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Is Mass Effect Enough to Make Me Play CoD?

So Bioware is teasering an upcoming announcement all round the internet. Kotaku predicts that we are going to see a Call of Duty style multi-player spin-off of the Mass Effect series.  That doesn’t seem unlikely, considering that Mass Effect had quite a few players from the console shooter crowd that normally wouldn’t touch and RPG with a ten-foot pole.  The question is, can this work the other way? Is the Mass Effect universe enough to get us RPG people to play a real shooter?

Now, if they would let me fly the Normandy...

In my case, probably not. At least not if it we’re talking about a pure shooter. I have been seen playing shooters, but those moments are really rare. Sure when they had UT 2004 on every PC at the university I visited in the US, there was the occasional late-night multi-player shoot-out, but normally I avoid FPS games when I can.

On the other hand, a multi-player  action-RPG in the Mass Effect universe wouldn’t be half bad. If Bioware doesn’t give us a lobby-based player-vs-player game but more of a Diablo style multi-player campaign, I might be intrigued. Sure, the combat would have to be completely reworked from the old Mass Effect standard and I’m unsure how well an action-RPG can work from a first person point of view, but I think that’s what Bioware would have to try to get me to buy that new game.

How about you? How would this game have to look to make you buy it? Is an even more action-oriented version of Mass Effect even something you would be remotely interested in?

  • I think I might like it. I miss rpgs where you fight yourself but still get the rpg part. I mean most modern rpgs i know revolve only about pressing a skill button at the right time and maybe move a bit. I actually adore demon souls for its difference in that way. I get a fighting system where i actually fight myself. if you wanna block you gotta lift that shield and dont just have a static block value and if you wanna dodge you have to sidestep and its not automatically calculated from you get that along with character development, items, magic and amazing atmosphere from the rpg world. Now i am not a shooter fan but i would like a more action oriented kind of rpg as long as it stays an rpg with shooting and not a shooter where you have 2 stats and 3 weaps to choose from.
    as far as multiplayer goes… yes PLEASE good coop campaigns can be so much fun and are sooo rare. usually you only get the diablo style which can hardly be called a campaign or just some random pvpstuff :/

  • Well, you could say that games like Fallout 3 (and NV) and Mass Effect are role-playing games that allow you to actually participate in the fighting itself instead of pressing ability buttons. (Yes, both have pausing options, but you can easily play without those.) I expect this hypothetical sequel to be quite a bit lighter on the RP part.
    Absolutely agree on the coop campaigns of course.
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