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I downloaded it last night and played a good hour of the multiplayer co-op matches and there was a whole host of things that annoyed the crap out me. First of all there was no chat system, so I couldn't communicate with the people I was playing with. Which was really annoying because a lot of people didn't understand how to use powers. They would run out and die because you couldn't coordinate with anyone. I might as well have been playing by myself.

The controls quite frankly suck. It's a console game true and true. I can't tell you how many times I tried to sprint by mashing the space bar, but end up taking cover instead. A lot of times this would result in my death when there's an enemy shooting at me or there's a grenade I'm trying to run away from.

Playing without sprinting is pretty much impossible though because normal walking speed is really really slow. Would take you literally 5 minutes to walk across the small map.

Overall gameplay is similarly boring. It's basically find a good hiding spot and shoot/use powers from cover. Sometimes you gotta run to certain objectives, but its still pretty much the same. Usually my team would just wipe when we had to do that because the lack of text/voice chat meant we couldn't talk to each-other.

I was also pretty pissed that I invested my points in "Sticky Grenades" power only to find out that once I use up my 1 grenade I can't use that power at all until I restock my ammo. So my grenade throwing experiences is basically throw grenade, run back to ammo boxes, run back, throw another grenade and then repeat the process.

I understand its only a demo and after saying all this I do think its kinda fun overall. I don't think it's going to be worth me dropping 60-70$ on the game at launch though. Thats just me though, what are your thoughts anyone who's had a chance to try the demo?
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In my opinion the co-op multiplayer is a great addition with a lot of potential. What we get to see in the beta is just a small part of it.

It takes some time to get used to the dumbed down console-like controls, but it has been like that since ME2. There's a hotkey for text chat, so I guess it will be in the final game. I hope they'll let us join games as a group, because right now it takes forever to get into the same lobby.

I played it with friends and a big issue was that the difficulty didn't scale with the player count. Silver difficulty offered a good challenge for 4 players, but when we tried it again with just 2 players we were outnumbered. The gold challenge wasn't enjoyable at all, it took 3 sniper rifle headshots to bring down 1 enemy. It's good that grenades can't be spammed, because later on 1 frag grenade can kill an entire group of enemies. Beside that you can carry up to 3 (or 4?).

The multiplayer is a nice bonus, since I would've gotten the game anyway.
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I understand its only a demo and after saying all this I do think its kinda fun overall. I don't think it's going to be worth me dropping 60-70$ on the game at launch though. Thats just me though, what are your thoughts anyone who's had a chance to try the demo?

I don't know of anyone who's buying this game because of multiplayer, it's merely icing on the cake. Sure, I hope it'll be good, but I'm ready to throw my money at this game so I can finish the single-player. I'd happily pay the $60 for it if it had no multiplayer and the single-player was half as good as I expect it to be.
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Single player demo was fun. Multiplayer not so much. Thought the controls were terrible, and the gameplay meh.

I'll probably pass the multiplayer.
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I don't know of anyone who's buying this game because of multiplayer, it's merely icing on the cake. Sure, I hope it'll be good, but I'm ready to throw my money at this game so I can finish the single-player. I'd happily pay the $60 for it if it had no multiplayer and the single-player was half as good as I expect it to be.

I bought Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2. My problem with Mass Effect 2 was that I spent 90$ on the collectors edition and the vanilla game was practically empty of content. You could beat the main quest in a little under 9 or 10 hours and there was only 6 guns. Then you add up all the extra DLC they released for it, the game felt like it was designed for DLC.

I have plenty of other games to play, I don't need to be dropping 70$ on a new game that will only turn out to be a huge DLC fest.
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Mass Effect 3 buying decision based on Co-Op multiplayer?!?

SERIOUSLY!?

Mass Effect is a SINGLE player game...
regardless how co-op multiplayer is, if SP story and gameplay is good, it's definitely worth the money
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I bought Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2. My problem with Mass Effect 2 was that I spent 90$ on the collectors edition and the vanilla game was practically empty of content. You could beat the main quest in a little under 9 or 10 hours and there was only 6 guns. Then you add up all the extra DLC they released for it, the game felt like it was designed for DLC.
I have plenty of other games to play, I don't need to be dropping 70$ on a new game that will only turn out to be a huge DLC fest.

What game are you playing? An ME2 play through that was done thoroughly, as intended, took a good solid 20+hrs to complete. Also, I have all the DLCs and I felt like everyone of them had something to offer in the way of advancing the story. I don't feel like the game was designed around developing and selling DLCs at all. The last DLC they made was created for the purpose of helping further set the stage for ME3...it wasn't intended for $$$. I agree with Alphonze in that this game is meant to be singleplayer with a small co-op bonus...anyone buying the game the other way around is not getting the point. I have played the ME3 demo several times now and have hardly touched the multiplayer. I dropped $70 on the digital deluxe edition because it came with a few extra goodies and I knew it was going to have an epic story line and I too would have paid the same amount for the game had it not included co-op. I am not buying the game for the number of different types of guns it has or how well the multiplayer is...I am buying it for the awesome story and the sense of immersion it provides. Almost every game BioWare makes is a singleplayer RPG (aside from the MMO games), so of-course their attempt at a shooter multiplayer is going to be clunky...that type of game design is not their forte. The entire Mass Effect series was meant to be a singleplayer RPG, its replay value is in your ability to go back and play as a different class or make different decisions that affect the storyline, etc.

Sorry for the tangent but I feel like some people are getting the wrong idea about the game simply because there is now a multiplayer/co-op aspect involved.

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Mass Effect 3 buying decision based on Co-Op multiplayer?!?
SERIOUSLY!?
Mass Effect is a SINGLE player game...
regardless how co-op multiplayer is, if SP story and gameplay is good, it's definitely worth the money

+1 applaud.gif
Edited by TenaciousRig - 2/16/12 at 9:37pm
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Mass Effect 3 buying decision based on Co-Op multiplayer?!?
SERIOUSLY!?
Mass Effect is a SINGLE player game...
regardless how co-op multiplayer is, if SP story and gameplay is good, it's definitely worth the money

I understand its a single player game. Doesn't change the fact that the multiplayer sucks.

Oh and heres a list of all the DLC for ME2:
Quote:
Promotional Content:
Blood Dragon Armor
Collectors' Weapon and Armor
Inferno Armor
Terminus Weapon and Armor
Recon Hood
Sentry Interface
Umbra Visor
M-29 Incisor
Recon Operations Pack
Alternate Appearance Pack 1
Equalizer Pack
Aegis Pack
Firepower Pack
Terminus Weapon and Armor
Recon Operations Pack
General Content:
Cerberus Network
Normandy Crash Site
Zaeed - The Price of Revenge
Cerberus Weapon and Armor
Arc Projector
Kasumi - Stolen Memory
Overlord
Lair of the Shadow Broker
Mass Effect: Genesis
Alternate Appearance Pack 2
Arrival

Some of that stuff you have to pay for if you buy the game used, some only comes with the collectors edition. But most of it is paid content, so don't tell me it isnt a game made to milk the crap out of people. The total cost for the complete package is around 200$.
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But most of it is paid content, so don't tell me it isnt a game made to milk the crap out of people. The total cost for the complete package is around 200$.

The game isnt made to milk the crap out of people. tongue.gif My point was that it is silly to judge a SP game for its MP/co-op faults. Yes they made a decent amount of DLC, and a MAJORITY of the DLC that could be obtained after the game was released was Story/mission related...not promotional gun/armor stuff that was already included. Where are you getting $200? The ME2 collectors edition for PC was released at ~$60 and I highly doubt the rest of the DLC that you could purchase later was worth $140. I will admit...it is a game and aside from making a great game the goal was to make money. Just because they offered a few new MISSION DLCs which further added to the ME2/ME2 story does not mean they are milking your bank account dry. In other words, yes they made DLC so you could enjoy a few more missions but they didn't continuously keep creating DLC for useless crap like they do for CoD. BTW 400 BW(BioWare) points costs $5...one of the most expensive DLCs was 800 BW points. rolleyes.gif

Moving on!
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The game isnt made to milk the crap out of people. tongue.gif My point was that it is silly to judge a SP game for its MP/co-op faults. Yes they made a decent amount of DLC, and a MAJORITY of the DLC that could be obtained after the game was released was Story/mission related...not promotional gun/armor stuff that was already included. Where are you getting $200? The ME2 collectors edition for PC was released at ~$60 and I highly doubt the rest of the DLC that you could purchase later was worth $140. I will admit...it is a game and aside from making a great game the goal was to make money. Just because they offered a few new MISSION DLCs which further added to the ME2/ME2 story does not mean they are milking your bank account dry. In other words, yes they made DLC so you could enjoy a few more missions but they didn't continuously keep creating DLC for useless crap like they do for CoD. BTW 400 BW(BioWare) points costs $5...one of the most expensive DLCs was 800 BW points. rolleyes.gif
Moving on!

The cost of buying the game brand new and then purchasing every DLC is close to 200$. Your estimation of 60$ is quite low for the collectors edition. I bought it for 360 and your also forgetting about tax.

Did you even see the list? Even if you are right in saying that the DLC packs were only 5$ each (which they were not, they were closer to 10-15 for the expensive ones) that adds a lot to the already empty vanilla game.

Compared to other RPG's which come with hundreds of weapons, armor and other items ME2 had a grand total of 19 "weapons" if you bought the collectors edition. You had two of each main type of weapon with the choice of a third rifle, sniper or rocket launcher type gun.

Sorry but with the DLC's ME2 adds up to the amount of content you would get in a game like Skyrim, Oblivion, Deamon's Soul's or Dark Souls. Really its people like you who are so blindly willing to pay for all this crap that encourages them to continue this trend. Which is why ME3 is going to be even worse.

This is why I already planned not to buy the game brand new. The fact that the multiplayer (and single player) is a console rip off and the fact that it probably won't be on stream just makes me not want to buy the game even more.
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