Favorite Mass Effect Moments
It’s no secret that the ending to the Mass Effect trilogy has caused a degree of controversy in the community — a degree that set many fans to their boiling point. Game Front writers Phil Hornshaw and Ross Lincoln have championed their cause, explaining in-depth why the fans are justified in their outrage and why changing Mass Effect’s ending won’t compromise art.
The level of passion displayed by the community is a testament to the strength of the Mass Effect series and its narrative — no one gets up in arms over an issue they don’t care about.
While emotions are still running high, I felt it would be nice to take a step back from the recent turmoil and reflect not on that one moment that disappointed us, but on the moments that won us over and made us fall in love with Mass Effect.
What follows is our favorite moments from the Mass Effect series (spoiler warning). We would love to read about your favorite moments, so drop us a comment, below.
My favorite Mass Effect moment is easy to choose. It’s in Mass Effect 2, at Tali’s trial. It’s a beautifully crafted story moment, especially if you’re playing Shepard as a Renegade. Tali wants the evidence of her father’s crimes concealed, and it’s up to you to make that call. Obviously, the trial can turn a number of different ways depending on choices you’ve made leading up to that point, but the moment when everything comes down to Shepard’s decision to either hide the evidence or reveal it caused me to stop and think for several minutes.
It’s a powerful example of what can happen when you present a choice to the player where there really is no “right” answer.
Shepard’s First Conversation With Sovereign (Mass Effect 1)
Peter Jessop’s voice acting is excellent, and the audio effects applied to his voice provide the requisite Reaper gravitas, but this scene’s true genius lies in the writing. Video games offer many overwrought showdowns with strutting, preening villains — Sovereign terrifies with disdain and bored condescension. Insisting that Shepard (and, by extension, the player) is not equipped to even understand what the Reapers are, the dull red hologram speaks casually of mass murder on a galactic scale. In a scene full of sublime dialogue — “You exist because we allow it. And you will end because we demand it.” — one phrase deserves particular mention: “we are legion,” adapted from the Gospel of Luke (“My name is Legion, for we are many”) has become widely known through its association with Anonymous.