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Mass Effect 3's Insanity Mode: Better And Tougher Than Ever

So basically, Insanity Mode in Mass Effect 3 asks one question: "Can you handle it?"

On the one hand, BioWare has worked to make the third entry more accessible, and they understand that some fans don't care much about the story, while others don't pay much attention to the combat. Therefore, the team is offering separate modes - Action and Story - to cater to each group's tastes.

But there's another group, the hardcore masochist group that demands a challenge. A big challenge. And for them, BioWare has revamped the Insanity Mode so now it's even more taxing. OXM UK spoke to lead designer Preston Watamaniuk, and he said gamers will have to invest a lot of time and strategy in order to be successful. For instance, if you don't become a student of the mechanic that lets you combine biotic and tech powers, you're going to go down...hard.

"You'd better do everything well, or you'll die," Watamanuik said. It's not just about increasing your stats and getting stronger, it's about taking everything into account and being a tactician as well as a dexterous, powerful soldier. Finished Watamaniuk:

"I had a lead designer for another game write to say 'make Insanity harder!' And I was like "OK!" This was a really well-known and respected guy, so I was like 'OK, I'll do my best.'"

Hope you're ready.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: mass effect 3, me3, mass effect 3 insanity mode, bioware

2/1/2012 10:40:50 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

maxpontiac
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 11:24:32 AM
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I loved Mass Effect 2, but didn't care for Insanity mode. This could be good news for those who do though.

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 12:32:56 PM
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That's great for the hardcore! I am not at this moment a part of the hardcore crowd. Just finishing up ME2 right now. Oh Miranda you will be mine oh yes you will be mine! LOL! If I really want to go for the platinum later on after ME3 then I will give insanity a try. It's going to be great playing ME3 very soon after beating ME2. What an exceptional game!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 2:04:04 PM
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With this game I'm 95% in it for the story so this mode is not for me.
Not that I mind a challenge, and I hope that we even in story mode get moments where we have to pause gameplay, use the different party members abilities and think about strategies etc. That's great fun. But above everything else this game is the story (or stories).

Oh man I have not been more ready for a game ever in my life I think. Not that I can think of now, at least. I'm dying to get back on the bridge of Normandy.
Mass Effect 3 is the first time I have pre-ordered a collectors edition.


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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 2:18:57 PM

Very nice! CE is cool! I will be getting the normal edition D1P. I am hooked and cannot wait until 3/6/12! KoAR will help out a lot I Reckon!!! :)

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gray_eagle
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 3:06:05 PM
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not good for trophy collectors and who suk at games.
but, still looking forward to ME3, D1P, depending on release date.

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PSTan
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 3:35:20 PM
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This is great, ME2's insanity mode wasn't particularly difficult, firefights were just a lot longer. It was a relatively easy platinum trophy.

In any case, I've already preordered the collector's edition, can't wait for March :)

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Bjorn77
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 2:40:22 AM

Me too... I pre-ordered the CE and waiting and waiting and waiting

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Beamboom
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 5:16:16 AM

CE here too - almost exclusively cause of that ingame pet dog. :D

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JLB1
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 3:36:34 PM
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I'm planning on replaying ME2 real soon on the hardest difficulty, but right now, I'm playing Uncharted 3 again on Crushing. For ME3, my first playthrough will be for the story. My second will possibly be in Insanity, depending on how I feel at the time. I just really want to see what boundaries are being pushed as far as the story goes, and where the relationships go.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 3:58:28 PM
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Thats Awesome, since insanity mode on ME2 was pretty easy

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 6:29:10 PM
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This is only for the hardcore xbox community, since they get all three installments.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 7:12:20 PM

how is a harder insanity mode only for the xbox community? that makes no sense...

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 8:02:24 PM

@Killa Tequilla
Huh? (scratches head)

At least the PS3 crowd gets 2 Mass Effect games with the ME3 engine! :)

But seriously, if you haven't played ME1 get it for the PC as it is the definitive version.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 8:46:43 PM

after playing the first game, i felt as if ME2 did decently at feeling some of the larger gaps that may have been missed by those who didn't play the first. Sure, if you can, play it. If not, you'll be fine. There are some things you may miss out on but not enough to hinder the fun factor.

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Bjorn77
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 2:38:13 AM
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I am so HAPPY, I can't express myself in words. I am going to play it off the bat in Insanity. In my opinion Insanity on ME2 was hard but fair. I want it to be unfair. I hate games where I take 10 bullets take a step back wait 5 seconds and can go in full throttle.

I want it to be as real as possible. If I take to much bullets I must die and I don't want my character to recover insanely fast. I would have rather he didn't recover at all, I need to take a health pack or struggle till I find one.

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Beamboom
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 5:15:23 AM

Wow you are both hardcore *and* oldschool. Hats off to you sir.

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___________
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 3:25:38 AM
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meh.
combats never been what people go to ME for, always been and always will be the story.
speaking of the story i gotta play through it again to get my perfect ending.

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JackC8
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 8:28:17 AM
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There's separate modes for those who prefer story or action? WTF?!?!

Insanity difficulty in ME2 wasn't bad. Pretty easy for the most part but then you'd come across the occasional thing that was pretty darned frustrating. Playing on the highest difficulty always takes every tiny imperfection and magnifies them into major annoyances, and as much as I loved the game, the combat mechanics had some definite deficiencies.

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duomaxwell007
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 9:33:14 AM
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if its gonan be that bad i hope theres not a trophy for it

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