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Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend

BioWare announces "Operation Raptor," another bounty weekend in Mass Effect 3, which will get underway at 8:00 pm EDT on Friday and run through 8:00 am EDT Monday. This is for the PC and Xbox 360 editions, and word is they are hard at work to add support for future events to the PlayStation 3 edition of the action/RPG sequel as well. Here's word on the event:

Rally your allies for this weekend’s Operation Raptor by promoting at least two characters to your single player campaign. All promotions will result in an increased N7 rating.

  • Allied Goal: Promote 150,000 characters. Victory Packs awarded to all players upon successful completion.
  • · Individual Goal: Promote 2 characters. Commendation Pack awarded to individual players upon successful completion

Commendation Packs will be awarded to individual soldiers who complete their training and a Victory Pack will be awarded to everyone if the Allied Goal is achieved. Packs will be available to download the following week.

Additionally, a 10% XP bonus will be applied during this timeframe! Now’s the time to shoot for two level 20 characters and build up your N7 rating with this weekend with Operation Raptor!

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26. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 13:45 Dev
 
Creston wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 11:08:
I also enjoy trying out different specs from time to time, and since I NEVER get respec cards from my fucking Spectre packs (whereas others have like 18 of them), promoting's the only way I can respec.


Creston
Well you haven't bought every variety of razer hardware that comes with ME3 codes now have you
 
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25. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 11:11 Jivaro
 
Creston wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 01:08:
They should have called it "Operation Boring" instead.

Creston

You win the thread.
 
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24. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 11:08 Creston
 
Question, what does it mean "Promote 2 Characters"? Promote at least two characters to your single player campaign? I'm lost.

When one of your MP classes reaches level 20 (which is the highest you can go in MP), you get the option to "Promote" it. What this does is set the class back to level 1, and it gives you a SP "War Asset" worth 75 points.

Which is of course worthless, since your amount of war assets means shit in the SP campaign.

But it's a form of respec, basically.

Edit : Someone already explained it. However...

Every time you promote a toon, you get a small bump in your N7 multiplayer rating. There are 6 classes iirc (soldier/sentinal/adept/engie/infiltrator/vanguard) with a max level of 20 meaning the highest your N7 rating can possibly be is 120 (6 maxed 20's). So when you see nuts running around with 200-300 N7 rating, these people have ground out characters and promoted them like nuts.

Of course, all the benefits of long term play (more unlocks, better weapons, non human characters) exist and clearing a 20 means that every time you get the same character unlocked, you don't waste all that XP, but still, way to create a hamster wheel. I play the MP mode because it's fun but I couldn't be f#cked buffing my already over the top SP readiness score...


I don't promote my characters for the N7 score. I couldn't possibly care less about that. I do, however, promote my characters because I kind of enjoy playing with low level classes. I keep one or two 20s around for Silver or Gold, but I mostly prefer to play Bronze as it's not as stressful. (some nights you just want to murder some Cerberus guys without worrying too much about four Phantoms trolling your hack site...)

I also enjoy trying out different specs from time to time, and since I NEVER get respec cards from my fucking Spectre packs (whereas others have like 18 of them), promoting's the only way I can respec.


Creston

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23. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 11:05 Creston
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 22:31:
Don't think anybody in their right mind would be persuaded to buy the game based on this stuff, but overall I enjoy the MP moreso than I did the campaign, so I think it's kind of cool. Haven't been playing for a while, though, outside when they have an event like this.

Anybody know if you have to promote two characters specifically during this timeframe? I've already done at least one.

Yes, it's during this timeframe.

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22. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 08:44 Verno
 
Kajetan wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 02:22:
Rilcon wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 23:16:
Shipped or Sold doesn't matter much to EA.
It matters to retailers. If a game collects dust on the shelves they will order less from this type, series, even publisher in the future. And the big retailers can send unsold copies back to EA. No sale, no money.

Exactly. Publishers are fond of shipped figures because its a free press release that gets carried by gaming sites and its some bluster for shareholders as well. Sold in figures are what is important.
 
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21. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 06:39 Acleacius
 
Dev wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 22:38:
Edit:
Are you sure of that number? A quick google says they've SHIPPED about 3.5 million copies, which is not the same as SOLD.
Careful you might expose an ea Viral Marketer.

 
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20. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 03:23 InBlack
 
Eh...what? Fuck em. Cant wait before Grimlocke Mountain unlocks...  
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19. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 02:28 spindoctor
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 22:31:

Anybody know if you have to promote two characters specifically during this timeframe? I've already done at least one.

They have to be promoted during this event weekend. Earlier promotions won't count.
 
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18. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 02:22 Kajetan
 
Rilcon wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 23:16:
Shipped or Sold doesn't matter much to EA.
It matters to retailers. If a game collects dust on the shelves they will order less from this type, series, even publisher in the future. And the big retailers can send unsold copies back to EA. No sale, no money.
 
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17. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 01:17 Tumbler
 
Ugh, why are these so complicated? Who comes up with these crazy things?

Operation Might Tower

You and your squad mates must complete 5 levels of the SP campaign in 4 hours but only after playing the MP game with 6 different characters. If you complete this we'll give you a Fanny Pack, which is different than other packs and has stuff in it...but it might also be empty too! It's so exciting so start playing!

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16. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 01:08 Creston
 
They should have called it "Operation Boring" instead.

Creston
 
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15. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 00:59 Cutter
 
And seeing as none of this matters in the end, why bother?
 
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14. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 23:47 Dev
 
Asmo wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 23:34:
edit: I have no idea what happened to the formatting, looks right in the edit pane... = \
Because the bit you quoted starts with a Q. Notice how its missing the Q and says "uestion" ? Thats because the code for quote has a bracket followed by a Q. So it thinks that ] q means close quote.

Its one of those edge cases that screws up things Delete the word "question" or something and it will fix it right up
 
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13. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 23:45 Dev
 
Rilcon wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 23:16:
Shipped or Sold doesn't matter much to EA. They're a publisher, not a platform holder; whether the retailers they sold the copies to can peddle them off or not doesn't matter all that much (except for potential DLC sales and future retailer interest, of course).
It certainly does matter. It matters for future sales, future franchise health, the size of the actual fan base out there, vs how many copies are gathering dust at gamestop.
 
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12. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 23:34 Asmo
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 23:19
uestion, what does it mean "Promote 2 Characters"? Promote at least two characters to your single player campaign? I'm lost. [/quote:

Heh, it's a godawful system.

You 'promote' them when you hit 20, they disappear from your roster of MP characters and you gain a few points towards your readiness in your SP game. Then you can grind the same toon (with a new name of course) from lvl 1 to 20 again.

Every time you promote a toon, you get a small bump in your N7 multiplayer rating. There are 6 classes iirc (soldier/sentinal/adept/engie/infiltrator/vanguard) with a max level of 20 meaning the highest your N7 rating can possibly be is 120 (6 maxed 20's). So when you see nuts running around with 200-300 N7 rating, these people have ground out characters and promoted them like nuts.

Of course, all the benefits of long term play (more unlocks, better weapons, non human characters) exist and clearing a 20 means that every time you get the same character unlocked, you don't waste all that XP, but still, way to create a hamster wheel. I play the MP mode because it's fun but I couldn't be f#cked buffing my already over the top SP readiness score...

edit: I have no idea what happened to the formatting, looks right in the edit pane... = \
 
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11. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 23:22 RollinThundr
 
Dev wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 22:38:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 22:35:
Dev wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 21:54:
You'd almost think they were desperate to get more players and/or sales by how often they are doing these things.

The game's sold over 4 million and the multiplayer population on 360 is packed, as some friends also tell me it is on PC. It's doing fine.

Ok, I was just saying the first thing I thought of when I saw this. You are right, if its sold 4 mil, its doing just fine.

Edit:
Are you sure of that number? A quick google says they've SHIPPED about 3.5 million copies, which is not the same as SOLD.

It's most certainly shipped. And much like word of mouth from DA2's fail, those sales will taper off quickly.
 
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10. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 23:19 The Half Elf
 
Question, what does it mean "Promote 2 Characters"? Promote at least two characters to your single player campaign? I'm lost.  
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9. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 23:16 Rilcon
 
Shipped or Sold doesn't matter much to EA. They're a publisher, not a platform holder; whether the retailers they sold the copies to can peddle them off or not doesn't matter all that much (except for potential DLC sales and future retailer interest, of course).

Also, this sort of event consumes very few resources. One guy to edit a few values in a database, one to fix up some art from existing assets, and one to make a fancy news item. Nothing that would take more than a full man-day .
 
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8. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 23:02 NegaDeath
 
That's nice and all but how about doing something more interesting?

How about an all Banshee weekend? Or maybe put in a limited time boss monster? Easter holidays are coming up, they should do a Husk Easter Rabbit that weekend. He tosses explosive eggs and his long legs allow for Vanguard-esque sprinting....but he's ever so cute. How about a 4x4 mode where 4 people can be reapers/geth/cerberus? How about a mixed enemy mode where you take on the strongest units from each at once? Imagine an enemy team of Atlas's, Primes, Brute's, Banshees, etc. How about an enemy team of Conrad Verner's?

Or you know put in minimal effort, that's good too.
 
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7. Re: Another Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend Mar 28, 2012, 22:38 Dev
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 22:35:
Dev wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 21:54:
You'd almost think they were desperate to get more players and/or sales by how often they are doing these things.

The game's sold over 4 million and the multiplayer population on 360 is packed, as some friends also tell me it is on PC. It's doing fine.

Ok, I was just saying the first thing I thought of when I saw this. You are right, if its sold 4 mil, its doing just fine.

Edit:
Are you sure of that number? A quick google says they've SHIPPED about 3.5 million copies, which is not the same as SOLD.
 
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