What I’d Want in a Remastered Mass Effect Trilogy

There’s more and more chatter about EA finally relenting and considering a remastered Mass Effect trilogy for current gen consoles!

A lot of gamers complain that there are too many remasters and not enough originals, which yeah I can agree with, but Mass Effect is one that I’d gladly and without hesitation grab on day one.

Of course, we have no idea what a remaster would actually entail at this point, but why don’t we do some wild speculation! Now, I’m not proposing radical changes to the story, like “FIX THE ENDING!! IT SUXXX!!!!” I have my issues with the conclusion but I don’t believe Bioware is ever going to change anything so a remaster would almost exclusively be cosmetic.

Here are the things that I’d want in my Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered…

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HD graphics and textures.

This seems the most obvious and achievable. I’ve read that Bioware had all the elements at higher quality resolutions but had to downgrade to fit the last gen console requirements. Obviously that’s not a problem anymore and you wouldn’t expect a remaster without a nice new coat of paint anyway.

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All DLC content

Another easy one knock off. Most remastered game do this already so it’d be out of the norm if Bioware didn’t bundle all the extras here. Some of the content was hit or miss, but DLC such as “Lair of the Shadow Broker” and “Citadel” are some of the best moments in the entire trilogy. I’d be pretty peeved if I didn’t get to play those again in a remaster.

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Adapting ME3‘s shooting mechanics and inventory system into the whole trilogy

This might be a lot of work to achieve. Mass Effect 1 barely qualifies as a shooter and could desperately use better gameplay. But it might open up a hornet’s nest such as having to reconsider all the battle encounter stages (to include cover areas) and major changes to enemy AI. Mass Effect 2 was a huge step in the right direction and probably wouldn’t need more than a few tweaks.

That said, I believe the Uncharted Trilogy lifted Uncharted 3‘s shooting mechanics and made them universal to the rest of the games. So it’s not unheard of to do.

The inventory system is Mass Effect 1 is also a mess. It’s probably the biggest thing that keeps me from booting up my Xbox 360 and playing it again. Something would HAVE to be done about it. Seriously. I have nightmares about it.

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Better Shepard customization

One of the things that makes me most jealous about PC gaming is the modding. The custom characters that PC gamers are able to create are gorgeous, making the ones that console gamers have to settle for look ugly and downright weird looking.

If amateur modders can make better facial features and create a wider variety of hair options, why can’t the developers? Modders proved it can be done, relatively easily. Some people simply lifted Ashley’s long hair and placed it onto FemShep with no problem. Call me superficial but I want a better looking Shepard!

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Those are my requests. Again, not looking to “fix” plot issues or make big (if any) changes to any story elements. But these things seem like reasonable, doable features that would make me salivate over jumping back into that world.

Let me know what features you’d like to see!

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4 thoughts on “What I’d Want in a Remastered Mass Effect Trilogy

  1. A remaster with all the DLC would be awesome. Last I heard they aren’t working on bringing the trilogy to current gen systems. That’s a shame because, given the popularity of the series, it deserves it more than other titles that have gotten the HD treatment.

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    1. I had read something that the head of EA had backpedaled a bit on their hardline stance against remasters so there was a glimmer of hope. (Check out the link in the first paragraph.)

      The ideal time to release a remastered ME is in the next month or so, so that people have a chance to play through them right before Andromeda comes out. But since we haven’t heard anything it’s probably not going to happen.

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  2. If there is one cosmetic option I would like to see in a remastered ME, it would be to allow us to use the original Ashley Williams in ME3. Although, I don’t hate the glammed-up version of Ash, I would much prefer to use the old Ash from ME 1 and 2. After all, Kaiden doesn’t change, so why should Ash.

    I’m sure we’ll never get this, but I can always dream.

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    1. Bioware’s aesthetic definitely went in a different philosophical direction after EA came in. You can point at Jack and Miranda being evidence of that. But Ashley in her high heeled “combat” outfit and the sexed up EDI in ME3 are indisputable.

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