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contraigon
contraigon

Actually, there are some mono gendered species on Earth. Look up whiptail lizards. And, even if a species isn't mono gendered, parthenogenesis isn't exactly rare in the animal kingdom.

AceKWM
AceKWM

Nevermind, it's a fan-made trailer, they do good work.

AceKWM
AceKWM

What were the arrival of reapers HD clips from? Didn't see them like that in-game

pdoliver
pdoliver

Makes for good (and sometimes great) gaming, but I think we're alone in the universe.  And the impossibility of timely space travel means we'll never get beyond our own solar system (human travel wise).  That doesn't mean we can't have great sci-fi to amuse ourselves though.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Patterns emerge - yeah.  I'm sure there alien life will include parasites, species that have exoskeletons, species that survive by being faster than most, species that survive by breeding fast, and all that.  But all the major alien characters in Mass Effect have two arms, two legs, a single head, roughly 2 meters tall... all of them are just funny looking humans.

 

Culturally, it's even worse.  They are all early 21st century westerners!  I could fly 5000 miles to the south and find people that are culturally far more distant than a Krogan.

 

That's really not a big surprise.  Traditionally, aliens are used most often as a way to talk about race relations (and Mass Effect is definitely one of those).  Sometimes you'll get serious, proper aliens when the author wants to talk about how people deal with the unknown but that's not so common.  Dealing with the unknown tends to mean trading lots of explosions for lots of thinking.  It's tricky to pull that off in an entertaining way.

cameronrobinson
cameronrobinson moderator

@artyom570568 Thanks! We will be doing a bunch more of this type of feature in the coming months.

artyom570568
artyom570568

I cant believe i actually see an interesting and informative video on gamespot. Keep them coming!!!

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

get your dirty paws of me you DAMN DIRTY ALIEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

For all we know we may have been visited by aliens. They were looking for intelligent life and passed us by. ~grin~

Max42
Max42

basicly star trek but more diverse aliens not just people with different bums on their heads

SaltyMeatballs
SaltyMeatballs

Mass Effect taught me I can have sex with hot alien babes because they're bodies are like humans', everything in the same place.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

@Outer_Raven You're an alien? Big stupid Jellyfish! :x :P

AlexPetsas
AlexPetsas

The reapers will be coming the end of the mayan calander - which is December 2012! ... BWHAHAHAHA!!! :P

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

I'm an alien, I came to Earth to conquer you all and be this planet's rightful ruler. But then I got addicted to video games so... you're safe. For now.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Fingers crossed for an all female species of bisexuals (Asari). Even in the ME universe, the Milky Way galaxy is still 99% unknown. That which is known in the galaxy is largely what little star systems surround the mass relays. Read Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World as to why we've never met or may never meet aliens. Maybe why we haven't ever met aliens is because we could be the most advanced species - pretty boring, but still a possibility.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

When it comes to evolution, I back the idea, that patterns would emerge despite being on different planets. Certain aspects of life would be universal; reproduction, predation etc. So there would be some similarities. As far as why you don't see aliens, it's not so unbelievable that it could be a simple matter of avoidance.

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

"Big stupid jellyfish!" That part really made me laugh in ME3.

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

Gamespot people are nerds.........

GreyWolf217
GreyWolf217

I gotta say some of the best sound editing around is the War of the World's esque Reaper trumpet/noise. That and Sovereign's voice give me chills. Reaper's an example of killer JAzz.

cryingdevil63
cryingdevil63

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thaxeus
thaxeus

regarding the theories he presented on why we haven't found or openly met aliens he did not mention the idea that aliens are staying away until we as a species conquer interstellar space travel, not this piddly, we can just barely go to the moon crap either.

diabolik_023
diabolik_023

this is an old video (2 weeks or so) re-uploaded.

mnoi
mnoi

seems like i saw this same video b4...

Bigg_Boi
Bigg_Boi

Good video! Nice to see someone talking about ME regarding something other than the terribad endings.

blahblahblah999
blahblahblah999

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contraigon
contraigon

What about big freaking jellyfish? Rachni? The Keepers? The Thorian? As a side note, it is highly unlikely that a species would have two heads, as that would mean two brains, which, if anything, would be a disadvantage for a developing species.

vampyrath
vampyrath

 @Zloth2 The reason all the aliens have a similar body shape in Mass Effect was so they could all use the same animations.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@contraigon Brains?  Heads?  Brains that have to be in heads??  Who says these are needed?

Zloth2
Zloth2

 @vampyrathThat's certainly part of it, and being able to keep costume costs sane is a part of making TV/movie aliens fairly human, but what about books?  Even in books the "aliens" look pretty human and act very human.