A Lot Less Conversation: ME 3’s MegaWorm

By Alec Meer on December 14th, 2011 at 10:34 am.

Baldy baldy cowardy man

It’s going to be Mass Effect trailers from here until March I reckon, at which point we can finally play the game and enjoy the conversation as well as the guns. This new’un resolutely focuses on the latter, or more specifically giant space beasts at war as tiny ManShep legs it around a collapsing cityscape in their wake. Spectacular stuff, but scripted from here to eternity and all a bit Gears of Warsy.

FemShep wouldn’t run. FemShep would look at the giant worm sternly, and it would feel ashamed (and not a little afraid) and disappear back into the bowels of the planet.

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  1. The Tupper says:

    Did we not all (ALL of us, you hear?) agree that Shep is a wummin?

    Edit: By the way, was it one of you RPS chaps who wrote the original PC Gamer review for the first Mass Effect? If so, thanks for giving me the heads-up about how much better the fem-shep performance was than genero-bloke. My entire ME experience would have been drastically diminished were it not for that.

    • ThTa says:

      I honestly can’t stand Hale’s overdramatic inflection and constant attempts to sound tough.
      But apparantly, the consensus is that Meer sounds like a robot for not doing the former, so I’ll hold my tongue, beyond that.

    • Orija says:

      Why can’t he be either man or woman?

    • Nim says:

      I’d like to make aware to you the fact that not everyone prefers Jennifer Hale. She does a good job and so does Mark Meer. I play male Shepard because I prefer Meer’s voice over Hale’s. I also lack this pathological need to praise and make canon a female version of commander Shepard while simultaneously insulting and speaking ill of the preferences of fans of the other gender. One is not better than the other, they are roughly equal in quality but with different intonations on words which seem to give them different characters.

      I’d also like to see Mass Effect articles where this tired discussion about the gender of Shepard is absent. It is not productive, it does not add to the article, it’s just unnecessary. Respect each person’s choice of gender for their respective character.

    • The Tupper says:

      I was only kidding: people can play any way they want. I’m just a guy on the internet – don’t take my comments seriously.

    • Monkey says:

      I wonder if one of the many forthcoming videos we won’t have the boring, “i play shep as a woman, i think differently to the proscribed norms, blah blah blah”

      Plus i never liked Hale’s monotone voice acting sounds like it should be in a porn movie

      /rant

    • bill says:

      Well, I only started to play mass effect 1 last month… and driven my my pre-knowledge from RPS i made the effort to find the hidden female character generator, and to try and make a female character who didn’t look weird.
      But the female shep is so far totally characterless, uninvolving and rather unlikeable. I guess that’s the character rather than the actor, but if the male one is worse…

      Anyway, I haven’t touched it for weeks as it wouldn’t let me quicksave in a long mission, and I seem to be missing the way to activate any interesting abilities in combat. So it’s just all dull and uninvolving.

    • eclipse mattaru says:

      Why is it that every ManShep fan gets so touchy whenever someone brings up the whole The-Only-Right-Shep-Is-The-FemShep thing? I find it particularly odd, considering that about 140% of the time they’re reacting like that at a joke. Are ManShep fans a bunch of crybabies or do they just have no sense of humor?

      Or maybe it’s Meer posting with seven thousand different aliases?

    • Dave says:

      i would laugh my arse off if that’s Nimloth and Tuppence having a set to about gender roles in computer games.

      If its neither of you two i apologise.

      also your both wrong or something.

    • Tyrone Slothrop. says:

      @Nim

      She does a good job and so does Mark Meer.
      …so does Mark Meer.”

      I have no words for how wrong this is. He’s terrible, utterly fucking terrible. Fuck, I’d take the original Deus Ex‘s heidious Chinese accents… at least they had character.

    • The Tupper says:

      @ Dave

      No, my full name is Rear Admiral (Ret.) Godfrey Smallholding-le-Tupper. I know not who this ‘Tuppence’ fellow is.

      But I would concur that, when vouching an opinion, I am usually wrong.

    • Apples says:

      I’d play as ManShep if he was voiced by whoever voiced JC. THAT’s how to do monotone properly!

    • Rao Dao Zao says:

      Well, Shepard from ME2 onwards IS augmented.

    • Mad Hamish says:

      @eclipse mattaru

      I think manshep players and indeed players such as myself who don’t give a crap about it, get annoyed because every discussion about Mass Effect is plagued by this femshep is best meme. The conversation is better served if we actually talk about the game.

      edit:it’s like when idiots spam the first page of comments with puns.

    • Redsplinter says:

      @Monkey:

      “Plus i never liked Hale’s monotone voice acting sounds like it should be in a porn movie”

      …That’s kinda… one of the main reasons there are so many FemShep fanatics.

      Particularly if you prefer Renegade style decision making.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      I started re-playing Mass Effect 1 with femshep, and I was a little disappointed to find that the experience wasn’t a million times better. I think the hype is a little over the top, even if the voice acting seems better. In any case, I’ve played the same manshep through both games and couldn’t bear to switch now. Of course, my shep is a scarred and pockmarked disciplinarian whose approach to most situations is “put a gun to their head”, so he doesn’t end up being that bland.

    • atticus says:

      I for one am having some problems with Meers Canadian accent.

      No offence to Canadians, they’re great. I believe that damned South Park-movie is to blame.

      Every time I hear a Canadian accent I’m half expection Terrance & Philip to jump on to the screen and fart in the speakers face.

    • I_have_no_nose_but_I_must_sneeze says:

      The FemShep meme might be annoying but I’m glad it exists and is perpetuated by RPS, as an antidote to the fact that every single trailer for the game uses a generic male marine hoo-hah type of character.

    • Ringwraith says:

      Well, it is the default face they’re using, which they paid money for (as it’s actually modelled on a Dutch guy’s face if I recall it correctly), so it’s no surprise they use it for stuff.
      They also tend to go for mostly neutral dialouge options in trailers I’ve noticed.

    • Mad Hamish says:

      @I_have_no_nose_but_I_must_sneeze

      Why that bothers you I have no idea. Trailers? really? They’re not even representative of the games anymore. Why does the gender of some lad in a trailer matter?

    • datom says:

      @Mad Hamish

      You don’t like tangential discussions and you think pun-spamming is idiotic. Are you in the right place?

      TURN RIGHT FOR THE ORIGIN FORUMS.

    • The Tupper says:

      Mad Hamish, I think you should change your name – you’re not just mad, you’re ‘FURIOUS HAMISH!’.

    • Bhazor says:

      I think Hales failure to sound tough is probably down to the writing and possibly the way Bioware records voicework. Essentially she (and the rest of the cast) reads all her lines out in isolation and then they just swap them in and out. Thats why you never get characters talking over each other and why theres an almost audible clunk between lines at times when the character suddenly goes “GRAWWWW my family are dead!!!” and then back to politely answering your questions.

      When Fluttershy can sound like a more convincing bad ass you need to look at your scripts.

    • I_have_no_nose_but_I_must_sneeze says:

      Mad Hamish, it’s true, if I based my purchasing decisions solely on trailers and other promotional material, then I’d probably end up with a lot of terrible games and miss out on the ones that are worth playing. However, I do think it’s a shame that Hale’s voice acting is not showcased more by Bioware, as I think she’s done a really good job with the character.

    • Monkey says:

      Too clarify. A bad porn movie with only a brief glimpse of side boob (which i suppose isn’t really a porn movie).

      Anyhow i didn’t like Hale’s voice acting, plus i don’t like the thought of who would i rather my character have romantic cut scenes* with, Garrus or Thane?

      *check out that side boob

    • Mad Hamish says:

      @ my detractors

      There are places to go on the internet for the repetition of nonsensical memes and already tired discussions. Keep the strings puns for the likes or reddit, the structure of the comments section there makes it easy for it to accommodate And datom, RPS has always had someone making puns. It’s the 20 or failed attempts at humour after obscuring actual discussion that are idiotic.

      @I_have_no_nose_but_I_must_sneeze

      Yes, ideally it would be apparent that Shepard can be of either gender. However it’s old prejudices and ideas about demographics which go way beyond the world of games that decide these type of things.

      Edit: for the record I thought all the VOs in the ME games were pretty good. It was the direction that was sometimes terrible. It’s often like the actors weren’t told that the character delivering these lines behind cover, in a battle on a floating platform about to be destroyed. They don’t even raise their voice.

    • Tomkan says:

      3.6.12 or 6.3.12? Can’t believe this shit.

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      mpk says:

      @Mad Hamish

      That’s not specific to Mass Effect though. It’s something that’s always annoyed me in game.

    • MadMatty says:

      What you febs dont seem to get, is that, like me, femshep is a f*cking pro- we´ll shoot 3 men in the face, without even skipping a line in our cell phone convos with our mums.

      Thats why shes flat. Her pulse never moves.

  2. gingerpembers says:

    Brarg, I never finished ME2 because the dialouge grind was too overpowering.

    Me: “Tell me space creature, if you will, what is the spiritual belief system of your planet in all its detail?”

    Gnuffen: “Well, *snark*, short version…”

    Me: “No, no, long please”

    *4 hours later*

    Gnuffen: “So that’s why I need you to deliver this letter”

    /fnard

    • f1x says:

      I don’t really see the problem with long dialogues as long as they are interesting,
      which for Mass Effect mostly were

    • Cyberpope says:

      you there! heavily armed space marine! do you think i should get my baby vaccinated?

    • The Tupper says:

      I didn’t finish ME2 either – it’s still sitting on my shelf, glowering. I’m not sure exactly why, but it didn’t engage me that much. I don’t think it was the dialogue (the franchise is a bold attempt at bringing proper space opera to the masses – always a good thing), but I do remember feeling a bit peeved when the Cerberus news feed seemed designed primarily to sell DLC to me, rather than to encourage exploration of the game I had already purchased.

    • f1x says:

      Well the cerberus thing was pretty crap actually, its only for DLC but the problem is somehow when I tried to use my key (the one that comes with the original game) it said “already in use”, which is yes.. weird (actually I remember this happening with HL2 aswell…) but the problem is it prevented me from using cerberus network at all, not just some of the DLC
      and I mailed them and they said only solution : buy another cerberus key … YEAH RIGHT.

    • The Tupper says:

      It was a while ago now, so my memory is patchy but registering and setting the thing up seemed to take a bloody age as well.

    • Ringwraith says:

      @The Original Comment

      If anything, ME2 had less infodumps of conversations, and the thing with Mass Effect has been that pretty much all of the incidental lore is completely avoidable, just don’t pick any ‘Investiage’ options.

    • Bhazor says:

      Mass Effect dialog is Bioware writing down to a tee. It is absolutely… fine. Completely Ok.

  3. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    That’s not Mass effect, that’s Megaportalturret versus UltraTheThingworm.

    regarding the gender question: Sheperd is now both, as seen in the above screenshot.

    • The Tupper says:

      He does have rather comely hips, now you mention it.

    • Furius says:

      Anyone else noitce that Male Shepard was ever so slightly camp in ME2 in some of his stances and mannerisms? I’m guessing they used a woman for the mocap and implemented it for both male and fem Shep. If this is the case, then I guess FemShep really is the *real* one, and MaleShep is just a crossdressing imposter.

      Or it was just a side-effect or of the Larazous Project.

    • The Tupper says:

      Yeah – when reassembling Shepard they couldn’t find one (important) piece.

    • Apples says:

      @Furius: There’s some severely odd body language/structure going on with a lot of the human males in ME. That hilarious gay porn angle and lighting on sweaty Kaiden in ME1, Jacob’s nonexistent hips in ME2…

  4. Njordsk says:

    Would make a good film.

  5. spasticman91 says:

    Picture needs strutting leo photoshopped in.

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    stahlwerk says:

    I knew it! The thrasher thresher maws are behind everything!

  7. Nim says:

    What happened to the time-and-time-again-proved Reaper tactic of simply nuking everything into oblivion from space?

    • Avish says:

      Inconsistency is a major part of the Mass effect lore.

    • ThTa says:

      That was never a tactic, considering they intend to “assimilate” the people and eliminate the resistance systematically, not burn the whole population to a crisp.

    • ReV_VAdAUL says:

      Yeah as ThTa says the Reapers were never about nuking people en masse. The ending to ME 1 and the direct assault on the citadel was part of their often repeated plan to centralise galactic government in one place and then destroy it as well as destroying the relay network. While the surviving civilisations were cut off and struggling to reorganise they were systematically “assimilated”. Because the citadel survived this time the Reapers have had to change up somewhat but “assimilating” rather than exterminating is still the objective.

    • Nim says:

      Tosal Nym, Aphras, Bothros, Etamis, Joab

    • ReV_VAdAUL says:

      I stand corrected.

      Only guess I could give is that with most of the galaxy at their mercy in previous invasions the Reapers felt more free to wipe out particular strong points for resistance because there were plenty of other planets to “assimilate”.

      Not that you don’t make a good point, I just like theorising on stuff like this.

    • Bhazor says:

      “Hey I know, before we conquer these primitive races lets make sure they have a strong central government that can amass a vast multi race armada to defend themselves.”

      “Orbital cannon? Pussies! Imma go down there and punch this Shepard guy to death!”

      “Oh my god! A snake that can killed with small caliber armour piercing rounds! The lazers I used to destroy whole battlefleets are useless and my ship crusing claws can’t crush chitin for some reason”

      Codex “Space battles are fought at distances of 50,000 miles or more”
      In game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKIbuNajk6U&feature=related

      Also what if the sentient races decided to use Citadel as a giant sports center or just decided that maybe basing an entire civilisation around a building they have 0 control over (including no access to life support) isn’t the best idea? Would they have had to ask for directions?

  8. rustybroomhandle says:

    Thresher maw.

  9. apocraphyn says:

    “Megaworm” confirmed for love interest. There must be some reason why it’s attacking the Reaper so fervently.

    “Get awf o’my maaan!!”

  10. flib says:

    The Thresher Maw is nothing new to Mass Effect. In fact, this looks like Tuchanka, where they used a similar machine to summon a Thresher maw for Grunt’s loyalty mission in ME2.

  11. WhatKateDoes says:

    “FemShep wouldn’t run. FemShep would look at the giant worm sternly, and it would feel ashamed (and not a little afraid) and disappear back into the bowels of the planet.”

    Pure comedy genius, and I applaud you for it :) \o/ Its gamer’s choice which gender they wish to play in the game, and *any* game that allows the choice and makes the effort to produce genuinely appropriate content for either is to be praised. +1 for Saints Row 3 in this category too.

    My real complaint is that I cant have my shep wearing specs like I do.. but then I dont want to encourage hat-style DLC either lol

    http://t.co/uny9Hgmm

  12. WhatKateDoes says:

    Also.. odd as it may seem – I find most of the running shooting stuff in Mass Effect generally quite boring.. I almost wish it was purely choice based RPGing with maybe a bit of shooty/flying/space stuff more pseudo Bridge Commander type thing..

    …but then I used to like “interactive CDrom movies” lol

    • The Tupper says:

      I loved Bridge Commander. Wish there was something like it around nowadays. Having said that, there probably is and I just don’t know about it.

  13. MrDreadlock says:

    in theaters march 2012…oh, wait

  14. Tony M says:

    This trailer feels really spoilerish. Wouldn’t it be better to encounter this in the game?

    • The Infamous Woodchuck says:

      well by now bioware have spoiled the entire game, pity.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      It seems wise at this point (I did it here) to simply ignore all new Mass Effect PR videos until release. So I know there’s a giant worm thing, but I don’t know specifics. That’s not spoiler really, since there were giant worm things in the first two games as well. It’s still fun to read the comments!

  15. JohnnyMaverik says:

    It looks very cinematic.

  16. Toberoth says:

    This whole thing feels faintly ridiculous to me, as though ME has designed itself into a corner and now has no option but to keep getting bigger and bigger. Shepard (the character we’re supposed to feel emotionally connected to and responsible for) had such a minimal role in that trailer that I phased out about ten seconds in (although I admit I was watching it without sound).

    It might be my nostalgia acting up, but I don’t remember the first ME being this… silly?

    • Toberoth says:

      I’d like to add as a disclaimer that I’m not just shitting on ME franchise for no reason: I LOVED (loved) the first ME, and I was moderately entertained by the second (though I didn’t finish it for some reason) but so far the third doesn’t appeal to me at all. Could this be something to do with the actiony (read: Gearsy) direction the series is taking, or have I just had too much of a good thing?

    • Ringwraith says:

      Also the fact that they haven’t been showing any of the nice long conversations and explorations parts that make Mass Effect Mass Effect.
      It’s for the same reason you didn’t see many trailers of stealth in Deus Ex: Human Resources, as it makes for terrible trailers. Not enough explosions!

  17. Paxmayne says:

    Looks worryingly like a “push this switch to be awesome” sequence…

    I’m slightly worried about ME3…. I’m certain I loved playing ME2 at the time, but I fear the collective mind of the internet is beginning to assimilate me, convince me I didn’t enjoy it and therefore convince me I will not enjoy ME3 either….

    Time will tell!

  18. Network Crayon says:

    Thresher maws seem to be getting gradually larger as the games progress, In the first game theyre a little larger than your tank/van now theyre like the size of a city.
    I feel like we’ve been here a number of times before, Mass Effect was off to a great start, now its appears to be ending in a giant Gears of Halo malange of set peices and gender questioning.

    • Toberoth says:

      Agreed.

    • MichaelPalin says:

      2x Agree Combo

    • Ringwraith says:

      A little larger? They were pretty huge to begin with, seeing as you could easily fit the Mako inside the diameter with space to spare.
      I was pretty sure the one in the second game was just the same size, just you’re on foot (and very close to it) so it seems absolutely massive.

      I’m also reserving judgement on it until we get to see all the bits in-between the set pieces. (Someone else can do the honours).

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      skalpadda says:

      On the the hand, worms are among the most diverse creatures on the Earth when it comes to variances in size and appearance, even within the same species.

      edit: Actually, considering these creatures live on a vast range of different planets it’s not strange at all to think they would have evolved to different sizes in order to adapt to the various prey they’d encounter.

  19. Apples says:

    That sprinting animation is very bad. Legs stay running fairly normally and upper body starts swinging mechanically from side to side in a very obvious loop. I wonder if it’s mocapped or hand-animated?

    • Toberoth says:

      I think the “jumping down onto the broken slab” animation is a bit off as well. Seems way too quick.

    • Toberoth says:

      Saying that, things like this are only a problem if you notice them, and I didn’t think twice about the running until you pointed it out.

    • DXN says:

      Yeah, there’s a point around the small of his back that stays exactly level with the ground as he runs, laterally and vertically. It’s a bit like he’s being coasted along on a wire and he’s just flailing his limbs around to keep up the effect. Also he’s kind of jutting his butt out quite a lot, but that DOESN’T MEAN I FORGIVE THEM.

      Anyway. This game will.. definitely be Mass Effect 3.

  20. MichaelPalin says:

    Not sure what to expect from ME3. After the DA2 fiasco and the fact that nothing at all happens during ME2 (I would not be surprised if the Proteans don’t even appear on ME3), I kind of hope that Bioware has no other option to make ME3 perfect. However, everything point in the wrong direction (using an orange Halo energy sword to do so).

    ME1 was great because it put you in the middle of a seemingly impossible to confront galactic invasion. I thought that the rest of the trilogy would deal with Sheppard and her supporters trying to spread the news and, at the same time, look for some weakness or something to defeat the Reapers. Instead of that, ME2 was all about how Sheppard is the second coming of Jesus Christ and the center point of everything and I’m afraid that all the depth of the story of ME1 will be thrown out of the window and ME3 will just be a military shooter with Sheppard single-handedly saving the whole galaxy.

    I’m kind of sick of all these stories of superheroes saving the day and all these trilogies that look good at the beginning and then escalate to completely ridiculous proportions because the writers are only good to write the first part of the overall plot.

    By the way, I’m finishing Baldur’s Gate, hope the ending does not disappoint, *fingers crossed*

    • Apples says:

      Wasn’t ME1 a military shooter with Shepard saving the galaxy? In fact those are almost the exact words I would use to describe the game, minus “military” and plus “Star Trek-y”. I agree that bugger all happened in ME2, but I don’t remember ME1 having much more depth or nuance to it.

    • Ringwraith says:

      Well, seeing as the whole of the game is not Shepard destroying everything single-handedly, and is more about getting everyone to band together so the galaxy stands a chance of not being picked clean again, it’s not going to be “Shepard! Do everything!” quite in that way.
      Also, the orange holographic sword malarky? Part of a new set of heavy melee attacks, where every class gets their own unique one, like the Engineer’s is a point-blank fireball and the Adept’s is a biotically-charged punch.
      At least we don’t have the flailing elbow attack anymore, hilarious as it was.

    • Ringwraith says:

      Well, that didn’t go well.

    • MichaelPalin says:

      @Apples It was not a military shooter. There was shooting, but there was a lot of plot in it. And the ending was indeed Sheppard saving the galaxy, you are right on that, but it was much more contained than what I’m seeing in the trailers for ME3. I have seen at least two trailers in which we see Sheppard practically fighting against a Reaper on foot (I guess they eventually trigger some doomsday ray to kill the Reaper, but their are still on foot face to face).

      What I meant is that I was expecting a more subtle approach to the fight against the Reapers, not just an open war Reapers vs. everything else. If that is how Mass Effect 3 turns out to be, maybe the trailers are just very misleading.

    • MichaelPalin says:

      @ Ringwraith

      My problem with the sword is that it is there obviously for marketing reasons, which I think was the same reason for the death of Sheppard in ME2. Those melee weapons are retcons like the “realoading” of ME2 and I don’t like Bioware making things up in every installment because they or marketing think look cool, I want some coherence in my trilogies.

    • Ringwraith says:

      Using that logic, pretty much all features would be in there ‘because they are cool’, so I don’t think it holds much water.
      It’s not like they just throw them in with no justification, at least they fit them in with the setting. Heck, even with the killing off they sprung that on everyone by making it out like it was one of the endings of the game rather than the actual beginning.

  21. Velvetmeds says:

    Loved ME2.

    Even liked DA2, thought it was highly underrated.

    But THIS…makes me want to spit in Bioware’s face. “Set piece effect”? “Mass uncharted”? “Gears of…whatever” Etc etc…

  22. deadly.by.design says:

    ManShep is quite clearly running like a FemShep in that screen cap.

    Also, despite only watching the first half of the video, I think it just ruined part of the game for me. I hate that.

  23. TheGameSquid says:

    So ME3 will be a a sci-fi simulation of the Olympic 300m sprint? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like a good Megaworm as much as everyone else, but what the fuck was this?

  24. wonkavision says:

    It’s like a Godzilla movie: Robot Squid vs. Centipede

  25. pilouuuu says:

    Mass Effect was always a shooter first and a RPG second. Really, who can say that ME 1 was a better RPG than KOTOR? This is what the franchise is: a Third Person Shooter with RPG elements.

    • TheGameSquid says:

      You’re completely correct. I don’t think anyone’s going to deny that. The problem is that the series seems to be focusing more on shooter setpieces here (those weren’t really all that prominent in ME1 the way IO recall it), which can’t really be a good thing. Personally I don’t really care that much, since I basically stopped caring about the series once I booted up ME2, but I can understand how a lot of people are surprised/disappointed by this sort of footage.

  26. pseudoanon says:

    Seems like an awful lot of trouble just to push a button.

  27. Parrk says:

    I don’t understand this video at all.

    While we can assume that this particular thresher maw has never met a giant reaper building-renovation-machine, we also know that shep killed it’s aunt jenine a few months back, yet the thresher maw, in a fit of redeeming grace, decides to attach the catapillar model 376-86x rather than avenge it favorite aunt.

    Also….was that Wrex there too?!? That fucker killed grampa Julius 48 ears ago….This thresher maw is faced with the choice of 1) avenging two dearly missed relatives 2) Get your ass kicked by a robot trying to white-knight the wasteland….

    Fucking attention-whoring worms..

    This is clearly a cleverly-disguised attack on organized labor in the construction industry.

    While I personally do not believe that this kind of ultra-political commentary has any place in the world of faux-morality-on-rails, I will not act to deny others their fun. If someone could just be so kind as to explain to me how overt wage suppression propaganda is fun, I will try my best to take joy from it.

  28. AntiCitizenJuan says:

    The more I see of this game, the more I think it looks like a complete joke.
    ME1: Excellent
    ME2: Not Bad
    ME3: LOL I CAN SHOT FIREBALL

  29. Vinraith says:

    I didn’t know they were making a Mass Effect movie, but I suppose that was an alright trailer for it.

    So how’s the game coming along?

  30. Pointless Puppies says:

    This debuted at the VGAs and it was called a “gameplay trailer”.

    Which was followed by “where’s the gameplay?”

  31. Wulf says:

    For those that haven’t finished ME2, I have to say that that’s a shame, but I kind of understand. A number of times throughout it I felt like I was tempted to give up as well, but partly due to the characters I had. I wasn’t really fond of any of them as characters. I mean, sure, Garrus was at least a little attractive (shut up), but as far as personality goes… they were all pretty boring. And Garrus far too often came over as a paranoid gun nut (which bothered me).

    And then you get Legion later on in the game. Which is FFF. I don’t know why they held Legion off for so long because he’s by far and wide their most interestingly written character, and generally the most compelling one too. And perhaps the only character where I’m not feeling like I’m surrounded by someone too boring to have an opinion, or a patriotic Republican. Legion has fairly fascinating opinions on just about everything, and it’s a joy to take him around the galaxy of ME2 to get his views on things, which are often very out of the box/out of left field.

    And no, this isn’t just me being a xenophile, since if that were the case then I’d like Grunt and Garrus more than I do. It’s simply more that Legion is actually interesting. It’s fun to have conversations with him. The only characters that even come close are the ship’s AI and Joker, but I can’t exactly take those two on missions with me.

    And perhaps it’s because Legion actually feels alien. He’s not just an earth guy in a rubber suit, which Grunt, Garrus, Thane, and all the others come across as.

    That’s why it really is such a shame that they left him until so late on, because ME2 is a ‘character game,’ so to speak, but most of the characters are meh. I mean, I went from seeing ME2 as an entertaining enough, average game, to a game I could actually really, really like. I wish they’d write more characters like Legion, really, because none of the other characters are nearly as compelling.

    And with ME3, I’m kind of hoping that they’ll just slap Joker into a mechanical walking suit, so that I can him (along with the ship’s AI) and Legion as my backup. Then I’d be happy and I’d probably never take anyone else with me.

  32. Inarborat says:

    After how terrible DA2 turned out, Bioware acting like nothing at all was wrong with that game, ME3 most definitely having Origin tied to any PC release, DA:O and ME2’s hot garbage story of rounding up the troops getting recycled yet again in ME3 but rounding up the races instead, Bioware’s whole nowadays mentality of “gotta get a slice of that COD audience” mindset, their creative forces spread far, far too thin among too many games yet still loving ME1 and ME2 in spite of their gaping, burning, flaws amazingly bypassed by most critics and fans……I wouldn’t shed one shed tear if tomorrow you told me this game was cancelled. I’ve had enough of Bioware, I guess. ‘Tis a shame.

  33. y0urd0g says:

    On a lighter note, I hope we will be able to run around and fight while the thresher maw and reaper rip each other and the city apart

  34. fritz says:

    I’d only play male shep if he was voiced by whoever voiced Adam.

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