Open Channel: Who Is the Best Mass Effect Character, and Why Is It Garrus Vakarian?

Reading the comments on this blog and ignoring the Garrus haters like
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I mean, you know what they say about asking stupid questions and getting stupid answers.

Today is November 7. Or, if you’re a fan of Bioware’s beloved trilogy of sci-fi action RPGs, Mass Effect (and also Mass Effect: Andromeda, a thing that Exists and is Fine), it’s N7 day: the fandom-driven celebration of the series that takes Commander Shepard’s elite training badge and turns it into an opportunity to reminisce about one of the greatest space sagas in games.


While we wait to be disappointed once again that EA and Bioware aren’t going to announce that remaster/remake of the trilogy we all want—thinking selling tie-in skins in Anthem would suffice, a bold thought indeed!—we thought we’d ask you which of the series’ memorable characters is still a favorite, all these years since the trilogy came to a close.

Maybe you’re right, and it’s Garrus, Shepard’s ex-cop-turned-best-sniper-bud (or something more, if you played a Female Commander). Maybe you’re slightly less right, and it’s Liara, the space-psyker archaeologist who becomes the masterful intelligence operative known as the Shadow Broker. Maybe you’re slightly less right still, and it’s Tali, or Mordin, or Wrex, or Legion, or Thane. Maybe you’re a little further into less right and also a narcissist, and it’s your Commander Shepard. There’s a lot of good characters you could be wrong about and pick here!

Maybe you’re flat out wrong and it’s Kaidan? God. I’m so sorry.


Whoever it is, let us know in the comments below.

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Michael Crider

There are a lot of really interesting characters and species in Mass Effect, in the best tradition of those chunky sci-fi novels from the 70s and 80s. A crazy species perspective you have to get your head around can really make a character shine.

And also it’s good if they can burst into song. Mordin forever.