FTC Complainant Happy With Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut
The Mass Effect 3 ending uproar triggered a lot of things in a lot of people. Some were so upset that they took to the Internet to complain. Others started a protest fundraiser for charity to channel negative emotions into a positive outcome, and still others made a lot of cool, creative stuff to fill the void and express themselves.
One man took his complaints to the U.S. government. But after filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over what he considered false advertising related to the ending of the Mass Effect series, Spike Murphy says that BioWare’s Extended Cut DLC has completed the endings and fixed the issues he originally had with them.
Speaking with Shacknews, Murphy said the endings as shipped were unfinished, but that with the new DLC they are now “complete.”
“I liked the new endings,” Murphy said. “Many plot holes were filled in, and a lot of the sequences seem so organic and natural to the story that it seems shocking they didn’t include them in the first place. Most importantly, there’s a real epilogue now, one which gives context and consequence not just to our final choice, but to all the choices we had made to get there. The ending feels complete, whereas before it seemed rushed, unfinished, and frankly like they didn’t know what to do.”
Murphy still says he has some issues with the endings, much along the lines of what we identified in our review of the Extended Cut DLC and in our analysis, “Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut: Putting Lipstick on a Frog?” For the most part, however, Murphy says that his faith in BioWare has been restored — and if there are future Mass Effect games, he won’t dismiss them out of hand.
“I feel that there is a much greater amount of trust and faith asked of gamers as opposed to other art mediums because of the large investment of time and energy necessary in playing through a game and thereby appreciating the art,” he said. “Because of that, a betrayal of that trust between artist (the designers) and their audience like we found with the original ending of ME3 is far greater than, say, having a bad ending on an otherwise good movie. As it stands, I’d be open to another Mass Effect game.”