The multiplayer mode in Mass Effect 3 is an addictive experience, as you can clearly tell by the recent entries in this Game Diary series, in which I focused on sharing tips for the online experience in BioWare’s role playing shooter.
After talking about working as a team in yesterday’s diary, in which I stressed the importance of combining your effort and trying to complement the powers of your allies against the array of enemies, it’s time to talk about trying a solo run during matches.
You can end up going up against your enemies by yourself in two ways: either you start a game by yourself or your squad mates get killed and exit the match as it’s unfolding.
No matter the means, at some point during Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, you’ll end up alone against tens of enemies on a single map.
First, try to keep your cool. Yes, you’re by yourself against lots of enemies, but remember to use your main powers and your weapons with a strategy in mind, instead of mindlessly throwing them at your enemies while shooting erratically.
Secondly, always be on the move. If you stay still, enemies will converge on your position as fast as possible. Instead, borrow a few tricks from Benny Hill movies and always keep them chasing you. Stop for a few moments, try to eliminate smaller enemies, and then keep running.
These tips work great even if you’re facing off against boss characters like an Atlas, a Geth Prime or a Banshee. Always keep your cool and try to adopt the best strategies for each of them. When fighting an Atlas or Geth Prime try to stay in cover. When battling a Banshee, always keep a safe distance but don’t get too far away, as she’ll start teleporting towards you.
Of course, knowing the different maps in the multiplayer is key, as you need to know where to run, where to restock on ammunition, and where to stand your ground.
Follow these few tips and you’ll improve your chances of surviving on your own.
As a boost to your confidence, check out the video below in which a Russian player with a level 20 Salarian Infiltrator, armed with a Widow I sniper rifle, completes by himself a Gold Challenge match against the Reapers. It may have taken him almost two hours, but the end result is epic.
They should scale the difficulty (especially in Silver/Gold) so people who like to solo or have social anxieties can actually enjoy the game at a better difficulty than just bronze. Gears of War 3 has it. The Left 4 Dead games allow you to "solo" with bot support, even on the hardest setting, and winning the finale maps. Also the tweaks the keep doing as if this is a online rpg are annoying. They've destroyed so many good weapons, many people I know quit and I'm left playing alone, because I won't play with randoms or even have time to befriend people online, to enjoy that mode. That's why there is that alternate offline (but co-op possible) mode, but it feels like I am cheating somehow. At least with that and understanding of the unreal engine, you can fix the guns the developers broke and play gold solo. Not a fix though, just a work-around.
Watching parts of that solo Gold challenge definitely inspired me to try those challenges; always feared they couldn't be done solo but that video proved me wrong... props to whoever did it in the video...