Eight Things You Might Not Know About Mass Effect

Did you know Mass Effect was originally designed as a Puzzle Quest spin-off? That's not true at all. I'm just establishing a baseline for Did You Know Gaming's video exploration of true Mass Effect facts and Easter eggs.

They might not be as exciting as the ones I made up in my head, but that doesn't make the facts you'll learn in this video any less fascinating. Did you know...

  • Mass Effect was conceived by BioWare developers drunk on the creative freedom of Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  • Some 64 per cent of Mass Effect players are too kind-hearted.
  • The Geth are immensely more save-able than the Quarians.
  • Player feedback directly led to Mass Effect 2's faster load times, increased customisation options and hot, hot Garrus love.
  • Krogan faces are based on wrinkle-faced bat faces. Very large wrinkle-faced bats.
  • Fulfilling the development team's wish to have an exclusively female race, the Asari feature head fins inspired by modern hair styles and blue skin inspired by Star Trek's green-skinned Orion women.
  • A design for a male Asari was created, but why?
  • The Silurian race was designed to resemble the classic grey alien look. Party member Mordin's design influence was incredibly old Clint Eastwood.
  • How much I love bullet lists?

They have even thrown in some cool Easter eggs at the end. I've got to find that space cow.


    I watched this yesterday and immediately started playing it again. It's been a year or so since my last play-through so I'm excited to start from the start again!

    Hey Mike, I think you mean the Salarians instead of the Silurians.

      Silurians need to be in Mass Effect. Not the recent stupid-lizard-people-face Silurians, but proper old school Silurians.

    I always thought the Asari were more like (in design) Star Wars' Twi'leks.

    I feel as though I may have contributed towards the Garrus-as-a-space-boyfriend thing. Man, did I ever write some emails in 2008.

      If there's even the slightest possibility that you contributed, OH MY GOSH THANK YOU!

    Inaccuracies in the article:
    - As has been pointed out, it's Salarian, not Silurian
    - Bioware made Mass Effect after Knights of the Old Republic, not The Old Republic.

    Did they explain why they made the citadel smaller and smaller each game?

      Less RPG, more action. That was my feeling of it. Why have a nice big "home" hub when you don't really need to do anything there.

    I appreciate that Mike went to the trouble of making a list for those of us who have access to Kotaku but not Youtube at work.


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