Mass Effect 3's Ending Sucks, Sign Petition To Change It
Posted on Monday, March 12 @ 13:14:05 Eastern by Nicholas Tan
I have not been soft-spoken about how I feel about Mass Effect 3's ending. In my review, I criticize the abruptness of the choices you're given for the ending and how it completely ignores all of the Paragon and Renegade choices you've made up to that critical point.
If that wasn't enough, the differences between all three endings is minute, though the consequences of each decision would dramatically change the outcome of the Mass Effect universe. An open-ended philosophical conclusion doesn't fit a series that is entrenched in intense racial conflicts, military warfare, and tangible social issues. In fact, the ending feels more appropriate for Final Fantasy than Mass Effect.
The lack of an epilogue for the characters only exacerbate the problem and don't match the investment players have made in the Mass Effect 3 series over the last five years. It's an odd decision, especially when BioWare's own Dragon Age: Origins has an epilogue that wraps up its story rather well.
In response, a petition entitled "Mass Effect 3 ending DLC!: We want a DLC that changes the last minutes of the game." has appeared on change.org with, at the time of this writing, 2,753 signatures:
One comment by Tom Maltais, which has received the most likes, details the reasons for the petition best:
Let's forget the fact that the ending should have been better without DLC. While this petition may not change anything that BioWare will do in the future, the precedent has been set in the past with Bethesda, who changed the ending for Fallout 3 by allowing the player to continue past it with the Broken Steel DLC. With EA's emphasis on DLC and multiplayer, the insinuation would be that they were forced to keep the single-player short and that the ending suffered in the process.
Whatever the underlying truth may be, do you think BioWare should fix the ending for Mass Effect 3?
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