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Lets begin with the brand new maps. First up is Condor. For those of you that have played through the single player campaign, you will notice very well where Condor is located. It is a small base located on one of the moons of Palaven, the Turian home planet. The other map is Hydra, a large dam built on the ruins of an abandon Quarian settlement. Both maps offer a fresh coat of paint for those of you multiplayer fanatics that seem to be getting bored with the same old co-op maps, and the fact that they are offered for free can’t hurt at all. Both maps are well designed and give a little more longevity to the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer expereince.
Also included in the DLC are six, all new playable characters available for Mass Effect 3′s cooperative multiplayer. When you download them, however, you will have to unlock them just as you would previous races and classes. The new characters are:
- Asari Justicar Adept
- Krogan Battlemaster Vanguard
- Geth Infiltrator
- Geth Engineer
- Batarian Soldier
- Batarian Sentinel
As you can see, there are six new characters to choose from, four of which are from new playable races such as the geth and the batarians. So for all you Legion fans, you finally get a chance to play as the ‘collective whole’.
Lastly, there are three new weapons to add to your arsenal. First we have the Striker Assault Rifle. It is a krogan inspired firearm that provides very effective explosive rounds. The other two guns are brought to you by the new playable races. The batarians bring with them a powerful, one shot rifle that can cause bleed-outs or disruptions by the name of the Kishock Harpoon Gun. And the geth weapon of choice is the Geth Plasma SMG, a fully automatic geth standard machine gun. These weapons are available to all characters and are not race specific.
After having played with the Mass Effect 3: Resurgence DLC, I am quite pleased. The amount of goodies that have been included should make any fan of the multiplayer proud, and considering the price tag of zero dollars, there is really no reason anyone with Mass Effect 3 shouldn’t download this content. The maps are well designed, the characters are fresh and exciting and you get a few new weapons to tote around so you feel like a man. It is a bit shameful that you need to unlock the characters, but it gives you more incentive to raise the levels of your galactic readiness. One can only wonder if Electronic Arts and BioWare are making this content free to the public because of the “terrible ending fiasco” or maybe in light of their recent award of the “Worst Company in America”. It can never be certain why EA has chosen to release free downloadable content for a triple A title, but whatever the reason, everyone that owns this game should most certainly take advantage of it.