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Mass Effect 3 Reactions *non-spoilery* by ghostfire Mass Effect 3 Reactions *non-spoilery* by ghostfire
I tried to keep the comic spoiler free, so I will try to do the same for my comments on it. I imported my Paragon Vanguard - Brenna Shepard - and played Mass Effect 3 like it was going to be taken away from me. My time to beat it was about 38 hours, which included a span of 24 hours where I played nearly continuously and completely lost track of what day it was.

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doodlemancerArt Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
I recommend the Mass Effect Happy Ending Mod i.e. MEHEM on nexus: www.nexusmods.com/masseffect3/…
hope that gives you the closure you (and all of us) truly deserves
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DMT-07 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Yup, I had about the same reaction.  Doyce Testerman has the best response to the ending on his blog.  Look for him by name, cross-ref Tolkein and Mass Effect.
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I heard about this a while ago and I am sharing it with people, cause I think its really intersting to debate on

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythY_G…
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freakyskull516 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that fucking dayball...
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ghostfire Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's always ruining my extended gaming sessions. I need blackout curtains.
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freakyskull516 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i just beat the campaign last night.
he. he. i left liara so distraught. just a fucking wreck.
its gonna be even better when mass effect 4 comes out and i have a living shepard to import.  
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Airsarge Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Yeah the ME3 endings are bullshit even with the extended ending patch. unless they do a prolog or some science ex machina like in ME2 then for ME4 to work the only canonical ending could be the destruction of all synthetic life, including EDI and all of the geth (if you decided to save them)
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Airsarge Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Wasn't that "ghostly presence" just the Citadel talking to Shepard? Like the the Citadel was a gentle giant Reaper that only indoctrinated the Keepers and Shepard
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Supposedly... but, if you did watch and understand the video, the Indoctrination theory claims that after Harbringer shots you with the laser, you fall unconsious, which means that all after that scene is a dream, a hallucination, induced by the indoctrination. You never really arrive to the citadel, neither reach the crucible. That talk with the Starchild is merely part of the hallucination and doesnt really happen: it is the reapers trying to reason with you, to convince you that their logic is right and that you shuold support them. The ammount of evidence that supports the indoctrination theory its overwhelming, huge, you can search for lots of forums where parts of all that evidence is discussed so you can see how much hints did the creators put in the game. The video I gave you merely grasps the surface.
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Airsarge Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
It also says that hallucinations come from a slow process that could take weeks or months. Not exactly the instantaneous process of being hit by a laser and passing out. Shepard spends a lot more time on the Citadel and since earpieces are probably routed through receivers in the Citadel, it would extremely simple to only use subtle noise to constantly be buzzing in Shepard's ear. And when is he shot by Harbinger? The closest thing I can think of is when the Collectors blast Red Normandy to pieces at the beginning of ME2
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1) IT doenst claim that the indoctrination begins at the moment when Harbringer hits you with the laser. Quite on the contrary, IT uses evidence of Sheppard being indoctrinated during all mass effect 3, or even earlier, to show that Sheppard is being indoctrinated since weeks, or even years. Just in ME3, all dreams are actually hallucinations of indoctrination. Some even claim that certain akward events back at ME1 show that you are contaminated with indoctrination since the point you touch the first beacon, but that is a little bit debated among IT followers. All agree that the dreams on ME3 show that Sheppard is being indoctrinated, slowly, through the whole ME3.

And you are right: how the hell did Sheppard survive the attack of Harbringer?. But it gets even more weird... Why, if you stay there without moving, Harbringer never attacks you?. Why (on the EC DLC), when you help your companion evacuate through the normandy (if your EMS is high), Harbringer doesnt take the chance to blow you into pieces along with the Normandy. Or (If your EMS is low) why does he first separate Sheppard from his company by throwing a tank in the way, and then deliberately uses its laser to kill your friends but doesnt kil you, even more, the laser comes from behind them, away from Sheppard, like if Harbringer is desperately trying to not hurt Sheppard. Without IT, this doesnt make much sense: Harbringer is trying to stop everyone from reaching the Citadel, and Sheppard, among all of them, is a serious threat inside the Citadel and handling the Crucible...

But what if Harbringer has other interests in Sheppard? well, some IT fans would claim that they want to indcotrinate Sheppard and that he is more usefull alive than dead, and thats why all of the above makes sense, and also why Harbringer's laser doesnt kill you. He simply gives you a hit strong enough to knock you out but not kill you. And he renders you unconsious, cause when we are sleep or uncounsious is when Reaper´s indoctrination becomes stronger. The Reapers desperately want to indoctrinate Sheppard, sadly one can only speculate on the reasons of why.
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Let me guess...
Hour 24 was you accidentally choosing the Geth on Rannoch?
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Harimir Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
but i liked the ending...
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:iconbloodmaker:
bloodmaker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Three years later and I still don't want to talk about it...:iconnoooooplz:
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fanguy11 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
i see tears at 24 hours
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Darkfeather21 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda enjoyed the ending for ME3, both pre- and post-Extended Cut.
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meperson94 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
So sad. I'm working on a fan fiction to compensate.
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Cenkic21 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
This...is the universal truth for all. Male and female gamers alike across the planet, from different backgrounds and beleifs. At that moment we had all united in feelings and spirit. We had been betrayed
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lol19 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Yes, yes and so much yes!
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Negrath Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Until Bioware breaks from EA and redoes the whole trilogy from scratch, I will withhold final judgement. but they have -not- redeemed themselves so long as they let the idiot 'godchild' stand. Give us the original version you built up to through all three games!
(also, finish the various other loose threads you got dangling about the place from the previous games. Me2 was flawed. not DA2-flawed, but not complete. ME3 was excellent all the way to the final charge. gotta wonder whether that kid had some other purpose originally or if they had some 'dark matter' stuff in his place originally, and just joinked it out and plugged the kid in because a handful of people had been given the chance to see it. personally, I had no idea. thanks for nothing, EA. try not to ruin us on the dlc's we need to finish building Sims 4, ok?
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KOTR13 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
The endings were indeed terrible, though Bioware totally redeemed themselves with the Citadel DLC.
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Dibol Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Not really. Oh, you create a big party for your surrogate family, and yet none of them lift a single finger to get you out of rubble. I call bullshit.
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Darkfeather21 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What rubble? You get annihilated to become a universal blueprint.
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Dibol Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7swKCd…:

Timestamp at 8:00 on Destroy ending.
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:iconsebaselciclon:
sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is the most akward scene of the whole ending, isnt it?.
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Darkfeather21 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was mostly joking, because I never take the Destroy ending. I worked my ass off to make the Geth sentient, I am not gonna wipe them out now.
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But here is the akward thing: The Inteligence said that the destruction ending would kill you cause you have synthetic elemnts on you or something like that. Yet you live. You live beyond the massive explosion of the citadel, you live through the explosion of a mass relay, and you live trough your re-entrance to Earth orbit without even a freaking helmet. It doesnt make sense at all now does it?.
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Darkfeather21 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope. What you see, if you get a high enough EMS, is someone wearing broken N7 armor, lying in the rubble of London, take a single breath. Now, it is logical to assume that is Shepard.
But is it logical to assume that means Shepard is still alive? Not really. They just had the synthetics keeping them alive completely obliterated, before they fell through the atmosphere of Earth and crashed into the middle of a deserted and decimated city. The logical assumption is that this is the dying gasp of someone who just barely survived the impossible. Even if it's not, it would likely take whatever remains of the human forces hours to locate Shepard among the rubble. Assuming they get them to a hospital in time, it's unlikely the hospital could save Shepard, given the number of credits spent on resurrecting them the first time, not the mention the entirely questionable ethics of the original doctors.
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhhh... what you are saying is actually an argument that supports IT, not against it.

If IT is right, then you never entered the Citadel, neither activated any super-weapon in the crucible. You are just lying in London, right after the Harbringer laser didnt kill you.

But what if IT is wrong? then that last scene claims that Shepard, in the destroy ending, survived an explosion that torn apart the entire citadel, then survived the vaccum of space, and in the end survived re-entering the atmosphere of earth. Shepard wouldnt just be dead, his body would have totally desintegrated, and there shouldnt be any corpse of Shepard, not even for him to have a "last breath" and then dying.

So, what you mention actually supports IT rather that disprove it.
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Dibol Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Honestly, the "con" of Destroy felt completely hamfisted, especially with the whole thing about the Geth dying because "Dey gots Reaper Softwares LOLOLOLOL." 
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Darkfeather21 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, it was stated that the Crucible would wipe out all Synthetics, regardless of their relationship to the Reapers. AIs, VIs, Geth, Reapers, didn't matter. All would be destroyed. Even Shepard's synthetic parts.
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AzuleneAroma Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
The Architect . Perfect. Just perfect. And the flying kitten unicorn... Priceless. 
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kaipur Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I feel ya. Which is why I rewrote the whole damned thing and I'm putting it up here for everyone to see. I yelled out 'Fuck You, Bioware!' When I got to the end. Really. I sat there for like several minutes watching the credits waiting for something else to happen...got you know, that stupid crap afterwards and just stood up and screamed. I have NOT forgotten. I got it day one and it STILL pisses me off. So I had to do it. For my own sake of mind. Great job. You captured how most of us felt.
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PrincessPapaya13 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, I can't trust that comapny anymore. 
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liljohn9000 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Lol the Architect
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masterofsteam Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
It was EA that ruined the game, not Bioware.
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TheEnderDemon Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
BioWare let it happen.


They could have said no, and finished it.


They made fucking DLCs trying to make people less pissed about the ending.

They had time.
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"Could've said no and finished it."

And in the process get their funding cut and be forced to put out the same game with, what, a single new side mission, or not even make the game? Game design focuses entirely on the bottom line, money talks, and EA only listened to money (I have noticed some Kotaku articles saying the new Head Hancho is trying to do better, and I am willing to give them benefit of slight trust considering the unique niche that the game industry has and runs on but continuing) and Bioware had to do what money said. The DLC are nothing more then extras. EA approved them after being convinced they can make it rain digital dollars. Which they did. DLC doesn't prove jack, it just proves that at the end, money can still be made a year or two later.

The extended cut was nothing more then the answer to the retakers. I didn't mind the base ending. It sucked but it wasn't bad. Is sure as hell wasn't good either though. But I like the Extended version better. 

And no, they didn't have time, otherwise the games ending would've been better. 

Bottom line, if your Jimmies are still rustled about it, think about like this: The Journey is more important then the end.

Mass Effect endings always were lacking anyway. First 1: Save the council or let them die. Cut scene swap. Udina or Anderson, dialogue swap! Morality ending: Oooooh look at the background! Second: Keep the base. Yay red star with different dialogue! Destroy the Base: Yay blue star with different dialogue! At the end of the third I wasn't really surprised. Good characters, gameplay and story, that's where it's at. 
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lashai1234 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
that is so me
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qXAwsumXp Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
ESPECIALLY THE TROLL FACE. DAMMIT SHEPARD. 
Seriously though, for the ending I thought I killed off everyone, so I was like, well crap, totally played that wrong.
So, made a new game, went through to the end, and still had the impression that I murdered everyone. 
Eventually, I just went with synthesizing. 
NEUTRAL WIN. -__________-
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Miss-Ai-sensei Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Accurate!
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silverPheonixfire Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
THIS.  YES, THIS.
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TristanBelmont Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
While I never understood the controversy over the ending, I liked the comic.
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JaylaClark Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Well, the ending was objectively bad, because it had no falling action after the climax. It also pointed a lot of people to bad conclusions ... as in conclusions that everything WENT bad.

I do give them the benefit of the doubt, in that I doubt they wanted us to think that the galaxy got killed, but man alive, that was unsatisfying in its first form. Its second form had some spackle patches all over it but I didn't mind it nearly as badly as the first.
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TristanBelmont Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Ah. Well, you explained most peoples' dislike of the game in a couple of sentences whilst most people wrote entire articles that basically amounted to "BioWare now sucks, always has sucked, and always will suck. KOTOR never happened, they suck so much."
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kaipur Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
It was poor story telling that got me. All this great writing throughout the ENTIRE series. And then it gets to the end and just give us: and this this happened. Which is a punchline, not an ending! I don't care if it's good, bad, neutral, or what. Give us a damned ending though that makes some sort of sense. That's all I asked. Heavy Rain pulled it off. Dishonored pulled it off. Star Ocean pulled it off. Yet, Bioware, the king of story telling...fails to tell a good ending and has to go back to revise it. The fuck?
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kaipur Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
*and THEN this happened is what I meant. Doh!
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JaylaClark Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Yeah, the thing is that I think everyone got so angry at it all that they couldn't form coherent thoughts about it. Truth be told, if I weren't in denial over it for most of the controversy myself, I probably would've been raging as badly as everyone else.
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Michaelmtv Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Writer
It was a Gainax ending through and through
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