Month of Mass Effect, Day 15: Sidetracked As Always

I’m shamelessly stealing the Mass Effect Month article series created by the always awesome Athena over on AmbiGaming in 2017 (which was the Mass Effect 10th anniversary) and turning it into one of those 30 day challenge thingys! Definitely check out Athena Veta’s great content on AmbiGaming and consider supporting her Video Game Relevancy Crusade (TM) on Patreon, if ya got a few bucks to spare.

Please Note: Enjoy… but be warned that there will be unmarked SPOILERS for all of the Mass Effect games. Read at your own risk!

Today’s Mass Effect series question: What is your favourite side mission?

Like many a RPG out there, the Mass Effect series has SO MANY side quests. I lost count of how many tangents Commander Shepard can go off on while trying to save the galaxy. Don’t even get me started on all the optional things for Pathfinder Ryder to do out there on the new galactic frontier of Andromeda. Hm.

After some pondering, I’m gonna go with the quest to get Conrad Verner to leave the badass asari matriarch bartender alone in Mass Effect 2. Basically, Mr Verner is playing the obnoxious hero and wants to bust the bar Eternity for selling a drug called Red Sands, which happens to be legal on Illium anyway. After some digging Shepard will find out another asari sent Verner on the quest. She was trying to steal the bartender’s deed to the place. I honestly picked this quest just to mention the asari bartender, Aethyta, the sarcastic treasure who happens to be Liara T’Soni’s father. ZOMG!

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I love her! She’s technically my Shepard’s father-in-law 🙂

In Andromeda, if you obsessively side quest like I do, you will be rewarded with a little quest after the main mission is done and you’ve brought all the other habitats to 100% viability. Ryder will be brought back to the very first planet, Habitat 7, and be told they are terraforming it the old fashioned way. The sweetest part? The Initiative has voted overwhelming to rename the planet Ryder-I in honor of you. Awesome!

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It all comes back to where it began…. Love it!

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My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

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