Mass Effect 3′s Galaxy at War Extensions: a Shooter Mobile Game and Texts from Characters
BioWare and Electronic Arts have finally given out some details about what we can expect from Galaxy at War, the larger meta-game that ties in with the plot of Mass Effect 3 and its on-going war with the Reapers. We now know there will be a pair of mobile apps that work with the system in addition to ME3′s cooperative multiplayer — a game called Mass Effect: Infiltrator and an app called Datapad.
Mass Effect: Infiltrator takes a page from the successful and awesome Dead Space iOS game EA published last year, throwing out a third-person shooter. There aren’t many more details than that at this point, except that the game will feature “stunning graphics and authentic weapons and powers from the Mass Effect series.” Hopefully it won’t be anything like Mass Effect Galaxy, a terrible tilt-based top-down ME mobile title that bridged the stories of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, used comic book art and storytelling, and was generally no fun at all to play.
Mass Effect Data Pad, on the other hand, is less game and more media tie-in, sounding a bit like the Mass Effect Facebook thing that EA just made available. Data Pad includes a galaxy map that shows you how the war with the Reapers is going, and it does have a mini-game that lets you deploy troops to fight it. You can also receive messages from in-game characters, apparently.
I’m still not clear on just how all this stuff will factor into Galaxy at War (expect some synergy through Origin, so if you were hoping to avoid getting an Origin account, you’re probably out of luck now) or into the larger Mass Effect 3 story. We do know that winning the war against the Reapers is made possible with Galaxy at War and its various extensions, and that affects your ME3 ending. Whether any of this stuff will actually be fun, however, remains to be seen. Maintaining healthy, but hopeful, skepticism.