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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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57. Re: Mass Effect 3 Challenge Weekend Mar 18, 2012, 18:33 Bhruic
 
Perfectly conceivable. Of course, the relays were designed by the Reapers, and the Crucible was designed by unknown amounts of the Reapers' victims. NONE of whom had the capability to create new relays. (They say the Protheans were close.)

The Protheans weren't just close, they were successful - that's what the conduit actually was, a Prothean developed mass relay. A really dumb mass relay, that somehow operated in a completely different fashion than typical mass relays, as it was an entirely indoor relay, but let's overlook that for the moment.

The crucible was designed to interface with the catalyst (ie, the citadel). Although Shepard had the choice over what signal was sent, it was the catalyst that sent the signal, and the catalyst was of the same civilization/species as the Reapers. So it's no surprise it could cause the relays to be destroyed in a "safe" fashion.

Because not one year ago, they specifically made a whole DLC about what happens when you blow up a Mass Effect gate.

Sigh. They specifically made a whole DLC about what happens when you ram an asteroid into a mass relay. That's a completely different scenario than what we see happen here.

So in the Reapers' minds, they're being very altruistic. Big, bad AI is coming, so we save you by Ascending you into a Reaper.

I didn't really get that impression. I more got the feeling that they were focused on saving the non-developed species from destruction. Like, when they were destroying the Protheans, they were doing that to spare the humans, asari, turians, salarians, etc. "Ascending" the Protheans was considered to be good, yes, but not their primary goal.

So how does that explain what the Reapers did to the Geth? The Quarians were WIPING THE GETH OUT. (which in itself was already bullshit, but okay.) In a panic, the Geth turn to the Reapers, who evolve them into a much more dangerous version of the Geth, who then in turn are about to commit genocide against the Quarians.

Well, they didn't simply "improve" the Geth, they took control of them. The Reapers pretty obviously don't have a problem with synthetic life - they are synthetic life.

It's also pretty obvious that regardless of who won, both sides would have been eliminated by the Reapers. Functionally, it's the equivalent of the Reapers taking control of humans, or asari, etc. They take control of them to advance their own agenda, not because they have any intention of protecting/saving them.

So why did the Reapers bother showing up?

The Reapers act in cycles. They don't keep track of what's going on inbetween those cycles - or to any large degree. I've always thought that was stupid, in fact, I made an argument about it on another forum. Humanity has only had mass effect technology for about 40 years. And yet look at how far we got in those 40 years. Now, imagine that instead of the Reapers showing up now, when they did, they had shown up, say, 500 years ago. Or, roughly 300 years ago from our real world date. They wouldn't have bothered "ascending" us, we would have been too primative to consider. So we would have been spared. But instead of only having 40 years of mass effect technology/knowledge to work off of, we would have ended up with slightly less than 50,000 years to go from. We would have had immediate access to the previous generation's ruins, instead of having them all be buried by almost 50,000 years worth of dust and debris.

The whole "only come every 50,000 years" thing is just dumb. If they'd had any sense, they would have left some sensing devices that could detect the presense of AIs, and triggered their return based on that.

For that matter, the Protheans were UNABLE to be harvested due to something with their DNA, yet the Reapers just decided to fucking wipe them out anyway?? So much for their whole little "We're here to save organic civilizations" spiel.

See above "they weren't really focused on saving higher civilizations". And they were still able to make use of the Protheans in various ways, such as turning them into the Collectors.
 
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