Squad Goals — A Mass Effect Legendary Edition Podcast https://mashthosebuttons.com/show/squad-goals/ en-us Mash Those Buttons 2021-2022 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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#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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#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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#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
#19: Old Friends: On Freedom's Progress and the (New) Normandy Old Friends: On Freedom's Progress and the (New) Normandy Tali may not be staying to work with Shepard, but plenty of others from the Normandy are back, with new friends too! Mash Those Buttons Tali may not be staying to work with Shepard, but plenty of others from the Normandy are back, with new friends too! Tali may not be staying to work with Shepard, but plenty of others from the Normandy are back, with new friends too!
Next, they talk about the mission onto Freedom's Progress, which is where Shepard meets back up with Tali! However, Tali is disappointed by Shepard's connection to Cerberus and declines to join the mission. They talk about Veetor, the Quarian survivor of the Collector attack, and how they all agreed to let Tali take him, while she shared his omni-tool data on the Collectors. They discuss the Collector's methods of using the swarm to paralyze people, and then they would abduct them into pods. They also discuss the mech fight right before encountering Veetor.

Next, they talk about the Illusive Man and his theories about the Collector's connection to the Reapers. They also talk about the Illusive Man's status report on Shepard's old crew. He provides Shepard with dossiers of possible recruits to build his team, and then introduces Shepard to his new pilot: Joker!

Joker shows Shepard the rebuilt Normandy, and the squad discuss their opinions of the rebuilt ship. Chip appreciates the lack of elevator trips. They then get into the new crew. They talk about Yeoman Kelly Chambers and how she seems disappointed when Shepard won't talk to her. They talk about EDI, the new, shackled AI that bickers with Joker and is kinda like having an Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri in every room. They also mention Daniels and Donnely, the couple in engineering. And also Mess Sargeant Gardner who is the cook but also the custodian. Finally, they are glad to see Doctor Chakwas back on board. She is in need of some brandy, and tasks Shepard with getting some.

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#20: On Omega: The Plague in the Pandemic On Omega: The Plague in the Pandemic The plague section on Omega hits very differently today than it did ten years ago. Mordin is still intense, though! Mash Those Buttons The plague section on Omega hits very differently today than it did ten years ago. Mordin is still intense, though! The plague section on Omega hits very differently today than it did ten years ago. Mordin is still intense, though!
They also talk about the atmosphere of Omega and how it is the opposite of the citadel. Kurabara points out that it was designed to look like a mushroom cloud, while Chip insists it looks like a squid. They talk about how grimy it is and how it is the home of the underworld.

Next, they go over the meeting with Aria T'loak. They point out the irony in one of Shepard's first destinations post-revival being a nightclub called Afterlife. They discuss the casting of Carrie Anne Moss, and how Aria is played as a straight, no nonsense character. They talk about how Aria's behaviour is counter to most Asari Shepard has met previously.

Then they head into the plague section, and talk about how disquieting this part of the game is to play during a pandemic, especially one that is respitory in nature. Nick talks about how the ambient coughing is affecting, and Chip comments on how many of the victims don't trust Mording to give them the medicine they need.

Finally, it is time to recruit another squad member, Dr. Mordin Solus. Kurabara is excited to have a Salarian with the team. They talk about how smart he is and compare him to Batman. They also talk about their experience saving (or failing to save) Daniel, Mordin's assistant who got caught by some Batarians.

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#21: Archangel, Archangel, Will You Be Mine? Archangel, Archangel, Will You Be Mine? Shepard and crew go after a vigilante named Archangel and find themselves an old friend. Mash Those Buttons Shepard and crew go after a vigilante named Archangel and find themselves an old friend. Shepard and crew go after a vigilante named Archangel and find themselves an old friend.

Nick, Chip, and Kurabara are back to continue talking about their experiences playing the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.  This week, they continue their journey through Omega as they seek out the mysterious Archangel, who of course turns out to be none other than former Normandy crew member Garrus Vakarian.  The squad talks about how quickly they initially realized Archangel was Garrus.  Then they dive into the mission itself, which involved fighting several gang leaders as well as taking down a gunship!  In particular, Chip dislikes the Vorcha pyros.  Garrus get hit pretty bad by the gunship but he survives with some hefty scarring.  This leads to a discussion about the safety of wearing a helmet.

They also talk about Shepard's choice to stop or allow a young man to join the mercenaries.  Then, they look into how poorly Garrus' life has been, as his team was compromised by a traitor and they were all killed.  They finish up their discussion of Garrus by talking about how Garrus and pretty much any of Shepard's squad mates could run their own team.

Next, they look at some of the side quests on Omega.  They talk about the quest to help out a Quarian named Kenn who is stuck working at a vendor kiosk until he can buy his way off Omega.  Shepard can either give the Quarian money for passage or talk to the merchant boss to help him out.  The guys compare the kiosks in the game to ordering sandwiches at Wawa or simply buying stuff from Amazon on your phone.  Kenn also sells the T6A Couplings that Donnelly and Daniels need in engineering.  This leads to Shepard (and possibly Tali) playing poker off screen.

Another character with an interaction post-Omega is Doctor Chakwas.  If Shepard gets the serrice ice brandy from Afterlife, the commander and the doctor will share the bottle while reminiscing about former crew members like Kaiden and Jenkins.  Doctor Chakwas subsequently passes out in a medical bed, and this leads to a discussion about where the crew all sleeps.

Finally, after a brief discussion about what appearances they are using for their characters, Chip mentions the Batarian bartender in Afterlife who poisons Shepard.  Both he and Kurabara shot him for his transgressions.

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full 2 21 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-21-archangel-archangel-will-you-be-mine Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:21:59 -0400 00:51:37 no
#22: Dr. Okeer, I Presume? Dr. Okeer, I Presume? We head off to recruit the krogan scientist Dr. Okeer, but who comes back to the Normandy with us? Mash Those Buttons We head off to recruit the krogan scientist Dr. Okeer, but who comes back to the Normandy with us? We head off to recruit the krogan scientist Dr. Okeer, but who comes back to the Normandy with us?
They talk about how they didn't quite understand the doctor's goal with creating Grunt (was he cured of the genophage or just immune to it?) and joke about Wrex's old comment about Krogan scientists. They also talk about the Blue Suns being bad at their job. They discuss the Krogan lab failure that Shepard meets along the way, and consider how he would have fared on the Normandy. They also compare Grunt and Korlus to Gears of War and wonder if there was some inspiration from the other game.

Next, the talk about waking Grunt up on the ship against Cerberus and EDI's protestations. They talks about how Grunt, being so young, is still developing a personality. They discuss how much they use him in their groups. They talk about the point of EDI's warnings that waking a Krogan could be fatal, and how that plays into the decisions the player must make as Shepard, even though none of the outcomes result in Grunt killing Shepard.

They compare Wrex to Grunt, and how Wrex's experience makes him a completely different squad mate than Grunt's naivette. They also compare Grunt to Kaiden, although they like Grunt more than Kaiden. They wonder about how Grunt innately knew how to make a shotgun.

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#23: The Convict, the Thief, and the Citadel The Convict, the Thief, and the Citadel Shepard's To Do List: 1. Free Jack from prison 2. Zoom with Kasumi 3. Return to the Citadel, get into advertising Mash Those Buttons Shepard's To Do List: 1. Free Jack from prison 2. Zoom with Kasumi 3. Return to the Citadel, get into advertising Shepard's To Do List: 1. Free Jack from prison 2. Zoom with Kasumi 3. Return to the Citadel, get into advertising
Next, they head to the Citadel to see how things have changed since Sovereign's attack. Things kick off with their encounter with Kasumi Goto through a hacked advertisement. Then, they head into the Citadel but have to get through C-Sec where they meet Captain Bailey who is running the entrance station. Chip is excited that he's played by Michael Hogan of Battlestar Gallactica fame. They talk about how he is a sign that humans have taken over C-Sec and run much of it, having replaced the Turians from Mass Effect 1. Then, they head up to meet Anderson and talk about how good it was to see him again. They also get to meet with the Council briefly, and share their disappointment that the Council is still very dismissive of Shepard. Then, Udina returns and they talk about his character.

Next, they discuss the layout of the Zakera Ward and how cramped it is compared to the Presidium and Wards from Mass Effect 1. They also discuss how the keepers are still creepy. Chip talks about how disappointing the Citadel is this time around. Nick talks about how the Citadel has a personality and qualifies as an old friend to visit in the sequel. They also talk about how Shepard can negotiate with the vendors for discounts at the kiosks. They also talk about some of the minor characters that return on this Citadel, like the Petrovskys, ... Visit website for full summary.

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#24: Horizon, For Bitchy Pests Horizon, For Bitchy Pests Kaiden is back and WOW WTF DUDE I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS, A--HOLE! Unless its Ashley who is also standoffish. Mash Those Buttons Kaiden is back and WOW WTF DUDE I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS, A--HOLE! Unless its Ashley who is also standoffish. Kaiden is back and WOW WTF DUDE I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS, A--HOLE! Unless its Ashley who is also standoffish.
Next, the guys get into the mission on Horizon. They immediately jump into the aftermath of meeting their old crewmate. For Chip, it was Ashley, who was a bit standoffish. Nick talks about a playthrough where Ashley's rejection led him to Miranda, which leads to a discussion about how high maintenance Miranda might be. Kurabara reveals some personal information. Next, they talk about Kaiden, who Kurabara and Nick got to meet. They talk about how he quickly takes offense at Shepard not having reached out sooner, and Nick is amazed because Kaiden is now just as much an a--hole as Carth from Knights of the Old Republic. They also talk about the Illusive Man using his smoking as a way to control the conversation and praise Martin Sheen's acting. They also consider Cerberus role in manipulating events on Horizon. Next, they discuss Harbinger and how effective a villain he is. They also talk about the creepy Collector constructs and how terrifying it must be to be paralyzed and abducted by the Collectors. Finally, they evaluate the final firefight over the transmitter.

Finally, they talk about the side quest where you lead the mech to get platinum using power cells, and praise how the side quests in Mass Effect 2 all feel varied and not cookie cutter.

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#25: Illium Part I: Shepard, This is Your Life Illium Part I: Shepard, This is Your Life Shepard heads to Illium and its a giant Mass Effect 1 reunion! Shiala! Gianna Parasini! CONRAD F***ING VERNER!!! Mash Those Buttons Shepard heads to Illium and its a giant Mass Effect 1 reunion! Shiala! Gianna Parasini! CONRAD F***ING VERNER!!! Shepard heads to Illium and its a giant Mass Effect 1 reunion! Shiala! Gianna Parasini! CONRAD F***ING VERNER!!!
They talk about a questline that involves encountering Shiala, the Asari who served as the voice of the Thorian back on Feros. She is green now, and the colonists at Zhu's Hope are suffering after their time controlled by the Thorian. They have made a deal with Baria Frontiers to do some medical scans, but now Baria wants to do more invasive procedures, which the Colonists are against. Shepard has to talk to Erinya, the Baria vendor, to negotiate a better deal. Baria, after the death of her children, is explicitly racist against humans and must be dealt with as only Shepard can.

They then talk about running into an Asari who is a representative of the Rachni Queen. They talk about Sovereign's role in instigating the Rachni war, and if the reaper had a direct hand in the Rachni Queen winding up in Noveria. They speculate if the Rachni's song-based form of communication made them especially vulnerable to indoctrination.

Next, they run into Gianna Parasini, also last seen on Noveria. She's back on an undercover mission and Shepard can help out (or not). Gianna might be getting a bit too friendly with Shepard, as she parts with a kiss on the cheek.

Finally, they head into Eternity, the bar on Illium. There, they find a Turian failing to woo a Quarian, and a multi-species bachelor party which leads to speculation about how Asari are able to enter relationships with so many relationships.

Next, they meet CONRAD F***ING VERNER! He's back now acting like Shepard trying to stop a red sand dealer on Illium, except that red sand is legal on Illium. Shepard has words with the weapons dealer that started the whole situation, and Verner goes off to start the Shepards program for orphans.

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#26: The N7 Day Teaser Image The N7 Day Teaser Image The guys share their thoughts on the Mass Effect 5 Teaser image. Mash Those Buttons The guys share their thoughts on the Mass Effect 5 Teaser image. The guys share their thoughts on the Mass Effect 5 Teaser image.
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bonus 2 26 https://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/squad-goals-26-the-n7-day-teaser-image Sat, 13 Nov 2021 02:22:30 -0500 00:14:45 no
#27: Illium Part II: The Justicar and the Assassin Illium Part II: The Justicar and the Assassin Shepard continues the Illium trip to recruit a badass asari and a badass drell. Wait, what's a drell? Mash Those Buttons Shepard continues the Illium trip to recruit a badass asari and a badass drell. Wait, what's a drell? Shepard continues the Illium trip to recruit a badass asari and a badass drell. Wait, what's a drell?
Regarding the mission, they examine the relationship between Detective Anaya and Samara, as Anaya is putting herself in danger just by doing her job. They talk about Pitne For and whether or not they threw him under the bus, and have fun talking about the drunken Niftu Cal. They also talk about Elnora and whether they fell for her ploy or killed her outright.

Next they talk about recruiting Thane, and talk about how Chip finds him to be a boring character. Nick talks about how he's more fascinated by Thane's relationship with his son. They talks about how Thane was ready to die on the Nassana Dantius mission and was all too grateful for Shepard to come along and recruit him. They also mention the quick-time event with the mercenaries, and appreciate how smoothly Thane is able to kill Nassana. They also review Shepard's history with Nassana Dantius, as she is another character from Mass Effect 1 to appear.

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#28: Reunions (On Liara and Tali) Reunions (On Liara and Tali) We finish up Illium (for now) by finally meeting with Liara, and then its time to fight some Geth and reunite with Tali! Mash Those Buttons We finish up Illium (for now) by finally meeting with Liara, and then its time to fight some Geth and reunite with Tali! We finish up Illium (for now) by finally meeting with Liara, and then its time to fight some Geth and reunite with Tali!
Kurabara brings up that the stocks for the Dantius corporation went up after Thane killed Nassana on a prior mission. They also talk about the encounter with Charr, the Krogan poet who is trying to woo an asari who seems to like him but is questioning whether she should stay with him. This leads to a discussion about Krogran relationship considerations with respect to the Genophage.

Finally, they head to Haestrom to meet Tali. Nick talks about how Kal'reegar got him to go Paragon on his playthrough. Then they talk about the radiation mechanic that requires players to hide in the shade or suffer constant damage to their shields. Nick talks about how Tali is glad to see Shepard and they tease her feelings for them. Kura brings up the Dark Energy subplot that pops up at points in Mass Effect 2. They also revisit Tali's rebuff at the beginning of the game. Nick also brings up that Kelly Chambers will tell male Shepards that Tali has a crush on you. Kura also brings up the fact that this is one of the few missions that involve Geth. Nick talks about the level design, and they also talk about the drones that Shepard encounters. They also talk about Jacob's hostility towards Tali once she joins the crew. This leads to a discussion of Jacob's role on the crew and his intended purpose, and how Mass Effect was developed with a straight, male eye.

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#29: The Collector Ship is Being Filled The Collector Ship is Being Filled Its a trap! Shepand and team head into a disabled Collector Ship only to find out it is fully operational. Mash Those Buttons Its a trap! Shepand and team head into a disabled Collector Ship only to find out it is fully operational. Its a trap! Shepand and team head into a disabled Collector Ship only to find out it is fully operational.
Then, after recapping the mission, the guys get into discussing the nature of the Collectors. Then they talk about how obvious it was that this should was a trap. Kura asks about the construction of the ship which Nick compares to a mudwasp structure. Chip compares the Collectors to the Keepers given their buglike nature.

Then they get into the fact that the Collectors are effectively husk Protheans, having been genetically modified by the Reapers through the ages since the Prothean extinction. The guys try to parse out how the Collectors evolved from the Protheans yet the Collector ship matches neither Reaper technology nor the Prothean architecture from Mass Effect 1.

Kura brings up the creepy nature of the pods in the ship and compares It to a horror movie. This transitions into Nick asking if Bioware has an M. Night Shamyalan problem by comparing the twists from each of the various games and how the big twist in each game seems to be less impactful as they progress.

They talk about the history of the Collector Ship, having blown up the first Normandy and then been chased off of Horizon. Kura asks about the size of the ship given it was supposed to be able to abduct the population of Earth. The squad tries to do some math to figure out how big the ship needs to be to abduct everyone. This leads to the theory that the Collectors would have to liquefy several of their victims to reduce storage space.

They also talk about the betrayal by the Illusive Man, that he knew it was sending Shepard into a trap.

Chip brings up the weapon specialization skill that becomes available after the mission.

They then talk about the next mission, which is to get a Reaper IFF from a derelict reaper.

Finally, they talk about two side quests. First is the one to get some encrypted data from Eclipse mercs, and then Shepard has to solve a puzzle.

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#30: All the Best Cerberus Agents Have Daddy Issues All the Best Cerberus Agents Have Daddy Issues Miranda ran from her father because she thought he was a monster. Jacob finds that his father has become a monster. Mash Those Buttons Miranda ran from her father because she thought he was a monster. Jacob finds that his father has become a monster. Miranda ran from her father because she thought he was a monster. Jacob finds that his father has become a monster.
On Illium, Shepard encounters a Quarian struggling with the concept of indentured servitude with the Sirta Foundation. They discuss how Illium allows for legal slavery. Kura mentions that he would have welcomed another quarrian onto the Normandy. Kura talks about how she gambled her way into her servitude situation. This leads to a discussion of Quarian gambling and an attempt to understand Quarian poker. Chip compares the Quarian to Draenai from Warcraft, which is logical since both are based off Eastern European culture.

Next, they get into Miranda’s mission. After reviewing the mission, they talk about Niket’s betrayal and how much of a surprise that was. They wonder why Miranda didn’t just bring in a trusted Cerberus agent to help her, but Chip points out that Miranda has trust issues. Kura brings up that Enyala, the Eclipse mercenary, is terrible. Chip talks about how he let Miranda kill Niket while Kura did not. They talk about how Miranda struggles with her self-image and is cold to everyone as a result. Kura and Chip struggle with Niket’s motivations. They all agreed that Miranda needed to talk to her sister after the mission. Nick appreciates the Jack-Miranda rivalry. They finish up discussing the mission by talking about an asari trinket that is discovered on the mission.

Finally, they discuss Jacob’s loyalty mission to track down the crew of the Hugo Gernsback. They review the mission and then Nick talks about Jacob’s cynicism. Kura talks about the dawning realization of what is going on with the crew. Chip mentions how easy it is to skip checking out the ship itself and getting additional background information. Kura compares the events to what we’ve recently been learning about some developer corporate cultures. Chip brings up the absurdity of Jacob’s father surviving ten years on rations. They wonder about why there are no children on the planet after ten years, and also wonder if cannibalism occurred. They talk about the different outcomes for Ronald given She... Visit website for full summary.

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#31: Tough Love (On Samara and Jack) Tough Love (On Samara and Jack) Samara has to fight her daughter and Jack has to fight her past. Also, fun with an old Krogan on Omega! Mash Those Buttons Samara has to fight her daughter and Jack has to fight her past. Also, fun with an old Krogan on Omega! Samara has to fight her daughter and Jack has to fight her past. Also, fun with an old Krogan on Omega!


Nick, Chip, and Kurabara are back this week to continue talking about the loyalty missions in Mass Effect 2. This week, they discuss Samara and Jack. They begin by talking about the strength of the characters biotics, and Kura talks about an achievement you can get by using Miranda and Jacob’s biotics together.

As Samara’s loyalty mission brings Shepard back to Omega, the guys talk about some of the missions that are now available upon your second visit. They talk about Ish and Sel, two Salarians who ask Shepard to retrieve some packages. After discussing how odd the quest is, they realize that the quest is bugged and talk about its proper completion. Next, they talk about some odd dialog with Captain Gavorn about the Vorcha, although it is not clear if there is an associated quest. They also talk about the Patriarch questline which has Shepard talking to an old Krogan and learning about Aria’s history on Omega.

After reviewing the Samara loyalty mission, the guys all admit that they chose to stick with Samara instead of choosing Morinth. Kura comments how choosing Morinth can let Shepard romance her which leads to Morinth killing Shepard. They talk about how tragic Samara’s backstory is, and Kura talks about how tragic the story of the girl Morinth killed is. They also talk about the mechanic of having to get Morinth’s attention at the bar while not getting kicked out. They discuss the lack of combat in the mission. Nick appreciates the way the final dialog with Morinth plays out by using your paragon/renegade options. They also talk about attempting to romance Samara.

Finally, they talk about the Jack loyalty mission. Nick brings up the explosion that Jack triggered and talks about its magnitude. Then, Nick wonders just how effective Jack’s return to the Cerberus facility was for her. They talk about Jack’s feeling towards Cerberus and Chip admits he brought Miranda on the mission. Nick says Jack needs some empathy. Nick wonders if Jack or Miranda are more high maintenance. They talk about Jack as a representation of abuse.

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#32: Law & Order: Citadel (On Thane and Garrus) Law & Order: Citadel (On Thane and Garrus) On the Citadel, Thane and Garrus have two separate yet equally important loyalty missions. These are their stories. Mash Those Buttons On the Citadel, Thane and Garrus have two separate yet equally important loyalty missions. These are their stories. On the Citadel, Thane and Garrus have two separate yet equally important loyalty missions. These are their stories.
They begin by discussing the Salarian game salesman and how he is a parody of Gamestop. Kurabara mentions a good deal he once got at Gamestop and they discuss our evolution of gaming habits and how that should project into 2184. Nick and Chip shill for Xbox Gamepass. They move on to talking about Khaleesa Al-Jilani and when its best to punch her. They also talk about gotcha journalism. The follow up on the two Krogans who want a fish from the Presidium.

Next, they talk about Thane’s loyalty mission. They talk about how Thane is responsible for Kolyat’s situation. They mention Bailey’s connection to Thane as they are both struggling fathers. Chip revels in Bailey’s first name being Armando. They talk about Mouse and what his existence suggests about life on the Citadel for the underclass. Chip asks for an Arkham-style game set on the Citadel. They talk about the potential of Bailey working for Cerberus. They also discuss how Bailey praises Thane’s prior work without knowing it. Nick speculates that Kolyat could join C-Sec. They talk about the corrupt politician Jorim Talid, and their thoughts on the mission to track him from the rafters. Nick asks about how they dealt with the kid in the rafters. They return to talking about Mouse and the Shepard VI. They conclude by talking about the efficacy of Thane’s loyalty mission.

Then they talk about Garrus’ loyalty mission and how this is also the return of Harkin. They agree that he does not deserve the name Fade. Nick talks about mistaking Harkin for Bailey initially. Chip shares that he let Fade die, while Kura did not. They talk about the decision for Garrus to kill Sidonis or not. Kura mentions that Sidonis is wracked with guilt. They talk about the Illiusive Man and how he’s thriving in the wake of Shepard’s actions. They talk about Garrus’ reaction to Sidonis and also Garrus’ thoughts on the mission.

Finally, they talk about an Asari that is stuck in C-Sec on a no fly list, and how Shepard can help with some forged documents.

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#33: Tuchanka Too Furious (on Mordin and Grunt) Tuchanka Too Furious (on Mordin and Grunt) Mordin is faced with having to kill a student, while Grunt is faced with having to kill a Thresher Maw. Mash Those Buttons Mordin is faced with having to kill a student, while Grunt is faced with having to kill a Thresher Maw. Mordin is faced with having to kill a student, while Grunt is faced with having to kill a Thresher Maw.
But first they give their initial impressions of Tuchanka and talk about some of the characters that can be found there. They talk about how (non)-welcoming the Krogan are, and how Grunt is ill-received by them. There is one Krogan who can be overheard saying that he might be a dad, and this leads to a discussion about the lack of children in Mass Effect. They also talk about the two Krogran who are always chatting about beating up the other races. Kurabara points out that the Krogan love how run down their planet is. Next, they talk about Wrex’s arc, as he is still alive and leading the Urdnot clan in everyone’s games. They also examine the Varren pit and its accompanying mini-game. They talk about the Pyjak in the science lab, as well as the pyjak shooting mini-game. They discuss the evolution of Krogan society and how its likely that most of the non-warrior Krogan were killed when the bombs went off. They also mention the return of Charr, the Krogan poet from Illium.

Next, they discuss Mordin’s loyalty mission, as he searches out his student Maelon. They talk about how rapidly Mordin processes grief and how that may lead to him not fully processing it. They talk about what Krogan society could look like without the Genophage. This leads to a discussion about uplifting races and the Reapers’ motives. They talk about Maelon’s fate and how Mordin claims he is not a killer (except that we’ve seen him kill.) Nick also mentions one of his favorite moments in the game: when he gets to blow up the Weyrlock speaker. They also talk about Mordin’s love of musicals.

Finally, they review Grunt’s mission. They all claim to have killed the Thresher Maw, and wonder about how the keystone was able to summon the specific beasts in the proper order. Kura mentions the breeding requests for Grunt and Shepard. They talk about headbutting Uvenk, and discuss the villain further. They also talk about Shaman and how unique he is.

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