Mass Effect’s Depth Will Save It From The Fate Of Most Video Game Movies

Mass Effect’s Depth Will Save It From The Fate Of Most Video Game Movies

Mass Effect won’t suffer the same fate as other video game movies, said the screenwriter assigned to the project, because it draws on far more than the “seductive” visuals and active sequences that all video games are known for, whether or not they are accompanied by a story with any depth.

“In the early days [of video game adaptations] , the idea was, let’s try to recreate this, instead of pausing and asking is this a good story,” said Mark Protosevich. “Does it have interesting concepts, does it have interesting philosophies and themes? I think most games fail that test. This doesn not.”

Little was divulged about the film, which is known to release in 2012, but does not have a specific date. (The panel showed a trailer for Mass Effect 3 at its beginning). Protosevich and Casey Hudson, the game’s creator, discussed the concepts and challenges of pulling off such a large narrative, spanning three games whose final release will be March 6, 2012.

“This is a really rich world and what Casey and his team have done is create a universe as rich as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings,” Protosevich said. “It is a challenge to condene that to a single feature film.”


  • The quality of video game movies has been improving. I believe the biggest step was cutting out the “cheeseyness” and taking their stories seriously.

    PS – Please don’t [email protected]#$ ME up. That movie could rock.

    • I think its actually quite the opposite. Video game movies have traditionally taken themselves too seriously, and the better ones coming out now know when to wink at the audience and add a bit of light humor (see Prince of Persia), rather than just have a really boring, gritty atmosphere (see Sucker Punch – although not adapted from a game, it did have this feeling).

  • I hope it’s not going to be Sheperd related, though. Don’t like the idea of making key decisions ‘canon’ — I heard a while back that this might take place during first contact war. Wonder if there’s any merit to that now?

  • I hope they aren’t basing it on the game’s narrative.

    It’s the easy option but it would screw up everything they’ve ever said about the player deciding ‘canon’.

  • this seems an odd thing to say, becaus efrom what i have seen, is that every video game movie changes the story at the first chance. whether it is because they think video game stories are too ridiculous to work in a movie, or if they want to surprise gamers whom know the game story already

  • Mass Effect 1 I can definitely see as a blockbuster movie but where it’s going to get really difficult to translate is ME2. Running around the galaxy picking up the dirty dozen plus a few loyalty quests which will probably play a big part in linking to ME3. ME2 is not structured like a movie, more TV miniseries.

  • The movie will obviously be male Shep and going down the ‘default’ Paragon path for the story.

    Shep will wind up with Liara, save the council, destroy the Collector Base etc.

  • ME1 Is expansive enough to be it’s own trilogy, let alone ME2 and ME3. I think if anything the Mass Effect games would translate much better to a miniseries similar to Game of Thrones.

  • As far as I’m concerned the only good video game to have ever been made was Mortal Kombat. I’m not saying it’s a great film but as a film adaption of the game it’s perfect.

  • Last i read (here i think) was they wore going to use ME1 for the movie base, then if it was successfull they would look at doing a sequel with ether the second doing games 2-3 or game per movie (this all just rumors from what ive read on the net)

  • Personally, I don’t really like the idea of a movie.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the series as a whole (ending haters go away, that topic has literally been done to death), and I think it’d make a good movie, but here’s my main issue.

    Once you see Shepard’s face, the whole “Make Your Own Shepard” thing is kind of spoiled, because you’ll be giving them a face, gender, a concrete backstory, when in-game, that was all left up to the player’s imagination. You take that away, it doesn’t feel right.

    I’m not saying I wouldn’t go see the movie. I would, and I bet I’d really enjoy it. But when I get home and fire up the game, seeing my Shepard compared to the one on the silver screen wouldn’t be a great feeling for me.

    Some may disagree with me, but that’s my opinion.

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