BioWare's Mass Effect 2 Teaser

Posted by KensterFox (246 posts) -

This post relates to the new ME2 teaser trailer, so if you haven't seen it, go see it... somewhere. Like masseffect.com.

OK, you're back? Good.

Is Shepard really dead in Mass Effect 2? Maybe, maybe not, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that one way or the other, you're not going to be playing as Shepard in the second game.

When BioWare said that you'd be able to port your saves over from ME1, they never said you'd be playing as the same character. Instead, the save will affect ME2's backstory - for instance if you played a female Shepard and don't port your save over to ME2, then the supposedly dearly departed Shepard will be male. If you do port the save over, however, Shepard will be female. Other likely influences: whether Shepard was a Paragon, Renegade, or both, whether Shepard had a romantic liason with Kaidan, Ashley, or Liara (I can't wait to talk to my Shepard's asari daughter), whether Shepard killed the rachni queen on Noveria or the asari communicator on Feros, etc.

This is similar to what they did at the beginning of Knights of the Old Republic 2, where they had the player fill in details about Darth Revan which were variable in the events of KotOR 1 (male or female, Jedi or Sith). So BioWare's pulled this trick before, they're just finding a smoother way to do it.

#1 Posted by KensterFox (246 posts) -

This post relates to the new ME2 teaser trailer, so if you haven't seen it, go see it... somewhere. Like masseffect.com.

OK, you're back? Good.

Is Shepard really dead in Mass Effect 2? Maybe, maybe not, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that one way or the other, you're not going to be playing as Shepard in the second game.

When BioWare said that you'd be able to port your saves over from ME1, they never said you'd be playing as the same character. Instead, the save will affect ME2's backstory - for instance if you played a female Shepard and don't port your save over to ME2, then the supposedly dearly departed Shepard will be male. If you do port the save over, however, Shepard will be female. Other likely influences: whether Shepard was a Paragon, Renegade, or both, whether Shepard had a romantic liason with Kaidan, Ashley, or Liara (I can't wait to talk to my Shepard's asari daughter), whether Shepard killed the rachni queen on Noveria or the asari communicator on Feros, etc.

This is similar to what they did at the beginning of Knights of the Old Republic 2, where they had the player fill in details about Darth Revan which were variable in the events of KotOR 1 (male or female, Jedi or Sith). So BioWare's pulled this trick before, they're just finding a smoother way to do it.

#2 Posted by ParrapatehRappa (185 posts) -

I personally think that Shepard is dead. However, depending on which female you decided to fuck in the first ME, I'm thinking you may get to play as the son or daughter of Shepard, be it alien or human.

Now I am aware of how many loop holes there are in this theory, things like whether one decided to let Ashley or Kaiden die in the first, or if anyone even pursued trying to screw Liara or Ashley, or Kaiden at all. I love speculation like this, but knowing Bioware, they did something incredibly similar to what we're describing OP.

Who knows, maybe we'll play as a Geth, even though that would be incredibly lame and unlikely.

#3 Posted by Red (5991 posts) -

^^^

No. We're not gonna be playing as Shepard's son. I think IF Shepard is dead (which I doubt), you'll play as someone that knew him. Be it a trainee, an old war buddy...I don't know.
Also: playing as an alien would be awesome. Not because we get to play as an alien, but because we get to see how other species react to a species different from human. Playing as a Turian would be pretty cool.
#4 Posted by Captain_Fookup (1519 posts) -

Shepard dies and comes back like Robo Cop but inside of a Geth sub-form of your choice at the start of the game with your previous stats intact, seeking vengeance on those who have wrong the Galaxy.

#5 Posted by Red (5991 posts) -
Captain_Fookup said:
"Shepard dies and comes back like Robo Cop but inside of a Geth sub-form of your choice at the start of the game with your previous stats intact, seeking vengeance on those who have wrong the Galaxy."
Win.
#6 Posted by Mexalen (232 posts) -

ME is about how humanity fits into the galaxy, with all these other species. The way you, as a player, reacted to all these. If you read the novels, (they aren't that bad, give it a try), you get a sense where they intend to lead with their story line. I am pretty sure, that Cerberus is going to take a bigger part. And politics too. 


Maybe Shep is just missing, and you are going to look for him, find him  in the end and in the 3rd game you can decide to play with either Shep or your dude from ME2 :)
If Shepard is dead in the 2nd game, I wouldn't mind at all, as long as my actions from the 1st one still have consequences, and people remember him. 

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