The Not-So-Great Mass Effect 3 FemShep Debate.

Tycho of Penny Arcade is appropriately sarcastic about the fact that some people are going nuts that the default female Commander Shepard is going to be blond and blue-eyed for Mass Effect 3 Collector’s Edition. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I am not only one of the 18% who default to female characters in Bioware games*. I’m also somebody whose FemShep looks like this:

So blond-haired, blue-eyed doesn’t exactly bug me (neither would red-haired, green-eyed; or white-haired, dark-skinned, epicanthic-folded eyes FemSheps, either). Besides, the real news here is that I will apparently, once again, get to be entertainingly rude to Khalisah al-Jilani, who is one of the more entertainingly annoying minor NPCs of this game.  I will further conceal nothing from you: I have punched this NPC several times.  I have also gently made her look like an idiot on her own show, via a careful application of what the Air Force guys used to call The Blue Suit. 

I still do not know which was more fun.

Moe Lane

*I simply like Jennifer Hale’s voice acting better than Mark Meer’s in the Mass Effect series, and I think that Bioware’s female faces are better designed.


  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    As a (mostly) femShep player, I concur – but also, my femShep looks a lot like Zoe Washburne….

  • Aruges says:

    Bioware’s facial models, with the singular exception of Miranda, look lifeless to me. And FemShep looks so gosh dang angry all the time.

  • A Z R says:

    A paragon? I bet you kept Samaran alive, too.

  • Kresh says:

    “I always forget which people we may stereotype safely; it’s entirely possible I missed the latest communique.” -Tycho

    It’s always so cute when people who supposedly have their finger on the pulse of their community are shown to be quite in the dark. This is not surprise to me.

    I always played FemShep (which is a f*cking stupid title) because the voice acting is miles and miles better than the male Shepard. Listening to male Shepard is akin to watching bored people recite dialogue they have no interest in. See also; the American Anime voice acting community.

  • PubliusNV says:

    I agree that the female voice acting is better, but I had to play through as a male so that I could romance Miranda.

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