More about Mass Effect 2’s brazen Subject Zero

Well well, Subject Zero. Certainly designed to catch our attention, this new addition to the Mass Effect 2 universe has had people chatting since the weekend. She’s the type of badass bitch I used to fantasize about becoming when I was a teenager, and while a lot of reactions seem to find her look offensive or outright ugly, I think it’s pretty rad myself.

Of course, it’s unlike BioWare to just throw a character in for looks, and while we don’t know too much about Subject Zero yet, I’m thinking there may be a bit more to her. For instance,her more detailed tattoos mark the kills she refers to as “the good ones” — the formidable kills. Can this woman really be such a death machine?

For female gamers, Subject Zero presents an interesting alternative to the usual sexualized female characters predominant in most games. She is still drawn as a sexual figure, sure, but she’s also hardcore enough to take care of herself and boldly outside of the constricts of what men traditionally consider attractive. Ladies, is this a good thing or something you could do without?


‘Subject Zero’ Among the Cutting-Edge Digital Actors in the Latest Mass Effect 2 Trailer

Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. today revealed a key new character in the upcoming and highly anticipated sci-fi fantasy Mass Effect 2™. Going beyond the traditional virtual character, ‘Subject Zero’ joins a cast of compelling digital actors created by BioWare to further drive the emotional, human connection in Mass Effect 2’s gameplay.

Subject Zero is introduced in the trailer released today by EA, and it’s apparent from the start that she may be too much to handle – even for Commander Shepard. In a flurry of non-stop action showcasing her combat experience and strength Subject Zero reveals only a bit about her mysterious past, and says she’s “been around, ran with gangs, wiped out some gangs.” Viewers will be able to see a little bit of Subject Zero in action, as she proves with firepower and fighting maneuvers how valuable an ally she will be in Mass Effect 2.

In a keynote speech delivered to the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents centered on the power of quality digital actors, Project Director Casey Hudson said, “Videogames have developed from a novel pastime into a medium with tremendous power to entertain and engage players. Compelling digital actors can bring a game world to life, and by harnessing cutting-edge technology, developers can ultimately unlock the full potential of emotionally engaging human interaction.”

With an attitude to match, Subject Zero is a formidable biotic – as powerful as she is intriguing. Her detailed tattoos mark her favorite kills – “the good ones”. Mystery and fascination surround this uncontrollable rebel, which will undoubtedly leave fans wanting more.

Subject Zero is the third party member to be revealed in the Mass Effect 2 universe following ‘Thane’, a deadly assassin and ‘Grunt’, an unpredictable Krogan who were introduced this summer. More details about the rest of Shepard’s crew will be revealed in the coming months.
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Colette Bennett