Next Week: A Full Analysis and Reinterpretation of Mass Effect
We’re now approaching two full years from the release of Mass Effect 3 and the frustration and controversy that surrounded the game’s original ending.
Many fans found the conclusion to Mass Effect 3 to be totally dissatisfying and completely out of line with the themes of the rest of the series. At the time, we felt the same way, and analyzed at length what we saw in the ending of Mass Effect and how it worked with the rest of the series.
But two years later, with the Extended Cut ending and the various DLC expansions to Mass Effect 3, the trilogy is finally in its most whole, complete state. With all the content finally on the table, Game Front contributor and Mass Effect fanatic Phil Owen (with better than 30 playthroughs between all three games) has made a careful playthrough of the entire Mass Effect series and its DLC. The plan was to put together all the content, clues and textual information the game presents about the Reapers and the Catalyst, in order to truly understand BioWare’s series.
The resulting analysis and interpretation of the Catalyst, the Reapers, and Mass Effect in general, were surprising, and Owen is coming at you next week with a three-part rundown of all the insights he gleaned from playing everything. Check out his interpretation of the series in three parts, one per day, beginning on Monday, Jan. 20. We’ll start with the evidence that explains the Catalyst’s motivations, move on to an interpretation based on the evidence of what the Catalyst’s true plans are, and conclude with some potential, forward-looking scenarios for the Mass Effect universe based on what we learn.
So check back Monday, read Owen’s painstaking look at Mass Effect, and weigh in with your own interpretations of the evidence in the comments!