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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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Alright. I finished my first run through of ME3 two nights ago. The ending was super "OK". I had read the posts bashing the endings, so I was prepared for the worst. Yes it could have been better, but the game itself was just "OK". The quests were a collection of disconnected outings that didn't really carry the story anywhere. Compared to the previous games in the series, it lacked anything to keep me vested in the outcome. I really had few decisions that affected the game, and there was ALOT of cinema that I was just a spectator for. There was nothing to drive the story.
Also, many of my decisions from the previous games did not carry over to the new game. I had Anderson as the councel rep in ME2. Did he get demoted?
I was very excited for the game to come out. I was out at midnight to get my copy. And I feel kinda cheated. However, I don't expect , or want, a new ending or more DLC to "fill in the blanks." Why would I expect it to be better? I will simply do what I can as a consumer. Don't buy more boiware games. At least not new. That sends a strong message.
I disliked the ending and a little confused but I won't pay to get a new ending. I might still buy their future products but this and Dragon Age 2 has made me a little wary.
Alright, I finished Mass Effect 3 a couple nights ago. I had been reading the complaints so I didn't expect much. It was better than I expected, but my issue was not with the ending. It was with most of the game. The quests seemed very disconnected and mostly unrelated. The team members were shallow and I mostly didn't care about them. No decisions I made affected the game, so I wasn't vested in the outcome of the game. Generally, it was a weaker game than either of it's predecessors.
Rather than complain, I will do what a smart consumer should do. I just won't buy any DLC or another Bioware product. At least not new.
[Spoilers: you have been warned]
All i have to say is that the ending was perfect up until after the confrontation with the Illusive man. the choices and lack of closure is all that upset me. besides i would still give the game a perfect score overall (which i did because i review games for my school paper lol)The fighting was intense! and seeing Harbinger firing at you while you run the the conduit was probably on of my favorite moments from the mass effect trilogy.
Everyone and I really mean everyone says Me3 is a great game!!!! But that end does not suit the game. Spoilers!!! I does not matter how many choices there was, 2 would be enough but the problem is the outcome.2 choices like destroy or let the reapers live would be ok if people saw the amount of outcome there was. Who joined you in the last battle would determine how earth would end up after the whole battle and how many of your allies died. I must say you guys have very little knowledge about the problems and it would have meant a lot if the guys at GI that disliked the ending would have joined you. Bioware must know the ending is crap because the first script of the end that they cut out was so much more like mass effect than the one they have. The whole mass effect series pointed to the dark energy end and in the last minute they cut it and paste a terribly artistic end.
The Care Bear Stare you suggested makes almost as much sense as the current ending(s).
It was refreshing to hear an immature conversation re: the ME3 drama. I personally loved the game and it was a hell of rollercoaster ride. The last few moments just seemed they were trying too hard to try something different at the wrong time. I have no desire to purchase anymore ME items. I have am ridden the "femshep" rollercoaster ride and am content.
I do agree it was one of the most impressive and ambitious video games of all time. But I am done (no matter what DLC developes) with ME and ready for something new and fascinating.
I don't see how Bioware releasing new content would "ruin the integrity of the game" at all. Especially as it appears that Bioware purposefully crafted a cryptic ending in hopes of generating even more DLC sales, as if they didn't already give us enough DLC troubles with Javik. Javik could totally have been included and would have been worth delaying the game to include.
When you're creating entertainment like this, it is important to get fan input. Especially a game like Mass Effect where the creators have worked very well with fans, even going so far as to make Tali and Garrus romance options (something they're fond of pointing out). Given all that, I don't see a problem with them changing here, especially given as they've upset a very large part of their fan base.
No one is advocating that Bioware or any other company should change everything for every little complaint by any fan. Obviously that would be idiotic and completely unworkable. However, when you have disappointed such a large section of your highly devoted fan base (those people you're trying to milk for more money with all that DLC), then you have to respond to them. I'm sure you could find other examples but I know that Charles Dickens changed the ending to Great Expectations when people didn't like his original ending. I also know that Infamous 2 made some changes when people reacted negatively to the "new" Cole. I would embrace that video games are an interactive medium and work with that rather then imply that developers should be able to craft whatever garbage they want, call it gold, and then I'm just supposed to sit down and go "oh yeah, this is great!", when it's not.
Finally, people are fine with a sad ending, it's not that people want some la-di-da happy happy ending, they just want an ending that provides closure. Also, how about some different endings rather then just different colored explosions? ME2 had more variety in its possible endings then ME3. Also the decisions you made during the game and during the last mission had more of an impact (i.e. upgrades or no upgrades, loyalty missions, picking specialists, etc.). All in all, Bioware should release free ending DLC and then tack it on every copy of ME3 that ships from here on out. That's the best way for them to salvage this situation and keep their customers. That's not being entitled, that's just standing up for yourself. We have to stand up for ourselves because the company won't do it for us, if we allow them to, they will fleece us.