5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Massively Disappointing Ending,
This review is from: Mass Effect 3 Digital Deluxe Version [Download] (Software Download)
*This is copied from my review of the Xbox version, I own the PC version, but its legitimate none the less)
As a long time fan of the Mass Effect series, I was beyond excited for the March 6 release. Being that I'm on the West Coast, that meant access to the game at 9pm March 5. I excited clicked refresh on the authentication page to allow me to unlock my copy so I could just into the comfortable boots of Nathan Shepard, a character that had been cultivated through numerous play throughs of Mass Effect 1 and 2. Here's my review.
Mechanics: (5/5) The gameplay mechanics essentially feel just like Mass Effect 2. The thermal clip system is still in place, and the powers still have the same activation mechanic. Everything is essentially the same, except the melee is tweaked a bit more to give it an important feel, making a Vanguard a juggernaut
Customization: (5/5) Here I'm taking about the guns/armor. Another big plus, guns have accessories you can add that change weight, fire power, clip capacity, melee damage, etc. Weapon choices are no longer restricted by class but by weight. The more weight you carry, the longer your abilities take to refresh, making for interesting personal preferences. Armor sets as well as custom sets add a nice touch
Length: (3/5) Its a bit short, with me playing through the full game with all missions completed in about 27 hours. Kinda feels like Bioware removed about 30% of the game for DLC, which kinda sucks, but hey, whatever.
Story: (-5/5)Here's where this game earns its 1 star rating.... Everything else aside,I'd rate it 5/5. Without spoilers, this will be hard to explain, but I'll try. You basically spend the entire game like you did every other: Assembling a team, talking to them, making hard choices, and going in for an epic battle. And where the 27 hours of game play leading to the final scene were absolutely, jaw dropping awesome, the final scene itself is a giant Deus Ex Machina, offering terrible choices regardless of anything else you've done in the other two games or in the third leading up to that. It flips the underlying narrative on its head and offers a ham fisted reason for the Reapers motivations and your final outcomes. It made me sick to watch, because I had expected so very much from this game that to see it end like this was (sadly in so many ways) one of the most disappointing moments of my life. I love good stories, I love great action games, and this was supposed to be both, and ME1 and 2 were, but this..... The ending basically makes every decision you made leading up to that point, through ME1, ME2,and ME3 pointless, because you either screw over everyone, screw over everyone and commit genocide (not saying against who), or screw over everyone (yes, there's a theme there). It makes you feel as though everything you did previously didn't mean anything other than change who appears in the cutscenes. It makes your companions sacrifices meaningless. It makes your actions just window dressing, like "Oh hey, there's that ship I saved in the final battle scene."
In closing, if the neuralizer from Men in Black was real, not only would I want my money back from Bioware, I would demand that my knowledge of the ending of ME3 be permanently erased from my mind. I've been a long supporter of Bioware, even supporting Dragon Age II, but I should have headed the warning from the fans of that story that Bioware could screw up ME3. Unless Bioware rewrites the ending scene to not only remove the totally backwards events (like people magically appearing in a ship when they should have been with you, and why were they in the relay when they were seconds earlier in battle) and the options in the end, I'm not going to buy the DLC. The only DLC I'll even look at is an ending change. Damn you Bioware, damn you....
Also, there's a poll on the Bioware Social Network with 30k+ votes (over 89%) demanding new endings, just to clarify