Mass Effect 3: Tali’s Face Decision Explained
As if the Mass Effect 3 endings were not dissapointing enough, fans faced (no pun intended) yet more disappointment when it was discovered BioWare had used a stock photo for the grand unveiling of Tali’s face. The stock image was taken from Getty Images and was actually a fairly crudely photoshopped Miss England from 2005.
Obviously this poured salt into the already raw wounds of fans who expected better from BioWare. Speaking at PAX East Mike Gamble was faced with questions regarding BioWare’s decision to use the stock photograph for Tali’s face. He told the audience that BioWare often use a photo reference for it’s faces. Fem Shepard, Liara, Miranda, and Samara’s face are all referenced from real women. Gamble stated that BioWare often use source art for many aspects of the game. Using real photography adds a layer of fidelity and ensures the colours are right.
However the question is whether or not people really object to BioWare using a stock photo for photo-reference or whether or not it is the perceived lack of effort on the side of BioWare. Whether or not she is based on a real woman, Liara looks very much like an Asari. Unmistakable. Tali’Zorah should look like a Quarian, but the image in Commander Shepard’s quarters still looks like a badly photo-shopped human. If you are still seething from the issue of Tali’s face you can bleach your eyes with some of this awesome fan art featuring everybody’s favourite Quarian, and her unmistakably beautiful face.