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The Game Fanatics Favorite Mass Effect Moments

The Game Fanatics Favorite Mass Effect Moments

by Jennifer KibbleApril 6, 2012

The crew takes a look at the Mass Effect series as a whole as they pick and choose their favorite moments. For those who have not played/beaten Mass Effect 3 (or the other installments/books/comics), be warned of possible spoilers. What are your favorite moments from the Mass Effect series? Share your thoughts in the comment section.


  1. Everything Mordin ever said.
  2. ME Invasion comic starring Aria T’Loak, she’s under utilized
  3. TALKING TO Harrot!!!!


  1. The ending. I’m serious. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Mass Effect 3‘s ending. The Reaper threat was built up as this massive and unbeatable thing, so of course casualties were going to happen. Not only that, but so what if the ending cutscenes look too familiar. I mean, the same thing essentially happens in each of them, minus various alterations. This is probably because that while, sure, you’re telling your own story with your Shepard, BioWare is also telling their own story and this his how they wanted to end it.
  2. The abilities of choice in every game. Being able to convince Saren to shoot himself is a mindblowing thing. The repercussions of your actions in the third one with all the characters and the emotional toll it has on you is quite breathtaking to see in a video game when you imagine how many sacrifices were made to achieve victory in the war against the Reapers. And yes, before you complain, there was choice in the final cutscene. It’s essentially the same choice you’ve made the entire game: do you do one dialog option, or the other.

William: Let’s try and get one from each game…

  1. ME3: Grunt’s Mission against the Racchnai. The whole: “Get to the ship Shepard… I’ll hold them off.” This was right after I had lost Mordin, and was all… No… No not Grunt too… T____T
  2. ME3: Legion’s line: “it was… an efficient model”. This is the moment where the player realizes that Legion was one of the original Geth from before the war. Originally an agrocultural unit, Legion was trying to protect other, less complex Geth, from the pre-emptive wrath of the Quarrians, not knowing what they had done to offend their masters. “Have we failed you? What did we do wrong?” /tear
  3. ME3: If you nail neither Garrus nor Tali, you see them hooking up in the main battery room. In my game everyone fell in to pretty concrete roles at the end of the series. Liara was the Love Interest. Garrus was the Closest Friend. Tali was a Little Sister role. Seeing the two of them hook up as “giving in before the final battle” was awesome. Not in a sad way, but in “Fuck yeah VAKARIAN” way.

  1. ME3: “There is no Shepard without Vakarian”. Enough said. Garrus had -the best- 1 on 1 final dialog segment. After being with you through all 3 games, those last 1v1s were done so well. Tali’s was good too, but again the Little Sister “of course I’ll be here” was not nearly as moving as the “If we don’t make it, and we end up in heaven, meet me at the bar, I’m buying” -> “And if I’m at that bar, and you’re not there. Know that I’ll be looking down on you. That I’ve always got your back”.
  2. NOT ME3 ME2: I actually really liked Thane’s pre-loyalty mission dialog. Where he’s flash backing to when he met his wife: “Sunset… smell of spice in the wind… those eyes…” That whole bit was pretty unexpected and neat.
  3. ME2: Tali losing her father. Through ME1 and 2, Tali was easily my favorite character, and knowing her father was dead (he just had to be), and watching her stress out and try to hold out hope, only to inevitably find his body and know that she contributed to that by sending the Geth parts? That was pretty rough.
  4. ME2: Mordin singing. What a boss.
  5. ME1: Choosing between Kaiden and Ashley on Vermire. The characters were not my favorite, but I kinda took them for granted. When I was presented with the choice, I didn’t have a clear winner (Kaiden v Tali/Garrus/Wrex/Liara would have been a no brainer). It was something I wasn’t prepared for.
  6. ME1: Saving Wrex. Side characters that are passionate enough about something to leave the party / turn against the party are rare these days, and thinking for a moment that I was going to have to kill him because of something he believed in was awesome. I mean. Wrex is just totally awesome.


  1.  More of a general thing, but I enjoyed seeing the characters develop over time. For example (my favorite), Garrus. Cop – vigilante – respected general. Similar thing with Tali (and the rest of the crew). And even with smaller characters like Bailey at the Citadel. Time actually feels like it passes. You see friendships form, and the individuals grow into an actual team. The characters aren’t static, they grow and change over time. They are really well done.
  2. The Thresher Maw taking down the Reaper. BAD ASS.
  3. Anything Garrus-related, actually. His recruitment mission in ME2 was pretty cool.
  4. Shepard’s death in ME2. Was really well done, and gave the galaxy (and characters) some time to grow on their own.
  5. Retaking Earth at the end of ME3. Battling through London was really fun (and somewhat reminiscent of Hellgate: London)
  6. Seeing the crashed Mako in ME2, knowing you’ll never have to drive the stupid thing again.
  7. Lair of the Shadowbroker


Garrus is clearly a fan favorite. Or is he really Marauder Shields?



  1. ME2: Mordin singing
  2. ME3: Mordin singing and talking about going to the beach. This was such a sad moment for me and for any Mordin fan. The huge WTF-moment for me during this entire scene, is when I was playing as renegade Shepard and she shot Mordin! I didn’t want to choose the renegade choice but I wanted to see the game from a different perspective. I just didn’t think Shepard would actually shoot him.
  3. ME3: Wrex meeting you by your ship, in a mad rage because Shepard tricked him about curing the Genophage and the events that followed, including the false report of his death.
  4. ME1: Jumping up and down in the MAKO.
  5. ME2: Driving the car with Liara and having to listen to Liara’s commentary during it.
  6. ME2 & ME3: Thane
  7. ME1, ME2, ME3: Garrus … I only wish I still had my save file where Shepard romanced Garrus. It might be on my old HDD (I hope) and I should try to look for it. I’m interested to see how ME3 plays out with Garrus as a love interest instead of a best friend and brother figure. Garrus is the best developed character from the entire series. He’s the one that stood by Shepard, even when she was teaming with Cerberus.
  8. ME3: Marauder Shields
  9. ME2: Beating it on insanity, which was more rewarding than beating ME3 on insanity.
  10. ME2: When you get to play as Joker, “What the shit?”.
  11. ME1: The “hold the line” speech by Captain Kirrahe:

“You all know the mission, and what is at stake.

I have come to trust each of you with my life — but I have also heard murmurs of discontent. I share your concerns.

We are trained for espionage; we would be legends, but the records are sealed. Glory in battle is not our way.

Think of our heroes; the Silent Step, who defeated a nation with a single shot. Or the Ever Alert, who kept armies at bay with hidden facts.

These giants do not seem to give us solace here, but they are not all that we are.

Before the network, there was the fleet. Before diplomacy, there were soldiers!

Our influence stopped the rachni, but before that we held the line!

Our influence stopped the krogan, but before that, we held the line!

Our influence will stop Saren; in the battle today, we will hold the line!”

About The Author
Jennifer Kibble
  • Deborah Holliday

    I adore mass effect to dying lead to I enjoy sci-fi game titles and videos and textbooks and I assume it can be a greater sci-fi sport than kotor and halo place together in my opinion. Mass influence is an awesome recreation that was at any time created and it is the best rpg to gaming.

  • Tia Zuehlke

    I love mass impact to dying trigger I love sci-fi games and motion pictures and textbooks and I believe it is a greater sci-fi recreation than kotor and halo place with each other in my opinion. Mass effect is an amazing sport that was actually created and it is the greatest rpg to gaming.

  • Saundra Jarvie

    I really like mass effect to loss of life cause I adore sci-fi video games and movies and books and I assume it really is a much better sci-fi sport than kotor and halo put jointly in my opinion. Mass effect is an awesome video game that was at any time produced and it is the ideal rpg to gaming.

  • Deborah Holliday

    Make Sure You give true answers,
    I would really like to know how you have to do or what you do not have to do to kill (or allow die) Garrus…please inform me just what to do. Thanks

  • Tia Zuehlke

    I swear, of all the characters that are certain to survive, Garrus is the only one I have not observed in trailers or pictures.

    If he just isn’t in it I am going to be unfortunate over and above reason. So does any individual know if he’ll be in it?

  • Kelli Shanklin

    I Am enjoying my second time by way of Mass Result 2, and my 1st time I romanced Garrus. Now, out of habit, I’m romancing him once again but am acquiring second ideas for Thane.

    What happens if I romance both?

  • steve

    I am getting an ME2 mp3 player. What does it mean to backup and format the player before you put songs on? Is it necessary, And how do I do this?

  • stephen m

    theres gonna be lots of ppl there including the guy i like(i think he likes me 2) every1 going is either a cheerleader or football player. im a cheerleader 2 btw. i really really wanna go. help!

  • RxP DarkBox

    I heard from Next Gen Tactics that there was a rumor about a New zombie game that was to be developed by Bioware. I was wondering is this true and if it’s gonna be an RPG total customizable game. I would like it to be true. But I really want to know, is it?

  • morbiusdog

    I know that they were joking when they released that abomination, but when are they gonna release the actual sequel to dragon age: origins?

  • zaclo

    I beat me3 and I was disappointed seeing Shepard only take a short breath I feel the work that had to be done for a short breath just wasn’t worth it and it leaves too many questions. Will there be anything more about Shepard because he is one of the most beloved storyline characters and I feel that many people would like to see more of him besides a breath in ruins.

  • Muzahid

    Hey guys, I was just wondering if its free to sign-up on bioware social network or do I need to buy any game in order to sign-up for it or spend any money for it?

  • balinderk2000

    They consistently deliver quality RPGs, and have given me some of the best gaming experiences I’ve had… KotOR, Mass Effect, Baulders Gate… They never disappoint!

  • rashest_hippo

    You know how U can register Bioware games on there social website you have too enter a number code that’s supposedly on the case somewhere but the only number code I see is the one under the barcode and that doesnt work Help please.

  • ademuth93

    If they do will i have to rebuy mess effect 3, or will it be a dlc ending,and how would that work

  • Ray D

    I’m trying to send a message to Bioware about how their needs to be more hair and voices for shepard(for certain ethnicities). What webpage do I go to and where on the webpage do I go to?

  • PoohBearPenguin

    I want to know what software, like Lightwave 3d or 3DS Max 2010, they use to render and create these awesome trailers.

  • kiltakblog

    Just like the question states. I missed the segment for BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic at this Years E3. Where can I find the full stream online?


  • Con Orpe

    Was it the Edmonton one, montreal one, or Houston one?

  • Jonny

    I have had a copy for a while, but I shockingly haven’t played through it yet. Should I or will I feel it is too dated?

  • Noe R

    I remember that they said they would be coming out with another ending, after so many people were angered by the original ending, but that was some months ago. What gives?

  • Dr Dorian

    I have a few items on my list for Dragon Age 2, does that mean that those items are going to be mine once I play the game?