On November 7, Mass Effect fans received the long-awaited announcement of the remaster of the entire original trilogy. On that occasion, we did not avoid remembering the most popular commander in the galaxy and his / her gang. It was difficult for us to choose the best character from a group of great ones, but in the end it was not a superhuman task. Who imprinted our deepest on our hearts?
Alžběta Trojanová: Shepard
Well, I admit that my answer is so fox. Garrus, Wrex, Tali or Jack deserve their place, but Shepard is unique to me in how fantastically he works as a protagonist. Writing someone who has their own charisma, but at the same time you feel that you are really playing for him, is not easy. Either you end up with a shallow blank paper like Dovahkiin from Skyrim, or the character itself takes the reins too much and you don’t feel like getting used to it in any way.
Shepard strikes the perfect balance in this. What’s more, it works perfectly in both versions: It doesn’t matter if you play for the male Shepard or the female version! Great dubbing by both Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale plays a part in this.
In short, Mass Effect is largely what it is, thanks to Shepard and Shepard. In this, other RPGs have a lot to learn from the good old sci-fi trilogy.
Sarka Tmejova: Garrus Vakarian
It is difficult to choose the most popular partner from a number of great characters in the world of Mass Effect, but two of them have an undeniable advantage over the rest – they are an important part of Shepard’s trilogy in each of the parts. Quarianka Tali is cute, BioWare has done a good job of her in evoking protective instincts, but Garrus is simply Garrus. An equal partner, the best friend you can always lean on.
He is able to get over the fact that he is not the iconic hero and he plays a bit of a second violin. He has enough humility to never blame Shepard. That’s why you should let him win a friendly sniper race on the roof of the Citadel!
Shepard is always the main driver of events in Mass Effect, of course, but it is Garrus who becomes a space cop after the commander’s presumed death Archangel and wants to make the galaxy a better place on his own. Even then, he doesn’t procrastinate, and when Shepard turns out to be alive, he gives up his own adventure and embarks on the suicidal mission of his former commander. And when the world needs to be saved for the third time, it does not hesitate to sacrifice its own home planet.
With Garrus, you simply know that you can go to hell and you have a chance to come back. Maybe with an ugly scar across his face, but together. Normandy cannons don’t calibrate on their own!
Aleš Smutný: Javik
It is almost impossible to choose one character from the entire Mass Effect ensemble. Wrex is a great buddy, although he can’t control his anger at all, Thane is the archetype of a tragic antihero, Mordin has great buzzwords and an equally tragic story, Miranda is an underappreciated heroine I kicked out just for the return of the chauvinistic and boarded up Ashley (sorry Miranda!) , Garrus has been a great friend since the second two… In fact, I probably enjoyed the last Prothean Javik the most in the series, who was inexplicably hidden behind the DLC in the third part.
Javik is simply a fighter. While everyone, led by Liara, looks religiously at the Protheans, meeting reality and the real Prothean is extremely fun. Instead of an exalted alien Gandhi, an arrogant, militant elite climbs out of the stasis, pouring one message after another around him. The Asaris are surprised that they have learned to write, calling the Salarians “reptiles” and, of course, respecting the Turians and Krogans to the point of making them subordinate races. Plus he’s really proud of his four eyes.
In that short time on the screen, Javik manages to turn all the Prothean stereotypes on his head and entertain himself with tales that would make me Mass Effect: Prothean from the time when the galaxy was ruled by four aliens and Asari was just learning to count his fingers…
Vašek Pecháček: Liara T’Soni
There are two different Mass Effects: the thoughtful, curious and patient one we know mainly from the first part with his careful construction of a believable galaxy, and the dumb, burntly heroic, Hollywood action, or one of the three where the whole story (except for the honorable exceptions, such as Genophage or Rannoch) crumbles into a million nonsense.
The bad Mass Effect is represented by the late Shepard. Faced with the literally indestructible fleet of Reapers, which cannot be defeated in open battle, instead of formulating realistic escape plans, he pathetically recalls: “We will fight or we will die !!!”
A good Mass Effect is represented by Liara.
Liara T’Soni is not a killing machine from which embarrassingly harsh rumors are falling. Liara is a clever, educated, slightly antisocial archaeologist and scientist who doesn’t mind digging into ancient ruins for a hundred years of her life. Liara is fascinated by Shepard not because he’s muscular, very brave, and good at shooting, but because of what’s really interesting about him: his close contact with Prothean technology. In other words: because of what he has in his head.
Because she herself has more than enough in her head. “Sexy blue alien is sexy” is the last reason why I consider her my favorite character. One of the first? Her secret project in Mass Effect 3.
The rest of Shepard’s party, including the commander himself, is trying to win a war that reason says can’t be won. And Liaru, only Liaru, wise, foresighted, rational, thinks that the best thing a galaxy can do is try to lend a helping hand to its followers. And so he records and hides a message in which he explains everything. A message that explains what’s going on for the next cycle.
When it’s all over, when another fifty thousand years have passed, and not even the dust of the SSV Normandy crew, the Reactors will find out that they have lost. Because someone will find Liara’s message. Because he will find out what danger the Citadel poses. Because it takes all the necessary steps to ensure that the cycle does not repeat itself. And when Harbinger’s impotent cry of anger shakes the black vacuum, where no stars shine, the quiet echo of a long-dead Assariya returns.
… Or the absurd deus ex machina will solve everything and it will turn out that blunt heroism is more important than reason. But Liara is no longer to blame.