Mass Effect: Andromeda’s “Ugly” Female Characters Are A Non-Issue

A few days ago, an article was posted on TGG regarding some of the female character models that we have seen so far in trailers for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The article, rightly, points out that the actress, Jayde Rossi, who lends her likeness to the female protagonist, Ryder, looks nothing like her in game. The author then goes on to show examples of other characters in the game and in past games to illustrate that BioWare may, possibly, be intentionally making their female characters “ugly”.

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Godmars2902173d ago

For them? More than likely.

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naruga2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

i call it now...Ugly characters(especially females) =unappealable =forgetable game ...just wait and see(if there is no customizaion option) ...Mass Effect will be remembered lukewarmly like Dragon Age Inc...for its animalities and SJW friendly agenda not matter the sporadic quality moments

morganfell2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

Don't worry, the game will have paper bags as DLC. Two bags if its a Krogan. Also I heard MEA lets you drink until you have beer goggles.

And naruga, you are correct. Its not about a game experience, its about an agenda. Look at that collection of characters. Seems like every design was subjected to some test group to check for triggers. If the women looked like Ashley from ME3 the aliens from planet Sarkeesian would have their objectification pitchforks out for a frontal assault.

sullynathan2173d ago

the funny thing about it is that people hated what Bioware did to Ashley in ME3, she was a soldier now in ME3 she looks like a failed model.

just-joe2173d ago

We don't take kindly to questions.

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Lonnie182173d ago

You know I'm a big fan of Mass Effect but I might wait or all together pass on this one. Where there's smoke there's fire...


Big ME fan here too... but I was out the door do to the ending of ME3 and I've seen nothing that makes me excited about this new game. Literally, nothing, and ME was lovely my favorite IP of all time at one point.

Xenocide72173d ago

I think if I played the ending without the internet it probably wouldn't have been so terrible.

Thomaticus2173d ago

This is the game where the main plot is to have sex with those females.

Godmars2902173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

And/or guys. If that's your thing.

Seriously though, wonder why the Frostbite engine isn't catching more flack for this. It obvious that EA went with it because they own it, don't want to pay for UE4, but either its not as versatile, or that the their devs need more time to become familiar with it.

Scatpants2173d ago

no that's the sub plot.

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OCEANGROWNKUSH2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

Doesnt seem to be a story here at all lol

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SaveFerris2173d ago

Mass Effect: Andromeda - It's more than just a game about 'bumping uglies'.

The_Sage2173d ago

Yes! Nailed it.

That pun was intended, right?... Cause... You know... Ryder is so ugly.

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MyDietEqualsGames2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

Uglies bumping uglies. It's articles like this that make the muscles that create a hard grin within my face, work over time. I get a good laugh when people take this bullshit seriously. LMAO. *wipes away a tear* have a thumbs up or an arrow up, or whatever it's supposed to be.

OCEANGROWNKUSH2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

Its not even that they are "ugly" they just don't look right, the character modeling is simply poorly done and the harsh lighting and shadows that form on the face really aren't helping this any. It comes down to art direction, if everything else in the game is done in a photo realistic style and the character model it not done to those standards you get the whole Uncanny Valley thing going on.

The whole "they are scientists not supermodels" argument is null and void, not to mention this trend of casting ugly people as some kind of a statement is absurd. Bioware is simply incapable of creating realistic human faces and animations, as evidenced by only all of their games.

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Saithraphim2173d ago

I dont agree that they are ugly at all. Should all characters look like super models? i think they look like real, natural people, who are in a fight for survival

Greyfoxdbz2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

Super models ARE real people though

Xenocide72173d ago

Yeah and all combat specialists, pilots, scientists, tech experts etc. etc. are all super models? Much like what is always the case in these games. It's not realistic, and this diverse approach is a bit more refreshing.

Greyfoxdbz2173d ago

How is it refreshing? all the males are still hot as fuck so i'm told, so what you said goes out the window. The ugliness of the characters is selective. Also this is a sci fi fantasy game. It can afford to have idealised characters who are good to look at.

Swiftfox2173d ago

Heavily airbrushed, photoshopped, professionally photographed using high end equipment with perfect lighting sort of real people, but real people none the less!

game4funz2173d ago

People nowadays prefer realism... But wait... Woman soldier??? Why are all these women so freaking strong??? That not that normal actually but I guess in these cases that's an exception.

Realism or not... They can't have it both ways..

JasonKCK2173d ago

Xenocide7 plenty of attractive people in those professions.

swrapens2173d ago

What you see on the magazine cover is not a real person,'re wrong.

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Klonoa-dreamtraveler2173d ago

They don't look real they look cartoony even out of place looking.

CobraKai2173d ago

Ironically Jade Rossi is an actress/ model. But really, Bioware never did model "hot" female characters. Miranda had an effed up resemblance of actress Yvonne Strahovski.
The only exception is Liara.

DaveO_TZR2173d ago

I make that point in the article and I agree. They look like explorers and that's how they're supposed to look. They aren't supposed to look like they're trying out for the Miss Andromeda Pageant

The_Sage2173d ago

The characters we've seen this far are okay except Ryder. She's hideous.

MyDietEqualsGames2173d ago

They're not as bad as some people make them out to be. While Ryder has what is referred to as a "butter face" I would still consider smashing like bros.

Shu_Suzuki2173d ago

Well I for one want to have good looking females and males in rpg games. I'm not that great looking and really don't want to have characters like me in the in the game. So many of the Bioware games have women that look like men... hmm why is that I wonder?...

WelkinCole2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

I hate SJW simply because they nag about everything but anti SJW people are becoming like them and nag about everything as well.

What is left then is just us adults that just want to play our games without having to listen to both of these group nag and nag and bloody nag about the most useless things in games.

morganfell2173d ago

Rigggghhhhhttttt. Fighting for survival but still have time for those alternative fashionable hairstyles and perfectly clean spandex.

annoyedgamer2173d ago

Sure, except the normal women you might run into don't all look like gender on pansexual bisexual questioning feminist lesbians.

KingPin2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

when female characters are made to be good looking - SJW cries that its unrealistic expectation of women and video games are objectifying women.
when female characters are made ugly - SJW cries that women shouldn't be portrayed as ugly in video games.

WTF then?

Adrian_v012173d ago

you got it a bit wrong, it's the anti-sjw crowd crying about not having a sexy hot female character.

morganfell2173d ago

No you have it a bit wrong, it's about Bioware pandering to the sjw crowd. And I do not mean only in manners of the appearance of the female characters. It is far more sinister than that. And it is something for which Bioware has a history that has grown more rampant with each game.

nekomajinheika2170d ago

You must know a lot of ugly people...

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