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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.