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  • The Romance Options in general for Male and Female Shepard have a common pattern. Both Shepards can romance the Virmire Survivor and Liara in the First Game. In Mass Effect 2 they can have a relationship with a Dextro DNA alien, romancing the Cerberus Operative and romancing a notorious criminal. However, It seems that Male Shepard is always the lucky one to get the smooth skinned females while Female Shepard has to settle for scaly aliens who have a penchant for sniper rifles.
    • Hey, you forgot Jacob with that last bit... Just like everyone else. Except Kasumi.
      • Well, she only wants him for his body.
    • And apparently, Male Shepard only likes pure blooded human/asari/quarians which define perfection of their genes.
      • Exactly how are Ashley or Tali "pureblooded" or "genetically perfect", again? Only Liara and Miranda are described in those terms, and in Liara's case it's an insult, not a praise.
      • Liara is also not "pureblood" either. She's quarter-krogan.
    • Liara is not actually smooth-skinned. Asari have scaled skin. its very fine and difficult to notice without the very high-res textures in Mass Effect 3, but their skin has a similiar consistency as drell skin.

    Shepherd and AI's 
  • Shepard's Shut Up, Hannibal! to Sovereign: "You're not even alive. Not really. You're just a machine, and machines can be broken," comes off slightly worse when viewed in light of Legion and EDI.
    • And as of ME3, there's new light in knowing that each individual reaper is the entirety of an advanced (organic) civilization, preserved in Reaper form. "Just a machine", eh?
    • It sort of makes sense if you consider that Shepard's interactions with AI in the first game were largely negative. The heretic geth were essentially at war with the Alliance (at were thought to represent all geth instead of a small minority), the AI on the Citadel (which tried to blow itself up, killing Shepard and ďas many organics as I canĒ), the rogue AI on Luna and now Sovereign, a literal Omnicidal Maniac. Itís not unreasonable to assume that Shepard though all AI were Always Chaotic Evil. But interactions with EDI, Legion and the true geth over the next two games probably changed his/her opinions.
      • Even in ME1, Shepard can argue with Tali that the geth were living beings with a right to life, and that the quarians were in the wrong.

    The Omniblade 
  • The Omniblade actually isn't a new development for Mass Effect 3. After all, look at Kasumi whenever she uses Shadow Strike. She's striking at enemies with her omnitool! So those things can be pretty nasty weapons as early as Mass Effect 2.
    • According to the Codex the tech is almost as old as Omnitools and a standard app, but until the Reaper invasion and the necessity of fighting Husks in close combat everyone thought it was an idiot's weapon. Except Kasumi apparently.
    • Specifically, the codex explains that the use of omni-tools as a weapon is almost as old as omnitools themselves. The omni-blade, specifically, was developed explicitly in preparation for the reaper invasion as a good hand to hand weapon against husks. This is somewhat demonstrated by how in multiplayer, Batarians (who've isolated themselves for a while), developed a different weapon; the omni-gauntlet.
    • Not to mention that in the Shadow Broker DLC, the Broker busts out an omni-shield.

    Elcor Hands 

  • Exactly what do the Elcor use for hands?
    • Their hands are used for hands. The elcor forearms have long fingers that they use to manipulate tools.

  • Why does the game measure planetary info relative to Earth? For instance Cyone has a gravity of 0.95 of Earth's. Gravity is measured in Newtons with Earth's as 9.8.
    • Earth is what we're familiar with, so it's the baseline we use to judge other planets. We do the exact same thing in real life. For example, distance between a planet and its sun is measured in Astronomical Units (AUs). One Astronomical Unit is the average distance between Earth and Sol.
    • Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure.
    • Fridge Brilliance sets in when you realize that you're reading the human version of the Codex. Reading the Turian or Asari translations probably would have different measurements.


  • Something that occurred to me last night. Why does anyone care about death anymore? Cerberus managed to resurrect a corpse, and depending on your choices, the leader of that little project is still out there. So if Shepard dies in the destroy ending, you bring him back again. Mordin sacrifices himself? Dig the body out and jump start it. Wrex, Eve, the Virmire survivor, Tali. Anyone who dies could conceivably be revived as long as they have some semblance of a body. Sure, it cost 2 billion credits at the time, but that could be attributed to a terror group running R&D testing. They've got the formula down, and could conceivably adapt it to any species.
    • A valid point, but during Mass Effect 3, a little problem called the Reapers that everyone is worried about, so not a whole lot of focus on a then-experimental procedure that MIGHT work. Of course, with the Reaper threat over at the end of Mass Effect 3, that could probably be researched.
    • Actually, it cost way more than two billion credits, and more than two billion credits is a lot of money. Shepard him/herself essentially says that "you could have trained an army for what you spent on me." No one's going to have the money to spend on resurrecting a single person because its bloody expensive as fuck and they've got to rebuild all of civilization.
    • The cloning facility also gets attacked in the opening to 2, and with the casualties among the staff coupled with the loss in data it might be set back even further.

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