ME3 is similar, in that you're scanning for various war assets to help you win the war. Except that they deliberately nerfed all of the resources by 50% unless you played multiplayer. And, frankly, they can fuck off. I have no objection to there being an optional multiplayer part of the game, but I'm not going to be forced to play it in order to win the single-player part of the game.
So the first thing I did was go here, and follow the instructions under War Assets to make finding them much easier, and the number of points they give you much higher. I could also tweak the guns, money, powers, etc. But I'm not going to, because that part of the game is actually fun, and a large part of the reason I'm playing in the first place!
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