Mass Effect 3’s March 6th release date is rapidly approaching, and EA has chosen to whet our appetites with plenty of footage in the meantime. The latest trailer, “Special Forces” focuses on the game’s Galaxy At War multiplayer mode, and more specifically, the available races and classes you’ll be using.
If you haven’t been following Mass Effect 3’s progress, Galaxy At War is the game’s cooperative multiplayer component. You and up to three other players team up to take down waves of increasingly difficult enemies and complete objectives. Think of it like Horde Mode from the Gears of War series, only with different classes, RPG, and story elements. Head past the break to see the trailer, and a rundown of every race and class.
Abilities: Adrenaline Rush, Concussive Shot, Frag Grenade
Overview: Soldiers are the most straight-forward class in the game. No fancy biotics, just guns, grenades, and guts. They’re the ideal choice for beginners.
Abilities: Incinerate, Cryo Blast, Sentry Turret
Overview: Engineers tend to carry shotguns and pistols instead of the full compliment of armaments, but they make up for it with technical abilities that cause elemental damage. Not the best for charging into a fight, but the sentry turret ability makes them great support characters.
Abilities: Biotic Charge, Pull, Cluster Grenade
Overview: Vanguards are essentially a mix of the Soldier and Adept classes, and utilize a combination of biotic abilities and standard weaponry. Another good choice for beginners thanks to their range of abilities, though more skilled players will find a lot of nuance with the Vanguard class.
Abilities: Warp, Overload, Tech Armor
Overview: Like Vanguards, Sentinels are a mix of classes – Soldier and Engineer. They tend top specialize in sniping, as well as damaging enemy systems like armor and biotic shielding.
Abilities: Biotic Charge, Stasis, Lift Grenade
Overview: Rather than making the Asari character an Adept with a full compliment of biotic abilities, the Asari also takes on a Vanguard role, though with differnt abilities than their Drell counterparts to prevent redundancy.
Abilities: Energy Drain, Tactical Cloak, Proximity Mine
Overview: Infiltrators are the stealthy tricksters of the Mass Effect universe. They’re great for flanking maneuvers and can easily surprise a distracted group of enemies.
Abilities: Carnage, Fortification, Inferno Grenade
Overview: Krogan are the the damage sponges of the game – the perfect fit for the Soldier class. Their mighty charge can scatter enemies in every direction, dealing big damage in the process.