Again, oh so many [Spoiler Warnings]....
I finished the game (hooray and yay for me), but just like Titus from FF10, “this is my story”, and it's one that is very strange indeed. The ending that I received left me with a bit of a mystery. So I’m thinking that my game play variables may have had something to do with the results I got.
To start with;
- I was using the Xbox360.
- I can tell you that I didn't sign-up with EA's online Cerberus (whatever), at all.
- I didn't download the free armor that you get when I pre-ordered the game.
So to start with, none of those things were present, as I played through ME2. I do believe there was a patch update, but that was automatically installed when I turned the Xbox on to play the second day (Feb 28th, 2010).
Why didn't I download.... X, Y, Z? Well, I wasn't trying to avoid it purposely. It just sort of happened that way. Like everything in my life, I 'did' mean to get around to it, but I just tore through the game and the next thing I knew, it was over. So, what where my choices? Who did I sleep with? And what happened at the end of my story? Drum roll please....
- I played Shepard as a man.
- I imported him over from Mass Effect 1.
- Jack Shepard.
- Soldier Class.
- Face and body type, I kept all the same. (Why would I changes this? He's hot.)
- Level 49.
Also: In the last game:
- I went for Liara, the Asari.
- I sent Ashley on the suicide mission.
- I didn't rescue the Council. (I will explain this later.)
- I didn't shot Rex.
Game starts. Now as I explained in part 1, Shepard starts off pretty down graded at the beginning of this game, and that status doesn't really get much better. So, winning and saving the galaxy doesn't automatically bring you back to some glorious hero statues. No. Because of the location of the enemy ship and the cover-up by the new HUMAN run Citadel Council nobody will know whether you'll lived or died. However, they’d know instantly if you failed.
For a love interest.... it sure the hell wasn't Miranda. No f*king way, and if there was a renegade option to smack her in her lying mouth I would have done it. (*read part 3 for my views on this subject)
I seriously considered pursuing Tali, because she's pretty cool. But having to make-out in space suits was just a little too weird for me. Next on the list was Jacob, but there is no "gay" option in this game as a man. So I went with Jack, who really isn't as bad as all that. What happened to her was pretty f*ked up, and you have to do what you have to do to survive. Yes, she has a big mouth, quite violent, and angry (kindred spirit really), but she's NOT a liar (unlike Miranda). Jack is putting it all out there, so what you see is what you get. If you dig a little deeper you can see that she's still a scared kid who wants to put all that mess behind her, so you gotta respect that at least.
Ironically, both Miranda and Jack are very similar in what they both went through in order to have such strong biotic powers. The only difference is that one came from money and the other was an orphan, or torn away from her mother at a very young age. Both women were not able to live normal lives, and they both were mentally and physically abused. Making a kid go though that much plastic surgery is kinda f*ked-up, which is why Miranda may look like a plastic "Barbie Doll". But out of the two of them, Jack is actually less fucked up then Miranda. As strange as that sounds.
(Oh yeah... and I DID sleep with Kelly, the pretty red haired girl. You know, the flirty secretary chick? I was being so bad. I just wanted to flirt with her, and I wanted to see "Commander Hottie" flirt with her. I didn't think she'd go for it. Oops. Jack didn't seem to care about that. To Jack; someone who is being nice to her and not an asshole, is consider foreplay in Jack's world. She seemed to be cool with it.)
Anyway, continuing. I had gotten everyone’s loyalty, except Miranda, which at that point I did not care what happened to her. We had gotten through the Omega 4 Relay, to attack the collector ship. After a long, exciting cut scene. Jacob volunteered to unlock the doors on the collector ship. I wanted to send Miranda. That way if something happened, I could prune the dead weight. But of course there was no option to send her. So I sent Jacob, because he volunteered. He got the job done, but Jacob was killed during fight as we tried to escape. Shot through the head, he died instantly. I was upset about that. I liked him. Better then the girls really.
Once we found the Normandy's missing crew members I made sure to send Tali back to the ship, despite Miranda's cold hearted suggestion that we should just leave the injured crew members to die, or worse, let them fend for themselves. Wow. Just, wow honey *rolls-eyes*. Anyway, I sent Tali with them for 2 reasons; I didn't want Tali to get hurt, and I knew she'd get the crew back safely to the ship.
I took with me for the final battle the Asari Justcar, because she was the most powerful Biotic user, and Grunt, because he's a Krogen, and straight up crazy. The people I left under Garrus's Leadership
- The Salarian Doctor
- The Assassin
- Legion the Geth robot
We pretty much cleaned house. When it came time to make a decision about whether or not to blow-up this technology, once it became clear what the Illusive Man was actually after, I told him to get stuffed. "I'm blowing this place up, because NO ONE should have this technology.... especially not YOU"
Everything happened so fast, the bomb was going off and we still had to get out of there. I had ordered everyone back to the ship. "Get back on board the Normandy, and the 3 of us will catch up behind you. Move out!"
As we come running around the bend from the teams last know position I see that they're all gone. I also turn to see Miranda lying on the ground dead. "Um... OK."
Well, I'm not exactly crying a river, but how exactly did she end up dead? "Did one of YOU's shoot her? Was she getting on somebody else’s nerves, besides mine?"
Well... can sort out who shot Miranda once we're back on the ship and out of danger.
With the rest of the team back on board, we take off. Enemy ship destroyed. Galaxy saved once again. After an ugly screaming, ‘fuck you’, conversation with the Illusive Man, mostly me telling him that, "I'm not your lapdog anymore so piss off, and I'm stealing your ship.... sucks to be you.... haha!"
So at the end of this, I am left with all the Cerberus people dead. On the run from a very Mad Illusive Man, who I'm sure is not going to just sit back and watch me joy ride around the galaxy in HIS stolen ship. He was paying the bills so I have NO WAY of paying the crew, paying for fuel or food. And I'm sure he's not too happy about Miranda being dead, and no one owning up to who actually shot her.
My first conclusion was, Jack shot Miranda. I mean, they were such good friends and all. (sarcasm) Calling her 'bitch' every 5 minutes was just Jack's loving term of endearment. Next, I thought maybe it was ‘The Assassin’. Maybe Miranda said something that pissed everyone off, as she often does. The Assassin is so quick, he could have easily killed her without anyone being aware of it. Nobody liked her. Jacob was the only one who did. With Jacob gone, the rest of them had no reason to stop the Assassin, or said a word about it, and they haven't.
I talked to every single person, twice, and they all acted like we never went on the mission. It could have been the Illusive Man, but why would he do that? That was his girl, she was with him since age of 15. Without Miranda, The Illusive Man would have no way of keeping tabs on me. His snitch would be gone.
So... who shot Miranda? It's a mystery. A small one, since no one will own up to it.