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Which New Female Shepard is Female Shepard's Favourite?There's a great interview with Jennifer Hale, the voice of the female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect, over on Rock, Paper, Shotgun, where she talks about all kinds of cool stuff. Most poignant at this present time, though, are her thoughts on the vote for her character's new face.


And those thoughts are?


"I like the one with the freckles!"


That would be this one. Know that she's not going on record either way about the decision to change the character's default face. She was simply asked which of those up for voting was her favourite.


Hale also reveals that, despite being half the voice of Mass Effect's main character, she had never played the game until earlier this year, when she finally sat down with a copy of the first game. "It was very interesting", she said. "It drove me a little bit crazy, because when I was in the game I could see the tweaks and adjustments I'd love to do. But it was good, and I'm sure that that experience has informed Mass Effect 3."


You should read the rest of the piece, if only because Hale has done so many great video game voices beyond the Mass Effect series.


Link ChevronCommanding Shepard: Jennifer Hale Speaks [Rock, Paper, Shotgun]


(Top photo by Frederick M. Brown | Getty)

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Jennifer Hale has appeared in a great many more games than you probably realise. The person behind the voice of the female Shepard in all three Mass Effect games is also responsible for Metal Gear’s Naomi Hunter, SOCOM’s HQ, and even the grunts and groans of Metroid Prime’s Samus. And of course her spookily good British accent as KotOR’s Bastilla. Amongst literally hundreds of others, in gaming, TV and film. We caught up with Jennifer as she drove through LA, to ask how she came to provide so many of gaming’s iconic voices, the combination of anonymity and fame, and which of the Commander Shepards she’s voting for to appear on Mass Effect’s cover.>

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Kotaku

Now This Is the Female Shepard We Should Be Voting ForI 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 she 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, which is a little silly, but aside from that nod to sauciness the rest of her looks lean, mean and ready to kick some alien ass. 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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Now This Is the Female Shepard We Should Be Voting For
Now This Is the Female Shepard We Should Be Voting For
Now This Is the Female Shepard We Should Be Voting For


Kotaku

An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real WorldHarrison Krix, aka Volpin, is a master craftsman. We've featured his work here on Kotaku before, whether it be related to Portal or Fallout 3. But this Mass Effect 3 gun is on another level.


At first glance, it's no more impressive than his other guns. It doesn't blink, for example. But a look at what went into the thing, and then at the detail on it, and it'll take you (and/or Commander Shepard's) breath away.


These pics are just a sample; to see the entire gallery, from designs to moulds to completed rifle, check out his site below.


N7 Rifle, Mass Effect 3 [Volpin props]


An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World
An Amazing Mass Effect Gun That Exists In the Real World


PC Gamer
Mass Effect - femshep
Bioware have launched a competition on their Facebook page to let players decide what female Shepard should look like in future Mass Effect 3 marketing materials. There are five looks to choose from, Winona Ryder, Evil Winona Ryder, Elvis Winona Ryder, bygone popstar Gabrielle, Uma Thurman from Kill Bill and Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction. You can vote for your favourite by dropping a "like" on the Facebook picture of your choice.

You can get a look at all of the contenders below. Number five is well in the lead at the lead at the moment. Let us know your favourite in the comments.






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Oh dear, there appears to have been some kind of mistake here. Bioware, as part of their long-awaited marketing acknowledgement of the female version of Mass Effect hero Shepard, have offered fans the option to vote for which of six new versions of FemShep (I really dislike that portmanteau for reasons I can’t entirely pinpoint, but it seems rather too late to resist it now) will be added to the character creator options in Mass Effect 3. However, none of them look like the FemShep I know, and thus presumably you know. Mysterious! Someone must have uploaded some fan-art by mistake, right?
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Kotaku

What Does Mass Effect 3's Official 'Fem Shep' Look Like? You Make the Call!BioWare is giving the more feminine side of Mass Effect's Commander Shepard some love in Mass Effect 3. Fem Shep, for short, will get some shred of box art glory in the game's collectors edition, but what will she look like?


That's up to you. BioWare's letting the Mass Effect fan base pick from one of six female Commander Shepard options—as long as they have a Facebook account—a vote that will determine what she'll look like in-game and presumably on the special edition's box art. All six look rather angry about being Commander Shepard, all six look like fans of eyeliner. None of them really look like the previous default Fem Shep.


Any favorite? If so, better to tell BioWare than me.


Link Chevron Female Shepard. "Like" the one you want in game! [Facebook]


Kotaku

Toy Maker Kotobukiya Getting Into the Business of Sexy Mass Effect GirlsJapanese toy maker Kotobukiya has already welcomed a few Comic-Con friendly femme fatales to its "bishoujo" line of beautifully sculpted figures. They started with superheroines from Marvel and DC Comics, but now they're moving on to video games.


Kotobukiya has already welcomed some Tekken characters into the fold, but the company is also recruiting some Western alien talent. Mass Effect 3's blue-skinned beauty Liara T'Soni will join the bishoujo line with a new statue based on the Shunya Yamashita drawing seen here.


Bishoujo Liara is planned for a Q4 2011 release, according to Kotobukiya. They figures typically run about sixty bucks American, so budget accordingly.


Kotaku

Mass Effect's Depth Will Save It From the Fate of Most Video Game MoviesMass 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 sinle feature film."


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As if I needed any further proof that other people are wrong, BioWare have revealed to VG247 that only 18% of Mass Effect players pick the lady Shepard. With the obviously better choice finally getting recognised by the game’s marketing, that less than a fifth of gamers pick the Jennifer Hale-voiced heroine genuinely surprises me. Because, well, girls are best.

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