From their humble beginnings with the likes of Baldur's Gate, to international success and renown with Mass Effect and Dragon Age, Bioware have a long and rich history when it comes to narratives and the characters that populate them. We adore some of the universes they've created and are sure to delight in many more to come.
The next release that Bioware are preparing for is the heralded return of their intergalactic saga. [Mass Effect: Andromeda](tag:2683449) has yet to receive a release date for the XBOX One, PS4 and PC, though we assume it'll arrive late 2016/early 2017. But there's one aspect of the game that we have high expectations for, as is the case with all of Bioware's game: its characters.
Mass Effect: Andromeda & Bioware's Greatest Characters
When it comes to electing the greatest characters from Bioware history, it's kind of an impossible task. After all, who we connect with over the course of a 50-hour RPG is pretty much up to ourselves. Every Bioware game offers singular experiences, whether it be small decisions made during conversations, or ultimately impacting on the death of another character. But these are the characters that I've connected with the most over the years. Can a new release date knock someone off my list?
Ultimately I found Dragon Age: Inquisition to be an underwhelming game. The narrative was cliched, the antagonist was boring and numerous gameplay elements became repetitive. However, while the cast of characters wasn't as strong as earlier Bioware games, Cassandra Pentaghast was someone that stood out. In fact, I really feel like the story of Inquisition revolves around her.
She was a multilayered being, one who wanted to assert herself in all aspects of her life. But she was kind and understanding, and always seeking the greater good. She's a natural leader and was a fascinating character to communicate with throughout the course of Inquisition.
One of the most liked characters in the Mass Effect franchise, Liara T'Sonia was a character of constant fascination for me throughout the trilogy. She was a gateway into learning about various species throughout the galaxy, a kind diplomat, a great fighter and a fantastic scientist. The closing moments of Mass Effect 3 saw her gift my version of Shepard a moment of conscious connection that demonstrates the depth of her kindness and knowledge. Great character.
Morrigan was a challenge. Throughout the course of the original Dragon Age (my favorite installment in the franchise) she tested your conviction, challenged your relationships and made you question everything. She was fantastically rude and abrasive, but had a soft side that, much like Cassandra's, was worth the effort. A great fighter, a talented mage and a truly confusing individual, she's one of Bioware's strongest creations. Can Mass Effect: Andromeda deliver characters as powerful as Morrigan?
A beloved favorite for thousands of Mass Effect fans, it's hard not to see why everyone loves Garrus. His terrible sense of humor, his awesome style, his expert combat abilities, loyalty, devotion and remarkable intelligence make him one of the most fascinating characters to communicate with over the course of the Mass Effect trilogy. It also helps that he was voiced by the awesome Brandon Keener. We can't believe that Mass Effect: Andromeda can deliver anyone as captivating as Garrus, but who knows?
Tyler Wilde of PC Gamer put it best when he stated that:
Mordin is great for the following reasons: One, he's a scientist, and science is neat. Two, he blinks upwards. Three, he speaks in sentence fragments, and it is a proven fact that omitting pronouns is super endearing. Four, he is the very model of a scientist salarian. Five, he gives practical sex advice and totally doesn't judge. Six, he has a cool thing around his neck.
Besides, getting him to sing Major-General's Song is one of the most rewarding moments in all of Mass Effect history!
So what about you guys? Do you have any characters from before Dragon Age and Mass Effect that you love more than anyone here? Let us know where you stand in the comments below and whether you have faith in Bioware to give us characters to rival this lot on the release date of Mass Effect: Andromeda!