It goes without saying that the Mass Effect 3 has generated quite a bit of buzz around the net. Gamefront has written about it, Bioware has stated they're going to talk about it, but most importantly -- you, the community, weighed in on it, and the response was overwhelming.
Some of you have played the series since the beginning, nearly five years ago. Some of you are casual fans, and some of you weighed in on the situation as a non-fan. Whatever the case, I've gathered a number of comments below -- so without further ado, this is what you thought of the ending to Mass Effect 3.
Of course, spoilers are going to be abound in the comments -- continue reading or click at your own risk.
First off, I want to say that this Mass Effect 3 ending discussion has garnered some of the best responses I've ever seen in any video game related topic. Like any heated issue, there was some name calling, but for the most part I really enjoyed discussing the ending throughout various topics and blogs on Destructoid -- so thanks for that.
So, onto the results! I should note that the majority of users seem to be at least slightly disappointed with the ending, and not just because of a solitary reason. You aren't alone apparently, as 86% of CVG's users also were unhappy, as were 90% of users on Bioware's forums.
I'll get to those people later, but first, a number of you were perfectly fine with the ending.
Vallanthaz and koehler83 started the discussion off with this:
The appropriately named Josh Shepard also was completely fine with the ending:
Tristrix not only weighed in on the ending, but also talked a bit about the behavior of the fans:
Faux Furry hasn't played the game yet, but thinks that this kind of discussion is always a good thing (I agree):
User Clown Baby thinks you missed the point:
In an elaborate comment that I can't fit here (so I'll link his comment profile and abridge the quote), MRR explains that Bioware did their job:
Handy thinks that no matter what, you can't please everyone:
Others didn't mind the ending, but weren't excited from a gameplay standpoint, like Endyf:
Some users, such as PossibleCabbage, were lukewarm about the whole thing, but weren't wholly disappointed:
But not everyone enjoyed the ending, or where even lukewarm about it -- in fact, some people were incredibly disappointed, like Albert Le Vert, who felt like the last five years didn't matter:
cryophantom shares his thoughts:
Many of you were quick to point out plotholes and uncharacteristic narrative choices with the ending, like user mowmow:
User muzzymate shared the same view:
AncientPsychicTandemWarElephant really liked his Star Wars analogy on the whole issue at hand:
snowraptor had a more cynical (but possible!) take on the whole issue:
Another viewpoint to consider is the "Indoctrination Theory". Some users think that like Lost, many fans have missed the point as to why the ending is the way it is, and why the tone starkly changes right after Shepard is hit by the laser during his final assault. Just like Lord of the Rings, Shepard has his "Frodo" moment right at the Crucible [Mount Doom] finale.
But, Kingdan97 isn't buying it:
RichardBlaine gets the last word (and yes, I did read all of them! <3):
Even though there were more people that were disappointed with the ending, I still tried to make this post as balanced as possible.
If you happened to miss the discussion, feel free to voice your thoughts and concerns below!
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