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Some fans aren't exactly happy with the way Mass Effect 3 ended. Numerous online petitions were even started asking the developer to change the endings. But BioWare says it wanted fans to have discussions about their meaning.
"I didn’t want the game to be forgettable, and even right down to the sort of polarizing reaction that the ends have had with people–debating what the endings mean and what’s going to happen next, and what situation are the characters left in," explained executive producer Casey Hudson in an interview with Digital Trends. "That to me is part of what’s exciting about this story.
"There has always been a little bit of mystery there and a little bit of interpretation, and it’s a story that people can talk about after the fact."
Casey was also asked to respond to fans that were unhappy with the day one downloadable content From Ashes.
"We chose to work on a DLC which people really enjoyed for Mass Effect 2 and we also wanted to make sure that people had it as an opportunity to build it into their first play-through if they wanted that as an optional thing," he said. "That’s what they did and now that people have played it they can see that, yes, it was optional versus the way it was initially spun by some people on the Internet."
[Source: Digital Trends]
The main reason we are upset is because the developers said everything will come to closure, but the ending just left us with more questions. Some of us just arent satisfied with that ending cause somethings about it just didnt make sense...... SPOILERS AHEAD..........
How did Anderson get ahead of Shepard when he said he went into the beam after him? And why couldnt we choose to use all those freaking assets we work hard trying to get instead of those three choices we got. What the hell happened to my crew and Grunt, Jacob, Ashley, ect... And those are just some question people are left with. We played this game cause we wanted answers to the decisions we made in the previous game and this one. Its just disappointing to us hardcore fans.
So they're pretty much saying that they made the endings terrible so that the game will be remembered? Sure, it's way easier to do that than say...throw in a bunch of little cutscenes to acknowledge the decisions you made during the final battle, but I guess terrible endings is a good way to be remembered too.
Sorry but the ending is full of plot holes. W/out playing multiplayer it's impossible to get the "perfect ending" or whatever they are calling it which I won't spoil but seriously who cares at this point. And regardless of what they say the "actual military strength meter" is the only thing your choices over three games affect.
You will have no idea if multiple star systems explode, who lives, why the normandy flee's, how anyone got back on the ship etc.
The ending is bad. This was my favorite series and I never had anything but nit picky uber fan critiques before this. The ending is flat out bad, awful even.
They could have did so much more and incorporated Shepard's decisions better. If you were paragon all the way it should have just killed the reapers and had a happily ever after ending. Or maybe if you were a balance between paragon and renegade you have reapers dead and mass relays gone, good ending but not mind-numbing happy. Then a renegade ending with Shepard being the only person allowed to live while he lets the reapers continue their genocide. Maybe even a few more endings with various degrees of difference. Sorry for all this text but the ending really bummed me out.
Title should read "BioWare acknowledges that they are not listening to fans."
Personally, I loved the ending, a great way to end one of the best video game series of all time.
I just beat the game and I have to say I am so disappointed. For me personally, I felt cheated. NOTHING I did mattered at all, all the endings are essentially the same. All the choices that Bioware said would make an impact really didn't. I get that they didn't want to have a "normal" ending but hell, at least give endings that actually reflect what we've done the entire series. It's a damn shame Bioware thought this was a good idea to have "unforgettable" endings when they've done just the opposite and made them completely forgettable.
Even with the crazy ending.... I'm still up for making Mass Effect 3 the game of the year. The graphics, the music, the emotion, the amazing relationships you have with the characters, the fights...nothing like it. It is without a doubt the best game I've ever played, and it's well deserving of it's GI rating of 10/10. Bioware are geniuses, and I know that they wanted to make it memorable, so I'm hoping for something a little more. I've had the shock worn off now, and have accepted that I can't have human/turian mutant babies with Garrus. But I'm positive this isn't the end. Don't hate, it's just an opinion.