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mellowcandle
mellowcandle
clearly I don't understand anything about defeating trolls
Okay, so we're behind the times, but we just got the Mass Effect trilogy set a couple months ago, and I finished it this morning. I remember the outrage over the ending and I knew a little about it, or at least I was pretty sure I'd be dying at the end, and going into it, I was okay with that.

But.

Really the ending just confused me. I mean, I was trying to choose freedom over either controlling the Reapers or integrating organic/synthetic, because I didn't think either of those choices was what humanity is supposed to be all about. So... that means I failed? I downloaded the free extended ending and everything earlier, but then, nothing. Liara saying we failed, credits, then a lady telling a kid that she'll tell him a story, and then... back to before the final Cerberus assault. So if my choice means I didn't get the extended ending showing how my choice affected the galaxy (which I thought would happen, like, I die, but here's how all the other races/my pals fared in the end), that means we all died?

Because that is f'ing bleak, and if that's what had people pissed off, I totally get it.



And here I'd completed the suicide mission of the second game without losing anyone! I was feeling pretty good about myself!

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susako From: susako Date: August 5th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
So... you didn't choose Destroy? You chose not to do anything?

The whole thing about what pissed fans off is really complicated, I think a lot of it was to do with your choices not really mattering (which wasn't how it was set up through the whole trilogy) or in general there being a lot of logical flaws with the the ending. As for dying, yeah, I was pretty certain that Shepard was going to die and that, while it sucks, was ok story-wise - it made sense.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 5th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought I was choosing to destroy them. The conversation wheel seemed kind of vague there at the end, and I thought I was rejecting the control/integration choices, not rejecting doing anything. And it just went, "Okay then". CREDITS. So I guess I messed up, because that wasn't what I meant to do. I was looking for the wheel to be more concrete about [Destroy Reapers] or [Control Reapers] or give me some indication of what I was actually choosing, because I was surprised that I didn't destroy them. I totally thought I was following the conversation tree the right way for that. Oops.
susako From: susako Date: August 6th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh...
If I remember correctly, after the dialogue finishes Starkid just stands there and you're left to your own devices for a bit. Destroy/Synthesise/Control aren't dialogue wheel options to end the game. The path before you splits into three - you have to walk Shepard left, right or center in order to choose one of the options and end the game that way. (Center is synthesise - I chose that one by accident before I realised that left/right were the other ones).
I didn't realise you could just end the game with the conversation wheel.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 6th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you refuse, you just die. There was no walking toward anything. I restarted the mission and played through all the endings to see what happened, so I finally saw the walkways lower (I also accidentally chose synthesis, and then the next time when I realized I'd walked toward the control panel and tried to turn around, the crucible blew up because I took too long--mark these choices more clearly, stupid game!), but if you say "I reject your choices" that doesn't happen, because apparently that means "After uniting the galaxy, curing the genophage, making peace between the quarians and geth, and fighting my way up here, I now shall do nothing at all and let everyone die". I thought it meant "So now let me push a big old 'destroy' button".

I can see the ending being illogical and that's what drove everyone mad, but yeah, for me it was that the options were not clearly marked and it took me three tries to get the ending I actually meant to get. I guess I'm just dumb.
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