I Have to Win. – by Jeff
The Alliance Soldier is not powerful like the krogan, not graceful like the asari, not cunning like the salarians, not stealthy like the drell, not technologically savvy like the quarians, and not as disciplined as the turians. But the humans that enlist in the Alliance Navy know that they have to get the job done. Considering what they have had to face since the start of the Mass Effect series, he/she needs to be ready to face anything. Humanity is still considered young and fledgling amongst the other species in the galactic community. And acting like they do, many have their eyes on them. That is why each soldier needs to push him/herself on the battlefield. Every shot, every manuever, every thought is looked at under a microscope. That soldier has to win at the end of the day. With humanity under a microscope, every action counts. With all the different threats humanity faces as it struggles to find its place on the galactic stage, they need to be ready for anything. They have to win.
Adrenaline Rush: Damage (4), Power Duration (5), Shield Boost (6)
-This way, you can hit hard when you’re ready and you won’t get ripped apart right away if you step out of cover. Simple, yet effective. The Soldier isn’t meant to be fantastic with fancy tech/biotic powers. He’s paid to shoot and kill the enemy. I find myself not relying on it that much, and more so on Concussive Shot. But it’s great when you require concentrated fire.
Concussive Shot: Level 3
-You only need to knock the enemy on his ass (or be a cheapskate with your ammo). Even if you stagger the enemy, it keeps him in place for you to pulverize him with your shotgun or your assault rifle depending on how close you are. Every second counts. Outside of Frag Grenade, this is your primary power that you’ll be using.
Frag Grenade: Damage (4), Max Grenades (5), Armor Piercing (6)
-I find the Frag Grenade to be the staple of my attack. Drawing the enemy into a chokepoint and throwing a grenade can cripple if not kill several mooks at once even without the radius bonus. Once you learn how to throw the frag grenade, you will be a threat in many forms. The Armor-Piercing ability will help against Ravagers, Brutes, and anything else that lost its shields/barriers.
Alliance Training: Weapon Damage (4), Headshots (5), Weapon Damage (6)
-This is all about what the Soldier does best, gunning down the enemy and nothing more. Even with basic weapons, you can do quite the amount of damage. If you’re feeling lucky and skillful, swap the shotgun with a sniper rifle and really take advantage of the headshot bonus. Otherwise, use mods that boost your accuracy and aiming abilities and the Avenger will do the job.
Fitness: Durability (4), Shield Recharge (5)
-The Melee bonus you get at Level 3 will be all you need. You’ll be meleeing mooks and crippled lieutenants. Anything else at close range gets shotgun treatment before or after your heavy melee attack. This is tantamount to the Soldier’s need to win, not to look fantastic. Who cares if you’re ‘boring’. No soldier complains about boredom on the battlefield. He/she is happy to be able to walk off the battlefield at the end of the day.
Primary: M-8 Avenger: Your bread and butter. Easy to use, surprisingly effective with power and accuracy. If you get a Phaeston, use that instead with scope and damage output.
Secondary: M-27 Scimitar: Not extremely powerful, but effective for the frantic one with an enemy in his face. If you miss, you can quickly fire again and hope you hit your mark.
While effective at long range, you will do best at medium range even with the shotgun. If using the assault rifle, take advantage of choke points. With the scope, you can easily line up several shots and unload. If the enemy gets close, switch to the Scimitar. If the enemy is too close, use the Heavy Melee. If the enemy survives, blast him with the Scimitar. If the enemy is bunched up, Frag them.
The Soldier will run into problems though against advanced enemies such as Phantoms and Brutes. While not weak to them, the Soldier will have trouble combatting them. Ally with someone who will compensate for your offensive weaknesses as the build tries to be strong but inches closer to defense rather than offense. You will want an Adept or Engineer in your team to supplement your weaknesses. In return, you protect them with your undying resilience.
You can opt the sniper rifle in over the shotgun, but you’ll be fighting from further away as your close quarter encounters will be hazardous (Husks, Phantoms, Geth Hunters). If you do come across a Phantom/Hunter, use your Concussive shot, then frantically fire the Scimitar and pray it kills them.
There’s a war out there. A big one. The war of all wars. And you HAVE to win.
N00b Rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for everybody!)
1.5. I’m going to say the newb (I have faith in newbies) rating is a 1.5. Very easy build to use for the person just getting started in ME3′s Multiplayer.
-edits by Lucien Midnight