The Greatest Love Story You Never Knew – Kalros & The Reaper ME3 Screenshots

 

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In a war that has thrown the entire galaxy into violent upheaval, they meet across opposite sides of a battle that only one of them will survive.

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They were from different worlds. His destiny was writ large across the stars of the galaxy and the eons of time. Hers was forgotten, doomed to wither away with the dust of ancient history. In the middle of the greatest war ever experienced by the sentient species of the Milky Way, they find each other.

She as the last defender of a broken and war torn planet, the last mother of her people. Firey and tempestuous!

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He is the stoic conqueror tasked with subjugating and civilizing her barbaric lands.

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The clash of their wills will spell the greatest romance time has ever seen.

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Their passion will scorch the skin of Tuchanka with the fire of a hundred suns.

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The Krogan will sing of their embrace for a thousand years.

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But only one of them will survive the battle that fate has forced upon them!

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Kalros & The Reaper

 

BWAAAARP!

 

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Maeko Matsuo – The Daily Mass Effect Screenie

Maeko Matsuo is the head of Port Hanshan’s Elanus Risk Control Services security forces. She challenges you when you disembark on Noveria with your squad. Unlike her underling, Kaira Stirling, she is cool even in the face of your undiplomatically pointed guns.

Maeko Matsuo, Port Hanshan, Mass Effect

Maeko Matsuo, Port Hanshan, Mass Effect

She’s an ex-marine and with more than just a touch of Japanese about her name and expressions. This is a lot more human cultural reference than we’re generally given in Mass Effect which focuses more on all the cool aliens rather than the internal differences of the tribes of humanity.

She is voiced by Kim Mae Guest who has done a tremendous amount of video game voice work including Hana Murakami (Zhu’s Hope) also from Mass Effect and Dawn Star from Jade Empire.

Mass Effect Screenie Of The Day – Corporal Jenkins

Corporal Richard L. Jenkins is the first test of your ability as an N7 Commander in Mass Effect to get your squad alive through a mission. …You failed!

Richard Jenkins, Normandy, Mass Effect

Richard Jenkins, Normandy, Mass Effect

I’m afraid there is no way to play through the Eden Prime mission without Jenkins rushing out and getting himself killed like a total noob. And that’s of course where he gets his name from, his famous Earth ancestor of Leeroy Jenkins who made the same stunt with a horde of hungry baby dragons and wiped his raid in UBRS in WoW.

Godammit Leeroy!

In memory of this tragic loss to the Mass Effect universe, allow me to direct your eyes to the Ballad of Corporal Jenkins while I hum Danny Boy under my breath.

Jenkins is voiced by Josh Dean who also voiced Schells on the Citadel, Jonn Whitson in Mass Effect 2 and Henpecked Hou in Jade Empire. You can also see him in a few episodes of Blindspot!

Wherever Jenkins is, I hope he at least has chicken!

Wait! There’s one more video you need to watch before I let you go today:


Leeroy Jenkins reenvisioned. Directed by Finn O’Hara in 2012 for CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival

Leeroy Jenkins Re-envisioned. Directed by Finn O’Hara in 2012 for CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. Tell me that wasn’t worth sticking around for?

ME3 Screenie Of The Day – Eve And The Krogan

I consider Urdnot Bakara or Eve as Mordin names her, to be the diva of Mass Effect 3. Both because of her rich costume and interesting jewelry but also because of her poise and confident bearing. She is a queen long before circumstances make her one.

Thankfully she is no longer the only female Krogan we know of. Nexus Superintendent, Nakmor Kesh clan sister to Andromeda team member Nakmor Drack and the Nakmor Ambassador encountered in ME2 on Tuchanka, will be joining us in Mass Effect Andromeda and will be one of the rare Krogan scientists Mordin scoffed at in ME2.

She is part of the core team of station engineers who built the Nexus and her duties include station upkeep and making sure that everything works. In other words, she’ll be calibrating a lot more than just the guns!

Leaders Pop-up at 02.11 in Arks & Nexus training video

Leaders Pop-up at 02.11 in Arks & Nexus training video

Watch BioFan’s commentary of the Andromeda Initiative introduction video Arks & Nexus.

Getting back to Eve, however, the pinnacle of her performance has to be her rousing speech to the Krogan. We’ve heard countless of them before, it seems we can barely make it through any hero story without one but hers is pretty damn good even to a cynic’s ears:

 

Eve, ME3, Tuchanka

Eve, ME3, Tuchanka

Eve, ME3, Tuchanka

Eve, ME3, Tuchanka

Eve, ME3, Tuchanka

Eve, ME3, Tuchanka

Mass Effect Screenie Of The Day – This Effing Thing

We all have nits to pick with our favorite games. In Mass Effect the elevators are often brought up. The Mako obviously also a favorite thing to hate as are the collection quests.

But among the more obscure things that bug me this, whatever this is, takes a prominent place among my least enjoyable moments in Mass Effect.

I don't even know... It's on Feros in Mass Effect 1

I don’t even know… It’s on Feros in Mass Effect 1

I’ll grant you that it bugs me because steering the Mako with a keyboard sucks hairy monkey balls but still.Why is it there? What is its function?  It’s in the middle of the bloody road, why?

Just STAHP!

Just STAHP!

/sobs

ME2 Screenie of the Day – Tali’Zorah vas Neema

Sweet Tali. I have yet to encounter a single Mass Effect player who dislikes Tali’Zorah, even among the few who for one reason or another dislike the Quarians. Ash Shroka who voices Tali and reprises the role in ME2 and 3 may not be as widely known as some of her co-stars in Mass Effect but did an absolutely stellar job with Tali, especially in ME2 and ME3 where our girl gets a lot more screen time and emotional playing field.

Tali'Zorah vas Neema, Normandy, ME2

Tali’Zorah vas Neema, Normandy, ME2

If there is anything I might criticize about Tali it would have to be an all-around critique of the whole Quarian helmet mystique. In no way, form or fashion should that be an unknown in an advanced galactic society.

What? Any Quarians who die and get autopsied away from the fleet have the procedure done with the helmet fused to their heads? Are Quarians, in fact, the space version of the Doctor Who Chula Nanogene fusion in The Empty Child?

Are you, in fact, this girl’s mommy?

Tali'Zorah vas Neema, Haestrom, ME2

Tali’Zorah vas Neema, Haestrom, ME2

If that Who/Mass Effect crossover joke was too obscure please leave a note in the comments below!

The text in the lead shot refers to Jacob‘s less than tactful comment when she joins the Normandy in Mass Effect 2. Cerberus’ relationship with the Migrant Fleet is not a happy one at that time so perhaps that’s where his cattiness is coming from. Personally, I think it’s because Tali is better with a shotgun than Taylor and a lot more useful to do missions with.

On the other hand, he doesn’t have to drink his booze with a straw. I’m sorry an emergency induction port!

Happy Emergency Induction Port Hour! (Artist unknown, sorry!)

Happy Emergency Induction Port Hour!
(Artist unknown, sorry!)

ME2 Screenie of the Day – Thane Krios

The spiritual super assassin who you pick up to pitch against the collectors because? I’m not really sure why you’d need specialists like Krios or Kasumi on a do or die mission to take out the collectors home base. It’s not like sniping the head collector dude or stealing the keys to a Collector vessel ever seemed likely prospects to complete the assignment. I think we’ll have to chalk his presence down to: Needed dark brooding hero with atonement issues. Make him dying and give him a voice that makes women’s spines vibrate. Throw in some pseudo-spiritualism and voila, romantic hero galore.

I mean just look at those sensuous lips. Never mind that his face looks like it might open up like Predator's.

I mean just look at those sensuous lips. Never mind that his face looks like it might open up vertically like Predator’s.

I like Krios just fine despite his obvious placement as the generic moody wet dream. But his story-line with his son is a good one and Mass Effect 2 does remind us of the impact one’s actions can have on their families. Consider the overheard dialogues of the crew of the Normandy. Hadley’s brother who’s kidnapped by the collectors. The guy who gets his family to safety just before a collector attack. The Mass Effect 2 story happens much less in a vacuum than the first one did.

Anyway, say what you will about Thane but he sure knows how to play an audience:

Thane Krios, Citadel Mass Effect 2

Thane Krios, Citadel Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect Andromeda News – A Look At The Combat Trailer

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Today, to much fan fanfare, BioWare released the first in a series of videos that gives us a look at the combat through gameplay videos. It’s linked below so you can scroll right down to it, but here is the run-down of what it has to say about Weapons, Tech and Biotic skills in Mass Effect Andromeda and my thoughts on the matter.

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First of all the new dynamic cover system in ME:A will allow you to use anything for cover. Simply press against it and you’re in cover. We’ve heard last year that the cover system wouldn’t be Continue reading

<3 Mass Effect 3 Screenie of the Valentine’s Day <3

Happy Valentine’s Day, guys! I hope your plans are the kind that makes your heart go pitter-patter. Whether you are spending them with someone else of flesh and blood or with that virtual tale that sends our heart soaring. Wherever the source of the feelings, don’t let anyone tell you one kind is more real than the other.

Garrus and Shepard, ME3 Citadel DLC

Garrus and Shepard, ME3 Citadel DLC

And my flesh and blood boyfriend doesn’t mind that I also spend some time with my Space hubby. Now THAT’S love!

If you need a nerdy pick-me-up anyway why don’t you see what gamers can do with that Valentine’s rhyme when they let their hair down…

And when you’re done with that, StefaN7e is hosting a 12 hour Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer stream on Twitch today.

 

Mass Effect Screenie – Liara T’Soni I Presume

My current play-through of the Mass Effect games on my Goodbye Shepard tour de force is for one of my two possible romances for a male Shep.

Liara T’Soni is the story’s obvious choice for Commander Shepard’s space honey regardless of which gender you choose to play. And I’ve worshiped her since her first little chair dance on the Normandy as we orbited the planet of Therum.

Liara T'Soni, Mass Effect

Liara T’Soni, Mass Effect

Nerdy, cute and awkward and by far the Asari with the sweetest face in all of the galaxy, Liara is the Audrey Hepburn of smart, blue babes and yes I have a great big girl-crush for her and her voice actor Ali Hillis but so do you!