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

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Cognimancer:

Only 3.8% of players shot Mordin to prevent him from distributing the cure (and all of you are terrible people

You sir just made me laugh out loud (which isn't good cause I'm at work)

Also only 18% femsheps?
I pity the fools who haven't experienced a whirlwind romance with the galaxies favourite Turian!

Paragon Vanguard for the win!

Also Liara is more used than Garrus, I guess I can understand that after she became the shadow broker she became ALOT cooler.

Frostbyte666:
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.

It was the most celebrated controversy and all anyone talked about for an entire year. Regardless of what you think, it will not be forgotten, and we are long past the point where still beating that red smear you call a horse into the ground is still acceptable and relevant. If you're never sure when we reach that point in a controversy, you can usually gauge it by how many collective slaps to the forehead are heard whenever someone starts it up again.

You know what statistic I would like to see? How many people are still complaining about the ending a year later. Good lord people, grow up and get over it.

God people are boring... Of course the vast majority played a Soldier Male Shep! They need to "identify" and shit!

EDIT: And 10 seconds after I post this, I see what this week's Jimquisition is about.
Very seriously, from the bottom of my heart and with all due respect (none): Fuck anyone who somehow won't play female characters. Fuck them up the arse with a rake.

FemsSheps unite! WE ARE THE 18 PERCENT!!!

I always liked these statistic things. It shows how differently we all approach gaming. I never even thought about playing a soldier (why do that when I have the option to rip apart matter with my brain?) but apparently I'm in the minority here.

Mcoffey:

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.

Perhaps, but the Geth still nearly wiped out an entire race. There's also the Quarians who tried to defend the Geth. Would be nice to ask Legion or any of the Geth what happened to those defenders.

I just wanted a bit more detail and ambiguity, is all.

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

Only if they let him die on purpose - my first time through, I made Miranda my biotic specialist (she said she could do it!) and the swarms carried my turian BFF away. Actual tears were shed. :(

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

And people consider this an insult? seriously......

Lots of pussies played ME3. Such a low Insanity percentage...

And soldiers are boring as shit. Engineers get Overload AND Incinerate...what more do you need?

I think these stats would be more accurate if they spanned the entire franchise, not just the last game.

These statistics really shine a bold light on recent comments, like Jim's comments relating to whether male players want female protagonists.

Here we had the option to play both, equally, with associated furor regarding what she looked like during the release of various games, and included same sex partnerships on both sides of the gender divide.

We got about 1/6 playing as a female. That says to me, its not the chicken and the egg scenario like Jim hypothesized, its all the audience's fault.

If they wanted to be really incendiary, they'd have posted the relationship statistics.

thiosk:
These statistics really shine a bold light on recent comments, like Jim's comments relating to whether male players want female protagonists.

Here we had the option to play both, equally, with associated furor regarding what she looked like during the release of various games, and included same sex partnerships on both sides of the gender divide.

From things I've heard/seen, many people pick default soldier shep because the character creator can't really make anything as detailed and pretty as the default face, especially in first game. I'd say that factors into the divide a good amount. It might also explain why the series went less rpg and more shooty as it went along, most players when presented with gravitational magic and technological prowess, chose the super special and unique to the ME universe power of guns.

That's a lot of people who dislike fun.

nodlimax:

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

And people consider this an insult? seriously......

You basically accused everyone who liked the ending of not being a fan of the series. So yeah, insulting.

Only beat ME3 once and that was with a mostly Renegade F!Shep Sentinel (Destroy ending), so I'm standing out from the crowd like usual; every time BioWare releases a statistics sheet I'm in the minority.

Only two statistics that surprised me were the Soldier % and that so many cured the genophage. I expected that one to be lower since it's a pretty grey moral issue on both sides.

Irridium:

Mcoffey:

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.

Perhaps, but the Geth still nearly wiped out an entire race. There's also the Quarians who tried to defend the Geth. Would be nice to ask Legion or any of the Geth what happened to those defenders.

I just wanted a bit more detail and ambiguity, is all.

The Anti-Geth Quarians killed them most likely or they died when someone deployed nuclear and chemical weapons.

In my first run I was a renegade femshep engineer :3

Also, in that run of the game I convinced Mordin to leave so I didn't have to shoot him :)

And I would like to know how they figured that Tali wasn't a very popular character. If it is based on how many missions the characters go on, it is kind of unfair for her considering she shows up last of the squadmates.

I was hoping this image would tell us how many people refused to buy EA's day-one DLC.

Huh this is pretty interesting, wait, what's that? Well this poll is probably completely false or just most of it. Vega is the third most popular squad member with 16.8% and Tali with 7.8 are you kidding me Tali is top tier along with Garrus and Liara and Vega gets double the votes as her? I'm sorry Bioware, but however you get your poll results is shit. In fact there was just a poll here taking into account all squad members and asking which one is the worst, I think James was rated the worst, however it was very close with Ashley and Jacob. I'm actually really concerned where Bioware gets it's information since the last time they talked to a fan who claimed they thought they were listening to fan feedback and were going to release post ending dlc. Jessica Merizan the Community and Social Media Manager for BioWare responded by saying they have run the numbers and said no such majority exists.

How on earth does Kaiden get such a low score? He was my favourite human in the game.

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.

I too was saddened by the considerable lack of FemShep in those results. I knew she wouldn't be as popular but I didn't expect such a large gap.

I played as a Female Vanguard, mostly paragon. She was known to hit the renegade swicth a couple of times when some bad guys really pissed her off!

I'll always play as a female in games when given the choice. I never feel like "I am the protagonist", I never try to put myself in their shoes and mentally "be" that person, it's just not how I play. I prefer to make my mind up about who the character is, as a separate entity, and how they would approach the situations they face. This is escapism after all, I want to be as far away from normal and acceptable as possible! So if that means I play as a woman romancing dudes... so be it!

orangeapples:
And I would like to know how they figured that Tali wasn't a very popular character. If it is based on how many missions the characters go on, it is kind of unfair for her considering she shows up last of the squadmates.

That and her skill set is arguably the least effective in dealing with Reaper or Cerberus enemies, which is pretty much all you face after Rannoch...

i didnt realize wrex was so popular. he was probably one of my least favorite characters and i think i used him all of once. i liked grunt sooo much more. i even liked ashley more than wrex...in mass effect 1 anyway. in 2 and 3 she was constantly nothing but a miserable asshole to me. that was probably my biggest issue with mass effect 3. i thought that, by the end of the game, she would have come to terms with why i joined cerberus and we would be friends again. NOPE! treated me like shit right up to the end. and then she acts all sad at my funeral. shut up, ashley, we both know you dont give a shit

.......

what was i talking about again?

I guess female vanguard isn't as popular a choice as I thought, interesting.

daibakuha:
You basically accused everyone who liked the ending of not being a fan of the series. So yeah, insulting.

Well, feel free to prove me wrong....

In other news:
I played a fem shep from 1-3 and she looked awesome. I played soldier because I wasn't very fond of the tech and psi stuff (I had Liara and Tali for this kind of stuff). And my Femshep went for Liara as a companion. Why? Because I can!

Anachronism:

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.

On my first play through I ignored him the whole time, thinking that he was just a token muscle head, but on the next run I picked him for all my missions to find out what I missed, and Vega came out to be my favorite character. Writers gave him a lot of funny lines and character depth.

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.

There is no such thing as "in reality." The entire conflict is fictional, if Bioware wants the Geth to be innocent misunderstood victims, then they are just that. That said, the morning war is vague enough that people can interpret whatever they wish. Maybe the Geth did round up Quarians civilians and slaughtered them, or maybe the warfare is so brutal that those are just casualties. Judging by how the Rachnni War or the Krogan war turned out in that universe, maybe billions of dead is the norm for that setting.

bimon_1234567:

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?

If the number of playthrough are equal then 0% as they would cancel each other out, otherwise which ever is higher would add to either sides count and affect the % by almost nothing unless you completed the game 100 times as male Shepard.

Why is it weird that it adds up to 100%? I always find it weird when polls don't equal 100%.

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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.

My thoughts exactly. Playing as a Soldier is the most vanilla way of playing the game. You just shoot crap.......that's about it.

If you're not throwing out hadukins and tech-based fireballs, you're not playing the game right. To be fair, my favorite class is probably the Infiltrator (i love any class that can cloak :P), but even they have a few tech-powers to toy around with (my biggest draw to them is I've always liked their one-shot-kill capabilities).

What I find so surprising is the fact that the resolution of the Quarian-Geth war was so completely split like that. I would have figured the majority would have been in saving both. Think the only time I didn't save both was when I reloaded my last save before that decision just to see what happens. And I gotta say, deciding to kill the Geth is absolutely brutal. At least if you're enough of a dick to shoot Mordin in the back, it's one shot and the deed is done. If you decide the Geth don't get to live, you've gotta shoot Legion point-blank in the face THREE times! Each time he looks up at you like "Don't....I....deserve...to...live?" only to get shot again. So yeah, I don't know which complete and total betrayal leaves me with a worse feeling in my stomach.

Captcha: "Taco Tuesday".......but it's Monday.....

I wonder if the insanity stat is out of total playthroughs, or if it's per player. If it's by playthrough then it makes sense that it's so low, because tons of people have done multiple runs, and most probably didn't do insanity for all of them.

But also: Vega is totally cool you guys come on. I know he's really weirdly muscular but he's probably one of the funniest people, especially if you play a femshep and make fun of him for flirting. He does have a stupid haircut though. I'll give the haters that.

So, played through the entire trilogy for the first time ever, started as a fem Shep vanguard in 1, got as far as meeting Garrus, and went, "It's too tetchy with the powers... give me guns that are easy to use!" and restarted as a soldier. Saved Kaiden that first run, regretted that on subsequent play throughs, saved Ashley, regretted that after the Collector attack on Horizon. Finished the series, saw the ending coming for 3 from miles away. Yeah, Shep's going to give her life for the galaxy. No big surprise, no better way to end her story. Saved the quarians AND the geth by accident, but there is nothing cooler than having a Prime walk up to you and swear fealty. And I got the flotilla as well? Reapers are going DOWN! Everyone who could survive survived through the suicide mission, huzzah. Hated Mordin until he started working to cure the genophage, and then lost his life. HATED. After that, sad to see him go.

Signed up just to reply to this thread and say two things: I can't like male Shep having played through the entire series as fem Shep... and the ending that everyone hates? Loved it to death. Perfect ending. No regrets. Played it straight as a paragon, gave my life to protect the galaxy. Totally worth it. How do people hate it?

Huh? I thought Garrus would of been the most popular character to have in your team.

Also what, no most character to romance with and this is including both male and female Sheperd?

Time for another adrenaline fueled dating sim gears of war.

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Finished Run #1 : Renegade FemShep Infiltrator on Insanity. One shot. One Kill. Enventually. Once you got the best rifle and maxed your cloak. Destroy.

Finished Run #2 : Renegade FemShep Vanguard on Veteran/Insanity? Glitching out the game and avoiding enemy waves with Biotic Charge is immensely amusing and satisfying. Dying enedlessly to Banshees instakill is not. Oh well. Control.

On the female character debate, as far as the Mass Effect Metrics go..

"I love women.. more! I am not insecure about my sexuality, I love women!" *shifty eyes* "SLEEP!"

First, a perspective. I love a good story. For a game like Mass Effect, I do not project myself onto a character; I am watching a story unfold. Therefore, I want the more exciting and entertaining option available. Aside of the ending (which I hate and loathe with an undying passion, and unless user reviews are absolutely glowing gold on future titles, I will not purchase or touch any more Bioware/EA titles with a thrity nine and a half foot pole), Mass Effect told an awesome story with amazing characters. The better the player character, the more I enjoy myself.

FemShep was, hands down, by far the more expressive, interesting, fun, engaging character out of the two.

I played a single game of Mass Effect 1 as MaleShep, an Adept.. and the guy was one-note and bland. A close-to-monotone voice and multiple contrivances of pseudo-emotions. I didn't have the heart to carry on.

The Male Shepard Soldier leading statistic is sad. Boring character coupled with uninteresting gameplay. Shame.

nodlimax:

daibakuha:
You basically accused everyone who liked the ending of not being a fan of the series. So yeah, insulting.

Well, feel free to prove me wrong....

How does one prove oneself to be a fan of the series when your criteria seems to be "didn't like the last 10 to 15 minutes of the last game?"

Anyway.

I thought the squad survivability percentages was how many missions they were taken on but weren't downed by the enemy. So, Vega having a high survival rate would make sense if people only took him on the few missions in the beginning where you're required to do so. But, even beyond that, I believe Vega has the highest health in the game for a squad member, so it makes sense that he wouldn't go down often. But I love Vega. Vega's rapport with Cortez was amazing to me.

I can't believe so few people beat insanity. It's nowhere near as hard as ME2's insanity mode was, to me.

I beat Mass Effect 2 on Insanity as a female engineer. So there, take that, majority!

snekadid:

bimon_1234567:

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?

If the number of playthrough are equal then 0% as they would cancel each other out, otherwise which ever is higher would add to either sides count and affect the % by almost nothing unless you completed the game 100 times as male Shepard.

Why is it weird that it adds up to 100%? I always find it weird when polls don't equal 100%.

Captcha: cor Blimey
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Well, the thing is, the statistics sheet refers to "[...]players that finished ME3[...]". The phrasing implies that this is not about individual playthroughs but about individual players and their choices. In that light it is indeed weird that the numbers add up to 100% since that would be a very big coincidence.

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