Mass Effect 3 Will Be Significantly More Difficult

Posted by on December 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Bioware has admitted that the final episode of its Mass Effect trilogy will be much more difficult than its predecessors, stating that “normal” mode in Mass Effect 3 will be as hard as “veteran” mode in the previous two releases.

Time to get your friends involved? We think so!

Read on.

This change makes a lot of sense, since it seems Bioware would like to encourage players to explore the multiplayer functionality of the new release, which is unique to the trilogy. While the idea of having a multiplayer element has come under fire from some critics, executive producer Casey Hudson has defended it, saying the multiplayer element of the game makes sense.

Casey stated:

“This really is the beginning, middle, and end of a whole galactic war, because it’s fundamentally different in that way, we realized multiplayer can be a compliment to Commander Shepard’s very rich, engaging single player story experience.”

He also added that it’s about giving the player choices, noted in the fact that you can play as Human, Krogan, Asari, Drell, Salarian, and Turian when you’re involved in multiplayer.

So what about this difficulty thing? Well, BioWare isn’t saying that they’re intentionally encouraging players to experiment with multiplayer – that’s just an assumption we think is fair – but I don’t think it’s going too far to say that the first two games were a little easy on normal, with veteran feeling just about right. I think it’s a good thing they’re making it a little tougher; This will serve to make the threat of the Reapers feel more ominous and should, as a whole, make the game more challenging and immersive.

At this time, Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for release in March. We’re hoping to be able to preview it for the fans of the series and give all of you an idea in what’s to store so make sure you keep checking back for more news!

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  • Anonymous

    Significantly harder huh??

  • lazuli

    This article makes it seem like the game is going to be so difficult that multiplayer will be a natural recourse.  This couldn’t be more wrong.  Multiplayer in ME3 is separate from the singleplayer campaign.  If you’re having trouble playing as Shepard in your singleplayer game, you can’t just summon up some friends to help you out.  The increased difficulty is likely a marketing ploy to lure in a new audience or reassure the old audience that the game is still elite.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it’s signifcantly harder. Mass Effect 1 on Insanity felt like a summer’s breeze once I got my Master Spectre Gear Assault Rifle. Of course I did wait until I was level 60 to beat it on insanity but that was because I beat it on Casual, Normal, Veteran, and Insanity in order with one character. Mass Effect 2 made me think on insanity, but other than some super annoying fights (a few rooms of Thane’s Recruitment Mission, the final battle of Haestrom, the final battle of Horizon, the game’s last battle just to name a few) it wasn’t that bad either. Now I primarily like the story aspect of the game, so for that reason I’ll wait a while before tackling insanity…but I still want a real challenge. If normal is now Veteran then I suppose Insanity is like “don’t even bother”?

  • Mass Effect fan

    Only two more months until ME3. I hope it is a bit more challenging!

  • Anonymous

    Saving the galaxy? Of course it will be damn difficult.