SPOILER WARNING: Do not read this blog if you care about being told the ending.
I loved this game, as you’ll know if you read my blog, First Impressions – ME3. Every second was filled with a new choice, a new option, a new way to shape MY Mass Effect game. Yes, MY game. When you talk about ME 1, 2, or 3, you’ll see gamers tag “my” to the character names: “my Shepard, my Tali, my Kaiden, my Wrex.” We do this because up until the last ten minutes of this game, everything that’s taken place varies from one player to the next. My Tali and Garus hooked up, much to the shock and surprise of another ME3 player and that’s just one example of a very, very small difference.
If you follow me on twitter, you know how angry I was about the ending to this game. I’m still angry – seething, really – that I didn’t get a conclusion to my game; that the options I was given were nothing my Shepard would have ever picked, let alone ran towards in the end. Then I got in an argument with a guy who said the ending was amazing and we should stop bitching (by we I mean the 50,000 people who took a poll on EA’s Origin forums to say we hated the ending and want a better one). This blog is for you guys, for the ones who don’t get why we’re upset, why Child’s Play has raised a donation of over $45,000 in an effort to get Bioware to change the ending, and who think we need to grow up and get over it.
First I’d like to show you a little video. We were promised in interview after interview that this game, like its two predecessors, would give us massively different endings that we had shaped over the last five years of playing this franchise. Liars! And here’s the proof:
Well! Wasn’t that DIFFERENT. When I first saw the fleets I had amassed against the Reapers, I had a silly thought: it’s not the galaxy vs. the Reapers, it’s a battle of red lights vs. blue lights! God was I very right and I wish I wasn’t.
The epic scale of every battle, every little trip to a planet had seemed to promise me something better, something good for all the work I was doing, or at the very least, something that was MINE. I can’t give the reasons why these endings suck donkey dick better than Ross Lincoln, in his post on Game Front. If you haven’t clicked my multitude of other links, click this one. Lincoln is brilliant in his ability to show all of the reasons why fans are upset, and then he proves why they’re not whiny little children who just need a hug.
And yet, I still have to give this game four screaming Jan cats out of five. Even though the ending required me to purchase a new controller for my Xbox, I still loved the rest of the game. Every moment leading up to that last interaction with the child AI and the ten minute cut scene was a battle I will fight again from the beginning of ME1. Just don’t expect me to believe this was the ending of The Shepard and MY crew; it wasn’t, no matter what Bioware says.