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My take on the Mass Effect 3 endings debacle

I saw this coming a long time ago. Mass effect 1 sounded like the perfect game to me. Big , open galaxy space opera where your choices matter so much and it carries on to the next game!! Bliss!!

Yet three quarters through ME1 I began to smell a rat. My suspicions only grew as I continued to play till I got to a point where I simply couldn't be bothered to finish the game even though I was right at the final confrontation. Watching the endings to Mass effect 1 online confirmed my fears.

The whole ending was just one big 'But Thou Must!" scenario. A choice that's not really a choice at all. This was Bioware's bus and it's gonna stop where Bioware says it stops regardless of player input.

In other words, a big fucking waste of time.

Your choices meant *nothing* in the end and this trend carried through to ME2 and ME3. Sure there were plenty of little details that you could effect, but the big picture? The only outcome that truly mattered? Written in stone.

For a series of games supposedly so reliant on player choice affecting outcomes, the ending to ME3 was the final kick in the teeth. Your only 'choice' was how badly you wanted to screw the galaxy. Everything you've done over the last 3 games means diddly dick.

Yes, it's bioware's vision on how the game should end and like any artist, writer or producer it's their say on how it ends. To that effect, they gave the fat middle finger to everyone who invested time in the series as the 'endings' all have essentially the exact same outcome.

Nothing done at any juncture over the last 3 games to prevent the 'apocalypse' had any meaning to it beyond proving the futility of the struggle and it became blatantly apparent with the endings to ME3.

So basically all three games, all the time and hours invested in it by players, heck the series as a whole is absolutely pointless and even if people don't directly realize it, that's the nagging feeling they get.

No wonder folk are upset.
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Added: 7 years, 4 months ago
7 years, 4 months ago
One customer declared false advertising and took it to the FTC.

Most see it as whining needlessly, but if paying customers where promised one thing (choices having an effect on the ending, or a free copy of BF3 even, a whole other debacle)  And not given it.  (points to the focks argument, and people not ever getting free bf3), I'd personally say that counts as false advertising.

In slightly unrelated news, EA appears to be breaking some communications law in the UK.  Can anyone else say "crash and burn" because I personally think EA will if they keep this crap up.

Which is kinda sad, EA used to make and publish some awesome games but....they may well be the engineers of their own downfall....
7 years, 4 months ago
The big two,  EA and Activision are buying up studios and brands left and right and ruining everything they touch in the name of the almighty dollar.  Methinks I see another video games crash lurking just beyond the horizon.
7 years, 4 months ago
My big problem with the game was that all the choices we made throughout the entire series came to nothing. And I mean, they came to nothing BEFORE the big conclusive ending. I'm not one of those people who think "The game was great until the last 10 minutes", I think it was fundamentally flawed throughout.
7 years, 4 months ago
Yep.  Exactly.  It might have been a great game , but for something that was lauded as being choice driven, finding out all those choices were ultimately worthless was a kick in the balls.
7 years, 4 months ago
Example - the blue suns/eclipse/bloods. I went all around the citadel to recruit those guys. And at the battle, did we even see them? No. All they came to was additional numbers on the stats. All the alliances you make in this game and the previous ones, all they boil down to is numbers on stats. Would it have been so hard to animate an fmv wherein they appear, either holding the line against reaper troops, or our own troops being cut down on account of their absence?

The ending was just the ultimate expression of that lack of choice - the flaws ran much deeper than just 'choose one of three doors'.

Also, re-uploading my stuff next week.
7 years, 4 months ago
I watched all 3 ending cutscenes and it was basically identical save for different colored energy.  Bleah.
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