Mass Effect 3 Ending Interpretation and Opinion





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Published on Mar 21, 2012

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I thought I would also post what I wrote to Bioware in response to them asking for feedback, this was after making this video, so I make some new points:

When I beat the game and saw the ending my initial reaction was confusion. I had so many questions and so many things did not make sense to me. However, after I thought about it, re-watched it, and analyzed what exactly happened, I was convinced it was a dream/hallucination. And that Shepard was fighting with the reapers in her mind to resist indoctrination. After coming to this realization, my thoughts were that this is incredibly clever. I was so impressed, it is almost as if I myself almost got indoctrinated and was able to resist. Great job Bioware, I like how I really had to think to figure it out. And after re-watching it, I picked up on so much symbolism, because you worked so hard and the ending was so detailed and well thought out.
After this epiphany, my new feelings on the ending were as follows. So what happens now? If this is all before the real ending, what does Shepard do after taking that breath and waking? I normally don't mind for things to be left somewhat open ended, but in this case it was too open ended. Because it can go in any direction at this point. Shepard can die and the reapers kill everyone. Or Shepard or maybe even someone else can get up make it to the beam and beat the reapers. I can't help wanting to know how this epic trilogy ends. How and if the reapers get defeated.
To me these are some ways in which Bioware can resolve this:
1.) Let us know that Shepard is indeed dead, that was his/her last breath, and without Shepard everyone is doomed, so reapers destroy everything and kill everyone. Very grim ending, I can't imagine it ending any sadder, but it would at least provide some sort of closure and we can mourn. I think for a lot of people this type of conclusion would crush their very soul, but it would teach us the harsh lesson that sometimes no matter what we do, no matter what choices we make, nor how prepared we are, we are not strong enough to take on such an unstoppable force, and we were fools for even thinking we had any chance of destroying the reapers.
2.) Let us know there will be another game that takes place after ME3. If this was not the conclusion of a trilogy and Shepard's story, I would actually be totally ok with the ending. It is left nice and open ended, so that in the next game either Shepard or someone else can get up make it to the citadel and we get to see if and how the reapers are stopped. I will gladly wait knowing that eventually I will get my conclusion and closure, and of course look forward to another Mass Effect game.
3.) Release a DLC that shows what happens after Shepard's dream. How he/she gets up after fighting off indoctrination, and how the reapers actually are stopped. So we have some closure as to the fate of the galaxy.

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