Mass Effect 3: Rare weapons are yours for the earning in first N7 Challenge Weekend

EA's announced the first N7 Challenge Weekend for Mass Effect 3, which will begin tonight at 5pm PST and run until 5am Monday. This weekend's Challenge is Operation Goliath, in which players will work to take down Reaper squads and unlock rewards previously only available through the game's Collector's Edition. If your team manages to defeat the Reapers on Silver difficulty or better (even if all players aren't extracted), you'll earn a Commendation Pack containing one of four N7 weapons, which EA says won't be available for separate download or purchase.

Here's our newest multiplayer strategy clip to help you on your way this weekend with some enemy-specific tips. If Operation Goliath results in a combined total of more than 1 million Brute kills, all participating players will receive a Victory Pack, whose contents haven't yet been disclosed. Weapons won in Operation Goliath will become unlocked 5pm Tuesday, and must be claimed within a week; EA wants players to ensure you've got "Upload Gameplay Feedback" set to "On" within the "Online Options" menu, or your hard work will win you naught but the thrill of working together to achieve a common goal. Which is a pretty crap reward for something you paid good money for.

Above: Click for a full-size version. You don't want to be squinting when teammates are counting on your sniping skills

Bioware's also shared some neat telemetry data from Mass Effect 3's time online so far. 1,800 years' playtime? Usually we'd say something here like “if you guys had put that energy into trying to cure cancer, we'd all live on the moon by now,” but with multiplayer success on the Gold difficulty level still hovering somewhere below the 1% mark, this is obviously something that's going to demand concentration...


  • Deathdeisel - March 18, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    I gotta remember that this doesnt apply to ps3..kinda sucks that it does.
  • Shinn - March 17, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    The weapons you can earn are multiplayer versions of the single player N7 edition exclusive ones. You can't get them for single player without the collectors edition, and having the collectors edition doesn't unlock them for you in multiplayer.
  • IsaacShadow - March 16, 2012 10:02 p.m.

    Wait, only for N7 Editions? When the fuck are they going to let the rest of us have those guns?
  • eskimobear - March 17, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    did you actually read the article?
  • Darkhawk - March 16, 2012 7:07 p.m.

    I didn't the pack when my team pulled it off just now. What the hell
  • PolarBearsInHeat - March 17, 2012 6:39 a.m.

    you receive the pack on Tuesday. You'll then have seven days to open the pack to receive your weapon.
  • Sinosaur - March 16, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    Are the weapons unlocked in the multiplayer of the single? Because I already have them in single due to having bought the collector's edition.
  • travislloyd - March 16, 2012 4:09 p.m.

  • travislloyd - March 16, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Is this for all platforms?
  • SumthingStupid - March 16, 2012 4:07 p.m.

    360 and PC
  • BladedFalcon - March 16, 2012 5 p.m.

    Preeety sure it applies to PS3 as well...
  • SumthingStupid - March 16, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    no, its right above the N7 challenge faq
  • BladedFalcon - March 16, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    damn, you're right... Oh well, guess I can stop worrying about it then.
  • SumthingStupid - March 16, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    yea it sucks a lot i hope they will do something in the future or tell us why
  • obviouslyadouche - March 16, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    I'm going to guess most people haven't realized how useful only equiping a pistol is since you get a 200% decrease in cooldown and for the most part weapons in this game just suck.
  • samsneeze - March 16, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    I don't know. I usually rock the Adept Male/Drell and rock the Mantis and default pistol. It's a pretty effective setup.
  • obviouslyadouche - March 16, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    I almost always do the most damage using this strategy since you can just spam powers and bioware added combo detonations which are super easy to abuse.
  • BladedFalcon - March 16, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Hey, i got a widow, and i can do some pretty sweet damage with it, specially in combo with my fully developed cloak ability. I'll try to tackle this... but I am not sure if I'm good enough to tackle silver category >>;
  • PolarBearsInHeat - March 17, 2012 6:40 a.m.

    If you have the increased carry weight power, you can carry the avenger and still get the 200% recharge rate

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