The Mass Effect series is “HBO meets Star Wars,” says BioWare’s marketing boss – claiming that the acclaimed videogame series is “more mature” than George Lucas’ films.
A Sci-Fi comparing itself to Star Wars is like the Beatles comparing themselves to Jesus.
@ Chaostar: You're being too nostalgic. Star Wars (4,5 and 6) is/are THE patriarch and /or the unchallenged standard by which others are measured. However it is not the best most comprehensive Sci-Fi experience. I 'acutely' think this is a more that fair comparison. In fact I applaud the creators of the Mass Effect universe for given me some Sci-Fi I can depend on. … Look at it this way.. I don’t have to worry about a broken story arc, Jar-Jar, or a young Anakin that was so in love that he completely an utterly abandon all counsel receive over a 10 year training period to fall into the dark side.. sarcasm dripping .. I may need a bucket. Edit - .. By the way - I 'with purpose' do not consider the books and anime in my argument of presented media. The SW Universe is well over 30 years in the making (and growing) with multiple platform outputs along the way; while ME is barely approaching a 10 year window with only two video games in and one on the way. We have to draw a line somewhere..
A Sci-Fi comparing itself to Star Wars... Really now? Last i checked they were both Science Fiction. Fail on your part.
Sci-Fi is the genre that I prefer, and to be honest I don't consider Star Wars truly Sci-fi, it' s more Fantasy/Sci-Fi mix. Star Wars has too many factors that are inconsistent.
isnt that what sci-fi is all about? i dont recall all or even most sci-fi making 100% sense
Star Wars is what they call a space opera, a genre which holds less emphasis on the intricacies of technological development (and their effect on people's lives), and more on large, epic stories which happen to take place in a science fiction setting. But you're also quite right, Star Wars settles in towards a fantasy niche, as the Force and the concept of Jedi/Sith is basically magic and sorcery. In addition, Star Wars tends to sit at the mid to late teen demographic in part because it focuses upon a very strict dichotomy of good and evil. It's perfectly fine, but it tends to make heroes and villains a little thin. The most you get is the, "I'm evil now," followed by, "I'm good again!" Some of the extended universe explores a bit of the shades of grey, but not much of it. @seventh & silva The reason Star Wars has so many of those oddities is because there are, so to speak, too many cooks in the kitchen. Many people have been hired to give their take on it, and more than once have certain chunks been declared non-canon because of conflicts. It used to be that Kyle Katarn (of Dark Forces/Jedi Knight video game series fame) was a mercenary hired to find the Death Star plans. Then later on, canon was changed to suggest several other people found it. So now it's practically a rite of passage in the Star Wars universe. Want to be an important character? Gotta find them Death Star plans. The really good sci-fi comes in literature and just a couple of TV shows and films. Star Wars has been a great concept for years, but it's just over-bloated with some truly awful material and numerous conflicting stories.
@Saladfax I stopped way short of getting this detailed about my angst towards the handling of the SW universe however, thanks for filling the gap for me. +plus bubs for you
Wait a minute. You can't compare the Beatles to Jesus. The Beatles actually existed. Though you can compare Jesus to Star Wars as he used the force to duplicate fish, walk on water, rise from the dead and ascend to heaven. Yet he didn't know the world was round. Had the authors of the Bible known what a lightsaber was, they would've had him use that too. Likewise, Mohammed used the force to construct explosives...
Bubbles+ for the truth. On topic: seems like a lot people have forgot what is the exact meaning of the term Science Fiction.
Somewhat... but that doesnt really work like that
Well Mass Effect is just Star Wars with just guns.
I don't recall seeing any Jedi or Wookies in Shepard's squad. :D
Lol, I guess. Jack was kinda a jedi though. Actually so was Miranda, or even Shephard depending on your class.
Haha yeah I guess as they have skills like throw and pull that you see a bit in Star Wars films. All they need now is a glowing sword, maybe as DLC. :P
Mass Effect was Star Wars without wookies is what you meant to say.
Star wars has guns..
correction, it has 'blasters'. PewPew!!! (Kevin Smith voice) no, Sesame Street is more mature than Star Wars.
"Mass Effect more mature than Star Wars". no shit
George Lucas himself said Star Wars was made for kids, so it doesn't take much effort to be more mature than Star Wars.
I recall Lucas saying that Starwars was for himself.
Stupid, Kotor was pretty mature(and a superior game), it depends on the game/movie. Mass effect is pretty much Kotor without the explorable planets and a Tps instead of RPG.
so it depends on who is doing what with the IP and for what audience.
Mass Effect resembles the tone and quality of writing on HBO? Um... No Bioware... Just no. Try another marketing technique please.
HBO meets Star Wars... Well, give HBO the rights to make a TV show, hire Jack from Lost, hire Laurence Fishburn as Captain Anderson, hire Claudia Black as Miranda, hire Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man... Would be the best Sci-Fi TV show in a long, long time.
Martin Sheen is too old Laurence Fishburn may be a little too thick. By the way .. I would love for HBO to do this justice.
Ya, Martin Sheen is a little too old to play a character he is currently playing.
@xxBiG_BoSSxx To be fair.. voice acting and a visual representation of the character an actor is portraying is two different things
i know dude i was just being a smartass. i think illusive does look a little like sheen though, and he's not exactly haggard in real life. Spot on about fishburn though.
SW is better. Jusr because somthing is more mature doesnt make it better.
I agree, but on the other hand I don't think they wanted to say that they're "better" than Star Wars.
Eh, you can say certain offerings for Star Wars are better, but there's a lot of really really awful Star Wars books and, well, there's a few terrible films.
KOTOR will always overpower Mass Effect. Always. I dont care what anybody says. Those who have just played Mass Effect. Play KOTOR and you'll understand why. Mass Effect is brilliant too, but KOTOR is better. Oh the joys I had when the game took hours away from me ;D
Yeah, KOTOR is what Episodes 1-3 should have felt like. Much more gritty. Mass Effect is excellent, and it may be more mature - but the story is fairly Sci-Fi cliche
Not to mention the blatant reappropriation of characters/plot devices for Mass Effect. I'm amazed Shepard didn't turn out to be Revan all along.
I dunno, Kran. While KotoR was pretty much the best Star Wars offering of any kind in a large of number of years, Mass Effect was still really damn good.
I think "presumptuous" is the word they are looking for.
In much agreement with the books need to be translated to TV. The game franchise can keep puttering on on the side (after the first trilogy is complete). But while HBO is the default suggestion for tone, audience and budget, Syfy would be an interesting fit. If it had the same kind of budget and projected run as Stargate, it could do very well (with the occasional movie). HBO would be setting our sights too high methinks.
with syfy more into reality shows lately , trying to distance itself from hardcore sci-fi, and their rare few shows left focusing more on stand alone eps rather than cohesive arc , a mass effect syfy serie would tank and be doomed . It would get cancelled within its second season . So yeah better set your sights on HBO or Starz
40K > Mass Effect > Star Wars.
FOR EMPEROR AND IMPERIUM!
well of corse its more mature when youve got a girl with a cameltoe in there
BioWare... just shut the fuck up
star wars episodes 1-3 were really kiddish, i like the earlier movies (episodes 4-6). da empire strikes back was classic.
If we are talking the prequels, then yes. But come on, TESB can ge pretty mature...
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