If you’ve just picked up Mass Effect Legendary Edition, you might be wondering if there’s any way you can play it with friends. Well, is there?
Mass Effect Legendary Edition bundles up the first three games from the Mass Effect series. The first Mass Effect was released in 2007, with Mass Effect 2 and 3 following in 2010 and 2012 respectively. But can you play any of them in co-op or multiplayer?
The answer is no: Mass Effect Legendary Edition is completely a single-player affair. There’s no in-game co-op or any extraneous multiplayer features to be found. So if you were looking to play it with friends, you’re out of luck.
The original release of Mass Effect 3 did include a multiplayer mode, however, which tied into the game’s ‘Galaxy at War’ system. It let up to four players team up, and they were challenged to survive waves of incoming enemies. The end goal was not only to gain valuable resources, but also increase Galactic Readiness. Together, they raised your Effective Military Strength – a factor that affected the outcome of the game.
Sadly, this multiplayer mode has been removed from Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Instead, Bioware has tweaked how ‘Galactic Readiness’ works so that it no longer takes into account your multiplayer performance; rather, it counts your in-game activities from across all three games.
So: there’s no way to play any of the three games with friends either locally or online. But if you were worried about the balance of the game with no multiplayer Galaxy at War mode available, you don’t need to fret.
Enjoy saving the world, Commander.