If it's crap ... We'll tell you
It came to a surprise to me the manner in which Bioware decided to end Mass Effect 3. Now lately it has come to my attention that I am not the only one who has objections to it. But without getting into details about the ending or piling on more hate towards Bioware I will sum up how the ending left me feeling in two words, “disappointed and bewildered.” Those may count as three words but we won’t get into semantics right now. Allow me to tell you a different conclusion(s) of Mass Effect 3.
After a final confrontation with a Reaper/Harbinger Illusive Man (similar to the fight with the Shadow Broker), Shepard activates the Crucible and has the choice to enter a self-destruct command to all Reapers or try to take control of the Reapers. Something that reflects the line from The Dark Knight. “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
Destroy the Reapers:
Shepard enters the self destruct command to Reaper ships. As some Reaper ships start to go haywire, Admiral Hackett orders all ships to give them everything they got. Ground Reapers topple over and are easily destroyed. Burning Reaper debris rains down from space. Shepard bloody and beat up can barely stand so Anderson picks up him and they look for a way to the Citadel presidium. Depending on how much support you have one of two things can happen.
More than 75% support and chose to destroy Reapers:
Shepard wakes up in a Hospital on the Citadel with his love interest by his side, words are exchanged, Anderson shows up and helps Shepard step outside where hundreds of people applaud that their hero is alive. Shepard gives an inspirational speech that’s heard across the galaxy (while scenes of people rebuild their civilizations). With his love interest around his arm the board the Normandy and fly off into the “sunset.”
Less than 75% support and chose to destroy Reapers:
Small Reaper ships start to blow up, Harbinger seeing that this is the end of his kind will not go down alone. Harbinger charges the Citadel and Hackett doesn’t have enough fire power to stop him. Shepard and Anderson die in the ensuing explosions. The galaxy rejoices with victory and mourns the lives lost everywhere. Your love interest says a few words like your still there then looks up and says goodbye.
Take Control of the Reapers:
While Shepard fuses his consciousness with all the Reapers, the power is so overwhelming that the Reapers go haywire. Admiral Hackett sees it as an opportunity to strike and the ships fire at the Reapers destroying them with ease. Shepard feels the pain of destruction and orders the Reapers to fire back at the armada in anger. Now, depending on how much support from the alien races you have two things can happen.
More than 75% support and taken control of the Reapers:
Admiral Hackett contacts Anderson about what is happening to the Reapers. Anderson seeing that it’s too much power to one man to hold, points his gun at Shepard. At the moment Shepard is about to react several Reaper ships are destroyed throwing Shepard off balance so Anderson shoots and kills Shepard. The galaxy celebrates, the Normandy crew toasts to their lost Commander, and your love interest says goodbye.
Less than 75% support and taken control of the Reapers:
Admiral Hackett tries to contact Anderson and Shepard about what is happening to the Reapers. Anderson believes that Shepard has come under the control of the Reapers points his gun at Shepard. Shepard uses a newly gained biotic Reaper power to kill Anderson and gains more focus to control the Reapers. He loses himself in the power, destroys the armada becoming the most powerful and ruthless being in the Galaxy.
There you have it, a new ending guide for yourself. Sure you have to use your imagination to really get a sense of that but I will take my imagination over what really happened. It may be living in denial but unless your a video game programmer or have to money to officially change the ending, you won't be seeing Bioware changing anything soon. But if you want to try I say hit them where it hurts, their wallets. Cancel your Old Republic accounts, stop supporting Bioware, don't buy their DLC, and send letters stating your disappointment with what should have been a worthy conclusion to all your actions since the first Mass Effect. If enough people do that for a significant amount of time, they may budge. Also if you've been wanting to donate to PA's Child's Play charity and want to voice your support for a new set of endings click the link below.
Now if you'll excuse me I have some calibrations I need to take care of.
- El Capt. Mexico