Fans raged hard when they first started beating “Mass Effect 3” back in March, 2012. Never before had the fans of a series so adamantly and vocally refused to accept what they had been handed. This earned them terms like ‘whiney’ and ‘entitled’ from some gaming journalists. It seemed like only a few gaming journalists, and Forbes of all papers, were on the side of the fans – noting that you deserve to get what you paid for.
Bioware finally agreed to do an extended cut for free and it released today, Tuesday, June 26.
So what’s changed?
1. You get to see your love interest’s face, instead of Liara’s unless you chose Liara, Kaidan or Ashley, before you die.
2. You get to see some of you troops celebrating after the battle. It certainly wasn’t the battle “Mass Effect 3” fans were hoping to see their assets used for, but you do get to see they exist, which is probably as good as it’s going to get.
3. It’s explained why Joker is running away – though how Hackett knows the Crucible is armed since Shepard goes silent on his end – is still a myster. “Speculation from everyone!” as Mac Walters would say. At least someone does have to encourage Joker to leave Shepard behind.
4. Some “Mass Effect 2” characters, such as Jacob and Jack, get a picture in the slideshow after the game’s end – at least in the Control ending and I spotted Jack in the Synthesis ending. It’s pittance, but at least you know they survived; it’s better than we had before.
5. You are allowed to refuse to do what the Catalyst says. This leads to an ending where some new species finds Liara’s messages about their war with the reapers. This ending is the most left open to interpretation and could allow a player to assume Shepard survived and somehow cryogenically froze herself, along with her others, ala Javik’s experience. Or since you need to head canon this ending, you can even come up with your own way for the reapers to be defeated by conventional means.
6. Unless I missed it, there’s still no explanation for why the Normandy crashes on the jungle planet. Did the beam of light actually destroy all ships? Was Joker just a bad pilot? Did everyone crash? Don’t worry though, they immediately pick up and re-launch at the end of the Synthesis ending so it was just a minor accident.
Were the new endings, with a few plotholes sealed, enough for you to forgive Bioware for the previous endings and the way they treated their fans?
Personally, I don’t plan to place another pre-order with Bioware anytime soon and when I pick up “Dragon Age 3”, it will be from a used bin so that Bioware never sees a penny of it. This change was too little, too late and still didn’t offer the full range of endings we were originally promised – this ain’t no 16 endings like the guide book promised.