There's currently a competition running over on CGHub, a big community of artists who (mostly) work in the entertainment industry. It's to design a new Mass Effect character. Some of the entries are impressive, some especially so, but there are others which will absolutely blow your socks off.

The rules are simple: "create a character that would fit into the Mass Effect universe. He or She could either be from an existing/established race from the game's universe or an undiscovered race."

What follows are some characters so detailed and interesting that it's a damn shame they're not actually the stars of an upcoming Mass Effect game, especially those with a backstory, like the mind-blowing Varro Krios up top there, the grandson of Thane and the first non-human to join the N7 program.

In addition to the Mass Effect competition, there's also one being run to design a new Dragon Age character. I'll run some of the best of those next week.

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You can see some of the best entries below, but you can check out the full selection - including very hi-res versions of the art (too big for this site to handle) - here.


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By threedsquid, aka Marthin Agusta


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By amdetweet


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By Baolong Zhang


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By Berto Souza


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By re1mon, aka Gerardo Justel


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By bs999, aka Dae Eung Lee


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By changiz, aka Christopher Parnian


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By gahpe, aka Gabriel Pereira


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By guedin, aka Nicolas Garilhe


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By iime, aka Iouri Rybalka


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By mandoo


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By Max Loegler


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By monkibase, aka Oleg Memukhin


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By mosena, aka Eduardo Mosena


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By nikitany, aka Nikita Volobuev