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    New combat reveal trailer: 'Squad Leader'. Garrus and Liara don't look to have developed any tactical awareness recently:

    http://www.youtube.com/v/6SoGlDpzFuQ


    While this looks good, I can't really tell anything because the HUD is absent. I'm assuming that the pause menus will be the same, and the hotkeys for party 'magic' also. But where's the damage meter for enemies? I guess that's how he knows when to throw the frisbee at the Cerberus Mech (looks like an Ymir with its insides scooped out) for the final takedown. The melee looks cool, combined with a little bit of stealth there...
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    You know, when the first ME came out, I said that it probably had the best graphics I'd ever seen. I think that "film grain" look helped. These, by contrast, looked too....glossy.

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    Mass Effect will have online co-op, in a set of parallel missions that can affect the ending you receive in the single player:

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    4 player co-op multiplayer

    Join your friends in the all-out galactic war to take Earth back. The universe of Mass Effect expands with the addition of new co-op multiplayer missions, playable over Xbox Live, PSN and PC internet. Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control. Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign, giving players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory against the greatest threat mankind – and the entire galaxy – has ever faced.

    Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War

    As a bonus to the campaign, BioWare is introducing the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system, a new way for players to manage and experience the galactic war from multiple fronts, including a new 4-player co-op mode. The key to saving the galaxy is the “Galactic Readiness” level, measured by Commander Shepard’s ability to apply
    every possible asset – people, weapons, resources, armies, fleets – in the final battle against the Reapers. Players can impact their game’s Galactic Readiness level in multiple ways via the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system, including multiplayer. Other platforms and interfaces will be announced in the coming months. It is important to note that the system is entirely optional and just another way players can have control over your game experience – it is still possible to achieve the optimal, complete ending of the game in Mass Effect 3 through single-player alone.


    F.A.Q.

    Why include 4 player Co-op multiplayer in Mass Effect 3?

    Being able to explore and fight alongside your friends in the Mass Effect universe has always been something we thought would be fun and compelling, and many players have asked for it for a long time as well. Mass Effect 3 is the best place for us to introduce multiplayer through co-op because of the premise of the game – all out galactic war.


    Why only 4 player co-op? What not a versus mode?

    We have always maintained that we would only add multiplayer into the Mass Effect series if it made sense and did not compromise the power of the single player campaign. Fighting together against a common threat was the multiplayer experience that made the most sense for Mass Effect 3. The way we have designed co-op as a wayto take control of key conflict zones in the galaxy is a natural extension of the premise of Mass Effect 3.


    Why did you decide not to include it as a part of the main campaign?

    Our priority and focus with Mass Effect 3 has and always will be to deliver a complete and satisfying single player experience.


    Does the addition of co-op multiplayer missions impact the scope or quality of the single-player experience?

    No. A dedicated team from our recently formed BioWare Montreal studio has been focused on creating the multiplayer game features while the main game continued to be developed by the team in BioWare Edmonton. Both teams are integrated under the same leadership group that produced Mass Effect 1 and 2, led by Casey Hudson. BioWare remains dedicated to delivering one of the most amazing single-player campaigns gamers have ever experienced.


    How did developing multiplayer impact the single player game?

    BioWare is dedicated and focused on delivering an engaging, fun, and action-packed experience for Mass Effect 3, one that lives up the BioWare standard. To reach that level of quality, last year BioWare opened a studio in Montreal that is home to designers, programmers, engineers, and other developers. Both studios work together as partners, lead by the core Mass Effect team, unified in a single vision. Under the direction of Casey Hudson and other team veterans, both studios make contributions to both the single player and multiplayer modes in Mass Effect 3. Rest assured that no compromises were made to either of these modes in the development of Mass Effect 3.


    Which characters can I play in co-op multiplayer? Can I play as Commander Shepard?

    Commander Shepard’s part in the war will take place in the single-player campaign, as will that of other beloved characters in the franchise such as Garrus, Ashley, and Liara…these characters do not appear in the multiplayer missions. In multiplayer, players will create custom characters to fight on different and unique fronts in the war. This will include the ability to play as favorites like Turians, Krogans, Asari and more… each with their own unique set of abilities.


    What if I don’t like multiplayer – will my experience be negatively impacted?

    Mass Effect 3 is a complete, standalone game that will deliver a satisfying story experience, even if you choose not to try multiplayer. The Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system and all of the individual components are meant to complement that amazing game and can be enjoyed on their own or as part of the Galaxy at War experience.


    What if I am not good at / do not like multiplayer? Will my readiness rating go down?

    ME3 is a story about a war against overwhelming force where the most you can hope for us survival. The more you do to fight that war, the more you can change that story into a more optimistic one. You can reach the highest levels of success in the single player experience alone, but Galaxy at War gives you alternative ways to get there. It’s about choice, and allowing players to find their own ways to stay immersed in the Mass Effect universe.


    Will you be adding any additional maps or modes through DLC?

    We can’t comment on specifics right now, but can confirm that we are planning on having DLC for Mass Effect 3.

    Do save games from ME1 or ME2 impact the co-op multiplayer missions?

    No.


    Do characters level up in co-op multiplayer? What is the progression system?

    Character progression, weapon upgrading and leveling up is present in co-op. We’ll release more information on this topic in the months leading up to launch.

    Is there more info about the other platforms of Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War?

    We are not going into details about the other components of the Galaxy at War at this time except to say we are designing each to make sense for that platform. Each component will be able to affect a player’s “Galactic Readiness” level in a different way. Again, participation in any or all ME3:GaW elements is entirely optional.
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    Can't wait for this game. And going to be nice with the Co-op & MP aspect being added in. March is a long way off thou. Already have mine pre-ordered thou. Just waiting on it to drop now.

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    This looks to be a nice attribute to ME3. Personally, I think it's a semi-test case to gauge the interest in ME multiplayer. I think if the reviews are positive, it'll open the doors to off-shoot games with MP in the Mass Effect world. If that happens, just please please no more MMORPG.
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    Is anyone else getting a little nervous about the talk of online passes and multiplayer as DLC?

    http://www.virtualshackles.com/257


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberKnight View Post
    Is anyone else getting a little nervous about the talk of online passes and multiplayer as DLC?

    http://www.virtualshackles.com/257
    I think the online pass is just going to be another 'Cerberus network' which was free with the purchase of a new disc.

    Ive always been happy with the amount of post-release support/updates that Bioware does, so I dont mind a 'season pass' sort of scenario here.
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    The hype train has starting a creaky preparation to roll. A bunch of new videos just came out, all no doubt chock full of spoilers (depending on your definition of 'spoiler'):

    Arsenal
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=4L8NOHSC9ww

    Story
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=bJu-u3zFMyk

    Adrenaline-pumping Gameplay, apparently, so watch out grandpa, make sure your pacemaker has fresh batteries
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=_STuujNowGg

    Co-op
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=1iTLFlkycGM

    Enemies
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=szIkBoj1G7s
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    The demo (includng multiplayer) is up on the XBL Marketplace:

    Content: Mass Effect 3 Demo
    Price: Free
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    Dash Text: Fire the first shots in the war to take Earth back! Voted Most Anticipated Game of 2012 at the SpikeTV VGAs, Mass Effect 3 puts you at the center of an all-out galactic war – and how to wage that war is up to you. The demo begins in dramatic fashion with the spectacular attack on Earth, followed by a mid-game section showcasing the groundbreaking interactive storytelling, adrenaline-pumping action, ruthless and intelligent enemies, and deep customization that make Mass Effect 3 the must-have title of 2012. Jump into 4 player co-op missions with your friends in two maps from the full game and earn a wide variety of upgrades for your characters. The multiplayer portion of the demo features an early-access period, so visit www.masseffect.com to find out how you can be among the first to the front lines! Add the demo to your Xbox 360 download queue
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    Got early access to this...Alot of the same,but still great non the less.

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