In addition to  co-op mode, Mass Effect 3 will feature three different forms of the campaign mode. Casey Hudson talked to Game Informer and explained the three separate modes as auto-fill settings for people that like that different parts of what Mass Effect has to offer:

“You have to make a game with a certain design before you realize that there are different player types. One of the surprising pieces of feedback was for some players, it’s not that they don’t like the story. They love story. In fact, the story is so important to them that they feel the story choices are intimidating.

So all these settings do is that they set some of the options on the option screen before you’ve played it and know what those options mean. Once you get in and start playing, you can change things.”

Story mode is for those who appreciate the universe and its lore. Combat happens faster and dying requires a bit more effort than usual. Action mode is a mix of the paragon and renegade paths, but with none of the canon carrying over. In that mode, dialogue is automatic and will grant players some interesting things, but what those are haven’t been revealed yet. The roleplaying option will be the standard Mass Effect experience that we’ve all come to know and love.

Even though this sounds a lot like “dumbing down” for casual people, it makes sense. Not everyone is interested in the series mythology and just want to shoot or omnistab robots in the face. Others enjoy the story, but find the combat to not be as solid as other shooters. Giving them the choice to choose how they want to play is a great way to get people interested. Who knows, they may even try the roleplaying mode for the complete experience. Plus, this is all optional, so who’s it hurting?

Mass Effect 3 arrives for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on March 6. Expect a demo sometime this month.

via Joystiq

5 COMMENTS

  1. “Even though this sounds a lot like “dumbing down” for casual people, it
    makes sense. Not everyone is interested in the series mythology and just
    want to shoot or omnistab robots in the face”

    Wait, wait… Why are you buying the game if you have no idea whats going on!? Surely these type of ‘gamers’ should stick to Call of Duty and CoD clones like it.

    • Because maybe they liked what they saw at E3 or theVGAs and like the powers and omniblades. What’s wrong with wanting to just play a game and not slog through line after line of text?

  2. The more I see of ME 3 the more worried I get :(. Hopefully the demo will alleviate those fears.

    I dunno maybe its just me, but I think its a terrible idea. Why bother playing ME at all if you’re not interested in the mytho and story? its like playing CoD and complaining that there is to much shooting and there should be an option for players who don’t like that much shooting…

  3. Let’s say you’ve already beaten the game, not everyone would want to play through again and sit through all the dialogue. I know that grammar is poor but you get the point.

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