Actually, no. Because I do not love the last touches of Mass Effect 3. They were fine. cool Beans. that’s good. The standard complaint against those ends is that they do not reflect your decisions through the trilogy up to that point. This is not entirely true – what I picked up was completely out of sync with Shepard’s actions and decisions on three games. The ‘pick-from-three-options’ Deuce X-A-like structure was fairly inexpensive, but it eventually resolved a seemingly unplugged plot thread.
However, this is beside the point. Mass Effect 3 is a game about endings. Every main mission is an end. Most of the side oddities are an end. From the outset, the story ends and fades away everything created in the previous two games. There are many brilliant, memorable farewell types that have real emotional resonance. This is quite a feat for a big-budget RPG series about fun space adventures.
It should go without saying that I am going to spoil the mass effect 3. And also the stronghold DLC.
Granted, the ME3 is a bit heavy on sacrificial offers. Mordin, Legion, and eventually, Shepard can present him/herself all potentially for the greater good. Mordin Solas is my favorite of these, precisely because he is not a Capital-H hero. He is a scientist whose greatest achievement in the eyes of his people becomes his biggest source of regret. His guilt about his involvement in Krogan genophage is apparent in Mass Effect 2, as he believes it was necessary.
By ME3, it becomes clear that he is determined to fix whatever he has come to see as a mistake. Suppose your Shepard is not a great dick, he does so. He carries himself well as he steps into the elevator leading into the room which will simultaneously release the treatment and kill him in a big explosion. But there is a hint of sorrow – a small crack in his resolve. Unlike many of Shepard’s peers, Mordin is not a rabid crook. And yet he is abandoning himself anyway because it is his fault to fix it. As he told Shepard, “My project. My work. My treatment. My responsibility.”
Gilbert and Sullivan’s last muted bar may also be a step in fan service, but what is it? He has earned
There is no grand sacrifice to end Thane. He was dying. Then he dies. However, there is a quiet, tragic victory. Thane’s story revolves around his son, Kolayat, and his desire to save her from a life of crime. By the time of his death, he was successful. Kolayat stands with him, as does Shepard – who, in my play, he was romancing. He is surrounded by his family and is spared the fact that he will not get to share in Shepard’s final battle – which he has achieved.
This is not a fate experienced by many major game characters. Mordin End? Sure. Shepard’s End? Sure. Dying in a hospital, surrounded by loved ones? Usually not. Mass Effect is a game series about big, galaxy-shifting decisions and impossible hurdles. And yet, Biwere still takes time to remember the things that are important to us as a person; Both the people we love, and the goals we are motivated to achieve.
As should be clear above, Mass Effect 3 is a great game. The Citadel DLC pack could not be more different. This is fantastic; A fascinating celebration of the series’ successes and oddities. Today it has no place in the main campaign. It feels better after the fact, as an almost non-canon epilogue filled with jokes and fan service.
There are too many great moments to mention, and it seems pointless to flesh out individual bits to praise. This is by far the most enjoyable bover, helped to a large extent by the fact that it is dipstricting and has fun in tightly condensed tropes and systems.
It also serves as a proper ending, too. The final conversation – followed by intimidation and defeat by the party – is between Shepard and his closest partner. “We’ve had a good ride,” that fellow would inevitably say. “The best,” Shepard explains, covers three games and hundreds of hours in two simple words.
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Hale’s performance throughout the series, but even I will admit that Mark Mir offers the best distribution of the line. It’s emotional, almost unbearably so, and it reminds me that it was more than just fans who were saying a final goodbye to a character they fell in love with.