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How I Wanted Mass Effect 3 to End

by Ben RunningsApril 23, 2012

After much discussion about the end of Mass Effect 3, I have concocted an ending that I would have loved to have seen in the actual game. It would in fact be preferred to the official ending. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed all of Mass Effect 3, including the ending, what I have come up with I think would not only make more sense for the series but also be much more powerful.

Spoilers from here on.

The basic premise of my ending is this: we should have lost the final fight on Earth and gone on to be completely eradicated by the reapers.

If Mass Effect 3 had abruptly ended on earth, with the player watching as Shepard and his/her squad mates die, it would have been shocking. The feeling given to the player would be a profound one. Shepard is dead. Anderson is dead. All squad members are dead. And without any further explanation, the credits just roll.

There would be no other ending.

 

For three games we have been told how powerful the Reapers are and how impossible this battle will be. The protheans, a race acknowledged as being more advanced than any of those currently around, was wiped out. It only makes sense that we would also lose.

Throughout ME3, you see only a couple of reapers get destroyed and each time it is more crazy and unbelievable than the last. Not to mention the amount of effort it required. And that was only a few of them.

There are thousands of Reapers.

Their only weaknesses seem to be underestimating society and the way they slowly have to feed on a population to ensure their own survival.

Based on all these encounters with the reapers, the universe should have lost. It might not have been a quick loss but we were clearly on the losing side of a battle that was looking increasingly worse. Think about it, all the major alien home worlds were devastated with others completely wiped out.

With all these facts it would only makes sense for Shepard and everyone else to arrive on Earth for their final battle.

This would make the war assets number entirely trivial now but that is an important message to the player. That there was no way the universe could have succeeded. Even with every military force in the world, it was not enough.

The feeling given to the player– telling them that everything up to that point, all the choices, were for nothing—is a powerful feeling. One that is not just saying, ‘Ha, you have no choice in the matter,’ but is saying that there was nothing you could do. You played through three games in a losing battle. You would truly mourn the loss of Shepard, the Normandy, and countless other characters. You would know that everyone is dead and that nothing could be done.

It would show how sometimes all your choices don’t matter. Some battles cannot be won.

This ending would be sad one but also one that would leave you thinking of what could have been; what if we had won?

Now here’s where things would get interesting.

Following the credits would be a scene showing two of a yet to be seen race of alien in space suits walking out of an early spacefaring ship. The whole scene would mimic the moon landing footage seen here.

They spot something on a nearby hill and walk over to it. The object is the time capsule Liara was making to warn future races of the Reapers. The aliens reach it and it activates. A hologram of Shepard pops out and says something along these lines:

“Every 50,000 years, creatures known as the Reapers arrive and eliminate all organic life in the universe. Everyone in the universe needs to put aside their differences and stand together against this threat. The last time the Reapers came, we mounted an offensive of the combined forces of all the spacefaring races of our time to combat them.

If you are seeing this, it means we failed.”

 

The message keeps playing and the two creatures look at each other as the camera pans to the sky. The Mass Effect theme starts and the game ends to a still shot of the sky.

This ending would be much more interesting and plausible while still being satisfying. The implications of this ending are also much more meaningful and thought provoking than having us win at the last second. People would still complain but I think an ending where we lose would be worth it for the impact.

Anyway, that’s how I would have preferred Mass Effect 3 to end. It is probably way different than what most people would have wanted but that’s too bad! 😛

About The Author
Ben Runnings
Ben Runnings
Ben graduated from college-land with a degree in game design and now spends his time working for the 'man.' A Genesis kid growing up, it wasn't until he stumbled upon Ocarina of Time that he drove head first into gaming. Hobbies include: continuing to learn Japanese, playing videogames (duh), reading (in Japanese and English), writing (also duh), and rock climbing. He has also recently gotten back into PC gaming after many years of having terrible computers and loves it.
  • Skynork

    Damn ! Never trust nothing but the best.

  • Harriett Legler

    Now, I’ve played Mass Result 3 to the extremely conclude ( SPOILER, SPOILER, DO NOT Examine ANY A Lot More IF YOU Have Not Crushed THE GAME!!! ) I’ve crushed it…But I Am ungodly confused… I’ve heard about there getting several diverse endings, but I can only seem to be to get the one referred to as ” Ruin ending ” Wherever Shepard shoots this big red pipe/pillar looking issue soon after speaking to that kid… It sends out a wave that kills all reapers.. I’d think this was a good thing, right? But then it displays a cut-scene wherever this large wave destroys Huge Ben/Bin? and turns the humans down on the streets fighting..Into ash… Which Is wherever I was royal thoughts fucked… I thought the wave was GOOD. I understood it would ruin the Geth and all… But I had no notion it would eliminate people. And speaking about the endings..How do I get the other ones? I’ve heard that if your war asset meter is all the way up just before the final battle it offers you a new ending. Nevertheless working on that one. But I want an individual to sit down, and clarify to me just what the fuck I did with the giant wave o’ doom.

  • Marcie Thach

    Now, I’ve finished all the prior Mass Effect video games and regard the collection as a single of my leading favorites. This also includes Mass Impact 3. However, I stopped actively playing Mass Impact 3 when I was on the Cerberus-controlled Citadel and deleted my saves since of a single principal reason: the endings.

    The cause I spoiled the recreation for myself is that I knew I was in some way going to defeat or shed to the Reapers, and I needed to know how to get a perfected, spotless, paragon ending. The issue is, there just isn’t one. The alternatives you made in the prior video games do not issue what so ever. Also, the endings make me come to feel quite depressed and they cloud my mind in deep sorrow (I’m really emotionally invested into the series, Shepard, and the characters).

    I know Bioware has some thing planned for Mass Effect 4, and here is my theory: you need to “reconnect” galactic civilizations by inventing some realized interstellar travel. It would be set in some dark age of the galaxy, and will characteristic a new protagonist. Do you believe this idea is logically sound? Or do you have your own?

    Anyway, I was asking yourself if I should restart enjoying Mass Effect 3 just to complete it or wait around right up until Bioware releases some official assertion detailing the reasons driving the game’s controversial endings. What is your suggestion(s) that I do?
    Plus, I know of the Indoctrinated/Hallucination theories. They do handle to drop some hope.

  • Harriett Legler

    I’ll be honest I was indignant at very first but then I assumed about it, and then I applauded Bioware for how they ended the epic journey that took 3 game titles to unfold. I selected to ruin the Reapers because of the dislike generated towards them from the way the game titles carried me on my journey as Shepard. I arrived to the summary that it is nearly a poetic justice that the best price tag to be compensated for saving the galaxy would be to sacrifice myself (Shepard). The cost is high, but, that is what was required to stop the game. I do want I had a little bit much more of foreclosure at the very end. I romanced and re-romanced Miranda and I desired to know what would transpire with her at the extremely end. I still have concerns but I am not angry or disappointed to how it ended. Any Person else agree/disagree?

  • Gloria Hester

    I didnt like that it came down to making one particular of three Decisions that resulted in the demise of cammander shepard and it was difficult to follow. How did the child he watched die grow to be this kind of a essential part in the mission so rapidly and because its a war centered game, why could not it stop with the crucible actually becoming a substantial weapon and the war continuing. Lastly, was the destruction of the mass relays really the right thing to do, I doubt they’re going to cease or want to quit there but how can they make it operate without having the mass relays??

  • Tia Zuehlke

    *SPOILERS*

    Everyone who has played via Mass Influence 1 and Mass Influence 2 will concur it is an incredible experience. The options you make, the lower scenes, the action, the tension and the broad range of opportunities. Its brain blowing and undoubtedly an unique game. Now I’m guessing many men and women who are reading through this are discouraged with the ending of Mass Effect 3.

    Mass Influence 3’s campaign was amazing and superb. Seeing the return of acquainted faces this sort of as Ashley, Kaidan and everyone’s favourite Wrex surely granted a smile on everyone’s face. Some options may possibly be bothersome or upsetting you but the selections you make surely will adjust the ending for Mass Impact 3. Well… I Am not certain they did. Every Single choice I made in Mass Impact 1 and 2 appeared as if the two video games failed to even exist. Perhaps if you conserve absolutely everyone in Mass Impact 2 could have impact on growing the numbers for your army, of curing the Genophage but did it truly matter? You Will Find 3 endings as far as I know. Three major endings. But it appears they are all the same.

    People who support Bioware and say the ending is remarkable and gritty, I do agree. But Bioware I hope you happen to be studying this because absolutely everyone wishes you to know this. We cherished your very first two games and they had been outstanding but we did not work our way by means of them for this terrible climax. It’s a video clip video game and there was so significantly possible for a best ending. All we needed was an ending in which Shepard destroyed the Reapers, went again to his enjoy interest, and reunited with his crew, new and old. It might not suit the realism but it really is an ending. The way I see it we select our endings determining how we play by means of the recreation so thank you for not offering us the ending in which you see nations cheering and his crew surrounding Shepard and thanking him for saving them, or even just sharing a hug with his love interest. This would definitively deliver a tear to several people but the endings so far just make you cry with disappointment. Make Sure You Bioware, make a new ending, a content ending, do it for your enthusiasts and present appreciation for the time and dedication we do to get and play your games, even if it really is a DLC, several individuals will acquire it. It Can Be your chance to win your fans back again simply because no a single will want to play a sport figuring out the ending will be a disappointment.

    *PLEASE IF YOU Examine THIS AND Feel THE MASS Effect 3 ENDING Must Alter Spread THIS About AND GET THE Word OUT. WE CAN DO IT!*

  • Desmarais

    Now, I’ve played Mass Impact 3 to the very stop ( SPOILER, SPOILER, DO NOT Read ANY Much More IF YOU Haven’t Beaten THE GAME!!! ) I’ve beaten it…But I Am ungodly confused… I’ve heard about there being many distinct endings, but I can only seem to be to get the one named ” Destroy ending ” Wherever Shepard shoots this massive red pipe/pillar seeking point soon after chatting to that kid… It sends out a wave that kills all reapers.. I Would believe this was a good thing, right? But then it displays a cut-scene in which this large wave destroys Big Ben/Bin? and turns the individuals down on the streets fighting..Into ash… Which Is exactly where I was royal head fucked… I assumed the wave was GOOD. I knew it would destroy the Geth and all… But I had no idea it would destroy people. And talking about the endings..How do I get the other ones? I’ve heard that if your war asset meter is all the way up before the final battle it presents you a new ending. Nevertheless working on that one. But I want somebody to sit down, and clarify to me just what the fuck I did with the large wave o’ doom.

  • che-che

    Don’t tell me what happens but on a scale of 1-10, 1 being as good as the first, and 10 being sh*tty, tell me about how you felt with the ending. I mean is it worth buying because I don’t want to buy it just to find out it has a terrible ending.

  • Kaylla

    I’m aware that multiplayer affects the ending of Mass Effect 3. If you play it, it’s easier to get a good ending, if you don’t, it’s much, much harder. But to what extent? Do I need to play multiplayer a lot before even starting single player, or could I get all the way to the second from last mission, play multiplayer for a day or two, and go on to finish the game with a better shot at getting a good ending?

    I really don’t want a crappy ending, so I want to know how to avoid that.
    It’s been confirmed that multiplayer has an affect on your success toward the good ending. So that’s all inaccurate, but I hope once you beat the game you’ll edit the post and explain how it works. Thanks. 😀

  • Benihana

    I have always played the mass effect games as a soldier on normal difficulty. I’ve always wanted to be a full biotic and complete it on the hardest difficulty, but obviously having always been a soldier it would be hard to do both.
    Does anyone know which class strikes a nice balance between having powers and being good with weapons?
    Cheers.

  • Michael K

    Now, I’ve completed all the previous Mass Effect games and regard the series as one of my top favorites. This also includes Mass Effect 3. However, I stopped playing Mass Effect 3 when I was on the Cerberus-controlled Citadel and deleted my saves because of one main reason: the endings.

    The reason I spoiled the game for myself is that I knew I was somehow going to defeat or lose to the Reapers, and I wanted to know how to get a perfected, spotless, paragon ending. The thing is, there isn’t one. The choices you made in the previous games do not matter what so ever. Also, the endings make me feel very depressed and they cloud my mind in deep sorrow (I’m very emotionally invested into the series, Shepard, and the characters).

    I know Bioware has something planned for Mass Effect 4, and here is my theory: you must “reconnect” galactic civilizations by inventing some knew interstellar travel. It would be set in some dark age of the galaxy, and will feature a new protagonist. Do you think this theory is logically sound? Or do you have your own?

    Anyway, I was wondering if I should restart playing Mass Effect 3 just to complete it or wait until Bioware releases some official statement explaining the reasons behind the game’s controversial endings. What is your suggestion(s) that I do?
    Plus, I know of the Indoctrinated/Hallucination theories. They do manage to shed some hope.

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  • Cpt Excelsior

    What do you think?
    Indoctrination theory? Hallucination?
    How about the stargazer scene? Who could the boy and old man be?
    I want to hear ideas!

  • Malcolm Hudson

    What is the perfect ending in Mass Effect 3, and how do I obtain it. I was a full paragon in the first play through and my reputation meter was filled about 50%. I got my galactic readiness full and I had nearly all war assets for the final battle (Got the achievement that said so). However when I was given the option to choose one of the three ending I chose to kill the reapers and destroy synthetic life. This also destroyed the Mass Relays. My question does Shepard die in all possible endings? The other two options I was faced with was to control the reapers (Killing myself in the process) Or go into the beam of light and “Fuse” myself with the power to do something. I honestly do not know what the hell the beam of light ending would cause. I just want to know if there is a truly perfect ending where Shepard does not die, and he destroys the reapers? Or did Bioware make only the three endings that I was originally faced with?

  • Only Business

    How do you know if you had a romance in Mass Effect 1? The reason I am asking is that they said in Mass Effect 3, that if you had a romance in the first game and then switched to some other girl in the second game that it could have a negative impact on your romances in the 3rd game. On my first playthrough I romanced Ashley in Mass Effect 1 and had sex with her before I went to Ilos. But when I transferred him to Mass Effect 2 I romanced Miranda. But when I found out about the negative romance in Mass Effect 3 I wanted to redo my guy in Mass Effect 1 too have no romance so that I can only be with Miranda in the second game. At the end of the first game Ashley or any other girl never came to my room before the last planet and I am just wondering if that means I didnt romance anybody.

    So im basically asking that if I didnt have sex with anybody at the end of Mass Effect 1, does this mean I didnt have a romance in this playthrough?

  • ConfusionnaJob

    I’m wondering if i should just play mass effect 3 or i should start from the very beginning.

  • Nick

    I know the question seems weird but I’ve been reading other post about Mass Effect 3 and I’ve found out that no matter what decision you make, Shepard still dies at the end. So I just want to know how can you make it so everyone in your squad dies also? (note : does the squad members currently in your party at the time of the final mission just die or does every member of your squad die even if they aren’t in your party?) I know this is selfish but I feel this way, if Shepard is going to die, then his squad should die with him/her (in my case her). That’s a big sacrifice for Shepard and if they want to make a sequel (I hope they don’t, that would be just stupid and I wouldn’t buy it anyway) they should start anew with completely new characters.Not with Shepard’s old squad members.
    Anyway, I just want to know, can your whole squad die with you as a sacrifice along with Shepard? (BTW, this will make you laugh out loud but I really just want to know how can I get my romantic interest to die with me? I want my Turian love -Garrus (lol) to die with me, no one else will have him…LOL)

  • nathan

    NO SPOILERs
    Im about to play it and dont want to get my hopes up, and how many of those readyness points do i need?