Mass Effect 3: The Illusion of Choice

Are we truly role-playing, or is Mass Effect 3 just a movie with alternating dialog choices? Chad breaks down the criticism, controversy, and patterns behind the Mass Effect series. SPOILERS AHOY

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8 Responses to Mass Effect 3: The Illusion of Choice

  1. Ryan says:

    Read the article. The ending was terrible story-telling and full of plot holes. Michael Bay could have come up with a better ending. (BOOM!!!!)

  2. This article abandons “suspension of disbelief” and throws itself off the Cliff of Serious Debate to wallow in the Seas of Nit-Pickery. And it has lots of “facts” that are really just “assertions”. Case in point, the section titled: “The Confrontation With The Illusive Man Makes No Sense and Seems Intentionally Surreal”. Guess what? Those are two opinions that take extreme stances against what was presented instead of giving an inch of ground.
    If you didn’t like the ending: too bad. I think it’s great to ask questions and have theories that may explain your particular take on an ending (i.e. everyone’s reactions to the “seagull” ending of FF7) but nit-picking every single detail is a trait of rabid schizophrenics, not regular people.
    I disagree that the ending was terrible story-telling. Perhaps you didn’t care for the choices made, but I thought it was foreshadowed enough to make sense – and Shepard’s sacrifice really made sense and was well-executed. It leaves a lot up to the imagination and the universe is still open for some sequels. How will the worlds be changed after the end? Where will the characters be? Why was the Normandy running away?
    Leaving the audience with questions does not mean failure.

  3. Ryan says:

    I’ve played RPG’s almost my entire life. Almost every Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Dragon Age, Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2, and the list goes on.

    The ME3 ending was the worst. I didn’t bother me that Shepard died. Hell, one of the endings could have been that the Reaper won and that wouldn’t have bothered me. What got to me the most was we were told that there would be 16 different endings. I guess we should have asked how different. And really, the only difference is a 3 colored energy waves.

    There’s a line that I personally have to draw on “suspension of disbelief” and have to expect more from the writing staff. The story-telling throughout the series was great and suddenly in the last 10 minutes it turns to mush and ends with deus ex machina.

    I almost would have rather it been a case where Shepard gets to the end and meets the Star Child and he says “there is nothing you could have done. This was always the outcome.” And then the Reapers win.

    So now I’m sitting here hoping that either the Indoctrination Theory is correct and a lot of us are raging for no reason.

    Lastly, to your comment “but nit-picking every single detail is a trait of rabid schizophrenics, not regular people.” That’s a tad over the line. There are a lot of intelligent well educated, socially adjusted people who are looking at this story and disecting it. That happens with “popular” litery works as well. It’s only funny to make fun of the Twilight series but not Mass Effect 3?

  4. I can totally see where you’re coming from. My ‘nit-picking’ comment was totally aimed at the article – every word feels like it was written in a fury of fan-rage. It’s totally cool to make fun of (and nit-pick) movies, games, etc, but I draw the line at lengthly manifestos like the one you linked. I think most people will like or dislike the ending, but I’m more “whatever man” so it’s bizarre to me to see such detailed opinions written so angrily.
    I hear ya about the zero lack of variety in the endings, especially when a crummy game like Chrono Cross can have a zillion endings. I guess I just don’t feel betrayed, or disappointed, or confused by the ending(s) we did get.

  5. Ryan says:

    I’m ok with one 10 min long read on dissecting the ending.

    I draw the line and the hundreds of 30 minutues videos where people do nothing but complain.

    Anyway, keep up the good work.

    P.S. If you haven’t thought of this or done, you should rate the girls of video games. Princess Peach, Zelda, Lara Croft, Chun Li, Tifa, etc.

    P.P.S Did you ever see Advent Children? That addressed the FF7 ending pretty well I’d say. Excellent movie by itself too.

  6. Ryan says:

    Who doesn’t love the Simpsons.

    With that in mind, check out this link. It sums up how the ending to ME3 was for me.

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