Mass Effect: Andromeda Crew Trailer Trades Super Models For Generic People
(Last Updated On: January 28, 2017)

Mass Effect 1 – 3 was made up of a cast of characters who looked like the Calvin Klein catalog of sci-fi explorers. From the sultry gaze of Miranda Lawson, to the dark and ruggedly handsome veneer of default male Shepard, there’s no denying that the original Mass Effect trilogy had a lot of weight of its allure through the cast’s sex appeal. Well, if you thought that kind of sci-fi sexiness was due for a return in Mass Effect: Andromeda, you can shelve your expectations because you won’t be getting it in this year’s outing.

The latest crew manifest was made available over on the official Mass Effect website. We get details on each of the starting crew members of the Pathfinder group, with players starting out on the Tempest having nothing but a human crew and a sentient AI called S.A.M. Second in command behind Pathfinder Alec Ryder, a not-so-handsome but very rugged vet, is the hardened Cora Harper. Cora is the blonde with the thick jawline and the asymmetrical bob-cut. She narrates the crew trailer below.

Harper is joined by Liam Kosta, along with Scott Ryder and Sarah Ryder, the sibling offspring of Alec Ryder.

Some of the other non-human characters who will join the fray includes Vektra, the cat-like alien to appeal to the furry community, Peebee, the unattractive asari, and Drack, the krogan.

I’m sure there are going to be plenty of people running to BioWare’s defense about the crew looking more “realistic” as opposed to the high-maintenance, high-beauty standards set by the characters in the original trilogy.

But was realism ever one of Mass Effect’s traits? I likened it to a more dramatic and less nerdy version of Star Trek.

Even so, you can see a drastic change in the depiction of the leading ladies (and men), both human and alien.

Mass Effect: Andromeda - Cora Harper
Mass Effect 3 - Miranda






Sadly the Ryder siblings, Scott and Sarah, also took a huge step back from the default male and female Shepard. BioWare went from high-class perfume ad models to rent-a-hero extras for a CW show.

Anyway, if the high-fantasy super model look of the characters from the previous Mass Effect games really put you off, don’t sweat it because BioWare heard your complaints and greatly lowered the standards. You’ll now have average looking dudes and average looking dudettes to keep you company during those lonely trawls through space.

You can look for Mass Effect Andromeda to launch on March 21st, 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Some people have been announcing their intentions to boycott the game due to one of the designers being openly racist against Mass Effect fans.


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  • logat890

    I prefer disgustingly ugly over this middle of the road fugliness.

  • MusouTensei

    I’m not gonna waste time nor money on this game.

  • Disqusted

    Header image does a good job of expressic genericness. Not sure how to describe the initial impression it gave me, but it was akin to “old guy cosplaying”.

    It’s not even just genericness, I think a lot of the new cast look somewhat ugly. Enough to drive me away. That’s my personal opinion, though. At the same time, I know not everyone in reality looks perfect, and I get tired of the cliche of perfect people in fiction, or all good guys looking pretty, but it’s still FICTION.

    Bottom line is, people like looking at pretty people, and people like being pretty. If we had the choice, how many people would pick to be ugly?

    • I think if they wanted to make their characters look “normal” or even “ugly”, they should have gone for unique fugly or normal. Like Niko Bellic or Geralt (who eventually ended up getting beautified in later games) were okay being fugly since they looked distinctive.

  • Ebalosus

    Every single trailer, every one of them further drives home in my mind that Arse Effect Andromeda should’ve been its own IP instead of being bogged down by the Mass Effect anchors! As it stands, instead of being an RPG take on the Freelancer conceit, it’s just a lazy rehash of Mass Effect 2 with the Andromeda galaxy being a backdrop to get around the ending to ME3.

    • Disqusted

      Good point. I don’t know why they’re insisting on pushing the Mass Effect universe that they themselves chose to end.

      A lot of recent games would have been better as new IPs instead of riding expectations of existing IPS that they obviously can’t meet.

  • Mattacus

    and let’s not forget boring. Why release anything to promote your epic space opera that is as uninteresting and bland as a powerpoint presentation at some corporate training meeting? Has this video made anybody more excited for your release? Has it raised anticipation in ANYONE who will pay money for this experience? The people spending money on this marketing are clearly not expecting a return on their investment.

    • Gozu Tennoh

      As disqusted stated, they’re pushing thier wierd agenda above wanting the game to be a fun experience.

    • Cory

      I’m very excited I even have google alerts out for the game, how I found this lame article. I think the game is going to be very emotional engaging and a ton of fun to play. The latest trailer told me they are still sticking to having an engaging story, so I enjoyed that trailer. I also enjoy the fact that they have not given to much of the game away and that it is still going to be a fun mystery to unravel.

      • Mattacus

        i really hope you enjoy it. 🙂

      • RicoSuaveGuapo

        Poe’s law in full effect

  • Cory

    This article is appalling. I you don’t find “regular looking” people to be atractive, then you are the problem not bioware.

    • This article is appalling. I you don’t find “regular looking” people to be atractive, then you are the problem not bioware.

      Cool story, bro. But no one said regular looking people couldn’t be attractive. But if regular people could widely attract audiences we wouldn’t have a need for super models to attract people to certain clothing lines and we wouldn’t have attractive movie stars to attract people to movies.

      I’m gonna tell you something your parents were too afraid to say to your face and the rest of social media have hug-boxed you from ever seeing: beautiful people are physically liked more than non beautiful people.

      http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TomsMindBlown.gif

      • Damn BioWare, going full SJW.

        Where’s my cute blue alien waifu?

      • Cory

        I know what the social norm is but I’m just saying condemning bioware for fighting the social norm is counterproductive.

        • I’m just saying condemning bioware for fighting the social norm is counterproductive.

          Condemning them for fighting the social norm is counterproductive? They’re fringe now, ace. Have you not played Dragon Age: Inquisition? That’s not even the social norm… it’s fringe.

          Now if that’s what you like, that’s what you like. No one can take that away from you. I noticed that the males and females look fugly in Mass Effect Andromeda. It’s something that stood out coming off the very distinctive looks they had in previous games. Now if you like your fantasy to have fugly characters, good for you.

          The headline to this article let you know pretty much exactly what it was going to be. This ain’t Kotaku or Polygon where we praise identity politics for “representation”. It’s bullsh*t as far as I’m concerned, but if that’s your thing, as I said… good for you.

    • Disqusted

      I actually find most regular people look way better than current celebrities. I get the impression a lot of other people think so, too.

      I don’t mind so much if they want to put “ugly” or “regular” looking people in their games. What bugs me is if they’re just doing it to push some kind of agenda.

    • Gozu Tennoh

      If you like “regular” people so much, sell your pc/consoles, go outside and interact with said people. Theres plenty.

      If attractive characters hurt your feelings then fantasy games arent for you.

      • Cory

        I’m not saying that I have a problem with “attractive” characters I’m just more of saying I find all the characters attractive. My number 1 and 2 romance choices in the first mass effect games were Tali and Jack, who aren’t even used as comparative romance options in this article. Cora Harper and Jack would of been a good comparison as they both use anti cultural models of what a beautiful woman looks like. If anything I find that bioware shows real emotion and variety more than one day in the real world does so I’ll stick to my fantasy world thank you very much.

        • Gozu Tennoh

          You do realize the massive discrepancy in logic within your last sentence there.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    So default shepard and miranda who are the likenesses of real people……………………..aren’t realistic enough?

    There is no excuse for these bland and pathetic characters other than to pander to bland and pathetic SJWs.

    • Cory

      There is nothing wrong with the way the characters look.

      • No, they definitely look wrong.

        Compare the new Asari crew member, Peebee I think her name is, to Liara. Even back in ME1, Liara was a cute little thing. This Peebee is just plain fugly by comparison.

        • Thanks for the reminder… added a comparison in there. It’s even more obvious when you compare the two Asari.

          • I don’t know if Miri’s the best comparison… Let’s just say that I never thought she was half as hot as she was made out to be.

            I cited Ashley, ME1‘s Alliance soldier squadmate, in another thread here on OAG. Especially in ME3, when she let her hair hang loose…

            I should stop myself there.

            EDIT: There it is. And yeah, I also cited two nobody bit characters. Well, “bit characters” might be underselling them; after all, you could bring Dr. Michel aboard as the Normandy’s medic in ME3.

          • Oh yeah I definitely preferred Ashley over Miranda, but the general consensus seems to be that more people thought Miranda was hotter. I thought Ashley came across as less conniving and had a look to match, which made her seem a lot more likable than Miranda. But either way, both Miranda and Ashley are LEAGUES above what’s in Mass Effect Andromeda.

          • Disqusted

            I’m someone who gets very fussy about faces (and making faces). I personally think Liara’s face is the best by far. Jack has a nice face too. It’s a shame that the protagonist’s face can’t be customized to look anywhere near as nice as theirs.

            I still think the new Asari character looks like a blue ninja turtle.

          • Bitterbear

            Add a picture of Peter MacNicol for reference too:

            http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/news/peter-macnicol-joins-csi-cyber-as-series-regular.jpg

            https://i.imgur.com/UkMxhkv.jpg

            Something tells me they’re using someone else’s pictures again for reference.

          • drunken monk

            My God, Peebee or PeeWee or whatever the hell her name is looks like a male in that picture.

      • Mattacus

        There is plenty wrong. The plain ugliness of their faces is subjective, granted. But their body proportions are unnatural. They look weird…like their body parts were independently designed and then just stuck together…

      • Disqusted

        I’m not sure I’d say they look “wrong”, but they kinda look like those mass-manufactured plastic figures of popular franchises that don’t quite resemble the original actors/actresses/characters. Which I’d say is… not very appealing.

      • Gozu Tennoh

        If you say so