'Mass Effect 3' Ending - A Sign of Changing Times (StrengthGamer)

Anthony Accinelli of StrengthGamer writes, "With the recent outrage and ugly behavior displayed by gamers following the ending of Mass Effect 3, it's even more clear to me that times are changing.

Mainly that today's generation of gamers need their hands held."

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AvidGamerrrr2387d ago

could not agree more - great article.

bessy672386d ago

That's what Bioware themselves said prior to releasing ME3 about the ending/choices. We have a right to be angry since they did not follow what they had previously said. If you bought a car after hearing the manufacturer say that it had a V8 engine, power locks, power windows etc. and found out that it had none of those features, you'd be outraged.

TronEOL2386d ago

Not much the article writer can really say here. It seems once these types of "gamers" get upset, there's no bringing them back until they get what they want. Kind of reminds me of something... oh right, a child.

Perfect picture for the article by the way.

tigertron2386d ago

So its acceptable for a company to produce an ending which goes against everything they promised?

Lets face it, the fans are upset because Bioware promised something they didn't deliver. Instead what we got was an ending which made no sense no matter how you try to look at it. Bioware messed up.

When you produce a product, you expect a product made by a highly reputable company to maintain a good quality throughout its use. We have parted with our hard earned cash so excuse me for wanting what I paid for.

Anon19742386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )

This is ridiculous. Plenty of people found the ending just fine. Certainly it didn't hurt the game's critical reaction any. I've seen plenty of movies where the director has hyped up their product and in the end I didn't care for the ending. Never once did I say "I paid for this product! I demand they change the ending to suit my tastes!" And the reason I haven't is because that's crazy talk. I've also played plenty of games that I enjoyed the hell out of only to be let down by the ending. Borderlands is a perfect example. Fantastic game, lame ending. I'd play it again in a heartbeat.

And this shouldn't even come as a surprise to anyone who's played the other Mass Effect games. Bioware has always hyped up player choice, but when it comes down to player choice versus main plot points - the story trumped player choice every time. Why would you expect otherwise? Because Bioware said "We'd have a great ending and choices matter!" I don't remember anyone losing their minds when it didn't happen in Mass Effect 2, or when your choices had zero impact in a game like Fable where it was all about player choice.

I hated the end of Halo Reach. Hated it. After everything I went through it just felt like a kick in the nuts, and it felt lazy. There was no story, characters were non-existent and the end I just couldn't care about. Others felt the same way. But the game itself was fun to play. Not for a second did I ever think "I should start a petition and force Bungie to come up with an ending I like!" I'm sure I could have found plenty of people that didn't like the ending, but what right do I have to dictate someone's vision for a game they created? It's so unbelievably arrogant. So I did what I've done for almost 30 years of gaming now. When asked I said, "Fun game. Didn't care for the ending, but aside from that it wasn't bad." Not, "I'm gonna find a Bungie writer and make her the target of a hate campaign!"

Face it. Certain gamers wanted to hate Mass Effect right out of the gate. There were those calling for a boycott when it went multiplat. People lost their minds because they "dared" offer day one DLC. People ragged on Mass Effect 2 all day long for being more action orientated. Now they just found a new reason to hate it, while the general gaming public seem to have no issues whatsoever. They're speaking with their wallets and who do you think Bioware is going to listen too? Internet bitchers or the game sales?

You got what you paid for. An action, rpg game. Sorry you didn't like the last 10 minutes of the game. Perhaps Bioware could refund that portion of the game and give you a nickel or something out of good faith. Hate to break it to you, but life is full of endings you're not going to be happy with. Suck it up, princess. You don't get to dictate how these things turn out, nor should you. The last thing we need is our games designed by internet mob.

tigertron2386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )


Sorry if you're happy to accept rubbish. Yes, people did a bit of raging about Mass Effect 2's style, but from the game's opening - to the end it remained brilliant.

I'm not saying Mass Effect 3 sucked, FAR from it. I loved every minute of it, right up until the end. Hence my dissapointment. It isn't how you end a trilogy - fill it with a retarded explanation for the Reapers AND then not answer any questions, except leaving you with nothing but questions. Maybe you're on of those guys that liked Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes ending?

Please don't speak for everyone, MOST people were dissatisfied with ME3's ending whether you like it or not.

On the topic of Halo Reach, the game was not a conclusion to Masterchief's story, it was a stand alone prequel, not only that, we knew what was going to happen when we bought it. We knew it was all going to end badly for Noble team and Reach, thats why they fled at the end of Reach/beginning of Halo 1.

If you don't think gamers should have a voice thats fine, if you're happy with buying online passes or on disc DLC because you don't think gamers should be entitled to anything...thats fine. However, the majority don't want to accept that, so suck it up princess.

@Ziggurcat, you'll find the list of broken promises on this thread. One of which was Casey Hudson saying we wouldn't get an ABC ending, and what did we get? an ABC - sorry, red, green and blue ending.

My expectations were not unrealistic. I just wanted questions answered, and something to show our choices throughout the trilogy MATTERED. It was never about Shepard having a rosy ending with unicorns and rainbows.

ziggurcat2386d ago

they didn't promise anything. pull all the quotes you want, they never actually promised the ending you were expecting (as a result of your unrealistic expectations).

just because you made a lot of "choices" in the game, it doesn't mean that those choices actually made a difference (i.e. they weren't as game-altering as you believed them to be). think of it like one of those mathematical magic tricks - no matter what number you pick in the beginning, after all of the additions/subtractions/multipl ications/divisions, you end up with the exact same number every time.

aliengmr2386d ago

What are you talking about?

You're saying that BioWare didn't trick its fans because...They tricked the fans?

Promises are no, the ending was garbage.

Baka-akaB2386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )

Actually they promised many stuff multiple times in the press . They can actually be quoted , and going within or without context wont save the from that simple fact .

I dunno why you insist on that while it has clearly been proven weeks ago .

it's ok to enjoy the end product , but dont make stuff up .

VanillaBear2386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )

What the hell are the disagrees for your exactly right

If you don't speak up about something your just letting developers push your around in the future kind of like...

"Hey should we add this feature in the next game, we know how fans would love it"

"Ahh screw them, they never complained when we didn't put it in the first time"

Bioware messed up, the backlash is deserved it's basicaly gamers way of saying "Don't do that again in the future", the lesson will be learnt and we'll be happy gamers in the future. It's all about the long term effects, we are paying for the game afterall, if a game was free and you complained then thats where I would stand back and defend the developer instead.

My biggest complaint with the ME3 ending was that it was full of plotholes, after watching the indoctrination theory video it's opened my eyes enough to see how much Bioware messed up

Want to know why Capcom, Square Enix, Activision are the way they are today......because people don't speak up, they're too scared of the white knights defending the studios and being called "crybabies", "whinners" and "moaners" when in fact it's for good reasons

Ethereal2386d ago

At least there are still some original gamers out there that understand the medium and it's roots.

Redempteur2386d ago

Stupid article
When im promised and advertised that my choices will matter.
When im promised closure i want it..
I want my ending to make sense with the rest of the game.
For all those reasons bioware messed up big time.

ziggurcat2386d ago

nothing was promised, and certainly nothing was advertised.

you can't always get what you want, so suck it up and deal with it. you're not a child, are you?

Redempteur2386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )

you're kidding , right ?

they promised a lot

Here are some examples :

“Experience the beginning, middle, and end of an emotional story unlike any
other, where the decisions you make completely shape your experience
and outcome.”
>> your decisions wil shape the outcome ( false )

“There are many different endings. We wouldn’t do it any other way. How
could you go through all three campaigns playing as your Shepard and
then be forced into a bespoke ending that everyone gets? But I can’t
say any more than that…”

^^^This one pretty much is a 100% lie

WANT more ? check this one :

"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…..The endings have a lot more sophistication and
variety in them.”

“We have a rule in our franchise that there is no canon. You as a player
decide what your story is.”

^^^except that's the opposite that happenned

The facts are right up on the internet ..i guess even a child could find these and not appear as a moron .. /s

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