It’s time for the finale, where the Geth have suddenly become stronger thanks to the difficulty being moved up to Silver. It’s a challenge like none our group has faced thus far. Shaun, Jason and (eventually) Tech Guy take on … Continue reading Game On: Mass Effect 3 MP (Part 4)
These four brave soldiers are going to hold this region no matter what. Commander Shepard cleared it out, and now they have to keep it that way. Except…Downcast Crab? He sounds too sad to help. Shaun, Jason and (eventually) Tech … Continue reading Game On: Mass Effect 3 MP (Part 3)
The enemy might be regrouping, but at this point it’s kinda like when the pins reset in a bowling alley. They’re just lining up to be killed. Shaun, Jason and (eventually) Tech Guy take on enemies from across the galaxy … Continue reading Game On: Mass Effect 3 MP (Part 2)
This hacking attempt is turning into an abomination! Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Tip your waitress. Shaun, Jason and (eventually) Tech Guy take on enemies from across the galaxy in the multiplayer mode of Mass Effect 3, with … Continue reading Game On: Mass Effect 3 MP (Part 1)
Well, Mass Effect fans, it’s been a fun, crazy journey, but we’ve finally received the closure we’ve wanted from the series. The final piece of DLC content, Citadel, has released, and in many ways is the epilogue to this fantastic … Continue reading Mass Effect: Citadel DLC – Third Time’s a Charm
Yesterday brought the release of Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut to the public. Barring an unforeseen sequel, novels or fan fiction, this ends the Mass Effect Universe with an ambiguous ending. (Note: As of writing this blog, I have not … Continue reading Star Trek vs Mass Effect Throwdown
It’s almost a complete consensus: the ending to Mass Effect 3 was a disappointment. No resolution. No meaningful buildup. No closure. By all accounts, a failure on every front. However, after pondering a little more and thinking a little deeper, my question is: is it a bad ending? Or is it potentially the most epically epic ending ever?
Don’t get me wrong; as it stands, it’s a pretty subpar ending. It’s full of inexplicable plotholes. It ends a series built on dynamic choices by shoving three rigid choices down the players throat that have nothing to do with the thousands of preceeding choices to that point. It spends no more than seconds explaining what happens to the characters we have invested hours cultivating meaningful relationships with and getting to know.
So, yeah; by all qualifications, this ending is pretty mediocre, and I can agree with that. Fans aren’t even clamoring for a happier ending, necessarily, just one that doesn’t directly contradict the freedom and tone the entire series spent establishing. That’s like changing the ending of Harry Potter 7 to a black-and-white noir thematic style, where Harry removes his glasses in dramatic fashion and rips the head off Voldemort. Cool, maybe, but it defies everything the series stood for.
How can this ending be anything but a failure? Only if there are events going on that are a little deeper than how they first appeared.