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In case you haven't heard, the Extended Cut to Mass Effect 3
came out. The DLC is supposed to clear up some lingering questions about
the final moments of the trilogy without fundamentally changing anything that
happened in the endings. Shepard's options are still the same, no matter how
much you may not have liked them. The only difference now is that you'll be
slightly less confused as to why everything happened the way it did.
This blog has been an exceptionally hard one for me to
write. In many ways, I didn't want to write it at all. Previous readers know
that I am a huge fan of the Mass Effect trilogy. It's probably my favorite
series in all of gaming, right up there with Advance Wars. It's just a
fantastic and entertaining space opera. It's sweeping and epic yet personal and
moving. The characters operate on a galactic scale, and yet your choices
resonate most deeply on personal level. The whole series is just superb. I love
And yet... I didn't love the ending. (Side note: This blog is spoiler-free)
The reasons why Mass Effect's ending was bad are numerous.
You've probably heard them all before and made up your mind. Some of you hate
the ending, others of you actually like it. I'm not going to bother trying to
change your mind. You think what you think, and it's way too late to try and
convince anybody otherwise. All I can say is that I was personally very
disappointed with the ending. It just didn't fit with the rest of the trilogy.
However, this blog won't be another entry complaining about
BioWare fumbling the ball within a few inches of the endzone. Truthfully, the
ending of the Mass Effect trilogy doesn't bother me. It is an exceptionally
terrible ending. That's for sure. However, I would argue that it doesn't
subtract from a phenomenally amazing trilogy. Should an ending really ruin an
Remember how cool this moment was?
In my opinion, no. When I think back to my time playing Mass
Effect, I feel that time was totally worth it. I loved every minute spent
wandering the halls of the Normandy
and the Citadel. Stopping Saren and the geth, recruiting allies for a suicidal
mission to the Collector base, laying it all out on the line to save Earth and
the galaxy... it's really been an incredible journey. A bad ending doesn't give
me as much closure as I'd like, but that's OK. Even if it ended on a weak note,
the trilogy as a whole was still incredibly good.
So, instead of anger and irritation, I'd like to give a warm
and heartfelt "Thank you" to BioWare. Thank you for giving us a stunning and
epic space opera. Thank you for giving us characters we honestly cared about.
Thank you for crafting a fantastic sci-fi universe compelling enough to make me
want to experience it over and over again. Thank you for making a game that
took player choice to new heights. Above all, thank you for making a trilogy
that I honestly love to play. Walking in Commander Shepard's footsteps is truly
When I booted up Mass Effect 3 for the first time, I
couldn't help but play with a wide grin across my face. That's something
special. Life and gaming can be boring and staid. BioWare, you guys made it
exciting and interesting. Even though it had an awful ending, the story of
Commander Shepard is a hell of a ride.
That's all. Just... thank you, BioWare. For everything.
Great blog man. I can agree with this. While the ending wasn't what we wanted exactly, the ride still rocked. Great way to look at it Apozem.
While I respect everyone's opinion about the ending, The Extended Cut was perfect to me. I loved that it answered the questions I had. And Hackett's closing was great.
I loved the original and extended cut endings =)
hm, well I enjoyed the synthesis ending, and the elaborated synthesis ending. the ending didn't focus much on the here and now, which irked a lot of people, the ending focused on what your actions did for millenias to come, and I think thats exactly the way it should be.
I haven't seen the new endings yet (something about not wanting to replay that whole final sequence again), but I was ok with the original ending anyway. I wasn't a big fan, but I was ok with it. So I have a feeling these would be fine for me too.
And yes, a hearty thank you to Bioware for a fabulous series, even if the ending did create some controversy. In hindsight, such controversy was inevitable, considering all the build-up to it.
One thing is for sure, Gaming studios will be hard pressed to try anything as unique and epic as the ME series. It's impossible to create the 100's of different endings It would have taken to satisfy everyone. For their trouble Bioware was boycotted, sued and picked apart by a vocal portion of their "fans". Your opinion piece even referred to the ending as "Bad", "Awful", "Terrible", "Weak", and "Disappointing". The last few hours of the trilogy I got to witness how my choices through the 3 games played out. Everytime that happened I smiled and thought how amazing that this could even be done. I along with you want to thank Bioware for creating such a wonderful universe to visit after a long day working my ass off. I hope Mr. Hudson understands that a large number of fans appreciate what his labor of love means to us. It's a lot easier being an armchair quarterback than it is being a visionary. It takes a lot of guts to stick your neck out and be the first to do something. Whether he will stick his neck out again remains to be seen (and could you really blame him if he doesn't)? I for one hope he does.
I personally liked the ending, but even if I wouldn't like it, I would still agree with what is stated here. Sure the end may not be what everyone wanted, but I think all the people who consistently complained should've stepped back and said...
"Wow, what an amazing adventure Bioware took me on. I've been across the galaxy, fought Geth, stopped Saren, beat the odds of a suicide mission, Took down multiple Reapers, the greatest foes in the galaxy, saved several races from extinction, and more. Why am I so mad about a bad ending?"
Again, I liked the ending. I was a little disappointed in the vague-ness of the characters and the plot holes. (Which is why I loved the Extended Cut, thanks for clearing up practically everything I had a problem with.) Still though, I really enjoyed the original endings, and thought that it was appropriate to end shepard's story.
Well done sir.
I love mass effect. Love them. So much I still play one and two and have gotten almost every scene. When I hit the end of mass effect three I was disappointed. I have been really into the relationship part and was hoping to see a baby quarian or asari. To see the future home of a retired commander. I was mad at first. I even liked the retake mass effect movement on Facebook. It then...I realized that maybe mass effect 4 will explain some stuff.
Anyway I was going to put mass effect aside. All three of them. Tuesday morning I awoke to try the extended cutscenes. Last time I felt nothing. You know, another game beat. But this time, idk what happened...I teared up when it showed tali putting my name on the wall of the dead....I was like, my Sheperd has died...did all this for 3 years...and saved the galaxy. Now I'm shaking for excitement for four.
I'd say the extended cut endings to Mass Effect 3 are still stupid as all hell, but at least it deserves the term "ending" and a plural form.
I am honestly not surprised in any way that so many people are still disappointed with the ending.
Fortunately there are some who understand that the series itself shouldn't be judged by the conclusion. I appreciate such a view.