Mass Effect’s Resurgence Pack: Get to Know Your Fringe Species


I find the introduction of Mass Effect 3’s Resurgence Pack with a lot of nice touches, outside of the tangible content. In case you haven’t heard, the Resurgence Pack is a multiplayer expansion DLC pack which brings two new maps and several new items to receive from reinforcement packs. Geth, Batarians, as well as Asari Justicars and Krogan Vanguards with a few new weapons to balance it all out can now be found in reinforcement packs. All this new content is presumed to be gold level rarity for drops.

First, let’s touch on the small touches I like that you might miss.

Geth

First, not only is the Geths’ racial passive Networked AI, but their version of Fitness is called Advanced Hardware. Kind of makes your Geth sound like a heavily armed electronics store. Also, being a frigg’in robot, it’s been discovered that upgrading health (in other words, Advanced Hardware) also subtly decreases your shield recharge delay. Shields are built into your very body afterall.

Hunter Mode is the Geths’ unique racial power. If you sat down and talked to Legion in ME2, you’ll appreciate Legion’s comparison between recreational drug use among organics and overclocking. Hunter Mode magnifies many offensive attributes like movement speed and damage. You can even upgrade it to decrease power recharge even though it has no inherent recharge penalties. However, you shields are weakened by 50% as that energy is probably being diverted to processing power.

Geth do not intentionally infiltrate

I just appreciate how Hunter Mode works a lot more after realizing Legion already alluded to it with overclocking.

Geth Engineer is definitely an amazing asset for any N7 team that needs to hunker down and defend a position. Their Geth Turret is the only power in the game that remotely resembles a medic’s healing ability. When deployed, not only does it function like the Quarian’s Sentry Turret, it provides continual shield recharging, letting you and your team bounce back from enemy fire faster than ever.

Geth Infiltrators can activate both Hunter Mode and Tactical Cloak, receiving a huge damage bonus to offense while the cloak’s invisibility mitigates your weakened shields with stealth elements.

But probably the coolest thing is that Geth receive an additional damage bonus when handling Geth weapons. This probably lends credence to the theory that Geth weapons have a minute amount of AI installed on them. So of course, Geth are more effective when networked.

Batarians

I’ve long considered Batarians to be the Earth equivalents to rogue, middle-eastern countries and communists; acknowledged in The Batarian government is also as paranoid as its Earth comparisons, keeping its citizens in Batarian space, practically under martial law. Their isolation can be seen in Batarians’ choice in holographic technology. Most Citadel space species use omni-blades with their tools but Batarian omni-tools instead generate spiked gauntlets. While most soldiers like Sentinels use Tech Armor, Batarian Sentinels generate Blade Armor, which is made to encourage melee combat and punish other melee fighters.

Batarians are definitely rough around the edges when it comes to politics but as warriors with a fury tempered by the invasion of the Reapers, they are definitely in a league of their own with brutally powerful weapons. Weapons such as the Batarian Soldier’sBallistic Blades and the introduced Kishrok Harpoon Gun further cementing the Batarians’ image as brutal soldiers who don’t care about efficiency and more about maximizing the pain dealt. Both weapons do inflict a unique bleed damage after all. Who wouldn’t bleed after a face full of spikes and a harpoon impaling you?

As a special note, increasing a Batarian’s racial passive, Batarian Enforcer, increases spare thermal clip capacity. If you want to use a weapon with low capacity like the Claymore, a Batarian would be glad to handle it for you.politics for their weight but largely ignored due to their unstable political relations and violence. Batarians have had a long history of illegal activity and slave rings. Here’s something to drive home their history with slaving: the Batarian Sentinel has a power called the Submission Net.

We promise not to sell you into slavery!

The Batarian government is also as paranoid as its Earth comparisons, keeping its citizens in Batarian space, practically under martial law. Their isolation can be seen in Batarians’ choice in holographic technology. Most Citadel space species use omni-blades with their tools but Batarian omni-tools instead generate spiked gauntlets. While most soldiers like Sentinels use Tech Armor, Batarian Sentinels generate Blade Armor, which is made to encourage melee combat and punish other melee fighters.

Batarians are definitely rough around the edges when it comes to politics but as warriors with a fury tempered by the invasion of the Reapers, they are definitely in a league of their own with brutally powerful weapons. Weapons such as the Batarian Soldier’sBallistic Blades and the introduced Kishrok Harpoon Gun further cementing the Batarians’ image as brutal soldiers who don’t care about efficiency and more about maximizing the pain dealt. Both weapons do inflict a unique bleed damage after all. Who wouldn’t bleed after a face full of spikes and a harpoon impaling you?

As a special note, increasing a Batarian’s racial passive, Batarian Enforcer, increases spare thermal clip capacity. If you want to use a weapon with low capacity like the Claymore, a Batarian would be glad to handle it for you.

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One day in 1994, a child traveled to Fresno to visit his relatives when, on his birthday, he was given a Sega Genesis. Thus started a chain reaction that began a life of video gaming and skyrocketing oil prices (probably). In all seriousness, Strider has been reading video game journalism for the better part of 17 years of his life and what does he have to show for it? A BA in journalism and contributed articles everywhere from Bitmob to Destructoid. Currently looking for his dream writing job.