Mass Effect 3 – The Extended Cut? (B.S.)

BioWare finally released some new DLC (Downloadable Content) to finish the story for people that played through Mass Effect 3 and were left thinking “WTF?!”.  Fun fact… The DLC is Free…  it had better be if they have any desire to draw fans back for Mass Effect 4: The Prequel.

The only thing that really bothers me is that this was needed as extra content months after release.  The fact that this game was sold and marketed as an ‘epic’ trilogy where every decision matters was killed as soon as people started seeing that every ending was bleak.

I think this is primarily because people have been spoiled by movies and books where the good guys win and the bad guys lose.  People don’t want to believe that war (especially planetary war) will end up destroying almost everything… even hope.

I have yet to play a single second of Mass Effect 3 simply because I had no desire to pay money for a game that leaves me wondering if there will be DLC to finish the story.  This seems like reading a book and buying it on a per-page basis.

It would be one thing if this was Call of Duty where the story’s made up and the plots don’t matter.  But this was an amazing action RPG that pretty much seduced you into years of promise and ended up leaving you to write fan fiction in order to finish the story they decided to leave open to loose interpretations.

*As for the reference to Mass Effect 4… Zip your pants back up for now.  They are only rumors… but then again, it wouldn’t be the internet without angry fans looking for hope and rumors of a new game in the series.

Just remember how “great” the Star Wars prequels were and ask yourself if you wish you had even watched them after the original trilogy.  To answer this I will leave it to Darth Vader –

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Mass Effect 3 – What Really Happened

What would you have them say?

With all the anger coming out of gamers around the world and the recent ‘quasi-announcement’ that there might be some DLC on the way to alleviate some disappointed people’s hurt feelings – take a moment and let us know what you think they are saying in this picture.
Post your responses in the comments section below!

No Happy Ending? A Different Take On Mass Effect 3

I will start with this – I haven’t played Mass Effect 3 yet.  However, I have played through and enjoyed the first and second iterations of Mass Effect.

That said, I think it is silly for people to be so disappointed with how the game ends.  I don’t care if the series ends with Shepherd simply waking up from a bad dream in the Final Fantasy Universe or if you find out that Tali is really a man.  Fact of the matter is that you should expect to be disappointed in this series.

Why?

Two Reasons –

Reason One – Simply because you are expecting to save the universe and everything will end up okay in the end.  Mass Effect has given you a lot of lose-lose scenarios to deal with in the past.  This is not going to be any different.  The only real choice is whether or not to buy this game new… to which I answer ‘No’.

Reason Two – If you want a better ending you will pay for it.  EA and other publishers are moving towards a business plan of micro-transactions.  Think about all the expansion packs and such that come out for almost every game.  The goal is to keep you playing and paying for new content. 

I thought the old adage was that life was all about the journey... Not the destination.

A lot of people claim to want more realism in games; this also hinders their arguments about bad game endings, certain weapons being over-powered or the constant ratings debate in sports games.

Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but saving the universe is bound to end in disappointment from some angle.  If you want to be pleased with the ending of a game you also might want to try out going back to the games you have already played and enjoyed.  The best ending is one that leaves you talking about what might happen next.  Check out the movie Inception and try to tell me otherwise.

The worst thing video games have done is make you feel like the protagonist always wins or achieves the perfect ending.  The world is a cruel place and it is high time gamers learned that too.

This will be no more true than when EA/Bioware release an add-on that will give you a chance to finish the game with a fairy tale wedding and hugs all around.