Critical Miss: A Femshep to Call My Own

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It's times like this I appreciate my moderate drawing ability.

It allows me to make almost-decent faces with the Bioware face editor thingy.

ok the new art style's kinda jarring when its the first thing you see hung over in the morning

Araxiel_1911:
My two male Shepards did not look great, at all, so I always went out with a helmet.
On the other hand, my female Shepard looked OK in ME1 but I just love her (modding-enhanced) looks in ME2 and she soon became my main Shep. I've played 3 playthroughs with her already. I don't even want to put one of the DLC helmets on because they would cover her face.
I think if you do it right and if you have a knack for character creation then something well can turn out.

And about the people that say ME2 is bad...what the heck is wrong with you guys? Did you even talk with your crewmates and finished the game?

They say it's "bad" and "dumbed down" because you don't need to micro-manage your inventory, as if that is the defining feature of an RPG. It's not as if the first Mass Effect had a much more in-depth skills system than ME2, it didn't have turn-based or strategic combat, it was always an action-RPG, as is the second one. ME2 improved upon the action section though (because it was pretty bad in the first game) which most people apparently felt was an insult to the franchise. Or at least that's what I've gathered from the majority of people who vocalize their opinions. I'm sure some people have legitimate reasons like not enjoying the writing, pacing, overall story, art design, etc.

The great character writing and story-driven missions are all still there, as is leveling up, assigning skills, deciding what to use in combat before you enter a mission, and as far as a very technical level of semantics goes, every game is a role-playing game, because in every game you are assuming the role of someone else in their life. Is Mass Effect 2 a hardcore RPG? No. But Mass Effect Classic wasn't either.

therandombear:

Scrumpmonkey:
I beg to differ on the imagination front.

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Bioware gave us a very limited choise of some pretty bland and generic looking shepards. Why not run a real "Design your own Shepard" competiton and pick some of the best and community favs?

Can't help but imagine Shepard with Alan Rickman's voice now...awesome :3

I think the competition is silly tbh...is the ME3 cover gonna have the femshep instead of maleshep now or just the default when you start the game...If you've used the same femshep for the other 2 games, why completely change now...on the last part =/

*looks at Ash* Misssssss Ashley, our. New. Spectre.

Erin still sees stuff? I thought we got rid of that.

Oh JESUS, it's like Tommy Wissau fucked a platypus!!

I'm sorry, but you don't need to experiment too hard on fonts and text balloons.

It's hard to read this one.

Dr. wonderful:
Erin still sees stuff? I thought we got rid of that.

No, she just got checked out of the hospital. She still has hallucinations and whatnot.

therandombear:

Scrumpmonkey:
I beg to differ on the imagination front.

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Bioware gave us a very limited choise of some pretty bland and generic looking shepards. Why not run a real "Design your own Shepard" competiton and pick some of the best and community favs?

Can't help but imagine Shepard with Alan Rickman's voice now...awesome :3

I think the competition is silly tbh...is the ME3 cover gonna have the femshep instead of maleshep now or just the default when you start the game...If you've used the same femshep for the other 2 games, why completely change now...on the last part =/

This looks like the birth of a meme.

I had a femshep but lost interest. She was the bitch and I'd pick all the ren choices.

My manshep was a black dude, or as close to a black dude as I could make him.

Scrumpmonkey:
I beg to differ on the imagination front.

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Bioware gave us a very limited choise of some pretty bland and generic looking shepards. Why not run a real "Design your own Shepard" competiton and pick some of the best and community favs?

you sir have made my day and are awesome for posting this. Thank you

Dr. wonderful:
Erin still sees stuff? I thought we got rid of that.

No. She just knows how to keep it in check and uses it to help her job from what i see

TheNaut131:

Dr. wonderful:
Erin still sees stuff? I thought we got rid of that.

No, she just got checked out of the hospital. She still has hallucinations and whatnot.

Ah yes, "hallucinations". We have dismissed that claim.

Made me laugh

And I agree Femshop nr 3 is the best of the 6.

Scrumpmonkey:
I beg to differ on the imagination front.

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Bioware gave us a very limited choise of some pretty bland and generic looking shepards. Why not run a real "Design your own Shepard" competiton and pick some of the best and community favs?

Because Shepherd is human, and none of the above are human.

(BURN ON SNAPE AND REBECCA! MUAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAAAaaaa...ha... I'll go sit in a corner now.)

But i like making hideous monsters for characters. Like my glowing guy in Fallout 3 and NV lol.

Geo Da Sponge:

Commander Rickman Shepard: I've had enough of your snide insinuations, Mr. Potter...
Reporter: But my name's not-
Commander Rickman Shepard: Ten points from Gryffindor!

I lol'd

Galaxy613:
I donno, I was always happy with my shepard!

Going strong since ME1. :D

I lol'd even harder. Its funny how he looks perfectly normal from the front. I bet that's hilarious when he's actually talking.

That is quite true. Every single time, when i can create a face, i take loads of time to make it perfect, and in the end, it always sucks.

My Femshep isn't too bad...okay her skin is the almost the colour of a fish's underbelly and her mouth seems to scowl all the time. Unless she smiles, then it looks like something you would see on a pshyo.
Anyway, I think that the ones their offering are...well too pretty. No offense but just how many of us can say we would expect Sheperd to look like a model?

am i the only one that tries to make really messed up looking characters? my shphard looks like an albino black guy with bleach blonde hair, fish lips, and from the side it looks like he was repeatedly smashed in the face with a frying pan

dont even get my started on my character in obivion, now that's a good character creation kit

What's with the change of font?

Default face Femshep + long hair + redhead. That's my femshep.

Spore is an excellent example of this scenario. yes, i know that is was really good and the whole entire fuss of spore but god knows how many dick monsters (literally) people have already created.

Also is there any reason the speech bubbles are in red in blue? do i sense a hidden joke about paragon and renegade dialogue paths?

I actually like the male Shepard I made when I played ME1 and I also used him for ME2, I've gotten really used to him, so I surely won't change that for ME3 but the comic is still pretty funny. I'm just not sure yet whether I like that new art style.

Scrumpmonkey:
I beg to differ on the imagination front.

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Bioware gave us a very limited choise of some pretty bland and generic looking shepards. Why not run a real "Design your own Shepard" competiton and pick some of the best and community favs?

i'd pick the stalker fem-shep.

dat tentacles.
(i'm serious)

Having read the thread, I now want a Rickmanshep. :(

Wandrecanada:

Irridium:
We're not really "choosing our own Shepard" so much as "choosing what hair style/skin color Bioware's Shepard will have". Not much of a choice, especially when they put it up on Facebook and it turns into a "which Shepard is hotter" contest.

Then again I suppose that's Bioware's specialty, illusion of choice.

BURN!

I think the Facebook thing is a fairly obvious marketing project. What pisses me off the most though is that they aren't using the default FemShep. If the male version was good enough to use as a banner headline what does that say about their choice for the default female design? Did they just not pick something they thought could be marketed because they assumed no one would want to use the female version?

The default male shep is modeled after a real person while default Femshep was made using the character creator (or the devs equivalent of it) and as such isn't realistic or "pretty" enough for advertising. That said I think it would have been better for them make a nice and shiny CG model for the ads and such based off the default Femshep.

The new one (they're all the same 'cept for the hair and skin tone) doesn't even fit the idea of the character let alone my personal character.

This whole mess got me to replay the original Mass Effect as a female character to see what all the fuss was about. I tried to make her reasonably good-looking, but a bit battle-scarred and worn out. It worked, but what the character creator completely failed to demonstrate was how immensely psychotic her eyes look. It's most noticeable when she's taking cover in a firefight--it doesn't look like she'll leap out and start shooting so much as leap out and rip some Geth optical arrays out with her teeth. It was rather jarring, especially since my male Shepard had a stoic, laid-back look that was more suggestive of too many blunts than anything else.

Yeah, number 3 is definitely the best one :D

Whats annoying me the most about this femshep thing is the fact theres already a pretty decent default femshep thats arleady in both games. Why cant they just keep her as the femshep?

My FemShep MUST be a redhead, otherwise the whole series is ruined, that's how I started the game, that's where I built my story around, and that's the Sheppard that will save the galaxy. And if not, then why bother, if you won't get your Sheppard back :(

Madara XIII:

Scrumpmonkey:
I beg to differ on the imagination front.

Bioware gave us a very limited choise of some pretty bland and generic looking shepards. Why not run a real "Design your own Shepard" competiton and pick some of the best and community favs?

you sir have made my day and are awesome for posting this. Thank you

You mean for making this :P (maybe a watermark is in order, i am an internet praise whore after all)

Yeah.. Ill pick the default one probably, even if my Shephards face looks fine in the creator, it looks terrible ingame.

i found that widening the jaw just a little bit gets a whole lot of face returned to it, ever since i figured that out in ME2 all my femsheps looked so much better

I feel your pain. I remade a shepard for a replay and was five hours in before I realized his neck was so thick it made his head look like a pez despenser.

Scrumpmonkey:
I beg to differ on the imagination front.

image

Bioware gave us a very limited choise of some pretty bland and generic looking shepards. Why not run a real "Design your own Shepard" competiton and pick some of the best and community favs?

Oh god...they gave the bloodsucker from STALKER power armour. And breasts. THE FOOLS!

My Shepherd still looked pretty good after the transition from the first to the second game, but I think that`s because I`m a minimalist when it comes to character creation.

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