If it hadn't been Shep, it would have been someone else at the proper time/place. You're playing the story because it's Shep in the right place/time. Does that help your suspension of disbelief?
As is doubtless apparent "Getting Over It" isn't one of my origin skills.
Plus I kind of sound like a giant dick, and I want to quantify my perspective sufficiently to as least be an informed
There was this thing called Heavenly Sword
and it happened on the Playstation 3.
HS did pretty well! Released in 3rd and 4th quarter 2007 it sold over a million copies by 2008. It had a 79 Metacritic score, an enthusiastic fanbase, and a bright future.
And then SCEA buggered the dev team over some contractual issue (which I can't find the specifics of, but a NDA would prevent that readily enough) forcing them to eat the significant
productions costs (the HS project preceeds the PS3 by four years
-2006 and 2002, respectively) of a five-year project that used what was then cutting-edge motion capture tech, a massive investment in the musical score, and hey hey Andy Serkis doin' his mo-cap-monkey-madness.
So for whatever Evil Empire Reason* the whole ambitious franchise (intended to be a trilogy with an accompanying animated series) was utterly obliterated, the core production team was burned most bitterly, the license was forfeited, and Sony buried it 20,000 leagues from daylight. They own the IP, but are apparently camping it like the @*%$-toads they are.
Hilariously, well to me anyway because I think watching people defend war crimes because "they might have been enemy combatants despite a total absence of evidence to the affirmative
is a kind of funny
, of course it's utterly valueless now. Heavenly Sword is old news by at least four years. Goddamn nobody cares (besides basement-dwelling obsessives like me) or remembers it anymore, Andy Serkis don't work for peanuts any more, etc etc etc.
Good Job Breaking It, Assholes
To the point: that Mass Effect
happened, kept happening, and is alive and chugging happily along despite suffering an intrusive plot mutilation is far more important then how much better it might have been
in a juster world.
I have seen enough other good things derailed by corporate shenanigans or outright stupidity or clashing egos that this is the opposite of a wedge issue for me. I want to see everyone in the big group hug of "fuck it, at least we have the damn games
" rather then fixating on how something 90%
is fail because it's not truly 100% excellent^.Fuck
I am not easily satisfied! I am rarely content! I am snippy and snipey and severe of countenance!
But goddamn mates. Sometimes even I have got to just say, "hey at least we've got something
decent to enjoy, so let's lay back and shoot some Batarians. Because we can. Because it's imperfect, but at least it's still good
*probably insufficient profit as while a 1,000,000+ copies is one hell
of a score, especially for a garden fresh franchise, five wookie-punching years
of development is ...like ...metaphor-starvingly immense a cost. Like "Brand New triple-A MMO" costly.
Additionally the next Ninja Theory project Enslaved
(80 Metacritic score) had by September 2011 (released 10/05/10) sold of 730,000 copies and still
wasn't considered enough of a success by Namco-Bandai to warrant a sequel.
^Yeah, I too wish Jack Zero had been a FemShep romance option.
Like was originally intended.
Until the voice actress decided she wasn't cool with doing those lines.