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Why I really liked the end of Mass Effect 3

The Mass Effect Trilogy heralded a new type of story telling in gaming. Bioware forged a truly personal experience, where the biggest, most defining decisions were left to the player. Few games can claim the scope, both contextually and technically, that was achieved in this awe-inspiring series of games where your mission takes you across an entire galaxy in which you discover alien races and new worlds that have their own rich histories.  You do not need to have played Mass Effect 3 to be aware that it is an incredibly impressive game, neither do you need to have played it to be aware of the controversy surrounding its conclusion.  The ending lead to huge uproar by players which has been taken on board by Bioware who are taking action, and all respect to them for doing so. When the problem surfaced, I had not yet finished the game and so I was extremely curious as to what Bioware had gotten so wrong. As the credits rolled I was utterly blown away, but also a little confused as to what I missed. I headed online to figure out what exactly was everybody’s concern and I personally don’t feel that the ending should have received such disdain for the reasons that were given. Personally, I was very satisfied by the ending and a little disappointed about the reception it received, and here’s why…

SPOILER ALERT: The rest of this post will most certainly contain spoilers concerning fundamental events in the final moments of the game, DO NOT READ if you are yet to finish or plan to play Mass Effect ever! I’ve put some space between here and the next bit to avoid accidents…

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