Mass Effect

Mass Effect is a science fiction action role-playing third-person shooter video game series developed by the Canadian company BioWare and released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows, with the third instalment also released on the Wii U. The fourth game was released on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2017. The original trilogy largely revolves around a soldier named Commander Shepard, whose mission is to save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings known as the Reapers and their agents, including the first game's antagonist Saren Arterius. The first game, released in 2007, sees Shepard investigating Saren, whom Shepard slowly comes to understand is operating under the guidance of Sovereign, a Reaper left behind in the Milky Way tens of thousands of years before, when the Reapers exterminated virtually all sentient organic life in the galaxy as part of a recurrent cycle of genocide for an unknown purpose. Sovereign's purpose is to trigger the imminent return of the Reaper fleet hibernating in extra-galactic dark space, restarting the process of extermination. The second game takes place two years later, and sees Shepard battling the Collectors, an alien race abducting entire human colonies in a plan to help the Reapers return to the Milky Way. The final game of Shepard's trilogy centres on the war being waged against the Reapers. The fourth installment takes place in the Andromeda Galaxy and features a new cast of characters. All of the first three major installments of the Mass Effect series have been met with commercial success as well as universal acclaim. The series is highly regarded for its narrative, character development, voice acting, the universe, and emphasis on player choice affecting the experience.

Year:
2007
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Sovereign:
You are not Saren.

Garrus Vakarian:
What is that? Some kind of VI interface?

Sovereign:
Rudimentary creatures of blood and flesh, you touch my mind, fumbling in ignorance, incapable of understanding.

Garrus Vakarian:
I don't think this is a VI...

Sovereign:
There is a realm of existence so far beyond your own you cannot even imagine it. I am beyond your comprehension. I am Sovereign.

Commander Shepard:
Sovereign isn't just some Reaper ship Saren found. It's an actual Reaper!

Sovereign:
Reaper? A label created by the Protheans to give voice to their destruction. In the end, what they chose to call us is irrelevant. We simply... are.

Garrus Vakarian:
The Protheans vanished over 50,000 years ago. You couldn't have been there, it's impossible!

Sovereign:
Organic life is nothing but a genetic mutation, an accident. Your lives are measured in years and decades. You wither and die. We are eternal, the pinnacle of evolution and existence. Before us, you are nothing. Your extinction is inevitable. We are the end of everything.

Commander Shepard:
Whatever your plan is, it's going to fail. I'll make sure of that.

Sovereign:
Confidence born of ignorance. The cycle cannot be broken.

Tali'Zorah nar Rayya:
Cycle? What cycle?

Sovereign:
The pattern has repeated itself more times than you can fathom. Organic civilizations rise, evolve, advance, and at the apex of their glory they are extinguished. The Protheans were not the first. They did not create the Citadel. They did not forge the mass relays. They mere found them - the legacy of my kind.

Commander Shepard:
Why would you construct the mass relays and leave them for someone else to find?

Sovereign:
Your civilization is based on the technology of the mass relays. Our technology. By using it, your civilization develops along the paths we desire. We impose order on the chaos of organic life. You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.

Tali'Zorah nar Rayya:
They're harvesting us! Letting us advance to the level they need, then wiping us out!

Commander Shepard:
What do you want from us? Slaves, resources?

Sovereign:
My kind transcends your very understanding. We are each a nation - independent, free of all weakness. You cannot grasp the nature of our existence.

Commander Shepard:
Where did you come from? Who built you?

Sovereign:
We have no beginning. We have no end. We are infinite. Millions of years after your civilization has been eradicated and forgotten, we will endure.

Commander Shepard:
Where are the rest of the Reapers? Are you the last of your kind?

Sovereign:
We are legion. The time of our return is coming. Our numbers will darken the sky of every world. You cannot escape your doom.

Commander Shepard:
You're not even alive! Not really. You're just a machine, and machines can be broken!

Sovereign:
Your words are as empty as your future. I am the Vanguard of your destruction. This exchange is over...

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