Anyone else picking this game up tonight? Ive been a big fan of the series and was just curious to see how you guys like it.
I'm a fan of the series but after the second one I was a bit disappointed.
So I'm going to wait for a few reviews to come out to get an idea of if it's as good as I hope it is first.
I pre-paid most of it already but I still need fifteen dollars :( I can't wait for my next check so I can get it!!!!!!
It will have to wait until i'm done with Skyrim and my reading book.
Yeah im working on the "perfect" ending in my insanity playthrough right now, the first ending i got wasnt the best:p
Honestly, when theres multiple choices, i figured it was obvious there were multiple endings!
well skyrim is unbeatable so I suggest to start reading those books
Okay so I finally bought it and all I have to say is this game is AWESOME! Anyway I also got xbox live for the first time ever (:D) and so I was wondering if anyone wanted to kiss ass in multiplayer with me. My gamertag is StridentBore6 (Its the free one and I am probably going to change it as soon as I think of something better.)
Kick ass* sorry about the typo.
[Next post will be a spoiler on the endings]
I like the ending of me3 Trying to get all seven.
Seriously? The ending I got was terrible. I then searched online to see if there was any "good" ending, and there was none.
Apparently the endings are as follows:
- Earth is destroyed, you failed
- Earth is partially destroyed, you succeeded
- Earth is saved, you succeeded
That's seriously it. You last choice seems to be completely pointless, because regardless of what you choose, the results are pretty much the same. The choices are:
- Destroy the reapers (and all synthetic life)
- Merge synthetic and organic life
- Control the reapers
None of these endings actually show anything different. In every ending the following happens:
- A coloured light (green, red or blue I believe) expands and covers everything
- The relays are destroyed
- Joker crash lands on some planet
The only variations are: who shows up with joker, the reapers either fall down and die or fly away, if Shepard lives or dies (which is done in an incredibly stupid way) and...the colour of the light that expands everywhere.
I'm really not sure if I can describe just how incredibly disappointed I am in the ending(s), but I'll try.
Let's start with an easy one: Why the hell did Bioware completely change their take on endings in the Mass Effect universe?
In the first one, the "Big" choice is the save the council or not. If you don't save them, humanity gains an edge on the rest of the galaxy at the expense of the other races. If you do save them, humanity is more respected by the rest of the races, at the expense of losing a good portion of their military.
In the second one, the "Big" choice is to destroy the reaper facility, or keep it. Now, assuming you trusted the Illusive Man, the idea here was that saving the facility would result in humanity getting ahead of the rest of the races, at the expense of risking the fate of the galaxy. If you destroy it, well, you save the galaxy and everyone is happy with you.
Do you see the common theme with these endings? It's US vs THEM. At the start of the first game, humanity is the up-and-coming race that needs to earn the respect of the others, and you actions in the first two games can effectively decide if humans dominate the galaxy, or play nicely with the other races.
In the third game, none of that matters at all. Your choices are soley on how to deal with the reapers, which ruins that theme.Yes, you could argue that another theme was about synthetic vs organic life, but that never had anything to do with the endings.
Now that I've realized I've written a lot, I'll just shorten what I originally wanted to say. The endings (all of them) were bad. The ending could have been really satisfying, in fact should have been, but it flopped completely. The galaxy had already suffered so much, that a happy ending could have still existed and been bittersweet. Why destroy the relays? That means that not only will most of the other races be stranded on Earth, but a good portion of them will die because they can't survive on Earth. Not to mention the countless other people on various colonies through-out the galaxy that are effectively stranded in their respective location, who will probably die due to many of them relying on trade. Then there's Joker randomly flying away. Where the hell is he going, and why? Also why the hell did he even survive the crash, unharmed. He's supposed to have brittle bones, to the point where he can't even dance, yet he can survive that crash?
Not to mention we don't even get a damn epilogue for any of the endings, explaining just what the fuck resulted from our choices. The closest we get is that "stargazer" and kid standing on a planet, which tells us nothing. Though I think it's the planet Joker crashed on, all that you could infer from that is that Joker and the rest of the crew got busy and repopulate an entire planet, which isn't satisfying in the least.
Bioware said the Mass Effect Universe would continue, but if any of the endings are canon, that's impossible. They pretty much have to have any additional content take place some time between the first and second game in order for it not to ignore the series.
Ugh, just so disappointed. The worst part is that it would have been so easy to have a good ending. Not saying they ALL have to be good endings, in fact most being bad would have been a good thing, but the "Best" ending should have at least felt satisfying and made you felt like you actually saved something. With the endings we got, I barely see a difference between them and just letting the reapers continue the cycle, seeing as practically everyone died anyways and were sent back thousands of years in terms of technology.
Man that was a long rant.
I think they lost some of the original writers for the third game, since there were rumors of a different ending (or endings) planned.
Unless they create their own "Broken Steel" to alter the endings, my guess is they'll choose the destroy the Reapers ending and time skip a few hundred years as a way of getting around of writing the immediate repercussions and just have the surviving races still trying to rebuild what was lost.
I imagine a race like the Yahg are going to be the new threating super power in the galaxy since they won't be kept confined to their home world anymore by the citadel races and it was shown in the Shadow Broker how clever and strong just one of them was.
The Genophage will get hand waved. They'll just say the Krogan either got cured or managed to evolve so that it didn't effect them anymore, but their birth rate was still lower than it used to be just so it is plausible that the Krogan don't overrun the galaxy.
Humans and Turians will be a shadow of their former selves. Probably the Asari and the Salarians too, but the Asari didn't seem to get hit as bad and the Salarians excel in the science field so they'll probably get stuff and running quicker.
The Quarians will have their homeworld back, but if we use the kill all synthetics ending then the Geth are all dead.
The Hanar, Drell, Volos, and Elcor will probably be in worse shape than the rest, but still around.
The Vorcha breed pretty quickly and adapt pretty well so they'll probably still be around.
The Batarians will probably be extinct.
Anyway, it really isn't the endings themselves that suck a lot. True, they're sort of silly since the writers were trying to be philosophical and the game really isn't that deep to begin with, but it's probably more disappointing that you don't find out what happened to all the races and people you dealt with in the epilogue.
Given that you interacted with most of these characters over the course of 3 games, I think made it worse for most people. Even in Fallout 3 with its original abrupt ending, that was just one game and you never got attached to anyone.
Given that you've got Bioware freaks that get OVER attached to their romance options (Lol), the nerd raging that are flooding their forums shouldn't be too surprising. Really, Bioware should have learned their lesson with Dragon Age 2 when they got complaints for that. (Though those weren't the only problem with that game).
I think even if they had mentioned your past and present Normandy crew's fates people would've been satisfied. Personally, I still like the Mass Effect series overall, but they finally dropped the ball at the ending. (Should've done their epilogue like the first Dragon Age or Fallout New Vegas) I'm too lazy to nerd rage about it too hard though, since I got my money's worth out of playing the game.
So I finally beat it with the best ending and it was pretty bad, but I still loved the game as a whole.
Have you seen anything on forums about the theory of Shepard being indoctrinated at the time of the choices at the end, i really doubt it, but i think Bioware should jump into the fan speculation and use it to their advantage!
You said earlier you liked the ending?
Or did you just assume you got a bad ending and now realize every ending is pretty much the same?
Apparently Bioware is sending out a bunch of "cryptic" message on their twitter, which hints that they plan to release something that may make people feel better about the end. People are asking question about the ending and Bioware is pretty much going "just wait and see".
If there was a like button I would have clicked it... a lot.
I had 5714 TMS, which without multiplayer is 2857 EMS.
I'm not a completionist, but up until the Geth and Quarians I did pretty much every single side mission. I also got all the races to work together in the most paragon way possible (so I didn't betray the Krograns).
But yeah, it seems like Bioware pretty much lied when they said you didn't need multiplayer to get the best ending (which honestly everyone expected anyways).
Then again they lied about a few other things too, like how if you cheated on someone their would be consequences. As far as I've heard there aren't any. In fact you can even get back together with the person you cheated on or with.
Ive been playing it and its pretty good but I mosly like playing online multiplayer because instead of playing with a human most of the time you can play with an alien race