Submitted by GameRant 970d ago | opinion piece

‘Mass Effect’ Isn’t Just The New Star Trek – It’s Better

With ‘Mass Effect 3′ coming out soon and the second J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie in development, we look at what makes these important sci-fi franchises special and which is better. (BioWare, Culture, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3)

FutureTechnologies  +   970d ago
I mean Mass Effect is OK, but it will never touch the "classicness" of Star Trek, the first book is just a marvel to sci-fi history. ME is also very bland story wise, it's just another INVASION type sci-fi with no depth at all.
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Godmars290  +   970d ago
If they had gone the way ME1 was suggesting, offered options for relationships between crew members as well as races - and by that I don't mean just sex - it would have come close.

As is its the difference between a good TV series with an overarching plot over the season, and an Movie that relies more on special effects than script and plot.
Kalowest  +   970d ago
Yep Star Wars is Awesome.
Blacktric  +   969d ago
Comparing two different universes that's been around for different amounts of time is nothing short of funny. One's been out there for barely 4.5 years while the other one is out there for decades. And if you would've cared a little bit about Mass Effect, you'd know the depth it offers and not just with the games but with the comics and books (except the last one which turned out to be an atrocity (in terms of lore)).
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BattleAxe  +   970d ago
Mass Effect is great, but Star Trek has the best sci-fi world. If someone were to put as much money and effort into a Star Trek RPG as Bioware has put into Mass Effect, Star Trek would sell far more copies than Mass Effect could ever dream of selling.
Aloren  +   969d ago
There was a time when people said the same thing about Mario and Mickey...
FutureTechnologies  +   970d ago
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TheStorm  +   970d ago
Ya the Mass Effect universe is great, but Star Trek is one of the best. Trek was not just about the adventures, it was about a philosophy, and that is one of its enduring aspects. Is what human potential can be, and hopes that we can better our selves and become like the Federation.
BlackPrince 42  +   970d ago
Well it's better than JJ Abrams Star Trek, but that's just Star Trek in name only.

As for comparing it to Star Trek proper I would say it owes too much to Star Trek to say it's really that much better. The writing and budget are, of course, much better than the original series and parts of Next Gen, but it does less with more.

Star Trek as a franchise created the paradigm that Mass Effect exists in. And on top of that they are two completely different formats. By and large Star Trek tells a different story each episode and with a different theme. Mass Effect focuses more on the overarching story and individual characterization.

They excel in completely different areas.
theWB27  +   970d ago
Im not laced in Trek lore, but i saw the newest one and loved it. But a epic game will never touch a epic movie or show. If Mass Effect were given the proper movie treatment i think more people would appreciate that than the game. Stories played out in movie form provoke a different sense.
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snowman2149  +   970d ago
Those who say Star Trek or even star wars is better than mass effect simply dont know what they're talking about. Sure, I can understand you liking Star Trek more since you have been fans of the franchise for years, even decades and its the same thing with star wars. But when you compare the actual depth and the gigantic level of detail and realism the mass effect universe has, no other sci-fi series can compare.
Raider69  +   970d ago
It seems you really dont know what you are talking about!I sugest you to go and watch every Star Trek or Star wars movie before making the stupid assumption that the mass effect lore is better than any of those two sci-fi series.You can also go watch the Babylon series that is also better than Mass effect.
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Hicken  +   970d ago
Yeah, you can say that because you've seen SOOO much of the Mass Effect universe, and less of the Star Trek universe.

The thing is: there's far more to the Trek universe, from race relations to amount of space explored to length of time to traveling through time.

Star Trek is hailed as the greatest becaue Roddenberry's vision was complete from inception. Even the new movies, completely unrelated to the rest of the Star Trek universe, are nonetheless related to the Star Trek universe, and all because that depth was available from the original.

As far as sci-fi is concerned, I'd put Xenosaga/gears ahead of Mass Effect, but Star Trek is STILL above that.
n4gisatroll  +   970d ago
Thats a matter of opinion. Go tell a trekie that and see what they say. Same with a star wars fb.
Edward75  +   970d ago
Apples and oranges my friends..... Apples and oranges. Different types of experience.
mamotte  +   970d ago
better than Star Trek? no way.
Lord_Sloth  +   970d ago
This is like when Rovio said they'd be bigger than Disney...

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