1. Post #161
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    Javik fights the Rachni

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  2. Post #162
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    Anybody figure out what the hell the point of the second barrel on almost all the guns is?
    I'm not sure, but the barrel the Avenger fires from has changed from ME1. Don't remember if it changed first in 2 or 3 though.
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  3. Post #163
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    i think the secondary barrel is for shit like concussive shots, isn't it?
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  4. Post #164
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    i think the secondary barrel is for shit like concussive shots, isn't it?
    I don't know, guess we'll have to speculate more about it.

    It's funny though because when you have a sniper rifle and you use a flashlight, the flashlight comes from the primary barrel.
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  5. Post #165
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    mass effect fields
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  6. Post #166
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    Omni-tools have an auto-translator built in.
    This doesn't explain why their mouths move in sync.
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  7. Post #167
    Quite so, ol' chap.
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    This doesn't explain why their mouths move in sync.
    Because if their mouths didn't move in sync it would be the single most annoying thing ever. It would honestly drive me up a wall if a game like Mass Effect had people who's mouths would move out of sync with what they're saying.
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  8. Post #168
    This doesn't explain why their mouths move in sync.
    I can allow sketchy and bad explanations like that as long as it makes the experience more enjoyable.
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  9. Post #169
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    Just looks like a smudge, But yeah, i could see that being Pillar of Autumn

    Hold the fucking phone

    The Forunners were early Protheans and the Flood was a bioweapon created by The Reapers (Flood are mentioned to be from outside the galaxy in one of the novels, i know this shit)

    Halo and the other installations were prototype Crucibles or using the same tech

    Javik said that the galaxy was united under a strong Prothean rule in his cycle

    Several spicies united in a civilization = Covenant

    Grunt = Volus

    Engineer = Hanar

    Elite = Turian

    MY GOD
    except dont the forerunners turn out to be human?
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  10. Post #170
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    Pretty damn good deal, though EA seems to be getting pretty good about slashing the prices of games about a month and a half after they release. Might be a response to the sales figures though; as of a week and a half ago the game has "only" sold 1.5 million units worldwide.
    Considering they have the worst ending in the history of gaming, and literally cut a third of the game out to make ship date, not terribly surprising. Ironic that MP, which was screamed at as destroying the game, is the only thing making it draw revenue.
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  11. Post #171
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    except dont the forerunners turn out to be human?
    Forerunner were suspiciously Human-looking (with notable differences, most prominently was the fact they 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.)
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  12. Post #172
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    Forerunner were suspiciously Human-looking (with notable differences, most prominently was the fact they 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.)
    Allow me to explain. Needless to say, heavy new Halo spoilers ahead.

    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]).

    Edited:

    A lot of that is interpreted from the latest Halo book, so some details are the product of my interpretation.

    Edited:

    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.

    Edited:

    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.
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  13. Post #173
    Wow, never heard of THAT joke before
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    I'd say 'wat', but let's be honest, the ME storyline isn't much clearer
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  14. Post #174
    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.

    Edited:

    Any name with a legit etymology.
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  15. Post #175
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    Allow me to explain. Needless to say, heavy new Halo spoilers ahead.

    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]).

    Edited:

    A lot of that is interpreted from the latest Halo book, so some details are the product of my interpretation.
    I thought the Forerunners created the humans and dropped them on Earth, because I specifically remember reading that they were placed in Eden (more specifically the garden of Eden), but that was in a Halo 3 Terminal, so I dunno.
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  16. Post #176
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  17. Post #177
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    I thought the Forerunners created the humans and dropped them on Earth, because I specifically remember reading that they were placed in Eden (more specifically the garden of Eden), but that was in a Halo 3 Terminal, so I dunno.
    Eden's probably referring to the Ark. Before firing the Rings the Forerunner put all sapient species they could get their hands on there.

    Or it's referring to when the Forerunner put Humanity back on Earth after firing the Rings.
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  18. Post #178
    That looks Indian thanks to the patterns.

    Javik Malik.
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  19. Post #179
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    Eden's probably referring to the Ark. Before firing the Rings the Forerunner put all sapient species they could get their hands on there.

    Or it's referring to when the Forerunner put Humanity back on Earth after firing the Rings.
    Likely the latter.

    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.
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  20. Post #180
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    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.
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  21. Post #181
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    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 the Pro-Forerunner AI basically throwing ships at other ships in the hopes of hitting something.
    Would the ending really have been any worse if, if you have low EMS, the Crucible just kills all organic life and the Geth and Reapers are left killing each other? Because that'd be the same thing .
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  22. Post #182
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    Not sure if Javik's head is just really massive, or his mouth's just tiny.

    Would the ending really have been any worse if, if you have low EMS, the Crucible just kills all organic life and the Geth and Reapers are left killing each other? Because that'd be the same thing .
    Then you'd also have the Normandy still flying around, due to EDI and all.

    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.
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  23. Post #183
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    Because if their mouths didn't move in sync it would be the single most annoying thing ever. It would honestly drive me up a wall if a game like Mass Effect had people who's mouths would move out of sync with what they're saying.

    Edited:

    A blind guy could catch how god awful the syncing is throughout this great game.
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  24. Post #184
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    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.

    Edited:

    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.
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  25. Post #185
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    Edited:

    A blind guy could catch how god awful the syncing is throughout this great game.
    You're comparing Sonic the Hedgehog to Mass Effect.

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  26. Post #186
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    The new writing is just as good.
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  27. Post #187
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    You're comparing Sonic the Hedgehog to Mass Effect.
    One of them had a better range of endings based on actual decisions made during the game.
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  28. Post #188
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    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.
    Maybe you should try something else to get your fix.

    Like heroin

    Or... cocaine.
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  29. Post #189
    Ask me about my 'female train' fetish.
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    Maybe you should try something else to get your fix.

    Like heroin

    Or... cocaine.
    Or Ryncol.
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  30. Post #190
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    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.
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  31. Post #191
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    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.
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  32. Post #192
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    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.
    Paragon and Renegade are tossed pretty hard in ME3.

    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.
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  33. Post #193
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    Old Batarian concept:
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  34. Post #194
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    Old Batarian concept:
    I don't think I'd be able to take that seriously if I saw it in the game. It just looks ridiculous.
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  35. Post #195
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    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.
    At least it's better than having to play completely Paragon or Renegade in order to get the best ending like they did in mass effect 2.
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  36. Post #196
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    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   
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  37. Post #197
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    Later today, I'll post pictures of my N7 Hoody that finally arrived here (after a lot of legal loopholes).
    SHAZAM!





    Sorry for crap quality, but it's finally here!
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  38. Post #198
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    Old Batarian concept:
    I actually think it looks pretty cool, buuuut given that Batarians are supposed to be brutal and relentless, it doesn't really seem fitting.
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  39. Post #199
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    Old Batarian concept:
    Looks like an Ithorian.
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