This will be a short article, as it’s not my place to ruin this re-imagining of the ending to Mass Effect 3. Everyone who is a big fan of the Mass Effect franchise has been waiting for today with anticipation and a little anxiety.
Bioware promised that questions would be answered and the concerns of gamers would be sated.
Mass Effect 3 – Extended Cut was released as free DLC today. If you have Mass Effect 3, I suggest you download this DLC as soon as you can. Just be prepared for a long download. The extended cut is just over 1.6 GB in size for the XBox 360.
After just playing through the ending of Mass Effect 3 once again, I can tell you that the Extended Cut does have some impact. Once again, I played through the game’s Synthesis ending and noticed a number of additions.
Prior to making your choice of which of the game’s three endings you would embark on, there are more dialogue choices, giving you a fuller explanation of exactly what each choice means. Also, the descriptions seem to be entirely re-scripted and easier to understand.
You will notice an addition after the infamous crash landing scene at the end of the game as well. Normally, this part of the ending would go directly into the credits. Now, there is a more in-depth ending describing what happened to many of the alien races and honouring your fallen comrades.
In the very first episode of GameOn, I joked in the segment of Killing Time with Kyle Born about what I actually wanted to see in the Mass Effect 3 ending. Many of the comments that I made are actually addressed.
Having seen only one ending, I cannot tell you how well the other endings are affected or how well choices outside of the total paragon path are reflected. That is something I will have to investigate when I have more time on my hands.
That being said, I can clearly see the effort being put into this by Bioware. How fans already disgruntled by the ending as it is will react is the next question.
What’s your thoughts? Did you enjoy the Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3? Do you feel that enough effort has been put into this re-imagining of a universally hated ending?