Saw an article yesterday that all but confirmed that Mass Effect 4 wouldn't be connected to Shepard's story. To some this may be the confirmation that they are done with the series, but I see this move an inevitable and in many ways needed. First of all, just the logistics of transferring a save file from your old console to the new ones, which I assume the game will be on, would be a pain. There are a few things that would need to be addressed at the beginning of the next game (i.e. the ending you chose) that could probably be addressed with a beginning comic like were added to Mass Effect 2 and 3 who were not transferring a save file. While I will miss some of the characters that Shepard brought along, Mordin being my favorite, it will…Read more >
Just pulling these off the top of my head... improved loristics and immersion for those who have done it all.
- Mass Effect 2
- You want to complete all missions and assignments, but you
don't want to aid Cerberus any more than absolutely necessary ⇒ you
take every opportunity to put some crimps in their operations.
- Goes without saying: you naturally upload the sensitive intel to anywhere but Cerberus Command in N7: Lost Operative.
- Take Jack and Tali with you for N7: Eclipse Smuggling Depot to "retreive" the smuggled cargo for Cerberus. In reality, you and the other two cerbhaters turn the operation into a gleeful all-destroying party by letting the mechs do their thing and unfortunately fail to recover a single crate. (satisfaction > mission rewar…
Hey guys, thought I'd throw this up here and get some reliable feedback instead of just hoping Amazon reviewers know what they're talking about. I've totally maxed out my playing of the current ME games and the Dragon Age games, and I'm sort of in need of a new series. Given that I adore ME and DA, I thought the next logical step should be to tackle the DS series. However, it's the role playing, action, and storytelling elements of DA and ME that I love, so I was wondering how DS stacks up to that. What are your opinions? If I liked DA and ME will DS deliver the same satisfaction?Read more >
Probably my favorite thing about Mass Effect as a series is how much attention was placed in the overall background story for the galaxy. It would be awesome to be able to see this utilized in the form of a prequel, but I see one glaring issue that really stands in the way of this happening. For many, the attraction of Mass Effect is the feeling that the decisions you make actually make a difference and have weight. When you do a prequel, how can you make it so the player feels like their affecting the galaxy, but also not running into conflicts with the overall story? I haven't read much of the material on the Illusive Man that is set before he was the Illusive Man, but possibly it could be interesting to play as him when he was Jack Harp…Read more >
What makes Mass Effect really special when compared to other RPGs is most definitely the storytelling. However this storytelling comes at a price as Mass Effect does not allow the player the amount of freedom in gameplay as most other RPG franchises. My questions are: do you think Mass Effect should allow more freedom at the cost of the story, or should they keep it like it is? If you picked the first choice, do you think it's possible to add more freedom and keep the great storytelling and characters that we have become used to in Mass Effect?Read more >
THIS IS AN EVOLVING POST AND WILL BE CONTINUALLY UPDATED AND DUE TO MY SCHEDULE WILL AT TIMES BE IN MASSIVE DISORDER PLEASE CONTRIBUTE NEW IDEAS AND POINT OUT MISTAKES SO THEY CAN BE CORRECTED .THNX
THE NEW ENEMY( untill a name can be made they will be referred to as simply "NE") GENERAL OVERVIEW NE were born from the energies that created the universe. At first they fed
on raw universal energies but as the creatures began to evolve throughout the
universe a new energy emanating from the creatures caught their appetite. The NE
began feeding on either the positive or negative energies and were forever changed
by them. as time passed and the NEs hunger grew they created the leviathans to act
as overseers to the various species. As the levi…
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for shits and giggles. why not, we're in a slow patch nowadays.
Dr. Chloe Michel - incompetent ship doc. always a variant of "no health issues to report" whenever you talk to her, meaning she barely does her job right or everyone is always in miraculously good condition after getting shot at, stabbed, or worse at the field. medi-gel orders of magnitude more useful than her. one can technically slog through a whole ME3 game WITHOUT any doctors and the difference is barely noticeable.
Dr. Chakwas - incompetent drunkard ship doc. same deal with dr. michel, except we have onscreen evidence she is slacking on the job.
Kenneth Donnelly - closeted homosexual/asexual. always commenting on women's figures suspiciously close to covering "something" up. i…Read more >
Allow me to begin by clarifying the nature and purpose of this post.
It is not trying to determine what the writers and devs may have intended or implied by doing this or that. This is me attempting to flesh out my conception of the Mass Effect universe, sharing my 'findings' with anyone curious or interested enough to bother reading quasi-adademic speculation.
With that out of the way, I can get to the topic at hand. The question that has always bothered me is essentially, are there any alien characters whose speech is intercepted as such, or is everything translated? Could there be aliens who have actually learned a human variety like any other foreign language, or does everything we hear come through Shepard's high-tech translator? The latte…
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So I’ve been thinking: the Reapers have been at their rather extremely flawed plan for over a billion years and while Mass Effect was a fun series with the ending being the sole exception, I can’t help but feel that the Reapers’ minions seem rather…..lacking in variety.
I mean, throughout the entire Mass Effect trilogy, there have been only 12 kinds of Husks and 5 kinds of Collector soldiers. I can understand if it’s because of the need to save space, but it’s hard to take Reaper ground forces very seriously with such little variety to their soldiers, not even a proper boss fight facing off against the Destroyers.
So I’ve decided, how about we make more minions for the Reapers?
An upgraded version of the husks used by the geth heretics back i…
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I got bored so I went and made a blog where you guys can vote on whether or not a Reaper can take on the most powerful entities in other sources of fiction.
Zeruel, the 14th angel of the series Neon Genesis Evangelion, and one of the strongest in the series.
- Barrier- Like all Angels, Zeruel has a barrier that protects it from incoming attacks. Zeruel's barriers are unique in that it has at least 30 layers that can extend out to a notable range. Not only that but Zeruel is capable of using its barrier to easily throw its opponents across vast distances and even crush them.
- Energy Beams- Zeruel can unleash highly destructive laser beams from its eyes, capable of penetrating deep underground through many countless meters underground through 22-2…
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Playing Mass Effect 3 again recently I got to thinking - exactly how long did the Reaper War last? Does Mass Effect 3 actually end in 2187 perhaps?
MY thinking is along the lines that in-game we are told that Earth fell months ago - this is stated by several people when you return during Priority: Earth, notably Hackett. We know Shepard spent a lot of time flying around the galaxy to stop the Reapers, and we know that as mass relay travel is not instantaneous, that took time (I'm aware the codex says the travel is instantaneous, but look at the opening scene of ME1 - the Normandy is travelling for a while.) We know that Shepard was given shore leave, because the Normandy needed repairs, suggesting the Normandy had been active on the frontli…Read more >
I decided to treat myself to the complete collection for the PS3, and so I had to repurchase the DLC, which is fine. I'd made my way through most of the game (back up to Cronos Station), but am now unable to continue playing. Everytime I try to load the game, it tells me that "From Ashes, Citadel and Extended Cut are not installed". I've re-downloaded and re-installed them 3 times now, but it's still not recognising them. Does anyone know what the reason for this is, or if there's a work around?Read more >
I got the Mass Effect trilogy some time ago and I completed Mass Effect and I am about to move on to Mass Effect 2. Before I started the game, I downloaded the Lair of the Shadow Broker and the arrival dlc, and I've heard that the story flows better if both dlc are played after completing the Mass Effect 2 Campaign. This is where I became worried, because I didn't know how Mass Effect 3 would Import my Mass Effect 2 save game(I'm playing on the Xbox 360, by the way) and was afraid that If I did the dlc after completing the Mass Effect 2 campaign, that the events that happen in the dlc wouldn't carry over into the next game, as they will be completed after the game completed save takes place. I looked on the internet and couldn't find a …Read more >
So here's your new lead designer of ME4 folks... https://twitter.com/tibermoon
Ian Frazier, previously lead designer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and in certain crowds well known for re-imagining Ultima V in the Dungeon Siege engine, has been named lead designer for ME4.
A few earlier news links about this -  and . These earlier links mention Frazier as "lead gameplay designer" (e.g. combat, systems) but breaking now in social media is his promotion to full lead designer.Read more >
Hello everyone this is Patstriker25, the thing i like about mass effect 1's endings is that that they are played out sort of based on your actions throughout the game demonstrating the fact the actions have far-reaching consequences.of course i know that it the endings do not change the missions in the game of mass effect 2 but actions like killing Wrex on Virmire, have a major impact on the story of the krogan in the other two games. of course i liked the Mission where you go after the Collectors once and for all as this is one of my favorite missions in mass effect 2. of course i did suffer endings in this game where i lost 1 or 2 team members but as far as i am concerned that is the chaotic nature of the galaxy in the series. Now i know…Read more >
I know that there are a lot of ME1 fanboys out there and I'm sure I'll get on your nerves with this blog, but quite frankly I don't care. Compared to the last two games of the series, Mass Effect was pretty much a wreck. It's easy to get all nostalgic, but being realistic, Mass Effect is not even close to being in the same realm as Mass Effect 2 and 3. After playing through ME1 for the 3rd time, I can really see where the game is deficient. There are a few features that people would say are positive in Mass Effect, such as the more open world atmosphere. At times this is a nice feature, however it was not executed well as it was a pain to get around in some areas and you really can't talk to many people. The second feature that I think has…Read more >
Hello, fellow Mass Effect wiki contributors. I have created a blog post on the Gaming wiki in regards to video games as a form of art. You can find the blog here.
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Hi everyone my favorite Bosses are Benezia, The rogue Specter Saren, The Reaper Soveriegn, The Thrasher Maw on foot, and the Human Reaper Larva. and oh yes the Shepard Clone.Read more >
My screenshots won't be compressed anymore, yay for best quality!Read more >
Just noticed that a lot of screenshots of planets from ME are low res as well. So I'll tweak those too.Read more >
First off i question why the Reapers would take the citidel to Earth after the Illusive man informed the reapers of the other species plans to destroy them.
Second why would the Reapers build a teleporter where the United Galactic Battle fleet ground forces could infiltrate the citadel.
Third i question why the reapers would abandon the teleporter, which leads to the only means of victory, when there were still enemies gathering near it, in the end sequence a reaper is seen abandoning the beam of light just before shepard supposedly wakes up and makes his way into the teleporter, before then the reapers fire at you, i mean i think it is clear they did not want you to make it to it, so why would they let you board the citadel, that i do not …Read more >
first off I acknowledge there are other perspectives and I intend no offense when I say this. the endings are manifested through shepards mind which is hope, there is one should be pointed out in the destroy option, if chosen, he or she stops limping, which tells me you were not yet on the citadel, despite this fact not having been confirmed by bioware, I stand by this theory as it is the most compelling theory with a lot of evidence behind it. in the other two endings, control and synthesis, shepards body seems to dicentigrate and his or her eyes change color, like the color of the indoctrinated servents, which I saw with my own eyes. so I stand by what I said about the indoctrination theory and the being of light theory, the being of lig…Read more >
One of the things I like about the Fallout series is that their are some incentives to keeping a relatively neutral karma score such as special bonuses and access to certain companions. While I believe Mass Effect has much better writing and storytelling than Fallout, where Mass Effect lacks is tough decisions. Very rarely do I see players play as a neutral Shepard. Usually you play as either a pretty much pure paragon or pure renegade. Very rarely does the renegade option end up being better in the end than the paragon choice. I think in the next installment of the game would benefit from having more renegade options actually being beneficial to you rather than just being amusing. There is really no incentive to being neutral as your repu…Read more >
What's to say there aren't Prothean ruins on Mars, or that Charon isn't a dormant mass relay? Nothing!
Part of the charm of many fictional universes is that for all we know, they could represent or be part of our reality. Whatever is set in a sufficiently distant future usually works just fine, and Harry Potter's world could very well exist under the noses of us unseeing muggles. The next event in the Mass Effect saga--the settling of Luna--being only 56 years away, the notion of the saga as our own reality and future is actually not terribly far from plausible.
There are certainly some facts in the saga regarding our currently known galaxy that are already outdated: a nasty thorn in the side of an enthusiastic role-player. Pluto is classifi…Read more >
According to the Codex, Humans can live to 150 years old but why is there no old people in the games? Only explanation I can think of is that they got anti-wrinkle cream and didn't say much.
There is even a small chance that someone born from the 20th century would be alive in the Mass Effect Universe but not for certain. Hackett was 52 in ME3 and to be honest he looked even older than 52 so he obviously doesn't change his appearance with futuristic technology.Read more >
hi I know I am probably in the minority when I say this, but I feel that there should be an option to have shepard as a playable character. while I realize that there may be a new protagonist in the new Mass effect, I still stand by this, but I also realize that not everybody chose the destroy ending that possibly results in his or her survival. while it is true that there are many species in the galaxy, I feel that to write shepard out of the story or ignore it, which i am sure now that they are not doing, would be a big mistake by bioware and electronic arts because it would kind of throw the story out of proportion, which i am positive that very few people want, but i too would like to see a somewhat new story too to some extent as well…Read more >
Who would win if these three powerful biotics were all really pi$$ed at each other and battling it out? The fight takes place on the Normandy in the Shuttle Bay. I think it's between Aria and Samara. What do you think?Read more >
I've been doing a little project lately about all Mass Effect squad members and their stats in the games.
Anyway I'm not sure how much health and shields Legion has in Mass Effect 2. All I know is that Legion can become a Geth Trooper or Assassin if you put put the Geth Infiltrator rank to 4 points and that it can be +15% Health or +20% Health depending on if you choose Geth Trooper or Assassin.
If anyone knows how much shields Legion has and how much health he has at the start. If you could find out this it will be much appreciated.Read more >
Hey guys. Just wanted to share a little something with the Mass Effect community for any who are still an active part of the ME3 online such as myself... (really enjoyable, even after all this time) i've been sharing my slayer build alot and people seem to dig it and it's a great buile for Gold and even platinum. _Charge-all damage at the end barrier restored- _phase efficient blast and and armour damage- _slash all damage and recharge speed-then i skiped weapon damage completely _for shields and melee i went 50% bonus shields and 75% melee damage. recommend a light load out-acolyte-talon-predator-eagle-or even the acolyte paired with a decent smg can be quite powerful and u might want to take that in platinum rounds strip the shields th…Read more >
There are a lot of characters in Mass Effect that has had the odd funny quote but which one has been consistently funny throughout the trilogy?
Joker would be one of them of course, Garrus has LOTS of calibrations to do, Grunt and Wrex are consistently funny in a Krogan matter through the series as well. Glyph makes me laugh sometimes as well for some reason.
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1. Mass Effect 4 should be a sequel, although a spin-off game as a prequel would be nice.
2. Mass Effect 4 should have Shepard as a supporting character or a name which gets mentioned various times throughout the game and could have a major plot line.
3. Saved files from previous games should be able to import over to Mass Effect 4 somehow, although it may be practically impossible if Mass Effect 4 is on next-gen consoles only.
4. New Villains. If the Reapers came back directly in Mass Effect 4, it will be to repetitive in my opinion. The series should have a fresh villain which isn't quite as powerful as the Reapers and not planning on having a galactic war perhaps.
5. Choose your own race
6. Space Battles would be brilliant if done in the rig…Read more >
Thellos shifts in her sleep, waking ever so slightly. She hears a voice she seemed to recognize. Her eyes flutter open, and she finds herself in the medbay on the Normandy. She sits up and looks around. The silver haired doctor from before comes to her side.
"You shouldn't be moving yet," spoke the doctor. "I'm doctor Karin Chakwas. You've been under my care for about twenty-two hours. How are you feeling?"
"I feel like I got hit by an old MAC truck," Thellos replied.
"So tell me Thellos, what happened exactly?"
"How do you know my name?"
"When Ashley brought you in, she told me your name. She seemed quite worried."
"Ashley? Worried? About me? Sure. I don't see us get along very well at all."
"And why is that? Did something happen between you?"
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The Geth swarmed the area. Thellos grabbed her pet snake, Katsuya, and ran to the back of the building locking and rigging all the doors to explode. She also set a combat drone in every room she passed, hoping beyond hope, that, that would keep the Geth from getting to her. Why are they here? For the beacon? she thought to herself. She had just manged to hide herself and Katsuya in the very back of the room, just out of sight, when she heard the first explosion go off. She tried her hardest to keep from squeaking in fear. She just knew that the Geth were going to find her and kill her. Shots were fired, presumably taking out the drones. She could hear them getting closer and closer. She finally heard the last of her dron…Read more >
Disclaimer: I do not own anything even vaguely familiar to the Mass Effect series.
I simply own this particular plot line and a select few characters.
Alliance soldiers swarmed the Cerberus facility. Room after room was cleared of all personnel. Experiments were carted out and processed. And then came the final room. There was no one inside. All lights were off, but there was this strange blue glow coming from the center of the room. The soldiers entered slowly, scanning the room carefully. All eyes fell on the large crystal tank in the center of the room. The soldiers approached, filing into the room. They circled the tank, noticing that there was a strange figure inside the glowing liquid.
"Investigate," spoke the leading uni…Read more >
I have previously played mass effect 1 and 2 on the PC but since 3 wasn't on steam I now have all three on the PS3, I have completed the first one and just started the second one, in the original I had a romance with Ash, but importing that charterer the game has changed Ashe for Liara, I was wondering if this was a recognized bug, and if so how to fix it? I don't really fancy playing the first one all over again yet. Hope someone can help and thanks.Read more >
As they say, "Hindsight is 20/20". That is true of many things in life. As an industry, developers can and will often look back at titles and lament about things that could have been fixed or changed. Usually with GotY releases or compilation releases, these same issues are ignored because there is no funding to improve or fix them. This is a series of things that in my opinion would guarantee another purchase from me in an anniversary edition. A business move I think would be very savvy to do before releasing new entries on the new console generation. I will present these game by game. Some will be simple, others more complex. I will try and justify them if I think they need to be in order for one to understand why I desire the fixes or c…Read more >
I just made an important observation about the Mass Effect timeline, especially for Mass Effect: Retribution and Mass Effect: Infiltrator. The timing of those two stories are not clearly explained and I wanted to know more about that.
As you all know, those two stories happens between ME2 and ME3 when Cerberus is the enemy of the Systems Alliance. Indeed, during the events of Retribution, the Reapers War is not yet started because Anderson is not on earth to defend it. So, we have a pretty good clue for this affirmation. However, we always thought that the events of ME Infiltrator took place during the reaper war because we were able to have an impact on our galactic readiness by crippling Cerberus operations (freeing prisoners…Read more >
I haven't paid that much attention to where I happen to enter a star system, but what with the Reapers getting all alerted, it matters. There's that one anomaly left in that faraway system and you've already managed to alert those pesky Reapers, but it's located so close to where they storm in that you can't seem to get to it (and out again) without getting caught. You just can't bother reloading or coming back for it later, so what do you do?
Well, you enter the system right next to the anomaly, the Reapers' slightly delayed entrance giving you enough time to fetch the loot (which is probably just fuel, but anyway). How do you do this? Well, upon entering the system, the Normandy's orientation determines where on the perimeter you will ent…Read more >
Archery has been featured in numerous games and movies of late, eventually making its way to ME3 Multiplayer. The Omni-Bow is cute, I guess, but it doesn't have the feel of archery by a long shot. (Shot, ha ha.) And multiplayer not really being my thing, I haven't gotten to try it out so far.
I remain truly curious as to what kind of unreal sci-fi bow one could potentially wield in Mass Effect, so just to see two of my favourite things combined, I'm currently doing a little bit of sketching. Some insane archery DLC pack would've been a dream come true--although now that I think about it, an archer Shepard might've been too hot to handle, anyway.Read more >
A sudden and violent desire to produce fan art has driven me into drawing--something I used to do a lot when I was younger. How could one possibly resist speculating what all the missing alien females could look like, for example? Or portraying the ever-familiar squadmates in casual clothes and settings?
There is no shortage in ME fan art out there, no surprise. Maybe I'll share some of mine at some point, although I lack the patience (and skill) to develop my magnificent depictions beyond simple pencil sketches.Read more >
Everyone has at least HEARD about the original Dark Energy ending, but other than a few odd details there's not much we really know about. However, recently Drew Karpyshyn in an interview with the Escapist has decided to shed a little more light on this discarded plot point. The interview delves more into HOW exactly the Dark Energy is harming the universe and why humanity is so important to the Reapers. Along with the Dark Energy plot, Karpyshyn also mentions some more fantastical early discarded endings such as Shepard actually being an alien or Shepard becoming some sort of cyborg in order to link the synthetics and organics. While not the most developed (Karpyshyn even says it was somewhat early in development), I still think the D…Read more >
About me: Just for you to know about me before reading this very long blog. I honestly never played the Mass Effect series. I watched the whole gameplay, from main missions, side missions, and dlc, from a guy named tetraninja from youtube. When I first started watching Mass Effect 1, it was the best game I have ever seen. From making your own character and then shaping him/her into your vision and personality, I thought it was very cool. After I was done watching Mass Effect 1 I was really excited to see Mass Effect 2. The intro was the best intro to any game. I liked the idea of "loyalty" missions because it allows you to know your squad mates more deeply. I say "loyalty" in quotation marks because I feel like Shepard wasn't trying to be …Read more >
If any of you have been following the fallout from E3, many of you would know that Microsoft is under fire for its contraversial policies regarding the Xbox One. Always online, check in every 24 hours, and no used games.
I really should say was under fire.
In an announcement earlier today, Microsoft released that they are DROPPING the 24-hour check in, dropping their policies on used games, and dropping the always online requirement. According to Don Mattrick the Xbox One in terms of these areas will work just like the Xbox 360. The only required internet will be when setting up the console.
The only difference now from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One will be the required Kinect. This however, I DO NOT have a problem with.
Source: http://www.ign.co…Read more >
I have played the Mass Effect series for a period of many years and i stil doesent find it a bit boring after all this time.
I have seen alot of reactions by the Mass Effect community when the end of the last game, Mass Effect 3. An ending wich people posted there feelings about it on Facebook,youtube and so on. There really was an angry storm of fans who had followed the series with reall heart and felt like this was the worst ending ever. Although BioWare was aware that the fans was upset they didnt publish an alternet ending in form of another expansion set or other.
Basicly there are 4 endings, 3 of wich Shepard doesent survive. 1) Shepard destroys the Catlyst and all syntetic life in the universe,including the geth and the cybe…
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One thing I been trying to researching the answers but so far I seen none. Reason why I ask if Sovereign different than all reapers including Harbringer is because why red electricity began to surround Sovereign and yet there none red electricity for others either. So please I been looking for that one single answer. If anyone have theory or information about it.Read more >
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Following this wiki's descent into anarchy, I decided to leave it and I became more entrenched in the Warhammer 40k universe. This is the first time I've done anything ME-related in months and I must say: wat.
So you can play as the Collectors now?
Where did that guy who hates Talibrations go?
What else happened in my absence?
It really seems that there's no creativity involved in any of the new DLCs now.Read more >
Following news that EA was discontinuing its online pass strategy, a.k.a. "Project Ten Dollar", as the transition into the next console generation begins, the publisher has announced that they have begun eliminating the passes from existing games.
This means that the online passes for Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, the Cerberus Network (which grants access to some exclusive ME2 DLC packs) and Mass Effect 3 Online Pass (which activates ME3's multiplayer mode) respectively, are now available free of charge, along with the online passes for a slew of other EA games (full list).
So if there's anyone out there who hasn't had the chance to download ME2 and ME3's online passes, now is your chance to see what you've missed.Read more >
I know this is asking a lot, but maybe we should talk about Storyline III's DLC content and the personalities of certain characters. I was thinking we should add From Ashes to Citadel content, but add notes that say the storylines are optional that could've happened before storming Cronus Station. As for the characters, I thought we should add more personality sections for characters like Wrex, Garrus, and even in a way Shepard. EDI has a section. So shouldn't we expand on the many other important characters or do you think their bios speak for themselves? And maybe we should go into detail in the ideology's of certain organizations.--Mike Gilbert 21:02, May 27, 2013 (UTC)Read more >
So about 1/3 of the way through the priority Earth mission you are tasked with destroying one of the smaller reapers. You achieve this simply by picking up a cain and blasting it to hell. Now, the M-Cain was a relatively easy weapon to get in ME2, and they had two just lying around in 3. So my question is, if the cain was essentially a reaper killer why the hell didn't they just mass produce them, give them to each alliance soldier and say toddles to the reapers. It reminds me a lot of that scene in starship troopers where the fighter jets totally own a bug colony with no casualties but then continue to send regular humans in to get destroyed by the bugs.Read more >