Player Starts Poll Asking BioWare for New Mass Effect 3 Ending [UPDATED]

Warning! There could be spoilers in here! We’re working to keep them to a minimum, but you’ve been warned.

UPDATE: Fans are banding together to try to get through to BioWare, and some have even started a Facebook page demanding the ending for Mass Effect 3 be reworked. The same group also has a Twitter campaign, spearheaded by the account @RetakeMassEffect and using the #RetakeMassEffect hash tag. The original BioWare forum post polling users about a new ending and asking BioWare to retcon the existing endings for something new has also become one of the most viewed posts on the forums, with more than 66,000 views and more than 9,800 votes as of this writing. You can check out that forum post right here. Thanks to commenters Schirach and Laughing_Sherpa for pointing that stuff out.

You can expect a lot more coverage and discussion of Mass Effect 3′s endings from the Game Front team starting next week.

Original story begins:

Now that a few lucky Mass Effect 3 fans (with a lot of free time) have been able to come to the conclusion of the Commander Shepard story, a few are a little less than satisfied with the endings BioWare has made available in the game.

We won’t go too far into detail about what those endings are or how they work, but we will say that at least some players are hoping BioWare might make some changes at a later time, either through patch or DLC. One player, known in the BioWare forums as DeinonSlayer, even went so far as to outline an entire new ending for the game. Another player, f1ndmenow, started a poll in the BioWare forums in an attempt to drum up support for at least some kind of new ending, if not the one written there.

If you’ve finished the game (you’ll be spoiled if you don’t!), you can check out the poll, vote in it and leave some comments right here. Already, the poll has garnered nearly 900 votes as of this writing, along with 166 comments and 5,200 views. If you’re among those who weren’t happy with the ending of Mass Effect 3, I suggest you go make your voice heard…kind of.

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109 Comments on Player Starts Poll Asking BioWare for New Mass Effect 3 Ending [UPDATED]

user

On March 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Yeah, that ending… Those humans that worked for the Reapers and Shepard gave them water ice. What were they thinking?!

Mozer

On March 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Normally I don’t get involved in these sorts of debates, but the endings really were heart wrenching to say the least. Best way to make a video game is to appeal to the fans and they did not at all in my opinion do that in any way with the current endings. I was real disappointed that all my effort led up to such a game changer.

I mean really BioWare, it’s Mass Effect, not an M. Night Shyamalan movie, we don’t need a twist at the end.

Zach

On March 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

The ending was good with somewhat bad things.
SPOILERS FOLLOW!
Things that did not make sense, add up, or disappointing
1: characters that died from harbinger show up on the planet the Normandy crashed on after the mass effect relays explode.
2: All the choices from the first two games enhance the players experience in the game but not the ending
3: Every ending has somewhat of the same result
4. No feeling of closure other than saving/destroying the galaxy, I know that sounds like closure but in a incredible story driven game like mass effect its about the characters and not the overall goal or at least for me it is.
All in all it still was a great series that in my opinion is the best sci fi trilogy out there.

LTenhet

On March 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Adding onto Zachs a little bit
SPOILERS

-WHY- was the Normandy going through a Mass Relay ANYWAY?! I could rant for a page and a half about all the things that were wrong with the ending, but a lot of people summed it up pretty well. Suffice to say, I don’t need a -super happy- ending (since most of the Galaxy is dead there cant be a really happy ending) but at least a GOOD ending with CLOSURE. And make moral choices matter, 100% paragon or 100% renegade has absolutely no consequences at the end of the third game.

lyt2210

On March 10, 2012 at 2:41 am

SPOILERS INCLUDED
What pisses me off is that even if you get a high EMS coupled with all the decisions you made, all that work doesn’t matter. You are given three ty endings of which none of them give closure to the player. I mean I would have enjoyed seeing my love interest again, and I could have survived my Shepard dying, but all the endings were bullcrap I could have no resources chose to do nothing and still come to the same end as those that did have a high EMS and did actively search for resources. I was shocked that writers from ME2 and ME1 pulled crap like this. I can’t believe this actually left the editing room with a seal of approval. Not only was the execution of the ending bad, but making me die and having the mass relays destroyed ( so really everyone in every system with a mass relay should be dead)… I have no words for this poorly executed ending to a great trilogy. Bioware should publicly apologize for such terrible writing and execution, if I am going to drop $60-80 and be expected to die in every ending they better well be damn good endings, but no, what we got was bullcrap.

pong

On March 10, 2012 at 2:58 am

1. Why was the Normandy going through a Mass Relay?
2. How did one of the crew members I had with me when I got shot by the reaper get back onto the Normandy?
3. Why is the Catalyst in the form of the kid I saw die at the beginning?
4. Why do you even bother gaining military strength if it has no affect on the outcome?

Cell1e

On March 10, 2012 at 7:07 am

Incredibly disappointed with endings. Bad show Bioware!

Carl wilson

On March 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

I think the ending was kind of stupid but I think that player should have a option to live or die of who lives of die (in your squad) also (spoiler) Why did you have to destroy the mass relays that stupid I know that they are reaper tech but still. Also I think no matter what one person should die! One only not every one. Also the (spoiler) the weapon’s (Prothen super weapon) effect should be change only to kill reapers. ALSO YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO PILOT SHIPS IN FIRST OF THIRD PERSON. (spoiler) Also why would the geth die if bioware would look at its own story line made it would see that if you let the geth upload the reaper code they say the are no longer machines they are real organics.

Fletcher

On March 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

Spoilers

Well technically, Shepard can survive the ending. You get a shot of a N7 chest in rubble and it’s moving as the person (presumably Shepard) it takes a sudden breath. I recall this happening the end of the game if your military might/readiness is high enough. Still this does not make up for these endings. They left a huge void of emptiness. I didn’t feel any sort of personal satisfaction for making it to the end.

Jon

On March 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

I like how 99% of the votes are in favor of some form of change to the ending.

Shepard does survive in the “perfect” ending it’s not really a mystery corpse… the file is called “End03_Shepard_Alive_(gender).bik”, granted Shepard’s fate is not the problem with the ending. I feel like I received no closure from ME3 and I now have more questions than before.

Schirach

On March 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

You might also want to post a link the original poll posted in regards to the ending. In a matter of days it has become the most viewed and voted on poll in the Bioware Social Network with over 8000 votes asking for a brighter ending.

http://social.bioware.com/633606/polls/28989/

If you visit the Mass Effect 3 forums in the BSN, you will realize that everyone is talking about the endings, and how those last 10 minutes ruined the whole franchise.

Chico

On March 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

Its very rare that a cut-scene can make the ending look so bad but with 5k plus war asset rating there’s nothing like watching all of the ships kick some reaper ass, I would of been happy if the game ended there.

Laughing_Sherpa

On March 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

Afraid Shep cant survive. Hes on the citadel in space and he isnt wearing an environment suit. Once the force field space boy has maintained breaks down, sheps blood boils and he dies an extremely painful death.
Join us..

http://www.facebook.com/DemandABetterEndingToMassEffect3

#RetakeMassEffect on twitter

http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/9512916/661

Alice-Shepard

On March 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

As another website put it…”Im Commander Sheperd and a Vorcha could have written a better ending for me” Thanks so much for the Professional Writers of Bioware.

Arie Shepard

On March 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

While playing the game, I found myself thinking of so many possible endings, and none of them left me with the sense of sadness and emptiness that this did. They ranged from settling down with the in game love interest after successfully defeating the threat to becoming Admiral Shepard or even the newest human councillor. All of my hard work, the last month replaying ME2 in order to have the best experience possible in 3, just feels for naught. I really wanted that drink with Garrus…I hope for an ending that gives it to me.

Zach

On March 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

ENDING GLITCH
Hello, I have a huge problem that ruins my entire game. Everything
in Mass EFfect 3 works perfectly until I reach the end. it becomes bugged as soon as I reach the Citadel. When talking to the child the writing for some odd reason becomes horrible and I am only given three endings. From what Bioware said, there were many different endings which were supposed to be fufilling for each player. Also, there is a deleted scene that keeps popping up where the Normandy crew gets stranded on an uncharted planet, including the ones I brought with me on Earth. The final bug is Buzz Aldrin talking to his grandson about the Mass Effect series which is odd becuase he calls the Commander “The Shepard”. Please help me!

Brandon

On March 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

The ending was so disappointing. Everything you work for over three games is destroyed regardless of the choices you made. Shepherd dies, your crew is stranded (why was the Normandy in the relay system instead of in orbit fighting?), and the races are cut off from each other. I don’t care that we get some scene of a man telling his kid the legend of “The Shepherd.” Players invested a lot of time and energy into theses characters and most of them die or have very unhappy endings. Thanks Bioware.

Ethyst

On March 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

**spoilers**

Bioware stated that our every single choice would affect the outcome.I quote: “Experience the beginning, middle, and end of an emotional story unlike any other, where the decisions you make completely shape your experience and outcome.” . Now I ask: what the heck?
Until the very end, I laughed and cried with the game, and worked myself to death to get all those EMS. The voice acting was amazing, the character’s movements were fluid and natural, music was breathtaking and gameplay was extremely fun.
Near the end,my femshep shared a very teary farewell with Kaidan, and went off to fight the reapers.Then all of a sudden a space kid ghost/god/VI/ whatever that had NO connection with the last two games appeared and ‘explained’ the purpose of the reapers, which felt incomplete and illogical (the space child wants to protect organics from being killed by synthetics so it creates synthetics to kill organics to prevent them from dying in the hands of the synthetics they made??I rallied quarians and geth together for god’s sake!It said that it was all high and mighty, so why didn’t it see THAT?) and gave me three choices that only affected the deus ex machina’s blast color.I may seem to exaggerate, but no matter which one you choose, the outcome is exactly the same, and sad thing is, that the choices you made through the WHOLE GAME has NO effect on the outcome at all!Mass Relays are still destroyed,Shepard still dies,and the Normandy still crashes on god knows where(which is another big plothole as well; WHY the heck was Joker going through the Mass Relay anyway?Wasn’t the Normandy fighting on earth?).
And why the heck my squadmates were magically teleported to the Normandy when it crashed?It seems like bioware developed some sort of ‘habit’ to explain things with space magic these days.
It’s sad though.It feels as if they ran out of ideas and decided to put something, anything that would end the game.My Shepard should’ve had the choice to refuse the space kid’s offers and argue with it to prove it that it was wrong.My Shepard’s choices should’ve mattered and I should’ve seen how my choices affected the galaxy aftermath. My Shepard’s sacrifices shouldn’t have gone in vain.
And this game should’ve brought a better explanation to everything that wasn’t filled with all those plotholes.
I had four more Shepard’s waiting to be played.I won’t play them though.I know my choices won’t make a difference.
All in all, Mass Effect 3 was wonderfull ’till the end.But finishing the game left me with lots of unanswered questions and glaring plotholes .It left me sad,empty and unsatisfied.
There’s a rumor at the bioware forums that the ending of the game was actually a dream, or a hallucination.I sincerely hope that is the case, and I hope they release a DLC to fix/complete the ending(like what happened with fallout 3).If not, I really don’t think I’ll buy another bioware game.

Mhgasa

On March 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

The fact that people are upset is also a pat on the back to the amazing characters and story that bioware has created. Otherwise we would not be here voicing our opinion.

Zach

On March 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

http://filesmelt.com/dl/Big_list_of_copy.jpg

so true…

alaggyhost

On March 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

This kind of describes the whole trilogy now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AWbgkRpYwc

alaggyhost

On March 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

someone on another website stated it perfectly…

“Everything about this game was perfect up until the last 10 minutes when it ended. There is no epilogue. Stuff happens, more stuff happens, and then the end. Rather than have some sense of closure, it opens about 20 more questions. It breaks from the story, changes tone and character, ignores current and past facts as well as making leaps of logic.”

Cliff

On March 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

*spoilers*
I have never been this disappointed by a video game ever. I was LOVING every second of it, up until about 10 minutes before the ending. I have been a fan of Mass Effect since the beginning, and have the collector’s edition for ME2 and ME3, but this ending has caused the games to lose all replay value for me. Even looking past the obvious plot holes, like how it was established in the Arrival DLC that a Mass Relay destruction would cause an explosion the size of a super nova. I was so disappointed that there wasn’t even an epilogue explaining what happened to the different races and squad members. I, and many other players, have invested over 100 hours into these games, and we don’t get closure on any of the characters we grew so attached to (except the ones who died during the playthrough).

Commander Shepard

On March 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

my favorite part of the ending was after the credits and it says “you are legend buy moar dlc trololol”. or something like that.

Julian

On March 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

That is great but not enough they screwed it so much they need to remove the starchild completely and let the readness bar do the talking full bar we win no bar, reapers win and then a few factors that affect shep’s survival and a freaking epilogue.

David

On March 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Im so sad by the ME3 ending. It literally gas been bothering my every minute since I experienced it. I could say alot but all that needs to be said is if bioware doesn’t make a proper fix to ME3 ending easily the best story I ever experienced I will never buy a bioware game again. As it is im cancelling my swtor subscription. I am completely offended by this outcome

Mass Effected

On March 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

What a let down, all those late nights strip mining planets and conversing with characters to build a platform for a multitude of surprises in ME3. For what?? No closure, no happy ending, no feeling of hey, lets do that again. Just a hyperbole of thoughts on how the trilogy should have ended. Heck, if they really wanted to bone the whole trilogy, they should have included Jar-Jar Binks as a DLC, souped him up with midichlorians and let him challenge the Reapers “Mesa spectre”. Thanks Bioware. You were fantastic up till the citadel. No doubt it was a ploy to gain mass attention & when the dust settles, you’ll get mass credits via DLC. I suggest they bring out a special edition. Give fans what they deserve. A reason to insert ME disc 1 and try again. Not these dead, dead or hey i’m a giant toaster, the pinnacle of evolution endings. So long and thanks for all the fish.

“Shepard realised the batarian had put something really crazy in that last drink. Hallucinogens most likely. Me…a reaper…HAH. Ah well, off to save the universe”.

Chris

On March 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Even the ‘perfect’ ending is both incredibly dissatisfying and depressing. I honestly would not suggest this game to anyone with depressive issues. it was unpalatable just playing it with a cold, forcing me to reload the save and play through several suicides to realize there is no ‘good’ ending.

For all the work Bioware put into the game making you emotionally invested in everything they have created, the relays, the citadel, the different races and their issues, there wasn’t any closure to all the time and effort you put into solving their problems by gun or diplomacy.

It all finished with a near meaningless thirty second ending resolving nothing. No victory debrief, no follow-up on whether you actually fixed anything or murdered the entire galaxy with exploding mass relays. The first two games and most of the third meant nothing in the last ten minutes of play.

Leon

On March 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

These endings are just frankly Bad. Poorly written and confusing. The worst part though? ALL the choices from all 3 games? They just dont matter. PICK RED GREEN OR BLUE. Theres your ending. Im a huge Bioware fanboy games books even shirts etc. After this if its not fixed either DLC or patch. Im done with them. These endings indicate that they just don’t care. If they fix them THEN i’ll come back otherwise bye bye

Ben

On March 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Not since ABC’s Lost have I seen such bewildering conclusions to any form of story. Like the ending of Lost, it wasn’t so much horrible as confusing and rather odd, but surprisingly, it sort of fits with the story and it connects. Still, you’re left with a feeling of disappointment. The most damning issue is that it will make replaying all three games that must harder considering how it can conclude. In the end, Mass Effect 3 is a pitch perfect example of an excellent game and by extension, story, stained by it’s conclusion.

Xellith

On March 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Nothing you have done in any of the games makes any difference. You can be a total asshat and get the exact same ending as someone who was a hero. It doesnt make any sense. The ending is contrived and is absolubtely sub-mediocre at best.

Jon

On March 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

So I just spent the last week playing all three games back to back playing full on paragon and defending galactic civilization. After 100+ hours of do-gooding it would be nice to be given an ending choice that didn’t result in the total destruction of said galactic civilisation.
Why do all the choices have to destroy the mass effect networks? That effectively destroys the entire setting. Its like detonating an anti-warpdrive bomb in the startrek universe. You just killed your whole franchise!

Shin

On March 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Dear Bioware,
I know the fans have been getting out of hand regarding the ending of Mass Effect 3, and really, to the series as a WHOLE. I think I can speak for them when I say this: It’s not a happily ever after ending we want. It’s not a fairy tale, everyone wins type of ending either. Bioware, the fact is this: You introduced a Deus Ex Machina to end a video game trilogy that was centered predominantly on making choices, and those choices leading to lasting impact. Instead, what we got was this “god”/AI where it directs Shepard to basically screw everyone over. In Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2, our choices actually impacted the ending. In Mass Effect 3, it didn’t even close the franchise, it just brought a contrived, quick end to the war without even allowing the players to see how their choices and paths really impacted society. You introduced a robust set of characters, that we’ve all grown attached to in the years that we’ve followed this franchise. You showed us the economy, lifestyles, politics, and cultures of many races, only to have it all invalidated with a “final act of heroism?” We want closure. We want an ending that doesn’t scream mediocrity. We want an ending that is befitting of our investment in both the franchise, and the narrative. It honestly just felt rushed, and almost a slap in the face to the fans. Now I’m not saying that the game wasn’t excellent. No sir. In fact, the game was intense, heart-wrenching, and beautiful. Only to be suddenly destroyed by this “instant solution.” Given the fact that we already logically and emotionally invested ourselves in this universe, there are now millions of questions and anger that has been opened. The Mass Relays are gone, so now the extinction of Quarians and Turians since they don’t have food. Every other colony is choked off from getting supply, so now they all starve. The whole ordeal with Joker doing a relay jump, fleeing with characters that were in our squad. It all just doesn’t make sense. Then, the “perfect ending” which shows a body with N7 dog tags gasping for air doesn’t do anything at all either. Unless of course, it all ties together with a DLC, that shows that Shepard was in fact “dreaming” when he got struck with the laser, then hey, you got us. It’s just honestly, like I stated before, there is isn’t any closure, and it seems lazy. The game was full of beautiful moments: We ended a 300 year war, we cured a disease, we lost friends—allies, all who gave their lives for this common goal. For a universal victory. Our decisions making impacts, making actual results. Only to get it rendered void. With an ending like that, we honestly feel like the story was never ours, and that we didn’t do jack-squat in actually “saving this universe”. So please, Bioware, I beg of you: Figure something out.

Regards,
A Fan of the Mass Effect Series.

Elizabeth

On March 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Bioware,

I loved your game series so much and 3 was a masterpiece all apart from the end. I respect what you did, it was a bold move but it apposes and contradicts everything you said. Honestly I never would have started this games series if I had known the terrible outcomes, I’m not good with heartbreak and lack of closure. I play your games to escape reality and to have fun……the endings made me die a little inside. Dramatic? yes I am but be proud that you inspire these feelings in your fans and please give me a happy ending option.

Phil Hornshaw

On March 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Well said, Shin. I worry that BioWare is going to lose the message that fans are upset with the ending in interpreting it as their being upset with the lack of a “happy” ending, when really that’s not the issue at all.

Baldulf

On March 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Oh come on, that’s not the real ending. The real one its going to be in a DLC (or several of them)

Did you think they would miss this oportunity to rip the users?

Marvin

On March 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I’m guessing that in the rush to have ME3 on shelves on schedule, they forgot the ‘third’ disc. It’s out there, somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away. Those pesky pyjacks probably nicked it during the manufacturing process. If not, helloooooo DLC…….hopefully. If not…there’s always halo….errr…

Nick

On March 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

DLC needs to happen for more Mass Effect 3 endings! All ME fans wanted to see endings where their actions would reflect after the Reaper War! We wanted to see Shepard’s life after the war, the fate of the races in the galaxy, and legitimate completion to the story! We wanted to experience the culmination of all our efforts in the whole series, all our emotional investments, and all our decisions to be reflected properly! The current endings provide nothing substantially satisfactory to the fans’ anticipations, only very limited possibilities and absolutely unnecessary plot fillers.

A legendary saga like Mass Effect needs this conclusion; a conclusion of real completion. Bioware, you would be doing your fanbase an immense service by giving some DLC for more endings! Please!

LeifofRohan

On March 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I just want to say that 95% of Mass Effect 3 was AMAZING. Up until the end. you are lead through out all three games to expect one ending, but in the end, they take all that you have done, choices that you made and then throw them out the window. If the story had been leading up to the spiritual ending they gave us, that would have been one thing. But it didn’t, instead it was “Oh were going to defeat the reapers, stop the Illusive Man from control them, since its been repeated over and over again apparently, and then save the world” if you have enough war assets etc then its possible your Shepard could live. What we got was this… “So everything you did doesn’t matter, now lets play “Which way do you possibly want to die? in the blue light, red light or green light” I figured my Shep could die but the ending didn’t make sense. Plus with the fact that the Normandy crew is leaving the Battle for Earth, and you on;y see two of your squad make it. I just want so more clarification. And possibly, if Bioware won’t change the endings, make some DLC that leads up to the spiritual ending, give us closure for our beloved characters our Shepard helped. And make the ending make sense!

PaulWeddington

On March 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

the game was amazing but i feel that they rush the ending. A couple of squad member die for the good in order to help shepard gain allies.. Like the other people who left views i feel that the conclusion about the other aliens… You work so hard to find war asset and gain allies there should not only be allow three allies one if you help the geth one choice destroy tem and the mass relays… It was a huge disappointment in my opinion to not explain o shows clip of the future even if shepard dies. What was the sense of all the work we did to end the story not complete

Pandoraproxy

On March 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

You know, in almost any other game, I would have no right to complain about a Bull**** ending, because those narratives are not my story, its theirs.

But Bioware brought it on themselves to make this a game where WE make the story that we wanted to see. This was supposed to be the great Epic where you get to choose how it all plays out, with OUR choices and OUR interests.

Then Bioware took all of our choices and options, all of our own stories that we all worked so hard to perfect in the way we saw fit at the last moment and crushed them with an overwhelming message of, ” WE DON’T CARE, YOU’RE CHOICES WERE POINTLESS.”

That is why so many are upset over this, the story goes far deeper with the players than any other game, and it was supposed to be our story of Commander Shepard, not Bioware’s.

The Guilty Bystander

On March 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

This is unacceptable! How can we stand by and let something like this happen?! My fellow former-fans, we cannot stand by and let an unacceptable ending like this stand! This is Bull! They took our money, gave us 80% of a good game, and then ed us over! There have to be consequences! We have to let Bioware and EA games know that we kill NOT stand for a half-assed excuse for an ending! I call for a mass recall and recreate of the game Mass Effect 3!

Arie Shepard

On March 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

As I think more about this ending and read what others have posted, I feel as though Tali’s last tearful, heartfelt words to her love “I wanted more time” ring infinitely true for each of us with our own unique Shepard.

Me123

On March 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Here’s another poll for you all to feast on, and is more telling of the general hate of the current ending (not there isn’t a plural there…yeah).

http://social.bioware.com/633606/polls/28989

Zach

On March 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Just figured out how many endings there are…well there are 16 if your not color-blind, color-blind people only got 1.

Zach

On March 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

jokes aside im very disappointed with how Bioware decided to end the series I wish the would have ended it properly and then left the series alone. After the ending to this series I hope they never make another mass effect game, idk after all the time spent it felt like they slapped us in the face :(

Josh

On March 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I have not yet finished the game; in fact, I’ve intentionally chose to slowly creep through the campaign with the purpose of enjoying it to the max. Because of complications, I was unable to import my save from ME 2; however, I love hearing how my friend’s decisions in the prior game impacted his game. The point being that this series has encapsulated me to the point where I have considered starting the series again just so I could experience the full journey from start to finish as one character…. That is until I read about the ending. Now I am regretting the entire concept of Bioware’s resolution to this story. I do not want to get to this point in the game. As far as I have researched, the ending does not conclude the story; it obliterates it. I don’t wish to criticize the developers because I realize it is not easy to create a good ending and that it was their writers who did so but still, the endings belong much more in a different series. To me, the greatest theme of the game was struggling in order to circumvent/break from the cycle. Instead, regardless of what the player does in one way or another it feels as if there is no victory. When the reapers are destroyed most organic life is doomed because of an inability to use the now defunct mass relays (the defunct status of the mass relays most likely caused by their anihilation). Furthermore, in Arrival it is stated (and shown) that a destroyed mass relay takes out the whole system. Even if the reapers are taken over, there’s no great victory to it. Shepherd’s death isn’t the problem, its that there is no real satisfactory resolution to it. The catalyst as a super-powerful entity also makes little to no sense and lacked forshadowing. Up until the news of the ending, I’ve been waiting to “take back Earth”. Now I’m hoping there is still time to around in Kite’s Nest and pick up a second Pillars of Strength for the Batarians. More than the ending not being fixed, I would be deeply offended if there was a priced DLC released to fix the endings; I’ve paid 70 dollars (the game and the launch DLC) to receive all the content on the disk (allegedly the DLC was only encripted onto the disk, and the download didn’t actually add the mission or companion) for a (incredibly fun, damn-near perfect) game with a terrible ending plus one mission and a seventh companion. If I pay a cent more to complete the game, I’d feel incredibly offended… but I love the game so much I probably would still buy the DLC to fix the ending. I can’t say I’d buy another Bioware game after that.

What would be acceptable is a free downloadable patch that fixes the endings (why should I have to pay for that when I paid for “From Ashes”?) and then following priced DLC. I am sure if Bioware needs help with a new ending they can ask the fans to help them out, as I’ve already seen several ideas much better than the ones released. I’m not going to act like I’m a good writer but I bet even I could write an ending that fit the tone of the series more than the current ones; their are definitely people better than I as far as fans who dabble in writing who would eagerly help write a new ending.

P.S. Deus Ex wants its endings back.

Jeff

On March 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

What bothered me wasn’t so much that Shepard died (Although he lived in my perfect run)

It’s that there didn’t seem to be any explanation for WTF was happening.

My Shep’s girlfriend Tali and best bud Garrus we killed by Harbinger yet ended up on a jungle world with Joker?

This is all a story done by some old dude in the future?

Hell I even liked my friend’s theory to the ending more than what we got.

That the old dude at the end is Shepard telling his grandkid what happened. Since the trees and the kid resemble your Shepard chasing that boy through the nightmare forest.

But now that everything is white it symbolically represents a rebirth of hope.

That’s probably not what happened, but hell I like his version more even.

Satyaki

On March 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I personally don’t mind my Shepard dying as long as the galaxy is truly saved. One man’s sacrifice is nothing compared to that….although I wouldn’t mind a cutscene where Shepard is seen hugging his/her L.I as their squad mates gather around them. Its the fact that the Relay Network is destroyed in all choices that pisses me off. The destruction of the relays are not the same as the destruction of the Alpha Relay in Bahak system(ME2 Arrival DLC)..but think this carefully guys and girls…when the relays are destroyed that means all species will be stranded and confined to their home worlds. Eventually(it may take a few hundred years or a few thousand) every planet with organic life will reach a point of population overgrowth and with no viable way to colonize other empty but inhabitable planets those species will get destroyed over food and water shortage…just like the Drell. Bravo Bioware…u made Commander Shepard look like a jack ass who will be remembered as the person who destroyed the whole galaxy. Given all the choices a true Paragon option would be to let the Reaper Cycle continue…

Chris

On March 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

This is a total bull ending. I was expecting some sort of aftermath and my blue children with Liara. And really, all the mass relays got destroyed, really? Bioware has really no choice but to fix this crap ending. I mean it is all over Wikipedia!!!

Jaina

On March 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

I was so excited to play ME3 to tie everything together and kick some reaper ass! It was awe-inspiring to see the whole galaxy coming together for the last battle. Then it ended and I had to make sure I was still playing the same game!! What happened??!! The whole paragon/renegade option didn’t matter at the end. Did Bioware have a brain fart? Where they pushed for time and just created an ending and shoved the game out? I’ve been a fan of DA:O and DA2 (sort of) and I thought ME3 was going to blow those two games out of the water! But the ending…the same thing!! No matter what option you chose! I’m SO disappointed! I can’t believe I bought the collector’s edition. I should have known those nightmares Shepard was having was a warning to NOT continue the game! When they said the game would leave you emotionally attached I thought they’d actually follow the storyline! You do become emotionally attached when you want to throw the metal collector’s edition box at the person at Bioware who deemed it necessary to proceed to be released! What the hell?!

Please come out with a DLC to make up for the horrible ending!

Oh and what was the purpose of the Keepers?? I scanned them in the first ME, got an email saying “thanks” in ME2 and in ME3 they just stare at me while I’m walking among the dead? So confused!!

And I kinda didn’t agree with the whole religious theme to the end. Shepard sacrificing himself for the galaxy and becoming “the Shepard”. Seemed a little cheesy for me. And what happened to everyone on the Normandy???

So when does the actual ME3 come out?! Guess the joke’s on us!

Satyaki

On March 11, 2012 at 1:41 am

Now I really want to address this. This may not seem a big thing to anyone else…but what happened to Aria ******* T’lok?? When I first met her on Omega and realized that was carrie anne moss voicing her I was overjoyed and thought she would have a very significant role in all of it. But what the hell! Aria just keeps sitting in the same position in the sofa when she is in the Citadel? And merely rants about vengeance on Cerberus? While doing nothing about it actually? Come on Bioware…

Cameron

On March 11, 2012 at 3:59 am

I dont get it. I dont understand what Bioware was thinking with the ending. All the hard work trying to make everyone happy and scouring the galaxy for every resource so you can save earth and the only 3 choices all include destroying the relays so u effectively destroy global civilization no matter what?

Maybe they were trying to show us how thing dont always work out the way u think? Maybe it was a commentary on how our society is too dependent on technology? (in which case why are u making video games in the first place?) I really need to know. Tell me.

The fleet battle against the reapers was one of the most epic things I’ve seen in poplar media. But then all that awesomeness leads to dissapointment and unanswered question. We need closure as a society. Star Wars(IV, V, VI) had closure, Lord of the Rings had closure, Friends had closure, and yet my favourite series to date fails epically in this department, and I feel a little betrayed.

Bioware has been the king of story in video games for a while now and I have been a loyal follower, even when they have had hiccups (DA2), my loyalty hasn’t wavered, but when I need it most, its not there.

I really hope Bioware realizes how much they’ve dissapointed thier fans and fixes the ending in DLC, cause I’ve got 4 Shepards left to go, and I want them to finish thier story right.

Negrosemite

On March 11, 2012 at 4:01 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdum0dC3eDc
That should sum it up pretty nicely. ;)

Fletcher

On March 11, 2012 at 4:46 am

A lot of people seem to think that Harbinger axed off your 2 squadmates at the end. This isn’t entirely true. They could either be wounded like Shepard and pulled back or there were so many other loses they chose not to continue. Plus we have no actual knowledge of the time span between Shepard reaching the portal and getting up to the Citadel so it’s entirely possible that the Normandy came down to pick up your squadmates. I still have absolutely no excuse for Joker flying the Normandy through a Mass Relay at the end though. Again though, these endings were terrible. The left me with nothing in the way of satisfaction.

CWUK

On March 11, 2012 at 4:49 am

I cant even bring myself to finish ME3 I got to the last part and thought no i am not doing this. The endings are too depressing to play. Nothing makes any sense! I understand that a few people think that sacrifice is a great ending. That’s fine but where’s the other options? To have happy endings to feel good at the end of the game and not so depressed that u don’t ever want to play again?! A few people have said that the endings we have are the most plausible ones. Guess what it’s a GAME so plausible doesn’t come into it. I want to live be reunited with my squadmates and marry Kaiden not die in a ray of blue/green/red light is that too much to ask?!

tavor

On March 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

WHY? WHAT DOES BioWare, HAVE AGAINST HAPPY BLOODY ENDINGS ? …to me it spoils all 3 games…okok i get it…no, you know what…I DON’T GET IT OK? i want Sheppard to live happily ever after with the woman\man of his\her dreams in LITTLE HOUSE BY THE WHEREVER THEY WANT TO and all i got was “he had to sacrifice himself or his soul…but the universe is safe…ISNT THAT ALSO FUN?…oh and he might have twitched a little in the ending so…so nothing really SO BIG YAY ” well…no, F*** NO it’s a bad ending…all 3 of them…that all i gotta say to BioWare,

Hanar Ambassitor

On March 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

This one believes that Hanar will rule the galaxy with this one as leader.
This one makes rules for all life inside this ones galaxy
1. This one says hanar are the only one besides the enkindlers to have space travel.
2. This one believes that Commander shepard’s name and legend should be forgotten.
3. This one believes that all other species should be eradicated in a mass extinction to make hanar ships.
4. This one believes that before the mass exicution of all species they should be enslaved and rebuild the mass relays.
5. This one believes in unicorns.

Hunter

On March 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

I have all 3 mass effect games, which by the way is the best game series of all time. I have enjoyed every second of playing them, but then in the end I am extremly unhappy. In the end I’m screwed because because no matter what I do I have 3 choices die, die, and die. No possible way to continue the story after that. A new ending should be available. An ending where the Reapers are destroyed, the mass relays don’t get destroyed, Shepard is taken to a hospital gets better then he/she settles down with who he/she chooses to love. Also you may possibly continue from there just roaming the galaxy.

nash

On March 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

omg some people are sooo stupid. the reason the normandy was going through a mass relay is so Joker wouldnt die. and yes your effective military strength does effect the ending you need 5000+ ems for the best ending. there is also a secret ending if you import an ME3 character. the reason that the catalyst was in the form of a child is becuase it was meant to be a familiar form for shepard. and there can be a happy ending! shepard can live and control the reapers, kill them, or he can combine orgainic and synthetic life. you just need to play the game more people. and whats wrong with sad endings? i liked it. it was emotional and i feel that if a game makes you feel a strong emotion, its done its job in the storytelling area.thats just my opinion though.

IrenEDI

On March 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

As many players I am extremely unhappy with any of three endings. What pisses me off is that in my paragon path, where I made geth and quarians to work together, it still was for nothing for that snobby ghostly kid. What extremely pisses me off is that Mass Relay network is destroyed, destroying the very united galactic community I built through three games. If you think about it, there is no alternative to mass relay gates, and because there was never any alternatives for them, and a current cycle didn’t understand the principles of that ancient tech, there is no way to rebuild them, no way to recreate the united galaxy. Not only quarian fleet would never see their homeland again, not only asari and turian fleet would never go home and rebuild it, the galaxy is shattered into tiny little pieces.
I’m fine with Shepard dying. But I wish that crogan, volus, hanar, elcor were shown as taking their place at Citadel, with Citadel being restored and people I care about and fought hard to keep alive were given just that – a live of new hope in a galaxy they fought so hard to protect.

Not your lame child and stargazer ending.

Johns

On March 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

@nash…You are a MORON!!!

Louis

On March 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

I don’t think shepard ever made it to the citadel, if you watch the end of the game again you see him get hit by harbinger as with everyone else rushing the beam. I don’t think shepard could have survived the blast and everything after that is either a dilusion or last thoughts in his brain right before his last moments before death or before regaining consciousness in the rubble. If you think about it, the last 5 seconds where you see the body in the rubble with the N7 tags on and it breathes, it makes more sense then any of the other endings. I believe they did this to leave an opening for more dlc to finish the game.

Tyler

On March 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

Did you guys know that the original ending to ME3,In a nutshell is this. You kill the reapers and then Anderson (if he lived) and your love interest (if they lived or if you had one) are looking in the rubble of what was once the citadel, they find your body. Your love interest starts crying, but then Shepard opens his eyes and gasps for breath. Anderson and you love interest help you up and everyone cheers and everyone lives happy every after….. well as happy as people can after a war like that.(End Story) I just want to say that I don’t know if this is how it really was going to end, it was just a rumor i herd. But I think that ending if that really was how is was going to end IS SO MUCH BETTER THEN WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!

really, its ok

On March 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

I understand the disappointment and see the flaws, but at the same time I can see it the other way. This has always been noted to be shepards final act. How can he survive and there be any real closure? He retires on the beach? That’s not true to the Shepard character. If he lives, then he fights. So you cannot have it both ways. Yes, the mass relay destructions would cripple the galactic community in so many ways. But the ghost kid even said that his solution would no longer work. So this is the reset for all of life. How to adapt, how to travel through time and space again, how to get along. Remember this war was about cleansing organic life. Mass deaths have already occurred. I know shepard is awesome, but just uniting a galaxy wouldn’t eliminate repercussions olfrom this war. Life isn’t always happy, and looking at the context of the trilogy, the ending seemed to fit. Decisions are made, people live and die, and life carries on as a result. Life goes on, as demonstrated in the endings, even though it may not what we hoped or expected. But isn’t that like real life?

Katilyn

On March 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

I loved the first 95% of the game. I was at the edge of my seat. Tears, shouts of sadness echoed throughout my house when we lost Mordin, Thane and then Legion. Anderson!!! When I watched Mordin take a deep breath and then say his last words, and I watched the Shourd blow to hell, I whispered “Come on buddy… Come buddy, walk out of there like the boss you are… come on… please Mordin… please…” Only to cry when one of the best badass Salarians didnt walk away…

My heart burst with happiness when I got to see Grunt, Wrex, my brother from a Krogan mother. And every other character I have spent so much time in…

And Eve(Braka) having a baby…

And the last 10 minutes of the game, I sat there thinking… What kind of BS is that…

I understand that my Shepard should of died, I would of been alright by that. But what about all the other characters… What happens to Tali, Garrus, Liara, EDI, Joker… What happens to them?

Come on Bioware!!! Get it together and find a better ending.

N

On March 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Loved every bit of the game till the last 10-15 minutes, but those endings were pathetic at best not to mention depressing and full of holes. I’ve seen some people say the endings are fine that shepard was meant to die to save the galaxy but it isn’t saved it’s doomed all the relays are gone so everyone in the sol system will likely starve given the only hospitable planet has been getting railed by reapers since the beginning of the game and there are now fleets of aliens stuck there. Is the idea of closure that pretty much everyone dies and shepard becomes a mythological entity to buzz aldrin? Even bigger question when and why did joker decide to run for it? Also how does he survive a crash when in the beginning of ME2 my shepard broke his damn wrist pulling him out of his chair?

Zapp Smith

On March 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Those endings were horrible. You go through all the this trouble and don’t get a happy ending? Its insult to the gamers. I felt depressed after watching the endings. The fans of this game deserve a better ending……I wanted my blue children dammit!!!

Sean

On March 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

@Nash: Of course, you can only get that high a level of EMS by playing multiplayer or the iPhone app. As a single player, it’s not possible to get that high a rating since your readiness level never goes above 50%.

Aside from that, compared to the production value of the first 99% of the game, it looks as if very, very little effort was put into the content for the ending(s). Very disappointing, Bioware.

Phil Hornshaw

On March 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

@Sean

Technically, that’s not true. You can gain enough assets in single player to get that ending without multiplayer or the mobile game. BioWare has confirmed this on numerous occasions, as have other players. To get that high, however, you might require a New Game Plus run-through (about that requirement I’m not sure).

Aaron

On March 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

***SPOILER ALERT***

I just finished the game a few hours ago and i couldnt agree more. All three of those endings were Bull ****. after watching the last cutscene, i was dumb struck. i could barely move from my seat, and even worse i spent almost an hour pacing back and forth around my house trying to figure out what Bull **** Bioware just through in my face. the ending gave you no closure, no sense of what happened.i wanted an ending that fit my shepard like destroy the Reapers and possible survive to get closure on all my faverite characters. i think i would have rather waited another year for the game to come out then play what i already have just to watch the same ending again. ive always been one of biowares biggest fans, and an even bigger one to mass effect. in fact mass effect was one of the first games i ever got for my xbox, and the number one reason i got the xbox in the first place. and to see one of my most faverite franchises end in a big plot hole makes me sick. i dont think ill ever look at biowares products the same way again. if i was important enough i would have all these games recalled and remade. sadly thats not reality. at the very least bioware should make a dlc for more faverable endings and possible in that dlc put a little cutscene where shepard sees his romance again. other then that this games is only worth the 60$ for the first 12 hours or for whatever how long it takes for you to get to the ending

Sincerely
an unhappy Fan

Faiz

On March 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Yeah this ending was terrible
Not because Shepard died, or because it was sad.
But how the storytelling was.
We get a plot twist on a deus ex macina, that makes no sense and contrives the story. Worse yet, after this extremely poor plot twist is done, we find none of our choices really mattered that much. Which was what was promised by the series, then when all is said and done the Mass Relays are destroyed which fragments the universe. That effectively destroying the thing we were trying to save. Also the motives behind the Reapers was just poorly thought out, let’s save organic life from synthetic life, by wiping it out before it can create dangerous synthetic life. (Also doesn’t the mere existence of the Geth kinda make them a little late? Or why not just have the Reapers attack the Geth?) So we see a bunch of cheap shots at characters we love, to draw some kind of emotional reaction? Also where was Joker fleeing to? Why was he fleeing anyways, Joker never seemed the type to run away like that. Finally we see a cliche closer of an old man telling a story. A corny way to cap off an already bad ending.

Prior to that, the game had been great, but the ending just spoiled it. Then asks for money.

All in all, an extremely poor, and detrimental ending. Pity, Mass Effect 3 had such potential for greatness, it just had to give the series a proper send off. Guess the order was too tall.

kinglewy00

On March 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Originally promised various fulfilling endings and only left with 3 lackluster ones instead?
That couldn’t possibly be EA blocking a good game and rushing it for $$$ like they always do, could it?
I mean it’s not like they’ve ruined countless promising games before.

Heru

On March 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

There are 17 potential different endings to ME3, quit yer ing and either enjoy the game or dont fukin play it, simple as that.

george

On March 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

The ending makes no sense to the series.

Almost everyone who loves Mass Effect, or did love Mass Effect until 3′s end is mad as hell because of what Bioware ended the game on.

Hellknite

On March 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

@Heru Have you even watched the endings?
Those 17 different endings boil down to 3. All 3 of them are 90% the same. Don’t assume just because a dev said it.

Nate Worthley

On March 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO HELP GET A BETTER ENDING TO MASS EFFECT 3. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree with what mostly everybody says. I know its not the biggest part of the game but I am a closet romantic and I love the romance for the Mass Effect games. I know the story has many parts but you have to admit seeing Shepherd tell Liara or Ashley he loves them really makes you want to cry. When Liara and Shepherd exchaned those words I had tears well up in my eyes. My work for 3 games was complete and then 30 min later after the final level which doesnt even have some sort of boss I get my heart torn out but some very bad writing. I wanted to see just 3 things that was all I wanted to see Tali’s face which I kinda got, and have her and have shepherd build her a house for them on her world. Second I wanted to see Shepherd and Jack become a full couple after the Repears die, I don’t know maybe travelers, teachers or maybe even they become pirates lol. Then last all I truly wanted was to see Shepherd and Liara on a beach outside there house on earth with their 1, 2, or 3 little blue daughters. Thats all I wanted the characters didn’t even have talk all I wanted was some closure. Is that too much to ask from what was one of the greatest and most in depth games of all time.I loved Bioware and Mass effect and know I get this crap of an ending. I was planning on playing this game 6 to 7 times because of all the relationships, but know there is no point. I will play it 1 more time just for achievements and to get a perfect profile just in case Bioware comes to there senses apologizes to all of us and gives us a closure ending DLC. But for know I am going to play Skyward sword which I have not touched since I bought it. At least I know the writers at Ninetendo are still making games with good writing great endings and plenty of happy scenes.

Bioware please honor the fans of this series that has touched all of us so much inside. I have never been more attached to any other video game characters such as Shepherd and Liara ever even Link, Zelda, Midna, Marth, Ike, and my Skyrim character dont even come close to how I care about my Joshua Shepherd and what was what I hoped to be my future Liara Tsoni Shepherd.

If you want to join a movement that is trying to get Bioware to change join us.
http://www.facebook.com/DemandABetterEndingToMassEffect3
Follow the link and Help us.

Locustfire

On March 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Wow…I’ve never seen so many video fans THIS upset since Left 4 Dead 2 was announced, it seems that I look away for two days and there’s a HUGE controversy over, endings, exclusitivity or what version of what games which kind of content.

But I agree with the vast majority about the endings and I do agree with the idea of a patch/DLC to fix or tweak the ME3 Endings, but how many of you guys called a boycott on a company yet still continue buying games from said company? Remember people, the story was leaked a few months back and BW did say they tweaked the story? I imagine the endings were a result of those tweaks, I may be wrong but I’m only speculating.

I’m not defending BW nor am I agreeing with everyone outraged by the engings to boycott future BW products, to me I didn’t see much problems with the endings but I see a lot of the points brought up such as why the Normandy was running away? What happens to the galaxy since the relays are destroyed? And more importantly, is Shepard alive or dead?

I do agree with one user’s comment about the decision to have Shepard decide for him/herself rather than listen to that AI or even a more defined epilogue as to what happens afterwards, I for one wanted to see my Shepard retire or even become Admiral but I still hold hope that BW will listen, to say they ignore their fans and throw them under the bus is mostly anger talking.

Look at all the changes they made to ME2 and ME3 just by listening to us, the Fans? You can’t just let ten minutes of a game ruin the whole experience regardless of what happens, though I’m surprised nobody was outraged at the lack of closure in Skyrim? Call me blind, but I still felt the world was ending even with the main plot completed. My best advice for those who aren’t letting their anger and outrage talk for them is to wait and see what happens, but remain vigilant.

Beside, remember what happened with L4D2? The company listened and continued to support L4D even with the sequel out, so I imagine BW will listen to our comments, take them into consideration and either release a patch or DLC, so I’m not at all outraged like everyone else is, but I do think a fourth, fifth or even sixth option should’ve been present, one that included a nuclear device at the heart of the Reaper Fleet or a showdown with Harbinger (the one outcome I was hoping for).

In the end, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, though I’m sure it’ll play out well in the end, if not…you could always just develop your own video game.

cody

On March 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I don’t know where to start. I love all the mass effect games.. except the last ten minutes. I want closer, not more questions. we all know the bioware made dragon age. And dragon age a GREAT ending. So why can’t bioware do same for mass effect. I just wish bioware comes out with a dlc for this sad excuse for a ending.

t5000

On March 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I get it Shepard is now dead, Bioware said they would make it happen 2 months before the game came out. I was ready for his/her death to mean something however. Just to kill his ass and then destroy the relays and then doom the characters that mean so much to Shepard for no reason is just asinine. I am a huge fan of the trilogy but wow.
Way to piss on the fans Bioware. Oh then set us up for the next one to be a Preqiule is like throwing salt in a gaping skin lesion. Thats what killed Star trek and BS galactica no one gives a **** about prequiles.

hoopz

On March 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

The thing that makes no sense is that gaming already figured out the perfect way to wrap up games like this: Fallout did it (the first two games and New Vegas, not the idiocy of number 3).

Based on your choices, you are shown a sequence of narrations where you find out what happened to every important character and place, based on your decisions. Sometimes, good decisions will turn out to have terrible consequences, and vice versa. That’s life.

ME3 would’ve been perfect for this: did the Quarians and Geth actually get along? Did the Krogans manage to repress their thirst for conquest? Did the Asari lose top-race status for keeping that Prothean beacon secret?

The entire game seemed set up for it. So many questions, all easily and satisfying answered in two lines by a talented writer, pushing you to replay the game to undo your mistakes.

axcess

On March 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Haha, first thing to do when you get back this week is to check that poll now. More and more people are beating Mass Effect 3 over the weekend…You’ll have a lot to write about :)

160k views and 21k votes at the moment.

ALSO, if anyone at gamefront has the time or has beaten ME:3, check out this thread.

http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/9727423

An incredible theory that explains the nature of the endings and an insane possibility (very unlikely) that BioWare might be pulling off one of the craziest stunts a video game company has done to date.

Either way, those who are upset and depressed over the ending(s)…read the theory anyways. It will help deal with it, knowing the possibility that BioWare is not going to just take a fat crap on the fanbase.

Ryan

On March 12, 2012 at 3:35 am

FIRST THINGS FIRST: I honestly think half of you are six year olds with the incapability to infer. What bioware did was not out of the fact of laziness No. The laziness is what the so called “loyal” fanbase of Mass Effect is doing. What makes a great and memorable game is something that hits the heart. Yes. The ending was blunt. Yes the ending caused you to think. Yes they weren’t perfect. But they were pretty close. But since I can tell the fanbase of mass effect wishes to be spoon fed every piece of basic information they receive. Ill do that. Because mass effect did what they did not out of being too lazy but they wanted the player to think and hoped you would have a brain and think of half of the things they didn’t add and use atleast two percent of your brain power to realize what it was. For INSTANCE. A popular question was why was the Normandy running away after the Catalyst fired? Alright well lets see. You have a very small nimble cruiser, there’s a large green/red/blue (depending on the ending you got) wave plowing over you. Well you would think half of you would use that little brain you have to realize he’s trying to avoid it. But u guess Mass effect did have one thimg wrong. Miracles like you guys using your brains isn’t possible. SECOND: The ending. Yes. Did not matter to the choices when it came down to it. Okay. Okay? Does it matter? Yes. They could fix that. Chill the out. It does not make the ending bad just cause bioware couldn’t realize that the millions of dollars they put elsewhere like in multiplayer would mean nothing because there’s a bunch of pussies complaining how his Krogan living didn’t mean another ending. The only thing I could agree upon was the fact that you didn’t really know what the hell impact your decision made. Which was a bummer. I mean.you make this deep decision with really knowing this general basis of knowledge this kid gives you. I mean what the hell was the difference between Controlling the reapers and destroying them? I mean it didn’t tell you. Which led to the disappointment of lack of variety. Not a bad ending. I think alot of people are just used to be not being left to their imagination and so when it finally happened. They cried. And they cried alot. But I can’t say I’m surprised. Otherwise. Great game. Deep emotional ending. It’ll be remembered not because it was happy. But because you felt something when it ended.

Zach

On March 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

This player explains the end very well, if he is correct Bioware may have some big dlc plans.

http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/9817450/1#9817450

Zach

On March 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

This fan has the same theory for the last 10mins for people who don’t like to read.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us4pkLy-PYk&feature=youtu.be&a

Bioware definitively has plans for post launch after digging through the information given in the last 20mins of the game.

Johns

On March 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

@ ryan. You are also a MORON!

BlackGargie

On March 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’ve just done watching my hubby play ME3 n I laughed n cried thru te whole game, esp wen characters die *sobs*. While I am fine with Shepard dead, since he’ll die one way or another anyways as expected, I definitely hv a beef with the Normandy landing on some weird ass planet where they will be completely cut off frm the rest of the entire galaxy coz of the destruction of the mass relays. Whatever happened to the 16 endings they promised? All boiled down to just 3 n no resolution or closure on everyone else’s part? Come on, at least hv a closure for the love interest or something! Seriously??

Zach

On March 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

@BlackGargie

Shepard did not die he either survived or became indoctrinated based off what you did at the end…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDSwW7jflAQ

Ryan

On March 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

@Johns. Good reason for why I was wrong. Completely proved your point. I wish I had the capability of thinking of high intelligent responses like you. Its a shame I don’t. I.guess in the mean time ill wonder why our generation of gamers have no original thought to use basic comprehending skills to accurately make your own idea of what happened at the end.

Darren

On March 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Not surprised by all the “It was all a dream” conspiracy theorists. This video sums up the deleted content, plotholes and the inconsistencies in the ending. Suffice to say there are spoilers, so beware.

http://youtu.be/UDSwW7jflAQ

Jess

On March 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I was highly disappointed in the ending. I worked so hard to make sure I got everything right for this game, thinking that i could pull this off but in the end, I died. My crew ends up in the middle of nowhere. It all didn’t make sense. My choices didn’t feel like they matter at all. A part of me was hoping that i could see my love intrest and see little blue babies run around but I don’t even get that option at all. What was the point of all the other choices in the first two games. Did not make sense

Chris

On March 13, 2012 at 6:40 am

I’m Command Sheppard, and I don’t approve of these endings.

Melynda

On March 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

I was completely gutted by the ending. My femShep that I played through was my FIRST Shepard ever. She was the one I played through the first two games before all of my others. She was a sassy, Renegade b*tch who kicked @$$. Seeing her stressed out and just flat out sad all throughout ME3 was bad enough. Having her roasted by the Reaper’s laser of death started the tears. Her fighting to get the Crucible working when she couldn’t even stand? I was a mess. It looked like Shepard’s ending was coming, but that wasn’t a worry because Shepard ALWAYS made it through… Until a brief chat with some little VI child who gave her three choices she accepted far too easily. I think the fight was leaving her… But whether that was what Bioware was going for or not, the ending was crap. It was a bleak game but to leave us with no closure? WHY did Shepard HAVE to die? What happened to her crew? Why the hell was Joker going through a Mass Relay while Earth was still fighting? And if you were lucky enough to have a survivor Shepard, how long are we supposed to believe they actually survived? Why do the mass relays have to go? Why did I unite the Quarians and Geth and help EDI realize humanity only to be forced to destroy them if I want Shepard to live? What about my squad that charged the reaper with me? My brother took Tali with him to that fight and yet she was on the Normandy when it crashed. What about the huge variety of characters we met along the way? I could deal with Shepard’s death (I would not be happy with it, but I could deal) if I knew her friends (or family as she put it) are safe. I really hope Bioware listens to their loyal fans and does something about this. We deserve better. And so does Shepard.

tavor

On March 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

another thing that annoys me to no end…a lot of ppl that want a better ending make it verry clear that “i want a better ending but NOT THE HAPPY -HALLYWOOD -HERO SAVES THE DAY ending…well screw it i want that ending!!!…i want the “hero saves the day and then jumps to safety in the last second and then gets to kiss the woman (or man…not jugging ) of his\her dreams and say to her “lets get married and have lots of alien s** and babies(talizora ^_^) …or if like me your into jack “lets just f*** a lot and see what happens…but i digress…why cant i have that? why cant there be a happy cheesy ending? im not saying no to the sad self sacrificial ending because it’s good and tear jerking…but what happened to diversity? isnt this game and the two that came before all about choices?

Gerardo

On March 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Bioware should’ve spent more time on the ending rather than on the multiplayer. I would gladly give up the multiplayer for a better ending, even if it means only 50% war readiness for my assets.

LOLGAIZ

On March 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

uh how the are there 16 endings? doesnt matter what your galactic readiness is, all of them are the same (except the red, you get a little extra with that one so technically 2 with red, 1 with blue, 1 with green)

2+1+1 = 16 or 17…how?

Night Train

On March 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

if you didn’t like the endings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMM2ut1-Sro

Tobias

On March 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

the thing that was missing in me3 was DREW. you know the writer that was lead in me2 and did the first books that was wonderfull. when he left. ME when house in 1 second.

Tobias

On March 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

type, drew was lead in me1.

Me

On March 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

The three endings idea were lifted almost exactly from deus ex reboot, not even originality in the idea! Also the multiplayer is virtually a carbon copy of Syndicate (and any other survival mode, I know ) also ea published maybe forced in at expense of more work on core game?

Ending made me probably swear of collectors editions for all time and immediate regret 1.not waiting to buy used in a year 2. rebuying ME2 and all DLC for another playthrough 2 weeks b4 release of ME3.

Feel ripped off, all their good writed must have been put on the star wars thing before the ending was written.

I will accept a apology in the form of new installment of KOTOR

cross

On March 15, 2012 at 10:21 am

i demand my money back,biware

you broke my heart

kaidan

On March 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Never before has such a fun game been completely ruined for me by 5 minutes of in-game stupidity. If this is the calibur of story telling we’re to expect form EA-Bioware, then I won’t purchase from them ever again. And I won’t pay money for DLC because you were too lazy to do it right the first time. Years of development and you want me to believe you couldn’t put more effort into the ending that “choose your color”?

RealGecko

On March 16, 2012 at 3:21 am

Well, EDI once said – “That was a joke”. No more comments. I guess how everyone at bioware are now laughing with their “joke”.

Carlos

On March 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

This is some way to screw up an otherwise magnificent gaming trilogy. I admit that I actually applauded at the end of ME2 at the expectation of a massive wave of Reapers forces approaching the Milky way. Then you could just count the months to saw a new ME game coming.
But now in ME3, when I saw the ending you could actually see my face with a WTF expression!!. and multiply that to 20 and it could’t actually describe it in its fullest.

Whowever was the Project Manager and Writing Director for ME3 should be fired from Bioware right away!, they didn’t gather the requirements of stakeholders in completion (customers) and delivered a half baked, rushed-written ending. Customers should’ve wait a little longer (I know I would) to have a well completed product,
Not sure if Bioware used the same crew as the first 2 games or what happened, but this is really one of the most dissapointing game endings in the history of gaming.

gail

On March 17, 2012 at 7:17 am

i would love to see my shepard and her li see each other again after the reaper battle.my shepard just got her li back.i ewould to see her and her li spend some relaxing time together after the reaper battle.i would love a very happy ending

Jim From the Outside Looking In

On March 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

A typical quote from people unhappy about the brief ending is “Everything about this game was perfect up until the last 10 minutes when it ended. There is no epilogue. Stuff happens, more stuff happens, and then the end. Rather than have some sense of closure, it opens about 20 more questions. It breaks from the story, changes tone and character, ignores current and past facts as well as making leaps of logic.” I don’t play the game, but as an outsider who has not invested anything in this game, but every time this happens in a book or movie, it turns out to be a dream… and then the character wakes up and the real action begins….

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Get Tuitt

On August 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Giving my opinion on Mass Effect 3 from a fan standpoint!