So, Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Looks Explodey

Pew pew, dead!
Bioware’s white-hot marketing plasma has congealed into a glistening multiplayer combat trailer for Mass Effect 3, which you can see below. In the excitable two-minute sequence, Super-Shep and his surprisingly humanoid alien friends get stuck into a good old clobberin’ session. There are quite a few explosions, and the footage is basically designed to show how while one player is shooting the enemy, another can be stabbing it, or blasting it with a grenade, or using their mutant brain energies to turn it into a far less lively version of itself. That’ll learn ’em, eh space fans?

Mass Effect 3 will be teleporting star-credits directly out of your wallet on the 6th, 8th, 9th, or 15th of March, depending on which part of the lumpen crust of the planet Earth you are tethered.

Stuff explodes, dudes get kicked: THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT.


  1. Tei says:


    I feel like transported to a alternate universe where Shepard is male and Mass Effect is a awesome L4D-like fps.

    • says:

      Shepard has always been male.


    • Dezztroy says:

      Lies and slander. Shepard always has been and always will be a lesbian lady.

    • Twyst says:

      FemShep + Kaiden 4evr! ಠ_ಠ

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      And so on.

    • Prime says:

      “FemShep + Kaiden 4evr! ಠ_ಠ”

      Dear lord, no. Kaiden has all the personality of a toilet roll inner tube. Fem-Shep + KELLY 4evr!

    • Maltose says:

      Maybe Shepard is a transgender flip-flopper?

    • Twyst says:

      Well, re: Kaiden, there wasn’t much choice, dude-wise in ME1.

    • Network Crayon says:

      @prime heh, toilet roll inner tube.

      Its a wig people! Shep’s a cross-dresser and all the better for it. the galaxy needs a man in lipstick.

    • Prime says:

      “Well, re: Kaiden, there wasn’t much choice, dude-wise in ME1.”

      Granted. I’d argue ME2 was the same – the soldier boy was by far the most cliched and boring character on my team and I resented Bioware for trying to shoe-horn my Shepard into a romance with it through their pushy dialogue choices. In both games I made the choice of going lesbian not because of any cheap thrill I’d get but because the default romantic options were such incredible dullards. Blue-skinned alien woman and Kelly were much more interesting people, not macho military meatheads.

    • Twyst says:

      I liked Thane, but of course HE GONNA DIE. Jacob was just awful.

    • Prime says:

      Thane was cool. Fem-Shep might have boned him had Kelly not been there offering to feed her fish. :)

      ‘Jacob’ was atrocious. Just meat and fabric. Such poor writing.

    • Twyst says:

      Fish feeding is a huge plus. Telling FemShep she has messages that she JUST READ DAMMIT is a minus. FemShep accidentally started to romance Kelly by being too nice to her (i guess). RELOAD. FemShep is loyal. For now.

    • Prime says:

      That was part of her charm. :) I always imagined Fem-Shep would berate Kelly for her constant hen-pecking while in public, slapupsidehead, then go totally submissive in priva…

      …too much information?.

    • McDan says:

      Don’t know what you people are talking about, my Shepard (clearly the one true Shepard) was a hard-assed bitch that did anything to get the job done yet stayed faithful to her Asari lover.

      Liara is the best.

  2. The Army of None says:

    Using the word congealed twice in an article? Unprecedented! But seriously, it would be hard for me to care less about the MP. I will still totally buy it for the SP though.

    • Prime says:

      There must be a word for when solitary gamers all unite behind something, but for the life of me I can’t think what it is

      Agreed, anyway. 100%.

    • The Army of None says:

      And now Jim has gone and changed it and I look a fool. Well played, Mr. Journalist. Well played.

  3. Icarus says:

    It’s like Shakespeare, but with lots more punching.

  4. says:

    Wake me up when the non-Origin version arrives.

    /prepares to hibernate

    • Moonshine Fox says:


    • Prime says:

      Agreed. And they’ll release a non-Steam version of Half Life 2 for me someday, I just know it…!

    • InternetBatman says:

      Eh. I’ll get a physical copy in a year and a half or so, when the prices are low.

    • Twyst says:

      Does physical copy preclude Origin? I understood that it did not, that all PC version require it, just like the ME2 logging in to EA.

    • Snidesworth says:

      Looks like it could be fun, but unless there’s a way to play without Origin then it just won’t be happening for me.

    • InternetBatman says:

      It does if you crack it.

  5. qrter says:

    Have there been any story trailers, besides the millions of action trailers?

    (Not for the multiplayer, obviously, but for the singleplayer, I mean.)

    • AmateurScience says:

      One gets the impression that the EA people promoting this game are assuming that people buying it for the RPGiness will probably buy it anyway, and they want to attract even more of what they would probably describe as ‘the key 18-24 male Gears of War player’.

      As a result we’re left with super-bombastic trailers with lots of grunting and guns and none of the slower paced stuff which is what made ME stand out from the crowd in the first place.

      I hope it’s still in there, it’s really the best part of the series.

    • Network Crayon says:

      Hopefully thats whats happening, the trailers are no doubt designed to attract a larger audience. As long as all the stuff that’s made people stick with the series is in there as well i’ll be happy. it’s certainly never been about the combat for me.

    • Prime says:

      They need to add a mode where you can gun down legions of marketing people who release dumb, non-representative trailers.

    • InternetBatman says:

      That sounds about right, remember the trailers for Dragon Age?

  6. foda500orama says:

    Silly pre-order bonuses, how I loathe them.

  7. Eggy says:

    Looks like Mass Effect. Can be good when it is ME1, can be bad when it’s ME2. ME1 played like a proper RPG, ME2 was just a third person shooter with some minor RPG elements.

    • Wizardry says:

      How can you say that ME1 played like a proper RPG with a straight face? I know I can’t!

    • AmateurScience says:

      I’m not sure there’s anything I miss from ME1 that was removed from ME2. They definitely overstreamlined things, but the core gunplay was improved tremendously and the conversation system was identical.

      I disliked the abrupt endings to each mission in ME2 though, and they generally failed to give the player a sense of place within the galaxy that was there in ME1. I hope that’s addressed in ME3. Maybe character development could be a little deeper too. But ME1 was a real mess as far character development goes.

    • says:

      I can’t either, to be honest. The RPG elements were there, but light. (tho it did excel at having large amounts of inventory management …) It felt clunky as an shooter and I actually preferred the gameplay of ME2. It would’ve been better than ME1 if its story didn’t suffer from middle chid, er… chapter syndrome.

    • AmateurScience says:

      It’s definitely ‘inspired by RPGs’ than actually an RPG in the strictest sense.

    • Spakkenkhrist says:

      Close enough that as grown men and women we don’t feel it necessary to get het up about it.

    • Brun says:

      BioWare hasn’t really made a proper RPG game since they stopped using DnD / d20 combat mechanics (the last was Baldur’s Gate II I believe). I’m not saying that DnD rules are required in RPGs, they aren’t, but BioWare’s watered-down, oversimplified replacement for d20 can hardly compare to even other non-d20 RPGs.

      Star Wars: The Old Republic has more “game” in it than Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 2 combined. So really, it’s the first game BioWare has made since BG2 that actually has some substance to it beyond the story.

      Dragon Age suffered from the same oversimplification and the trend downward continued in DA2. I expect further sequels in both franchises to continue that trend unabated, which is why I don’t plan on buying either.

  8. KauhuK says:

    What can I say… I’d like to want this but on the other hand… All the gay romance options… EDI will have an android body thats hawt and got tits… I dont get bioware anymore.

    Sure it’s great to have gay romance options too (no romance at all would be bit better in this game) but they seems to be kinda forced on you in some way or the other.


    [*snip* – Time for a nice cup of tea! – RPS]

    • Orija says:

      You have condemned me to live my entire life knowing that such an aberration exists in the same plane of reality. Never shall I have peace in my heart again.

    • caddyB says:

      Oh boy. Can’t unsee that now, I guess.

    • FKD says:

      I fail to see how a “gay romance” is forced on you in anyway at all? It is the same about not needing the romance option period; if you do not want to take part in it then…just do not.

    • InternetBatman says:

      They really aren’t. I played as male Shepard and never even got the offer. The only Bioware character that is really pushy is Zevran, and you can always just not take him.

    • rustybroomhandle says:

      “[*snip* – Time for a nice cup of tea! – RPS]”

      A cup… and two girls? Ew!

    • KauhuK says:

      My freedom of speech has been violated ;(

      But really now, while the gay romance force feeding might not be there at least the EDI having an android body is straight from the official artbook. Of course that doesnt mean its in the game.

    • Prime says:

      Your freedom of speech was deeply deeply offensive. That’s why I reported it. Thankfully, they agreed. Welcome to RPS.

    • KauhuK says:


      I appriciate your concern for such content and I am ashamed that I ever posted that link. There must be something in the water I drink.

      Also I’ve been here for quite some time.

    • Orija says:

      @Prime, KauhuK seems to agree with you which me arguing his case kinda of redundant. First, given that RPS is a private website so I don’t think freedom of speech is applied as the guys at RPS see fit.

      I don’t think there was anything offensive in the link as such other than the censored pic of that Bioware woman. Also, KauhuK had already had posted a warning about it being NSFW. It’s prudish of you to find it ‘deeply deeply offensive’.

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      My post should be deleted for the vomit-inducing link I’m about to provide…

      link to


    • Prime says:

      Funnily enough, Orija, it wasn’t the naked woman that offended me (i kinda dig naked women, being a guy) It was the proclamation that the writer was somehow Zionist. And the stuff about her being Jewish and “everything makes sense now”. You don’t find that offensive? Honestly? I won’t tolerate anti-Semitism in any form. How about you?

      It also bugged me that that page was a personal attack on the woman. That’s bad form without any of the rest of it.

      And, just for good measure, his tone about gays in his first post is repellent, and completely inaccurate in reference to the games. If he’s been here on RPS for a while that makes it worse – what on Earth made him think he could post what he did and get away with it here?? Then to start complaining about “freedom of speech”…???

    • FlyingMug says:

      Reporting Raiyan. If we report him enough, maybe the stupid android thing won’t happen. :(

    • KauhuK says:


      You’re looking way too much into this. I’m sorry if the picture offended you. I kinda missed the religious part there because I really dont give a damn about those. Sure enough the picture is kinda bad humor.

      BTW that freedom of speech thing I said was just sarcam. Dont take things too seriously on the Internet.

      Enough of this. I wont argue about this anymore.

    • Harper says:

      Oh god please tell me the EDI thing is a hoax. WTF

    • Prime says:


      Thank you for the apology. I appreciate that. It shows admirable character and I accept it in the good grace with which it was offered. I also agree that further argument gets us nowhere. Let us conclude this amicably and never speak of it again.

      @FlyingMug, Harper, Rayain 1.0: EDI is horrid. I keep trying to convince myself there’s merit to the idea but the execution of it that we’ve seen so far is terrible. If Maria from Metropolis is what they were aiming for then having her pose like a porn starlet really misses the mark. Hell, that’s out of the gorram field.

    • Matt says:

      What’s a gorram field? Is that like a mass effect field?

  9. Milky1985 says:

    So any word on if they actually have put the RPG back into the game, or is it 3rd person shooter in space with yes,no,maybe dialog choices?

    A fancy level select btw does not make a game non liner in my book ,it makes it a linear leveled game with a choice of levels (the mass effect 2 areas you went to explore were massivly linear)

    • AmateurScience says:

      A lot of the PR up to now has been talking a good game, but it seems to be attempting to be All Things to Everyone – I really don’t know what to believe.

      Going by most of the promotional material it’s going to be Gears of Mass Effect, but reading (some) dev interviews it seems like they’re trying to find a sweet spot between ME1 and ME2.

      It kinda feels like the progression of Mass Effect games represents the effect of Bioware being bought by EA in microcosm.

    • TormDK says:

      We know what we’re getting with ME3 – an action packed closure of Shepards fight against the reapers.

      And I’m going to have alot of fun playing this with my ME addicted friends.

  10. talon03 says:

    Who is that man and what has he done with Shepard?

  11. InternetBatman says:

    That’s nice enough, but I don’t know why they’re bothering to package it with ME3. Maybe coop mode would be nice in the single-player missions, but it seems kind of unnecessary, bloaty. I honestly think they should just have split it off completely and made it a smaller standalone title.

  12. Velvetmeds says:

    What’s this MP nonsense? ME3 just keeps looking worse the more they show it. /cancels pre-order

  13. Beelzebud says:

    Sad to see them take this franchise from a solid sci-fi RPG to what appears to be Bros of War style action…

    • Chris D says:

      Yes, it seems that someone at EA woke up one morning and said “Hey! Let’s take that creative and innovative game that everyone likes and turn it into a pale imitation of everything else!”

    • Rinox says:

      It’s not like they didn’t pull something similar on the Dragon Age franchise already.

    • MSJ says:

      I never understand this. What ME3 has:
      -Experience points for quests and killing enemies, which leads to…
      -…levelling up to improve your stats/abilities

      There, it’s an RPG. That is literally the very basic building block of RPGs.

      It also has these elements which are not really part of the RPG genre but is frequently associated with it:
      -Conversation with choices for answers
      -A significant story (that is, more story than you find in Doom or Quake)
      -Characters given more personality than “a woman” or ” a man”.
      -Swappable equipments for the player characters

      Maybe the problem is not that the game isn’t an RPG, it’s just not the kind of RPG you might want. Fans of Baldur’s Gate isn’t necessarily going to be a fan of Deus Ex.

      Gameplay barely factors into discussions of why people like Mass Effect anyway. The first game is more remembered for who you killed on Virmire or if you let Wrex live. And the scond game’s most memorable moments include singing Mordin and Garrus being awkwardly charming.

      But what do I know. I was the one who cheated in Baldur’s Gate 2 because the combat got in the way of me trying to figure out what to say to Viconia and the next funny dialogue from Jan Jansen. My first RPG experience was also Planescape Torment, a game where the RPG gameplay is simplified because the developers prefer to write more story.

    • Nick says:

      -Experience points for quests and killing enemies, which leads to…
      -…levelling up to improve your stats/abilities

      So BF3 is an RPG then.


    • Wooly says:

      @ MSJ: My thoughts exactly. Some people have very narrow definitions of what constitutes an RPG.


  14. ssbowers says:

    Meh. I’ll wait till it’s on Steam.

    • qrter says:

      .. is Khemm on holiday?

    • Ultra-Humanite says:

      If you use the Block function, they are always on holiday.

    • MSJ says:

      I like Khemm, he/she is balances out all the other obsessed and overreacting people. I block people like Velvetmeds up there, the kind of people being unreasonable about trivial things.

  15. akeso says:

    Tacked on multiplayer is soooo 2005

  16. TsunamiWombat says:

    Obligatory “requires Origin, can’t play it” comment.

    Not meant sarcastically, It does and I won’t. I just realize it’s cliche at this point.

  17. Shortwave says:

    I’ve been waiting for this the second I finished Mass Effect 2, which was probably one of my favorite games of all time of that genre/style. I hate to be one of those people but I will be deeply disappointed if this is going to be a Origin exclusive and find it very unlikely I will buy it if so. I’ve tried to convince myself I won’t ever use that terrible program for anything other than a BF3 launcher. TBH, I sort of feel like it wasn’t even worth it for that at this point in time. I find myself playing BC2 Vietnam more still. >.<

  18. Stellar Duck says:

    After ME2 I pretty much decided to ditch this series unless they really changed direction for the third one. It looks like they took it even further in the wrong direction.

    So I guess I’ll give this a pass after all. Looks too much like a Bros Fighting Wars game and too little like a zipping around the galaxy on exciting space adventures, meeting elephants and blue space hookers.

    • MSJ says:

      Funny, because what I’m most excited about in ME3 is Liara meeting her ‘father’ and hearing the Vega/Garrus chit-chat (all in the leaked script).

  19. Arichamus says:

    To be frank, this IS what people want. They don’t want to be just the best commander of dudes in history through their power to overthrow the will of others just by existing, they want to be able to kill all who DARE oppose them in the flashiest of ways possible. The vast and exciting galaxy around them? A backdrop for their exploits and supplier of foes and allies, but of little value itself.

    Notice how much Shepard is lionized by the fanbase, to the point where the Cmdr. might as well be a superhero? Yeah, most of the series boosts that impression by stuff very much like this. At least the first installment was a little more low-key in how they made the player such a great.

    Also: ‘surprisingly humanoid’? That’s hardly a surprise. I would be a little amazed if they had a non-bipedal non-humanoid on the team, but aliens that are basically humans with certain traits excised and exaggerated are an established tradition in our fiction. That and it’s a relic of how the first game let you swap weapons between squadmates, necessitating a similar build.

    • kament says:

      At least the first installment was a little more low-key in how they made the player such a great
      Yeah right, “Shepard is the only person who can protect the galaxy”, right from the start. So very low-key.

    • soldant says:

      I think people are remembering Mass Effect through rose-tinted glasses. Apart from some obvious interface changes (and the removal of that pointless inventory with a hundred guns I’m NEVER going to do anything with except sell!) the two are very much the same. If you didn’t go exploring in ME2 then it’s your own fault, there are plenty of out of the way missions to find.

    • Arichamus says:

      Compared to how in the first sequel Shepard is some kind of nigh-messianic figure who’s wonderful at everything and one of the few people who know the truth and can act on it to save the galaxy, being the kind of person who might be accepted into a galactic peacekeeping(I guess…) force IS lower-key. That line was still pretty darn stupid and forced, I agree.

      I wrote ‘a little’ and not ‘a lot’ because that sentiment was always there.

      The removal of exploring dozens of planets I really didn’t mind, and the inventory system was an enormous hassle.

  20. ericks says:

    “This video is private.
    Sorry about that.”

    • varangian says:

      That’s due to all the gay romance someone up the thread was whining about. Newt Gingrich noticed how this was undermining family values, of which he’s an exemplar, and got it pulled. Couldn’t do a proper job without SOPA of course, so you still know the video exists, but once they sneak that through they’ll get that sorted too and the internet will be nothing but McDonalds adverts as far as the mouse can click.

  21. BarerRudeROC says:

    Question, will I be able to make out with another player or NPC in the middle of combat?

  22. TwwIX says:

    I just can’t wait for the onslaught of various different pre-order exclusives and DLC’s. EA can go fuck itself as far as i am concerned and every developer that’s associated with them. Battlefield 3 will be my last EA game.

  23. ThaneSolus says:

    Video is private guys…

    I wonder how dumb down this sequel will be. This time you will have 1 skill only, that does everything, 1 button, and 3 way intercourse with a drunk bear.

    I am so hyped lolz

  24. MSJ says:

    It’s weird when most of the people who hate ME3 haven’t played it, and the few people I talked to that have gave me more positive responses. They can only talk a bit since they’re under NDA, but they have mentioned several elements in the games change significantly based on how the previous two games were played.

  25. caddyB says:

    Can we gay romance the people we play with on MP?

  26. Dhatz says:

    WOT THE LUMP! the internet censor says this video is private.

  27. Screamer says:

    I personally can’t wait to see what horrible resource mini game , the “resource mini game guy/girl” came up with this time xD

    • MSJ says:

      They have replaced that with Shepard looking for and rescuing survivors. The more you rescue, the more ‘Galactic Readiness’ you get. Of course, you can also not bother with that and solo through the multiplayer mode. Or possibly play a minigame on Facebook. Or on an iOS device.

  28. grimskin says:

    Something wrong with video – it says that it’s private