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Mass Effect "Tales"

Discussion in 'Story Search' started by MonkeyEpoxy, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. CareOtters

    CareOtters Supreme Mugwump DLP Supporter

    Jun 8, 2010
    The premise of Cursed Child was inherently bad. No matter how good a writer might be, they'd be crippled by the source material. The premise of Andromeda was fantastic: new initiative to settle a new galaxy, build new colonies, make first contact with new races while managing old feuds between factionalist species, led by a human/AI symbiotic supersoldier. There was so much potential there. Imagine a combination of Ghost in the Shell, Age of Empires, and Halo.

    It was just woefully mishandled. The Pathfinder didn't do anything new. Every planet, every discovery, every part of the plot, you were the second person there. You would rescue the colonists who got there before you. You would fight the rebels who got there before you. You would scan datapads containing the answers to mysteries solved by researchers who got there before you. At every step the premise was sabotaged by the fact that the developers and writers didn't have the balls to square up to what they were pretending to do.

    A fanfic author could swoop in and change that. The setting is fertile ground. There are so many potential points of divergence which could lead into something fantastic. And in all honesty, I love the Mass Effect setting but am getting tired of Shepherd and the Reapers. Andromeda has a lot of wasted potential.
  2. guestreader

    guestreader First Year

    Jul 5, 2016
    United Kingdom
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    I'm still waiting for a good Mass Effect story where Cerberus aren't cartoon villains who are evil for the sake of being evil. Joining the Citadel happened as part of the ceasefire from Shanxi, If there wasn't some referendum or something on that then I can imagine a lot of disgruntled people. Make Cerberus pro-independance, make Humanity want to be left alone and resent being dictated to by aliens. Put a story before the Reapers or ignore them. Could humanity survive alone, could the Citadel enforce their law on an people who don't want them there? The only things I've seen that are even close are just pro-human wankfests that are just uninteresting.