Squad Goals — A Mass Effect Legendary Edition https://mashthosebuttons.com/show/squad-goals/ en-us Mash Those Buttons 2021 The stories and player experiences of the Mass Effect trilogy. Mash Those Buttons Squad Goals – A Mass Effect Legendary Edition Podcast is a discussion of the story of the Mass Effect trilogy as experienced by three guys playing through the remaster. With each person taking their own journey through the game, be it as male or female Shepard, Paragon or Renegade, we look to analyze and dissect our experiences as we go from trailing Saren to combatting a full-on Reaper onslaught. From Citadel to Omega and beyond, join us as we cover the Mass Effect universe. Squad Goals – A Mass Effect Legendary Edition Podcast is a discussion of the story of the Mass Effect trilogy as experienced by three guys playing through the remaster. With each person taking their own journey through the game, be it as male or female Shepard, Paragon or Renegade, we look to analyze and dissect our experiences as we go from trailing Saren to combatting a full-on Reaper onslaught. From Citadel to Omega and beyond, join us as we cover the Mass Effect universe. Mash Those Buttons contact@mashthosebuttons.com no no serial Squad Goals Trailer Squad Goals Trailer Welcome to Squad Goals! Mash Those Buttons Welcome to Squad Goals! Welcome to Squad Goals!
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#1: Introduction Introduction Meet Nick, Chip, and Kurabara who will be taking the galactic journey through the Mass Effect games. Mash Those Buttons Meet Nick, Chip, and Kurabara who will be taking the galactic journey through the Mass Effect games. Meet Nick, Chip, and Kurabara who will be taking the galactic journey through the Mass Effect games.
In this episode, we begin by talking about our gaming history and relationship to Mass Effect. Chip talks about how he has played through the games seven times and loves the franchise. He also mentions he is getting the Deluxe Edition and waiting for his helmet to ship. Kurabara mentions that he usually plays as a paragon. And Nick talks about how he was invested after Knights of the Old Republic and needed another Bioware space franchise.

Then, we talk about our favorite squadmates, where Kurabara basically mentions everyone. Chip brings up the few that Kura didn't mention, and Nick just talks about how awesome Wrex is.

Next, we discuss our plans for our characters, with Chip planning on playing paragon and Kurabara going renegade, and Nick not sure how he will go but possibly trying to pick neither path.

Finally, we discuss whether to be concerned or not that review copies were not made available to press in advance of the launch. Kura and Chip are a little concerned, but Nick thinks that EA felt that they would be redundant since you can still play Mass Effect to this day.

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full 1 1 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-1-introduction Thu, 13 May 2021 03:50:09 -0400 00:57:27 no
#2: First Impressions and Eden Prime First Impressions and Eden Prime We talk about our first impressions of the Legendary Edition and then go over the mission to Eden Prime. Mash Those Buttons We talk about our first impressions of the Legendary Edition and then go over the mission to Eden Prime. We talk about our first impressions of the Legendary Edition and then go over the mission to Eden Prime.
They also talked about how the gunplay was changed since it was easier to aim and weapons weren't as restricted by class. Nick complained that his vanguard is doing too much sniping. Nick also talked about how he was disappointed he was automatically given one point in charm and intimidation and already he's had some interactions that were limited in how he could address them. They also talk about the handling of the Mako and Chip mentions the XBox bug where they game will not start with a wireless controller connected.

Finally, they get into the story. After a recap of our introduction to Shepard and the Normandy, the squad talks about their selections of background: be it lone survivor, war hero, or ruthless. They talk about how everyone reacts to you differently and later on you'll even get quests about those choices. They talk about how awesome Doctor Chakwas is and how Corporal Jenkins is set up for doom. They also consider Nihlus as a spectre, and discuss the distress signal from Eden Prime.

Next, after some narration about the mission on Eden Prime itself, they get right into Jenkin's death. They talk about Ashley joining the crew and how Chip butted heads with her. They also talk about the introduction of Saren and Nihlus' end. Chip enjoyed fighting his way up the train. No one liked the vision that Shepard received, not because it was of death and destruction but because it was a poor narrative device. Everyone is looking forward to next time when we head to the Citadel.

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#3: Night Citadel Stories (Part 1) Night Citadel Stories (Part 1) After Eden Prime, Shepard heads to the Citadel to inform the Council of Saren's threat. But will they listen? Mash Those Buttons After Eden Prime, Shepard heads to the Citadel to inform the Council of Saren's threat. But will they listen? After Eden Prime, Shepard heads to the Citadel to inform the Council of Saren's threat. But will they listen?
Finally, they get into the story. After a quick summary of the first, the guys talk about a cutscene from right after the beacon explosion that they missed last time. They talk about the introduction of Matriarch Benezia, voiced by Marina Sirtis, and Saren's reaction to the events of Eden Prime.

Finally, Shepard and crew arrive at the citadel. They talk about the massive ship the Ascension and discuss their first impressions of the Citadel, and how it has stayed with them into other games. Shepard and crew reunite with Ambassador Udina, and Nick and Chip debate whether Udina is a decent man squashed by his position or a corrupt politician to the core. They discuss some of the sites in the Citadel, including a curious relay monument as well as a massive Krogan statue. They debate the nature of Avina and compare our experiences with voice controlled assistants since 2007. They talk about the mysterious Keepers and how they have become one of Mass Effects iconic features.

Shepard meets the next crewmate, Garrus Vakarian and the squad talk about him as a party member. Next they discuss Saren's "hearing" and how it was intended to railroad the humans and leads to everyone being frustrated with a few options for where to go next.

After another recap, the second chapter of the Citadel begins. They talk about the drunk C-Sec officer Harkin who can play a role in Shepard's adventure. They also talk about Barla Von, volus with ties to the enigmatic Shadow Broker. Barla Von's interrogation leads to Shepard's encounter with Wrex, a Krogan mercenary with a good and massive head on his shoulders. Wrex joins the party and leads Shepard to Garrus who is in a hostage standoff. After the shootout, Garrus formally joins the crew and everyone is excited to drop Kaiden and Ashley from the immediate group. Shepard and team lead an assault on Chora's Den, and the criminal owner Fist sends them chasing after a Quarian before Wrex terminates him. They find the Quarian, Tali'zorah Nar Rayya, and she joins the party, and Chip and Kurabara point out how she is one of the best squadmates both because of utili... Visit website for full summary.

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full 1 3 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-3-night-citadel-stories-part-1 Thu, 27 May 2021 14:14:23 -0400 01:25:37 no
#4: Night Citadel Stories (Part 2) Night Citadel Stories (Part 2) There are plenty of distractions on the Citadel, from the enigmatic consort Sha'ira to a deadly Quasar game in Flux. Mash Those Buttons There are plenty of distractions on the Citadel, from the enigmatic consort Sha'ira to a deadly Quasar game in Flux. There are plenty of distractions on the Citadel, from the enigmatic consort Sha'ira to a deadly Quasar game in Flux.
Then, they get into the many side quests on the Citadel. The first that Nick brings up is the story of Jenna who is a C-Sec informant working in Chora's Den. Shepard is tasked with trying to extricate her from the dangerous environment and winds up working for C-Sec briefly to end her mission.

Next, they discuss the Asari consort Sha'ira and how weird the questline is. They talk about the possibility to sleep with the consort, and Nick mentions he was confused on his first playthrough as he thought the consort was the Asari who would join the party. Nick shares his experience playing with no charm or intimidate points when he can't convince Septimus to get it together, but he was saved by Garrus' intervention. They talk about Sha'ira's gift to Shepard, which is a reading of his past and how that changes based on your selected history.

They talk about the quest with the Preaching Hanar who is trying to illegally share the wisdom of the Enkindlers in the Presidium. Nick talks about getting stuck trying to buy a permit for the Hanar while everyone else just sent the preachy jellyfish packing.

Next, they discuss the quest where Shepard is accosted by a fan to sign an autograph. They talk about how this quest can escalate and how it may impact galactic readiness in Mass Effect 3.

They talk about Emily Wong, a reporter who asks for proof of corruption, which you just happen to find in Fist's office in Chora's Den. Nick gets confused about which reporter Emily is. Kura is surprised that everyone had to go back through Chora's Den to get the data but Nick points out that you usually are in a hurry on your first visit because there is a timer to get to Tali.

They also talk about the quest to scan the keepers, and how difficult or not that is based on your familiarity with the Citadel and all its nooks and crannies. They talk about the misunderstanding between Chorban and Jahleed and how it is annoying. Chip points out that Garrus was not in the party when Shepard initially met Chorban, yet still recognized the name, and Nick theorizes why that was.

Finally, they talk about the Rigged Quasar game in Flux that leads to a hostile AI hidden in a server bank. Shepard has to hack or shoot their way out before the AI can blow itself (and Shepard) up.

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full 1 4 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-4-night-citadel-stories-part-2 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:29 -0400 00:52:28 no
#5: Paging Doctor T'Soni Paging Doctor T'Soni Liara finaly shows up to complete the party and we return to the Citadel only to encounter some... uh... mean people. Mash Those Buttons Liara finaly shows up to complete the party and we return to the Citadel only to encounter some... uh... mean people. Liara finaly shows up to complete the party and we return to the Citadel only to encounter some... uh... mean people.
Next, they talk about another mission in the Artemis Tau cluster involving Nassana Dantius and her slave-running sister. You are able to kill her sister on Sharilja in the Macedon system before returning to the Citadel to get the full quest details from Nassana. Either way, you get your reward. The squad also talks about how there are seemingly only about four kinds of base layouts and it is not hard to get used to them, and debate whether Bioware should have put resources into updating the variety of encounters. Nick points out that they did the same thing with Dragon Age: Origins back around this time as well.

When returning to the citadel to complete Nassana's request, two other encounters are initiated. First, a fifth fleet admiral surprises Shepard for a Normandy inspection. Everyone grumps about how much this is annoying, but Nick talks about how he lacked any charisma points to get through the encounter and was left to get chewed out. Then, the group discusses the news report with Khalisah Al-Jilani. No one punched her (yet), but again, Nick was stuck answering her questions blandly and got called out by Hackett for the story making you look bad. Chip and Kura answered some questions but revealed a bit more and got called out by Hackett for that.

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full 1 5 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-5-paging-doctor-tsoni Thu, 10 Jun 2021 02:50:13 -0400 00:53:43 no
#6: Feros, Reaper's Day Off Feros, Reaper's Day Off No Reapers this week as we instead deal with the ancient, mind controlling plant known as the Thorian. Mash Those Buttons No Reapers this week as we instead deal with the ancient, mind controlling plant known as the Thorian. No Reapers this week as we instead deal with the ancient, mind controlling plant known as the Thorian.
Chip feels that this part of the story doesn't make as much sense, with the Geth based out of the Exogeni building when they are ostensibly there to wipe out the Thorian. They also talk about how convenient it is that everything the colony needs is right in the tunnels along with the Geth transmitter you need to destroy. Kura talks about how he delayed helping the colonists until later in the experience.

Next, the squad talks about taking the Prothean Skyway to the Exogeni headquarters. Chip and Kura are glad the Mako controls have been redone because they would struggle with staying on the road through this part. They also talk about how the radio chatter is used to highlight the side-tunnels where you can find goods are.

Chip points out that he has tons of money from selling goods at this point so its not necessary. Chip also feels that the plot starts to make more sense here. They talk about meeting the Exogeni employees and getting into the Exogeni building, and they all enjoyed the interaction between the Krogan and the VI. Nick brings up the Geth church that is found in the building. They being talking about the story of the Thorian.

Finally, its time to raid the colony and everyone managed to save all the colonists, mostly due to improved gameplay. Nick was stuck to kill Ethan Jeong but Kura and Chip did not. They talk about their encounter with the Thorian and how the council was disappointed it could not be saved. They talk about whether they let Shiala the Asari live, and what Saren's relationship with the Thorian really was.

Finally, Nick mentions some side quests that can be picked up by hacking terminals on this mission.

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full 1 6 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-6-feros-reapers-day-off Thu, 17 Jun 2021 03:47:14 -0400 01:15:33 no
#7: The Space TSA & The ESRB The Space TSA & The ESRB Noveria is cold but the hotel is hot with corporate intrigue as Shepard must find a way into the garage. Mash Those Buttons Noveria is cold but the hotel is hot with corporate intrigue as Shepard must find a way into the garage. Noveria is cold but the hotel is hot with corporate intrigue as Shepard must find a way into the garage.
The get into the workings of Noveria, with Anolais the Salarian administrator overseeing a community shared by several biotech companies. Nick and Kurabara argue about how effective the security forces are against the Geth and the Rachni.

They talk about the encounters at the hotel bar. Nick was unable to convince Lorik Qui'in to testify against Anolais, while Kurabara was able to use an exploit talking to Qui'in to max out his paragon. Chip points out that the credit rewards offered for quests is insignificant compared to selling all the weapons you can acquire along the way. Kurabara runs through a corporate espionage quest that involves talking to an executive and stringing him along for as long as possible.

Chip talks about a quest for a smuggling Hanar and how he was able to use the quest to bypass the Lorik Qui'in parts of Noveria.

Nick is excited when he was able to get Lorik Qui'in to become the new administrator after Anolais was removed. Kurabara thought it was awkward because he never talked to Anolais to have any opinion on his arrest.

They also discuss infiltrating Synthetic Insights for information on Anolais' corruption, and all the different ways you can get your garage pass to head to Peak 15.

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full 1 7 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-7-the-space-tsa-the-esrb Thu, 24 Jun 2021 00:00:15 -0400 00:52:53 no
#8: Noveria (Part II): Hot Labs! Noveria (Part II): Hot Labs! We enter the Hot Labs and face off against Matriarch Benezia, and as a follow up get to decide a species' fate. Mash Those Buttons We enter the Hot Labs and face off against Matriarch Benezia, and as a follow up get to decide a species' fate. We enter the Hot Labs and face off against Matriarch Benezia, and as a follow up get to decide a species' fate.
Kura is concerned that Peaks 1-14 are not accessible. He also talks about an odd bug that turned all his characters to squares briefly.

Nick starts talking about the Rachni showing up as a horror style threat, and compares the bug invasion of Noveria with the zombie invasion of Feros. They discuss the reasons for why the missions could feel so similar, down to an asari speaking for a powerful telepathic being at the end of the mission. They also talk about the difficulty of the Rachni as far as how strong they are as an enemy, and the presence of non-humanoid aliens in the game. They discuss how all this feeds into the decision of whether or not to save the Rachni at the end of the mission.

Next, they talk about entering the Hot Labs and dealing with the ECSB forces who are trapped and stuck defending against the Rachni. They also talk about the odd Asari who was meditating and how strange she was.

They also discuss the decision of whether or not to bring Liara on the mission, as she is Benezia's daughter. They talk about how bringing her into the room with Benezia triggers are quick cutscene that felt half-implemented. They also talk about how Benezia shows up and then dies rather quickly, and how her boss fight is not difficult. Nick also mentions that the Rachni Queen overshadows Benezia's death.

They discuss the quest to make a cure for Dr. Zev Cohen to get access to the maintenance tunnels to enter the Hot Labs where Benezia is. Kura is concered as after the Asari spy kills a guard, none of the witnesses point out that they just watched a murder.

They discuss how the Rachni travel through space. Then they talk about the final fight and having to shoot and run your way through a room full of Rachni.

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full 1 8 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-8-noveria-part-ii-hot-labs Mon, 05 Jul 2021 02:35:59 -0400 01:13:55 no
#9: Let's Talk About Wrex, Baby Let's Talk About Wrex, Baby We look at Wrex's membership on the team and how it is influenced by the history of the Krogan Genophage. Mash Those Buttons We look at Wrex's membership on the team and how it is influenced by the history of the Krogan Genophage. We look at Wrex's membership on the team and how it is influenced by the history of the Krogan Genophage.
Next, they talk about Wrex and his role on the team. They discuss how he joined the party at C-Sec, and then how he takes a while to open up to Shepard. They discuss Shepard's encounter where they misspeak about the genophage and Wrex puts the Commander in their place. The group also talks about Wrex trying to take responsibility for the genophage but being attacked by his father and having to kill him because of it. They also talk about Wrex's exploits, including the time he has a brush with Saren and his fight against an Asari Commando that destroyed a space station. They review Wrex's quest for his family armor which involves raiding a base and killing Tonn Actus.

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full 1 9 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-9-lets-talk-about-wrex-baby Mon, 12 Jul 2021 03:05:08 -0400 00:56:48 no
#10: Kaiden & Ashley: Wonderbread & The Space Racist Kaiden & Ashley: Wonderbread & The Space Racist Kaiden is bland while Ashley has never worked with aliens before and it shows. Mash Those Buttons Kaiden is bland while Ashley has never worked with aliens before and it shows. Kaiden is bland while Ashley has never worked with aliens before and it shows.
Next, they talk about Ashley and after initially dealing with the shock and guilt of Eden Prime, she then comes across as a space racist. They talk about her mistrust of the aliens and how she is talking about them in the same room as them. They also talk about her family history and how her grandfather was the only human to surrender to any aliens, and how that has caused her to be grounded and not serve in space. This is her first mission with aliens, and she learns from the experience. They talk about romancing her and how she is forthright with Shepard and and her love of poetry. This leads to a discussion about the technical requirements for producing a quality romance scene in a game like this. They also discuss Liara as a romance option and consider whether it is better to wait for options in later games.

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full 1 10 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-10-kaiden-ashley-wonderbread-the-space-racist Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:05:35 -0400 01:00:40 no
#11: On Virmire: Massacre Effect On Virmire: Massacre Effect The squad finally arrives on Virmire, where Mass Effect becomes MASS EFFECT. Goodbye, full team-selection screen. Mash Those Buttons The squad finally arrives on Virmire, where Mass Effect becomes MASS EFFECT. Goodbye, full team-selection screen. The squad finally arrives on Virmire, where Mass Effect becomes MASS EFFECT. Goodbye, full team-selection screen.
Then, they get into Virmire. First, they talk about dropping onto the planet and how it feels a bit like a Mario Kart Turtle Beach track. They discuss meeting Captain Kirrahe of the Salarian Infiltration Team, and his reveal that Saren has cloned and bred Krogan. This upsets Wrex, which leads to the first big moment on Virmire: The confrontation with Wrex. The squad all kept Wrex alive, but Nick talks about how on one play through he intentionally didn't choose the option to reach out to Wrex, and instead when Wrex got heated, he sent Ashley a signal to shoot Wrex.

Next, they discuss entering Saren's base, and how the layout is interesting because of the options you have for how to approach it. They talk about getting into Saren's office and encountering Sovereign, and the reveal that Sovereign is a Reaper and he is working with Saren. They talk about how this is such a big moment in the game and a major twist.

Then, they talk about confronting Saren about this information. They talk about how Saren's reaction is understandable. They discuss fighting him and trying to get him to join Shepard.

FInally, they talk about the decision to save Ashley or Kaiden. They talk about how there it was the culmination of a string of decisions that led to this moment, and how they normally handle this point in the game.

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full 1 11 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/on-virmire-massacre-effect Fri, 23 Jul 2021 01:12:58 -0400 01:11:15 no
#12: Side Quests (F***ING HUSKS) Side Quests (F***ING HUSKS) The squad talks about some of the side quests in the game including the ones with the husks. SO MANY DAMN HUSKS! Mash Those Buttons The squad talks about some of the side quests in the game including the ones with the husks. SO MANY DAMN HUSKS! The squad talks about some of the side quests in the game including the ones with the husks. SO MANY DAMN HUSKS!
First, they talk about their strategy for how they approached the side quests and when they did them. They also talk a bit about the planetary exploration and how that evolves over the course of the trilogy. They also talk about whether it is worth it to skip Mass Effect 1 and play the comic at the start of Mass Effect 2, or to do all the side quests and play out all the decisions on the game that the comic skips.

Next, they get into the various side quests. They talk about UNC: Lost Module which features the introduction of the monkeyish race which is similar to pyjacks. There's also a Prothean beacon near this quest which leads to them discussing the Consort and whether you received the data key from her.

Then, they talk about the Distress Call in Argus Rho. This is just a straight Geth trap which lasts long enough to include some Star Wars jokes.

After that, they discuss the Missing Persons quest, where you find a ship that was raided by pirates. After killing the pirates, you find the corpse of the captain, and return to his brother on the Citadel to inform him that his brother is dead.

They also talk about the Rogue VI quest, which takes place on the moon (Luna.) The Rogue VI emits a strange signal when it is killed. and Shepard earns their specialization class.

Missing Survey Team is a quest regarding ExoGeni, the biotech company running the Thorian experiments on Feros. Shepard tracks a signal to a mine, where the survey team is all husks now, having found some strange Geth technology.

There are more husks (well, Thorian Creepers), on Nodacrux, where ExoGeni was shipping the Thorian Creepers from Feros for study. Killing the Thorian caused them to go berserk, and Shepard can choose how to deal with what is left of the crew.

Finally, they discuss the MSV Cornucopia, a ship that found an artifact, went into Geth space, and came back as husks.

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full 1 12 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-12-side-quests-fing-husks Thu, 29 Jul 2021 02:47:09 -0400 01:04:42 no
#13: More Side Quests and Bring Down the Sky More Side Quests and Bring Down the Sky Come for the aggressive biotics and angry Batarians! Stay for the game recommendations and ethics discussions! Mash Those Buttons Come for the aggressive biotics and angry Batarians! Stay for the game recommendations and ethics discussions! Come for the aggressive biotics and angry Batarians! Stay for the game recommendations and ethics discussions!
Next, they talk about the Shipments in the Amazon Cluster quest. Hackett lets Shepard know that a probe with a 20-Kiloton nuke has been lost and Shepard must investigate to recover it. It is found in possession of a Turian pirate named Elanos Haliat who was responsible for the Skylian Blitz. Shepard must deal with the bomb and then with Elanos.

The next quest, Lost Freighter, deals with the MSV Worthington. Onboard, Shepard finds a brain dead man and his feral-like girlfriend who is protecting his body. After dispatching the girlfriend, Shepard must decide what to do with the body. This leads to a discussion about ethics and then a rambling consideration of the ethics of using husks to attempt to heal people.

Then the squad mentions the renegade-only quest where Hackett sends you off with the intent of you killing an obnoxious character. The squad talks about how Bioware is great at making characters so hateable that you want to murder them. Kurabara then brings up the Beseiged Base mission, which is the paragon only quest that involves protecting as many cult-members and hostiles while storming the base.

Finally, everyone talks about the Bring Down the Sky DLC. They praise Bioware for the increased cinematic scope and how it favorably compares to other quests in the game. They talk about how it involves additional cinematic sequences, and a handful of extra side quests as well. Kurabara talks about the introduction of the Batarians and how the image was changed in the codec.

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#14: Cerberus, Hades' Dogs Cerberus, Hades' Dogs Who is Cerberus and why are they always messing with Husks and Thresher Maws? Mash Those Buttons Who is Cerberus and why are they always messing with Husks and Thresher Maws? Who is Cerberus and why are they always messing with Husks and Thresher Maws?
The first quest they talk about is UNC: Colony of the Dead, which features as civilian colony turned to husks by Cerberus. Chip complains about the geography of the planet, with its steep mountains. Chip talks about how forgettable Cerberus' role in these quests was.

Nick then brings up everyone's choice for Shepard's background, as that ties into the next mission. UNC: Dead Scientists is about doctors being killed after they worked on Akuze, where Shepard survived a Thresher Maw attack. Shepard goes to the last doctor and finds that one other soldier survived Akuze, as the rest of Shepard's team were abducted by Cerberus after the Thresher Maw attack. Shepard then must decide whether to let the soldier kill the doctor or try to prevent that from happening.

Finally, they discuss the Hades Dogs mission, which starts with Kurabara blowing Nick and Chip's minds by pointing out that Hades' Dogs were Cerberus. Then they get into the details of the mission, talking about how Cerberus is able to stymie and pursue a Rear Admiral with little fear of repercussion. They talk about how Cerberus' agenda is hidden beyond the discussion of them attempting to make a Super Soldier. They they talk about the role of the Shadow Broker and whether they agreed to sell the data to the Shadow Broker or not.

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#15: All the Best Aliens Have Daddy Issues (On Tali & Garrus) All the Best Aliens Have Daddy Issues (On Tali & Garrus) Tali and Garrus highlight Shepard's relationship with his crew and also how all the aliens have father issues. Mash Those Buttons Tali and Garrus highlight Shepard's relationship with his crew and also how all the aliens have father issues. Tali and Garrus highlight Shepard's relationship with his crew and also how all the aliens have father issues.
Nick starts by comparing the aliens and pointing out that Tali and Garrus are two of the most beloved, only to realize that all the aliens, including Liara, are beloved. Then, the talk about Tali and how she's basically an 18 year old going off to college to learn about the world, but also to learn to appreciate her home flotilla by being homesick. They also discuss how Tali has a very vibrant personality, but her dialogue is very flat in that it describes the flotilla and their experience with the geth and their government instead of relaying much of her personal experience.

Then, they get into discussing the nature of the Quarina flotilla and its size relative to Earth's population as well as its militaistic-democratic hybrid government. They also talk about how the flotilla is crowded by nature, and Tali is not used to the emptiness and quiet of the Normandy. Finally, they talk about the Quarian pilgrimage, and then talk about Tali's own pilgrimage, and the quest she is on to find something important for the flotilla.

Then the talk about her quest, Geth Incursions, which isn't even obviously her quest at first. Shepard attacks several Geth bases in the Armstrong Nebula and ultimately finds some Geth data of a Quarian performance, and has the option of giving Tali the data or keeping it for the Alliance. They also talk about Geth culture as a result of the transmission.

Next, they talk about Garrus and how he is defined by his experience with C-Sec. They also talk about how Garrus struggles with rules and oversight, and whether they wanted to encourage this behaviour or try to teach him to be better. They talk about Garrus' father who was also a C-Sec officer and how Garrus chafed against his father's observance of the rules. They also ponder how Garrus would have done had he become a Spectre like he was offered previously.

Last, they talk about Garrus' personal mission to find Dr. Saleon/Dr. Heart and how the outcome can affect Garrus and his outlook.

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full 1 15 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-15-all-the-best-aliens-have-daddy-issues-on-tali-garrus Thu, 19 Aug 2021 02:01:07 -0400 01:15:55 no
#16: Impounded! (Return to the Citadel) Impounded! (Return to the Citadel) Shepard is grounded and stuck on the Citadel. Time to finish up any side quests and ponders a life of weapons smuggling! Mash Those Buttons Shepard is grounded and stuck on the Citadel. Time to finish up any side quests and ponders a life of weapons smuggling! Shepard is grounded and stuck on the Citadel. Time to finish up any side quests and ponders a life of weapons smuggling!
Stuck on the Citadel, its time to do some side quests! Shepard meets up with Superfan Conrad Verner, who now wants to be a Spectre. Then they discuss Schells and his attempts at cheating in Flux. Kurabara has the most efficient way to get money from the scam, and this leads to a discussion of the economics of Mass Effect 1. Next, they meet Elias Keeler who is a drug-addicted negotiator which allows Shepard to show just how much of a prick the Commander can be. They also encounter Charles Saracino who is running for office with the Terra Firma party. Nick takes the opportunity to talk about a party bug that would crash the game on Virmire if you didn't have the right party composition. They also discuss the Earthborn backstory that has Shepard meet Finch, who asks Shepard to intervene to get another gang member released from C-Sec. Kura raises issues with the C-Sec judicial system. Nick chose to play the role of rich weapons smuggler and paid off the gang member, and that leads to a discussion about Shepard's true role in the galaxy. Chip brings up the soldier backstory that has a questline where Shepard talks to their mother and Nick is surprised Shepard has parents. Next, they meet the Petrovsky's who are having a dispute about how to handle an unborn baby with potential health issues. Kura talks about the Spacer backstory quest that he missed. They also discuss the Helena Blake quest that has you chase down two warring crime bosses. Shepard calls out her scheme but goes along with it anyway, and ultimately has to face her down.

Kura brings up the renegade and paragon system that leads to a discussion of how limiting it can feel.

Finally, they talk about a quest to help Dr. Michel get some blackmailers off her back. This leads to a quest that ties into the Adm... Visit website for full summary.

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full 1 16 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-16-impounded-return-to-the-citadel Thu, 26 Aug 2021 02:48:18 -0400 00:50:01 no
#17: The End of the Beginning The End of the Beginning We head to Ilos for some exposition and then return to a burny Citadel to finish the game. Find out who survives!!! Mash Those Buttons We head to Ilos for some exposition and then return to a burny Citadel to finish the game. Find out who survives!!! We head to Ilos for some exposition and then return to a burny Citadel to finish the game. Find out who survives!!!
Chip talks about how he does like the drive after finding Vigil, and Kurabara talks about the force fields and how he liked all the pods he was viewing in the background. Nick points out that they use the title screen music for effect. They talk about how Vigil did not stop Saren because he was indoctrinated. Nick points out that the Reapers didn't do a good job by missing Ilos on past sweeps. Then they talk about the ending sequence of Ilos where you drive straight ahead through the Geth forces to take the relay to the Citadel. Kurabara talks about how the Reapers didn't plan for the Keepers.

Then they head to the Citadel and deal with the Geth invasion in person. Kura laughs at how slow the Citadel doors close. Nick and Chip marvel over how you scale the Presidium tower. Nick talks about how quickly the end of the game came for him. Nick talks about how the first part of the Saren fight happens in the Council chambers. Kura is surprised because with charm and intimidate you can just talk to Saren and get him to shoot himself. Kura points out that the Citadel damage exposes that the structure looks Reaper-like. They talk about their encounters with Saren and Saren's evolution. Kura compares Saren's fate to the necromorphs of Dead Space. They talk about the final fight against Sovereign and how annoying it is. They discuss their decisions for the fate of the Council, as well as for Udina and Anderson.

Finally, they give their final opinions on the game and how much they enjoyed it.

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full 1 17 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-17-the-end-of-the-beginning Thu, 02 Sep 2021 01:12:52 -0400 01:06:27 no
#18: They Can't Kill Shepard, Right? RIGHT?!?!?! They Can't Kill Shepard, Right? RIGHT?!?!?! We finally get to starting Mass Effect 2 which starts with the death of Commander Shepard. WHAT??? Mash Those Buttons We finally get to starting Mass Effect 2 which starts with the death of Commander Shepard. WHAT??? We finally get to starting Mass Effect 2 which starts with the death of Commander Shepard. WHAT???
Then, they talk about the vicious decision to start the game with the death of Shepard and the destruction of the Normandy. Chip praises it while Nick calls it affecting, and they discuss their initial reaction to Sheaprd's death. Then they get into the reasons behind the decision as far as resetting Shepard's power level while allowing for a continuity of the character from Mass Effect 1.

Kurabara then praises the montage where Shepard is resurrected. Chip talks about Wilson, the shady doctor that helped bring Shepard back. Nick praises the decision to let Shepard join Cerberus as it forces a wedge between Shepard and everyone who knew and trusted him. Kura is glad to have the council off his back for now. Chip praises the improved combat in the game, and also talks about how well done Miranda's introduction is. Nick is excited by the addition of Yvonne Strahovski as Miranda. They talk more about the voice casting, and also talk up Keith David's ongoing role as Captain Anderson. They then discuss the Shepard-Anderson relationship that progresses throughout the games.

Chip praises the visual details they have been able to add into the game. Nick points out how they expanded the Cerberus lore for this game as well. Chip points out that Shepard joining Cerberus felt a little out of character. Nick uses the pandemic to explain the decision. They also talk about the internal Cerberus politics, including what led to Wilson betraying the project and trying to kill Shepard (again). Kura talks about the non-Geth robots that appear in the introduction. He wonders where they were during Mass Effect 1 and Nick appreciates the role that they play.

Kura brings up the switch to heat-cartridges as a replacement for unlimited ammo. He also talks about some of the pre-order bonus items that are now available in the Legendary edition. Chip talks about his resource hoarding problem when playing RPG's. Nick brings up that Shepard can now slide over low objects. Nick talks about ho... Visit website for full summary.

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full 2 18 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-18-they-cant-kill-shepard-right-right Thu, 09 Sep 2021 00:18:48 -0400 00:59:13 no