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A game is more than just its ending,
This review is from: Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Having played through the game pre-extended cut DLC I can understand the frustration felt by so many about the ending. It felt weak and far too abrupt for me. But to review the game based on that is doing it a massive disservice. The amount of hate the game is getting about this is, in my mind completely over the top and perhaps more a reflection of just how good the series has been and how the series has built such a massive and passionate fanbase.
To start with, anyone coming to this new, I would recommend going through the first two parts of the trilogy before this one. The sense of continuity between the games is a particular strong point to me, and your decisions you make along the way will affect your playthrough experience. Those who have already played through the first two games will have built and developed their own Shepard along the way and more than likely feel some kind of attachment to him/her ahead of the climactic war you know is coming.
The game itself plays in a similar way to Mass Effect 2 in terms of combat with a few minor changes with the same RPG elements from throughout the series, such as the dialogue options wheel, paragon and renegade options and also the interrupt option from ME2 at certain points. Having recently played through the whole series again I can say that the whole game engine has been refined and vastly improved since ME1, it looks and sounds better and plays better, although most of the obvious improvements came with ME2. The RPG aspect, although strong throughout the series, has also come a long way, the voice acting is among the best ever in gaming history with notable actors voicing important characters and I felt I saw a more desperate, more human element to my Shepard. Echoing the scale and enormity of the unfolding tragedy.
Anyone playing this game or series as a whole can't fail to feel some attachment to Shepard and the characters surrounding him/her. There are enough choices and decisions to make along the way that very few people will have the same experiences. There are moments that will genuinely affect you, especially if you've played the previous games, if they don't I'm sorry, you're already dead inside and there's nothing anyone can do for you. The scale and ambition of what Bioware has done with this series should be recognised and applauded. The fact they've released a free dlc for an extended ending too shows their responsiveness to the community, although it should have been obvious it was necessary from the start.
Fact is even if you find you don't like the ending, DLC or no, you should play it and if you're genuinely honest with yourself you'll acknowledge it's worth a bit more than two stars...