Mass Effect 3′s Ending DLC Restores Some Fans’ Trust
For Anthony Vani, the improvements BioWare brought in the Extended Cut very much helped increase his enjoyment of the game. Back when Mass Effect 3 was launched, Vani gained some notoriety when he penned an alternative ending script to Mass Effect 3 that quickly made its way around the BioWare Social Network and the rest of the Internet. Vani said in an interview with Game Front that the Extended Cut is the ending he expected to have been included with the game when it shipped.
“I did really enjoy it,” Vani said. “I think it’s going to be more polarizing than ever because people who hated the endings to begin with are still going to hate the endings. That’s what it is. You hate the themes of the endings, you believe that either flies in the face of all Mass Effect or not, you’re still going to hate it.
“But for someone like me, the main issue was just that it felt incomplete. I felt that it [the Extended Cut] did a really good job of making the game ending feel like this is what that should have been shipped. This is the ending I was expecting. Whether I like it or not, whether I think it’s appropriate or not, that’s personal preference. But now at least you can judge it as a complete ending.”
Vani said he was particularly surprised by the Refusal Ending, an add-on ending BioWare packaged with the DLC that allows players to refuse the terms of the final choice. The ending carries a lot of similarities to the one that Vani penned, including one line in particular — “So be it” — and the method of its delivery.
While the endings are similar, Vani doubts that BioWare’s treatment of the Refusal Ending was a direct reference to what he wrote.
“I really enjoyed it [the Refusal Ending] and I don’t know if BioWare saw my ending or not. I know people flooded their forums with it, which, BioWare, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry,” Vani joked. “But the fact that they included the Refusal ending, I thought, was pretty cool, even if it was just, ‘Well, if you do this, the logical outcome is you lose.’ Suddenly, miraculously, not every single gun is going to be a Reaper killer, which I agree is the right call.”