Mass Effect 3’s latest (and apparently final) DLC chapter went up on Xbox Live and PSN last night, and to celebrate the occasion, Bioware is hosting a five day long multiplayer event to get players warmed up for their final sortie with Shephard.
The “Operation: Lodestar” event features three tiered rewards that players can earn by completing multiplayer rounds on different difficulties: simply participating in the event earns you one “commendation pack” of gear, while beating all four enemy factions during the event on Silver difficulty will earn you a unique banner. Beating all four factions on Platinum will earn you another commendation pack. The wording of the event’s announcement on Bioware’s blog seems to suggest that this might be the final multiplayer event that Bioware will host for ME3.
Mass Effect 3: The Citadel also seems like it’ll be the last DLC chapter for ME3 as well. The DLC takes place on The Citadel (duh,) and adds in nine new missions for Shephard and his team to tackle, as well as two new weapons, six new types of enemies, and six additional weapon mods. The DLC also gives players one last chance to team-up with fan favorite characters like Urdnot Wrex, Grunt, and Kasumi Goto, who previously only made cameo appearances in the main ME3 campaign.
I know it’s trendy to hate Bioware and EA and everyone likes to blame them for everything that’s wrong with the games industry, but I don’t really care about all that — I thoroughly enjoyed Mass Effect 3 (despite the dumb ending,) and all of its single-player DLC, and I still think it’s one of the best action-RPG’s available this generation. The Citadel DLC seems like it might be the last hurrah for the ME trilogy’s established cast: since the ending brought Shepard’s story to a pretty definite close, Bioware has already announced that the next game in the series will feature a different protagonist and new characters. As someone who’s spent a good chunk of the last five or six years playing Mass Effect games, I have to admit, it is a little sad to see things finally wrap up.
Well, now that its over, at least we won’t have to hear about people whine about that ending anymore, right? … Right?