Mass Effect 2 Squadmates – My Analysis

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Much like my previous post about the Mass Effect squadmates, this post will detail my thoughts and opinions on the squadmates featured in Mass Effect 2. Mass Effect 2 introduces a handful of new characters while also bring back a couple of characters from the first game. These characters are all individual, no two are exactly alike, and that is one of the best things about characters in the Mass Effect series. I really love the variety available in Mass Effect 2 when it comes to friends aboard the Normandy SR-2. There are a total of 13 individual sqaudmates aboard the Normandy SR-2 who are available to bring into combat alongside Commander Shepard.

In this post I will be sharing my opinions on each squadmate, including my likes and/or dislikes as well as how useful I find them in general. They are in no particular order, just a general list. Oh, one more thing, there are spoilers for each character below so if you haven’t played Mass Effect 2 yet then read at your own risk.

Miranda Lawson

"If we lose Shepard, humanity might well follow."

“If we lose Shepard, humanity might well follow.”

Miranda Lawson is one of the first people Shepard meets in the game. She is beautiful but like the viper, she has a deadly kick to her. Miranda in a Cerberus operative who has been genetically engineered to be the epitome of human perfection. Everything about her from her biotic prowess to her appearance were designed before her birth. Her story is a bit sad since her father is a huge jerk and she doesn’t have a mother. Her father never showed any signs or approval or pride in his child and treated her like more of an asset than an actual person. What I like about her in the depth of character. She comes off as a stuck up bitch early in the game but once you learn about all that she went through growing up, knowing that she has always been mostly alone and had a terrible “father” to watch over her, I started to feel sympathy for her. She’s a good person and while she may seem cocky she is really just as human as everyone else. She’s great to bring into combat because she is biotically efficient and a great shot. Miranda is pretty much perfect, obviously, and while her ‘assets’ are one of the most talked about things in the gaming community I find her to be more than that – to be a substantial friend.

Jacob Taylor:

"When I first saw you, you were nothing but meat and tubes. Anywhere else, they'd have put you in a coffin."

“When I first saw you, you were nothing but meat and tubes. Anywhere else, they’d have put you in a coffin.”

Jacob Taylor is another one of the first characters you meet in Mass Effect 2. He is another Cerberus officer, though he has a less than interesting backstory. He used to be part of the Alliance but felt like he was being held back so he joined up with Cerberus to serve humanity with fewer restrictions. That’s pretty much it. He’s rather boring and mundane, and I don’t really understand his purpose in the game. Regardless, he is decent in combat and combines biotics and weaponry to become efficient. He seems to only be around to be a romantic interest for a female Shepard and so that Miranda isn’t the only Cerberus officer aboard the Normandy SR-2. That’s really all I have to say about this one… Moving on.

"I am pure Krogan, you should be in awe."

“I am pure Krogan, you should be in awe.”

Grunt is the resident Krogan ally aboard the Normandy SR-2. In a way, he takes the place of Wrex for the time being, but they are both very different. Grunt was a vat-grown Krogan created by Warlord Orkeer. He was created with the intent of curing the genophage that plagues the Krogan race, restricting them from breeding, which makes him the perfect Krogan, genetically. Though he lacked a proper upbringing and is therefore violent and unpredictable, he follows Shepard into battle because he finds him/her a worthy commander and he is definitely a powerful ally. His loyalty mission leads you to Wrex, now a clan leader on Tuchanka. Seeing the two of them together is fantastic. Much like Wrex, Grunt mixes biotics with brutal combat. The use of shotguns is key, but he also likes to headbutt and smash his enemies physically. I like to bring him along on mission in which I will be fighting in close quarters since he is like a bulldozer of strength and power. I have said it before and met with some resistance, but I tend to prefer Grunt to Wrex as a character. While I love Wrex, I just find Grunt to be more dynamic. It’s hard to choose just one Krogan to love though, they are both absolutely awesome.

Jack (Subject Zero):

"Mess with someone's head enough, you can turn a scared little kid into an all powerful bitch."

“Mess with someone’s head enough, you can turn a scared little kid into an all-powerful bitch.”

I love Jack, she is such a multidimensional character. Jack was abducted by Cerberus at the age of 4 and imprisoned in a facility that was intended to bring out her biotic potential. It was not some kind of summer camp though, and Jack was tortured and segregated throughout most of her life there. Cerberus cared about her more than the other children in the facility, using them to for experimentation before applying a test on Jack. She eventually broke free and has been on the run ever since, hanging out with the wrong crowd, acquiring a plethora of tattoos and bounties, and eventually getting herself imprisoned which is where Shepard comes in. She is really messed up, mentally, though oddly enough she manages to keep it together which causes me to see her as a strong-minded individual. At first, she is stone cold bitch, shoving Shepard away and acting like she doesn’t care about anyone or anything. As you wear her down through conversation and show that Shepard is interested in getting to know her, she softens up and talks about painful memories and whatnot. She is still that scared little girl on the inside and pretty soon she becomes a very good friend and squadmate. In battle, she is all biotics. She is a good conversationalist on missions as well, so when when I need some funny comments or badassery I take her along for the ride.

Mordin Solus:

"I am the very model of a scientist Salarian!"

“I am the very model of a scientist Salarian!”

Mordin is a fun character, and he really seems to be a fan favorite. I find him to be appropriately worthwhile, badass, and humorous at all the right times. Mordin is a Salarian scientist who previously worked with the Special Tasks Group and has studied the genophage that is currently ravaging the Krogan race. Shepard finds Mordin on Omega, tending to those affected by a plague that is killing many aliens in one of the slums. As a doctor, he takes it upon himself to treat the sick and personally ward off any enemies. Mordin is the most kick ass Salarian in the entire series. Nothing out there is quite like him. One of the things I love about Mordin is that he is practical. I feel like I can always count on him to either make me laugh, tell me something interesting, or tell me exactly what is going on. I really love the way he talks, too. It’s a very logical form of speech that does away with unnecessary words and phrases. It’s unique and sets him apart from everyone else.  I think Mordin is a good friend and a great squadmate. I love to take him along for the ride when I need a tech specialist.

Samara

Samara

“Find peace in the embrace of the Goddess.”

Samara is an Asari Justicar which seems to put her at around 500 to 600 years old. She’s lived through the Maiden stage in which she explored the galaxy and had some kids and whatnot, now she lives by the code – meaning she gets to kick ass and chew bubblegum for a living. If you looked up class in the dictionary, I’m sure her image would be next to it. Samara is majestic, mysterious, and beautiful. For her loyalty mission Samara asks Shepard to help her hunt down her daughter so that she can kill her. That’s right, she wants to kill her own daughter. To be fair, her daughter is a murderer use uses sex to basically melt the person’s mind which causes them to die, but hey it’s still her daughter. In this mission you see that she has a little more emotion than she let’s on and that she is also a tormented soul. Regardless, she is a beast in combat. She can use a gun well and also annihilate with her biotics. She is more than just a sexy blue temptress with cleavage that wont quit, she is a strong and independent woman who isn’t afraid to get her hands a little dirty. I don’t think that Samara can replace Liara in my crew, but she is a good substitute in Liara’s absence.

Thane Krios

"Killing is an art, and I am a master."

“Killing is an art, and I am a master.”

Oh Thane, why are you such an amazing character? Thane is a Drell, a race saved by the Hanar, and an assassin. At the age of 6 he was given over to the Hanar for training as an assassin, a great honor among his people. He is a cold hard killer, but he also has a soft side and a deep backstory. He is terminally ill with Keplar Syndrome though, meaning that he is slowly dying. While earning his loyalty, Shepard gets to meet Thane’s son Kolyat. This showed me that while he may be a killer, he is also a family man. He cares a lot about his son and realizes his mistakes in raising him. Like Samara, Thane is very mysterious. In time, he opens up to Shepard but even then I never felt like I really knew everything about him. He is a romance option for female Shepard’s and it was a hard choice between him and Garrus for me. Obviously Garrus won, but some part of me always find Thane to be so intriguing. On the battlefield he shows true prowess with a sniper rifle and biotic abilities. He is like a biotic ninja, ready to sneak in to any area without being seen and take out his enemies in the blink of an eye.

Kasumi Goto

"Keiji could crack this in his sleep, and I am better."

“Keiji could crack this in his sleep, and I am better.”

Speaking of mystery, next on my list is Kasumi Goto. Kasumi is a DLC squadmate who is optional, but if you acquire her you will have no choice but to fall in love with her. She is quirky, funny, confident, cocky, and stunning. She is a master thief and brilliant at anything that requires stealth and finesse. Not a whole lot is known about Kasumi other than that she is a professional thief, but she does offer plenty of insight about all those on-board the Normandy SR-2. If Shepard heads over to chat with her she will definitely enlighten you on the happenings of the ship. She is a fun character, one of my favorite things about her is her personality. Kasumi is always bright and cheerful, she rarely says anything negative, and for that I always appreciate her company. She is a unique companion in battle, utilizing an infiltrator skill build she is able to be a shining example of stealth with deadly precision. I’m personally sad that I didn’t download the DLC that gives you Kasumi earlier than I did, she’s a very worthwhile squadmate.

Garrus Vakarian:

"Some women find facial scars attractive; mind you, most of those women are Krogan."

“Some women find facial scars attractive. Mind you, most of those women are Krogan.”

Garrus is back and better than ever, calibrating like a professional and showing off his reach. I talked a good deal about Garrus in the Mass Effect squadmate article, so this will be a bit short. I’ve already gone over my admiration of his skills on the battlefield, and how he is my right hand man. In Mass Effect 2 Garrus is a romance option for female Shepard’s, as soon as I learned this I jumped aboard the Vakarian ship and set sail down the tunnel of love. Not only is he my favorite character in the entire series, but now he can be Shepard’s boyfriend? Sweet! What I love about having him as a romance partner is that he is sweet, caring, and awkward. It reminds me a lot of myself to be honest. In fact, Garrus reminds me a lot of myself in general. We share a lot of interests and qualities, which is probably why I like him so much. Garrus is a beast in Mass Effect 2 – he takes a missile to the face and lives to tell the tale then he get’s it on with Shepard, what a lucky guy!

Tali’Zorah Vas Normandy:

"Go get 'em, Chiktikka! Good girl."

“Go get ’em, Chiktikka! Good girl.”

Tali is back in Mass Effect 2 as well, and she is just as sweet as ever. After the destruction of the Normandy SR-1, Tali went back to the Quarian fleet and served about the Neema. There she because a very respected member of the Quarian race and even earned a new enviro-suit that symbolizes her transition into adulthood. She eventually signs on aboard the Normandy SR-2 after meeting up with Shepard on a mission. She has some unfinished business to attend to first, of course, but she does come back aboard the ship as a viable squadmate. Tali is one of my favorite characters in the Mass Effect series because she is such an outstanding, loyal friend to Shepard. I always imagine her as Shepard’s best girl friend, if we weren’t out saving the galaxy from the Reapers we would be out clubbing and shopping. I love bringing Tali with me on missions because she is a delight in conversation, but she is also very talented in combat. She’s very intelligent and very skilled, keeping enemies on their toes before killing them with her tech abilities. Tali is a sweetheart and friend, but will also cover your ass in battle and for that I will always adore her.

Zaeed Massani:

"Rage is a hell of an anesthetic."

“Rage is a hell of an anesthetic.”

Zaeed, like Kasumi, is a DLC character. He is not a requirement but he is a helpful hand on the ship. He is a tad too full of rage for my taste, but I can appreciate his character. Zaeed is a notoriously dangerous bounty hunter and mercenary soldier, fear across the galaxy for his violent tendencies. He co-founded the Blue Suns as well, which is kind of scary. Oh, and he has survived a shot to the head. He is an interesting fellow, to say the least. He really only joins up with Shepard for the paycheck, and honestly he never changes his mind about that. He isn’t one of those “I’ve learned what friendship truly means” kind of characters, he just takes his paycheck and splits after the game. I can take or leave Zaeed, I appreciate that he is a badass and a savage in combat, but as a character he never really shows any interest or consideration and that makes me uneasy. I never really take him places, but when I do he is pretty fun to have around. I think Garrus is better though…

Legion:

"We do not comprehend the organic fascination of self-poisoning, auditory damage and sexually transmitted disease."

“Shepard-Commander”

Legion is regrettably one of the last characters you pick up before the game is over. I mean, you literally can’t get him until the second to last mission in the game, which sucks because he is awesome. Legion is a Geth who is part of a group of Geth that oppose the Reapers, or “Old Machines”. He idolizes Shepard, wearing his/her old armor over places on his body in which damage has been taken. Unlike other Geth, Legion has the ability to speak and interact with organic beings, making him unique. At first trusting a Geth feels odd, but once you get to know him Legion is a pleasure to be around. He is an infiltrator, like Kasumi, and specializes in stealth combat with sniper rifles. Over the short time with him in Mass Effect 2 we learn a lot about him, but still not enough. I still wish that he was found sooner in the game so that I could have spent more time with him, but oh well – there’s always Mass Effect 3.

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As you can see, there are tons of squadmates in Mass Effect 2, choosing only 2 to accompany you on each mission is insanely difficult. I usually always pick Garrus, so that second pick is like a scene from Sophie’s Choice. I hope you enjoyed reading through my thought on each Mass Effect 2 squadmate, but I’m done writing about them for now, so what are some of your thoughts? Who’s your favorite and who could you do without? Be sure to share in the comment section below! Oh, and before you go, what should I do for my the Mass Effect 3 analysis? Since a lot of the characters are repeats, should I go about it in a different way or just keep this format? Be sure to let me know what you think!

6 thoughts on “Mass Effect 2 Squadmates – My Analysis

  1. I definitely understand having a hard time choosing who to take with you on missions. I think I spend a good minute or two on the selection screen, choosing mainly Garrus (since Kaidan is absent in Mass Effect 2), but having the worst time choosing my final squad mate. They are all interesting characters in their own way.

    Jacob isn’t a bad guy, but he is a bit bland. He didn’t capture my interest much. I did love Kasumi and Samara. What’s great about these new characters is how layered their personalities really are, other than what you see on the surface alone. If you don’t spend the time to get to know these characters, you really won’t know where they are coming from and what drives them as a person or alien.

    I like the current format for your Mass Effect character analysis. I say, stick to this current format! 🙂

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    • Yea, Jacob isn’t awful but he is super boring and therefore the worst of the bunch to get to know. You’re right though, everyone is so multidimensional and unique in this game. It’s really a great aspect.

      Thanks for the input! I think I will stick with the current format but focus more on character development and whatnot 🙂

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    • Really my one thing I have to say is this:

      Looking at the crew of the Normandy SR-2 I remember that several crew members have deep psychological problems and compared to people like Jack or Samara, Jacob is a bit bland… until you take a closer look at why he is there. Jacob has almost no psychological problems and after his loyalty mission, he was totally unconcerned with anything but the mission and being a friend to Shep.

      Jacob was put there as a stabilizing element. A solid presence. Wow. Fridge. Brilliance.

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  2. It is hard to choose squad mates because they’re all so fantastic! In ME2, I typically roll with Garrus and either Thane or Jack. But I love bringing Tali, Kasumi, and Mordin along too!

    I love your assessment of Jack. She is one of my top 5 characters in the Mass Effect series, and like you said, she brings a lot of humor and badassery to missions and conversation. It’s interesting that underneath her tough facade, she can still seem like a sacred kid at times. And I love the direction they took with her character in ME3 with the biotics school, it was such a great fit for her!

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    • Wow, you basically just described my squadmate choices! I always take Garrus, and usually a biotic like Jack or Thane with the occasional Mordin, Miranda, Kasumi or Tali swap out! Haha

      I agree, Jack is one of my favorite characters in the series. I feel like she is so misunderstood by a lot of people which sucks because she is really awesome! I also love what they did with her in ME3, it was so fitting and seeing how she matured and became more responsible was really cool.

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