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ME3 Multiplayer Brings up a New Issue

So, we've all heard by now, right? Mass Effect 3 will have multiplayer! (it's okay, I'll wait for you to all calm down)

I think most of us knew this was coming. From the not so coy "oh, we're not commenting at this time on multiplayer" at E3 to the decision to push it back more than a few months from its original release date. Now that it's here, all we have to do is just see where it goes and how it plays out.

But, as I am wont to do, I have decided to get an early jump on the bandwagon to bicker about one possible fault with the multiplayer experience as a whole. I know, you're probably thinking it's the usual "OMG, bad Online Pass is bad!" It's not. I really don't care about it as I don't really play games online and I buy my BioWare games new... well... so far at least. Yes, I'm looking at you, possible Dragon Age 3.

My issue with the multiplayer deals with the, currently understood to be, limitation to playing as a completely different race in the game. If you haven't watched the latest BioWare TV episode where they go over this, please do so now:

Welcome back! Now, did you hear that? When you play with your friends, you'll be able to take control over and play as many of the races you've seen in the game, including classes specific to them.

Wait... one of the biggest desires people have asked for in the single player game... is limited to the multiplayer game? Why?

I mean, I get it, the single player game is Shepard's story and is important. Gotcha. Don't want to ruin that or put a confusing spin on it. Leave that alone and don't touch it. But... why is it multiplayer only for these optional game elements that many have wanted?

It may seem petty asking this, but we're really talking about a series that has been single player up until now. Many of us were thinking that if multiplayer was implemented, it wouldn't matter much as long as it doesn't affect the single player game. And, it doesn't... but it kind of is a slap in the face at the same time by offering something so unique as the opportunity to play as races that require us to play with others in order to experience it.

I'm hoping that they are not limiting the co-op games to just those who are able to find a friend to game with them and that an individual can take the time to do it on their own. I don't think it right that they finally implement a feature that many Mass Effect fans have been asking for since the first game, and then limit it to those who play with others.

Anyway, as always, thanks for reading my rant over the small stuff.

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zeal0us2446d ago (Edited 2446d ago )

Personally I'm just playing ME3 for the SP experience, I might be willing to try the multi-player. Hopefully the MP is a start to get the Mass Effect MMO into process. If ME3 was never delayed, I don't think multiplayer would probably been added to the game. I think the extra time/delay gave Bioware extra time to work on MP for the game.
I would of like to played different races in the SP, too bad Bioware didn't do something like DA1, where I could switch between characters.

TopDudeMan2446d ago (Edited 2446d ago )

"Possible dragon age 3"?

Sorry, I think that's pretty much a given. Did you see that ending?

As for the co-op, I think it's a good thing, they did say it won't ruin the single player and I don't see how it could be a bad thing at all.

Christopher2446d ago

I wasn't saying that Dragon Age 3 wouldn't happen, but that I might not buy it, new or otherwise.

Also, I know it won't ruin single player, as commented above, but that it's a slap in the face to offer up something so unique as playing other races/classes to just a mode that requires you play with at least one other person.

SolDojo2446d ago

Oh, your a mod. No wonder you have 87 thousand bubbles.

Also, yeah, I really wish I could choose my race in SP...

Godmars2902446d ago

Much like multiplayer, you'd think Bioware would hold off allowing you to play an alien main character until a new game in the series.

I mean who doesn't want to play Blasto who has a blaster on every tentacle and a woman in every port.

VanguardOfCalamity2444d ago (Edited 2444d ago )

I dunno if I heard right in the video - but it seemed to mention that playing the multi-player vaguely effects the single player ending...

right around the 2:05 mark - I don't keep up with all the ME3 news but seems interesting