Javik fights the Rachni
i think the secondary barrel is for shit like concussive shots, isn't it?
It's funny though because when you have a sniper rifle and you use a flashlight, the flashlight comes from the primary barrel.
mass effect fields
had six fingers on each hand,) all they did was meddle with Human DNA before leaving the Galaxy after surviving activation of the rings.
The reason 343 calls Humanity "Forerunner" is because of the whole Mantle philosophy, where one race watches over developing ones then hands the torch to the most prospective race. Forerunner in that case is less a race and more a title.
Actually after looking at the Halo Nation wiki on Forerunner I'm not even sure, since I've heard evidence that points to each possibility (in fact the site's saying prehistoric Humanity was on-par with the Forerunner in terms of technology, which is odd.)
Forerunners were the successors to the Precursors. The Precursors were believed to be truly godlike, having long ago left the galaxy after the Forerunners rose up and tried to break free of them. The Precursors did leave, but in the few million years after, they...well, this is unclear, Primordium was kinda hard to figure out, but they either became the Flood or created the Flood. Regardless, the Flood exists to test the current cycle (hence, Mass Effect and Halo are now effectively conceptually similar, though it's unclear as to whether it's simply coincidental or ME influenced Halo- the former would require this to have been the plan all along, the latter being a new development around the time Primordium was written/343I took over) for which species shall inherit the Mantle, which is sort of a birth right to rule and protect the galaxy.
Humanity earned the mantle by not only fighting the Forerunners, but fighting the Flood at the same time, and beating the Flood back (via attrition). They were chosen to take the Mantle, and the time of the Forerunners had come to the end. Then the Flood-Forerunner War/End War/Halo War/whatever the fuck you want to call it happened, culminating in the activation of the Halos and decimation of all life in the galaxy, effectively restarting the cycle and cementing humanity's deevolved position.
The Forerunners and Protheans were basically the same- militant, highly advanced, culturally amazing and ancient. Beyond that, cliches bind them- they left ruins as evidence of their passing, ruins which were vital to saving the galaxy (for the Protheans, it was the Crucible and the beacons, and for the Forerunners, it was the Sword and Shield [Halo installations, the Arks, and the Shield Worlds]).
A lot of that is interpreted from the latest Halo book, so some details are the product of my interpretation.
Also, fun fact: the name Prothean is really, really self gratifying.
Pro meaning in place of, thean meaning "beings of gods", from the greek theos (ex: theology). At least, that's how I see it. In place of the gods.
And I should add that the Flood was created to find a successor for the Mantle, as the Forerunners had been deemed to be unworthy of it.
I'd say 'wat', but let's be honest, the ME storyline isn't much clearer
Almost everything in Mass Effect has a good name. They've taken old Greek and Latin words and mashed them together, or modified them slightly. Like Asari or Prothean and it sounds fairly natural and not as sci-fi-y. Like almost our entire current vocabulary.
Note to self: To create good names for things in fiction - do that.
Any name with a legit etymology.
Or it's referring to when the Forerunner put Humanity back on Earth after firing the Rings.
That's another thing the Forerunners and Protheans have in common- they both tried to preserve humanity and the lesser species. But that's a bit of a broad thing for a beneficent empire to have in common, and their motives weren't exactly the same. They both did it to shield the races from destruction, but the Protheans did it out of self preservation as much as they did altruism. The Forerunners did it because the Librarian would've felt like a bitch.
I have to say though, Halo had something that Mass Effect didn't; a massive space engagement where the Rings fired during the battle, with the Mendicant Bias and Offensive Bias basically throwing ships at each other with the express purpose of either smashing into one another, or just detonating them. It's like those times in multiplayer when you'd use nothing but rocket launchers.
That would be a fairly interesting ending actually, what with the Normandy (arguably just as big an icon to fans as Shepard during the ME series) being a ghost ship.
I know it would have been absolutely blatantly obvious and extremely out of place and all but I'm still a little depressed I didn't see the TARDIS on the London missions.
And now that I've finally finished 3 I feel like I have nothing to do. I, in the past few months, beat 1, 2, and 3, consecutively. When I got bored and wanted to play a game I jumped back into the Mass Effect run I was doing. Now I beat it and am bored.
The new writing is just as good.
I found it really weird how, in an entirely Paragon play through with maybe 2 or 3 total Renegade options chosen, every time the special chat option came up to use Par/Ren options I was able to choose either one. And how, through the entire game, that only happened maybe 5 or so times.
In ME3? That/s because they use reputation or whatever, it's a combo of par/ren, and you can use either, so basically your paragon or renegade individually don't matter which you can do, it's them added together, and you unlock both speech options at the same level.
Hell, renegade's options have mostly been condensed from "Be a Badass" to "Be a Psychopath", as most of the options are to kill your fucking friends.
Old Batarian concept:
As a paragon with only the occasional minor renegade when it would be the most bad ass way to do things. I was highly disappointed when I couldn't make the Illusive Man pull a Saren It was a total contrast from the feeling I got (just about the best feeling ever) when I saw that I could save both the geth and the quarians