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Mass Effect 3 Challenge Weekend

EA announces this is an N7 Challenge weekend for Mass Effect 3, offering the chance to earn rewards in the action/RPG sequel. Here's what's happening in the Windows and Xbox 360 editions of the game between now and Monday at 8:00 am EDT:

Operation Goliath

  • Any player who is part of a squad that beats the Reaper faction on Silver difficulty or better will unlock one Commendation Pack. This means that at least one member of the squad must be extracted at the end of the mission – this will earn all squad members the reward. Each player can earn a maximum of one pack and each pack contains a random N7 Arsenal Weapon. Originally only available as single-player weapons via the N7 Collector’s Edition, these multiplayer variants will be exceptionally rare and are NOT obtainable through regular purchasable Reinforcement Packs. The Commendation Packs will contain one of the following guns at random: (1) N7 Crusader Shotgun, (2) N7 Eagle Pistol, (3) N7 Hurricane SMG and (4) N7 Valiant Sniper Rifle.
  • Destroy as many brutes as possible – if the multiplayer community kills a combined 1 MILLION brutes within the hours of the challenge, ALL players will receive a Victory Pack as a reward.

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5. Re: Mass Effect 3 Challenge Weekend Mar 17, 2012, 12:16 nin
 

The sad part about all of this is I fear it will only increase EA's tight control of Bio, and I'll tell ya why:

(Slight spoilers follow, but nothing anyone else hasn't already said here in the last week.)

SST: While I've not played 3, it's my understanding that pretty much everyone dies at the end. That's a risk Bio took, and it didn't go over well.

But from an EA standpoint, it's criminal. EA wants people heavily invested in the series, so it can sell the inevitable sequels (of which the plan was an additional 3, I think?). When Bio kills most of the characters off (and in this case, does so in a really cheap/crappy way) people have that much less attachment to a potential sequel that doesn't feature them.


So I can't help but think that EA will be heavily scrutinizing Bio's future moves, to ensure the cash cow isn't further damaged.


 
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