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Also, because I already did this for friends and I think maybe I should spare anyone within range of my words the trouble of finding out for themselves:

Be wary of Mass Effect 3.
Youtube the endings BEFORE you purchase the game. They'll be easy as hell to find on youtube by now, and I am just one of thousands of fans that is disappointed/enraged/saddened by how the franchise ended. I can honestly say if I had known that's the way they would've ended it I would not have bought the game.

Those last five-ten minutes? They're so low in quality and full of WTF creative decisions that it manages to sour the entire franchise. They're contradictory at best and retroactively invalidating at worse And the more you think about it, the more holes you find and the worse it gets. It's not even So Bad It's Good. It's like...It's M. Night Shyamalan bad.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good game, maybe even great.  I was all set for saying it was Game of the Year. But yeah, take my advice, investigate the endings, and decide NOW rather than buying a brand new copy. Or rent it. Or buy it used. Just don't get a new copy and support this kind of crap with your wallet.

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TomPendragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The rest of the game itself is awesome though. I just ignored the ending after I beat it so I can get into new game+ and focus on getting what I missed the first time around. Don't get me wrong: the ending was a disappointment, but it was only like 3% of the game, lol.

Anyway, I hear the first major DLC is supposed to be called the Truth and apparently is supposed to fix the ending problems. I heard a rumor they changed the ending at the last minute because of some leak or something.
ChaosBladewing Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Apparently a growing theory though was that Shepard was indoctrinated by the Reapers, which actually seems to be supported fairly well by the game. There are plenty of videos and articles on the subject. Ultimately believing them or not is of course up to you, but you might want to at least check them out.
OmeQuicksilver Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're just gonna release an ending expansion for another $15. This is EA we're talking about afterall.
KazaraYume Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I won't be buying the third game. I haven't played the first two in months because I've had this sinking suspicion that the endings would be Creap, Crappier and Crappiest. A look on youtube confirmed it. :/

Damn it Bioware.
DemonWarsaw32 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Agree completely. Haven't touched my copy of ME3 or any other ME game since.
Inflationist13 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I don't disagree with you Saburo, honestly I don't.
Comparatively to the rest of the game, and the series, once they deal with bright-eyes (trying to be as vague as possible here) it just kinda goes into a shit spin where they cut it off ASAP. Still a great game, and it ended appropriately, but they left a major hole in the end. Like a scarf that caught on fire at the end.
But, your opinion. Not mine.

However, the Multiplayer is far too good to just can the game >.> Multiplayer is ME3's salvation.
N00b123456 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I find this recut of the endings much, much better than the real thing: [link]
noisrevortni Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I probably wouldn't have bought the game either if I had known about the endings. From the beginning of the game I kept getting the feeling that something was off, besides the lack of Paragon and Renegade speech options, but nothing was too terribly bad. Then I got to the end "area"...I literally just sat there in disbelief at the choices I was given.

As someone on a forum said, it's not that we want a super happy ending, we just want one that doesn't suck and isn't exactly the same as the other endings.
HidonRedux Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Punishing the entire dev team for 5-10 minutes worth of a game you're saying is otherwise awesome sounds kinda ridiculous, you know? Granted I'm not all that invested in Mass Effect, but, you know, getting 20+ hours of fun out of a game sounds like an okay purchase to me.
DanTails Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I'm going to second this.

Does a cutscene REALLY invalidate all the fun gameplay beforehand?

...unless this a game that is only great because of it's story, in which case then it's not a great game, it's a great interactive movie.
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