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.


Ron Whitaker:

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.


Ben Richardson:

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.

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5 Comments on Favorite Mass Effect Moments

Chris

On April 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

The ending when all the ships popped through the relay and we got to see the space battle
legion saying I, which i caught almost immediately
watching all the i collected actually mean something at the end…in ME2

i know something happened in the last 15 min of ME3, but all i see is a cold darkness that devours black holes. must have been awesome right?

Ryne

On April 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

You really like hyphens.

Tom

On April 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

I’ve got 3:

3) The final mission on Rannoch. That was an amazing bit of storytelling, since no matter what you choose, you lose someone important to you. I actually stopped for about 3-4 minutes and thought about what species I wanted to survive, and I’ve never had to do that in a game before.

2) Mordin’s entire storyline from ME2 to ME3. Mordin is one of the best-characterized NPC’s in gaming, hands-down. He’s crazy, but in ME2 you see the regret he carries around from his part of the genophage. And while it’s sad to see him go, when he smiles at the top of the Shroud, you know that he’s finally found peace with himself. And the fact that he becomes a hero to the Krogan doesn’t hurt either.

1) The first conversation with Sovereign. I can’t say much of anything that Ben didn’t already cover, but that conversation just made me hate that stupid Reaper. Its condescending tone just ticked me off to no end, and I was glad when it got destroyed.

writinwater

On April 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

favourite moments

3) the Liara/Shepard reunion in ME-2 Shadowbroker DLC. Liara was the only LI I ever contemplated with my Shepard (smart, deadly, and….never whiny like Tali), and not really being to catch up with her in vanilla ME-2 was nasty. Plus The Shadowbroker’s base easily was the coolest place, graphically, Shepard ever fought in.
Seeing the glass break at the moment of the reunion…. priceless, spineshivering, unearthly. Yep I love the little blue one….

2) the original Tali vs Legion confrontation in ME-2. For one, hearing the Geth side of the story, which put an entirely different spin on the Quarians and the plight. “Does this unit have a soul” is one of _the_ best lines in the last thirty years of video gaming

1) Tali vs Legion, Take 2 on Rannoth. Siding with the Geth, seeing Legion make the final sacrifice of inviduality for the greater Good of his brethren and being vindicated by the Geth being the better sentients and all the hope invested into them by deciding to be magnanimous instead of victorious.
Though I admit, seeing Tali take the plunge when my Paragon score was not high enough was heartbraking as well…. But, unlike the Quarians, the Geth never complained whined or expected handouts.

Immortal and second best line in ME… “Geth do not use windows, they are a structural weakness”. Priceless

Jeff

On April 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Mordin’s death and the whole lead-up to the final battle (the goodbye scenes). Those were hard to get through, truly saying farewell to these incredible character. I always stayed faithful to Tali but Bioware’s writing for Liara sure made that decision tough. Her goodbye scene was heartbreaking.