With the release of Mass Effect 3 on the horizon, we wanted to take a look back at the conception of the galaxy's alien inhabitants. We spoke with Mass Effect's associate art director Matt Rhodes to talk about his inspirations and the creative process behind each of the main alien races. Check out the videos below to learn the secrets behind some of the most iconic races in gaming.

Be sure to check out our video feature on Garrus to learn about the creation of the Turians, or click on the link to our hub below to learn even more about Mass Effect 3.