The story is over, but this is just a list of reasons for some of my "bigger' decisions in Mass Effect 2. An Appendix, you might say. The thought process behind some of those decisions I made. I'll start with the most obvious one. Miranda.
Miranda: Why I didn't choose her.
Number One: What she did to Jacob was FUCKED UP!
Her intentions may have been good, but the way she went about it was not. If they used to be a couple, and parted amicably, there was no reason she couldn't have forwarded the information that she found about Jacob's father to him, or told him privately about what was going on. But that's not what she did.
No. She waited until we all got down to the planet, with back packs and bazookas equipped in order for us to discover for ourselves what Jacob's father had done. The man had creating for himself a "Lord Of The Files" style situation but evolving adults --- with the results being 10 x Times worse. It was after we get back, to report what we found to the authorities so that this man could stand trial, only then she come swanking up to tell us, "It was me giving you the information about Jacob’s father"
. Upon which, of course, I immediately called her on the carpet about not coming forward SOONER with this information. Like, before the bullets started flying. She came back at us with some bullshit answer. But ONLY because Jacob admitted to me about his past relationship with her, I let it slide.
Number Two: More of her lying bullshit.
This time about her sister, or half sister, or cloned twin that's 20 years younger then her. Whatever. She asked me and Garrus to help her save her twin sister before she got kidnapped -- only to find out during the mission, that Miranda was the one who kidnapped her in the first place! What? So... we weren't dealing with a grown woman, her husband and children. No. What, we're actually dealing with a young teenage girl and her adopted parents. Of course, the girl honestly believed that this was her real family and had no clue what was really going on. And that Miranda was like 'Racer X', the older sister who ran away from home, or something.
Had that been a REAL situation, and I'd found out about it liked that. I would have stopped the elevator and hit Miranda in the face. Turned right around and gotten back on the ship, leaving her ass on the planet, without a second thought. BUT... that's not how the game works, once you're on a mission, you're on it. That's TWICE. The second damn time she lied. WE ARE DONE. There's nothing that crawls up my ass faster than a person that tells half truths.
I actually STOPPED speaking to her. If there was a cut scene, and she said something I always gave the asshole response. I never went back to her office to talk to her or gain her "loyalty". Basically, she doesn't know what loyalty is. Loyalty first and foremost means that you don't lie to your teammates, especially over such trivial matters, because when the shit hits the fan, I have NO REASON to believe you, or put you in a position were you could easily get others killed, because you neglected to tell the "truth".
Number Three: People like Miranda get on my fucking nerves.
Just because she looks like that; Big Boobs, Pretty Face, and a cool Australian accent, she feels as though she deserves 2 more favors than the one you've already done for her. Even though you've gone out of your way to help her and even though the information she told you was WRONG, because she didn't quite tell you the "Whole Story". (And, sweetheart, a lie of omission is still a LIE!) And not just once, did she do this.... TWICE! She just act's like, "Why are you mad about that?"
or "Yeah thanks, but what have you done for me lately"
. That attitude of hers is just not gonna fly.
It was only after these two missions that I realized why I hated Miranda so much. It is because she reminded me of this girl I knew back in my home town. "Jeanine Morgan", very pretty, banging body, self absorbed, biggest bitch ever. She was exactly like this. As long as it worked out for her, it worked out. She gave little or no concern to others, or the things that she'd did, or the pain she'd caused. She was nasty, selfish teenage girl, who turned into a petty, bitter, heartless woman. And when her plots and plans backfired in her face --- we all laugh, heartily, because you reap what you sow.
Not saving the Citadel Council:
Now here's a decision that came to bite me in the ass.
My original reason for not saving the Citadel Council was because there was a far bigger threat that needed to be dealt with, the Reapers. They gave me all of a nano second to think about it, but the result of that action change the course of what happened. Humans were able to basically step in and run things from that point onwards. Of course, once everything was 'back to normal', I got the blame for the council being dead, and humanity grabbing power. Which was NOT my original intent, but that is what happened.
The Reapers were poring into our galaxy though the portal that was opening, letting in their warrior fleet. Our own fleet of ships were being destroyed right and left. We were on the verge of losing, and if that happened billions, 100 hundreds of billions of people would have died. The last thing I was concerned about was the survival of 3 little people.
Three people who, from the very beginning, were a hindrance at every freaking turn. They didn't believe the threat was real. They didn't believe another Specter had gone Rogue, and was helping the enemy. They didn't do anything. But what they did do, really well, was stand in the way.
So, the invading army that you didn't believe was real, comes flooding into the galaxy to kill us all --- and NOW you want me to save you. Seriously? No. Look, you guys are in your escape ship and you have the same chance as everyone else. Good luck.
Ashley vs. Liara:
Why I didn’t go with Ashley.
Because she is annoying. From the beginning, and before Liara ever got on board, Ashley’s personality is shit! She is just a xenophobic, race hating, Nazi. If you think that’s reason enough, oh wait there’s more. My main problem with her is that she acts like a 12 year old, spoiled, school girl. Come on, Ashley is supposed to be a Marine? Wouldn’t it be good if she actually acted like one? Don’t insult the word “Marine” with you Kindergarten crap.
Yeah, Commander Hottie is Hot, but he ain't yours.... honey. He’s not a “ken doll” for the two of you to fight over. Here’s a thought. Why not wait until there's a "mutual" understanding between the two of you first, before acting like a high school senior, cat fighting for a prom date? Mmmm...? After everything is said and done Ashley, do you REALLY want to “win” him like that? This isn’t Jerry Springer, you stupid ho!
I sent Ashley to fight with the Salarian Troops:
And then she died during the mission.
Ok, considering what I said about her above. Yes, yes.... I hated her. No question. But, what I really wanted was for her to shut the hell up, not die. She never had anything nice to say, or added anything that was useful to the conversation at hand. She just has a smart mouth. Right up until the end.
I can tell you exactly what happened. Lieutenant Kaidan had volunteer for the job and I was going to send him until Ashley jumped up and started arguing with me and Kaidan, running her smart mouth and embarrassing the whole team in front of the Salarians. Then the Salarian Captain asked me, “Well, who are you going to send?”
I was so annoyed by that point I actually shouted at the TV, “OMG.... just take Ashley, because she is pissing me off. Seriously, I don’t want to see you right now, because you’re being a jerk. I’ll see you when you get back to the ship. Bye.”
At the time, I didn’t realize what the consequences of that decision would be. And I was actually upset when she died. Like she was a real person. I would catch myself saying, “Damnit, Annoying Girl!”
. For like a week.
The thing that chaps my ass the most is that she was right. She was in fact, the best person for the job. She was a soldier (despite her childish behavior), and she had no technical skills to plant the bomb. Kaidan did. No, I did not liker her, but I didn’t send her because of it. I sent her, because she was the best person for the job.
Because I didn’t shoot him.
I had just finished having that retarded argument with Ashley, so I have to admit, I was already at a point of, “Now, what the fuck is YOUR problem?”. I can’t remember exactly what Rex was flipping off about, but I definitely remember guns being pulled. Again, I do believe I shouted at the TV, “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa. Whoa. What the hell just happened?”
I managed to calm his ass down, and then I took him on the mission with me. So he could work off all the anger by helping me fight Saren. (And in some bizarre double reverse chauvinism, I left the girls and my girlfriend Liara at the beach, because I didn’t want them to get hurt. Weird.)
I did not kill the Rachni
I was NOT knowingly going to commit genocide of a whole dam race, in a game or out of one. End of story.