Why Mass Effect 3 Doesn’t Need Multiplayer

It’s official that Mass Effect 3 will have a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode called “Galaxy At War”.  Details aren’t in yet, but many gamers are quite excited by the prospect of fighting the Reavers alongside other players, or engaging in the as-yet-unconfirmed possibility of head-to-head combat against their friends.  While this is enticing, it’s probably not the best use of Bioware’s resources, and even if the developer had as much time and money as they like, Mass Effect 3 still doesn’t actually need multiplayer.  Electronic Arts describes the multiplayer mode as putting “Players in the role of a team of elite Special Forces soldiers”.  This sounds like shorthand for “A team of Generic Space Commandos”.  They’ll inevitably be described as “Highly-trained, Heavily-armed”, and poorly-written… Continue Reading

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