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10 Reasons We Hate Mass Effect 3's Ending

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Published on Mar 18, 2012

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Franklin Falco
Another possible ending: The god child's glowing blue mother comes in and says: "Billy! Are you harvesting organic races for their genetic material again? Just wait until your father gets home!" She then drags the god child away by his ear. The god child whines: "But, mom! Creations are always destined to rebel against their creators!"
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Corek BleedingHollow
4 years and I'm still fucking pissed.
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John Canuck
The ending is still shit, even after all this time. Even if the extended cut fixed some of the plot holes, the ending still fundamentally goes against every theme in the series. Synthesis: This one is truly fucked up. You force every being in the galaxy to become a cyborg... and this is the "good" ending? Could you imagine waking up one morning to discover you had wires running underneath your skin and computer chips in your brain? It's fucking horrible. Not only that, but its pointless. The whole purpose of the Reapers was to stop synthetics from wiping out all life in the galaxy. How does being a cyborg stop that? Even if I was a cyborg, I would still drive a car, use a computer, etc. We would still use machines, and create synthetics to make life easier for us. And when we created synthetics, would us being half machine stop them from killing us? Of course not. On top of that, this ending spits in the face of the whole "learning from our differences and working together to become a greater whole" theme this series has pushed from the beginning. The sythnesis ending basically says that "sorry, being different leads to conflict, we should all be homogenous", even though we spent three whole games making people see past their differences and work together. Synthesis wouldn't even bring peace either. We have already seen numerous example of conflict between the same group (ei, humans fighting humans, Geth fighting Geth, etc), so why would everyone being the same make conflict go away? The only possible explanation is that the synthesis ending also rewrites our brains to make us "peaceful". If that is the case, this is literally the most morally horrifying ending I have ever seen. Not only to you force everyone to be a cyborg, you forcibly rewrite their brains and strip away the personal freedom of trillions of intelligent beings. Holy fuck. Control: Not as morally fucked up as synthesis, but still a fucking stupid ending. We spent 3 entire games watching every single being that tried to control the Reapers become indoctrinated and turned into a monster. Hell, we spent all of ME2 and 3 telling the Illusive man that his plan was crazy, that you couldn't control the Reapers. You even told him that seconds before the ending! Then, all that goes out the window and we are told by some random fucking glowing kid that you totally can control the Reapers. What? Why would I believe the leader of the Reapers! The entire series built up that the Reapers can't be controlled and that trying would lead to your demise. Thus, I can only assume that Shepard eventually becomes indoctrinated after being absorbed by the Reapers, and goes back to killing the galaxy. Destroy: The least offensive to my intelligence, and thus the ending I went with, but it still sucks. Why the hell did every synthetic have to die? For fuck sake, the Crucible was accurate enough that it could rewrite the DNA of every living being in the galaxy, but it can't tell the difference between a Reaper and Legion? Come on. The only reason they made it so that Destroy destroyed all synthetics was because if they hadn't it would have been the obvious choice for everyone. And this is supposed to be the "bad" ending when it is the only option that doesn't leave the Reapers alive to kill everyone if they change their mind or rewrite the brains of everyone in the Galaxy, or both. Even past the choices themselves. The entire premise of the ending goes against the rest of the series. "Synthetics will always destroy their creators"... Did you not read the news God Child?!? I just brought fucking peace to the Geth and Quarians and now they are living in peace! I just proved your entire concept wrong and yet I still have to make this stupid fucking choice. Yeah yeah, "wall of text", "rant", "you mad bro". I guess I forgot how much I hated this ending. To this day I can't figure out why Bioware didn't just give a ton of endings. That way, everyone can be happy. They didn't need to worry about continuity because the next game is set somewhere else. It's just such a disappointing ending to such a great franchise.
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Enrico Marcucci Tasso
Bioware ruined it all. Simple.
Parasuram Thampi
You do realise, those were just choices right? I mean the ultimate decision was yours... Bioware did not push one ending and say that is it there no choice you are stuck with it... yes there are plot holes in the ending sure... but it was still better than usual Hero does everything right.... happily ever after endings... Shepard just ended the greatest threat to organic life... ever... shouldn't there be some price to pay for that? While I would have liked a bit more of reconnect with the LI in the ending, I am talking about the Paragon ending with high EMS, where Shepard survives ofcourse.... and yes the Jungle thing was weird... but still I liked the whole choice thing... those were really cool choices, especially the Synthesis ending which I did not see coming at all... I did not choose it but still and the whole ending with the catalyst and the explanation and everything was really cool... really liked it... As for making peace between Geth and Quarians, Sure an ultra Paragon Shepard made peace but how long can such a peace last? The Reapers perspective spans eons, and also it is shaped by their creators the Leviathans, who were a dickish race themselves... so from the perspective of the reapers small blips such as a few months of peace between Quarians and Geth doesn't really count...
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Jo$h
3 years ago and i am still angry
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Ak47
2017 and am still chewing my shirt
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Jonathan Bzovsky
i will forever blame EA for this fuck up 
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Overwater Fish
I know this was 2 years ago. But seriously: Command&Conquer, Origin, Dead Space, Kingdoms of Amalur, now Mass Effect? Those motherfu-. And let us all not forget about them buying Dev. Studios and ruining them as well.
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ozis ponas
There is actually one great ending for me 3 how to get it ? be dick in all me games complete renegade always kill as many of your teammates as you can finally do control ending and become GALACTIC EMPEROR OF THE GALACTIC EMPIRE NOBODY WILL DEFY SHEPARDS REAPERS NOW
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Victor Silva
Brandon Lyon Because Shepard tells that will use the reapers to repair what they damaged, after that I don't know, he could make reapers self destroy. And in control you can tell your friends to make a synthetic body for you, and at the same time you will be an organic mind inside a synthetic body.
Brandon Lyon
what I don't get about the control ending, is if you (or your mind whatever) controls the reapers, why can't you tell them to self-destruct or to fly into the sun, basically ignoring everything bad the destroy ending does?
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Tekrothebountyhunter
I'm sincerely convinced that the reason the ending of ME3 sucks so bad is because the Mass Effect team was rushed by some asshole executives. Goes to show how much a corporate CEO will ruin a good thing for the money.
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prideling
+Michelle Howard And then again probably not because it's quite some time into the future, in another galaxy, and any milkyway residents present left for andromeda before the apex of the war. Tadaa!
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Moon Night Ocean
Green, Blue or Red you still end up DEAD.
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Iceboundphoenix
Red option you live LUL. Do some research.
Anarcho Capitalism is Contradiction
+Bacxaber wow you're dumb
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dumb gal
the mass effect 3 ending totally ruined everything that happened in the trilogy and makes it so that none of the things you did mattered even in the slightest
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Victor Silva
Ktan Dantaktee Just the Geth, EDI and Legion... But indeed what a sacrifice.
Ktan Dantaktee
Spend 5 hours saving the Quarians and the Geth? Congrats, they're both fucking dead now m8.
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PonzooonTheGreat
So the reapers die but Shepard is protected by a bubble of love and friendship She flies down to earth and all of her friends are there. Everyone hugs Shepard. the end
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ThunderCatsAreGo01
coincidental side note, today is international PI day... cool huh..
TheGuyWithTheSniper
+ThunderCatsAreGo01 Signal: "To all Reapers: COMPUTE THE VALUE OF PI" xD
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