Posts tagged Hooray!
Posts tagged Hooray!
I’m not going to lie, I was hoping this would happen. Here’s why:
1. When I started playing, I enjoyed the game but even in the early stages, I wasn’t necessarily blown away. I think I was a little put off by the hype and the fact that anything short of spectacular would be a major disappointment. I compare it to a band putting out an awesome first album and inevitably having a disappointing second album simply because it isn’t their first. Few artists can string together a string of brilliance for a sustained period of time; those that can are celebrated. That’s why I love the Beatles.
2. To me the solution seemed rather simple: release an alternative ending as DLC. The game makers were smart enough to do that, those that were dissatisfied with the ending can be appeased, while those who weren’t disappointed have the option to keep the game as it is. Basically, EA/Bioware allows gamers to - make a choice! I am willing to bet that even if someone was ok with the final decision, they’d still download the alternative ending because it’s interesting and they’ve invested so much in the story.
3. I personally have spent 135 hours playing the Mass Effect series to this point, or about five and a half full days. By the time I’m done, it will likely be a full week of game time - straight. I took my sweet time and was really deliberate in my decision making. This game offers me a chance to carefully consider every crucial decision and understand the consequences.
I don’t have that luxury in reality, which is what makes it reality. In Mass Effect, I can do things over. I can press pause and move on when I feel like I’m ready. The world stops for me. It is an opportunity to turn the tables on the world, life, and reality if only hypothetically.
On a personal level, I really want to know what would happen if I was able to do something absolutely the way I wanted to over the course of five years and know that it will turn out the best way possible.
What I hope doesn’t happen:
That the new content turns Mass Effect 3 into Return of the Jedi: Special Edition. The game becomes modified to the point that it is garbage and proves to be disservice to any final chapter of an epic saga like the aforementioned example. I better not see the equivalent of a redone Jabba’s Palace scene in Mass Effect 3. That will not stand…