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Heinrich Shepard by STan94 Heinrich Shepard by STan94
Just sharing one of my first and probably my favourite Shepard.

I role-played him as myself and my choices could be described as "Paragade".   

Romance: Ashley(ME1), Jack(ME2), Jack(ME3)

Ending: Destroy!
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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I play Femshep I go default all the way in appearance.
When I play Maleshep I go red haired, green eyes to match Femshep.

My Maleshep is usually a Paragon Jack/Miranda/Ashley lover.

Femshep is Renegade Kelly/Samantha lover although not one for romance.

Either way I always pick Control in the end. Somebody needs to be there to watch out over the next centuries/millenia in case Synthetics DO actually target organics.

I don't fully trust the Krogans magically change under Wrex/Eve but give em a chance anyway. ControlShep is always watching.

I felt pity for the Illusive Man and Cerberus.
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Destroy seemed like the only option where Shepard lives to be with their LIs again. But in control, it is possible I think to return as an android. I don't think it would still be the same Shepard but its probably the best that can be done.

Control ranks second place in my book. I understand that it's probably not as sinister as its background music. Bioware probably did that intentionally in order to make it seem like an "evil" ending.

I think the biggest pros of control is that the change is not dramatic, with minimal collateral damage. The Reapers just get rewritten by Shepard's consciousness and thats it. No massive Reapers falling dead from the sky. Or different forms of Synthetics suddenly going disfunctional like in Destroy. Or the "merging" of all synths and organics in Synthesis.

I stick with Destroy because it is what I, a guy who wants to solve shit by breaking them, would have done. It's hardly the ideal way to live life yes but that is my angle.

And to be honest, despite the possibility of Shepard having the chance to breathe through the rubble at the end of a high-EMS Destroy ending, I really don't think Shepard could live through it. So I pretend that scene is just gone.
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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep great points. But my main reasons for Control is sustainability.

The Reapers actually did some good. Now that the universe's greatest force is magically gone what then?

Yes Wrex and Eve were awesome but Krogans will ALWAYS succumb to violence, at some point they are bound to rebel. What if we give them the benefit of the doubt and so 2000 years down the line that attack everyone with huge numbers and cutting edge technology?

No Reapers to maintain order. No Genophage will work again as they'd be aware.

What if at some point we do develope Synthetics who completely overthrow us as a galaxy? No Reapers to maintain order.

We can hate the plot of ME3 all we like but it has some sense. Life moves on after Destroy and even with Hackett's epic speech that is short term. 1000s of years later without a force like the Reapers around is not a complete guarantee for safety.

ControlShepard has the knowledge and power of countless cycles behind them. If the galaxy advances so can they from Dark Space. Shepard could upgrade the Reapers and troops to match anything at anytime.

Long story short we need the Reapers and I believe Shepard will be a force for good, a necessary balance to the ever changing galaxy.
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STan94 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't hate the endings, I like their open-endness. I like that each of them, even the refusal ending, has its pros and cons. And to be honest, I don't think I could have ended it any better if it were up to me. But I do think that with a little more time in development, Bioware could have made something really spectacular.

What I found more lacking was the journey instead of the destination, but that's a story for another time.
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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The journey started off okay. Mars, Tuchanka, Citadel Coup, Rannoch was all fine. Then came the rushed stuff as could be seen on Thessia. Chronos Station was a huge letdown but nothing in the entire trilogy was as disappointing as Priority: Earth.

OMG what a WASTED opportunity. No epic music, no epic scenes. The ME2 Suicide Mission was FAR more engaging and better. War assets meant little, we hardly saw them in action. We hardly saw anything in action. I hardly recall seeing Alliance Marines fight. Who cares about the aliens I wanted to see my people fighting.

The Beam Run was terrible and with Extended Cut the Normandy evacuation cutscene was silly. Harbinger never done anything and the Marines on the Normandy were firing their weapons at what? There were no ground forces chasing us to the Beam?

Illusive Man got a terrible cutscene and StarBrat was annoying.

Long story short everything after Rannoch was rushed and pathetic.
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STan94 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My thoughts on Priority Earth are ALMOST just like yours. The fleets arriving by the hundreds was awe inspiring, I disagree with you that there are no epic music because there was. It just didn't last long, and it went further downhill from then on.

Yeah, wasted opportunity with the war assets. That's pretty much the big complaint of most fans. Shepard is also an Admiral in everything but rank. He/She commanded the entire fleet to fire on his command after all, which I thought was silly. I thought that Shepard should have taken the back seat and let the actual Admirals do their jobs. It would show that literally everyone is working together.

Ugh, I'm still not sure how I'm gonna adapt that part of the journey into my fanfic, particularly the ground war section of Earth. Everything just felt half-assed I could smell it in the air. The goodbyes with your comrades in the London base also felt awkward. I hated saying goodbye to my dear Jack via vidcomm. Why couldn't we see them fight like a team again right? Oh, right because that would take too much time and effort.  

One might say that the rush to the beam justified the need to speed things up. But if that's the case, why include an entire section just to talk to each and every one of the characters while the Reapers are just breathing on everyone's necks?

That scene with Harbinger might have been fixed if it were a shuttle instead of the whole Normandy picking the guys up. But some explain away that Harbinger was either getting duped by EDI's anti-Reaper cyber warfare or Harbinger let the guys go for whatever reason.

Okay, I understand the starbrat being annoying but I thought Illusive Man's end was fine. What exactly did you find terrible? Was it the cringe-worthy dialogue? 

There's so much stuff left unsaid and undone it just makes me sad all over again. That's why I've since turned to fanfiction after I completed my first complete run as Heinrich. I just couldn't accept that it was over.
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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay the Shepard leading the assault might have been justified because he/she was the most famous hero around. Shepard is actively kissing alien diplomatic ass to get things done. Admirals are merely doing the fighting. They wanted a key figure to commence the attack. If you were an ordinary Marine you'd shiver with excitement hearing the great Shepard urging you on.

So you do fanfiction eh? If I wasn't so busy all the time I could actually move on with my Mass Effect fanfic which is on hiatus.  
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STan94 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep, Mass Effect 3 made me do it. It was Bioware's misses that made me do it, to be accurate.

It's always sad to see fanfics in hiatus, I've seen some good ones that are still hanging. But it's no joke to make them either, and it oftentimes feels pointless.

Still, I try to do some. I have it here in my DA. They are my first attempts at fanfiction, just to be clear. Criticism is welcome of course.

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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright so I've answered with regards to Priority Earth (I won't even mention my DISAPPOINTMENT for the lazy devs fate of Morinth) and TIM.

Next up: Harbinger. 

He is the oldest Reaper around, a mere IFF cannot fool him plus he was LOOKING at the Normandy. They didn't think this scene through carefully and extended cut had to find some crappy reason as to why you woke up in the end with nobody around you.

Maybe he wanted Shepard to get to the beam and nobody else? Shepard proved a unique organic individual capable of making some smart decisions. But then again if Harby wanted to spare us why have little Reaper forces hanging around the Beam before we enter? 

Imagine if Harbinger scared the shit out of everyone by actually speaking as we ran to the beam? NOBODY (besides Shepard and co on Rannoch) ever saw a Reaper speak before. Speaking while firing lasers would have been awesome. 

Before the Beam run they could have preempted Harby's arrival by having him fly overhead knocking out cruisers in the atmosphere. Geez there is NOTHING unique about Priority Earth at all. I mean even in the prologue we have background Reapers firing at shit. But no they make London be nighttime and use the dark to hide the fact that the devs didn't design a combat-heavy background in the distance. How convenient.

 
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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gonna answer this reply in multiple messages so its easier to read. I already gave my views on TIM.

Speaking of epic music there was nothing good in Priority Earth. Just repeats of old generic themes, some Rannoch choir theme again but not as good. The Defend the Thanix Battery section had an annoying tune playing. I mean the Suicide Mission had tracks like The Long Walk etc. Also if Thanix Missiles could take out a Destroyer WHY THE HELL didn't the Normandy or any other ship have them? EDI could have fired a few into the Rannoch Reaper's eye while being targeted in Rannoch's skies. Last minute asspull IMHO. Where's our Thanix Cannon? It ran away for the duration of ME3 I think.

You know what's the worse part about the London base? Lemme type it out:

- Shitty, shallow 'emotional' farewells, oh look Liara the mary sue wannabe almost forced Love Interest gets a mind meld moment.
- More half-assed farewells and dialogues.
- London base feels like a sad 'enjoy the moment' vibe with everyone...

!!!!SURPRISE RANDOM TURRET FIRING SESSION MOFO! HAHAHA!!!!

- Things carry on as if turret section hardly happened, was it a daydream?

Haha the pacing was just terrible man.
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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thanks for the long reply. Gonna try and answer as much as I can.

Okay about the Illusive Man. His scene was "meh" but his whole ME3 appearance was stupid cartoon villain. Some might argue 'this is the real TIM you never saw in ME2'. BULLSHIT.

He was a pretty interesting guy in ME2. Cerberus was a waste in ME3. A star wars Imperial Army style waste. Forget what we saw of Cerberus in ME1. At that point they probably never designed The Illusive Man yet. 'Armistine Banes' was apparently this untraceable dude who could have been involved so TIM wasn't developed by the writers yet.

Why not have made Cerberus an alternative human-centric sly way of assisting the fight against the Reapers. I know that TIM was affected by the reaper monolith artifact decades ago but he deserved a better ME3 plot.

Every hologram conversation we have with him feels like talking to a brick wall. Also why point your guns at a hologram like Shepard and co did?

The Collectors wanted Shepard back in 2. Sure TIM was SUBTLY indoctrinated but the FACT is that he is responsible for thwarting the Collectors, delaying the Reaper invasion and bringing back the one person able to unite everyone against the Reapers. He isn't some idiot who decides to stick Reaper tech in himself knowing the risks.

The final TIM scene was silly. Watch it again and see how Anderson looks more drunk tipsy than injured. I laugh everytime.

The Saren 2.0 suicide option was stupid. Imagine convincing TIM long enough that he actually lets out a deep, honest apology. Seeing the most wanted, elusive (Illusive?) Human being around in tears pleading for forgiveness. Imagine if by dialogue checks we get TIM to honestly break his Indoctrination for a moment and mention his past.

How he tried to protect Humanity not just for our sakes but also in memory of his old pals Ben and Eva from the First Contact War.

I mean CERBERUS was named after Greek Mythology. The CHARON Relay in Sol System is what TIM sees as being the gateway to whatever alien hell there is out in the galaxy.

There was such a nice opportunity to give us a heartwarming moment with Jack Harper. Some players like myself actually pitied and liked him.

But no all we get is either generic shoot him dead or gun to the head Saren 2.0.

"I tried, Shepard" is a shit line for this magnificent character.

That moment we got with Anderson if you saved him from TIM was okay. But think about it, like him or not, TIM did some real good too.

They could have at least had an optional moment where TIM lays dying from his Reaper tech in Shepard's arms. A truly Paragon choice would then involve actually forgiving him as Shepard speculates that he had been indoctrinated over so many years. TIM then dies in relative peace knowing that his most valuable project at least sees the good in him. I mean in the comics Jack Harper is kinda like a Shepard.

For me either Anderson or The Illusive Man can come across as a paternal figure for Commander Shepard. One good, the other's good intentions twisted over the years. Both deserved an emotional send off on-screen.

This trilogy was about CHOICE. Deep down Shepard had to have some pity for him.

Heck throughout ME3 TIM actually doesn't just want us dead. He respects us enough and states that he hasn't given up on us yet.

The Sound/Audio department working on ME3 could have used music to convey this scene. Every time we speak to TIM his theme plays except in the final confrontation. There a dark, gloomy theme plays. Well what if we dialogue-checked him into breaking through the indoctrination for a moment. Then the Illusive Man's theme kinda kicks in during the emotional scene I had thought of earlier in this reply?

Well this covers some of my bitterness towards ME3's treatment of TIM.
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RickOShay1 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Making Cerberus a 3rd party in the Reaper War is bad enough, but having them occupy SIXTY PERCENT of the campaign is FUCKED UP!!
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STan94 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Damn, what a fucking novel you made there lol for TIM lol.

Agreed on all points about TIM. What a wasted character. Part of me actually wanted to be allies with Cerberus but it seems like Bioware tried really hard to make them the space versions of those Nazis in Wolfenstein. Indoctrinated TIM will not have any of it. 



 
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PsiDeschain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Nice. I'm a destroy player. I've played the other endings, but most of my Shepard's don't trust the Catalyst enough to believe that the Control and Synthesis endings are as rosy as he makes them sound. This is the AI that thought the Reapers were a good idea after all. Plus if you brought peace to the Quarians and Geth, you've shot a hole in his "organics and synthetics will always fight" argument. But part of what makes the game great is everyone's Shepard can make a different choice.
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STan94 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Unfortunately, this Shep didn't have enough points to unlock the peace between Quarians and Geth :( The Geth became the sacrificial lamb as a result.

I think Control comes at a vlose second for me. Synthesis is just weird.
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PsiDeschain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Of course, in the cannon destroy ending, the Geth get sacrificed anyway. That's one reason why I use a modded ending when I replay ME3 these days.
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RickOShay1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
He looks rather aged.

Why Ashley instead of Liara?
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Vegito65 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Ash too. I only saved Kaidan twice in all my playthroughs and regretted it. Ash is NOT as racist as people think, just butthurt over her grandpa's humiliation in the First Contact War.
She's a softie underneath all that Alliance Marine tough gal exterior.
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RickOShay1 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Indeed; I love Ashley.
I just questioned him because, well, Liara is a much more popular choice, and Ashley is constantly hit with false accusations, so I was curious to see what Stan liked about her.
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Yep not go mention that you can see more time was taken in development of Liara. She's almost forced on Shepard but has a well written romance. Ash has little scenes but I still prefer a human romance though :)
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STan94 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I intentionally made him look older, more haggard looking. I just wasn't the in the mood for the handsome prince type when I made this. I really like how he transitioned from ME2 to ME3.

When I first played it, I actually forgot that Liara is "available" in ME1. I found Ashley okay overall despite her rather ignorant view of the other races. But I guess the relationship was doomed from the start because it was only "okay" for me.
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RickOShay1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
His ME3 eyes look like they've seen more, but his overall face looks younger than his ME2 counterpart.

Ignorant?
Ashley was spot-on whenever she spoke referring to the alien races.
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STan94 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Some of her comments about the aliens just made me roll my eyes is all. Example: " I can't tell the aliens from the animals." I still won't call her a space racist though, like so many others. Just slightly xenophobic, given her family's history with the First Contact War. She's a complex character, I'll give her that.

Appearance-wise, I actually liked Ash's ME1 and 2 look better than in 3.
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RickOShay1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
That infamous little line was just her bluntly pointing out that she, (and any new players), can't tell which creatures are sentient and which are not sentient. Can the bug-like Keepers communicate? And what about that creature that looks like a cross between an elephant and a gorilla?

I was talking about your Shepard's appearance.
But I do agree; Ashley's bun looks more professional while simultaneously showing more facial skin, (e.g. her ears), and thus enhancing her good looks.
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STan94 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fair enough. I just cut her some slack for that and assume she really hasn't read the Codex entries about the Keepers and the Elchor.

And yes, I knew you were talking about Heinrich. I just took the opportunity to comment on Ashley :)
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