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Mass Effect fans try to settle the age-old debate over who is the better romance

“BioWare romance” is an expected part of every game the studio develops now, and while it’s a feature that’s been around for some time, Mass Effect really put it on the map. With a ship full of eligible bachelors/bachelors for Shep to fall in love with, it’s no surprise that he’s been a topic of debate in the fanbase for so long, especially when it comes to picking favorites.


Now, the community is once again trying to settle the age-old debate: who is the better romantic choice in the Mass Effect series? From Garrus to Miranda to Tali, who is Commander Shepard’s ultimate hunk? Well, if we go by this Reddit thread, we’re no closer to solving this question than we were at the height of the Mass Effect trilogy.

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If there’s one thing fans can agree on, though, it’s that anything is better than ending up with a human crewmate. In a popular thread on the subject, many voted for Liara, Tali, and Garrus.

“Garrus without a doubt. There is no Shepard without Vakarian,” says Reddit user Pneumai.

Many agree with this, such as DjLyricLuvsMusic: “Garrus. That trusting camaraderie and friendship is just… the best there is. Friends for Lovers is so romantic to me. And since turians and humans are still hurt after the war, it’s a little bit better”.

However, not everyone agrees with this. Few would argue that Shepard and Garrus go together, it’s just that some feel their relationship is more of a friendship and doesn’t need the romantic element. That would also free up Shepard to mingle with other crewmates, like the ultra-popular Tali.

“I’ll take a lovely quarian engineering genius to go please,” says zerosix1ne. Crusty_Bogan

agrees wholeheartedly: “Tali is the one for me. I love her so much. She’s a great character.”

While you’d expect to see a bunch of fans pick Garrus and Tali, there are a few players spotlighting some of the Normandy underdogs. Believe it or not, there are a surprising amount of Kaidan fans in the thread (myself included, keep fighting comrades).

“Kaidan. Definitely,” says annycartt. “After all, Kaidan still considers himself the luckiest man alive to have Shepard. I’ll always be a fan of his romance.”

This comment brought a surprising number of Kaidan romancers, like phileris42, out of the shadows. “All this. He’s a good hearted, a bit idealistic, a guy who wants to do something good, but he won’t go too far to do it,” they say. “Exactly the kind of person I’d want to watch my back and scold me when I need to hear it.”

Other than that, it seems that Liara and Jack are among the most popular, with unexpectedly few putting up Miranda as a candidate. She definitely still has her fans, it just seems like they’re not as passionate as the other camps. There’s still plenty of time to make your own choice though, so jump in and fight for your ship.

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