Every fortnight Bioware run an event for Mass Effect 3’s online multiplayer featuring goals for individuals or squads and an overall goal for the whole ME3 community to aim for. For each of the weekend’s two goals a free pack of in-game goodies is up for grabs and sometimes additional rewards, such as an increase in medi-gel capacity, are also dangled carrot-like in front of us players.
Details of this weekend’s event, Operation Vigilance, have been posted on Bioware’s blog and in their forum where you can ask questions and get feedback and clarification. The Squad Goal for this weekend is to “complete up to and including wave 10 on any difficulty without using a consumable (medi-gel, ammo, Ops pack or Cobra missile launcher)”. At least you won’t have to worry about being overrun while waiting for the shuttle home.
It is a particular problem on PS3 as we do not get an in-game notification of the weekend operations unlike PC and Xbox 360 players.
The Allied Goal or overall community goal for this weekend is to “complete 250,000 escort missions on any difficulty”. As the three objective rounds (waves 3, 6 and 10) that you get within a mission are random we are all just going to have to play a lot of missions. Though Bioware may well help by increasing the frequency of escort missions over the weekend.
For successful completion of the individual goal players will be awarded a Commendation Pack and should the allied goal be completed then everyone who played over the weekend, regardless of individual success, will be awarded a Victory Pack.
Even if you have played some ME3 online you may not be aware that the reward packs are the only places that you can get some of the better guns in the multiplayer game, namely the Collector Rifle, N7 Valiant, N7 Crusader, N7 Eagle and N7 Hurricane.
Operation Vigilance starts at 18:00 BST (GMT/UTC+1) on Friday 7th September and runs through until the early hours of Monday 10th for those of us in the UK. Bioware have not (at the time of writing) posted the end time but it is usually about midnight Sunday as witnessed on the US East Coast if memory serves.
If you want to be sure of the squad goal you could try soloing a mission. Experience would suggest using a Krogan Vanguard, with the Stronghold gear bonus equipped if you have it at higher levels, against Cerberus on a Bronze mission.
What kit and equipment would you suggest for soloing a mission?