Warning: Spoilers below. But then, if you haven’t finished Mass Effect 3, why are you reading about the alternate endings?
When I turned off my XBOX, 30 hours after playing Mass Effect 3, I sat there staring at my reflection in the blackness of the TV. Was I happy with what I just went through? Did the game deliver what I was expecting it to after almost 5 years of gaming? Definitely not, but that was expected.
When you love a series and adopt its characters to heart, your mind builds a defense matrix around it and denies you the ability to let go. It’s a humorous psychological situation that we all go through. Funnier yet is the rejection and finger pointing we apply: When the show ‘Lost’ neared its end, we all said the writers and producers did not know how to end it and accordingly hated on the series’ finale. When George Lucas claimed that he won’t be shooting any more Star Wars movies, we all blocked the last three and refused to acknowledge their presence with the classic episodes 4,5,6… wait… 1,2,3 DID suck. All Mr. Lucas did was alter the endings of the originals to easily fit in with the…. ok, this will require an entry of its own… moving on.
Since ME3′s release, Bioware has been hounded with rabid fans demanding rainbow endings that have Shepard drinking a mojito with Garrus on a beach, as they ponder some sunset on some world. I for one am glad they did not cave in to these preposterous requests and stuck to their creative guns. The Extended Cut, therefore, will not be a recreation, but a clarification that will hopefully serve as a softening to the blow delivered with the goodbye’s. I also hope they remove that ridiculous DLC claim from the end of the game. Leave me to mourn in peace, DAMNIT!
Regardless of rants and fanboy requests, the DLC is being released today and I don’t think it will make a rat’s ass of a difference. And here’s are five reasons why…
1. The World Will End and the Universe Will Collapse on Itself.
The sooner you accept that truth, the more you’ll enjoy the game for what it is and not nag at what you wanted it to be. The reapers have been dropping hints of that imminent end throughout all three games, and there were only two ways with which ME3 could have ended: We all die or we all live; There was not going to be a happily-ever-after situation with the reapers. Besides, that scene at the end with the grand father and his grand son goes to show you that the struggle was not in vain. Someone, somewhere survived to tell the story. Bioware did the right thing in choosing an outcome where everyone the gamer is exposed to dies. It’s the riskier choice and the one that will stick most in people’s minds. Also, and while we’re at it, accept the fact that this is how the known alien races die: In the Sol system. The DLC will not change that and I see little else they can emphasize on in regards to this.