The Retaliation Co-op Pack Breaths New Life Into Mass Effect 3

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It’s been more than half a year and I’m still plugging away at the multiplayer mode for Mass Effect 3. While the mode was a little basic to start off with, the various classes and maps that have been added to the game since release has kept its longevity going, and the new pack for Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, Retaliation, brings a whole new enemy faction into the mix.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the news on Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode, Retaliation reintroduces the Collector faction from Mass Effect 2, but this time around they pack an even bigger punch. Collector captains are the brand new foes and in addition to being tougher than the regular Collector trooper, they can also release Seeker Swarms which block your power usage, something that can be downright terrifying when you’re facing down a couple Scions or a Praetorian.

New player classes have also been bundled with Retaliation, including a turian Havoc (a jetpack-using close combat class) and a volus Adept and Engineer. Yes, those little balls of asthma are now playable, and they’re just as hialrious as you expect. Watching a volus roll around and blast Collectors is quite the sight, especially considering they can’t take cover and just sort of stand behind most obstacles (which works because of their short stature). Cerberus and geth also get new types added to their lineup in the form of the whip-using Dragoon and the grenade-launching Bomber, respectively.

BioWare could have let Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer languish, but they’ve shown a surprising amount of dedication to it. They even put up a whole new web portal for stat tracking, including the brand new N7 challenges. Even though this is the last pack for multiplayer, new classes will continue to be added. While there are still server problems and synchronized kills from the large enemies continue to be frustratingly random and Vanguard-inhibiting, this new feature for the Mass Effect series is still going strong, and is a large part of why it’s staying high in my personal top ten for this year.

Is anyone else still playing ME3 multiplayer? What do you think of Retaliation? Anyone going to hop back in now?

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6 thoughts on “The Retaliation Co-op Pack Breaths New Life Into Mass Effect 3”

  1. Haha, PC’s are the roost of all evil, you heard here first folks! Nay, but I digress, said DLC looks amazing, I can’t wait to get Live! back and get me some DLC! Those Captains look deadly as fuuuck, and I am excited to try out the new Havoc class, sounds like good fun, honestly, not trying to be racist, but I always feared, and now regret that they added the Volus as a race, they simply are not a combat talented race, they are average at best Adepts and though they could be above average/good engineers their short stature and bodily structure would suggest terrible physical capabilities no matter the suit they wore which would then lead me to beg the question, even if they do have a Volus specific Special Forces, how in the galaxy are they going to compete with other Galactic warriors who come from naturally much more talented and capable races? Sorry for the text-wall no jutsu. I’m very passionate about this. Though I do admit a walking Elcor tank would be fun.

  2. I love that Bioware continues to put out new Multi-player content every few months. Be it guns, characters, map changes or new enemies. They’ve done a fantastic job of it. Their latest release “Reckoning” is pretty good too.

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