The Red, Green, and Blue Elephants in the Room 
Saturday, 31 March, 2012, 19:44
Posted by Administrator
You may have noticed this already, but I like video games. The Mass Effect trilogy happens to be one of my favorites. Think about it -- it's in space (which is awesome), is a shooter (awesome), combines in some RPG elements (awesome), and takes into account the choices you made earlier in the game (also awesome).

As you are likely aware, Mass Effect 3 was released on March 6th. There was a lot of hype surrounding this release -- more than I had seen for the previous installments. There were extended cinematic trailers and such airing during Walking Dead, and the trailers looked a lot like the game. Julie got me the game for my birthday (pre-order) and I was already playing it at 23:00 on March 5th -- digital download copies unlocked at the stroke of midnight on the 6th, Eastern Time.

Throughout the game, "this is awesome" floated through my head. Every mission, every cutscene, every action, every choice ... awesome. There were rumblings on various forums about the ending being supremely anti-awesome, but I wanted to see for myself. I read all of the ending spoilers and decided that I was ready to experience it, so I pushed forward.

I tasted a mild form of disappointment when I didn't get to see the Elcor cavalry, but that wasn't as bad as when I had experienced the ending. So far I have only experienced the red ending first-hand. Without spoiling it, I can safely tell you that there are lots of unresolved plot points and many new questions, which is not what the fans were promised before the release date.

So, to reiterate: I was disappointed by the ending. Does that mean I am going to uninstall the game and ask Origin for a refund? No, it most certainly does not. Did I fly into a fit of rage and throw things around the room? Did I punch my monitor? Did I get depressed and curse the very existence of EA? No, no, and no. It's a video game. Like many Mass Effect fans I, too, have spent hundreds of hours playing the previous installments, carefully making each choice in a way that fits my character's personality, molding my relationships with the crew and with organizations and species throughout the galaxy. Did EA/BioWare screw up? Yep, but sometimes we as fans need to step back, take a breath, and realize what we're complaining about.

Anyway ... I'm going to have to start my second playthrough. My first, Douglas Shepard, ended up dying on the Citadel after making the red choice. Daisy Shepard might have better luck.
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