Tali betrayed me, BioWare betrayed me!
Yes, this IS a rant… (not about the ending though, this is about LOVE and CHOICE).
I’ve just gotten around to playing Mass Effect 3 single player campaign (the life of a games is busy these days and I still have some catch-up to do) and after 20+ hours I found Tali, my love, cheating on me with Garrus!
Why Tali, why?
Now I admit Garrus is quite a good-looking fellow and I also know she is innocent.
She’s totally oblivious of our previous relationship.
“How did that happen?”, you’re wondering…
Well, I played ME1 on the PC, as I didn’t have an Xbox at the time and personally loved the interface and feel, so much that I bought ME2 for the PC as well, even though I did have an Xbox at the time (ME2 had been seriously optimized for console/pad though, compared to the first chapter).
I’m not sure how people usually manage their PCs but personally I do upgrade every few years, get new and faster Hard drives when there’s a chance and rarely keep the same Windows install for more than 1 year.
So by the time I played ME2 I didn’t have anything to import.
No worries though, the introductory comic did take care of the choices I made in the previous chapter.
Mass Effect becoming available on the PS3 was a huge boon for me, as it is my primary gaming console, so I obviously jumped at ME3 for PS3 (even because of the multiplayer).
So, I didn’t have any previous import this time as well, but no introductory comic either… I just got to choose I saved Alenko and that was about it.
I didn’t realize, at the time, that I was NOT going to play the final chapter of MY saga, but rather I would be playing BioWare’s choices.
Honestly I’m really puzzled… why wouldn’t they offer a summary of previous choices?
Why didn’t they offer to choose who had previously been your romance? Who you had saved rather than abandoned?
I SAVED Wrex in ME1 and met with him as head of Clan Urdnot in ME2 and now he is dead…
I had SAVED the Rachni queen, fascinated by the song she shared with her whole race and now I had killed her.
And I had had a romance with Tali and now she’s flirting with Garrus.
Was this a wise decision by BioWare? Not to offer a choice from the storyline told in the previous chapters to new players?
Or rather, to players that did NOT have a save to import.
I didn’t care for the experience or boosts, but I DID care for my choices. They’re what made the saga MY saga.
Sure, I’m part of a minority but honestly, in the timespan of some years, is not so unlikely to have HD failures, console failures, to decide to switch gaming platform and so on.
I think that out there, there’s players like me that played the whole saga, that wrote their own story but that (for any reason) didn’t have a file to import.
And we lost our choices, we lost our story and saga.
Why would BioWare offer a choices-comic-recap for ME2 but not for the final chapter?
Does it make any sense?
Why would they ignore us?
It’s a rant.
I don’t care I could have checked on the internet, I don’t spoil myself about games I love.
I don’t care I should have played ME2 again on PS3, didn’t make any sense (if I knew how things would go, I probably would have done it, too late now though).
And I’m really pissed off right now: because Wrex had died and I could not save Eve (probably the only krogan I ever cared for) and I have to deal with this hideous Wreav guy that I can’t stand.
Because there’s this aura of machismo in the air that’s for developing teenagers (“Hell yeah!” WTF).
Because instead of romancing Tali I can romance this useless journalist chick (the did outsource her model to a low cost Chinese company, didn’t they? Her stance is awful) by asking her to jump in bed (machismo again).
Apart from a virtual broken heart, the point here is: there are choice that are made during the development of a game that can really change the experience for users.
With Mass Effect, BioWare wanted to create a grandiose sci-fi saga, which they did, and then fall short so miserably by forgetting to give every player the chance to feel like the major player/writer of this saga.
Lack of time? Maybe, since many of the releases of this last part of the current generation feel rushed in a way or another.
Certainly anyway, lack of vision, cutting “unnecessary options”, giving a little less than a little more. That was really a pity.
And so… the final chapter of the saga for me ends with a “meh”.
I still love the Mass Effect universe though, that’s for granted… just not BioWare :P!