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Mass Effect 3 Perfect Ending Sometimes Not Exactly Perfect

Mass Effect 3 Perfect Ending Sometimes Not Exactly Perfect
There's been quite a bit of confusion and concern by die hard players seeking a perfect ending in Mass Effect 3. What happens is that if you only play single-player the Galactic Readiness stays at 50% if you don't play the multiplayer or the iOS game, Infiltrator.

In a forum post BioWare's Jarrett Lee attempts to clarify exactly what will determine the ending, "You do NOT have to play multiplayer to get the best single-player endings."

Jarrett Lee offers a bit more clarification:
Your ending(s) are determined by your "Effective Military Strength" (let's call it EMS for now) bar. Focus on that bar - that is your indicator of how well you will do in the end-game.You can maximize your EMS just by collecting War Assets in the single-player game.

There is a certain threshhold of these you would need to exceed (I can't get too specific) but I can tell you there are MORE than the required amount that can be gathered in the single-player campaign.

"Galactic Readiness" is a modifier you can improve by playing multiplayer. That is to say, if you play a lot of multiplayer, you will need less War Assets from single-player to fill up your EMS bar (ie it will balance out the requirements to account for you playing in both modes).  Single-player game play does not impact that bar.

EMS = success. EMS can be maximized via collecting war assets alone, even if your Galactic Readiness is 50

So there you go - all cleared up now.  Got it?

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