead Space, and Metro which NEVER needed MP in the first place, but decided t add it to please the COD fanboys.

boommuffin2232d ago

you just listed games that were actualy praised for their multiplayer experience. if you wanted to help your argument then you should have listed formerly singleplayer games that didnt do so well after adding multiplayer

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