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Please tell me you didn't get surprised by the similarity between Mass Effect and other Sci-Fi shows, art pieces and other games.

where do I start ?
The main Character ? From Star Gate, I know it's a very popular name but this is the exact same name (the default one) wiki
Liara T'Soni - the Asari? From Farscape - farscape wiki
Joker? from The Matrix Tank
The Citadel - Syd Mead
Prothean? Star Craft Protoss
The geth? BSG?
the cycle? BSG?
XO pressly? BSG?
fighting an ancient alien race? Halo ?
and I'm sure I missed more,

But with all that, Mass effect have a cool unique story in a way, which is why I Love this game, I played the trilogy couple times and it's really one of the best games out there.
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It's a sci-fi RPG, it's gonna be derivative. Surprised, no. Bothered, hell no.
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I've never watched those shows, but Joker isn't like Tank lol. Wouldn't surprise me if it borrows from Sci-Fi shows and films, but Mass Effect was one of the most original games in a long time due to its storytelling and character development. It really elevated those to new levels, and still only very few games are that good on either account (only Dragon Age and The Walking Dead).
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