The Ending of Mass Effect

First thing’s first, if you don’t know how Mass effect 3 ends, and you don’t want to know how it ends, go away.

Moving on.

It’s day 17 of the 30 Day Geekgasm (probably) and I am to discuss something that I love that everyone else hates. And that, my friends, is the ending of Mass Effect 3. Bear with me.


I’m going to talk about Mass Effect more in-depth, as it is (by a hair) my second favorite video game series. For now, I’m going to focus primarily on the possible endings, which I will also discuss more later.

People who have played Mass Effect know that in the four possible endings to this series (destroy, control, synthesize, refuse) Shepard, the main character dies. I am going to argue for a moment why I think that’s a good idea.

Basically, it makes a ton of sense. With all you have to do, after all that you become the martyr, the  hero to the galaxy. you literally die saving the universe, and with everything going on, it would feel pretty freaking miraculous if you survived. It is Shepard’s final battle, and nothing else she does could possible top it. Her story is over, and she finally gets to rest in peace. I think taking that route is ballsy, especially in a role playing game, and I respect the shit out of it.

That being said, I would have loved a fairy tale option where you defeat the reapers and survive without killing EDI and the Geth. I think it’s not having that option that people dislike. Because in Dragon Age: Origins, perhaps my favorite bioware game, there are four possible endings the the main character only dies on one of them. Having that options peaks the curiosity much more than having only one survival option. Which is destroy all synthetic life in the universe. Of course, you have to play multiplayer or buy the app to be able to get enough power to survive.

My favorite ending is synthesis. For me, it makes the most sense and Shepard dying completes the epic. I don’t want  Shepard to die, and I can’t handle any romance goodbye scene. But it’s too ballsy for me not to love it.

Basically, while i would have liked to see more survival options and the option for that fairy tale endings, I kind of love that most of the options result in Shepard’s death, because that’s just what kind of war this is.

Good day, sirs.


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