30 day mass effect challenge, day 18: in which I have a favorite alien species …


Before I get into it, I need to wish my Sister Person a happy 34th birthday! She’s taking a social media vacation for the time being (she hasn’t said when she’ll be coming back or, well, if she will), but you should hop over on Twitter and wish her the best day ever!

Alright, back to the post. Just look at this art. LOOK. AT. IT.

As if this was ever in question. Seriously, the krogan are quite possibly the best race ever created. Like, ever. As it’s mentioned in the game (by Thane, I think???), there’s almost an innocence about them. The krogan are the id to the asari superego and the turian ego, embracing their violent nature with such a pure vigor that it’s almost … admirable?

The krogan have very obvious similarities to the human race: we have a tendency to fight each other over resources, resort to violence when there might be better, more diplomatic paths to take, ready to destroy our planet for short-term glory, revel in self-gratification instead of viewing the group’s benefit. Even Bakara admits that these characteristics, although augmented by the hopelessness of the genophage, existed prior to salarian interference. I can only see the krogan as a cautionary tale, kind of like Battlestar Galactica‘s examination of the effects of near-extinction on humanity. Could we ever reach that point of annihilation? I certainly hope that we can look at their example* and decide that, no, we will take the higher ground.

On a much less serious note, the krogan are my favorite to play in multiplayer. They’re so damned tough and, despite their diminished maneuverability and complete lack of subtlety, versatile. The battlemaster is one that I consistently play (not as often as my turian saboteur or salarian engineer, though), but the krogan sentinel and soldier are so much fucking fun. It doesn’t hurt that they laugh maniacally and bellow “TUCHANKA!!!” at random times. They’re definitely not for newbie players, but once you learn the mechanics of the characters, you can clean up pretty much any enemy post haste. I love it when my entire team is comprised of krogan. There’s usually a lot of head banging going on and plenty of competition to kill as many opponents as possible, more so than if you have a mixed squad. At the hands of an experienced player, a krogan can easily reign over the other classes in kill counts, especially when going up against more difficult opponents (ugh, Collectors, UGH).

Anyway, there you have it. The best species of the entire game series: the fucking krogan. And yes, I do include Andromeda in this. I don’t care how shitty that game was.

Art Credit: eTeknix, Andrew Ryan

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