Mass Effect's Look Is Taken From The Terrible Final Fantasy Movie
We've demonstrated how recent sci-fi movies and shows are ripping off Mass Effect's visuals, from the architecture to the technology to the sexy robots. Thing is, Mass Effect's art director, Derek Watts, admits that the game itself borrowed a lot from an unexpected source: Final Fantasy. Ah, so which of the classic games in that series did they use as inspiration? None of them. He's talking about Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, the crappy 2001 movie which bombed so hard that it took an entire studio with it.
Columbia PicturesIt actually WAS their (first and) final fantasy.
If you can't remember any anime pretty boys, stupid hair, or ridiculous zippers in Mass Effect, that's because Spirits Within looks nothing like any Final Fantasy game. The movie takes place in a future where everyone wears very bland, functional, and militaristic uniforms. Mass Effect is set in the same type of fashion dystopia.
Columbia Pictures, Electronic ArtsSpirits Within's CG actress is probably an extra in the Sonic movie now.
And remember the soldiers from Spirits Within, with their black armor and shiny goggles? We'd honestly be shocked if you did. But here are mercenaries from Mass Effect, using almost the exact same design:
Electronic ArtsAt least Halo 3 had the decency to throw some colors in there to mask the theft.