The Mass Effect 3 Ending Backlash Continues To Gain Steam

Obviously, spoilers below. I’ll try to keep them light but you’ve been warned.

Since officially debuting over the weekend, the backlash against the controversial ending to Mass Effect 3 has sharply increased, both in vitriol and in numbers of supporters. To recap, as last week drew to a close the first wave of game-finishers began to report the ending was – to put it mildly – extremely disappointing. These gamers condemned what they saw as the ending’s lack of real closure, the particularly gruesome plotholes and contradictions, its brevity, and most damning, that the ending renders player choices meaningless.

Naturally, they took to the Internet to make their displeasure known. On the BioWare forums, two separate polls were created to demand that BioWare fix things by adding additional ending options that honor the time and effort players have put into the series. Soon after, a facebook group, represented on Twitter by RetakeME3, arose making the same demand. Granted, often the most hardcore of any community are the most easily displeased, but if BioWare – and certain members of the gaming press – thought this was nothing more than the petulant whining of outraged fanboys demanding free ponies, they had better readjust their thinking.

In less than 2 days, what began as a small group of (what I think are justified) malcontents has absolutely exploded as more and more players finish the end of the Shepard trilogy. Though it’s still very early in the game‘s release cycle, it is now beginning to look as though a majority of players agree that the ending is not very good. A BioWare forum poll that provides an extremely detailed suggestion for fixing the ending currently has a over 7,000 votes. That might not sound like a lot, but the page has recieved 68,421 views. A second poll with a less detailed suggestion, simply called What would you like to do about the endings?” has received 31,893 votes and 208,875 views.

The Twitter page for RetakeME3 now has a relatively small 1800+ followers (though that number has jumped sharply since yesterday. Their Facebook page now has more than 13,000 followers, and their official hashtag, #retakemasseffect has reached an audience of over 12,000 people in the last 24 hours.

So far, BioWare has largely remained mum on this issue. Except for the occasional bit of snark of course. But players aren’t demanding hugs or ponies, and seeking to characterize this outpouring of frustration as insignificant or immature is only going to work for so long. Sometime very soon, BioWare will need to address this in some official capacity. Some cryptic tweets by Mike Gamble and the official Mass Effect 3 twitter feed seem to imply they soon will. We’ll see if, in fact, the controversial ending is part of a larger plan.

We’ll be on this story all week, including some in depth commentary of our own (Spoiler alert: Game Front thinks the fans have a point.) In the meantime, what about you, readers? Let us know in comments how you feel about the ending.

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78 Comments on The Mass Effect 3 Ending Backlash Continues To Gain Steam


On March 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Considering the game sold almost 800 thousand copies, 10k people aren’t .

The ending was fine, had me asking more questions. Casey Hudson said to keep your ME3 savegames as well.

Ross Lincoln

On March 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Considering people are only beginning to finish the game – and that pageviews matter too – I think it’s premature to write this off.


On March 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Here you can check some stats =)


On March 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

The ending of ME3 ruined the entire trilogy for me. I have no wish to replay it, buy dlc’s or any other product associated with Mass Effect.

It left a sick pit in my stomach.


On March 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

“The ending was fine, had me asking more questions. Casey Hudson said to keep your ME3 savegames as well.”

The ending is not suppose to make you ask more questions, its the end. We have waited 3 games for it and get this.

As for keeping the safe files, so they can sell us more dlc? the game should be complete on release not after, Considering the end, any extra content before the end it is pretty much pointless. It wont change the end in anyway, Not much did

Nick Anto

On March 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

“Considering the game sold almost 800 thousand copies, 10k people aren’t .”

I don’t know how to properly address such stupidity. First of all, one single poll on one single website has 30,000 votes. The one FB page has 20,000 likes. Where do you get 10k from? Or is that just you trying to convince yourself the numbers are smaller than you’d like?
Not to mention, these don’t represent nearly everyone who’s pissed at the endings. Thousands more haven’t yet finished the games, and thousands more are absolutely disappointed but simply won’t go online to confirm it.

Stephen Schnare

On March 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Been on the bandwagon since Friday. Let me emphasize this: we love the way the rest of the game went, it’s only the endings we find lacking. We’ve been keeping things civil (or at least the vast majority of us), and our numbers continue to grow.

I’ve been a gamer for 22 years, on the internet for 14 of those years…never have I seen such a massive backlash, never have I seen one build so quickly. This is far more than a simple ‘we want our ponies and rainbows’ event, this is a legitmate outcry.

This all being said, if this was intentional by Bioware to build publicity before saying ‘yeah, we got ya. Here’s the real ending’, then it has succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.

If it was a fumble, well…

Stephen Schnare

On March 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Correction to my last post: on the net for 17 years. Started when I was 13.

Feena Canyon

On March 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Nice to see some press on our side finally. It’s been very insulting to see so many gaming sites calling us nothing but trolls and whiny fanboys.

We’re not. We’re an intelligent group of loyal Bioware fans who have been genuinely hurt and seek only to have a small fix made so we can enjoy the game for the amazing ride that it is.


On March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

My hope is that history repeats itself in the manner of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle bringing Sherlock Holmes back from the dead to suit his fans. Even in video games there is a precedent of DLC reviving a main character in Fallout 3.

I suspect that there will be more DLC that gives the option of increasing galactic readiness to a maximum of 10,000 (I did EVERYTHING and my readiness was just shy of 7500 which is a dumb number for a maximum if that is all that there is going to be). If you get to 10,000 you get the ending we want. This would mean that there is another ~25% of game that will be released through DLC which is about what there was in Mass Effect 2.


On March 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I to voted and joined all the above and was quite rational. I disliked the endings because it made the whole trilogy pointless. The reason people don’t do deus ex machina endings is because they have been phased out by time and a more developed people than the ancient greeks. I got my EMS up past 4200 and got the ending with shepard gasping for breath at the end after I meeted justice to the Reapers and that entity. ( i don’t buy that it kills all synthetic life because that whole sequence seemed off. I am beginning to think it was a tongue in cheek dream of shepard being indoctrinated ( maybe). My Shepard was mostly Paragon but he was also a bit of a bad boy at times (shooting Udina, Killing Kai Leng, shoot TIM, telling the salarian dalatrass to piss off, and whenever crap got me fed up with it)


On March 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

It’s not the bleakness of the ending that makes us fans so upset. It’s the unanswered questions, lack of closure, and to be quite honest, the slap in the face that we got. I’ve been a huge fan since the first game was released, and to see all those hours I put into gameplay, the connections and attachment to the squadmates (who doesn’t love Garrus??) wasted hurts, a lot. I know a few people including myself got an ending where everyone. including your squad, is hinted at being dead. Is that seriously how we are supposed to see the trilogy end? Let’s be real here. It’s insulting and makes no sense.


On March 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Well done sir. The most level headed article on the topic so far.


On March 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Excellent topic, and fair treatment of the growing number of disgruntled fans. I am one of those people who you would normally find sitting on the sidelines of these kinds of rallies, in which while the fanbase might have a point on something they are upset about, it is the developers who make the story. However, after playing Mass Effect 3 completely, and finishing with the synthesis ending, I can actually sympathize completely with the fans here. Hell, I am one of them. This isn’t just some group of overly zealous and hyper dedicated fanboys, of which I am one for Mass Effect, but it is now beginning to include a fair number of truly concerned and reasonable fans and gamers. While I’m not asking for a complete redo of the ending, I think Bioware, whom I suspect of having an ace up their sleeve, should definitely take a look at the number of concerned gamers and their complaints. And that number is only going to rise as more and more people finish the game.


On March 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Bioware was extremely clever with the ending…


On March 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Someone finally gets it! It gets so frustrating when people say we’re upset over not getting a “happy” ending. It’s not that at all. I just want an ending that makes SENSE. I want an ending that was created from the choices that I made during the course of the series(which is what I was told I was getting). I want closure.

But mostly sense. We have pargons, renegades, paragades, and renegons. We all have our own Shepards, but everyone of them has been developed within the confines of the writing and dialogue Bioware provided. That said, I find it hard to believe that many people feel their Shepard would just roll over at the end, throw up their hands, and accept the choices given without argument.

People throw this out at the drop of a hat these days, but I honestly will never touch another Bioware title if they don’t fix it. I’ll never recommend one, and I’ll actively discourage people away from them, just as I would a bad movie, book, or anything else.


On March 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Thank you for the level headed article. A majority of people (if not all) who have voiced their opinion about the issue ENJOYED the game right up until the last 10 minutes. It was just a complete 180 from what we have been experiencing throughout the series that has caught most of us by surprise.

I know not everyone will agree with us, but please do not call us “crazy fanboys who demand a better ending”. We are only asking politely to give the story an ending that has been promised us, where our choices from the whole series actually mattered in the end.


On March 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I can only hope this guy is on to something.


On March 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I thought some of you might find this interesting…..
There is a new movement over at #retakemasseffect to organize a donation drive for Child’s Play charity to help with the petition to adjust ME3′s ending. If you want to take a closer look I added the link to the BSN thread. Maybe a few of the fans being labeled as “self entitled whiners” have a little Paragon in them that deserves a nod of recognition too instead of being told ”we are going about things the wrong way”.


“This thread is to discuss a donation drive to the Child’s Play charity in order to bring positive attention to our respectful requests for an alternate ending to the Mass Effect series.
Child’s Play is a charity which provides game hardware and software to Children’s Hospitals around the world. It was created by gamers and for gamers….
Regardless of the outcome of this petition, any donations made to Child’s Play go to a worthy charity.”


On March 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm

For those of you who may not have come across this yet take two minutes to read this. It has been getting a ton of attention and would make an incredible ending that would display all of your hard choices and give Shepard back a voice. WHICH IS ALL MOST PEOPLE ARE REALLY ASKING FOR. Best part is that BioWare might actually go for it since they wouldn’t be required to rewrite EVERYTHING. Could it use a few adjustments, sure…but as a jumping off point….YES PLEASE!! It seriously can pull at the heart strings and make you FEEL something again, other than disappointment. Don’t just take my word for it read it yourself….

someone even started a thread on here in support of it:

I came across another thread that is “on fire” with a very similar concept just not in the script format that Arkis wrote, it includes a poll:

Lastly, for those who haven’t joined up yet and want to support this “movement” join up at:

~Proud #retakemasseffect supporter


On March 13, 2012 at 1:26 am

Finally a gaming site that isn’t writing this off. I’ve seen sites that have called the outraged fans “idiotic, arrogant, whiners, massive babies, etc.” I assume this is to get a nice pat on the head from EA. I also like how the author of this article agrees that the endings are poor and isn’t trying to defend them by saying they are artsy. I will have to follow this site from now on.


On March 13, 2012 at 1:46 am

I think the ending is designed to illustrate what happens when colossal forces come into play and they’re diametrically opposed. No good can come out of the situation, no matter the ability of a single character or the allies they muster.

Given the freedom of choice and the variety of ways the previous two games could end Bioware should have been able to predict that not being able to significantly impact the end of the trilogy was not going to go down well with their fans.

Personally I don’t dislike the ending(s) but I do think they could have been more in-depth so as to illuminate exactly what happened over a longer period of time after the story ended. Like the wrapping up in Lord of the rings of the characters that were still alive.

Matt Noble

On March 13, 2012 at 2:24 am

My opinion is that Bioware should be ashamed of this ending. It in no way brings closure to the trilogy. Endings should not be some nonsensical garbage trying to get you to think of what’s wrong with our humanity.

For my story Shepard died in the end as well as Anderson, after bleeding out. And your telling me the way the story wraps up is some guy and a kid walking in the snow “tell me another story of the Shepard”! What happened to a military funeral telling of the great sacrafice Anderson and Shepard made together along with the thousands of other lives. Maybe your love interest has a child that grows up now that Earth is saved and the Reapers are gone.

Point being is they blew it by have Joker crash in some jungle (which makes me think he was abandoning Shepard and the war to begin with) and then what, oh, fade to black and roll credits.

This ending was one word, horrible, and made no sense for this series. And that’s sad. And people above commenting that they should have a finished product are right. A developer should not hope people stay interested enough to download extra content that fixes their broken story. When it comes to an ending, bring closure and end the thing properly.


On March 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

I have a question what if we see the collector kills Shepard in ME1 rather than ME 2 does that make us feel bad?


On March 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

Appreciate someone taking the time to actually “listen” to what we’re all saying: We’re not asking for bunnies and rainbows, we simply expected an ending that would reward our efforts and our choices, and ending that would tie up loose ends and questions (not create new ones), one that would not contain major plotholes, one that clearly lays out the consequences of our decisions (esp. the last one!), and maybe even an ending that isn’t a complete clone of your other “choices.”


On March 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

BTW, if you too want to see a better ending and you want to support a worthy cause check out the donation drive for Child’s Play. It has already gotten nearly $3,000 in the last 24 hours:


On March 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

“The ending was fine and made me ask questions.”

LOL. Yep, that’s a great conclusion to a trilogy. Contradict, confuse and cop-out … all in the last five minutes. Really fine work.


On March 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

I truly hope other games sites look at you as an example. You did not take potshots at gamers like so many other sites have. The one thing that truly impresses me is that you actually played the game to the end. I’ve seen examples of other sites saying that they have not finished the game yet but think the fans are out of line/idiotic/immature/homophobic and the list goes on. Thanks you for this article, and I will be sharing this (a lot).

Gaius Julius Caesar

On March 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

I have been a massive fan of the Mass Effect series since 2007 when ME1 launched. I have never complained or or whined about the creative track of the series, because the games were wonderful.

Mass effect 3 is also wonderful, until the ending. The fact that each ending is dark does bother me. No option for a happier ending where I get to be with the Love Interest(Ashley) that I remained faithful to, btw Bioware promised those of us to stay with our ME1 LI would be “rewarded”, that never happened. Not to mention the plotholes and BS Deus Ex machina crap is for the birds.

Endings should have been around the spectrum for ME3, ranging from Happy love and marriage, shades of grey, right through to bitter. the fact we were given no choice and pigeon holed into annoying and nonsensical depressing conclusions is unacceptable, and a poor ending to a fantastic trilogy.

Real life is depressing enough at times, the closing to the ME trilogy shouldn’t be forced upon us in the same depressing manner, choices for multiple endings ranging happy to sad should exist.


On March 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’ve never commented to here, but after reading your article I felt I should.

Yours is the first media outlet I’ve read that isn’t calling this “movement” a bunch of whining fanboys ect ect, and has actually read we are asking for rather then just making childish assumptions.

Thank you.


On March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

The fans have now started donating to Childs Play in protest, so that no matter if we get the ending ME3 deserves, something good will come out of this.


On March 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Have to plug the Retake movements good efforts with the children’s charity, Child’s Play. They have raised nearly 7k in just a few hours.


On March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Your article said it well, I normally sit on the sidelines and watch myself when these things go on but I’m somewhere between disappointed and confused with the ending. I’ve been borderline obsessed with the whole series even after losing saves of virtually every class I had played through 1 and then 2 I still grinded out a soldier through both in record time to take into 3, then naturally got hit with the import face bug and just made a new character to see the interactions with no old information. Either way prior to finishing it even literally as I was rushing the beam I was already anticipating going through the entire series repeatedly with several classes to stress how much I have loved the series until I actually finished it, Now not so much.

The somewhat lame approach I think I could deal with, I would just like to see more as many have said closure, More scenes detailing what happened and what happened due to your choices through all three games.

Nilo Feliu

On March 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

First of all thank you for a level headed well reasoned article. Only a few writer’s so far have given us the time to look into the situation from a neutral point of view. Most, including many from different game sites have only tried to discredit us or even insult us in inflamatory comments.

For the time being, all we want is a statement from Bioware/EA regarding the status of the game. We do not know if the game is finished or if it’s lacking content (as it was with the From Ashes DLC).

If these are indeed the endings Bioware has to offer us, many if not most of its faithful playerbase will just move somewhere else for we know as a fact that the change of Bioware pulling a Bethesda like move to change it is slim if none.

If this was a PR stunt, it was poorly done and has damaged the customer’s trust on Bioware for a long time, if not permanently. So far, no official stament has been released and whenever we manage to talk to someone from BW their answers are always dimissing or non existant. (many times they’d rather go silent than say anything)

Nevertheless, we are here, and here we will remain. We are not giving up on it, and if the worst come to pass, I can only hope that a group outside Bioware/EA will come up with a way to mod the game, so we can change it to what it was meant to be…

Fairwell Bioware,

Lord Jaric

On March 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I don’t think I have ever been so vocal over a work of fiction before. I thought that the whole series was great with only some minor problems here and there. But to end the series the way they did was so well beyond my tolerance level for a work of fiction, which is pretty damn high mind you. That I exactly feel like I have to speak out about it.

It is nice to see an article that explains the problem in a respectable manner.


On March 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

The ending was crushing, and not so much because of it’s plot but because of how badly it was done – no difference based on your actions, no dialog in the final scenes, no boss to fight in the end and no “epilogue” that may inform us on what happens to the rest of the galaxy. And it was essentially one ending in 3 colors…
And the numbers are much higher: – 39.000 people is displeased with the ending to one degree or another and the number is still growing every few minutes.
I although think that this should be mentioned: – I’ve never seen “spoiled fanboys” donating to charity to get computers for the children in hospitals. The outraged fans are actually doing something good with their energy :)


On March 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Support this petition and let Bioware hear us!


On March 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I really don’t care what people say about the ending. Not everything can be a happy ending. We all knew that this was the end of Shepherds story, and personally, It looked increasingly more plain that he wouldn’t since part way through ME2. I know the endings don’t give the catharsis that some people want, but sometimes that isn’t the point. the point IMO is that shepherds sacrifice isn’t in vain – but I do object to a certain degree of “LOL! Space magic!”


On March 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

As has been mentioned elsewhere, a very close analogy that may help explain why so may of us are upset can be made using Harry Potter.
Imagine if, at the very end, a phantom policeman suddenly appears and offers Harry a choice of three different guns with which to shoot Voldemort. Harry picks one and pulls the trigger. End of book.
Rowling certainly could have ended the series in such a fashion if she wanted to, but it would have been almost universally panned as horrible writing that did not match the rest of the series.
This is exactly what BioWare has done.


On March 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Listen you, I am one of 10 of my friends who LOVED Mass effect. ALL of us, hates the way it ends. One of my friends won’t beat the game because he doesn’t want to see who they ruin our favorite single player game of all time. Including me that is 11 people, me a one other of my friends are vocal about this. Which means that roughly, for every 1 person complaining there are about 5 or 6 with them.


On March 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Well written and unbiased. I thank you for upholding proper journalistic traits that most media channels have already forsaken.

Give Bioware a chance. As stated before, they did deliver some of the greatest RPG story-lines ever. I am as devastated as the next person on how vague and limiting the endings are to ME3, but we have absolutely no right to ask the artist to repaint his/her masterpiece. It is their work, and the general consensus so far is that it is an UNFINISHED work. Let’s see how things play out. If this is somehow a Bioware PR move and the surprise is spoiled by the massive backlash, you all will feel like complete ***holes.


On March 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

To reply to myself earlier on something I forgot, if I am wrong about the PR move or unfinished work, I will bite the proverbial bullet and fully commit to the flame-fest.


On March 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

The endings where all bad, just taking abit of deus ex and battlestar and mixed it together afew things stand out most though:

1: They set up everything towards a conclusion that never really happened. you didnt get to see all those war assets in action, all those upgraded weapons and systems were never seen or used. Atleast in ME2 when you upgraded the ship it played out in the ending level.

2: I chose Miranda through it and the final convosation she said to my shepard “When this is over, come find me” I’m alittle worried that everyone seems to want depressing death endings, sure have that as an option, its end of the galaxy after all but after all your characters been through spanning three games and many years of playing as your character there should atleast be an ending dedicated in seeing all Shepards will to fight and carry on believing in the galaxy pay off, he should get the chance to see a good ending where he does get to stop fighting and settle down with his romance.

3: Mass effect was a technical universe much like star trek, with lots of infomation on how starships work and things like mass relays and other science talk. The ending to ME3 suddenly changes the feel of that to a spiritual alternate meaning battlestar galactica feel. Which was out of place with how the Mass effect universe worked.

4: They managed to ruin the whole Mass effect galaxy in under 5 minutes, destroying the relays and undoing everything that has built up and you have gotten to know through the games. The races dont get to return home, the geth and quarian rebuilding their planet is thrown out, everything up to the end is completly undone by it. ITs like taking star wars and destroying the force at the last 5 minutes of the final movie oh and taking away space travel too.

5: You never got to see all that work pay off, never got to see how your fight saved the galaxy to continue for many years after, you didnt get to see characters reunite, rejoyce in the end of the war start to rebuild, you know everything you worked towards saving was totally and all for nothing.


On March 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

1.No “happy” ending? Ok. But at least make it look so it will make sense!

2. The story must not end with the coices taken out of the blue. Because teleporting crew members and Normandy near mass-relay and then crashing on random planet not even in Solar system don’t make any sense at all!

3. No “strange planet”, no “teleporting squad members”, MORE explanations are absolutely needed to make this game and its final seem at least believable!

Make the ending make SENSE and then I’ll be fine with the one where Shepard survive.

Alpha Bootis

On March 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

[!fair spoiler alert!]
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I must say I find it jarring how often this outcry is misinterpreted as people beeing angry for Shepards appearant death.
I admit i would prefer something more sunny as a cap on it all, however, the main problem of it is that the ending makes: a: no sense b: no use of your carefully constructed ME 1 and 2 savegame files that the average ME fan will have invested well over 150 hours in.
I will go as far as calling it the biggest anti-climax in gaming history.
They advertised with your choices mattering more then ever before, the reality is its more like an arcade railshooter “shoot A, B or C for your direction” ending. I have hope for a DLC rectifying this, but in my eyes they already messed up.


On March 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

I hope for once in gaming history, our voices get heared. that would be truly revolutionary. Perhaps it might be the opening of Pandora’s box for game developers for they will learn the power of the community.
For a good laugh, let me use their words in the finale of ME3 tweaked against them… ‘We have HOPE for a FUTURE where we receive the ending we deserve. If there isn’t any hope for a worthy ending, Then why should we even bother to play this game? I will not accept it, I will speak out loud to everybody to unite our voice, I will keep resisting till I get what I want, for I am Shepard!’ haha

I want Casey Hudson making a statement on Youtube while crying like Toyota’s CEO. A well meant apology for all the caused troubles to their loyal fans.

In case we don’t get what we want, well I for instance will boycot Biowares product, I don’t want to feel disappointed again.

It remembers me of the movie of American Pie. The game serie is as the perfect big yummy wedding cake and the ending of the serie is as Jim accidently strows his pubic hair upon it.

Tyko Brian

On March 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

HELL YEAH the ME3 endings need to be altered. I mean let’s look at ME2…there was a whole range of endings… from perfect “everyone survives” ending to disastrous “everyone dies” ending. And these are based on actions made by Shepard thro…ughout the entire game such as how much ship upgrade has been made or completing loyalty missions etc. But in case of Me3 it’s not like that… I won’t say more so people don’t get spoiled. The ending of Deus Ex Human Revolution is a pretty good example.
A tragic ending such as Shepard and the galaxy’s resistance efforts becoming futile and reapers completing the cycle of extinction as usual is by no means a ‘bad’ ending: it’s expected. In ME2 the worst possible outcome was done so dramatically that it was one of my favorites and I was highly impressed how they presented it. But in case of ME3… well for minimal spoilers… let’s just say, it’s almost… almost as if the ending disregards your decisions throughout the game (let alone the trilogy) and it is almost entirely based on some actions in the finale… What I thought Bioware was promising us was that when a tragic ending would take place we would realize that we should’ve taken a particular action or done some things differently in the game, or in ME2 or hell, in ME1… so then we would replay perhaps the entire trilogy to get the endings we want…
And people who are saying perfect endings would make the series too much of a fairytale, well RPG’s don’t force people into any endings… so it could’ve been at least included. Now I know it is highly unlikely that in a reaper invasion a perfect can be achieved…but first let me tell you what I mean by a perfect ending. My version of “perfect” ending is that no major characters (including Shepard, of course) die: they can be handicapped by the war- I have no problem, and no home planet is completely destroyed- there can be huge losses that take decades to rebuild, though. I would’ve loved it if Bioware included it and made it EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY difficult to achieve it like for example the player would have to take a particular route and do numerous things in a particular way spanning the entire trilogy: and they would only realize what needs to be done after several playthorughs of the trilogy! This “perfect” ending could’ve been something to boast about to your friends and be proud of: an ultimate achievement.
And also there could’ve been other bittersweet endings like the perfect ending I mentioned except Shep’s love interest dies to help Shep achieve it… or the perfect ending I mentioned except Shepard sacrifices himself to achieve this, and the galaxy remembers him as the ultimate hero. And to be honest… the way Bioware presented the three endings… well for minimal spoilers- let’s just say they have some tragic elements in common which I’m sure gamers would’ve preferred to dodge… and also visually, the endings are very much similar… the absence of epilogue also creates a need for closure: which was VERY necessary. Personally, I think another reason I’m absolutely hating the endings is because after several playthroughs I’ve realized that no matter what I do, I can’t stop some very very important unwanted outcomes.
I don’t think there’s an excuse for blunders like this… if Bioware could’ve created two awesome games like ME1 and ME2 and if they could put up a fabulous show in ME3 till the ending as well then what on Earth happened in the ending?? By not giving people the choice or the scope to craft their own closing of the trilogy, they have to some extent destroyed the RPG elements of the game. And well, as the ending is the last thing people will experience, this will be etched in their memory…
Shepard endured and sacrificed so much for the sake of the galaxy and by no means (s)he had voluntary support from the council. Hell, (s)he was even put to trial for genocide!! So what does this self- sacrificing heroic figure get in return in the final chapter of the battle?? (S)he deserved a proper ending, not a good ending, not a bad one but a one that reflected his choices through the trilogy!! And I think even his/her demise wasn’t well presented… Shepard deserved better!!! As a Shepard myself I demand it!! If Bioware had to release the game five years later to make things right, fans would’ve understood. But nooooo… they rushed and now we have this…
After playing through ME3 I have to constantly chant to keep myself loosing my cool, “The journey is more important than the end…”, “The journey is more important than the end…”, “The journey is more important…
WHY BIOWARE, WHY?????????????????????? :’(


On March 15, 2012 at 3:22 am

Secret ending indicates shepperd got nocked K.O by Harbiger while storming the light Beam.



On March 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

While the game was fun, I would hardly call it amazing or even that great. For starters, it was extremely dumbed down. Dialogues were either removed or done automatically and the actual things you said had little effect on the outcome of the conversation (not to mention them removing neutral dialogue options entirely, making what was a neutral character in previous games a non-medicated bipolar person in this one).

Secondly, the writing quality also seems to have deteriorated. Of course, they decided early on to treat the game like a movie, which they wound up accomplishing quite nicely.

Character development was almost non-existent, such as James Vega. Even recurring characters like Garrus or Liara failed to develop, with each falling into a characterization that you couldn’t change, unlike past games where you can heavily influence the personalities and actions of your squadmates and others. It seems as though they put more time into developing secondary characters like Cortes than your own team.

Feedback on this would be appreciated.

Eric the red

On March 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

For me personally, the entirety of ME3 was the ending. It culminated in what has been the signature of the series all along: a choice. That Shep dies is no big surprise, he spent most of ME3 saying goodbye to everyone. And everybody dies; this is no secret. Arguably, his death was more meaningful than most.

For me, it tied up a great series, provided one last epic chapter, and ended with closure. I’ve read all the “coulda woulda shouldas” here but at the end of the day, it wasn’t your story to tell. Sorry you weren’t happy with it, I hope you can look back one day and say “wow, that was an epic story. Let’s go through it again”.


On March 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

Just finished the game…and I am sorry to say I am with the people who are dissatisfied.
First off, “The Quiet Earth” comes to mind when I see the Normandy on some strange new world. But my biggest beef seems to be how they destroyed an amazing universe full of possibilities for more stories and adventures.

Casey Hudson said he wanted the game to be remembered after it was finished. Remembered would be a devoted fan who played out the entire trilogy every few years because it was so epic. Now I am debating even playing through on my many other Shepards. 5 Playthroughs for ME1, 6 for ME2 and 1 for ME3…this is how your hard work will be remembered.


On March 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

since march 6th, till this moment, i managed to play ME3 three times! Paragon, Renegade, and something in between…

last summer, I played ME and ME2 three times each, every time with different choices, different classes, origin, and so on… of course played it with every DLC. calculate how many time and money is that.

im writer myself, and ending i got here, is not non satisfactory it is trivial! what the hell happened with all damn choices we had to make??? why battle for earth was so bleak??? why there is no shepards impact on final battle as it was in original ME?? why the f**k did i saved geth, and let them live, just to control them, after i destroy mass relays?? and how the hell Normandy and Joker, ended up traveling trough mass relays when i blew them up?!

i played ME3 three times, just to see same ending with different colors… green, red and blue… I am truly disappointed… resources they spent making mediocre multiplayer. they should have used making satisfactory ending…


On September 9, 2013 at 2:37 am

Last comment was spam, as well as bumping an incredibly old article. Remove it, please.


On September 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

Oh Cry me a river. Why do you want it removed, because this is an old thread (old threads get brought back quite a bit), or because you don’t agree with it? Old this thread may, be but this persons comments are right on. I have a feeling you are one who likes the endings. Personally I’d rather see your comment removed as it really has no baring on anything other than your ability to not agree with it.
You need to face the facts. like it or not, this subject will be popping up for more years to come and no amount of whining is ever going to stop that. In a nutshell quit whining and deal with it. Passion runs deep.

Ron Whitaker

On September 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

@thedog – Actually, that comment was completely spam. It’s been removed. Cry pointed it out, and now it’s gone.


On September 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

Ok, I’ll take your word for it, but I did agree with it. Poorly written, bad ending, same endings.
Can’t trust anyone these days.


On September 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

@thedog – I hated the ending. The comment I asked to be removed did not even acknowledge the subject matter and instead asked readers to visit another site. It was spam.


On September 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Also, if you’d bothered to read properly, you’d have seen that the most recent comment left before mine was last year. That alone should have told you that there’d been another one that had already been removed.


On September 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Ok,,,,, I missed the fine details and ended up with egg on my face. I apologize. Though you were a Bioware sympathizer.
On the bright side, if I get enough egg, I can make an omelette. Just have to figure out how to get the ham and cheese as well. :)


On September 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Hate this no edit crp. That was thought, not though.

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