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Mass Effect 2's Grunt Revealed

BioWare has started filling in Commander Shepard's new party members, one by one.

I'm not usually in the habit of pasting game info straight out of press releases, but Mass Effect 2 is a game I happen to be sufficiently excited about that any shred of news is worth posting to me. Luckily, there's more than a shred here, as BioWare sent out a trailer and some accompanying details introducing Grunt, a Krogan warrior and one of your new party members in the sequel.

For my money, there is no finer Krogan in the galaxy than Mr. Urdnot Wrex, and it's too bad you can't hear Grunt utter "Shepard" in this trailer, but... the guy looks like a bruiser. Take a gander.
 
 

  

Once again stepping into the role of the heroic Commander Shepard, gamers will command their crew on a suicide mission in space. Players will strategically select each member of their squad, all of whom have a direct impact on the direction of the story and the squad’s chances for survival. Players will select from a motley cast of characters including the newly revealed ‘Grunt’ – a blood-hungry Krogan.

Once players have assembled their squad from amongst the galaxy’s most powerful mystics, geniuses, and convicts, they must lead them on a suicide mission to discover why humans are vanishing from the galaxy. The success of the mission hinges on the squad recruited and their loyalty to the mission. Shepard’s future depends on it.

“The Mass Effect trilogy is an epic, action-filled saga with consequences that will carry through from chapter to chapter,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager and Senior Vice President, Electronic Arts, and co-founder and CEO, BioWare. “Building out a diverse and loyal party is one of the features that makes the Mass Effect series quite unique. The characters Commander Shepard recruits are not only pivotal to the storyline, but essential to the player’s overall success."

The new character revealed in the Mass Effect 2 squad is ‘Grunt’. A violent and unpredictable Krogan fighter, Grunt has never faced true defeat. His unsurpassed physical strength makes him a strong asset to Commander Shepard’s team, if he can be tamed, and if he can be trusted.

Grunt is the second party member to be revealed in the Mass Effect 2 universe following ‘Thane’ a deadly assassin who was first introduced in June. More details about the rest of Shepard’s crew will be revealed in the coming months.


It's a shame BioWare has jumped on the exclusive-content-for-preorders bandwagon with that dragon armor there, but then you figure there's an appreciable amount of overlap in the Dragon Age and Mass Effect audiences, right?    
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Posted by Brad

I'm not usually in the habit of pasting game info straight out of press releases, but Mass Effect 2 is a game I happen to be sufficiently excited about that any shred of news is worth posting to me. Luckily, there's more than a shred here, as BioWare sent out a trailer and some accompanying details introducing Grunt, a Krogan warrior and one of your new party members in the sequel.

For my money, there is no finer Krogan in the galaxy than Mr. Urdnot Wrex, and it's too bad you can't hear Grunt utter "Shepard" in this trailer, but... the guy looks like a bruiser. Take a gander.
 
 

  

Once again stepping into the role of the heroic Commander Shepard, gamers will command their crew on a suicide mission in space. Players will strategically select each member of their squad, all of whom have a direct impact on the direction of the story and the squad’s chances for survival. Players will select from a motley cast of characters including the newly revealed ‘Grunt’ – a blood-hungry Krogan.

Once players have assembled their squad from amongst the galaxy’s most powerful mystics, geniuses, and convicts, they must lead them on a suicide mission to discover why humans are vanishing from the galaxy. The success of the mission hinges on the squad recruited and their loyalty to the mission. Shepard’s future depends on it.

“The Mass Effect trilogy is an epic, action-filled saga with consequences that will carry through from chapter to chapter,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager and Senior Vice President, Electronic Arts, and co-founder and CEO, BioWare. “Building out a diverse and loyal party is one of the features that makes the Mass Effect series quite unique. The characters Commander Shepard recruits are not only pivotal to the storyline, but essential to the player’s overall success."

The new character revealed in the Mass Effect 2 squad is ‘Grunt’. A violent and unpredictable Krogan fighter, Grunt has never faced true defeat. His unsurpassed physical strength makes him a strong asset to Commander Shepard’s team, if he can be tamed, and if he can be trusted.

Grunt is the second party member to be revealed in the Mass Effect 2 universe following ‘Thane’ a deadly assassin who was first introduced in June. More details about the rest of Shepard’s crew will be revealed in the coming months.


It's a shame BioWare has jumped on the exclusive-content-for-preorders bandwagon with that dragon armor there, but then you figure there's an appreciable amount of overlap in the Dragon Age and Mass Effect audiences, right?    
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Posted by Sjupp

Haven't played the first one. This one makes me want to. 
 
If there is someone as bad as this dude in the original, that is.

Posted by zombie2011

There is a reason i saved Wrex and that is because he is a badass, I don't want some guy called Grunt on my team.

Posted by Scratch

I suppose this is the guy they replace Wrex with, if you happen to have him dead from the first game's save.

Posted by MetalR

Wrex is awesome, I always took the renegade path thanks to him

Posted by ZombieHunterOG

Like is said before you should be able to get freaky with him :P

Posted by Asurastrike

This game really is looking too awesome.

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Excellent, I can't wait for this to come out.

Posted by spiceninja

There's just something so comical about his charging right into a group of geth.

Posted by StarFry64

 I really liked the first one but the biggest fault with that game to me was how inconsistent it was. The Citadel level takes more than 4 hours of wandering around- then the last act is non-stop action.
 
I might get this but is it just me who thinks this trailer is unintentionally funny.

Edited by Death_Burnout

i hope that armor is an indication that the armor on the whole is better and more varied in ME 2.

Posted by Osphere
@PlasmaBeam44 said:
" There's just something so comical about his charging right into a group of geth. "
Posted by ShaunM

"Shepard..." 
  
"Grunt..." 
 
...It just doesn't sound the same to me.

Posted by sixghost

Way to sneak that shit into the last couple seconds bioware.

Posted by Bigandtasty
@ShaunM said:
" "Shepard..."   "Grunt..."  ...It just doesn't sound the same to me. "
Maybe if they both just grunt it'll be better.
Edited by Yzzerdd

Fantastic they replaced Wrex with a generic tough guy.
The dragon armor looks embarrassing, it needs to ditch the red paint and dragon logo to look acceptable.

Posted by Tru3_Blu3

This guy is a totally pissed of version of Wrex. Wrex seemed more... calm.

Posted by JoelTGM

lol he waddles funny

Posted by Undeadpool

I think Grunt is probably going to be more a soldier than a biotic, so we'll see how that goes.

Wrex+Grunt= DOUBLE TROUBLE...rated PG-13.

Posted by Chewii101

Curse you Bioware. Just release the game! And thank god I didnt kill Wrex cause no one can replace him. NO ONE.

Posted by zombie2011

I just noticed Grunt runs like a fat dude, he waddles from side to side when he moves.

Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell

Oo, that's sort of cool. Get special armor if you purchased Dragon Age Origins...

Posted by EndrzGame

I am so stoked for this game. Thanks Brad for the new look see. I don't mind the whole Dragon Age armor thing since I'll be getting that game on release day as well.

Posted by Origina1Penguin

The voice is not as cool as Wrex's.  Wrex also had an interesting personality though, and maybe Grunt will be a nice surprise.

Posted by LCadejoNegro

i wonder how wrex and grunt would interact if you had them both on the same team? i saved wrex not only because he was a badass mofo, but because i really liked him as a character. i dont know about some crazy dude that runs into fire fights. he could end up messing things up in missions

Posted by Sweep

i like him already. I hope he kills Garrus.

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Posted by MjHealy

As long as I can bust heads with Wrex, I'm happy.
 
This game is going to be AWESOME

Posted by WinterSnowblind
@Sjupp said:
" Haven't played the first one. This one makes me want to.   If there is someone as bad as this dude in the original, that is. "
The character like this from the first game was much, much more bad ass.
Hence all the complaining about this new guy.
Edited by TripMasterMunky

I bet this guy is basically for the people who killed Wrex in the first game. Everyone else will have 2 krogans.
 
Also, Mass Effect is one of the best games ever. More people need to give props to Bioware.

Posted by Metric_Outlaw
@Chewii101: Lmao I know
Posted by nixium

Hopefully Wrex will also be there........

Posted by Daracon
@Chewii101 said:
" Curse you Bioware. Just release the game! And thank god I didnt kill Wrex cause no one can replace him. NO ONE. "

true. 
Posted by Zaapp1

Anyone else catch that "buy dragon age: origins, get dragon armor in ME2" at the end of the video?

Posted by Cirdain

I'm getting De ja vu

Posted by Carlos1408

I cannot wait for this game, I'm so pumped!!!

Posted by Blair

I'm so glad Wrex is still at my side.
 
Grunt seems too irrational and teenage marketing friendly to me.

Edited by eroticfishcake

"Shepard." "Grunt." 
"Shepard." "Grunt."  
"Shepard." "Grunt."  
"Shepard." "Grunt."
 
Nah. Doesn't sound good as Wrex. Looking foward to it though.

Posted by fillmoejoe

Shepard...Wrex...Grunt...Shepard...Wrex...Grunt...

Posted by NickM

Shepard.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

What happens if you have Wrex from your last save? Both better be party members.

Posted by iam3green

sounds cool. i never played mass effect before. it was alright when i tried it out. i didn't get to far in the game.

Posted by Jimbo

"It's a shame BioWare has jumped on the exclusive-content-for-preorders bandwagon with that dragon armor there, but then you figure there's an appreciable amount of overlap in the Dragon Age and Mass Effect audiences, right?"
 
Shepard.

Posted by natetodamax

I've never heard the term "blood-hungry" before. I wasn't aware that you could eat blood.
 
Could Krogans possibly have solid blood? o_O

Edited by SmokePants

Wrex isn't going to be a party member. Get over it now, before the disappointment taints your experience with the game.
 
They aren't going to invest resources into making a party member that might be dead for some players. And I guarantee you won't have more than one party member per alien race.
 
I'm sure Wrex will be "around". But expecting anything more than a cameo is unrealistic.

Posted by Metal_Mills
@Dan_CiTi said:
" What happens if you have Wrex from your last save? Both better be party members. "
He'll be there but you can't ever use him.
Posted by Metal_Mills
@natetodamax said:
" I've never heard the term "blood-hungry" before. I wasn't aware that you could eat blood.  Could Krogans possibly have solid blood? o_O "
It means he wants to kill something. Not eat blood.
Posted by natetodamax
@Metal_Mills said:
" @natetodamax said:
" I've never heard the term "blood-hungry" before. I wasn't aware that you could eat blood.  Could Krogans possibly have solid blood? o_O "
It means he wants to kill something. Not eat blood. "
The term would be blood thirsty then.
 
Whatever. Game looks awesome.
Posted by TheHBK

i guess this is my new guy.  I beat down that asshole Wrex, I decided to kill all those fucking Krogan animals and he wasnt going along with it, so I beat his ass down and shot his fat ass between the eyes. 
It was the only thing that was evil that i did in my game.  I saved the council!
Posted by IncredibleBulk92

Grunt actually looks pretty cool.  I like how he shows a bit more personality during combat than Wrex ever did.  The name "Grunt" sucks tho, Wrex was far cooler. 
  
I cannot wait for Mass Effect 2

Posted by Meltbrain

Stoked! I just played through the first one and I loved it so this is looking excellent. Wrex is boss, though.

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