Friday, April 6, 2012

Mass Effect 3 : Resurgence (Multiplayer DLC)

So I wake up today, and find that Bioware has announced a DLC for ME3. New endings!? Naww that was yesterday's news. And no we're not getting any. But this is rather a new set of classes, weapons, items and maps for the multiplayer! More details after the video!

New Classes

Check these new class combinations out. Not only are there new classes, but we're also getting more races. Now we have Batarians and Geth! I wonder if it's gonna be weird having the geth fight other geth... But I guess its no different than humans vs Cerberus. I'm always down for some hot robot on robot action. And Batarians!? Huh... I guess that works. No offense, but I don't like Batarians. They always came off as jerks. With these new class combos, I wonder if the Hanar and Elcor are still on the table... This one can only speculate. Wait.. Is that.. A KROGAN VANGUARD!?!?!?!?!??!

I'm sorry. This is the only image appropriate for the Krogan Vanguard(Manguard).
Each of the new classes will also be equipped with unique skills. Ranging from some things we've seen in-game but never actually got to wield ourselves. Here's a quick breakdown (From the Playstation Blog):
  • Asari Justicar Adept – By the code, you will annihilate your enemy. Use the new Biotic Sphere ability to protect your allies and unleash deadly biotic powers to rip the opposition apart.
  • Batarian Soldier – Get up close and personal with the Ballistic Blades and Blade Armor abilities. The Batarian Soldier is an expert at being on the front lines and pummeling the enemy into submission.
  • Geth Infiltrator – Ever cursed the Geth Hunter’s name? Well now you get to be one. Cloak, sneak up on enemies and scan them through walls with Hunter Mode. Or hang back and rain sniper fire from distance.
  • Batarian Sentinel – Trap enemies with the Submission Net then unleash on them when they are unprotected. As with other Sentinels the Batarian can use tech and biotic abilities, ensuring he is prepared for any situation
  • Geth Engineer – Drop a Geth Turret and keep the pressure on your foe, all the while resurging your team’s shields. The Geth Engineer is a great support and utility character, key to any squad’s success.
  • Krogan Battlemaster Vanguard – FOR TUCHANKA! You might find yourself yelling your best Krogan battlecry when you use the Biotic Charge ability. To help protect yourself in the heat of battle, activate the Biotic Barrier ability and become the ultimate Battlemaster.
I'm excited to try out the new combinations and see how well each of the new classes feel. Especially that Krogan manguard. DAT SUM CHARGE!?

New Weapons

I'm always down for new things to shoot. But for whatever reason, I'm just not nearly excited about the weapons. I tend to favor power spamming over using weapons. The main exceptions would be a sniper based infiltrator or a soldier. Most of the other classes, I tend to favor a 200% recharge time and spam their abilities. Here's a quick breakdown of the weapons (Also from the Playstation Blog, I find it weird that they seem to have better info on these things than the Bioware Blog):
  • Striker Assault Rifle – Developed by Krogans, this rifle fires deadly explosive rounds. Its rate of fire increases the longer the trigger is held. Great for suppressing fire and crowd control.
  • Kishock Harpoon Gun – Deadly one-shot Batarian weapon. Launch lethal harpoons at your enemies and cause bleed damage over time.
  • Geth Plasma SMG – Fully-automatic Geth submachine gun. Similar to the Striker Assault Rifle, this Geth SMG’s rate of fire ramps up the longer it’s fired. Make sure to equip an SMG Magazine Upgrade to unleash an unstoppable barrage of plasma.

New Maps

Also being added to the mix are two new Maps. Just in case you were tired of running Firebase White over and over again... I'm not. But if you do. This time I'm taking the info from the Bioware blog.

Firebase Condor
Firebase Condor - A warzone outpost located on one of Palaven’s moons, Firebase Condor represents a crucial asset in the defense of the Turian homeworld, providing the beleaguered turian fleet with a place to refuel and repair. Its loss could grant the Reapers unparalleled access to the Inner Council Theatre.

Firebase Hydra
Firebase Hydra – Firebase Hydra is located in an old abandoned Quarian colony which humans took over when they originally settled the world of Ontarom. It has since been converted into a massive dam facility which powers the communications hub located at Firebase Dagger and the kinetic barrier which protects it. Without this critical power source, Systems Alliance communications within the entire theatre would go dark.

I have been playing a crap-ton of the multiplayer. I really enjoy it. Especially if you get a good group together, you can have a lot of fun. We are N7. Hold the line, mother-fuckers.


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