Monday Musings | Missed Opportunities
A while back, I was involved in a conversation about “missed opportunities” for our beloved Mass Effect characters. Thoughts about how “this” or “that” character could have been written in the final game, so as to make their appearance more impactful, meaningful. A way for their individual story arcs to be wrapped up, and the relationships they had with our Shepards have more substance. Thus a question is born: how would YOU have liked your favorite LI’s and squadmates to have finished out their stay, in the Mass Effect universe?
Go to any number of fan related threads, blogs, tweets, facebook pages and so forth, and you will find posters who have very specific ideas on how they had hoped to interact with their favorite characters, and how their story arcs would conclude. It is also not uncommon to see examples applied, when they are trying to express these ideas. Mordin and Wrex/Wreav’s involvement in the Tuchanka story line, felt fleshed out and complete to most people. This would be a common example of characters that were given great story completions, and how they had hoped the other characters would have been treated as well. To name a few shared ideas, some which we have illustrated in the Quote of the Week section on this blog, stories like more direct involvement with Miranda regarding Cerberus operations and TIM himself. Liara having more power as the Shadowbroker, and highlighting her vast intel. Seeing the VS gaining Spectre status and what that entails for their character, instead of the focus on continued trust issues with Shepard. Helping Thane and the drell population on Kahje, come that much closer to eradicating Kepral’s Syndrome. This is just the tip of the iceberg for these characters, and though many fans have the outlet of fanfiction to express these ideas, it doesn’t change the fact that they believed more could have happened….should have happened.
Alongside these grander story arcs, we have the romance arcs. It is these arcs that many have felt were neglected or ignored, even moreso than their individual character story-lines. It also felt like that was one area that could have easily been contended with, especially since it goes hand-in-hand with the role playing of our Shepards. There isn’t a need for grand cinematics when it comes to these story bits, and most would be satisfied with the little things. During and upon completion of these romance arcs, having the occasional banter with your LI, or another squadmate or crewmember commenting on the relationship, makes the coupling feel more alive, more robust. And of course, giving adequate time and quality to each potential LI, would have made the role player that much more immersed. As for ideas on what would have added to the experience we had with the LI’s of choice, it varies from person to person. I would love to read what changes or added tidbits you all would have wished to see in Mass Effect 3.
So what say you, Cosmic Love readers, any comments?