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Why This Leaked Mass Effect Survey is Totally Unrealistic and Ruins the Franchise

The leaked survey on the next Mass Effect and alleged story and gameplay details makes no sense in the Mass Effect universe. The included information gets broken down and described within the Mass Effect story lore and timeline.

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Visiblemarc854d ago

Not trying to be mean, but why are like 90% of sites, linked to from here, formatted so badly for mobile? Doesn't mobile account for the majority of traffic?

Summons75854d ago

To be honest the site doesn't look very good on a computer either. The entire article feels like one giant block of text. Not much spacing and each section head is the same size as everything else, nothing to make it stand out as a new section.

OrangePowerz854d ago (Edited 854d ago )

Why are strike missions a red flag? They would be the same as the missions in Dragon Age: Inquisition where you send people out on missions.

As for the relays, I don't remember if they all had been destroyed plus if it's set a long time after ME3 they could have been rebuilt or came up with some new method of travelling faster. It's. SciFi so it's not too hard to imagine them coming up with a new way or rebuild relays.

Menkyo854d ago

All relays were destroy, stranding not only hundreds or thousands of alien troops on earth but all their fleets as well. Having this new story line set in the same time as Shepard is kind of cheap bs if ya ask me.

OrangePowerz854d ago

Why is it cheap? The universe is huge and there would be more dangers out there than just the Reapers.

Menkyo854d ago

What could possibly my be more threating than a gigantic galaxy ending race of machines that harvest 95% of the life in the galaxy? Nothing and its cheap lazy story telling, using the same time frame means you don't have to actually have to do much in the way of back story.

OrangePowerz854d ago (Edited 854d ago )

Why does everything need to be galaxy ending? They can make just as well good games and stories without everything having to be galaxy ending. They can actually make a great story that is more personal and down to earth where the character doesn't hold the fate of the universe in his hands. Stargate Universe (very underrated show in my opinion) would be a great example for this. It was all about personal threats and not about "if they fail the galaxy will be destroyed" and it was just as much threatening as the Goa'uld, Replicators or the Ori.

If you think they won't have to do much for the backstory you should learn a bit about storytelling. It just means they have already a good and very well developed basis they can build on and expand. Or do you want to tell me that as example Deep Space Nine, Stargate Atlantis/Universe and so on are just lazy shows because the are set in the same time frame as other shows and build upon the existing backstory?

SuicidalTendencies854d ago

So because there is no gigantic killing machines then there is no threats? You know a germ can kill you and you can't even see it.

Antifan853d ago

Sorry powerz, but if you actually played the game, there's nothing more dangerous, more destructive than the Reapers, expect for maybe their creators.

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joab777854d ago

Obviously, he hasn't seen interstellar yet. I have serious issues with the direction too, but what if a future version of humanity knew about the reaper invasion and destruction and created a worm hole just prior to the end of ME3. Shepherd stayed to fight the battle but sent a small group of travelers as a last ditch effort to keep races alive...or something like that. Mayne 50 yrs later, a worm hole is discovered. Who knows.

Now, I honestly don't have a problem with an mmo of sorts, like Destiny, but with a Bioware story and companions and choice. The multi from ME3 was VERY underrated imo. It could be everything Destiny shpuld have.

My problem is that of we are going to an entirely new place, all the previous lore is dead. All new races? Why? Such an amazing cast was created. Also, if it's an mmo of sorts, why cab we still only be human?

Naga854d ago

Interstellar was fundamentally flawed in that either humanity would have survived into the future to create the wormhole, in which case they did not need saving... or humanity would not have survived into the future without it but therefore could not have lived on to create the wormhole in the future. The concept is flawed - both in Interstellar and in your theoretical application to the Mass Effect storyline here.

In any case, I have big-time reservations about this game, considering 1) the storyline will inevitably be set on a smaller scale than that of Reapers harvesting all life in the universe, 2) they burned us with the ending to Mass Effect 3, and 3) their obsession with pushing liberal social agendas (LGBT) seems to find its way into every new game they develop. I'm not even cautiously optimistic at this point.

The_Sage852d ago (Edited 852d ago )

I hated that movie....

That said, I have to say I'm kinda with the writer on this. The science don't make sense within Mass Effect. I would like to see a future well after ME3, around the time of the star gazer.

People have said, that wouldn't work, because even though the choices at the end of 3 were lack luster, you did get to make a choice. This could be solved with indoctrination theory. You could write your way out of it.

DOMination-854d ago

The Reapers built the relays so if this really is set in another galaxy then it shouldn't even matter because there shouldn't be any mass relays in Andromeda..

OB1Biker854d ago

'The relays were all destroyed by the Crucible at the end of ME3 rendering all travel to other galaxies impossible'

They said many times it s going to be a different story but set during Sheppards time. Not a sequel

Naga854d ago

They never said when it would be.

OB1Biker854d ago

'To call the next game 'Mass Effect 4' or 'ME4' is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here. We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying 'well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending.' No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it. I do not call the game ME4 when I talk about it ever, [because] that makes people think of it more as 'what happens after 'Mass Effect 3' rather than 'what game happens next set in the 'Mass Effect' Universe. Obviously fans are going to speculate content, character and story until we actually reveal details in the years or months to come as you have almost no actual details, just don’t get bogged down in 'well how are they going to continue ME3.'

—Chris Priestly

This statement was followed up by BioWare Edmonton chief Yanick Roy, emphasing that the original trilogy was concluded and they are focusing on a new story in the Mass Effect universe

Naga853d ago (Edited 853d ago )

... how does that negate what I just said?

He still didn't say when it would take place: "...the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side."

So your claim, "They said many times it's going to be a different story but set during Sheppards[sic] time," remains unsubstantiated.

Myst-Vearn854d ago

It's too early to start panicking. This is just a survey. The game is still in development and will be for quite some time so things can change a lot game-play wise. As for the story...again we know too little to make a judgement.

medman854d ago (Edited 854d ago )

Man listen...this sounds pretty much like what I wanted from the next Mass Effect, which was a return to the exploration from the first ME, possibly set in the Andromeda Galaxy (which this is saying it will be), or an all out war in which denizens of the Milky Way have to band together against the common foes from the Andromeda Galaxy....it sounds interesting, and more importantly, it sounds like there will be a ton of stuff to do and systems to explore. I'm not saying everything I read sounds great, but everything sounds promising. The seamless travel is especially interesting...hope Bioware can deliver. As to the authors contention that several key points don't make sense...there are certainly ways the talented writers at Bioware could make it work...there are certainly enough zones in our own Milky Way that were not explored in the trilogy to find ways to support this direction they're going (if this turns out to be an accurate article)...

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