Since well over a year or two ago I’ve taken to the habit of having FRAPS running in the background in case I feel the need to screenshot things for whatever reason – be it for a specific purpose or just because I like a scene or expressions at play or whatnot and think it’d be nice to keep. Considering how BioWare have declared that today is (or yesterday was, seeing how it’s almost midnight at the time of posting) officially FemShep Friday and how Mass Effect tends to be one of the main contributors to the latter reasoning, I decided to take a dive into my archived FRAPS screenshot folder in celebration of the fact that BioWare is finally acknowledging Jennifer Hale’s fantastic performance in promotional material.
Incidentally, I also discovered that I have a lot of screenshots of my own Commander Shepard.
If you’ve prodded through my backlog of posts (or simply been around that long) you might remember my own personal Commander Shepard, named Kate. If you do, you might also notice she actually looks a wee bit different from the last time I showed any images of her – for my most recent playthrough about half a year ago or so I actually went and tweaked her appearance in the Mass Effect 2 facial editor as opposed to trying to keep the same face across both; for some reason though I’m not sure why… I also ended up changing her hair from dark red to black. It seemed more fitting at the time, and the changes overall struck me as making her look a triffle older, closer to the 27 or so that I believe she’s actually supposed to be.
Of course, I’m not entirely sure where exactly she expects that camouflage colour and pattern to blend in, but seeing as how the only stealth in the game exists via complete cloaking devices anyway, it seems like a smaller quibble. It really came out of my quirky tendency towards using yellowish orange as my player or team colour in games, while at the same time wanting to avoid looking like a card-carrying Cerberus member since predominantly paragon Kate never really did see eye to eye with most of their organization.
I’ve been contemplating whether or not to do one final playthrough before Mass Effect 3 or not, just to cement the events clearly in my memory before I get started. So far I’ve been leaning towards no… I’ve played through it enough times by now that most of it should be rather solidly in place. On the other hand, with less than a month to go I’m starting to feel a tad antsy. I’ve been cautious about browsing around too much in regards of Mass Effect 3 due to the claim of there being some spoilers circling around; I’ve seen some of BioWare’s own promotional material, but little else – while the main premise has pretty much been obvious from the first reveal trailer, as far as details are concerned I’m hoping to discover them as I go, rather than knowing of them beforehand.
Of course, I have heard some people mumbling something about the story supposedly being disappointing or whatever from people who have spoken to/forumed with/whatever people who supposedly have read the early leak before I kindly told them to shush about anything spoilery and while I do understand why some are concerned, I’m kind of not, really. Let’s face it, there are some very simple things I want out of Mass Effect 3.
One. I want to see the conclusion of Kate’s personal war against the Big Menacing Robo-Cthulhu from Outer Space; it’s not so much about whether the story surprises me as getting to see her journey conclude. So long as I can get with their take on that, I’m good.
Two. I want to see how things mend between Kate and Kaidan Alenko for this last leg of the journey and how they pick up after the rather tense encounter at Horizon. And… If Raphael Sbarge’s audioblog entries are anything to go by, I won’t be disappointed there.
I realize a fair few other people will likely have significantly greater requirements on hand for Mass Effect 3 to live up to its promise and hype but as far as I’m concerned, BioWare would likely have to try pretty hard to mess things up.
Of course, this being Femshep Friday, BioWare also took the time to finally release the quite anticipated FemShep Trailer, which… most people with any interest in Mass Effect 3 have probably already seen. I’m not exactly a fan of the new default face, nor one of what seems to be the clear visual intention behind it – some of the artwork for it wasn’t that bad, but the parts I liked about that seem to have gotten a wee bit lost. That said, Kate has always had a custom face anyway and I’ll be sticking with that one so it isn’t exactly going to change my experience any. And beyond that, giving Female Shepard and the absolutely stellar associated voicework by Jennifer Hale a central spot in official promotional material is so long overdue that I’m going to applaud the sheer existance of this video regardless. I may not appreciate their new face, but an official video of female Commander Shepard where she gets to kick arses and punch gorillas? I’m totally on board with that.
The trailer ends with “Tell your friends we’re coming for them.” I can’t wait to tell them! Silly little space robot Cthulhu!
Oh! oh! Do I get to fly the Hammerhead? I want to fly the Hammerhead. And dodge trucks. At the same time!