Bioware made good on its promise to fans and the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC was finally released to plug up plot holes and hopefully calm everyone down. While reaction on the internet has been predictably mixed, I figured I’d take a minute here to give you my two cents.
Now, I didn’t dislike the original ending to Mass Effect 3 as much as some people, but I did feel like there were some plot holes, (how did everybody get back on the Normandy?) and narrative choices that didn’t make any sense for the franchise, (destroy the Mass Effect relays? Why?) so at most I hoped that the Extended Cut would clear up those issues. I didn’t need a happy ending with sunshine and rainbows and little Krogan babies wandering around (although, let’s face it, Krogan babies would be pretty great), I just needed to feel like things weren’t as slapdash as they were the first time around.
And on that account I have to say I was very happy. I mean, I was going to be happy anyways, because more Mass Effect = More Happy, but I really liked the way they found narrative solutions to the problems with the story I had. You got a few more great moments with your crew and while closure wasn’t as big an issue for me as it was for some fans, I do like the way they wrapped things up.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of all of Edi’s epilogue and the little screenshot of the smiling Krogans was just weird, but everything else was handled so right it really is a nitpick just to mention it.
For those of you who don’t want to play through the whole ending again, or if you’re just curious about how the endings are different, you can view them all on YouTube here.
What do you think? Did you like the new endings? Did you feel they were necessary? Let me know in the comments.