Casey Hudson Finally Talks About Mass Effect 3 Ending. Uh Oh.

Though it is somewhat painful to say this, it is probably time to accept that there will not be anything done to resolve the painfully bad ending of Mass Effect 3. In a softball-laden very congenial interview with Digital Trends, Casey Hudson has made the first official statements regarding Mass Effect 3′s ending since the controversy – and subsequent demand for a better ending – erupted last week. Fans hoping that BioWare might be considering their points, that the company’s uncharacteristic silence on consumer feedback indicates something profound or, at least, something substantial, should probably prepare themselves for further disappointment.

In an interview that jovially covered a range of topics, Hudson acknowledged for the first time that the endings have been met with controversy. However, he indicates that as expected, the ending of Mass Effect 3 is the one they intended.

What are your thoughts on the reaction to the game’s endings?

I didn’t want the game to be forgettable, and even right down to the sort of polarizing reaction that the ends have had with people–debating what the endings mean and what’s going to happen next, and what situation are the characters left in. That to me is part of what’s exciting about this story. There has always been a little bit of mystery there and a little bit of interpretation, and it’s a story that people can talk about after the fact.

You would not be alone in thinking that Hudson’s answer doesn’t actually address the controversy in any significant way, nor does it accurately characterize the substance of criticism. But it is at least an early, tepid response. Whether further examination of the issue will occur is not clear. Hudson’s next response seems to indicate not:

How closely do you keep track of the fan reaction when it comes to that kind of stuff?

Oh, we pay very close attention to it. It’s very important to us and we will always listen to feedback, interpret it and try and do the right thing by our fans. That’s why if you look at Mass Effect 2 we knew that people wanted to spend more time with a character like Liara, and so we created an ongoing storyline with her as part of the comics and then built it into the DLC stuff, and we’re always listening to fans. We have some really great multiplayer content and some really great single-player content coming over the air, and their feedback will become part of how we design that.

There you go. Though we might argue there is no need to interpret the feedback, since it’s very clear what they’re saying, it appears for now, at least, BioWare does not intend any substantial change to Mass Effect 3′s ending. However, it is likely these comments are only likely to stoke further controversy and thus, prompt more in depth comment. We will of course be paying attention.

Hat tip commenter Kamuchi

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59 Comments on Casey Hudson Finally Talks About Mass Effect 3 Ending. Uh Oh.

Taylan E

On March 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Well that’s the last straw for me Bioware…. You think you can play with your customers like this ? Those DLCs will only explode in your hands since you basicly made the game meaningless…. now you actually defending it while sugggesting we should buy DLCs for it ?

I don’t know what kind of delusions they are having but this is just an insult to our intelligence…

I had hoped that you would Man-Up an realize your mistake to make amends…but from what I see in this post, you will wait until we stop caring ? Good luck with your Sheep and Drone customers then… I this sheep just woke up…

Fletcher

On March 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I agree with the above really. I have absolutely no intention to continue this game trilogy now. I can’t believe that they would end the series so poorly. Regardless, you’ve lost my future sales Bioware.

Sam

On March 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

“Interpret” the feedback….erm, we’re pretty clear in what our grievances are. By the way, you didn’t address ANY of them

Maz

On March 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

This is the EA spin machine in high gear. Do not acknowledge that there is a problem, all it does is get to the ears of people who were either non-believers or ignorant.

The same spin was applied to SWTOR when it was released. They still rfuse to admit that the engine is .

Look up the interview TotalBiscuit did. Even he admits he couldn’t do a proper interview because an EA drone was hovering around making eyes at his interviewee.

The depressing part is how easily these lies slip past the DEVELOPER. You’d figure it would take more than money to extract his soul.

Ex-fan

On March 14, 2012 at 2:05 am

I forgave them with DA2 because I enjoyed the story enough to overlook some of the many problems that game had. I loved the entirety of Mass Effect. But this sheer level of arrogant denial, when the evidence is practically exploding the internet, is too much, I’m done. have fun with your future games Bioware, I don’t have patience for this one-sided relationship any more.

Chris

On March 14, 2012 at 2:07 am

Clearly, you aren’t paying attention to what your fans want and it isn’t important to you at all. Those endings were nothing short of a stinging slap to the face. I expected something high-quality where my choices made throughout the series had an impact on how the end-game played out, not some canned, half-assed Deus-Ex redux.

I’m not even upset that there was no happy ending, but more over the fact that every decision we made up until this point has mattered… until the last ten minutes where not one iota of it mattered at all. All the grey-area decisions players agonized over were rendered entirely irrelevant in the end. Instead, we’re left to choose one of three arbitrary endings.

Your CUSTOMERS deserved much, much better than this. The ongoing discussions aren’t about deep philosophy regarding how things played out. It’s ANGER over not just feeling like they’ve been ripped off, but that Bioware smeared the fact in their faces and laughed all the way to the bank.

Dragon Age 2 was an unforgivable enough debacle of mediocrity that sold well based solely on expectations that the game didn’t even try to deliver on, and the company didn’t even seem to care. After this, I say no more. I’m never buying another Bioware game new again, and I’m not the only one.

Toni Pop

On March 14, 2012 at 2:39 am

Right, so let me get this straight. They see that 90% of fans absolutely HATE their endings and then they go
“oh, wait, we actually meant to do that…”

Right, and im supposed to buy that?

Feralkyn

On March 14, 2012 at 4:01 am

It wasn’t a POLARIZING end. The entire ME fanbase simply rebelled. It’s not “open to interpretation” and full of “mystery,” it’s poorly-written and confusing. Nobody’s thinking about the deeper meanings, they’re just hoping it was all a damn hallucination by the main character–seriously. The fact that this guy is spinning it that way is just… sad.

Captain Iced Bun

On March 14, 2012 at 5:27 am

If they pay so much attention to what the community, wants then I have to ask at what point did the community say “Y’know, what Mass Effect 3 really needs is multi-player”?

Enough has been said about the terrible ending, so I’ll not bother adding to it, except to say it’s interesting to see people presenting considered, rattional explanations as to what they specifically do (99% of the game) & don’t (the last 5 minutes) like. While many so called games journalists are “flaming & trolling” accusing people of saying you don’t like it because it’s not a happy ending…We have said why we don’t like it & it wasn’t that reason at all.

Also the “entitlement” issue, this game was sold as an interactive story where YOUR choices affect YOUR experiences & YOUR game world, this was the selling point used by Bioware, this is YOUR story & YOUR Commander Shepard they said. Alongside many others, I have paid a lot of money for something that was mis-sold. In other industries, companies found guilty of mis-selling have gotten in a lot of trouble.

I’ve been playing video games over 20 years & have never been so angry that I took to the internet to express my frustrations & disappointment or even write about them in any shape or form! I have loved Bioware games since KOTOR, I loved DAO, DA2 not so much but I played through it several times. Mass effect has been the greatest game series I have ever played, like most of you, the first thing I did after finishing 1 & 2 was start them again. After finishing 3 I returned it to the shop!

There will be a Mass Effect 4 & it will be an “Online tactical squad based shooter” with a 6 hour linear “campaign” mode!

Sorry for the long post but it’s my first ever post about video games & to an extent, therapy!

John C

On March 14, 2012 at 5:34 am

“Ah, yes. Fan feedback.

We have dismissed these claims.”

Vega

On March 14, 2012 at 6:03 am

Freaking public relations smooth talkers. If it wasn’t for us, you wouldn’t be able to pay for their fancy words to counter our statements!

Sshodan

On March 14, 2012 at 6:30 am

Well, what can we say to that? Except that DLC is pointless by this point and you’ll see it in sales figures. I was an avid ME fan, usually I would be buying anything that it has it’s logo on it, but now? Now I’m simply crushed – uninsulated the game as soon as I realized that we have one and only ending. So why exactly would I care about DLC?

Trish

On March 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

Wants it remembered??? Umm all I want to do is FORGET it happened… I don’t want to play it again because of that horrible ending.

Kakyo01

On March 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

it was intended to upset everyone who is able to look behind the curtain and see that the last 10 minutes of the game are impossible space-magic ?

SPOILERS:
- every player who likes the ending fails to explain why my crewmats are on the Normandy
- why Joker made it to the Charon Relay (it takes time to fly there.. even with FTL…) quiting the fight in earth’s orbit… (the Normandy crashed on a planet that can’t be in the Sol-System, thus he had to use a relay but lacks the time to do so)
- Shepard giving in to the Reapers without questioning it (the kid/AI itself was a reaper… many seem to forget that)
- why is this chain reaction of exploding relays different from the relay in the the ME2-Arrival DLC ? (a whole system was liberated by its destruction)
- what happened to the fleets now stuck in the Sol-System… traveling back to their systems using FTL could take generations (earth needs to rebuild… they can’t sustain so many refugees… quarians and turians can’t even eat the food that isn’t from their homesystems.. they’re destined to starve to death? … the lifeships can’t sustain the turians with food… if the quarians exist at that point anyway)

those points mentioned aren’t mysteries… they’re called plotholes… quite big ones

I hope all of this is one giant PR-stunt that is resolved soon… if not, the negative backlash will hit BioWare right where it hurts most (their wallet)

Diego Kober

On March 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

Well, when they release those fabulous dlc, i know i’ll be downloading them from piratebay.
You won’t get more of my money, Bioware. I’m done with you.

Ian Robinson

On March 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

The ending made no sense! We made reapers to kill organics so that that way, organics won’t make synthetics that eventually kill organics… lolwut?!?!

Matthew Thornley

On March 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

Good luck to Casey Hudson on getting a job after Bioware goes bust. Because honestly, what company would want him as a writer after he ruined such an easy crowd pleaser and destroyed an entire francise, and then refused to admit he did anything wrong or reassure fans that it would be addressed?

Companies that lie to their customers, misadvertise, and refuse to listen to constructive feedback are doomed to go into administration. And that’s sad, because you guys made some amazing games in the past. And ME3 is amazing too, but its like the Mona Lisa with a dirty santez. A masterpiece, ruined.

J.P.A

On March 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

BioWare/EA sits here and claims they “listen” to their fans feedback and its very “important to them” so if this is the case then why do you basically slap your fans in the face? To all intents an purposes you’ve said “We plan to do nothing about the ACTUAL complaint and intend to just throw DLC at the fans to placate them” Well…the problem with that is you are missing the point entirely unless your DLC plans on fixing the problems expressed by the fans then you’re just proving us all right in our assumptions that you really don’t care about the fans you just care about making an extra dollar.

matt stuart

On March 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

Good luck selling those DLC because unless we get a DLC ending, im never buying anything marked with “Bioware” again.

Mario Toncer

On March 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Well fine Bioware, you go on and do your thing then, but I’ll never buy another thing that was developed by you or published by EA(since I firmly believe EA had their hands in changing the script and rushing the development). I don’t really care whether your next game will rival the legendary first Mass Effect, or Dragon Age: Origins, or even Baldur’s Gate in terms of quality; I’ll still be chanting hold the line.

Alex

On March 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

“…However, he indicates that as expected, the ending of Mass Effect 3 is the one they intended.”

Maybe they didn’t expect the prices dropping, ratings bellow 3 or 4 stars (gotta say: the game is outstanding, but the end… everybody knows how it is), least but not last: they didn’t expect about 90% of the fans pissed of with this ‘ending’ (I’m not saying that 90% wanted a happy ending, but it was a kick in the balls for most of us).
Ps: my English is bad, sorry =)

Rhino

On March 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

Its time for people to put on there big boy pants and quite whining. If you need to play a game with a happy ending where ever one dances off in to the sunset maybe you should only play games made by Disney. Is a war against an overwhelming force. It’s not gonna be a happy ending. Get over it and enjoy how amazing the whole story arc has been

Zach

On March 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

@Kakyo01
@Kakyo01

There is no happy ending, because nothing ever ends -@masseffect

Ending explained —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDSwW7jflAQ

Zach

On March 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

What I wonder though is if ea rushed the march 6th release so the ending wasn’t put in the game… Explains the lines that joker said that were cut from the game’s ending. (their in the youtube video above this post)

Dustin

On March 14, 2012 at 11:09 am

Game over man! Game over. I don’t hate you Bioware; because you’ve given me some awesome games. I’m just disappointed that the ending you gave to your masterpiece comes off as some ol’ bull to me and a lot of other people. I’m sorry people are upset and saddened for the wrong reasons. I’m sorry alot of people are defending the ending with arguments that are nonsensical and are being s while they make their argument. I’m sorry the ending kills the franchise for people. I’m sorry some people aren’t voicing their criticisms of the ending in a more productive manner. I’m glad some people enjoyed the ending but I’m confused as to why they can’ t even explain why the like it. I’m curious as to why a vast number of game journalist are defending EA, Bioware, and the ending in a very similar manner. Almost in a way the makes them seem as if they are being told say certain things or are being paid off. I’m sorry no one has called Ja Rule to come and make sense of things.

Axel

On March 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Great so they aren’t just incompetent they are arrogant and elitist about it. I always wondered what happened to the people who worked on Duke Nukem.

NollieFlipX

On March 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Not buying anything from EA or Bioware til proven they know their mistakes and know how to repair o/

Mike

On March 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

So what this “man” is saying is Bioware intended all along to make a franchise where your actions have outcomes and really matter, but at the end of the series, where it matters most, we’re just gonna scrap that idea and say hey guys pick one of three colors.

Also, the main character of our series is going to make a career by doing the impossible. People will tell him he can’t do things, then hes going to turn around and say ya right and begin to do it. Examples ( Ilos, Omega 4 Relay). But at the end of the franchise there is going to be an image of some little boy who gives him 3 options and he just bends over and says yes master.

I find it hilarious that this sorry excuse for a man can’t sack up and tell the world he has made a mistake. Your a joke, and frankly your entire company is a joke for not taking their fans seriously. Good luck with sales next quarter

Jake

On March 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

@Rhino

Nobody said they wanted a happy ending, but they do wanted a fitting closure to a long standing series that players have been invested in for years even if that ending isn’t a happy one. We got none of that. The decisions we made in the prior two games made absolutely no difference in the end in a game series so enamored with choice and outcomes.

lmfao

On March 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Remember fanboys

SHEPARDS story ends.

Not Mass Effect.

Cry more.

Josh

On March 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm

well to me, I haven’t finished the game myself, but I watched the link Zach posted that explains the end. It seems to me that Bio-ware intended for a sequel, But they really need to fine tune it. Unless they are planning to clear it up in mass effect 4. But throwing DLC at us isn’t going to fix things, I say they could clear up the ending but still keep that mystery as to what the hell happened. Make the ending DLC come with a little something extra to make it so your fans regain trust with. That’s my opinion about it…

R. Duke

On March 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Well, we have the power to keep this from happening again. Send a clear message to BioWare by not buying any more of their stuff. That’s the beauty of the free market, consumers can totally choose which companies exist, and which don’t. Unlike other products, there’s no real practical reason to buy a video game, and there is so much competition, not buying Bio Ware won’t really harm consumers that much. End it now, Bio Ware doesn’t respect us? Don’t let them exist.

Roxanne

On March 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I did not mind the ending but all the commitment I put into the Series and tough choices I made was for nothing ME2 shouldn’t have been called the suicided mission ME3 was.. Shepard is a hero but you need to make sacrifices.. I think I am going to be depressed for a month. Time to play ME again…

Mark

On March 15, 2012 at 5:25 am

I have played all three games. Mass effect 3 was a killer game right up to the last 10 minutes. I’m not expressing my dissatisfaction with the ending because I have an axe to grind or want a happy ending. Though one recycled from Babylon 5 and the Matrix was really a cheap way out.

Hell even this ending would have at least been palatable had it been followed by a epilogue montage like the one at the end of Dragon Age: Origins. At least then I’d know how my choices worked out.

Would it be THAT hard for Bioware to throw us at least that much of a bone after 5 years of brand and product loyalty?

ZenToad

On March 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

Only one thing learned from this interview, the word bioware should be read bEAware. As in be aware they will never again be anything like the company that once gave us such epic stories as mass effect 1

Bob

On March 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

Hey Casey, if you went to Thanksgiving dinner and in the middle of dinner got up and took a big dump right on the table, no one would forget that either. But not in a good way.

Bob

On March 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

As for DLC, I bought the day 1 DLC. I’m not interested in any further DLC until they fix the endings. I bought this game on day one. I will now wait for fan reaction to the ending of any of their future games before buying them.

Second worst ending ever. After Neverwinter Nights 2′s “rocks fall everybody dies” ending.

Sreven

On March 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

“We have some really great multiplayer content and some really great single-player content coming over the air, and their feedback will become part of how we design that.”

Are you kidding me! If none of the upcoming content contains better endings then he has proven to us once and for all that bioware’s “we listen to the fans” bit is a crock.
The fans, in there droves are calling for better endings if bioware’s content does not address this than than they will never receive another red cent of my money.

FROM THE MASS EFFECT HOME PAGE:
“Experience the beginning, middle, and end of an emotional story unlike any other, where the decisions you make completely shape your experience and outcome.”

The lies to this point have already destroyed my faith in the once great company. If they don’t even have the integrity to own up and fix the mistakes they have made it will be the last time they get any money from me

Seregil

On March 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

@Kakyo01
I have one more complaint to add to your list. I agree that the ending was utter crap and the lack of explanation is beyond disappointing. Beyond even that, the scene where Joker crashes on the planet and some of your companions get out….Liara is one of the ones that gets out of the ship on my ending. She also happens to be one of the 2 companions I had that “died” when trying to get to the teleport beam. HOW did she survive, get to the ship, and manage to fly that far??

As if there isn’t enough problems with the end, they can’t even manage the most basic explanations.

Good job Bioware/EA. I will never buy anything from your companies again. My only hope for your companies now is that they either fire everyone that is as bad at their job as Casey Hudson is, or you both go bankrupt.

Mark, E

On March 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

I havent purchased ME 3, but I was tempted to see the ending. After seeing it, I must say their is a huge lack of thought and creativity put forth toward this ending. I dont want to purchase ME 3 now, because it felt like someone was rushing it through in order to make a doctors appointment they were late for.

They could have really gone with multiple endings that went deeper into some form of closure. This was just a very, very sloppy job. For me to put all my time into ME 3 they had better redo it. Mass disappointed.

Okami

On March 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

this is bull, their are so many ending holes. for example, all those mass effect relays destroyed, what are all those alien races gonna do….live on earth ??? well theres another war right there, or the fact that they show shepard breathing but….how the hell would he or she even get off of that ship, the places where he/she was no one has ever been to before. plus what happens to my crew, where everyone going, nothing is answer not even a hint. you do 100% of everything in all 3 games just to see that nothing comes of it. this is a game about making decisions, i believe we should have been able to pick our own ending, the ending that was given to us could ahve been an option, but there should haav been atleast 3 different ones, one paragon, one reneged and one full out perfect if you did everything in all 3 games ending.

AJ

On March 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I loved ME3, right up until the mad dash for the “conduit’ or whatever, which led to the endgame and frustrated that five years of choices through out 1,2 and the lion’s share of 3 boiled down into the ambiguity of A, B or C. Then I read a review, which stated that reviewer had rushed through the game and before the final assault on a few (very) bad things occurred.

I’m a completionist by nature, so I haven’t tried rushing through to confirm this, but I’m willing to give Bioware the benefit of the doubt, that your decisions behind the scenes shape your ending a little (again, this is pure speculation.)

As far as the less than spectacular (to put it mildly) ending, this Day 1 DLC nonsence and Bioware’s arrogance over an ending that has drawn seemingly near-unanimous negative feedback, it will no doubt influence my purchase of Bioware’s further products, but I cannot definitely state that they will not see another penny from me.

I’m done with blindly buying games because of the developer (a lesson I thought I learned with Brink from Bethesda.) After this I will definetly do my homework before opening my wallet.

omid

On March 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

when i played me2 for first time that was the greatest game i ever played . me3 is better than it in any thing but…
the end of the game made me so upset that i started to crying. yes really i am cryied… but for what ? me was the kind of games that gamers lived in its great history but the end destroid all realashinship ,all thing that the fans were made by their decisions… i can only say that biowar ed up the history and its fans….

omid

On March 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I repeat biowar f-u-c-k-ed us all…
I wish sheperd and his friend remained alive either the entire colony going to destroy….

Mir

On March 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I don’t know if it’s just me, but what I read doesn’t even seem to imply that they absolutely won’t make an ending DLC/patch. They even say that they have single player DLC in the works, though I can guess that at least one of them is going to be getting Omega back.

Bob

On March 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

The real problem with the ending was that it rendered everything you had done in all three games moot. Did you side with the quarians or the geth, or make peace? What does it matter, the quarian fleet is stuck half a galaxy from their homeworld. Did you cure the genophage or fake it? Doesn’t matter since the Krogans are stuck on their homeworld, except the ones stuck on Earth. In ME2, did you save Kolyat or send him to prison? It doesn’t matter, he dies with the Citadel either way. Did you save the council? It doesn’t matter since they die when the citadel blows and anyway you just wiped out galactic civilization by blowing up the mass relays. Heck, right down to the smallest detail nothing you did matters within the story. Did you give a gun to the crazy Asari so she could kill herself? Doesn’t matter since she dies with the Citadel anyway.

WTFBioware

On March 16, 2012 at 1:05 am

Hudson and Walters should never be let near video game work again. If there’s is an equivalent of a sex offenders registry for people who up game stories, put them on it.

omid

On March 16, 2012 at 4:11 am

we told our oponions here but is some one gonna read it. is one of the game publishers will make any change in the game end, unless with releasing a patch for the that change the terrible end of this game…?
if nothing going to happen from biowar in can say that will be a real fail in gamers world…
hope some body read this and do some thing for us…

John

On March 16, 2012 at 7:31 am

I have been depressed for days after I finish playing it. We all thought this is going to be a heroical moment after we united the Galaxy to fight reaper. But it turned into a tragedies. There is no good ending or happy ending for the “Galaxy united”. I can understand the logic you trying to say:
The organic and synthetic can never get alone, the chaos between those will never end.
But EDI would like to die for her relationship with human, Geth willing to accept Quarian back and help them rebuild, these events shows that Reapers’ opinion is highly subjective and un-academic. There is a hope between the organics and synthetics. But if we choose “control the reapers”, then reapers win, the peace will not last and Shepard will be stored in reaper form.
If I choose the Synthetic ending, add Shepard into the “crusible”, then Mass rely will be destroied and its shockwave will destroy everything. Shepard dies. But after everything Shepard has done, why do we have to kill him and everything else?

The last choice is to destroy the reapers. In this case, once again the reaper win. Because the catalyst said: if you choose to destroy the reaper, you will destroy all Synthetic lifes, geth included. So I presume that will kill EDI as well. Like the catalyst said, our children will create Synthetics, the chaos will start again. And those newly created Synthetic may not be as nice as the Geth and EDI. They may become the new reaper one day.

Also the story sometimes seems unlogical as will in my humble opinion
in the first game, reaper said that they created the mass relay and the citadel, and for every 50,000 years they will send a singnal to the keepers, and the keepers will activitied the citadel as a mass relay. But in this game, the ending says that the Catalyst is the citadel, and it is actually controlling the reapers, then why does it need keepers? Since the Catalyst is in control of everything, he can just activite the citadel without keepers. So why did we running around in the first game?

If I may suggest a happy ending:
Earlier in game, the admiral hacket mentioned they don’t even know how the “crusible” work. We only presume it is a weapon of some kind. Even in the last moment, admiral hacket expected it to fire at the reapers. Therefore the “crusible” is a mystery. If we united enough of Galaxy force to just blow all reapers out of the sky, then we don’t need the “crusible”. And the “crusible” itself will remain a mistery. And what effect it may have impact on us is unknow. Think about it. We attached the “crusible” on to the Citadel, what it did to the citadel will be unknow. And it will become all gamers’ guess. (Or we can just let the “crusible” be a weapon) And earth is saved, everyone is happy.
The whole mass effect game is about survival, we all expected the ending to be “beat the reapers and come up for air”, but instead we get a Tragedies noval, that is why so many of us are not satisfied with the ending. If you can give us a harmonious ending like this, I don’t know about everyone else, but I had a discussion with some of my friends who are also like to play Mass Effect series, if you can give us a harmonious ending like this, we would like to pay up to $50 for the DLC.

Also, in one of the ending, there were a scene after the credits: a grandfather is telling the story of Shepard to his grandson. In the harmonious ending, it can be Shepard, Ashley and their young kid. The kid is listening to his/her parents tell the stories about their advantures.

But the original ending is so bad and it is unacceptablely bad. If Bioware don’t give us a better ending, I will never buy bioware products ever again.

Torghn

On March 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

What’s the point in trying to talk to Bioware, They will not listen. All they care about is money. They know they can do whatever they want. There will always be customers who want there games. Its probably why they were not asked to make KOTOR 2. Take the writters on Mass Effect 3. They write what they wanted to about the ending. The Fans were just not given a secound thought. There is noway they evan care what ME fans want. Casey Hudson has just shot himself in the foot and murdrrd mass effect in my opion the ending is pure crap.

josh

On March 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

ok first off yea the ending kinda sucks but really ppl lets calm down for a sec. The whole mass relay exploding thing does make since you got reapers all over the galaxy how are you going to have a weapon send out a big enough shock wave to take them out. By sending that shock wave through the relay network which think about it hits every star system the reapers are in therefore taking them out. Yes it sucks that it also blows out the relays but there is alot of power behind that weapon and its not all that bad. The civilations of the galaxy will have to now use faster then light drives that are prob even more advanced then what they have now. Look at star trek they use warp drives that propel ships faster then light they do just fine. And as far as mass effect 4 if they make it will prob start out like this opening screen you pick what type of ending you had in mass effect 3 and the story branchs off of that. Plus your save file from mass effect 3 now back to the weapon remember the reapers forced shepards hand into building this weapon and the sad part about it was it overloads the relays and the reason it did not destory the star systems when the relays exploeded is prob simple. all that enegry got shot too the next relay the last relay to explode is prob the one that blew the entire system. lets just hope that was not a homeworld of a major race lol.

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Dennis D.

On March 19, 2012 at 5:11 am

ok guys so i got the n7 edition got over 5000 war assets and the ending showed shepard breathing, meaning….hes ALIVE. so every thing the catalyst said about destroying synthetic life (MASS RELAYS ARE SYNTHETIC ALSO) was, wait for it………..A LIE!!!! because shepard IS “partly synthetic” SO if he is breathing hes alive, which couldn’t be possible if what the catalyst said was true, the synthetic implants shepard has were put in to resurrect him, therefore they also keep him alive, so again he COULD NOT BE ALIVE AT ALL if the catalyst was telling the truth. also if you look at the little visions shepard has whe the catalyst is giving you your options you’d see anderson (a pure good guy) “destroying synthetic life” so the destroy ending is actually the good ending. and if the mass relays really were destroyed every system with a relay would be wiped out. also the catalyst is that kid who shepard tries to save in level 1 ever notice how NO ONE no civillian OR marine looks at him or even helps him onto the

Dennis D.

On March 19, 2012 at 5:27 am

kodiak shuttle? wouldn’t you help a little kid in that situation? the catalyst/child IS a reaper-induced hallucanation, the reapers were trying to indoctrinate him so they could stop him from destroying them since hes the only one who could. shepard also suffers all the tell-tale signs of the indoctrination proscess (strange dreams, difficulty sleeping, severe headaches, etc. read the codex entry on “indoctrination” to confirm that what i just said is true) SO RELAX IF YOU MADE THE “RIGHT” CHOICE YOU DID JUST SHAPE YOUR MASS EFFECT UNIVERSE AND THERE WILL BE MORE MASS EFFECT!!!!!!! dont believe me? go to youtube and look up “mass effect ending explained” and watch some of those vids, …….PEACE

Dennis D.

On March 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

sorry “mass effect 3 ending explained”

Dennis D.

On March 19, 2012 at 5:37 am

It took me days to figure all that out, but when i did my “this ending sucks, now im sad about it” depressing feelings went away, and yes im a pure ME UNIVERSE NERD so i (OBVIOUSLY) gave this ending alot of thought haha ^___^

josh

On March 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Dennis may be onto somthing i think he is right it fits the last part of the game. Where him and anderson are talking to the illusive man and he is fighting to stay in control.

Jonathan Howe

On March 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I think it is funny that one of the main story lines if not the whole theme of the game were the creations rebelling against the creators, and the fans witch I am a part of are rebelling against Bioware’s ending. Bioware has crafted a game that has not only given us hours of fun but actually made people emotionally invested in the out come. I feel that Bioware was put in a hard spot that many others have been put in the past. Think of Star Wars, Godfather, Alien and Indiana Jones. All had arguably bad endings. Bioware had to understand the position that they were in and settled for the lowest common denominator.
The difference now is that with D.L.C (down loadable content) they could change the ending. The second thing that they could do is create a whole new game that expands on the final decision that was made. I feel that this is probably going to happen, they put a lot of time and effort into the design and crafting of the game it would seem foolish not to capitalize on it. I have no drought that their will be another Mass Effect game out some time, that is unless all of Bioware has been fully indoctrinated and have become husks running around their offices.
In conclusion, I hope they do one or the other and give those who have invested time and money into the franchise a better ending than lest common denominator. The truth is that the ending did not polarize the fan base the ending enraged the fan base. I would be happy to pay for a D.L.C that rounds out, adds more content and completes the trilogy.

Rachie

On July 1, 2012 at 5:33 am

I have played all three games over numerous times and I am going to agree with Rhinos comment. It is a war against an unbeatable force! People die!
They have definitly made it memorable, and they definitly had such an emotional ride and story line. It was powerful! It was suppose to be the end of Shepard. It is left open for interpretation… it has us all wondering will there be another? what will happen next? Of course youl be heart broken… Your hero just sacrificed them self for the galaxy…. Admittedly I am hoping for another game… Whether it is ‘another tale of the Shepard or not, il stil buy it.
So far I havnt seen another RPG that has left me so emotionally thrown over it… Iv played everything from The Witcher, to Dragons dogma.. and im yet to find something that was as good as Mass Effect.