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It's not often that we revisit a recently released game on the GI Show, but with the furor over the ending to Mass Effect 3 raging throughout the Internet, we thought we should weigh in on fans' complaints about the game's ending, the recently filed FTC complaint, and BioWare's statement that it will be addressing player concerns with new content. Sitting in on this segment with host Matt Helgeson is Phil Kollar and Joe Juba, who have some strong opinions about these recent events. In the second segment, Dan Ryckert, Tim Turi, and Jeff Cork stop by to talk about a trio of new releases: Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and Ninja Gaiden 3.
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*No specific spoilers ahead (but perhaps some vague ones)*
In my own personal opinion, I hated the ending with a flaming passion. (But don't let that turn you off from my post. I am capable (and in fact longing for) intelligent discussion of the topic.) After having invested hundreds of hours, hundreds of dollars, and an untold amount of passion into this story, I was incredibly disappointed with the conclusion. What gave the Mass Effect series the potential to be great was experiencing a vast number of intricate, emotionally involving, and brilliantly unique stories within this fascinating world crafted by Bioware. What gave the the Mass Effect series the potential to be possibly the greatest ever was getting to personally craft a vast number of intricate, emotionally involving, and brilliantly unique stories within this fascinating world crafted by Bioware. It was that personal connection which made the games so powerful.
I loved the series because my choices mattered, and for the first time ever, I felt I had control of the outcome of a story. I cannot describe my intense excitement and anticipation of getting to the end of Mass Effect 3 and witnessing all of my choices culminate in the final, epic determination of the galaxy's fate. A fate which depended implicitly upon MY choices. I did not receive this. Yes, it is possible my expectations were unreasonably high, but I truly felt cheated when essentially none of the heart-breaking decisions I had agonized over turned out to matter in the least. And then, to cap it all off, we didn't even get to learn the conclusions of any of the characters or stories we had poured over for so long. For a series which prided itself on delivering these very things (and quite deservedly so until the last 10 minutes), I was left shocked of their apparent sudden and complete ignorance of all they had promised us.
As far as the Retake movement goes (which I must confess, I am a proud member of), I don't believe the criticisms of us are totally justified. There are certainly strong arguments against what our requests would mean, but I think that if there was ever a game where players can protest the developers' choices, it would be this. With Mass Effect, Bioware put an extraordinary emphasis on allowing the gamer to craft their story, and introducing a level of interactivity which had never been achieved before. More than any other game, Mass Effect was about us: the gamers. It was about our choices, our relationships, how we wanted the story to develop. Yes they created the game, but I prefer to see it more as them giving us a template, and the tools to go out and craft the story we wanted. Then, when they didn't bother to give us the tools we needed to finish it how we had always dreamed, we felt betrayed, like we had been led along for years on top of empty promises. So damn it, you may not agree with us but at least respect the pain on which this outrage is founded.
tl;dr I didn't like the ending because my choices didn't matter and I got no closure. Also, lay off Retake. Please :)
Honestly, I don't care if anyone reads this. I just needed to get it off my chest.
Like others have said, this would have been far more interesting if there was someone who didn't like the ending in the discussing, bringing up the main points of the complainants. Listening to you and then going over the posts on the forums, I keep thinking that you guys are missing the point or else are not informed (but this is spoiler-free, so it's maybe cause of that).
I really cannot understand why you people are being so dismissive of their opinions, and although do I agree that Bioware's fanbase is always vocal, their entitlement is justified, because it is not self-entitlement. Bioware presented them with an ending in a form it explicitly said it would not do. Not only that, but the ending is abysmal. I am not going to hate on people who dislike it, but there are very real issues with it.
Enjoyed the podcast guys, but I was kinda hoping to get Reiner,s thoughts on the Mass Effect 3 endings since he reviewed it before all this mess happened. Was wondering if all this changed his mind?
Excellent episode, and great choice in logo image. :P
Personally, all I want with the Mass Effect 3 ending is an epilogue.
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