Comment of the Week: We Don’t Need To See Tali’s Face

This week’s comment comes from Steve, who was responding to my post about BioWare’s internal conflict over what to do with Tali’s face in Mass Effect 3. Here’s what Steve thinks about it:

*begin shameless SW reference*

Tali: “Shepard, help me take this mask off.”
Shepard: “But you’ll die!”
Tali: “Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes.”
[Shepard carefully removes Tali's mask to reveal her {insert adjective} face underneath.]
Tali: “Now, go my love. Leave me.”
Shepard: “No, you’re coming with me. I won’t leave you here. I’ve got to save you!”
Tali: [smiles] “You already have, Shepard. You were right. You were right about me… Tell everyone… you were right…” [dies]

*end shameless SW reference*

If you ask me, it all amounts to one big cliché if they even bother showing Tali’s face. I say leave it a mystery. It can only diminish her by doing so [showing it]. I’d be ok with them showing the back of her head (kind of like what they did with Vader in SW:TESB). It’s all a bit silly of Bioware romancing the idea in the first place.

I think I’m with you, Steve. Whatever Tali ends up looking like would undoubtedly feel like a disappointment, so they should probably just let it be. Good thoughts.

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1 Comment on Comment of the Week: We Don’t Need To See Tali’s Face


On July 9, 2011 at 1:28 am

I don’t see how it can be diminishing since they’ll most likely show the faces of the quarians in future mass effect games (BioWare confirmed that ME3 ends Shepard’s story but not the mass effect genre) Might as well begin with the most iconic of the species. Also, if you check BioWare’s facebook and twitter polls, the amount of people that want to see her face vs. the amount that don’t is at least 10-1. Honestly, I’m going to be happy with no matter what she looks like. Her character made her one of my favorites not her face. Still, I would like to see it before the trilogy comes to a close, otherwise fans (such as myself) will always wonder what is beneath the veil.