Sunday, April 1, 2012
Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer: Make Your Own Ending!
I've not been shy about criticizing the ending of the single player campaign. I'm not one of those rabid fans trying to get them to re-do it or anything, I just felt let down after spending such good time on a terrific game only to have the ending be...anticlimactic.
Well, for me, that's where Co-op comes in. See, in the game, there are several missions which have the title 'N7' (for example N7: Cerberus Labs). These are missions to recover specific resources or intel given to Shepard by Hacket and N7 Special Forces Command. At the successful conclusion of these missions, Hackett tells Shepard how he is going to have teams follow up, do more strikes, fortify the position, etc.
And that's what you do in multi! On the maps you first fought with Shepard, you can go through with your own characters, who are part of special N7 teams tasked with protecting resources, gathering intel, setting up strike targeting, eliminating high value personnel, and the list goes on and on!
My favorite part is that, being an RPG'er first and video gamer second, I can make the story behind these more anonymous characters be anything my heart desires. While this doesn't erase my distaste for the campaign ending, it does redeem it for me a bit. No matter the outcome of the Hammer and Sword attack, I can console myself with the thought that my multi-player characters are out there, putting the pieces back in place.
Now that I have spent way more time on the topic of why I like multi-player, the original point of this post was to celebrate that I completed Operation: Raptor, which was a special event that gives rewards for 'promoting' two multiplayer characters to be War Assets in the single player campaign. I guess a lot of people don't want to do that, since they spent time levelling them up. I didn't even know this was going on until after I had it all up and running, but good timing! It only took me like a day and a half to get two characters ready to promote, so it's not a huge time investment. But whatever. I hope the reward packs are good!