See How Your Mass Effect Choices Compare to Everyone Else's

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See How Your Mass Effect Choices Compare to Everyone Else's

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Regrettably, BioWare did not present these statistics with a Shepard's Pie Chart.

There are many paths through BioWare's Mass Effect trilogy - player choice has always been a key element of the sci-fi series, and there were plenty of memorable decisions that divided the gaming masses. Evidently, BioWare has been keeping a tally of our actions, and the developers were kind enough to give us a peek at the statistics to see the breakdown of how we, collectively, directed Commander Shepard. These numbers detail some major events from Mass Effect 3, so it really should go without saying, but be warned: spoilers ahoy.

One of the most lopsided statistics concerns Shepard herself, or as the majority leaned, himself. 82% of the players who finished Mass Effect 3 were playing as Male Shepard, leaving only 18% playing FemShep. By the numbers, the global average Shepard was a male, Paragon-aligned Soldier. The Soldier class makes sense as the winner there, being the most straightforward, but it's a little surprising that the 43.7% of players who followed that road chose "good with guns" over magic powers and high-tech gadgets. The Adept and Engineer classes, who specialized in biotics and tech, were the least-played classes at 8.1% and 5.1%, respectively. The remaining players chose a hybrid class.

As far as NPCs go, Liara and Garrus were the most popular squad members through the Mass Effect 3 campaign. Ashley and Kaidan, as mutually-exclusive members of the party, were the least popular, with Kaidan only getting 1.5% of the love. Urdnot Wrex has always been a fan favorite, but 64% of players never got to see him in Mass Effect 3 - either because he was killed in the first game or, more likely, because he doesn't show up unless you import a save file from previous games. One of the closest calls in the statistics is Shepard's touching duel with Garrus in the Citadel: 58% of players allowed themselves to be outsniped, while 42% showed him up.

The two biggest calls in Mass Effect 3 were, arguably, the curing of the Genophage and the resolution of the Geth-Quarian war. A whopping 92% chose to cure the Genophage and save the krogans, so most of us seem to be in agreement there. Only 3.8% of players shot Mordin to prevent him from distributing the cure (and all of you are terrible people). On Rannoch, the choice was more difficult. 27% of you sided with the Quarians, and 37% with the Geth (the remaining 36% achieved a truce).

So, did you agree with the overall consensus? Were you upset there weren't more female Renegade Engineers? Either way, it's always interesting to see other people's preferences. Now that the numbers are out in the open, you may even decide to go back and try walking the road less travelled - odds are, there's plenty left to see.

Source: Kotaku

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How the fuck does Vega survive more than Garrus?

The only thing I'm really surprised at is the percentage of Soldier classes. I was under the impression that a Soldier is the most boring, waste-of-space class in the game. Shows what "popular opinion" knows.

DVS BSTrD:
How the fuck does Vega survive more than Garrus?

No-one uses him, so he never has an opportunity to die? :P

DVS BSTrD:
How the fuck does Vega survive more than Garrus?

Makes perfect sense if you take the ME2 Suicide Mission into account. Meanwhile, the only way for Vega to die is if he's with you at the end and your EMS is too low.

Antitonic:
The only thing I'm really surprised at is the percentage of Soldier classes. I was under the impression that a Soldier is the most boring, waste-of-space class in the game. Shows what "popular opinion" knows.

DVS BSTrD:
How the fuck does Vega survive more than Garrus?

No-one uses him, so he never has an opportunity to die? :P

To be honest though, the first time I played Mass Effect 1 I went with the soldier because the descriptions of every other class were very vague for someone that was playing for the first time so its kind of a begginers class, you then learn about each ability by watching your team mates use their biotics and stuff. Then there are always those guys that dont give a fuck about biotics and never bother to choose anything other then the soldier

EDIT: Actually I then went and checked what were the classes that ME1 had and I actually went with the Infiltrator (sniper and pistol with some tech things) so eh... maybe Im wrong.

Most of these don't surprise me, but seriously almost 50% soldier class? When you can be a space magician? ;d And Vega is more popular than Tali and Kaidan (and even Ashley)? Although I don't know what "popular" here means.

My thoughts:

As a male who plays FemShep, I have to say that I'm saddened by how few people play her. Not exactly surprised, admittedly, but Jennifer Hale is a fantastic voice actress, and from my point of view it was nice to see a huge, blockbuster RPG trilogy with a female protagonist. Hopefully there'll be a more even distribution next time.

I'm also baffled by the apparent popularity of Vega. I can only assume he ranks so high because he's around for all of ME3.

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

As a guy who plays FemShep, I have to say that I'm saddened by how few people play her. Not exactly surprised, admittedly, but Jennifer Hale is a fantastic voice actress, and from my point of view it was nice to see a huge, blockbuster RPG trilogy with a female protagonist. Hopefully there'll be a more even distribution next time.

I'm also baffled by the apparent popularity of Vega. I can only assume he ranks so high because he's around for all of ME3.

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

To be honest I think I and a lot of other guys played MShep because we're supposed to envision ourselves as Shepard, that an going out of our way to hit on guys just feels a little weird (though in hindsight I would've gone after Thane). And to be perfectly fair I did feel pretty petty and ashamed of myself that I never did a FemShep play through. I said to myself "After I finish ME3, I'll restart the game and play as her." Then the ending happening...let's just say I kinda lost my motivation to do that. It still kinda depresses me that I never did that. Aw well, on the flip side I started playing Fallout NV as a woman.

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

This is also a reason why so "many" people still defended the ending. Because if you play all 3 games you simply cannot like that s***....

nodlimax:

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

This is also a reason why so "many" people still defended the ending. Because if you play all 3 games you simply cannot like that s***....

And we went barely a page on here before someone mentioned the ME3 ending. Bonus points that he insulted everyone who liked it too.

Surpised more people didn't play through a fem shep.

I really enjoyed seeing the story from a womans point of view

I'm thinking the popularity scale is skewed a bit because some characters are attained late in the game when people have a set team and Javik is missing for some reason.

nodlimax:

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

This is also a reason why so "many" people still defended the ending. Because if you play all 3 games you simply cannot like that s***....

Pretty much.

It's like the Saints Row 2 and Saints Row 3 debacle. If you never played saints row 1-2, of course your going to think Saints Row 3 is this awesome stupid fun. However, if you played 1-2 (especially 2) before 3, you would know then what was missing in 3 and why 2 is more critically acclaimed.

In this case, yeah. I don't know how anyone that has played all three MS games can say with a straight face that the endings were anything other than utter trash. But I guess thats what EA wanted. They wanted to bring the latest MS to a higher demographic and I guess they did just that...great. -_-

I'm surprised, I thought paragon would be 3/4 but renegade was more popular then I thought. And I'm in the minority, I actually shot Mordrin on my first playthrough full renegade and played through insanity. Insanity in this game was not too bad, I don't even remember any hard bits that stuck out.

Oh and Jove? your going to hate me for this, but I played saints row 1 and 2 and I liked the wackyness in 3 more :)

daibakuha:

nodlimax:

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

This is also a reason why so "many" people still defended the ending. Because if you play all 3 games you simply cannot like that s***....

And we went barely a page on here before someone mentioned the ME3 ending. Bonus points that he insulted everyone who liked it too.

It's the elphant in the room. Even if people don't mention it, they are still thinking about it.

And on that note....... Why didn't they put in the poll that was on the BW website on how many like or didn't like the ending???? Huh? Huh?

Xanex:

daibakuha:

nodlimax:

This is also a reason why so "many" people still defended the ending. Because if you play all 3 games you simply cannot like that s***....

And we went barely a page on here before someone mentioned the ME3 ending. Bonus points that he insulted everyone who liked it too.

It's the elphant in the room. Even if people don't mention it, they are still thinking about it.

And on that note....... Why didn't they put in the poll that was on the BW website on how many like or didn't like the ending???? Huh? Huh?

Because internet polls have been shown to be accurate metrics before. Oh right, they aren't.

Still doesn't excuse the insulting nature of the posts here.

Antitonic:
The only thing I'm really surprised at is the percentage of Soldier classes. I was under the impression that a Soldier is the most boring, waste-of-space class in the game. Shows what "popular opinion" knows.

DVS BSTrD:
How the fuck does Vega survive more than Garrus?

No-one uses him, so he never has an opportunity to die? :P

I was a Biotic class on 2 and decided to go for my Insanity difficulty achievement. I got as far as invading the derelict reaper ship before I couldn't continue and had to re-roll. Soldier is the best class imo as once you get on the higher difficulties pretty much EVERYTHING is shielded against biotic and tech so you have to spend 5 minutes shooting down their shields anyway.

Which is a shame, because I loved using singularity.

Not surprised more people saved the Geth than the Quarians. ME3 really made the Quarians look like utter bastards and the Geth like poor misunderstood victims while in reality both did terrible things to each other.

Well, more people chose to save both, but still. ME3 could have made the Geth look less like poor, misunderstood victims. There used to be billions of Quarians, now there's only about 17 million. Take a guess at what happened to the rest. Wish you (or someone else) could bring that up.

Zeckt:
I'm surprised, I thought paragon would be 3/4 but renegade was more popular then I thought. And I'm in the minority, I actually shot Mordrin on my first playthrough full renegade and played through insanity. Insanity in this game was not too bad, I don't even remember any hard bits that stuck out.

Oh and Jove? your going to hate me for this, but I played saints row 1 and 2 and I liked the wackyness in 3 more :)

You shot him..? YOU SHOT HIM!? YOU HAVE NO HEART. :(

erttheking:

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

As a guy who plays FemShep, I have to say that I'm saddened by how few people play her. Not exactly surprised, admittedly, but Jennifer Hale is a fantastic voice actress, and from my point of view it was nice to see a huge, blockbuster RPG trilogy with a female protagonist. Hopefully there'll be a more even distribution next time.

I'm also baffled by the apparent popularity of Vega. I can only assume he ranks so high because he's around for all of ME3.

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

To be honest I think I and a lot of other guys played MShep because we're supposed to envision ourselves as Shepard, that an going out of our way to hit on guys just feels a little weird (though in hindsight I would've gone after Thane). And to be perfectly fair I did feel pretty petty and ashamed of myself that I never did a FemShep play through. I said to myself "After I finish ME3, I'll restart the game and play as her." Then the ending happening...let's just say I kinda lost my motivation to do that. It still kinda depresses me that I never did that. Aw well, on the flip side I started playing Fallout NV as a woman.

Envisioning myself as Shepard was always going to be tricky for me; the fact that he/she's voiced and I don't control exactly what he/she says meant it was harder for me to think I was Shepard. So I thought I'd play FemShep because I like Jennifer Hale, and ended up really attached to Shepard, in no small part because of the vocal performance. I really do recommend a FemShep run, Hale is genuinely brilliant.

I see your point about the romances; in the first game I ended up romancing Liara because Kaidan was just kind of dull. Stuck with her throughout all three games, although I do want to play ME2 again to romance Thane. I also want to do a DudeShep run of all three and romance Tali. Now I just need to find the time...

nodlimax:

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

This is also a reason why so "many" people still defended the ending. Because if you play all 3 games you simply cannot like that s***....

Dislike the ending? Fine. Don't insult those of us who didn't have a problem with it - such as myself. Seriously, legitimate grievances about the ending aside, it's been a year. Can we please stop beating the pile of blood and viscera that used to be a dead horse?

Jove:
It's like the Saints Row 2 and Saints Row 3 debacle. If you never played saints row 1-2, of course your going to think Saints Row 3 is this awesome stupid fun. However, if you played 1-2 (especially 2) before 3, you would know then what was missing in 3 and why 2 is more critically acclaimed.

Actually, if you're a PC gamer Saints Row 3 is significantly better than Saints Row 2 because it's not a horribly buggy totally unplayable mess, but that has more to do with terrible porting than anything else.

On GenderShepard: I think part of the reason the numbers are so skewed is that a lot of the guys who played FemShep ALSO played MaleShep (I know I did) so they don't help tip the balance.

"Of players that finished ME3"
Well there's your problem, I imagine a lot of players played through their first Shepard (male) and then saw the ending, and didn't bother finishing their other (probably fem) sheps.

As a user of the female Renegade Engineer, I'm not surprised there were so few of us. I thought having a couple extra disposable buddies in the form of a turret and drone (and Ash when she ran out of grenades) was a boon that hardly got me killed even in insanity, but I understand that more people wanted a more straightforward approach to fights in the form of a soldier.

3.8% of people have no heart, who could seriously shoot Mordin?

Also 64% missed out on Wrex in Mass Effect 3? But he's one of the best characters from one of the best species, I mean come on his people resolve arguments with a headbutt FFS. Also Vega? Yeah I never used him though I am sad to see Ashley only survived 54% of the time. I loved her so I could never let her die. She's just....perfect.

Anachronism:

I see your point about the romances; in the first game I ended up romancing Liara because Kaidan was just kind of dull. Stuck with her throughout all three games, although I do want to play ME2 again to romance Thane. I also want to do a DudeShep run of all three and romance Tali. Now I just need to find the time...

The Tali romance is soooo worth it. I did liara in the first game and switched to Tali without even batting an eye in the second. The payoff in 3 for the Tali romance is just awesome. The scene of her and Shep on Rannoch if you pull of the Geth/Quarian truce is hands down the best scene in the whole series. Tali is easily one of my favorite video game characters ever. Keelah Se'lai!

Anachronism:
My thoughts:

As a male who plays FemShep, I have to say that I'm saddened by how few people play her. Not exactly surprised, admittedly, but Jennifer Hale is a fantastic voice actress, and from my point of view it was nice to see a huge, blockbuster RPG trilogy with a female protagonist. Hopefully there'll be a more even distribution next time.

I'm also baffled by the apparent popularity of Vega. I can only assume he ranks so high because he's around for all of ME3.

I also find it weird that 2/3 of people who played ME3 didn't meet Wrex. I'm surprised that most people didn't play all three games; the experience is so much richer if you do.

Fem Shep was indeed the bomb. I think that the voice actress that played her was a HUGE improvement over the MShep.

Also to the original post.... And 0 fucks were given for all these stats because while they tracked them here it did nothing for the ending in any way at all.

If anything this is a BIGGER slap in the face. So you tracked all this........... and did NOTHING with it...... Because that was your vision of the ending.......... There are not enough hands in the world for the faceplam needed.

Anachronism:

Dislike the ending? Fine. Don't insult those of us who didn't have a problem with it - such as myself. Seriously, legitimate grievances about the ending aside, it's been a year. Can we please stop beating the pile of blood and viscera that used to be a dead horse?

I don't think we can stop beating the horse until we are sure the bloodstains won't wash out so that EA and Bioware will always remember. I think it's better that we still raise a fuss every so often rather then gamers forgetting the last controversy for the next one. Hell the ME3 ending could be some of the reason the simcity fiasco is as big as it is, people saying hey EA still remember your last screw up and we're getting sick of it.

OT: Interesting, but it's a bit hard to do a kind of popularity thing between characters when their roles change between games and their availability to play in a squad changes, so Vega is going to be unnaturally skewed in his favour.

Ha! I like how most people didn't save the asshole Quarians.

I actually did have a Female Renegade Engineer (I've always liked minion classes).

Shot Mordin and didn't cure the Genophage (Seriously people, 8%? The Genophage was put into place for a reason)

Xan Krieger:
3.8% of people have no heart, who could seriously shoot Mordin?

-waves hand-

I liked Mordin and all, but he was going to cure the Genophage. Regret is a terrible thing, but a bullet cures all ails.

I prefer Femshep and Sentinel so I start out on the rarer side.

Irridium:
Not surprised more people saved the Geth than the Quarians. ME3 really made the Quarians look like utter bastards and the Geth like poor misunderstood victims while in reality both did terrible things to each other.

Well, more people chose to save both, but still. ME3 could have made the Geth look less like poor, misunderstood victims. There used to be billions of Quarians, now there's only about 17 million. Take a guess at what happened to the rest. Wish you (or someone else) could bring that up.

The quarians brought it on themselves by trying to wipe out the geth in the first place. I'm glad most people don't have too much sympathy for those whiners.

I wonder if Bioware put in a system to measure the percentage of people who thought the ending was bullshit?

Anachronism:

Dislike the ending? Fine. Don't insult those of us who didn't have a problem with it - such as myself. Seriously, legitimate grievances about the ending aside, it's been a year. Can we please stop beating the pile of blood and viscera that used to be a dead horse?

So it is an insult now to say that many people haven't played ME1 and 2? I don't see how I insulted anyone with my post other than maybe EA itself...

Calling the end S*** doesn't mean that the people who liked it are S*** too or does it now?

Of course Kaiden is only at 1.5% for popularity, he hardly makes it out of the first game anyway.

nodlimax:

Anachronism:

Dislike the ending? Fine. Don't insult those of us who didn't have a problem with it - such as myself. Seriously, legitimate grievances about the ending aside, it's been a year. Can we please stop beating the pile of blood and viscera that used to be a dead horse?

So it is an insult now to say that many people haven't played ME1 and 2? I don't see how I insulted anyone with my post other than maybe EA itself...

Calling the end S*** doesn't mean that the people who liked it are S*** too or does it now?

No, you insinuated that people who liked the ending haven't played Mass Effect 1 and 2. No true Scotsmen, etc.

Diana Kingston-Gabai:

DVS BSTrD:
How the fuck does Vega survive more than Garrus?

Makes perfect sense if you take the ME2 Suicide Mission into account. Meanwhile, the only way for Vega to die is if he's with you at the end and your EMS is too low.

The ones that let Garrus die must be the same 3.8% who shot Mordin.

josemlopes:
EDIT: Actually I then went and checked what were the classes that ME1 had and I actually went with the Infiltrator (sniper and pistol with some tech things) so eh... maybe Im wrong.

I wanted to start with infiltrator, given my Shepard's back story, but I gave up when I realized you still needed double stabilizers to hit anything with the Sniper Rifle.

Cognimancer:
82% of the players who finished Mass Effect 3 were playing as Male Shepard, leaving only 18% playing FemShep.

The fact that this adds up to 100% is weird. I finished multiple playthroughs with both female and male Shepards, how the hell do I fit into this statistic?

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