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10 Commandments for Mass Effect 3 Online Multiplayer


As a ME3 Multiplayer regular, I think the whole game experience would be better if everyone followed these 10 simple etiquette rules:

1.  Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

If your N7 ranking is still in the single or even double digits, stick to Bronze and Silver matches.  Any decent player will kick you from their Gold or Platinum match, and if they don’t, I’m willing to bet you guys will all lose in the end anyway.

I don’t care how “good” a player you think you are – the fact is, until you’ve played enough matches and bought enough Spectre packs, your characters will suck and your weapons will suck.  No one is EVER going to win a Platinum match with a Phalanx 1!

2.  Play nicely with others.

Don’t be the only adept in a match with 3 other tech characters.  This only generally applies to Gold and Platinum matches – Bronze and Silver are so easy you can be whatever you want.  Combo attacks like biotic explosions, tech bursts, and fire explosions do way more damage than your powers on their own.  For a list of the easiest ways to create combos, click [here].

3.  Don’t be a medi-gel/missile hoarder.

Nothing is more annoying in a match than when someone dies and refuses to get themselves up, preferring instead to bleed out or get perma-killed by the enemy.  Especially when that someone runs off on their own, making it very difficult for their teammates to get to them.

Also, if there are two or more high level enemies (ie. Banshees, Primes, Atlases) all up in your face, it may be time for a rocket.

4.  Don’t quit a match after Wave 5.

First of all, Wave 6 is a money round – you don’t want to leave your teammates hanging.  Second of all, it’s much more unlikely that a random will spawn in your place when you leave, which makes your team one man short for the hardest waves.  Don’t be a douche.

5.  Don’t glitch in a public match.

Ok, so you looked up on Youtube how to make everything you shoot a missile, or how to leap off the map, or how to become invincible.  If you want to glitch, find some friends and do it on a private match.  Doing it on public ruins the game for many people looking to play and also increases your chances of getting reported and banned.

6.  Don’t shoot your friends.

No, you can’t damage your teammates’ health, but shooting them makes it harder for them to aim at the bad guys.

7.  Don’t be the lone ranger.

You might think you can take on that Prime on the other side of the map all by yourself, but if you die, your teammates have to come get you or play one man down the rest of the wave.  Players die fairly often trying to revive someone who has fallen, so don’t be that guy.

8.  Don’t play as a Vanguard on Gold or Platinum.

The Vanguard class is not a Gold or Platinum level class!!!  I don’t care how good you think you are with it.  The biotic charge power is super glitchy, meaning that you won’t be able to use it when you need it most.  The other powers don’t do enough damage to Gold/Platinum enemies to make them worthwhile, no matter what race you play as.  I’m not saying that you won’t survive – if your teammates are good enough, they can carry you through a match.  But, you will be completely useless to them as a fourth player.  Do you really want to be the dead weight?

9.  Always equip Gear.

Gear can be used infinitely, so I don’t understand why there are people out there who don’t equip Gear.  You should consider it the same as equipping a weapon or a weapon mod.

10.  Turn off your mic unless you’re talking to the team.

I can’t stand it when I hear babies crying over my game from someone’s mic, or their terrible music, or their racist/sexist/homophobic profanities, or the sound effects from their game transposed over mine.  Unless you’re directly addressing everyone you’re playing with, be a good teammate and STFU.

Got more commandments?  Please comment or email them to me!

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  1. Hey, just wanted to tell you this is a cool blog. I have been playing gold/platinum matches and have been looking for some good tips. So, i just wanted to say thanks.

  2. Very Good advice, I wish that more people had read these recommendations before trying Gold or Platinum. Not all Vanguards are useless on Platinum though, I find the N7 Slayer to be really helpful to biotic team and the new Volus Vanguard may prove useful.

      • Agreed. I can’t wait for the Volus Vanguard, really. Must be really awesome. Lil short and chubby guy charging at things? Too much win.

  3. Thanks for the reply
    Well the reason I find it to be good is its Biotic Slash power, I goes right through walls, travels quite a distance and is great for setting off biotic detonations with an Asari Justicar, N7 Fury or any Adepts on the team. He also seems to execute it at a faster rate do more overall damage than the Phoenix Adept’s Biotic Smash, although it does lack the increased armour damage. The fact he can teleport through walls means he is great for getting to objectives in a hurry and avoiding enemies when overwhelmed.

    I too hope the Volus Vanguard will be as powerful as the Adept and Engineer versions if not more so, though the locked image seems to depict him either tripping or floating awkwardly in the air, lol. I love the way they put the Volus on creates in the appearance menu to emphasize their short stature, priceless.

  4. But that’s the problem – don’t play as a vanguard. I can if I want. I hate how fucking eric fagnan ruined the game by not balancing everything so people think the vanguard isn’t a gold or platinum class. I solo or duo with vanguards all the time. It might be glitchy but it isn’t always.

    • Keep in mind this original post was written a year ago, since then many things have changed in the game and many of the glitching problems seem to have been fixed. Gold level matches are the new silver and playing as a Vanguard is definitely a viable build. I commonly carry PUGs as an Asari Vanguard on gold with heavily buffed lift grenade/biotic charging. You just have to be responsible and not end up dead on the other side of the map, leaving you a liability to your team.

  5. point 2 : I played a platinum match with me adept , 3 tech , and I was continuously detonating fire & tech combos every 2 sec , with throw and wrap , I think it’s a very strong combination
    point 8 : vanguards with acolyte/reager completely destroy cerebrus & geth on gold , on platinum though ,it’s better to depend on weapons (ATRaider after charge ^_^) , generally take care of the weak foes while your team concentrate on bosses ..

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