Neoseeker : News : Free Mass Effect 3 Datapad app now available for iOS devices
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Hellfire29 Mar 14, 12
Readiness rating is such a stupid system.
No way a normal player can get the best endings in single-player.
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montressor Mar 14, 12
I'll just say I don't consider offliners normal gamers, you are the minority sir. that said I don't know your situation but I hope you get online soon.
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ShadowJ Mar 14, 12
quote Hellfire29
Readiness rating is such a stupid system.
No way a normal player can get the best endings in single-player.
In games like CoD and Battlefield I am usually an offliner, I will play multiplayer the odd occasion but that's it.

Mass Effect 3 however doesn't have PvP to my knowledge, it is all PvE, which for me is right up my alley due to playing a lot of co-op games with friends. In other words for ME3 the readiness system gives the multiplayer a meaning rather than just a thrown in system.

Though I do wonder what you consider a "normal gamer" since that term in my opinion doesn't exist any more.

In other words, during release the only way to get the readiness rating up is to play multiplayer...now you have an isolated solo method of getting the readiness rating up, just requires a mobile phone, which most of the population these days have a smart phone

Basically this app wouldn't have been just thrown together for the hell of it, why do you think developers throw as many surveys as they can towards their fanbase and ask questions like "Do you own a smartphone or plan to buy one in the next 12 months?"

It's all about calculated risks
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RabidChinaGirl Mar 14, 12
Would've been nice to see this feature in-game, so you knew what the hell your old crew mates were doing the entire time rather than having them disappear on you after recruitment.
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ShadowJ Mar 14, 12
quote RabidChinaGirl
Would've been nice to see this feature in-game, so you knew what the hell your old crew mates were doing the entire time rather than having them disappear on you after recruitment.
Indeed, One thing I do think regarding the ME series is the major potential Bioware had to further connect you and relate you to your team mates both old and new

One major issue I do have with ME is the fact that 90% of the time it is pointless to seek out each of your team mates after an intense battle and get their view upon things, it only appears climbing towards a key event, just before a key event or after a key event.

It's the same as most of the planets in systems that just sit there to look pretty, I mean don't get me wrong, I love the series and what they have done with it but some love for the background pieces wouldn't go amiss
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Hellfire29 Mar 14, 12
ShadowJ
A normal player in this statement is someone who isn't playing by a guide every step of the way.
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ShadowJ Mar 15, 12
quote Hellfire29
ShadowJ
A normal player in this statement is someone who isn't playing by a guide every step of the way.
So your argument in this case would be "How would a player that doesn't use a strategy and hasn't looked up information or watched the videos about ME3 gain the best endings?"

I will admit, it took me awhile to figure out that the way to affect readiness ratings is to play the multiplayer but even after figuring that out halfway through the game, I still played on to achieve the ending I could get...maybe that's just me but then again when it comes to Mass Effect games, I buy them for the long term, it's not just a one time play through.

Not to mention a couple of my friends will be buying the game solely for the co-op, they do not care for the singleplayer but since all 3 of us are heavily revolved around co-op games (Hell we're going through our 5th playthrough of Borderlands in order to complete all DLC and to be ready for Borderlands 2) well they decided to grab it anyway

Basically at the end of the day, if someone is adamant on getting different endings then they will have a save ready before finishing the last part of the game (or as it always has done, once completed one ending it will drop you at the last part to do again) meaning if they still haven't figured out how to get the readiness rating up then they can search it...only people that would miss out would be the people who really dislike any multiplayer feature (co-op or otherwise)
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Hellfire29 Mar 15, 12
ShadowJ
My issue was more with the fact that Bioware stated that you could get the best endings without playing multiplayer. As in you could get 100% of the singleplayer experience without touching multiplayer. This however, was pretty much not the case unless you had both previous game saves and a strategy guide.
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