I’m barely 20 hours deep into Mass Effect 3, and so far it’s turning out to be every bit the astounding game I was anticipating. But it has not been met without controversy; the barely week-old game has caught serious flak for what many fans are considering a letdown of an ending. Some fans have even gone so far as to create an online petition begging EA and BioWare to amend the ending via DLC.

Executive producer Casey Hudson had this to say in an interview with Digital Trends: “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.”

I’m nowhere near Mass Effect 3’s end, so I’m not letting myself be shaken by the negative criticism. That being said, while I respect Hudson’s response to the troubling responses, I can’t really judge it completely having not seen the game’s climax. Regardless, I’ll be pushing my way through to the final battle with the Reapers so I can see what all the fuss is about.

What about you guys and gals? Are you loving Mass Effect 3? Hating it? Still don’t know what the hell a Mass Effect is? Has the ending turned you to a hateful shell of a human? Let us know in the comments below! Also, expect our review to go live in the coming weeks!

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  • My problem with the ending is that the choices you have made throughout the series have little to no impact towards the end of the game. And in general you don’t have as much choice when it comes to dialogue responses.

    While I still think it’s a good game I believe the first two games are still far better.

    Oh and was it just me or did everyone just take along Liara, Garrus and Tali for the whole game?

    • @Matthew Ward, Javick and Liara as their biotic attacks would kill many foes in one hit. Used mostly Incendiary bullets for my soldier Shep.

      The ending made it so that none of the choices made in the 3rd game nor the first 2 made a damn bit of difference. That the ending was kinda lame is another issue, but I was disappointed in the lack of difference between the 3 choices at the end.

  • Jane

    I did not think the “ending” was bad.. per say.. just incomplete and empty of lore story and all the things you would expect at the end.

    I think that it did not feel like the truely epic ending that we the players deserved.

    When fans think of mass effect they think of fantasy life they have built for their Sheppard. The friends they made along the way, the choices they have made, the impact of those choices in the millions of lives they have effected.

    People have saved chars for 5 years since mass effect first came out. They wanted an ending that truely ended the series, good,bad or in-different they want to know the rest of the story, closure as some would say.

  • Alright, writing this story is the peak for me. From here on out, I’m cutting myself off from any talks of ME3’s ending. It’s seriously impacting my enjoyment of the game, because all of the complaints are forcing me into expecting to be disappointed, and it’s not allowing me to fully enjoy the final chapter.

    SO HEAR YE, HEAR YE: NO MORE MASS EFFECT 3 ENDING TALKS FOR THIS GUY.

  • terry

    correct me if I’m wrong but, don’t we as players control our ending???? the game is set up for us to determine a course. good, bad, or indifferent, we chose and suffer the consequence. enjoy!

    • @terry, yeah you do have a limited choice but the main issue is that all the endings suck and none of them have any closure what so ever.

      The endings leave you with that WTF just happened feeling, and not in the WTF that was awesome kind of way.

      Considering this is the end of a trilogy it leaves the audience with way more questions than answers. Some stuff you were wanting to see never amounts to anything and some of the stuff you do see doesn’t make any sense when it comes to the plot.

      Basically the game deserved a better finale.

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