If you were like me many of you were extremely disappointed with the rather… terrible endings of Mass Effect 3. They felt incomplete and they were full of outrageously glaring plot holes and inconsistencies. The outcry against the ending was so large that it prompted Bioware to modify the endings and even add new ones to the game to appease upset fans. I think this speaks volumes about Bioware and shows that they actually listen to the people who play their games. While I’m not totally thrilled with the endings they are a large step in the right direction and are far more acceptable than their predecessors.
I thought for those of you who had already uninstalled Mass Effect 3 it would be much easier to just watch the new endings instead of re-installing the game or throwing it back in your 360/PS3. Be forwarned these DO CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!! If you have not played Mass Effect 3 or plan on playing it do not watch these as they will spoil the endings for you.
Another big complaint I had was the massive glaring plothole that the endings created. In each of the original endings the Mass Relays are destroyed. Effectively trapping the entire space Armada above earth and destroying galactic civilization which is what we spent 3 games trying to save? Additionally when Mass Relays are destroyed they wipe out entire solar systems which in essence would destroy every planet which would defeat the purpose once again. I’m happy to say they fixed that plot hole by stating that the Mass Relays were not destroyed but just damaged and that they can and would be repaired. Keeping galactic civilization as we know it… intact.
Bioware announced that after much ‘constructive’ critcism from their fans that they will be working on some additional end game content for Mass Effect 3. They want to please their fans while keeping their artistic integreity of their development teams.
“I believe passionately that games are an art form, and that the power of our medium flows from our audience, who are deeply involved in how the story unfolds,” Muzyka wrote, “and who have the uncontested right to provide constructive criticism. At the same time, I also believe in and support the artistic choices made by the development team. The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3’s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.”
The new ending might help bring more closure to fans who didn’t care so much for the polarized ending that Mass Effect 3 had. Personally I was not a fan of it and I would have liked to had a little more closure and found out what happened in regards to my choices in earlier Mass Effect titles.
I along with many others were completely enthralled with Mass Effect 3 from the beginning all the way until the very end when we were let down by the ending. The ending, at least to me, felt like it was thrown togeather at the last minute.
There has been a large out cry against Mass Effect 3’s ending and several of the glaring and open plot holes.
A director at Bioware, Casey Hudson said this in regards to enraged fans criticism:
“we appreciate everyone’s feedback about Mass Effect 3 and want you to know we are listening. Active discussions about the ending are more than welcome here, and the team will be reviewing it for feedback and responding when we can.
“Please note, we want to give people time to experience the game so while we can’t get into specifics right now, we will be able to address some of your questions once more people have had time to complete the game. In the meantime, we’d like to ask that you keep the non-spoiler areas of our forums and our social media channels spoiler free.
“We understand there is a lot of debate on the Mass Effect 3 ending and we will be more than happy to engage in healthy discussions once more people get to experience the game. We are listening to all of your feedback.”
Now that everyone has had the chance to play Mass Effect 3 and hopefully have beaten it what did you think of the ending?
Back In November of 2007 for the Xbox 360 and the summer of 2008 for the PCs Commander Shepard and crew came into our lives to save all of humanity from certain death at the hands of Saren Arterius a rouge Specter and his Geth minions or so it would seem….
Developed by Bioware and published by Microsoft this action RPG shooter has an amazing story and game play elements made great by Bioware’s earlier masterpiece: Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic. Mass Effect takes Commander Shepard across the known universe to try and stop Saren and the Geth from destroying every intelligent race in existence! Check out this mazing trailer that helped to launch the series:
In January of 2010 Mass Effect 2 was released with refined gameplay and the ability to port your Shepard character from Mass Effect into Mass Effect 2 adding a new level of continuity to the story because the decisions made in M.E. 1 affected the story of M.E. 2.
In Mass Effect 2 the Normandy is on patrol on the outskirts of the galaxy when it is attacked by an unknown enemy and Commander Shepard is “killed” and then resurrected by Cerberus a human supremacist organization led by the Illusive Man. When Shepard is revived you are thrown back into a race to stop the “Collectors” from abducting humans for reasons unknown! Check out the launch Trailer for Mass Effect 2:
Now we come to mass Effect 3 with the release of the demo last week it looks like the Epic-ness of this final installment will over-shadow the first two games in this already impressive series! With the war being brought to Earth’s doorstep, Commander Shepard is the only one who can stop the impending doom of the entire human race. Here’s the debut trailer from last year. Note the release date is wrong because M.E. 3 was pushed back:
Now with this installment the Mass Effect series gets its first multiplayer co-op experience. Much like Gears of War’s Horde mode this Co-op experience in no joke the A.I. is insanely intelligent with the ability to flank and use tactics to destroy every member of your team but you have many options for soldier type and load outs including many of the races and abilities from the campaign. You can also earn credits for achieving objectives while playing that can be used to purchase packs that have power ups, weapons, special ammo, and new load out options to unlock. Here’s the multiplayer trailer that gives us a small look:
Now If that didn’t get you psyched, then maybe a deeper look into the story with this amazing full cinematic trailer that will tug your heart strings and give you the courage to fight for the Human race! Enjoy…
I have to add this final trailer simply because all major games are making epic live action trailers to promote their releases and Mass Effect is no different. Now this is no Halo series live action trailer but still epic in its own right. Check it out:
One of this year’s most anticipated, if not THE MOST anticipated game, Mass Effect 3 released in demo form today and I must say if this is any indication of the full release then I think no other game will come close to touching it the entire year!
In the demo you get two full single player levels complete with cut scenes. The demo also gives you an option to choose the game style you would like to play like straight shooter or classic RPG action shooter. What little of the story you get it amazing in keeping with the Mass Effect franchise it hooks you in the first 5 minutes and keeps you on the line until the demo is over. Without reveling anything all as I can say if HOLY AWESOMES SAUCE! This game is going to be amazing!
There is a multiplayer component that can only be accessed early (Feb 14th to Feb 17th) If you activated your Battlefield 3 online pass and then after the 17th will be open to everyone. Multiplayer is an objective based “Horde” mode that is insanely intense and lots of fun.
The demo is available now on PC via Origin, Xbox live and The PSN for free download. If you haven’t done so download it now and check it out! For more info check out the official Bioware Mass Effect 3 site HERE.
Also on Sunday Feb 19th during the AMC show The Walking Dead a new Mass Effect 3 trailer debuts to make you hunger even more to play this years’ best release! But for now check out this trailer with Fem Sheppard…..ENJOY!
The Bad – Mass Effect 3 was pushed back until 2012. Bioware released a statement saying:
‘ Today we have confirmed that Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012. The development team is laser foucused on making sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, boldest, and best game in the series, ensuring that it exceeds everyone’s expectations.’ – Casey Hudson ( Exec. Producer on the Mass Effect series)
So bummer for fans of the Mass Effect series, however it could turn out to be a good thing ensuring we get a quality game.
The Good – Bioware says that Star Wars: The Old Republic will release late this year. Frank Gibeau ( Pres. of EA) refused to give the exact date and gave two reasons why: ‘ We don’t want to tip off the competition and we want more data from the beta test.’ The beta testing currently has over one million testers. EA went on to say they are fully prepared for a 2011 launch in Q2 or Q3 of the year which doesn’t discount a January release.
This piece of news has me excited. Finally some kinda time table! Hopefully Santa thinks I have been a good boy this year and Star Wars will be under my tree.