With all of the controversy about Mass Effect 3 I have to decide to talk about something new, how my Shepard is the best. Mass Effect allowed you to play as one character through 3 games, and as you played through them you connected with it. It felt like a child or like a part of you. You pick out the powers, the weapons, classes, and the love interest. Even your backstory was picked by you. You Shepard have your hands all over it, but mine still better.
My Shepard has pushed people out of the window, has saved the Krogans from genophage, united the whole galaxy, and has even taken down many of Reapers. With my gun in had (always the Matlock) and my adapt powers I am unstoppable. With singularity and warp my biotic explosion has laid waste to many of opponents, the shadow broker even had to kneel before me. Even got the baddest chick out there, Liara, who rode with me in all three games.
With all of that being said the notion that “mine” is the best is in all in our head, Shepard was the same in all of the games he did the same things. We all got to pick a love interest and save or condemn the Krogans, it was the fact that you got to make the choice, which we feel in love with, and at the same time you were a bad ass. For goodness sake you died and came back to life. That connection with the game transcended the average game hero and many movies. Many of the people that I have asked, "who is the better hero Master Chief, or Commander Shepard?” picked Shepard, and there reasoning was that they choose everything that he did.
So what makes us connect with Shepard? Is it the fact that he is the voice of reasoning not just for his race but for the entire galaxy? Or is it because he can command his team and rally them together to get the task complete? Or is it as simple as that we see some trait that we either have or want in his/her actions? Well guess what it is all of those and more.
It seems that the creators at Bioware made icon in the minds of gamers, and all you have to look is at yourself, YOU are Shepard, and ”Guess what?”, my Shepard is better than yours.
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