Having recently run through the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, I've come to appreciate Mass Effect 3's controversial ending - perhaps in a very different light than how I saw it on my first playthrough several years ago. I'll be the first to admit that, after experiencing the colour-swapped endings before, I was left quite disappointed, mainly feeling that my actions had little consequence on the ending as a whole. However, when viewing it through a more creative lens, some interesting revelations dawned on me about what BioWare were aiming to achieve.
WARNING: This article will contain massive spoilers for the Mass Effect series. Turn away if you don't wish to be spoiled.
First and foremost, Mass Effect 3, in its entirety, needs to be viewed as the ending. From the moment the Reapers invade Earth in its jaw-dropping opening, the weight of all your decisions made in the first two games come crashing down on you, and for the most part, the game maintains those high stakes throughout the experience. All your actions - whether it was saving the Rachni queen, killing or saving Wrex, and keeping most of your squad alive in the Suicide Mission - have tremendous weight to how you perceive Mass Effect 3 as a whole. Needless to say, if you made clumsy decisions, you're bound to have a few clumsy missteps in Mass Effect 3.
I'd always make a few errors that resulted in me perhaps not having the full context of Mass Effect 3's best moments.
You get it, either way, you're probably going to die if you don't make very specific choices.
At the same time, I still very much sympathize with players who felt cheated out of a varied ending that culminated in a more diverse selection of outcomes.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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