Mass Effect 3: A Loose End and A Few Good Ideas

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t experienced the ending of Mass Effect 3 and wish to forestall the inevitable shock, you may want to leave.

If you have seen the finale and somehow managed to walk out satisfied, I would ask you for a hug. It’s what I need after seeing all my hopes and expectations, countless hours of gameplay, and thoughtful decision-making get shredded by the most disappointing ending in recent video game history.

Still, Mass Effect 3 is overall a fantastic game. I won’t deny it’s a worthwhile gaming experience. All the great elements are there: top-notch visuals, great combat, an engaging story and stellar voice-acting, as well as an outstanding soundtrack.

Nevertheless, instead of delivering the expected grand payoff, the last 10 minutes of the game baffle players with the most bizarre and confusing sequence in the whole Mass Effect saga. Most players, especially those who’d stuck along the series since the very beginning, were left in utter disbelief and frustration.

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Comment by Kate Lorimer on April 4, 2012 at 6:35am

(did a few edits to sort out the formatting of the text, this post thing doesent like paragraphs apparently!)

Comment by Kryptice on April 4, 2012 at 12:11pm

@Tayg I'm still feeling the aftershock of that soul-crushing and nonsensical ending. It's like you said, all our choices, all our decisions, all our emotional investment were simply wiped away. I too miss my Liara. Damn you, Bioware.

Comment by Kryptice on April 4, 2012 at 12:14pm

@Kate I bet 95% of players felt insulted by that ending, and with good reason. As I see it, nothing short of a complete rewrite of the last 20 minutes of the game can fix this franchise.

Comment by Kate Lorimer on April 5, 2012 at 11:06am
Comment by Tayg on April 5, 2012 at 11:21am

very skeptical ....

Comment by Kryptice on April 5, 2012 at 1:18pm

I am skeptical, as wwll. Bioware seems hellbent on justifying the ending of the game (the Catalyst subplot, the last three "colorful" choices to pick from.) I don't see how "more content" can make it work or bring a satisfying resolution. No idea what they are brewing, but I feel more and more disinclined to give Bioware the benefit of the doubt.

Comment by Kryptice on April 5, 2012 at 1:19pm

(as well)... Sorry, typo above

Comment by Xiarmethes on April 6, 2012 at 3:57pm

I've seen the endings... I am not satisfied... I'll hug you regardless. 

It's the least I can do other than going off on a Clark Griswold-like rampage...

 

Comment by Kryptice on April 6, 2012 at 8:33pm

@Xiarmethes Thanks for the hug!

Comment by NoisulIvone on April 6, 2012 at 11:25pm

Extended cut?

I imagine it would be something like:

http://stahss.deviantart.com/art/Mass-Effect-3-Extended-Cut-294297462

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