Rant: Mass Effect 3 “Extended Cut” (Rant)


Okay, let me be straight here.  I really enjoyed the game of Mass Effect 3.  Yes, there were parts of it that were far from perfect – that can be shown from the way the review scores were spread across the board from different outlets including our own (I gave it a decent score, while James wrote a scathing letter about all the parts he saw as wrong).  The part that James, I, and just about every reviewer on the planet (not to mention everyone that played the game) can agree on though, is that the ending was absolute garbage.  Too many holes in the plot, too much left to you imagination about what the hell was going on, and no sense of closure were the main complaints.  In a show of “understanding”, BioWare commissioned the creation of their “Extended Cut” DLC that arrives today.

There were rumors on top of rumors as to what this “Extended Cut” would consist of.  Would it incorporate the so-called “Indoctrination Theory”?  Would it tell the tale of what all the members of your party were doing after the “Big Splut” ™?  Would it wipe the slate clean and do something completely different?  As it would turn out, neither of those – and either would have been a much better option than what we are expected to take and be happy with.  Ladies and gentlemen, let me lay out what the “Extended Cut” consists of in all of its glorious detail.  Spoilers ahead, so consider yourself warned.

For starters, you now have the option to make no choice at all.  Everyone that claimed “My Shepard would never make these choices” can rejoice, because now you have the option to make no choice.  Shepard gives a wonderful speech about how he/she was fighting for freedom, and will die free yadda yadda. Beautiful speech ,doesn’t matter – everyone dies.  You can also shoot the annoying holographic brat if that’s your choice (you violent prick you) – again, nice gesture, bu everyone dies.  Once you are satisfied with those wonderful choices, maybe you want to see what is different in the ol’ Control, Destroy, or Synthesize endings – yeah?  After all, those were the main choices- they HAVE to be better, right?

Well for starters, not much actually changes.  I am not about to go sit through all three pre-patch endings again, so I can not be 100% sure, but I think some of the animations of the Crucible firing have been altered.  It at least looks better than I remembered it.  Other than that, you are treated to a small animation sequence based on what you choose – in Control, the Reapers are helping to rebuild the Relays, in Synthesis you see DNA being reconstructed, and in Destroy you see the remains of the fleet moving off together.  After that short (15 seconds there about) animation sequence, you are treated to dialog from one of three people telling you what is going on.

In the Control ending, it is Shepard reborn as a Reaper talking about how he/she is immortal and can watch over and protect the galaxy (seems creepy to me).  In the Synthesis ending it is EDI talking about how the line between synthetics and organics is gone, and they are surpassing every civilization before them.  Finally in the Destroy ending you hear Hackett drone on about how the victory is shared by the entire Galaxy, and that they need to all work together to rebuild everything.  These monologues are delivered over top of a number of still pictures – and the thing about these still pictures?  They are exactly the same across all the endings (with the exception of in the Synthesis ending, all of the eyes are creepy green).

That’s right folks – yet again we are treated to three supposedly different endings, and all three endings look exactly the same save for color and one animated scene.  There is no telling you what is going on with your squad mates – no showing you what these characters you grew to love over three games are doing.  Oh it shows you the dead ones, and then shows people putting your name plate on the Wall of the Lost, but there is no mention of the survivors.  In one game I had, Mordin Solus – don’t you think THAT would have made for a story?  About what he was doing to end the genophage now?  But no, not so much as a mention.  ‘The galaxy is doing this and we won’t forget the people who died, but to hell with the people who lived on your team’.

In many ways, this “Extended Cut” is an insult to the people that were waiting so long for it.  It in no way brings the closure many of us had asked for, and instead leaves a bitter taste in your mouth that is worse than the original endings.  At least with the original endings, many of us could hope that the Indoctrination Theory was correct because SO many pieces fit – but this just shatters all of those hopes, while spitting on the fans that carried the BioWare torch.  I still loved the first two Mass Effect games, and really enjoyed the third one up until the last two hours of it – but this?  This is a slap in the face.  This is BioWare saying “We have your money already, shut up and take what we give you”.  I’m sure there are many others like myself who really looked forward to this “new ending that would explain everything”, and I predict the outrage to be everywhere once again.  I’m the type of person that just enjoys playing games for the sole reason of playing them, but this is something even I can not excuse.  Thanks BioWare – thanks for nothing.



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11 Comments to Rant: Mass Effect 3 “Extended Cut” (Rant)

  1. Drazen

    it fascinates me how people, in this case you (and sadly, you’re not the only one), go and review extended cut endings without actually looking at all three (four) endings. Quote: “I am not about to go sit through all three pre-patch endings again, so I
    can not be 100% sure, but I think some of the animations of the
    Crucible firing have been altered. ” And you are supposed to review this, but you’re not about to sit through all that crap? No, you think that there might be only color of the beam that was changed. Wow. And Mordin Solus, what he was doing to cure genophage now??? Hello, did we play the same game? Priority: Tuchanka –> Mordin Solus –> cure for the genophage –> dispersal via shroud facility on Tuchanka –> big ass explosion –> Mordin dead? Wow. I am amazed. What a nice piece of review (laughing sarcastically)

    • Shawn Kline

      I played the game and ALL of the endings when the game initially came out – just because I didn’t want to SIT there and unload the patch, rewatch them, then load the patch and do it all again doesn’t negate anything I said. Oh and buddy, please read what I wrote – I had ONE save where I did everything to make Mordin live. He says that he will find another cure when the war is over, and I want to know what happened there. Apparently you didn’t play the games as thoroughly as you thought? At any rate, I’m amazed at your nice and insightful comment (laughing sarcastically)

  2. katsumi1980

    Personally I liked EC. But then again I didn’t mind the original. In Extended Cut you get to see all your squad mates in the still images, researching, relaxing, and going on about their lives, it reminds me of the Fallout endings in a way. Everyone you’ve been close to is at the wall with the names at the end. I think if you’re a ME fan: you’ll like the extended cut, if you are not a mass effect fan, and flat out refuse to give ME3 a chance: You’ll probably still hate it.

    • Shawn Kline

      I guess I just wish it would have been more like the Fallout endings and would have given closure to each of your squad mates….

  3. This One

    This is exactly what I thought… The crap they call a DLC was a huge kick in the nuts.

  4. This One

    This is exactly what I thought… The crap they call a DLC was a huge kick in the nuts.

  5. Ralf

    You tagged this as a rant – it really is rather harmless, I believe.
    Thanks for the honest review though, I totally agree that there is no amount of closure – on the contrary. I still don’t know what happened to my companions. Although I thought the Fallout New Vegas ending was a little disappointment, their end sequence was a million times better than what Bioware did to their great Mass Effect franchise.

  6. Shumway

    Can’t understand why you are complaining so much about this. The original endings were crap, the new endings bring closure, it doesn’t require an editorial on every character. This is another misplaced rant about the ending, when in actual fact the anger is not actually about the ending but that the journey we all took on this game has now ended, and some just can’t accept that.

    • Shawn Kline

      Honestly I’m not upset the ride is over. I enjoyed the games, but every good thing has to end sometime. The irritation comes with the way that the series was ended. The new endings bring closure? Are you freaking kidding me? They offer no more closure than a normal player would be able to figure out by using plain and simple logic. The new endings do nothing but offer a garbage bandaid to a big problem.

  7. Bilal Shah

    This, everything or everyone reviewing it on internet is so proud of this bioware achievement, this was a futile exercise by Bioware anyway by the result of it.

  8. Finally! Someone talks sense. All the reviews online are talking as if the Extended Cut was the best thing that happened to gaming since the dawn of mankind. Bullshit!

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