Now This Is The Female Shepard We Should Be Voting For

I don't like the new female Commander Shepard. Mostly because it's stupid they're changing her in the first place, but also because in all options looks like a 19 year-old who's angry the Ford Fiesta her parents bought her just got a parking ticket.

But these pieces of fan art from Brazilian Rafael Grassetti, I like. OK, so there's a gaping hole in her body armour, but aside from that nod to sauciness the rest of her looks lean, mean and ready to kick some alien arse. Just like Commander Shepard should.

Not that this is an attempt at a female Shepard. It's just fan art, "inspired" by the Mass Effect universe. But that won't stop me dreaming!

Oh, and Grasetti should be a name you're familiar with: he's the guy who made that unbelievable Thane sculpture we showed you a few months back. Talented bloke!

Hoshi [The Art of Rafael Grasetti]

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    It looks better than the others.

    Not too sure about the armour, but I like the overall feeling of toughness.

    Yeah, nah. Too much cleavage, but other then that's her designs isn't too bad

      The cleavage is actually another defense mechanism, albeit one that (generally) works with males only.

    This is a much more believable captain Shepard than the other femsheps on display.

    This wouldn't be a bad concept design for a female adept/engineer companion.

    She doesn't look like she could kick anyone or anything's arse.

    Skinny as a twig and the always crappily-designed cleavage-over-practicality armour.

    Give me the actual FemShep any day.

      I concur.

      She looks like a damsel in distress who just happened across her manly rescuer's gun.

    Outfits like that make me embarrassed to be someone that is enthusiastic about playing games. You can talk up the 'deep storyline of mass effect' to someone as much as you like but show them that picture and see if they believe you.

      Thank you.

    Still find it funny thats its that big of a deal considering you can make your own version of Sheppard, male or female, so the whole default look debate is kind of a moot point in my opinion

    needs bigger breasts

    Well I'm inherently against any Sheperd that doesn't rock a John Waters moustachelike mine but I'm especially against this harlot slutting her way through the Terminus
    systems. Is her first line going to be 'Yeah daddy I got what you need?' Poor old Captain Anderson wouldn't know where to look.

    I like the idea of the tattoos, the rest it a bit meh.

    at least it's more than a passport photo. which was the main issue with the others.

    that doesn't look right for a proper shepard that has been through the events of ME1+2 - a battle hardened leader of humanity.

    but i do agree that the new official femshep looks to be early twenties.

    as a character the artwork seems more similar to kasumi but more badass - kinda like a ME version of GI Joe's Baroness.

    Definitely better than the stuff Bioawre put out. But there's the glaring problem of the BREAST-plate armour and a super model physique. Not saying she has to be ugly, but she needs to look like she could throw a Krogan out of a window.

    I like it, if anything because I find her look Asiatic, which matches with my femshep.

    But my femshep wouldn't be caught wearing armour like that.

    Face gets a tick, rest not so much.

    I like the uh... hmm.

    That armour is ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with the original N7 Armour. This is just pandering.

    Looks like Michelle Yeoh
    and Maggie Q put together

      I thought she looked a bit more like Lucy Liu

      Actually, she looks more like Lucy Liu to me, though I can see where you're coming from with Michelle Yeoh; I thought that too at first.

    Let me guess, luke - You like it because it has tits?

    While the head looks cool, the rest is a resounding 'meh' from me... i'm really over "armor here, tits there" designs.

    Why take something respectable and make it trashy and impracticle? I just don't get it.

    Part of what makes mass effect so immersive is making Ashley look like freakin' tank on missions

    I like cleavage as much as the next person... But in space and with the pew pew pew, I would hardly call that functional.

    Tired of cleavage being on display in games. The armour does look great though.

    Hey, I have a Ford Fiesta!
    High-five, pre-determined Bioware FemSheps!

    Reminds me of Flemeths "redesign" in Dragon Age 2. You know, how they gave a 500 year old woman a skin tight outfit with cleavage.

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