Three endings you should hate more than Mass Effect 3's

Paul Stachniak defends Mass Effect 3's ending by offering three endings from other popular video games that missed the narrative mark.

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Lupus643003d ago

Personally, I didn't have a problem with ME3's ending. Sure, I can understand how people got upset from not having every bullet point addressed at the ending, but I feel like every decision was addressed by the immediate result at the time of the decision.

At the end of Mass Effect 3, all I could think about was whether or not I was willing to sacrifice the synthetics that I'd saved, and how my Shepard would never get to see his crew again because of my decision. I kept thinking about it intermittently days later, and I think that's a hell of a compliment for any piece of narrative.

grailly3003d ago (Edited 3003d ago )

complaining about ME 3's ending being bad is like saying the rest of ME's story is good, which it really isn't. Sure the mission-contained stories were good and well written but the overarching story was garbage. Giant squids from space, really? who thought THAT was good?
I like the gameplay and characters, I wasn't awaiting much from the ending, so it was fine by me.

EDIT. it's the same here, nobody complained about the borderlands ending before because nobody cared about the story.

TekoIie3003d ago

"Giant squids from space, really? who thought THAT was good?"

If i could guess it would be the 3mil people who have bought each game...

Anon19743003d ago (Edited 3003d ago )

I agree with Borderland's ending. It wasn't the story that drove me in that game, it was the loot! The Borderlands ending was just a bullet point, another mission completed but in no way did I feel it took away from the 100 hours I put into that game, nor did it stop me from jumping all over the DLC when it came out. In fact, Borderlands is in my top 10 games of this gen. This happens all the time in TV, movies, games, books. It's hard as hell to wrap things up in a satisfying way but just because they don't always stick the landing doesn't mean the ride wasn't worthwhile.

If you sunk numerous hours into the Mass Effect series and had a blast playing, and the ending of the third one ruined it for you, you really need to ask yourself why you play games in the first place. I'll never understand the rage over this. "Bu-bu-bu Bioware said the ending would be all things to all people! They said!" Give your head a shake.

ShinMaster3003d ago

Those other games didn't have you making choices throughout 3 games.
They didn't build false hope on the fans.

Megaton3003d ago

MGS4? Really? Some people...

I would, however, say that MGS2 belongs at the top of any list of bad endings. It was so bad that it put me off to MGS3 until long after Subsistence had released.

MacDonagh3003d ago

I actually really liked the MGS 2 ending, but I didn't care for the convoluted plot of MGS 4, especially in the end. I would've liked it if Hideo decided then and there if Solid Snake ended it there and then, and you didn't need to show it happening which could've led to him coming back in a future title. I would've preferred that instead of what we got. Just my opinion.

Megaton3003d ago (Edited 3003d ago )

Didn't bother me much that he didn't kill himself. I thought it ran on a little long, but they obviously wanted to wrap up as much as possible. It was clear that Kojima was trying to make a clean break from the series. Didn't work out too well, though.

MacDonagh3003d ago

@Megaton I dunno man. I really would've liked it if he ended it but I think that Konami would've greatly preferred it if Solid didn't die. However, the MGS5 sequel will no doubt use the Fox Engine that they've been working on for years. I hope that this time that he ends Solid's chapter and allow a new protagonist to take up the slack. I wouldn't mind Akiba doing it.

STONEY43003d ago

Kojima said recently that Snake was supposed to die, but he decided to change it near the end of development because most of the team really wanted him to live.

STONEY43003d ago (Edited 3003d ago )

I feel like the only person in the world who thought the last hour of MGS2 made sense, and liked the ending.

As for MGS4, I think they played the LOLNANOMACHINES card too much. But it's still a great game. Story-wise though, it's my least favorite in the series.

Bimkoblerutso3003d ago

Yeah, I'm with you. Still loved the game. Still loved the characters, but the plot was just...crazy to the point that it almost seemed like parody.

WeskerChildReborned3003d ago

Yea MGS4 IMO was one of the best games i've played and had the best ending IMO. omg the boss battle was just so emotional aha

EmperorDalek3003d ago (Edited 3003d ago )

At least you knew it didn't end at Halo 2... And MGS4's ending was great.

And Borderlands 2 isn't even out yet.

mep693003d ago

And Kojima has confirmed MGS 5

MrMister3003d ago

Which is a prequel featuring Big Boss and a YOUNG Solid Snake. So what's your point, son?

WeskerChildReborned3003d ago

@Mista, is it confirmed it will be a prequel?

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Summons753003d ago

How am I suppose to not like the ending to Borderlands 2 if it hasn't even come out yet?

As for Halo and MGS4, those for one made sense. MGS was emotional and bitter sweet, Halo 2 was purely ment to go straight into Halo 3. ME3's endings took no what what you have done into account throughout the franchise, it also didn't even matter what you did in the 3rd game. It came down to what choice do you want to do A Bor C. Even the extended endings did nothing but add a slide show like it was suppose to help, which it didn't. Also adding another ending which surprisingly made the most sense out of all of them.

It's not the ending that is bad that people are mad about, it's the fact that Bioware sold the game on the statement that your choices effected everything and that ended up not happening. It was like the ending to Deus Ex, where you pushed a button and that was the ending.

Please realize this before making stupid articles trying to bash highly respected games

STONEY43003d ago

The worst part was Bioware flat out saying the endings wouldn't be A, B, and C.

“We have the ability to build the endings in a way that we don’t have to worry about eventually tying them back together,” he said. “This story arc is coming to an end with this game, and that means the endings can be a lot more different. At this point we’re taking into account so many decisions that you’ve made as a player and reflecting a lot of that stuff. It’s more like there are some really obvious things that are different and then lots and lots of smaller things, lots of things about who lives and who dies, civilizations that rose and fell, all the way down to individual characters.

“It’s not even in any way like the traditional game endings, where you can say how many endings there are or whether you got ending A, B, or C.”

TopDudeMan3003d ago

See, I don't think a developer should change the ending to a piece of media just because people don't like it. Some things have really bad wtf endings and I think that's okay.

I mean, JK Rowling changed the ending to harry potter and the deathly hallows because she gave a few people copies of it and they didn't like the ending where harry died. So she tacked on some half-baked conclusion where he doesn't actually die and threw it in just to keep the fans happy, but I think the original ending would have made perfect sense, despite it being unpopular.

FCOLitsjustagame3003d ago

If you want to make money you better make endings that are popular.

If you don't care about making money then make whatever ending you want.

People these days seem to think its wrong for people or companies to want to make money. Of course if they don't then they will not have the big budgets to make the game in the first place. No hiring of staff, no buying updated equipment....

TopDudeMan3003d ago

Still, it takes balls to make the ending you want. I'd rather have a really shocking ending like, say Batman Arkham City, than a "safe" ending like, well, most games.

kariyanine3003d ago

That's a silly statement. Stephen King is notorious for writing "bad" endings and I don't think he has any trouble making money.

Games in general have pretty awful storytelling so bad endings are just part and parcel with the medium.

Hicken3003d ago

I think that if your franchise has been heavily relying on "choice" as one of the main draw points, and your ending gives many the feeling that the choices they made were irrelevant, you SHOULD change the ending.

WeskerChildReborned3003d ago

Yea, i don't really mind endings like that. The only problem i have is that with an ending that kills the main protagonist, it make's you think their won't be anymore sequels or not even a chance to see the protagonist again.

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