History Videogame / MassEffect1

12th May '17 8:17:23 AM urielzet
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Applies to some of the CoolShips. Shepard's ship is the Normandy and the Asari flagship is called the Destiny Ascension.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Applies to some of the CoolShips. {{Cool Ship}}s. Shepard's ship is the Normandy and the Asari asari flagship is called the Destiny Ascension.



* BilingualBonus: It's not like binary is an official language, but those who know it will be able to read the Luna VI's final message. [[spoiler:HELP!]] You learn in the third game that [[spoiler:Cerberus answered that distress call.]]

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* BilingualBonus: It's not like binary is an official language, but those who know it will be able to read the Luna VI's final message. [[spoiler:HELP!]] You learn in the third game that [[spoiler:Cerberus answered that distress call.]]call and repurposed the VI into none other than EDI]].



* BleakLevel: Post-Virmire ''Normandy'', complete with sad music (which, incidentally, happens to be the game's LoveTheme).

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* BleakLevel: Post-Virmire ''Normandy'', complete with sad music (which, incidentally, (which incidentally happens to be the game's LoveTheme).



* BoomHeadshot: Can be done on most enemies you face off against. [[spoiler:Saren may do this to himself as well, if you can convince him that he's been indoctrinated by Sovereign.]]

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* BoomHeadshot: Can be done on most enemies you face off against.against (without any difference in damage from shooting any other part). [[spoiler:Saren may do this to himself as well, if you can convince him that he's been indoctrinated by Sovereign.]]



* ChekhovsGun: The Mass Relay Monument on the Presidium. [[spoiler:Which turns out to be an actual, fully functional mass relay, allowing Shepard and their squad to enter the Presidium after Saren closes the Citadel's arms during the endgame.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: The Mass Relay Monument on the Presidium. [[spoiler:Which turns out to be an actual, fully functional mass relay, allowing Shepard and their squad to enter the Presidium after Saren closes the Citadel's arms during the endgame.]]endgame]].



** On Feros the squatting creepers are invulnerable to anything you could use on Thorian creepers, including the Anti Thorian gas grenades. However, they activate and swarm you only after you bypass them - often in conjunction with a different mob of creepers coming at you head on. Basically the computer forces you to fight your way out of a Thorian creeper pincer envelopment with a crossfire of acid attacks.

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** On Feros the squatting creepers are invulnerable to anything you could use on Thorian creepers, including the Anti Thorian gas grenades. However, they activate and swarm you only after you bypass them - often in conjunction with a different mob of creepers coming at you head on. Basically the computer forces you to fight your way out of a Thorian creeper pincer envelopment with a crossfire of acid attacks. And that's not including the asari commando enemy that spawns for each time you destroy a part of the Thorian.



* DonutMessWithACop: If you talk to the ERCS Guards on Noveria after the [[spoiler:fight in the Synthetic Insights offices]], one of the replies they can say is "You know what I could go for? A doughnut." Hilariously, even ''turian'' guards will say this, despite being physically unable to eat human food.

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* DonutMessWithACop: If you talk to the ERCS Guards on Noveria after the [[spoiler:fight in the Synthetic Insights offices]], one of the replies they can say is "You know what I could go for? A doughnut." Hilariously, even ''turian'' guards will say this, despite being physically unable to eat human food.food (unless there are such things as dextro-amino acid doughnuts).



** Lorewise, it's clear they haven't pinned things down on the side of alien cultures or backgrounds--Wrex refers to the krogan having "tribes," while ''2'' and ''3'' refer to them as "clans," the batarians only appear in the "Bring Down the Sky" DLC, and, if you're playing without it installed, the codex on them has a different concept image. There's also an implication that there are many races that aren't even seen or mentioned specifically within the universe, and that several of these unnamed species hold sway over the Terminus Systems, rather than just the later mercenary gangs that operate out there.

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** Lorewise, it's clear they haven't pinned things down on the side of alien cultures or backgrounds--Wrex refers to the krogan having "tribes," while ''2'' and ''3'' refer to them as "clans," the batarians only appear in the "Bring Down the Sky" DLC, and, if you're playing without it installed, the codex on them has a different concept image. There's also an implication that there are many races that aren't even seen or mentioned specifically within the universe, and that several of these unnamed species hold sway over the Terminus Systems, rather than just the later mercenary gangs that operate out there. Tali is the only quarian that features in the entire game, despite them playing a significant part in the lore as the creators of the geth.



* EvilIsEasy: On Noveria the Paragon path through the first area involves getting involved in internal politics, involving several conversations in all areas of the station and a firefight with dirty cops. The Renegade path is to accept a smuggling job and then turn in your employer to the corrupt authorities, which means you have to have two conversations and pick up a box on the dock.

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* EvilIsEasy: On Noveria the Paragon path through the first area involves getting involved in internal politics, involving several conversations in all areas of the station and a firefight with dirty cops. The Renegade path is to accept a smuggling job and then turn in your employer to the corrupt authorities, which means all you have need to do is have two conversations and pick up a box on the dock.dock, as opposed to the more convoluted methods involving a falsely-accused manager and an undercover Internal Affairs officer.



** On Noveria, directly going back in the fortified labs to blow the NeutronBomb, as the mission log advises you, makes you miss a few sidequests, a merchant, and an [=NPC=] that will prove necessary for another sidequest...in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.

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** On Noveria, directly going back in the fortified labs to blow the NeutronBomb, as the mission log advises you, makes you miss a few sidequests, sidequests and a merchant, merchant.%%, and an [=NPC=] that will prove necessary for another sidequest...in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.



* HehHehYouSaidX: An Elanus officer down the Rift Station, standing alert to repel the [[BigCreepyCrawlies rachni]] forces.

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* HehHehYouSaidX: An Elanus officer down the Rift Station, Station in Noveria, standing alert to repel the [[BigCreepyCrawlies rachni]] forces.



** If you pick one of the two Renegade options at the game's climax, the Alliance ships will pour through the relay. The crew of the [[spoiler:Destiny Ascension with the Council on board]] think the Alliance ships are there to save them but they completely ignore the [[spoiler: Destiny Ascension, leaving the Council to die]] so they can destroy [[spoiler:Sovereign]]
** The sequel turns the Paragon ending into one of these. [[spoiler:It ends with the new Councilor giving a RousingSpeech about how the Council races will come together to defeat the Reapers. Two years later, Shepard wakes up to discover that not only are the Council not working on the Reaper problem, but they're actively undermining those who are]].

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** If you pick one of the two Renegade options at the game's climax, the Alliance ships will pour through the relay. The crew of the [[spoiler:Destiny Ascension with the Council on board]] think the Alliance ships are there to save them but they completely ignore the [[spoiler: Destiny Ascension, leaving the Council to die]] so they can destroy [[spoiler:Sovereign]]
[[spoiler:Sovereign]].
** The sequel turns the Paragon ending into one of these. [[spoiler:It ends with the new Councilor giving a RousingSpeech about how the Council races will come together to defeat the Reapers. Two years later, Shepard wakes up comes back from the dead to discover that not only are the Council not working on the Reaper problem, but they're actively undermining those who are]].



* KarmaMeter: The scale does not reflect "good" or "evil" choices, but instead grades based upon what the game terms "Paragon" and "Renegade" depending on ''how'' you achieve victory. The options on each decision tree fall on opposite sides of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, and Paragon and Renegade points stack up on separate meters; gaining in one area will not reduce the points in the other. Keep in mind that a lot of actions you take in this game will carry over if you play the sequels and use your save file from the first game, such as [[spoiler:sparing the Rachni queen, who will contribute to your fight against the Reapers in the third game if you save her again]].

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* KarmaMeter: The scale does not reflect "good" or "evil" choices, but instead grades based upon what the game terms "Paragon" and "Renegade" depending on ''how'' you achieve victory. The options on each decision tree fall on opposite sides of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, and Paragon and Renegade points stack up on separate meters; gaining in one area will not reduce the points in the other. Keep in mind that a lot of actions you take in this game will carry over if you play the sequels and use your save file from the first game, such as [[spoiler:sparing the Rachni queen, Queen, who will contribute to your fight against the Reapers in the third game if you save her again]].



* OfCorsetsSexy: Ashley mentions one of her sisters wearing corsets in addition to her sword training. It apparently does wonders for her figure, although she doesn't appear in the games until ''Mass Effect 3'' (no, not in the corset).

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* OfCorsetsSexy: Ashley mentions one of her sisters wearing corsets in addition to her sword training. It apparently does wonders for her figure, although she doesn't never appear in the games until ''Mass Effect 3'' (no, not games. %%Ashley's sister in 3 isn't the corset).one described this way.



* OhCrap: The Council races appear to have had a moment of this during the First Contact War, in which humanity both introduced itself to the wider galaxy and proved they're as good at war as the turians are. Turian battle doctrine is to not only defeat an enemy but to keep them from ever being a threat again, usually with the employment of weapons of mass destruction and things like the Genophage, and given our species' history it's hard to argue that humanity is much more forgiving. So just before these two almighty armies started wiping each other out, the Council called a halt and formally invited humanity to join the Citadel.

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* OhCrap: The Council races appear to have had a moment of this during the First Contact War, in which humanity both introduced itself to the wider galaxy and proved they're as good at war as the turians are. Turian battle doctrine is to not only defeat an enemy but to keep them from ever being a threat again, usually with the employment of weapons of mass destruction and things like the Genophage, genophage, and given our species' history it's hard to argue that humanity is much more forgiving. So just before these two almighty armies started wiping each other out, the Council called a halt and formally invited humanity to join the Citadel.



* ShellShockedVeteran: General Septimus.
* ShipperOnDeck: Ashley's sisters will ship her and Shepard in a voice mail or--if Shepard tells Liara that he and Ashley are "just friends" beforehand--her and Kaidan. The latter she laughs about. The former depends on how you treat her.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: General Septimus.
Septimus, Corporal Toombs.
* ShipperOnDeck: Ashley's sisters will ship her and male Shepard in a voice mail or--if Shepard tells Liara that he and Ashley are "just friends" beforehand--her and Kaidan. The latter she laughs about. The former depends on how you treat her.
18th Apr '17 11:08:41 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** [[spoiler:The Thorian, a planet-wide sentient plant]] that you defeat by shooting its weak points ForMassiveDamage.

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** [[spoiler:The Thorian, a planet-wide sentient plant]] that you defeat by shooting its weak points ForMassiveDamage.points.
14th Apr '17 4:43:56 AM AnotherGuy
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** The Prothean scientists on Ilos. They set up Vigil to warn someone, ''anyone'' in the next cycle about the Citadel's role with the Reaper invasion. Even more heroic and critical, they went on a suicide mission to the Citadel to reprogram the Citadel so the signal for the Reapers would not work, forcing Sovereign to try to do it itself, and forcing a delay to the Reaper invasion that eventually leads to the defeat of the Reapers. In other words, the entire trilogy hung on the actions of [[HeroOfAnotherStory Heroes Of Another Story]].
13th Apr '17 9:02:08 AM NubianSatyress
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** The romance subplot is more akin to a high school romantic comedy, with lots of petty jealousy and snide comments between potential romantic partners. For instance, the opposite-sex human to Shepard is hostile towards Liara even if she and/or they aren't being romanced, object to any compliment or personal interaction she has with Shepard, and resent Shepard flirting with them. This sort of jealousy doesn't appear in any game except ''3'', and only if Shepard dumped their original LoveInterest in favor of a new one in either the second or third game.

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** The romance subplot is more akin to a high school romantic comedy, with lots of petty jealousy and snide comments between potential romantic partners. For instance, the opposite-sex human to Shepard is hostile towards Liara even if she and/or they aren't being romanced, object to any compliment or personal interaction she has with Shepard, and resent Shepard flirting with them. This sort of jealousy doesn't appear in any game except ''3'', and only if Shepard dumped their original LoveInterest in favor of a new one in either the second or third game. Also, both Liara and the romanceable human often give Shepard a LongingLook or a blush at points when they say or do something nice; the human does it if Shepard doesn't blame them for getting trapped by the beacon and Liara does it if Shepard brushes off the krogan that's come to capture her.
4th Apr '17 3:05:21 PM NubianSatyress
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** The romance subplot is more akin to a high school romantic comedy, with lots of petty jealousy and snide comments between potential romantic partners. For instance, the opposite-sex human to Shepard is hostile towards Liara even if she and/or they aren't being romanced, object to any compliment or interpersonal action they have with Shepard, and resent Shepard flirting with them. This sort of jealousy doesn't appear in any game except ''3'', and only if Shepard dumped their original LoveInterest in favor of a new one in either the second or third game.

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** The romance subplot is more akin to a high school romantic comedy, with lots of petty jealousy and snide comments between potential romantic partners. For instance, the opposite-sex human to Shepard is hostile towards Liara even if she and/or they aren't being romanced, object to any compliment or interpersonal action they have personal interaction she has with Shepard, and resent Shepard flirting with them. This sort of jealousy doesn't appear in any game except ''3'', and only if Shepard dumped their original LoveInterest in favor of a new one in either the second or third game.
3rd Apr '17 11:25:39 AM NubianSatyress
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** The romance subplot is more akin to a high school romantic comedy, with lots of petty jealousy and snide comments between potential romantic partners. For instance, the opposite-sex human to Shepard is hostile towards Liara even if she and/or they aren't being romanced, object to any compliment or interpersonal action they have with Shepard, and resent Shepard flirting with them. This sort of jealousy doesn't appear in any game except ''3'', and only if Shepard dumped their original LoveInterest in favor of a new one in either the second or third game.
2nd Apr '17 2:49:27 AM DariusAngel
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** For most of the game, even if there are dark moments, they're relatively in line with a SpaceOpera. When the BigBad first appears at Vermire, the tone of the game changes ''very'' quickly, and the true stakes of the series is established. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEc1OTFaWnI The music punctuates this]], as it is completely unlike the Music/{{Vangelis}}-styled score.

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** For most of the game, even if there are dark moments, they're relatively in line with a SpaceOpera. When the BigBad first appears at Vermire, Virmire, the tone of the game changes ''very'' quickly, and the true stakes of the series is established. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEc1OTFaWnI The music punctuates this]], as it is completely unlike the Music/{{Vangelis}}-styled score.
14th Mar '17 3:18:02 AM morenohijazo
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* ExperiencePenalty: Killing enemies while riding the Mako cuts experience gain by ''60%''. Thankfully, attacking enemies with the Mako doesn't instantly qualify for a penalty, so you can whittle an enemy down to a few hit-points with the Mako's weapons, get out of the tank and kill the enemy with your own guns for full experience gain.
13th Mar '17 9:48:23 AM DeanMT94
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* OhCrap: The Council races appear to have had a moment of this during the First Contact War, in which humanity both introduced itself to the wider galaxy and proved they're as good at war as the turians are. Turian battle doctrine is to not only defeat an enemy but to keep them from ever being a threat again, usually with the employment of weapons of mass destruction and things like the Genophage, and given our species' history it's hard to argue that humanity is much more forgiving. So just before these two almighty armies started wiping each other out, the Council called a halt and formally invited humanity to join the Citadel.
6th Mar '17 9:07:32 PM Sumatris
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* EarlyGameHell: Due to a severe case of GameplayAndStorySegregation. Our very first look at Shepard is accompanied by Captain Anderson telling us that (s)he's the best fighter humanity has to offer, and being part of the most elite Special Forces unit in human history, one should expect Shepard to be exceedingly well trained and equipped. Alas, this game is part [=RPG=], so you start out with the combat skills of a rookie straight out of boot camp to the point where you can be glad that Shep knows which end of a rifle to point at the enemy. Even worse is your starting equipment. Your armor and shields offer next to no protection, your Lancer I assault rifle is so ridiculously inaccurate you can barely hit anything that's farther away than 5-10 meters, aiming through a sniper rifle's scope feels like Shep is epically drunk due to the enormous sway, and so on. The only weapon class that doesn't suck at this point ([[GameBreaker and at no other point in the game]], that is) is the pistol. It takes quite a while before you get some proper gear. Of course, starting a NewGamePlus completely averts this issue and turns the entire game into one long CurbStompBattle.



* {{Unobtainium}}: Element zero, which explains everything considered "supernatural" by contemporary science.

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* {{Unobtainium}}: Element zero, Zero, which explains everything considered "supernatural" by contemporary science.science.
* UnwinnableByMistake: One of the simulation modes on Pinnacle Station - Survival - requires you to HoldTheLine against increasingly more powerful waves of enemies for as long as possible. The round doesn't end until Shepard is incapacitated, which can actually turn into a problem. If you tackle these missions on a low difficulty setting with a high-level team equipped with end-game gear, Shep becomes next to impossible to kill even when you position her/him in front of every enemy on the map and stop doing anything. Your squad mates will continue to massacre all hostiles without your help, and Shep's shields (and their health as well, provided you have the right class or upgrades installed) will usually regenerate the ScratchDamage they received before the next wave arrives. Finishing these simulations without having a bottom-tier armor to change into can take a long, ''long'' time while you wait for Shep to finally fall. Best grab a book while you wait.
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