Posted on March 13, 2012, Ross Lincoln Mass Effect 3 Ending-Hatred: 5 Reasons The Fans Are Right
SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY. If you don’t want to hear about Mass Effect 3′s ending in great detail, evacuate now.
A week has passed since the release of Mass Effect 3, and fans that have stayed true to the series since its first release back in 2007 have been fighting through its single-player campaign, raising forces to drive back the Reaper threat. And as players are reaching the ending of the epic three-part trilogy in which many have invested countless hours, some are coming away from the game‘s finale a little…upset.
We’ve been following the outrage, which stems from the final moments on the Citadel during the end game. In the end, Shep gets three choices — destroy the Reapers, along with all synthetic life, the mass relays and him/herself (because of his/her synthetic parts); control the Reapers, disengaging them from the fight but destroying himself in the process, still destroying the mass relays, and basically becoming a computer; or merging with the Reapers, making all life both organic and synthetic and evolving the entire galaxy to a higher plane of existence, still destroying the mass relays and Shepard, but ending the Reaper threat.
Many fans have been raging about the ending choices, the final cutscene and the implications of the Mass Effect universe after the end of Shepard. Some see it as the raging of entitled, whiny gamers who didn’t get enough sunshine and puppies in their ending, and expected Shep to retire with Tali on Rannoch and creepy little masked babies. But the people who would argue that gamers are entitled and that BioWare’s creative integrity is preserved by the ending, however bleak, are — quite simply — wrong. It’s not about a happy ending; it’s about an ending that makes sense.
We think the fans are right. To prove it, we’ve analyzed the series’ lore, its moral and philosophical themes, the structure of the game itself, even BioWare’s own statements about the series. Here are 5 reasons the fans are right to hate Mass Effect 3′s Ending
Read on to see reason 5…