Regardless of how anyone might feel about the Mass Effect 3 single-player ending, the multiplayer is still plenty of fun -- especially with friends. This weekend marks the first ever "N7 Challenge Weekend," during which players on PC and Xbox 360 can earn special prizes just by playing. Of course, there are certain conditions to take in account.
"Operation Goliath," as this weekend's event is called, will start tonight at 5:00 PM PST and run until 5:00 AM PST Monday. Between that time, players can earn a special "Commendation Pack," which guarantees a random N7 Arsenal Weapon: N7 Crusader Shotgun, N7 Eagle Pistol, N7 Hurricane SMG, and N7 Valiant Sniper Rifle. Note the absence of the assault rifle.
This weapon series, if you weren't aware, is a single-player exclusive from the N7 Collector's Edition. BioWare has no plans to release them as permanent loot, so get crackin'. The catch is that players must survive a Silver difficulty round against Reapers if they want to earn the Commendation Pack, and each player is entitled to only one pack. Fortunately, only one team member needs to survive Extraction for the whole squad to qualify.
Oh, and just to inspire a bit of community teamwork, BioWare will give all players a free Victory Pack if the multiplayer community manages to kill a combined 1 million Brutes during active Challenge hours (this entire weekend).