Yeah, that was probably one of the best BioWare decision/choice moments in a game. Usually the Mass Effect games range between choices that are Space Saint and Xenophobic Racist. ME3 has avoided that, and it really shined during the missions with the Quarians and Geth.
But that was a pretty intense conclusion to that mission. I chose, well, not Tali's side.
Some folks say that ME3 made them cry multiple times. I don't see how. I get that characters die, some are tragedies, others are heroic deaths, but it isn't sad, it's just cool. The game is totally badass and this is what I would have expected from Mass Effect 2 and the whole "Fight for the Lost" and "Suicide Mission" that basically turned into "LET'S GO INTO SPACE AND HAVE FUN TOGETHER AND BE FRIENDS FOREVER, EVERYBODY!!! Oh, and I guess we can fight the Collectors every now and again.... OH AND DON'T FORGET TO BRAND YER BADITUDE!"
No tears here. But I can appreciate when a game is this damn spectacular. Such a huge improvement over ME2. I know people are pissing about the ending, but already I can't stand the 1 out of 5 or 1 out of 10 user reviews posted everywhere just based on the final ten minutes. If it sucks, it sucks. But this is such a well-made game that I'm finding people's over-reaction to the ending as damning for the entire series increasingly stupider. And everyone already knows I found it extremely stupid before I had even played the game.
I don't know if I'll hate the ending or like it or simply accept it, but after 23 hours already played I can confirm a few things:
- Mass Effect 3 is one of the best RPGs I've played
- Mass Effect 3 is the best game in the series
- Mass Effect 3 is going to be a front-runner for Game of the Year
When talk of GotY rolls around, folks tend to focus on the games released right now. Gamer mentality is stupid like that. Assassin's Creed III comes out soon, Halo 4 comes out soon, and a bunch of rehashed sequels with new settings are suddenly considered the front-runners for many gamers. But Mass Effect 3 released back in March (thus making it forgotten in the age of hype), people pissed on their own mothers over this game's ending, but if they're that furious over the final ten minutes, imagine how amazing the first 29 hours and 50 minutes must have been (for those of you that haven't played the game).
I'm glad the BioWare founders left the company and gaming as a whole. I already stated that weeks before. They took BioWare from a small, ambitious company to an Xbox flag-bearer, to a brand name that would be synonymous with EA. It can't go any higher. BioWare is no longer a company, but a brand that EA has labeled across numerous studios to help sell their games. And after the ridiculous pissing (I like that word today) contest over the game's ending where fans demanded a new one, the media defended the creators, and BioWare ultimately decided to go and fix the damn ending so people would stop wetting their beds in a mad fury, I think they made the right call leaving. There's enjoying something someone created and than there's selfish entitlement.
However the ending plays out, whatever I feel about it, I'm siding with the media on this one. Six months too late and all, but screw it, I don't want to play this crap when everyone else is in full hype mode screeching bloody murder at the Canadians. And with the praise from the media and the controversy from fans, I think Mass Effect 3 will end up being a stellar representative for 2012 GotY. Maybe there'll be better games, but there won't be a game that made an impact in 2012 the way Mass Effect 3 did. Unless our half-assed sequels with new settings turn out to be something truly special (and I'm going with them just having new settings and playing the same so who cares?), than Mass Effect 3 will deserve to be the media's winner just for the impact it had on so many gamers. (No idea if it will be mine or not since how a game affects the larger population isn't my concern, I just choose the one I had the most fun with).
Still, Mass Effect 3 is badass. You should play it. Admittedly, playing Mass Effect 3 is best done by experiencing the first two games. Not a problem on 360 and PC, but if you have a PS3 you need to wait for the Trilogy disc to be released which will put ME1 for the first time on PS3.
I really like ME1 but don't care for ME2. But, I intend on going through all three games. ME3 is just that good. I'm hit with a sense of The Witcher here, which is a good thing. A lot of story events that have happened in ME3 are the direct result of choices made in ME1 and ME2. I want to play them both (even if they aren't as good) just to see the whole thing play out from a different perspective. Admittedly, it took BioWare three games to do what CD Projekt did in each of their games alone, but no biggie. A badass game is a badass game.
And besides, there's no way the ending is as stupid as Deus Ex: Human Revolution's ending. OH HAI DERE! YU BEET DE BOS, NOW WE PUT YU IN RUME WID FOH BUTTONS! PICK ONE FOR ENDING! ALL ENDING HAVE SILLY PICTURES BUT DIFFEREN TALKING! NONE ENDINGS MATTER SINCE DIS PREQUEL, DUR!