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    Mass Effect 3

    Game » consists of 19 releases. Released Mar 06, 2012

    When Earth begins to fall in an ancient cycle of destruction, Commander Shepard must unite the forces of the galaxy to stop the Reapers in the final chapter of the original Mass Effect trilogy.

    Mass Effect 3 Has Multiplayer Now, In Case You Were Wondering

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    Edited By alex
    This is happening.
    This is happening.

    If you follow other sites on the Internet that write about games in far greater quantity (if not necessarily quality--BOOM...*drops mic* *feedback*) than our little video game website, you may have been following the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer saga in a bit more of a step-by-step fashion than we have chosen to cover it here. In short: multiplayer for Mass Effect 3 has been rumored, debunked, rumored again, debunked again, and then rumored again more times than the existence of Shenmue 3, to the point where even if you cared about Mass Effect 3 having multiplayer, you have likely just given up and opted to wait for an actual confirmation from someone.

    Good news then (maybe?): Multiplayer has been confirmed.

    Specifically, it's been confirmed by dueling magazine covers in the latest issue of OXM, and Australian PC mag, PC PowerPlay. Of course, given that no one actually has either issue of either magazine in hand, we don't actually know what any of this multiplayer nonsense equates to. All we do know from the vague, cryptic descriptions either magazine chose to give is that the mode does tie into the main story campaign in some manner or another. I'll just go ahead and pull the starter cord on the rumor engine and say co-op campaign. I mean, it makes sense, right?

    We'll get all the juicy details when the aforementioned magazines hit store shelves, and someone on NeoGAF inevitably scans all the feature pages and plasters them into a thread, thus spreading said information across the many news sites and blogs with similar, yet not entirely the same commentary, followed by similar, yet not entirely the same comments, ranging from enraged exclamations of derision, to excited, gleeful yelps of joy. Eventually the commenters will tire themselves out, both the rage and the joy will trail off, and the Internet will grow quiet for a single, fleeting moment before, like the Big Bang itself, a new rumor of multiplayer in something--maybe in Darksiders II or something--sparks the Internet's energy anew. Circle of life, or whatever.

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    #1  Edited By alex
    This is happening.
    This is happening.

    If you follow other sites on the Internet that write about games in far greater quantity (if not necessarily quality--BOOM...*drops mic* *feedback*) than our little video game website, you may have been following the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer saga in a bit more of a step-by-step fashion than we have chosen to cover it here. In short: multiplayer for Mass Effect 3 has been rumored, debunked, rumored again, debunked again, and then rumored again more times than the existence of Shenmue 3, to the point where even if you cared about Mass Effect 3 having multiplayer, you have likely just given up and opted to wait for an actual confirmation from someone.

    Good news then (maybe?): Multiplayer has been confirmed.

    Specifically, it's been confirmed by dueling magazine covers in the latest issue of OXM, and Australian PC mag, PC PowerPlay. Of course, given that no one actually has either issue of either magazine in hand, we don't actually know what any of this multiplayer nonsense equates to. All we do know from the vague, cryptic descriptions either magazine chose to give is that the mode does tie into the main story campaign in some manner or another. I'll just go ahead and pull the starter cord on the rumor engine and say co-op campaign. I mean, it makes sense, right?

    We'll get all the juicy details when the aforementioned magazines hit store shelves, and someone on NeoGAF inevitably scans all the feature pages and plasters them into a thread, thus spreading said information across the many news sites and blogs with similar, yet not entirely the same commentary, followed by similar, yet not entirely the same comments, ranging from enraged exclamations of derision, to excited, gleeful yelps of joy. Eventually the commenters will tire themselves out, both the rage and the joy will trail off, and the Internet will grow quiet for a single, fleeting moment before, like the Big Bang itself, a new rumor of multiplayer in something--maybe in Darksiders II or something--sparks the Internet's energy anew. Circle of life, or whatever.

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    #3  Edited By zolloz89

    damn. only my first try.

    multiplayer in me3. probably something that could work that id never use.

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    #4  Edited By jeffk38uk

    I'll bet 100 bison dollars it's tower defence multiplayer. :P

    After I kidnap the queen of course.

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    #5  Edited By evanbower

    I love Alex.

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    #6  Edited By vaportra1l

    I could go for a coop campaign in ME3. Not really interested in deathmatch or whatever though.

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    #7  Edited By hexogen

    I would say I don't want multiplayer in my Mass Effect, but I also said that about Assassin's Creed, and that turned out to be really cool.

    [Edit] I went and actually read the article thoroughly instead of skimming through it, and a co-op campaign would make sense. For some reason whenever I hear "multiplayer" I automatically assume it's competitive.

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    #8  Edited By ssj4raditz

    Shepard...

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    #9  Edited By MooseyMcMan

    I am making enraged exclamations of derision!

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    #10  Edited By sugetipula

    5th :D

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    #11  Edited By nutta27

    Oh well multiplayer no multiplayer makes squat of a difference to me.

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    #12  Edited By prestonhedges

    We'll get all the juicy details when the aforementioned magazines hit store shelves, and someone on NeoGAF inevitably scans all the feature pages and plasters them into a thread, thus spreading said information across the many news sites and blogs with similar, yet not entirely the same commentary, followed by similar, yet not entirely the same comments, ranging from enraged exclamations of derision, to excited, gleeful yelps of joy. Eventually the commenters will tire themselves out, both the rage and the joy will trail off, and the Internet will grow quiet for a single, fleeting moment before, like the Big Bang itself, a new rumor of multiplayer in something--maybe in Darksiders II or something--sparks the Internet's energy anew. Circle of life, or whatever.

    if not necessarily quality

    Nope, sorry.

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    #13  Edited By YOUNGLINK

    hmmmmmm.

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    #14  Edited By jamesisaacs

    Nice, this game will be ace!

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    #15  Edited By adoggz

    because thats exactly what I want out of my story focused RPShooter

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    #16  Edited By nutta27
    @sugetipula Make that 9th mate
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    #17  Edited By TehFlan

      We'll get all the juicy details when the aforementioned magazines hit store shelves, and someone on NeoGAF inevitably scans all the feature pages and plasters them into a thread, thus spreading said information across the many news sites and blogs with similar, yet not entirely the same commentary, followed by similar, yet not entirely the same comments, ranging from enraged exclamations of derision, to excited, gleeful yelps of joy. Eventually the commenters will tire themselves out, both the rage and the joy will trail off, and the Internet will grow quiet for a single, fleeting moment before, like the Big Bang itself, a new rumor of multiplayer in something--maybe in Darksiders II or something--sparks the Internet's energy anew. Circle of life, or whatever.

    I like that the internet has become so predictable.
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    #18  Edited By Thor_Molecules

    Thanks EA. This series really needed multiplayer.

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    #19  Edited By Olivaw

    I'm guessing co-op, or Horde mode.

    Anything more substantial would be very surprising.

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    #20  Edited By leejunfan83

    Get back to the NBA 2K12 review Alex

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    #21  Edited By Soap

    I'd love to be able to eat my own words on this in a few months if I'm wrong, but if this multiplayer fucks with how good the single player is in anyway I will be royally pissed, and EA will know about it.

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    #22  Edited By Dreamfall31

    Whatevs...guess it will be cool to see some co-op stuff, but I'm not too big on competitive. Uncharted is the only one I really keep playing MP in...nothing else has interested me.

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    #23  Edited By Greatgrey

    Fuck this

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    #24  Edited By dungbootle

    Oh okay.

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    #25  Edited By TheMasterDS

    Hmmmm.... I hope it's Coop and not competitive. Since the partner AI is generally poor anyway a Coop mode could only improve the game. Competitive multiplayer however I don't think can fit at all because it's simply not that sort of game.

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    #26  Edited By DJJoeJoe

    I'm hoping it's not based on the arena junk in the first game's DLC, if it has a decent/interesting twist that will be cool. Co-op is something people might appreciate as well but there's no way it can be 'full' singleplayer co-op type stuff so really... who cares about separate co-op missions that last 20mins or horde mode 'yet again'.

    My mind is still kinda focused on Skyrim though, no thoughts on ME3 other than I look forward to playing it, but it's in march so I try and put it away in it's dark hole in my head :)

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    #27  Edited By ArbitraryWater

    Confirmed: Mass Effect 3 is RUINED FOREVER.

    the previous statement was sarcasm, but I figured I might as well get it out of the way before it gets posted seriously.

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    #28  Edited By Matterless

    @adoggz said:

    because thats exactly what I want out of my story focused RPShooter

    This. Millions of times.

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    #29  Edited By DharmaBum

    I predict a cooperative wave-based survival mode.

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    #30  Edited By probablytuna

    That is one horribly photoshopped cover. WTF is up with Shepard and Liara's faces?!

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    #31  Edited By Sunjammer

    It's totally gonna be 100% the same as Star Wars: Rebellion.

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    #32  Edited By RE_Player1

    I'll wait for a price drop when Mass Effect 3 is released. I'm a huge fan but I'm not spending $60 for a package with a portion I will literally never touch.

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    #33  Edited By MideonNViscera

    I hated the idea of it until I gave my old X-Box to a buddy and got him into Mass Effect. Now it's more "fuck it, why not?".

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    #34  Edited By evilrazer

    It was like a given thing, but still wondering how this going to work out.

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    #35  Edited By CL60

    God do I ever hate when people cry about multiplayer being added to a previously single player only game.

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    #36  Edited By MjHealy

    Whatever. If the multiplayer is bad I will just ignore it. The probably great campaign will out weigh any potentially bad multiplayer.

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    #37  Edited By Poki3

    Thanks Bioware for taking the time and money to develop a feature most fans of your game don't want and won't play.

    Here's a free tip for developers: tacking on a multiplayer component to your primarily singleplayer game is not a good way to "combat" used game sales.

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    #38  Edited By Fluffytoast

    Sigh. First Dead Space, now this. I guess no-one can really pass judgement until they've played it, but all the same, the thought of it doesn't seem appealing to me.

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    #39  Edited By johncallahan

    I've said it before. As long as it doesn't detract and take dev time from the single player then they can go ahead and add whatever they want.

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    #40  Edited By falconer

    Literally could not give more of a shit than I currently do.

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    #41  Edited By DrunkenWisdom

    Bioware should have made a regular KOTOR 3 and made Mass Effect an MMO instead.

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    #42  Edited By Dan_CiTi

    They will learn some day.

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    #43  Edited By MikkaQ

    If it's just co-op, fine I guess. Kinda weird and nonsensical, but fine. If it's yet another generic multiplayer shooter lazily slapped onto an EA game, then that's gonna start to bother me.

    At least the true benefits of the EA multiplayer pass reveal themselves. If I have zero interest in this game's multiplayer, boom there goes any reason to buy it new.

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    #44  Edited By Hef

    You know what game had multiplayer. MGS4. You know what I didn't play but still had an amazingly fun time with the game anyways? MGO.

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    #45  Edited By Lazyaza

    I have faith that Bioware won't fuck up the game with this. It's not campaign multiplayer for certain so it won't impact the "proper" game and considering how big their studio is its highly likely the co-op/competitive whatever part of the game is being made by one of their second teams or partner studios thus neither taking resources from the development of the main game either.

    Yeah it smacks of box ticking but I dunno, I just don't think Bioware are the sort of company who would do that.

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    #46  Edited By ZZoMBiE13

    This has to be the most pragmatic news post I've ever read.

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    #47  Edited By Death_Unicorn

    Ugh...

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    #48  Edited By swoxx

    Well queue a shitstorm of people overreacting before even knowing what it is.

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    #49  Edited By Levius

    I guess EA has to put something behind that online pass.

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    #50  Edited By KowalskiManDown

    Its soul purpose is so that the game will now come with an online pass. Thus enticing more people to buy the game new. Fuck you EA. I don't even care if it's good, because I will always live in the knowledge that less time was spent making the single player campaign awesome so that they could add in some tacked on multiplayer component.

    RAGE RAGE RAGE!

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