The article I’m basing this on is an interview with Casey Hudson from Bioware over on IGN which you can read here. Now to add a bit of context here: I have finished ME3, and while I’m not as up in arms over the endings as some of the other fans, I’m far from happy about it.
ME3 had me emotionally invested in its story. When **SPOILER ALERT** Mordin, Legion and Thane bought it I literally had to pause the game and just think back on all the moments I had with those characters. I didn’t give a shit about arranging intergalactic unity to fight the Reapers…the cost felt too high.
The only other time I’ve felt that was in Dragonlance when **SPOILER ALERT** Sturm Brightblade sacrificed himself. So the endings were a solid kick in the daddy bags. Child VI Reaper, Reapers being controlled, Harbinger barely showing up other than to drop down to earth and death ray some random dudes. The Citadel being the Catalyst… are you confused because I sure as shit was.
Casey Hudson Says:
“I didn’t want the game to be forgettable, and even right down to the sort of polarizing reaction that the ends have had with people–debating what the endings mean and what’s going to happen next, and what situation are the characters left in.
“That to me is part of what’s exciting about this story. There has always been a little bit of mystery there and a little bit of interpretation, and it’s a story that people can talk about after the fact.”
Here is the thing though: Nobody is talking about the endings in a positive light. Nobody is trying to find the underlying message in the static. We are confused. We’re falling through gaps in the plot larger than reapers.
This was supposed the be the end of a trilogy. The last battle of one of video gaming’s most Iconic sack-crunching heroes. There wasn’t supposed to be any interpretation: Everyone was expecting a solid ending where we would get to see the end result of all Sheppard’s work, not a cut scene of the Normandy with random characters walking around!
What we got did not give me any kind of closure. What happened to Earth? What happened to my LI (If I survive/die)? What happened between Garrus and Tali? Where the hell are my Blue Children? I stayed faithful for three games. (See Mike’s videos for more LI garbage), I worked my ass off to save the galaxy, and all I get is Normandy in warp?! Why was the Normandy in warp to begin with, last I heard Joker was taking part in the battle above earth with the Sword Fleet.
I feel as if I just got some crappy quick-cut to an ending. It’s what I imagine in my worst nightmare of another George Lucas re-cut of Return of the Jedi in which he decides that fading to black at the moment Darth Vader throws the Emperor over the edge is good idea.
Then Casey says:
“We pay very close attention to it. It’s very important to us and we will always listen to feedback, interpret it and try and do the right thing by our fans.”
“We have some really great multiplayer content and some really great single-player content coming over the air, (fan) feedback will become part of how we design that.”
Now this really grinds my gears. The ME2 DLC was great and I don’t regret buying all of it because it was all meant to be played after the suicide mission. It was designed to bridge the gap between the last two games of the series and it was great at doing just that. The difference is ME3 DLC needs to be written to fix gaps in the main story. Also if Sheppard dies how are they going to bring him back for post game DLC. Cerberus isn’t around to Deus Ex Machina him back so what are they going to do?
ME3 was a game that had a lot of potential, hell it was MY FAVORITE GAME SERIES of this generation of consoles. But ME3 failed harder than Icarus trying to make it to the Sun when it came to giving me closure. The worst part is it really only fails during the last ten minutes of gameplay. Let’s be optimistic and hope Bioware will fix it. Lets hope this DLC will solve some of these issues. It’s crap that we’re going to have to drop cash to fix this but I’ll do it if it gives these characters the ending and respect they deserve… lets just hope it’s sooner then later.
That’s Yo “Icarus got porked” Garbage!