Unless you’re still seething with anger over the controversial ending, the new content being released for BioWare’s blockbuster role-playing epic Mass Effect 3 should come as welcome news. It’s been just over two months since the game hit shelves and it has seen two downloadable content packs, the single-player add-on From Ashes and the multiplayer expansion Resurgence DLC pack. As of today, fans of the game will not only have a third DLC pack, but also a substantial patch issued to correct some lingering issues with the game.
Like all expansive role-playing games full of branching paths and moral choices, Mass Effect 3 has its fair share of bugs, glitches and unintended gameplay oddities in both the campaign and multiplayer modes. This latest patch fixes some of the most prevalent ones, such as facial movements not synchronizing correctly with dialogue, glitches in the cover system, difficulty level not matching what the player selected and mission-specific bugs that halt progress. In my own playthrough of the campaign, I came across a handful of the bugs that occasionally forced me to restart a checkpoint, so it’s good to see further improvements made.
Many of the fixes in this patch cover the multiplayer mode, which has expereicned a number of reported issues since the game launched. Some of these issues include lag between enemy waves spawning, host migration issues that cause players to start in odd places, getting stuck and being rendered immobile in the environments, unresponsive weapons and hit detection and difficulty logging back in after being booted out of a game. All of these have been patched and there are plenty of other issues that have also been addressed.
A post in the BioWare forums lists all of the issues that have been fixed in this patch, the majority of which cover the Xbox 360, Playstaition 3 and PC versions inclusively. Some of the fixes are platform-specific and these are also covered. For fans of the game who hope to get more out of the mutiplayer, these should rectify some of the frustrations they have been experiencing, while future patches will hopefully iron out any wrinkles that remain.
Speaking of multiplayer, the other big news in the Mass Effect 3 universe is the release of the Rebellion DLC pack. This provides additional multiplayer content, and it includes two new maps, three new weapons and six new playable characters from varied classes such as Engineer, Vanguard, Soldier, Sentinel, Adept and Infiltrator. Additionally, this DLC pack includes added objectives that occur during cattered enemy waves, including high priority packages that gets randomly dropped. The launch trailer below gives you a taste of what the Rebellion has to offer.