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After fans started online petitions, and even issued complaints to the FTC, BioWare finally spoke out about the endings to Mass Effect 3.
In a letter published from co-found Ray Muzyka last week, the studio will create "game content initiatives" that will hopefully provide fans the closure they were originally looking for.
Some feel this is justified. After all, if video games allow the creators to modify or edit their work at any point in time, why shouldn't they be allowed to? Others claim this is setting a bad precedent, saying the original vision of the creator's work should not be dictated by fans.
BioWare said it won't reveal its plans for what it's doing with the game's endings until sometime in April.
Where do you side on this matter? Feel free to discuss in the comments below. You're allowed to openly discuss story spoilers, so if you haven't finished the game yet you should probably do so first before jumping in.
I honestly think that this whole situation is ridiculous. I kinda wish Bioware wasn't going to change anything, just to show all of those petitioners that it isn't the players right to demand a different ending.
i thought is was ok but what happened to banging tali at the end man i dont want to die for the good endings just to see the reapers leave. i want to bang tali and see her homeworld man i want to see what happens to her at the end
They were great! We got to pick from either A (Destroy), B (Control), or C (Synthesis). And the best part? Lots of speculation for everyone.
But seriously... man, I dunno. I think they really dropped the ball. I'm a fan of the series but not die-hard. I got back into the series after a friend convinced me that ME2 was one of the best games he'd ever played. So I started a new game in ME1, which I had never finished, and then bought ME2. I was blown away. I stayed away from all media hype for 3 and pretty much forgot about it. Once I started playing I was enthralled. And then that ending.
I'm all for Blade Runner type endings, hell one of my favorite directors is David Lynch. I'm just not sure that type of thing has a place in Mass Effect. It was a bold move on Casey and Mac's part, I just don't think it was the right move for the series.
*posted earlier on Facebook*
Hard as it was, I managed to avoid ending spoilers and finished the game on my own this weekend past. Much to my utter and palpable disappointment.
Shepards' not-so paragon or renegade final choice aside...here's my thing: I discovered half-way through the game that multiplayer was a necessary component to getting a better overall galactic rating (and ending). Meaning, despite my earnest efforts in single player mode, I'd never have full armada readiness. Fine. So I battled an onslaught of Reapers over the last two weekends (which was cool because of the Operations in effect - freebees, bonus xp and what-not) to keep my deteriorating galactic readiness at 99%. And for what?
Did my high galactic readiness ultimately influence MY ending? No.
Was there any benefit to picking up EVERY war asset and Crucible addition to aid my fleet? No.
Was there even a mention of how these forces aided the epic space battle that I could see being waged? No.
And at the end of the day, the "From the Ashes" DLC (and Protean character), never unlocked for me despite being purchased before I even started the game. That basically added insult to injury and something I'll have to deal with IF I decide to play a second run-through - which until they release new DLC's I'll probably avoid.
That said, and I know player criticism on this subject hasn't always been gainful or constructive (even bordering on sanctimonious and whiny) but I think I can appreciate the overall sentiment now.
For every good thing each ending had there was a overkill amount of bad things.
I did the red and the blue ending, and I saw no difference between the two of them
I've "played" all three Mass Effect games. And I haven't beaten any of them. I played the second one the most as I found it the most interesting. But ultimately the series is just not for me. Luckily I didn't waste too much money on them. I bought the first game for $5 on Steam. The second game a friend sold to me for $10. And the third game I simply borrowed from a friend because I had a feeling I was going to hate it just like the other two.
I can tell the games have a very intriguing universe which is why I want to like the games, but I just can't get past (in my opinion) the weak combat system, the stiff character animations, and some extremely bad pacing moments where you have little to no action in the game for hours at a time.
But I did go on Youtube and looked up some of the endings to all three games. And while it may not have been the most proper way to discover the story (especially in the eyes of all the hardcore fans) I must say that I am glad I didn't invest any more time into the series than I already have because I would have been just as disappointed as most of these other people are.
However, I would never have requested Bioware to change the ending because I believe strongly in artistic integrity.
I like the ending as long as the indoctrination theory is true. The only negative is that lack of closure. If the indoctrination theory is true, then the reapers have not been defeated, therefore Commander Shepard's story is not over.
I thought the endings were alright. The actual plot of what was going on was good, but it was executed poorly. They needed an "investigate" option to add a little clarity to what was going on. Also, another 2 minute cutscene afterwards that showed what happened to the races (not even necessarily the characters) after the synthesis. All they really showed was joker, EDI (who got hit by the reaper laser?), and Ashley. What happened to everyone else in the battle? There just wasn't enough there.
I dug the ending, along with everything leading up to it (i.e. the whole game).
Possibly a top 5 entry for my best games of this generation.
I only chose the green ending so far, but I think that Bioware should add to the ending and not change them outright. Artistic ownership is much more important than satisfying a small group of loud, entitled gamers.
I thought it was alright. Certainly not as bad as some people make it out to be, but I can definitely understand the problems; especially the plot holes. I do like all of the theories that came out of it though, and it's fun to discuss.
Personally didn't like would like to see some clarification. But if Bioware doesn't want to change it is ultimately their decision