BioWare has released a new screenshot of Mass Effect 3's James Vega.

Previously we've only seen Vega in bulky armour, but the new screenshot show's his chiselled, washboard-abs in a more relaxed t-shirt ensemble. He probably wears this when he's loafing about in the new Normandy, searching for his next protein shake fix.


Many fans are being particularly vocal about their dislike for the new character, previously known as James Saunders - was he originally intended as a possible relation to Mass Effect novel star Kahlee Sanders?

"Dear BioWare, here is a list of things you must do to Vega before the Reapers arrive on Earth: grow his hair, force him to a hair saloon [sic], get him professional skin health care help, remove that tattoo, get him friends, and leave him starve to a basement for six months. That should do it, don't you think? P.S. Mordin might have something helpful for him. He should visit Kelly as well," said commenter Vilku2.

"What is his special power 'roid rage?" added commenter ofree77.

"Enjoyed your first impressions of Vega! We have fun with our ensemble casts: chars are designed to be loved by some players but not all," said Hudson on Twitter. You people are ruining Casey Hudson's special 10,000 followers day.

Mass Effect 3 will be released March 9 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.


Presumably in the Japanese version of the game they'll have to call him M. Bison.

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