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Mass Effect 3: More RPG Elements, No Multiplayer

As some of you already know, the new Game Informer sports a wealth of information for one of the year's most anticipated RPGs: Mass Effect 3.

The game landed on GI's cover for the current month and although we won't post all the details, we couldn't help but gather up a few highlights. Firstly, it seems we can expect more RPG elements and mechanics this time, with more complex skill trees and a longer evolution of powers. Weapon modifications will be increased and all weapons can be used by all classes, even though certain missions will restrict the number of weapons that can be utilized. As for story, we don't want to spoil anything, but here's the basic gist- after the Arrival DLC, Shepard is on Earth, so that's likely where he'll start. Liara and Garrus will be playable characters and we've heard both Wrex and Mordin will show up at some point, too. The last little tidbit is that BioWare has no plans to include a multiplayer option. ...good.

Along with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and several other big RPGs this year, fans of the genre should be quite satisfied, yes?

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: mass effect 3, me3, mass effect 3 details, me3 multiplayer

4/8/2011 10:39:51 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (41 posts)

Temjin001
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 11:06:44 AM
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"BioWare has no plans to include a multiplayer option"

*Temjin gives Bioware a standing ovation*

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Nlayer
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 2:49:04 PM

*Nlayer joins in with Temjin on the standing ovation*

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Minishmaru
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 4:09:32 PM

::Joins the standing ovation::

(At first it looked like he was being a douche just standing by himself for a standing ovation...but now that there are more than 1 person, it looks like it is quite genuine)

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rogers71
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 10:02:58 PM

I am not a big Mass Effect fan but I do have to give them props for focusing on story and not giving in to the 'twitch' crowd. Down with Multiplayer. Maybe other companies with follow suit. Highly unlikely but you gotta have dreams, right?

I too will join the standing ovation, if that is ok.


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Beamboom
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 4:24:16 AM

I stand for anything BioWare. :)

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hotwheeler89
Sunday, April 10, 2011 @ 3:53:39 PM

I join the standing ovation too, I really don't like SP being sacrificed for unnecessary MP.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 11:20:26 AM
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Hmmm indeed it's interesting.

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bebestorm
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 11:24:14 AM
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I can't wait for this, I fell in love ME2.

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Highlander
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 11:26:59 AM
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Whoa! Mass Effect 3 might actually be a real RPG? and based in Science fiction as well, not to mention the rumored Mass Effect Anime....could ME3 turn out to be the first real western made JRPG?

::blinks::

::runs like the wind::

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aaronisbla
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:18:02 PM

extremely unlikely its gonna be a JRPG. when they say more rpg elements, they are most likely answering the criticism that the first game felt more like a rpg than 2 did, and are bringing some elements back and refining them

Feels like i just crushed a dream, my bad


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FM23
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:28:13 PM

I hope not.

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Highlander
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:30:41 PM

*sigh*

I think I should have included the 'sarcastic grin' emoticon to telegraph the word 'joke' more clearly.

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FM23
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:35:06 PM

HAHA...oh that was joke. Damn that blew right over my head...lmao Now it makes sense, read it too fast Highlander

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Kiryu
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 11:39:10 AM
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Uncharted 3 11/1/11

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Highlander
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 11:45:34 AM

That's all the calendar has for November in my book...

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AshT
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 12:04:41 PM

exactly Uncharted 3 it is for nov.

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dillonthebunny
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 12:13:15 PM

..erm, BF3 would like a word!

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FM23
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:33:55 PM

Wow...fanboy!lol

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Highlander
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:34:16 PM

BF3...Best Friends 3? Big Fight 3? Boring Flight 3? Beef Farm 3? Bad Fart 3? Bart's Father 3? Bling Fest 3?

Sorry, Uncharted 3 I know, but this BF3...say what now?


;)

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Alienange
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 5:53:01 PM

TES says hello

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Oxvial
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 12:03:35 PM
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Trying to convince me this time hu?...not bad.

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frostface
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 12:26:10 PM
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When you mention other RPG's coming out this year, could you try include Dark Souls more? Skyrim will be badass but spread some more Dark Souls love please! Thank You :)

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Excelsior1
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 12:30:41 PM
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i loved mass effect 2. bioware did a grreat job bringing it to the ps3. none of those resolution cuts that a lot of lazy developers do on ps3 version. very happy with it, i'm a sci fi junkie, and it looked like bioware drew on everything from babylon 5, to the chronnicles of riddick/ pitch black.

they kind of riffed off a lot that stuff and i thought it was pretty cool how they did it.

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FM23
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:33:18 PM

Dude, I feel the same way. After I played it, I realized just how great it really was. Blew me away really.

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Alienange
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 5:57:33 PM

Really? Riddick stuff? I'm not going to lie, I love that Riddick universe and I'd be willing to fire up an Xbox to see if your claims are true about ME2.

Who am I kidding, I'm waiting for the PS3's version to drop in price.

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Wissam
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 1:26:10 PM
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Good to hear that. I am sick of multiplayer that has to be in every game.

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DazeOfWar
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 2:45:06 PM
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Yay for no MP. I definitely can't wait to play this. This year is going to drive me broke.

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Crabba
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 2:59:00 PM
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I certainly hope so, but that's not exactly the way the winds are blowing these days at Bioware. Mass effect 2 (original PC version) was a big disappointment for me, which was much more action-oriented than the original Mass effect game, and I thought that Mass effect 1 was already too much action, and too little RPG but ME2 made it even worse and to me is little else than a FPS with some powerups.

Considering Dragon age has apparently gone this same route as well with the sequel I'm not to optimistic...

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Lairfan
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:23:56 PM
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Its great that Wrex and Mordin will be showing up, but where the hell is Legion?

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FM23
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:28:29 PM

I feel the same way

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FM23
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 3:32:17 PM
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ME2 was one of the best games I ever played if not the best along with Fallout 3 and Metal Gear Solid 4. I'm glad they are making the mechanics deeper though because when I think about it, leveling up wasn't real RPG like. Anyway, out of all the games coming out this fall...this and Uncharted 2 are must buys.

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DirtySkillzHD
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 5:23:41 PM
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I freaking loved me2 even if the first was not on ps3 . Thats how solid it was

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FxTales
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:17:53 PM
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Yay Liara's back. I'm so excited for November.

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KidCallaway123
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 7:08:19 PM
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I LOVED ME2 and I can't wait for ME3! More RPG elements will be welcomed but the action for me is also great. I love that all weapons are available to every class of Shepard. Nice touch!

I have played thru ME2 several times and continue to play it as totally different versions of Shepard. I have never been inclined to play a game over and over before this one with the exception of Assassins Creed.

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kraygen
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 7:41:46 PM
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That's what I like to hear, more rpg, more rpg, more rpg.

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Douchebaguette
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 9:02:56 PM
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Yeh, the word "good" also came to my mind when mentioning the multiplayer. In terms of RPG elements, Mass Effect 3 should be a combination of both Mass Effect & Mass Effect 2.

For instance for the battle system they should have the solid action features of ME2 combined with the tactical requirements in battle from ME1. They should also make less cover objects as the amount of conviniently placed barricades in ME2 made the gameplay too habitual to taking cover all the damn time. Though perhaps they found it necessary; I did die alot in ME1.

They should include the findings of space treasures / elements and exploration of the MAKO in uncharted planets including it's beatiful planetary preview designs in ME1 combined with the planet probing of ME2, which then the research of probing would go towards ME2's upgrade system COMBINED with the finding of new gear and weapons of ME1.

The limitness in weaponry sounds good - it must mean there will be less limits on individual biotic / tech / soilder abilities. Mass Effect 1 had less characters, but each character had a much bigger set of skills - evens out I guess. ME3 should basically have the same amount of characters in ME2, with a imaginative shedload of new diferrent bracnhes of abilities, so you'll get a variety and complex set of different skills to decide on, mix n' mash.

One thing, ONE thing they must do is quit with the loading screens in ME2: it makes every level in the game feel so disconnected. In Mass Effect 1 they practically joined everything they could, especially in the Normandy & the Citadel. For instance the Citadel area & it's features [other than the shops, the shops rule] in ME2 sucked balls compared to ME1. In ME1 those elevator rides may have been long, but it actually did the trick in making the entire section feel like it was connected. That helped the result in the feeling of limitless and broad exploration within the Presidium and Wards. Plus some funny conversations would occur during those rides.

Finally the story should be fascinating as ME1 and keep up the character depth and development of ME2. AND PLAY FAUNTS - M4 PT.II AT THE ENDING CREDITS.


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Basically all of the above and improve on it by tenfold. That should just about be possibly teh best game ever made. We have a new composer for this game but he's pretty trusted to deliver so we'll see what atmosphere he can bring to the table.


My 2 cents.



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Kai200X
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 2:58:47 AM
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"No Multiplayer"

Thank you!

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___________
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 3:34:34 AM
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I KNEW IT!
i knew TIM would back stab you!
I SO, SO, SO, SO, SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CANT WAIT FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOTY 2011 GUARANTEED!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Beamboom
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 12:18:30 PM

I hear ya, bro'.

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Beamboom
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 4:21:13 AM
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More rpg elements to the rpg of the decade (for me)? Ohhhhh yes yes YESSS!

May this mean that they listened to the critics of dragon age 2 as well, and turning the direction? Maybe maybe... BioWare come take my money, it's all yours. :D

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KNG201
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 4:17:07 AM
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very satisfied indeed!!!! rpgs should be dominating this next gen technology...imo

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