In case you hadn’t heard, Bioware just recently announced they were releasing a remaster of the original games (seriously, just take my money), so they kind of ruined what I was planning on writing about – the first game, in particular, really needed a rework – which means I have to come up with something else.
Now, I’ve already mentioned that I would love to see a story starring Gianna Parasini (honestly? I’d love to write it), and that’s actually more of what I want to see from this series: stories of people not firmly connected to Shepard or, even better, not connected to the main Reaper storyline. One of the strongest aspects of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was that the episodes didn’t always focus on major movie characters or even Jedi/Sith. We got a better picture of what the galaxy was like: how regular people were handling the consequences of war, how the clones were just as varied as any naturally created people, etc. Star Wars felt fresh again.
While I haven’t read any of the novels yet – it’s on my to-do list, okay? – I have had a chance to look at the comics released by Dark Horse, and I can’t say I’m too impressed. It just seems phoned in, an attempt at the fan service of the Citadel DLC but without the heart, and the art wasn’t even that great. I mean, they were better than the Orphan Black comics, and I know there are plenty of people that love reading backstories of characters we see in the game, but that doesn’t mean they were any good.
I’d almost like to see an anthology series like Animatrix. Gianna is obviously a great place to start, in my humble opinion, and then the stories could go from there, maybe even touching on the salarian League of One or even Ashley Williams’ grandfather. There is just so much potential in an expanded universe, and I hope that Bioware/EA capitalizes on that. It is EA, so they’re going to figure out some way to eke as much money as they can out of this franchise. See above: remaster.
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