History Headscratchers / MassEffect3

5th Dec '16 8:59:46 PM RainbowPhoenix
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* Grunt even notes that as a tankbred he doesn't have a birthday. It sounds like his friends were just doing something nice for him while he was in the hospital.
26th Nov '16 10:50:53 AM Motherdragon64
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** Even so, I feel like the Krogan would celebrate them in their own years, especially since they are a non-Citadel species and generally stay on Tuchanka.
26th Nov '16 9:31:48 AM Zaptech
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* Grunt's birthday may be measured in Citadel standard years, which are only slightly longer than Earth years.
24th Nov '16 9:15:31 PM Motherdragon64
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[[folder: Grunt's "Birthday"]]
In the Citadel DLC, Grunt gets in trouble for setting a C-Sec guy's car on fire when some of his krogan buddies break him out for his "birthday" (which I assume that means the anniversary of his "birth" from the tank in Mass Effect 2). This makes sense until you realize that the orbital period of Tuchanka is about 16.7 Earth Years, so even if Krogan did celebrate their birthdays, it would only be once every 16.7 years from our perspective. So why are they celebrating it in Earth years?
30th Sep '16 11:48:19 PM Zaptech
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** Whatever the explanation, it's ''not'' a {{Retcon}}. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' the codex entry for Ardat-Yakshi includes the line about how one percent of asari are on the AY spectrum, and if you go to the food shop on the Citadel you can occasionally overhear a conversation about how a particular foodstuff was made at an Ardat-Yakshi monastery.



*** They did. It IS a retcon. Samara explicitly states that there are THREE Ardat-Yakshi 'in existence today'. That's why when she says she has THREE daughters, she mentions 'it is how it sounds'. They were provoking sympathy for her by having all her kids be genetic monstrosities, and that Samara was responsible (if only by passing on the offending genetic traits). Later, they decided Banshees were Ardat-Yakshi, and that there was an entire MONASTERY of them for the Reapers to go after, so they retconned Ardat-Yakshi. No amount of justification or pretending will stop it being a really silly retcon - was it really that difficult to make Banshees...just corrupted Asari? It makes perfect sense, all Asari are biotics, and all Banshees are biotics. Banshees should've just been powerful Asari that the Reapers corrupted.
30th Sep '16 11:43:45 PM Zaptech
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*** The real answer is that ME3 was clearly dumbed-down in terms of dialogue choices, and quite deliberately so. EA wanted a 'Gears of War' competitor game, not another groundbreaking RPG. So the dialogue got reduced. Look how much info you can get out of characters in ME2 compared to ME3.
27th Sep '16 10:30:17 AM DarkWillow
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*** It's a retcon. BioWare just didn't research the previous game's dialogue properly and let someone decide that Banshees were Ardat-Yakshi.



*** Not true. At all. There is no way they would even NEED to be segregated if they weren't dangerous. There's even mention of a particular A-Y who is considered extremely unsuitable for a supervised visit to Thessia, because guess what? She has all the same qualities a certain other Ardat-Yakshi (Morinth) had - such as being romantic, impulsive and having an addictive personality.



** Whatever the explanation, it's ''not'' a {{Retcon}}. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' the codex entry for Ardat-Yakshi includes the line about how one percent of asari are on the AY spectrum, and if you go to the food shop on the Citadel you can occasionally overhear a conversation about how a particular foodstuff was made at an Ardat-Yakshi monastery.



*** They did. It IS a retcon. Samara explicitly states that there are THREE Ardat-Yakshi 'in existence today'. That's why when she says she has THREE daughters, she mentions 'it is how it sounds'. They were provoking sympathy for her by having all her kids be genetic monstrosities, and that Samara was responsible (if only by passing on the offending genetic traits). Later, they decided Banshees were Ardat-Yakshi, and that there was an entire MONASTERY of them for the Reapers to go after, so they retconned Ardat-Yakshi. No amount of justification or pretending will stop it being a really silly retcon - was it really that difficult to make Banshees...just corrupted Asari? It makes perfect sense, all Asari are biotics, and all Banshees are biotics. Banshees should've just been powerful Asari that the Reapers corrupted.



*** The real answer is that ME3 was clearly dumbed-down in terms of dialogue choices, and quite deliberately so. EA wanted a 'Gears of War' competitor game, not another groundbreaking RPG. So the dialogue got reduced. Look how much info you can get out of characters in ME2 compared to ME3.



** Those Ravagers were heavily roboticized, so I'd say we weren't looking at Indoctrinated rachni so much as huskified rachni. As for resisting Indoctrination, no idea. Maybe a prepared HiveMind can fend off Indoctrination (that is why the saved queen can help you, while the new queen if you didn't save the first one betrays you the first chance she gets).

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** Those Ravagers were heavily roboticized, roboticised, so I'd say we weren't looking at Indoctrinated rachni so much as huskified rachni. As for resisting Indoctrination, no idea. Maybe a prepared HiveMind can fend off Indoctrination (that is why the saved queen can help you, while the new queen if you didn't save the first one betrays you the first chance she gets).
27th Sep '16 9:13:36 AM DarkWillow
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** The short answer is that BioWare did not plan Mass Effect as a trilogy (despite claims otherwise) - Cerberus was explicitly stated to be a former Alliance black ops program in the first game. In the second, they're a quasi-terrorist organisation who have been around for decades. The in-game answer is that their expanded troops come primarily from 'Sanctuary' churning out semi-indoctrinated troops that were then given equipment and sent on ops. They have significant cash resources as shown by the investment in the Normandy and Shepard, as well as their other ops like Overlord. They've also been able to discreetly build a small fleet of mainly cruisers and other small ships. This fleet is squashed easily by the Alliance fleet later in the game as you board the Illusive Man's base. Their ships were enough to give Aria's rag-tag forces problems at Omega, but not to actually pose a threat to an actual military.
23rd Sep '16 7:02:42 PM MrUnderhill
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** Perhaps you were supposed to get the STG as a War Asset ''in addition'' to Kirrahe if he's alive, but if he's dead you could ''only'' get the STG by sabotaging the Genophage cure?
27th Aug '16 11:21:41 AM supergod
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[[folder: Why would Shepard bother anymore?]]
* Why is Shepard so dense? Practically everyone, both in and out-universe, from Tela Vasir to Nassana Dantius, call him out for being a monster, hypocrite, murderer, threat worse than the Reapers and so on. So why does he/she keep fighting? If I were him/her, I'd have said, "Alright guys, if I'm so bad, deal with all of it yourself. And I will just enjoy the show and will call you out multiple times per day for every lousy action. If everyone blames me for what I'm doing, at least I won't spend time and efforts to deserve it."
** ... Because Shepard doesn't want trillions of people to die? Because you as the player have chosen not to give up? Because for every one person who blames Shepard, there are a million others who see them as a hero? You might as well ask that question of every HeroWithBadPublicity.
** Still doesn't make sense. Trillions of people will die anyway, if not now, then later. Galaxy isn't endless and when they will use all the resources, they will die out. I'm as the player have chosen to play through the game because I get pleasure from playing. And because I spent some money. And just because millions see him/her as a hero, it doesn't make them right. Millions of flies like excrement, does it make excrement enjoyable? Millions of people like Twilight and 50 shades of gray. Does it make these novels good?
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