BioWare released Mass Effect 3′s Earth DLC pack July 17th, and now that I’ve had the chance to unlock and play around with a few of the N7 classes, I’ve got to say it’s awesome. The new maps are cool, the classes are game-changing, and the new weapons are a welcome addition to the already-blistering array of guns available. BioWare’s been expanding on the available multiplayer content pretty rapidly since Mass Effect 3′s release back in March, including the Resurgence and Rebellion packs, arguably as a way to placate the large, angry mob some of the fanbase has turned into over many of the game’s perceived problems, such as the controvertial ending (which has been – hopefully – fixed).
The only problem is that the game the DLC is built upon is inherently broken, and not enough has been done to fix it.
A multitude of bugs have existed since the game’s release and have yet to be fixed. Here’s a few examples that I ran into on the Playstation 3, both back when the game launched and within the last week:
- Large FPS drops on PS3, especially outdoors
- Enemies disappear (like the Banshee that was right in front of me)
- Camera anomalies (erratic movement when leaning out of cover
- Sound cutting out
- Voice chat stuttering
- Black screen / freezing after mission ends
- Getting stuck in cover / unable to move
- Bouncing / Teleporting after revival in multiplayer
- Continuous weapon firing effect, even when not shooting
A lot of these issues are being experienced by players on other platforms, and some of them are downright game-breaking. It’s alarming that they haven’t been fixed for over four months after the game’s release. BioWare, you fixed up the endings, and you’ve given us plenty of DLC to hold us over. Now it’s time to roll up the sleeves and figure these bugs out. The DLC is nice, but if the game they’re built on has flaws – and major ones – it’s going to impair our gaming experience no matter how many new maps, guns, or classes you give us to play with. “Assemble your team” and squash these bugs, even if you need to pull members off of your DLC development teams.
If you’ve experienced any bugs not mentioned above, please let us know in the comments below. We’re looking to compile a complete list of bugs, and with your help, we can inform BioWare on what to do to make Mass Effect 3 a perfect gaming experience.