At the beginning of the comic, I imagined Kaiden speaking. He tells the tale of humanity making its way through the universe, eventually ending up at Gagarin Station, the place of his biotic studies. It is essentially the background of the stories he tells you about in Mass Effect 1. Trying to be generic enough to not ruin the story, Kaiden kicks some Turian cloaca, let’s just say. In general, this was a magnificent comic.
I’ve been gushing about my favorites of Mass Effect 3 lately… i.e. Legion. I want to focus on an element in the Mass Effect games which adds an amazing layer: romance. Although the Mass Effect games are brilliant on their own, they would not be the same without being able to romance someone. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get in bed with an alien? Am I right? Am I?
As female Shepard, you’re more limited in your romance options it seems like, but they’re pretty good choices. On my first play through of Mass Effect 3, I made sure that I romanced Kaiden in ME1 and didn’t cheat on him in ME2. But that was only after several play throughs of ME2. My very very first play through of ME2, I romanced Thane. And that made me hate humanity.
Romancing Thane made me hate humanity in general because of several reasons. The first would have to be we can’t quit our bickering long enough to be able to set foot off of Earth and establish a colony. Next, we don’t want to put forth the effort or money. Lastly, ethics are involved although at some point, the Sun will start to die and we have to get out of the solar system. So it’s coming eventually.
Now how is this related to Mass Effect or Thane? Well, for one, Thane is a very complex character in Mass Effect. He is a hurting soul. He lost his wife, which was his fault and he could not really forgive himself for it. He is such a caring individual, despite his assassin background. To add on top of that, he is dying. He is trying to live his life with the least amount of regrets possible, which included finding and rescuing his son, Kolyat. I honestly believe that you cannot find someone like that on Earth, in humanity. I did not carry this romance into ME3 since Thane dies.
Now that I’m done hating on humanity in general, there is one human who, although you don’t have the romance option for him, I wish I could romance him in game. Given, it would be quite awkward since… he’s… somewhat disabled? Yes, it’s Joker. In ME3 you get the chance to make a pass at him if you’re female, but he denies it regardless. He wants EDI’s goodies instead. Oh well, a girl can dream.
Well now, back to Kaiden. Kaiden was okay in ME1 as a romance partner, but he is kind of a pansy. And he pissed me off in ME2 with his rudeness on Horizon. That’s why I cheated on his ass with Thane, Jacob, Garrus, and in my mind, Joker and Legion (muwahahaha). Moving to ME3. After about 5 or 6 playthroughs of ME2, the most recent one I did not romance anyone so I could unlock the scene of Shepard looking at the picture of Kaiden on my desk so I could eff him faithfully in ME3. So in ME3, you reconcile with him after the whole Horizon event when he almost dies on Mars. Okay sure whatever. But after all that, he just becomes goobery and pansy like. I just didn’t care for his romance option that much.
I also romanced Garrus in ME2 and carried it on to ME3. That was a pretty awesome romance. He’s awkward but he’s romantic. In ME2, he’s very awkward. But you end up making a bond with him, virtually and in real life. He’s just an all around good character, whether as a friend or as a romantic partner.
The last conversation with him made me cry… it was just so adorable. He speaks about human-turian babies… awww.
These are all the characters I have romanced in Mass Effect. Some are better than others… at least story wise. However, I much prefer the alien romances to human ones since it is something so unknown to humanity presently. Does romance among alien species work the same way it does for humanity? What would it be like to be close with an alien? There are just so many questions, and Mass Effect does a good job on both leaving you hanging and answering them.
Back before Mass Effect 3 came out, I played through Mass Effect 1 for the 2nd time and Mass Effect 2 for the billionth time. On my most recent playthrough of Mass Effect 2, a new Coheed and Cambria song came out called Sentry the Defiant. Hitting two birds with one stone (or rather obsessing with both at once), I played Sentry the Defiant on repeat (because it’s an awesome song and so I could learnz it) while playing Mass Effect 2. It got me thinking – this song really reminds me of Legion. Hence, I will post songs I think fit with a few Mass Effect characters.
#1 – The Obvious, Legion: Sentry the Defiant by Coheed and Cambria
I think Sentry the Defiant embodies who Legion is as a whole. The chorus says, “Face the honest truth / you were never you / … / don’t close the coffin yet, I’m alive.” Of course, in Mass Effect 2, Legion was down and you were given the choice to reactivate him. If you did, you made the best decision in your life because he is hands down the best character in the game.
#2 – Wrex: Ænema by Tool
This song is a ‘thrashing about’ song. And by thrashing about I mean butting heads like Krogans and charging at random people. Pretty much in the first and second verses along with the chorus, it’s evident that the speaker wants to outright kill something (specifically in LA, but we can substitute either/or/both Salarians and/or Turians). The end of the Krogan is near, but in Mass Effect 3, you can choose to end the genophage, and therefore the end is put off for a little longer – at least until the Reapers destroy everything.
#3 – Kaiden: Already Gone by Bayside
You’re probably wondering why I chose this song. Well, on my second playthrough of Mass Effect 3, I totally ignored Kaiden and he got all butthurt since I romanced him in Mass Effect 1 and I romanced Garrus in Mass Effect 2. But he probably wants me dead deep on the inside. Anyway, the first goes “You, you never call / You never write me or nothing / I set myself up to fall / I was stupid then to try.” Yeah, Kaiden, you’re not quite good enough for the the hero of the galaxy. I mean, come on, you’re just a measley human.
#4 – Garrus: Pearl of the Stars by Coheed and Cambria
Okay, I know. ANOTHER COHEED SONG. But he was my romance in 2 and 3. “When you go, I will know / Follow you to the stars / and when the world burns apart / there’ll be a place for your car.” That’s Garrus alright, especially since he is so sweet in Mass Effect 3… little turian-human hybrid babies… muwahahaha
#5 – Cortez: Casey’s Song by City and Colour
There was this guy I knew back in college who lost his girlfriend in a car accident. He posted this song afterwards because her name was Casey and I can remember feeling terrible. We didn’t really know each other, I just saw him around campus and in the science department, but we were facebook friends. Anyway, I thought it reminded me of Cortez since he lost his husband to the Reapers. “With you on my mind and my heart held in your hands screaming, ‘Break me!'”
My fandom of Mass Effect never ceases to amaze me sometimes. Do you have any specific songs for the characters of Mass Effect?