Mass Effect 3 is going to be a lot more challenging than the previous games. Given the increased stakes, that probably makes sense. "Veteran difficulty from Mass Effect 1 and 2 will be on par with normal difficulty in Mass Effect 3," BioWare admitted.
The added challenge not only makes the reapers a more terrifying threat, but encourages players to give Galaxy at War a chance. While fully optional, the franchise's new online co-op mode will make it easier for players to achieve a "good" ending by increasing the "Readiness Rating," a score that will determine the type of ending you can get by the endgame.
So, what if you can't handle the increased difficulty and Shepard fails to save the galaxy? @Gamer magazine notes that "if the Reapers beat you the first time around, you can always return to you previous save game and collect more resources." Multiplayer will help you continuously augment your single player shortcomings.
Mass Effect 3 will be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on March 6th.