Iremember when Mass Effect received it’s PC version way back when. I’ve never before been so excited for a game, because I knew I’m gonna love it. And indeed I did, the Mass Effect series ranks as one of my favorite game series of all time. I love all things sci-fi, and Mass Effect totally hooked me in with its universe. I know I’m not the only one who invested a lot of time and emotion into the series. Then we come upon Mass Effect 3, the end to the amazing 5 year journey. I was looking forward to finally ending the Reaper threat and spreading peace throughout the galaxy. I powered through the game the day I got it, and not long after, I came upon the ending. The…horribly confusing, plot-holes-the-size-of-a-canyon ending. It was a horrible way to end such an epic series. It left me feeling tarnished, almost dirty. I looked on the internet just to find out I’m not the only one, quite a lot of people feel the same way. It totally killed any chance of me replaying the first, second or the third again. People wanted answers, and recently, we’ve sort of received one.
In an interview regarding the game’s various controversies, Casey Hudson, the game’s director, was asked about the game’s endings:
What are your thoughts on the reaction to the game’s endings?
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 not sure what to think. This definitely won’t be forgettable, however. 98% of the game was awesome Mass Effect as we know it, and the “endings” definitely won’t be forgotten. Judging by what he said, sparking up debates and theories was what they wanted to do with the ending. On one hand, it sounds like Bioware isn’t done with the ending and wanted fans to go nuts, while on the other hand, they might’ve just wanted to spark a 2001: A Space Odyssey type of feel with the ending (where it makes absolutely no sense).
I am on the camp of hoping Bioware planned this out very meticulously, getting players riled up with the “endings”, while in truth, they’re polishing up some kind of super-secret DLC that actually continues the ending. Especially after watching this:
Then again, it could just be all coincidence, and we’ll never get any kind of DLC.