Would a different looking Shepard ruin the experience for you?

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#1 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -

I've played right through both games with my Shepard now and loved every minute of it. But when I started a new game and my Shepard had a different appearance I just couldint to get into it nearly as much, simply because I was so attached to my original one.

It just wasint MY Shepard.

Has this happend to anyone else?

(forgive me if this has been discussed elsewhere)

#2 Posted by LiquidPrince (15851 posts) -

Yes. Anything except default male Shepard looks wierd. I'm even having a hard time adjusting to female Shepard.

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#3 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

Sort of. I made a new character for ME2 but I didn't have the will to replay the game with a new character. 
 
Though to be fair, I did change my character's appearance in the beginning.

#4 Posted by TooWalrus (13139 posts) -

I don't think I pick it up again if I couldn't use my John Locke Shepard, he's perfect. Although I'm not really playing much anyway, just can't get into it, I'm a few hours in, I should go back at some point.

#5 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" Yes. Anything except default male Shepard looks wierd. I'm even having a hard time adjusting to female Shepard. "
Consequently, I'm the very opposite. I can't play a male Shepard.
#6 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I could care less about his/her appearance, Shepard is still a BAMF no matter what he looks like.

#7 Edited by LiquidPrince (15851 posts) -
@Meteora said:

" @LiquidPrince said:

" Yes. Anything except default male Shepard looks wierd. I'm even having a hard time adjusting to female Shepard. "
Consequently, I'm the very opposite. I can't play a male Shepard. "
I don't know. I mean, while Bioware gives you the option to create your own Shepard, they clearly meant for default male to be the correct one. Otherwise why would the put him on the cover? At least that's how I feel. If they wanted to have him remain faceless, then they could have created many clever boxarts, that never showed his face. However, when playing the female, I never use the default. The default female doesn't look any better then a custom female would.
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#8 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" @Meteora said:

" @LiquidPrince said:

" Yes. Anything except default male Shepard looks wierd. I'm even having a hard time adjusting to female Shepard. "
Consequently, I'm the very opposite. I can't play a male Shepard. "
I don't know. I mean, while Bioware gives you the option to create your own Shepard, they clearly meant for default male to be the correct one. Otherwise why would the put him on the cover? At least that's how I feel. If they wanted to have him remain faceless, then they could have created many clever boxarts, that never showed his face. However, when playing the female, I never use the default. The default female doesn't look any better then a custom female would. "
Well, having a blank Sheperd would be pretty hard to tell a compelling story in their trailers. You can use the default if you like or customize it to your liking. 
 
Its like Dragon Age with that kick ass protagonist that we never get to use in the real game.
#9 Posted by stephengotlost (703 posts) -

My Shepard is an asian-version of the default.
I believe it fits very well. It's cool how custom-created characters can be taken seriously.
 
...unlike the mohawked squirt in Fallout and the blue dude in Oblivion.

#10 Posted by LiquidPrince (15851 posts) -
@Meteora said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" @Meteora said:

" @LiquidPrince said:

" Yes. Anything except default male Shepard looks wierd. I'm even having a hard time adjusting to female Shepard. "
Consequently, I'm the very opposite. I can't play a male Shepard. "
I don't know. I mean, while Bioware gives you the option to create your own Shepard, they clearly meant for default male to be the correct one. Otherwise why would the put him on the cover? At least that's how I feel. If they wanted to have him remain faceless, then they could have created many clever boxarts, that never showed his face. However, when playing the female, I never use the default. The default female doesn't look any better then a custom female would. "
Well, having a blank Sheperd would be pretty hard to tell a compelling story in their trailers. You can use the default if you like or customize it to your liking.  Its like Dragon Age with that kick ass protagonist that we never get to use in the real game. "
Nah, if it was just the trailers that were the problem, they could always have him wearing his N7 helmet like they did at the beginning of ME2. I'm not saying people shouldn't customize or whatever, but for me default male Shepard will always be the correct one.
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#11 Edited by Jasta (2217 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:

" @Meteora said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" Yes. Anything except default male Shepard looks wierd. I'm even having a hard time adjusting to female Shepard. "Consequently, I'm the very opposite. I can't play a male Shepard. "I don't know. I mean, while Bioware gives you the option to create your own Shepard, they clearly meant for default male to be the correct one. Otherwise why would the put him on the cover? At least that's how I feel. If they wanted to have him remain faceless, then they could have created many clever boxarts, that never showed his face. However, when playing the female, I never use the default. The default female doesn't look any better then a custom female would. "


I agree with you but I think the custom option really helped to make the playthrough unique for everyone who plays it to the end. Out of all the games with custom appearance options this is the only occasion I've felt some kind of emotional attachment to the character I created (as gay as that sounds.) Dragon age for example I couldint careless what my character looks like, maybe because of the lack of voice acting and general emoting.
#12 Posted by BibleDoctor (698 posts) -

Anything other than the default male Shepard kills it for me.

#13 Edited by MrKlorox (11208 posts) -

I'm putting off loading up ME1 on 360 and seeing if I can edit the apperance of my crafted Shepard, then loading up the PC version of ME2 right beside it and do a notch by notch transfer so I can finally get him on PC. Just too lazy and worried I won't be able to edit my original dude. After that I'll take the time to play ME2 with this ME1 save file that kinda resembles my playthrough.

#14 Posted by jim_dandy (891 posts) -

I prefer playing characters that look like me, so seeing a different Shepard weirds me out.

#15 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -
@jim_dandy said:
" I prefer playing characters that look like me, so seeing a different Shepard weirds me out. "
#16 Posted by Wallzii (173 posts) -

I can't really think of any Shepard other than the one I've created. I play the game as a renegade for the most part, and my appearance suits it. A very weather individual is reflected in my game, and it's so spot on it feels like BioWare designed my character for me.

#17 Posted by slowbird (1651 posts) -

not really.  I have a main Shepard that I beat both games with twice, but I also have a couple others to try out different classes and stuff.  It's not that hard to adjust.  The toughest thing is switching from a Paragon Shepard to a Renegade Shepard; sometimes I have to fight the urge to do the "right" thing when the "LT" pops up on the screen.

#18 Posted by SilentCommando (579 posts) -

Not really. Played the 1st time as a female and replaying it again as the default male. Enjoying both but I had to get used to the male Shepard's voice.

#19 Edited by Geno (6477 posts) -

Yes. Sometimes I see other people's Sheps and I'm just like "gosh, how did they play through the game with that?". The male Sheps especially don't do it for me. I also think that the female voicework >>> male voicework. 

#20 Posted by damswedon (3175 posts) -

I tried to play as Poster Shepard, it felt wrong Lady Shepard is just right. But then I have the same problem with all games that let you create characters.

#21 Posted by edge426 (155 posts) -

all of the custom shepards look weird compared to the stock shepard but thats just me.

#22 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -

I have two different characters, so no. 

#23 Posted by SmasheControllers (2544 posts) -

I use default all the time.

#24 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

No I could play as different Shepards no worries.

#25 Posted by haggis (1677 posts) -

Since I never used the default, I never got too accustomed to the regular male and female Sheps. My "ultimate" Shepard (the one where I'm doing everything in each game and sticking to the story as I want it to be) is a character I created and, I guess, feels right to me. I don't like the others I've created quite as well, but they don't feel wrong to me. The only thing that sometimes throws me is if the hairstyle is different, because that's basically the only distinguishing characteristic between characters (other than sex) through most of the actual game. We spend far more time looking at the backs of their heads than at their faces.

#26 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10538 posts) -

Yeah. I remember after playing hours upon hours of the first one, and then watching a review where they didn't use the default Shepard face, and just found it totally off-putting to hear the same voice coming out of a different face. It's sort of like playing one Nolan North game, and then immediately playing another (which happened to me when I went from Uncharted 2 to Assassin's Creed II).  
 
Also, I like playing as the guy that's on the games' covers, and I can't help but think that the face that BioWare designed is going to animate better than the monstrosities that gamers make. 

#27 Posted by Garrus (543 posts) -

I was playing both games today, friend imports Mass Effect 1 shepard, ugly as hell. FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION --- Oh god my eyes, so ugly, so very ugly.
 
Yeah poster Shep or default male shep is best. Xbox Version isn't so easy to create brilliant faces on though. I have seen some nice ones on PC version.

#28 Posted by Yummylee (21293 posts) -

No. I've played through the game with multiple different Shepards for both genders.

#29 Posted by newhaap (417 posts) -

I've played through the game with 4 different Shepards, but you're right, I absolutely loved my first guy and lady Shepards. Playing with new Shepards feels weird but I can still go through the game with them.

#30 Posted by DrPockets000 (2859 posts) -

I had a Cancer Shepard in the first game but now he's got hair and stuff, I think it works.

#31 Posted by ajamafalous (11866 posts) -

Anything other than Mark Vanderloo freaks me the hell out.

#32 Posted by DillonWerner (1526 posts) -

If its not default male bad-ass Shepard, it doesn't feel like mass effect.  With the default male face on ALL of the ads, commercials, posters, and box art, i feel it just doesn't play as well with a different looking Shepard.

#33 Posted by InfamousBIG (3200 posts) -

Well, not the best screenshot as his face looks a little weird looking in this picture, but this is my Shepard.  And I mean, this is my  Shepard.  I think the default guy looks ultra weird, and it's weird looking at other people's Shepards. 
  

#34 Posted by Bjorkman (12 posts) -

I played the game with my little male good-guy and it was awesome :) 
But now that i'm playing through it with a female to get som achievements that i missed it feels... wrong, that b*tch aint my Sheppard!

#35 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

Yeah, I didn't care for the default Shepard design, so I changed it. 

#36 Posted by Tobli (149 posts) -

It depends on the choices i would want to make in the game i suppose. In ME1 i wanted to play full Renegade, and default male Shepard just doesn't look like a Renegade character. 
Which is why my main Shep looks like a mean bastard with a scar, beard, red hair, and green eyes.

#37 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

I always roll with default Shepard because anything I make looks hideous. 

#38 Posted by PenguinDust (12454 posts) -

No, I played through ME1 three times and each Shepard looked different from the previous one.  When they imported to ME2, I didn't have any trouble readjusting myself to the differences between them again.  Now, if I had to play a Shepard that I didn't create in ME1, then I might have some difficulty, but then again, I can choose her likeness at the start anyway.    

@Geno said:

" Yes. Sometimes I see other people's Sheps and I'm just like "gosh, how did they play through the game with that?". The male Sheps especially don't do it for me. I also think that the female voicework >>> male voicework.  "
I don't think I could ever get used to playing ME with a male Shepard.  Like I said, 3 times, 3 chicks.  In my mind, Shepard is a woman which is why I have no interest in the official canon of the game.
#39 Posted by Brodehouse (9624 posts) -

See guys, what you don't understand is that Catherine Shepard is a short, aggro looking chick with cropped red hair, a scar under her eye, thin lips and a permanent fuck you look on her face.  Because you have to look like that to be the hardest motherfucker in the galaxy.

#40 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

I got two Shepards.
 
My female Adept and my male Vanguard.
I experienced the wholes of ME1 and ME2 with them and they will feel fight for me.
I also got an infiltrator chicka but she doesn't feel natural compared to the above two.

#41 Posted by NikoAlexander57 (359 posts) -

Yes, everyone else's Shephard I see that they have created from scratch looks like Shephard got hit with a baseball bat, or Brock Lesnar...or both.

#42 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Yep.  Playing anything other than default male Shepard would have me distracted the whole game.

#43 Edited by iKANNIBAL (601 posts) -

What are you talking about? My custom character is even sexier than default shepherd.......and its based off me, i was surprised my shepherd came out looking just like me. He's perfect, i love em.

#44 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

It doesn't bother me at all, I've played the games multiple times as male and female and different 'persons' each time

#45 Posted by Linkin10362 (602 posts) -

I prefer to play as the regular Shepard, but I can play as customs as well and be fine.
 
As long as he doesn't look like this...

#46 Posted by NTM (7277 posts) -
@Jasta said:
"

I've played right through both games with my Shepard now and loved every minute of it. But when I started a new game and my Shepard had a different appearance I just couldint to get into it nearly as much, simply because I was so attached to my original one.

It just wasint MY Shepard.

Has this happend to anyone else?

(forgive me if this has been discussed elsewhere)

"

Ok, I'm sorry. I never say anything about people's way of typing, or grammar. But, can you not say "wasint", or couldint"? Instead couldn't or wouldn't. I can't stand that. And, yeah. you're right. I wouldn't be able to play through a game of Mass Effect with another chracter other than my first. Then again, I can't really get into Mass Effect again to go through it again as much as I try.
#47 Posted by Shenanigans19 (51 posts) -

I stuck with the default Shepard the first time I rolled through part 1. I tried using a different one the 2nd time but just seemed weird so I've stuck with the default.
#48 Posted by Brendan (7696 posts) -

I think it's cool that people can create their own Shepard, and I've seen some alright looking ones to boot.  But default Shepard is based off a male model, and is in all the promotional material.  He is the only shepard in my book.
#49 Posted by Deevster (35 posts) -

I'm the kind of person who spends a lot of time creating a character in games like this. The way I made my Shephard is how I think he should look, and after putting in about 100 hours between the 2 games, watching anyone else play and still have that same voice just looks weird to me.
 
My Shephard is a battle hardened combat vet with a badass scar. Seeing my roomie play a Shephard that looks like someone just out of basic, no scars and a crew cut, just isn't right.

#50 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -

Im not really sure how to describe mine. I guess in my eyes he just looks like a person the other characters would look up to and his facial expressions are exactly what I think they should look like during dialogue etc. Its a hard thing to explain really.

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