Star Wars References in the Mass Effect Game Quadrilogy

Do we have any Mass Effect fans out there?

For those of you unfamiliar with Mass Effect, it's a military science fiction media franchise created by Casey Hudson, Drew Karpyshyn, and Preston Watamaniuk. It depicts a distant future in which humanity and several alien civilizations have colonized the known universe using technology left behind by advanced precursor civilizations.

It's been developed by BioWare, Edge of Reality, Demiurge Studios, and Straight Right, and it was published by Microsoft Game Studios from 2007 until 2011, but is now published solely by Electronic Arts.

The Mass Effect games are well known for making reference to all kinds of popular culture mediums, such as the movie The Hunt for Red October and television series like Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Star Wars, however, would appear to have taken the award for most references and easter eggs being placed in the four main games of the franchise.

Here are all the references made to Star Wars that we could find.

Original Mass Effect

  • There are several instances of the classic line “I have a bad feeling about this” being uttered by nervous characters.
  • The Krogan Wrex says “It's a trap” after being ambushed by Geth. That kind of makes sense as he looks a little bit like Admiral Ackbar.
  • Upon seeing the Sovereign appear over the Citadel, the line “Look at the size…” is dropped, and is a likely nod to A New Hope when Luke Skywalker sees the Death Star for the first time.

Mass Effect 2

  • Miranda's loyalty mission takes leads you to dock bay 94, which is the same number as the docking bay the Millennium Falcon was found in A New Hope.

Mass Effect 3

  • When Commander Sheppard assists the Cerberus scientists to escape the attacking soldiers the line “The first transport is away..” is cheerily announced and is a reference to the Rebels escaping the planet Hoth in Empire Strikes Back.
  • A lot of the characters that can be found in the Docks on the Citidel have costumes and colors that appear to be inspired by the Star Wars universe – such as the orange jumpsuit Luke Skywalker wears in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • If you look at the Rachni ravagers (the ones with sacs) side on, they kind of look like those Droideka robots that “roll” around in The Phantom Menace, this might be a bit of a stretch though:

ravager driodeka comparison

Mass Effect: Andromeda

  • During Liam Kosta's loyalty mission, players have to clear a Kett ship that has been taken over by pirates. While players are eliminating the pirates, they will receive some communication from the enemy bridge about the commotion. Scott Ryder makes an excuse about a weapon's malfunction and then asks the pirate, “How are you?” which is a reference to A New Hope when Han Solo and Luke Skywalker receive communication when they're on board the Death Star after defeating several Stormtroopers in a manner very similar to Ryder and Liam. when Han Solo attempts to bluff his way out (as he tends to do a lot), he uses the exact same piece of dialogue spoken by Ryder.
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