|The Illusive Man stares in disappointment.|
In my review, I voiced my displeasure for the ending like so many others have, but I never expected BioWare to backpedal on their creative process. The Mass Effect universe certainly deserved a more absolute ending, one where the player plays witness to the ramifications of their actions. One of the most appealing portions of the franchise is seeing the benefits and detriments of those decisions in real-time.
For BioWare to portray an uncertain ending, by some accounts, doesn't do fans "justice". Now the issue of "entitlement" is another whole topic in itself (and will likely get some coverage here), but instead of typing out the various reasons why so much discontent is directed at the ending, I'll just post this video. Courtesy of The Angry Joe Show. It's a little long though.
Fearful of the outcome, some have raised reasonable concern over BioWare's backpedaling, particularly regarding other franchises with unfavourable endings. The Twitter-verse has lit up with comparisons to Borderlands, among other recent franchises, that carried disastrous endings. Yet Gearbox wasn't perceived as criminal for robbing fans of a weak story to begin with. Comparing these games is a rather feeble attempt to belittle the "Retake Mass Effect" movement hilariously popular on Facebook. Read into the idiocy if you dare.
However, ultimately going against their initial stance, BioWare caved. I assume EA feels the PR language bullshit didn't work, and they've concocted a clever way of working it into downloadable content. The image that comes up is a newspaper salesperson: "Here! Get your endings here!"
We'll see where the developer takes this next month. Like every Mass Effect 3 controversy, the response should be a spectacle. Jeff out.
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