Mass Effect 3: Special Forces trailer is all about the co-op killing

Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode was revealed last October to mixed reactions, but if this new trailer is any indication, BioWare isn't going about its online expansion lightly. Take a look at how Mass Effect's 3 action might actually be better with a little company in the newest “Special Forces” video.

Multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 will take the form of a “Galaxy at War” mode wherein up to four players can team up to put down enemy attacks in key locations throughout the universe. An assortment of races and classes will be available for selection, and according to an earlier chat with producer Jesse Houston, one's success (or lack thereof) in these online co-op stages will have a direct impact on how Commander Shepard and his team fares in the final moments of the trilogy.

“Multiplayer will definitely have an effect on your single-player experience through the Galaxy at War system,” he explained, adding, “so as you play the multiplayer and the Co-Op and the more successful you are, the more that will affect your Galactic Readiness level which will then affect your end game result.”

A full Mass Effect 3 multiplayer FAQ is posted at BioWare's blog. You can also wrangle three of your friends and try it for yourself when Mass Effect 3 lands for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in March.

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  • Kinnolo - January 29, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    Is that release date for the multiplayer or did the bump the entire thing back another 6 months?
  • soren7550 - January 27, 2012 8 p.m.

    Tee-hee, they have the version of the trailer where sentinel is spelled wrong. Anyway, I think it's pretty cool that each race has different powers from one another even if they are the same class.
  • LiaraLoveSlave - January 27, 2012 5:11 p.m.

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  • PolarBearsInHeat - January 27, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Well, more bang for my buck I guess.
  • Travia220 - January 27, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    Looks like boring as shit, uninspired 3rd Person *cough* gears *cough* multiplayer.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 27, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    Wait, I'm sorry, how is this a Gears of War knockoff? I'm not seeing any connections whatsoever in this game. Hell, it's not even competitive.
  • BladedFalcon - January 27, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    I think he's referring to the horde mode, which, to be fair. Does look similar to this. Think about it, the missions here seem to be not much more than "waves of increasingly difficult enemies are coming and you need to cooperate to survive" here, maybe a few larger boss-like enemies at the end and some basic "go hack this panel" kinds of objectives. I mean, doesn't look terrible, but without the ME kind of story, lores, or characters to pack a mission up, I am guessing they will feel boring after trying a couple.
  • Crackseed - January 27, 2012 10:05 p.m.

    Just means one less near-sighted internet grumbler that we won't have to deal with when we do play Multiplayer IMO.
  • purple_omlet - January 28, 2012 3:38 a.m.

    Implying you'd be playing this mode without a group of friends that you trust. I can't see myself playing this with strangers. It just looks like a really personal type of multiplayer. Think of dead space 2 multiplayer, but people actually play it and it's actually fun.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 31, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    Yeah, I feel you. I'll be getting it for the achievements, nothing more. Maybe if there's some really fucking hard boss I can't beat on Insane, I'll go vent off into this multiplayer with my friends. Which you'd be more than welcome to join!
  • DKmanden999 - January 27, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    special abused in games these day lol
  • bboyd - January 27, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    Whether you're for it or against it. . . that looks incredibly fun.
  • Travia220 - January 27, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    Fun is Counter Strike, fun is Battlefield 3.. Fun is not a Gears of War knockoff.
  • UberNoob - January 27, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    I agree Mass Effect has become more shooter and less RPG, which is upsetting (go to hell EA). Still a fun game for many nonetheless. I know for console players it might be, but for the PC which is the main root for BF3? With all the hackers, crashes, and connection issues, it needs work before it can provide fun for everyone...
  • Crackseed - January 27, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    Mass Effect is becoming more Shooter which is why squad armoring is back, weapon modding is in, there's more skills and evolutions of them, better squadmate interaction...can we stop using that tired excuse and accept that ME3 is actually getting BACK to the roots of ME's gameplay style instead of drifting from it? >.>
  • Darkhawk - January 27, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    I don't pay for XBLA Gold. I want to have the ideal ME3 experience. Are they saying that if I don't get myself a subscription for the multiplayer, I might suffer consequences in the 1 player story? It's one thing to force players online to chase achievements; it's quite another in a story-driven series to force us there to play the proper game.
  • bboyd - January 27, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    Every outcome can be reached through single player alone. They're just offering multiple ways to boost your status in the war. Multiplayer is in now way necessary.
  • Sjoeki - January 27, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    I was wondering about that too! I'll give it a try but I'm pretty sure I'll be sticking to the singleplayer part of the game, multiplayer isn't really my thing.
  • sweetchiliheat - January 27, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    Don't worry about it, you can still get the "complete" ending without's just more time consuming

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