So there I was, thinking what the hell? Doesn't the game give you a choice of the gender anymore? And how about if you played a female Shepard in the first game? Is it a no-no, shit happens, re-roll a male or is there some twisted twister where your character is surgically changed to a man? Is Mass Effect 2 completely male-centered, chauvinistic fantasy? The super-crap cover shot with Channing Tatum look-alike Shepard sure wasn't reassuring. Had they made Mass Effect 2 otherwise so huge there simply weren't room for female Shepard's voice-overs or alternative dialogue for the characters?
Come on, when I put hours and hours into an RPG, I'd rather look at female behind (and please, I don't mean in a sexist sense)! This has always been the choice for me - if the game only gives you the choice. To answer my question, I did the unthinkable and read a FAQ up to the point of character creation. Yes, the FAQ stated you can choose between male and female, but still, why everyone keeps on talking about Shepard as a man? My Shepard in the first game was a girl, dammit! At this point, you, my dear reader, might think 'you stupid, ofc there's a choice for gender' but then I ask the question; are all Mass Effect 2 reviewers faggots?
Okay then, I pass the game, I thought. But of course, I bought it because the circumstance arose in a form of second-hand bookstore where someone had brought the game only a week after its release. With such a nice price, I'd be mad not to pick it up. And it was untouched, with Cerberus code intact and everything. It even smelled new, fresh from the oven! Aah, I love the smell of a freshly-opened game case!
And here is my Shepard. And my Shepard is a girl. A tomboy, sure, and I tried to make her Asian but with too limited customization options this is the best I could get. In the right lighting and from certain angles, she looks a bit Japanese-Korean and suitably bad-ass.
I don't trust the bitch one bit!
I wish you had got rid of acne scars in the process too... Oh, they are the result of it?
So, Xbox 360 owners get Mass Effect 2 as an exclusive year-opener title. Alas, what do PS3 owners get? Stinking Heavy Rain, cough, cough... and MAG. Yeah, ex-citing!
So far Mass Effect 2 seems rather nice. It's polished, gorgeous to look at, and playability has been streamlined. And Jennifer Hale still provides the voice for female Shepard. That's an important factor.