Mass Effect 3 Page 94

  • puddleduck 27 Mar 2013 22:30:29 1,875 posts
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    Cheers guys. If I get some free time I'll grab a copy of ME2 and give that a crack first :)
  • Widge Moderator 27 Mar 2013 22:56:54 13,859 posts
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    I think I saw someone on the trades thread selling one!
  • puddleduck 27 Mar 2013 23:14:07 1,875 posts
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    I need to wait a bit anyway, and I'll probably play the Okami release first. Once the tax year is over, I'll hopefully have the time to sink into something. Okami, then ME2+3 :)
  • Syrette 28 Mar 2013 00:02:49 49,782 posts
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    DarkSpaceDS wrote:
    I've been playing the Citadel DLC and its not only the best DLC in the whole series, its also the best part in the series full stop.

    It features a weak, generic main plot, is very short, and adds absolutely nothing new gameplay-wise. It's no Leviathan, Lair of the Shadow Broker, or maybe even Bring Down the Sky if I'm being extremely harsh.

    It's merely a 'nice' way to end the trilogy for fans of the franchise. Fan service after a certain point.

    In my opinion it's worth nothing more than a 6/10, 5 if you don't care for the Mass Effect story (in which case you might as well not bother with the last third of the DLC).

    Edited by Syrette at 00:07:59 28-03-2013
  • EliteAssassin 29 May 2013 17:25:11 221 posts
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    Hey guys! What do you think about my cover of this beautiful music? :D
  • BravoGolf Moderator 10 Jun 2013 15:28:18 12,771 posts
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    Might finally get 'round to playing Mass Effect 3. Have finished 1 and 2 already when they were released. Not sure if there's a GOTY version, this is the release version. My question is whether there's any significant updates to the game that I should download (as it means bringing my xbox down from the cinema room to get a connection) or whether I can just go ahead and play as it was on release day?
  • Progguitarist 10 Jun 2013 15:29:03 10,780 posts
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    I finished this the other night. Is it worth bothering with the extended cut?
  • Widge Moderator 10 Jun 2013 15:29:08 13,859 posts
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    Get the "extended endings" patch, by all reports.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 10 Jun 2013 15:30:18 31,255 posts
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    You'll probably want to download the amended ending. There were also quite a few free updates for the multiplayer, which was actually surprisingly good.
  • DrStrangelove 10 Jun 2013 15:49:51 12,305 posts
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    Just make sure you play MP so you get the green ending
  • Nazo 10 Jun 2013 16:18:42 797 posts
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    Yeah get the extended endings. I played through without to see what the fuss was about, thinking I'd be able to apply the update and then watch the new ones.

    Turns out you can't without replaying a fairly large chunk of the game and by that point I just didn't care enough to bother.
  • Widge Moderator 10 Jun 2013 16:27:31 13,859 posts
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    My ending actually turned out appropriate as to how I'd played the 3 games, so I wasn't that bothered by it.
  • DrStrangelove 10 Jun 2013 16:28:03 12,305 posts
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    I loved ME1 despite its niggles and imperfections, I liked ME2 despite its gameplay monotony, but ME3, although it's spectacular and gets the gameplay right, pisses me off to no end because it ruins so much with cheese and cliché and dudebro. If there's one game that gives me mixed feelings, it has to be ME3.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 10 Jun 2013 16:31:24 31,255 posts
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    Overall my ending turned out how I'd played it. My only issue was discovering that the only creature in the galaxy my cold-hearted uber Shepherd had any feelings for ended up trapped on a distant jungle planet with just that burly meathead and Joker for company, probably to live out her existence as a sordid sex slave.
  • DrStrangelove 10 Jun 2013 16:39:43 12,305 posts
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  • StarchildHypocrethes 10 Jun 2013 16:48:52 31,255 posts
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    Nah, my fellow xenophobe, Ashley.

    We travelled the galaxy, belittling alien scum hand-in-hand.

  • StarchildHypocrethes 10 Jun 2013 16:51:08 31,255 posts
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    Apart from Garrus.

    He got a reprieve for being a dude.
  • DrStrangelove 10 Jun 2013 16:51:16 12,305 posts
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    Edi has quite a cameltoe though in some of her dresses
  • StarchildHypocrethes 10 Jun 2013 17:00:39 31,255 posts
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    In my Shepherd's mind, she was basically a reaper with tits.
  • GiarcYekrub 11 Jun 2013 11:09:22 4,732 posts
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    DrStrangelove wrote:
    Just make sure you play MP so you get the green ending
    You never needed to play multiplayer for that, only for the "red" Easter egg scene
  • IJ 12 Oct 2013 15:41:18 921 posts
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    Just posted this in the just completed thread, but thought I'd add it here.

    After 50 hours I've just finished the final game in the trilogy, having played the other two previously as well. Sadly my xbox got stolen last year so my save game was gone, which did dramatically affect my story and to some degree my involvement with it, which was a shame.

    I love this series, but for the first 5-10 hours this was a bit of a struggle. It's very similar to Mass effect 2, but at the start the writing was poor and the voice acting seemed wooden and stilted with conversations not really flowing. Then it started kicking into gear, old faces came back and the moral choices started to come and it was back to it's best. I quite enjoy the combat but I can see why others don't. But it isn't the combat which makes this trilogy, for me, one of the best set of games ever made.

    In almost no other game have I been so involved with the characters. Once they started turning up, I couldn't wait to get home after work and spend more time saving the galaxy with them. Playing with the same characters for five years obviously helps build that long term connection, but few games would I really care about what happens to a character or their species. There are some duds, James is a waste of time as is Ashley, and Garrus, one of my favourite from 1 and 2 was a lot less edgy and interesting this time. Infact the cast in general was definitely poorer than 2, where there were strong and interesting characters like Jack and Thane.

    But meeting old faces and friends and seeing how my choices affected the world was an experience no other game this generation has. Maybe the combat isn't that good enough and there is too much focus on it. But the ability to take any combination of crews on a mission, and the difference in dialog, theme and feel is something no other game has really done.

    The ending.......I actually really liked the ending. I picked the "merge" ending, without giving anything away, and while this may be seen as the "good" ending, I don't really agree. I had a long think about it and it was not an obvious choice, but I wanted to end the cycles of destruction. I agree synthetics vs organics fighting would continue and if i destroyed the reapers history would just repeat itself. Not everyone would agree, maybe others think lessons will be learnt and a reaper type event would never happen again. I wanted to embrace a new idea, a new start, try something new to break what i saw as an inevitable cycle. I wanted to enter the unknown and see what happened.

    Not as good as Mass Effect 2, but still a strong end to the series. I've read a few articles on why some disliked the endings so much, but I do disagree. WHile not perfect, I'm surprised there was such an uproar.

    Mass Effect 3 - 9/10
    Leviathan DLC - 9/10

    Mass Effect trilogy - 10/10

    I know there is going to be a Mass Effect 4 and that does concern me...for me it would need to retreat a bit more towards RPG and back from being an action third person shooter.

    Good bye Mass Effect, I'll miss you, and all my crew.
  • Baihu1983 12 Oct 2013 17:34:39 9,905 posts
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    1 is still the best IMO then 2 which was more about the squad than reapers/collectors and 3 was hurt by the ending, too much bloody Cerberus, Kai Lengs plot armor and the ending.
  • DrStrangelove 14 Oct 2013 01:22:36 12,305 posts
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  • DrStrangelove 15 Oct 2013 03:01:03 12,305 posts
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    GiarcYekrub wrote:
    DrStrangelove wrote:
    Just make sure you play MP so you get the green ending
    You never needed to play multiplayer for that, only for the "red" Easter egg scene
    What is the requirement for the green one then and why don't I get it?

    edit: okay, looked it up again. Seems like you need a lot of military and scan lots of Reaper systems if you don't play MP.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 03:47:04 15-10-2013
  • Duffking 15 Oct 2013 10:34:42 15,328 posts
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    I loved ME3 but still can't understand how it opened so badly. Seriously, the bit on Earth at the start was just so stilted.
  • DUFFMAN5 5 May 2014 11:23:23 22,679 posts
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    After completing this game upon release I fancied taken Shep through it again (lvl 55) but before I started, I thought I would try the mp for the first time ever. Well I like it, only lvl 5 mind you, is it all "Horde" based modes ?
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 5 May 2014 11:32:14 31,893 posts
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    Yeah, pretty much. You level up fairly quickly though (20 max), so you can try different classes and play it in different ways.

    It is really enjoyable though. There are some great maps, and even though it's only 3 different sets of enemies it can be, it generally manages to feel quite fresh for a good while depending on how your team-mates do, plus you're pretty much upgrading stuff after every game.

    I quite liked the way you buy upgrades in blind packs too, though I can see people hating that.

    Edited by DFawkes at 11:32:56 05-05-2014
  • ozthegweat 5 May 2014 12:19:31 1,764 posts
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    @DUFFMAN5 Yes, it is Horde mode all the way. But it's absolutely not getting boring, as there are 13 maps (plus 6 hazard variations), 4 different enemy factions, and a LOT of different characters, which play quite differently, even within the same class. Add to that 5 different objectives and, most of all, the unpredictability of your teammates. I played some matches with friends on Gold difficulty, but I get much more enjoyment (and it's often also more of a challenge) out of playing Silver with randoms.

    Some tips if you're just getting started:

    - get an overview of the overwhelming content on N7HQ, just enter your Gamertag/PSN ID/Origin ID at the top right, no account or login or whatever required:
    - install all the MP DLC (which are free), otherwise you'll have problems finding a lobby
    - search for lobbies on random maps with random enemies. You'll find more lobbies and you'll learn faster as you'll be put into various new situations
    - buy Silver packs at the beginning to get some Uncommon characters and weapons. Turian Sentinel with a Phaeston is quite allright and versatile (Overload against shields, Warp against Barriers and Armor).

    Leveling and characters:
    - you level up an entire class. If you have another character in the same class, it will gain the same XP, even if you haven't played with it
    - you'll have 84 points available at level 20 (the maximum). Enough to max out the 6 ranks of 4 of your 5 abilites (e.g. 6/6/6/6/0 AKA the no-fitness build). Each rank costs one point more than the one before. Rank 1 costs 1 point, rank 6 costs... 6! ;) Plan accordingly.
    - especially as a beginner, leaving out one ability completely is not advisable, it's better to distribute the points over the 5 abilites, say 5/6/3/6/6 or 6/6/4/6/4 (the last one leaves 1 point remaining)
    - you can always promote a class when you've reached level 20. This will reset it to level 1, with all the points unassigned so you can try a different build with the same character. Or you can also use a respec card if you don't want to level up again
    - when playing the Vanguard class, always host the lobby. Otherwise you'll be having issues with Biotic Charge not triggering. Mostly when you're down to your last sliver of health and getting shot at from everywhere. One of my favourite characters is the Asari Vanguard (Uncommon kit), you can play her with mediocre weapons and still kick ass.

    - they are always on wave 3, 6 and 10. Failing to fulfill them will abort the mission.
    - the objectives where you have to stand in a circle (escort and upload) go faster the more squadmates are standing in it. Some either don't know or don't care and go score-whoring elsewhere and are thus prolonging the objective unnecessarily (enemies don't stop spawning until it is finished)
    - the "disable 4 devices" objective however doesn't go faster if more than one people are disabling it. As you can't do anything during the disabling and you're just out in the open completely defenseless, leave that objective to an infiltrator (as he can turn invisible) or a character with a lot of health or damage reduction (e.g. Krogan).
    - also, if you're not the one disabling, try not to stay too near, as you'll draw enemies to your helpless buddy.

    - save your missiles for wave 10 or extraction. On Bronze you shouldn't need any, at least after you get used to the game.
    - always try to extract at the end, you'll get +10% credits
    - don't hog the extraction zone, you'll get swarmed by enemies if you stay still in one place for 2 minutes. Instead, go to the other end of the map and run back to the extraction zone 20-30 seconds before extraction
    - if you're feeling quite competent on Bronze, switch to Silver

    There is a lot of depth to ME3's MP. Just take it as you go. If you need help, for example with builds, message me.
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