Fallout 3's ending was full of logic holes and narrative issues, and Bethesda released DLC that fixed those issues, so there is a precedent for narrative fixes, post release.
Last edited by Kadayi; 03-04-2012 at 03:33 PM.
Y'know, I'm gonna start believing Shepard was a zombie all along because of that picture. Time to write up my ME3 Zombification Theory.
How do you tell if your zombie Shepard is a paragon or renegade? VEEEEEEIIIIIINNNNNS...
There is one thing I hated more than the ending in this game ..
It was your terrible companions. God did they ever suck.
Still, the ending blew also. It all felt a little phoned in.
And the hidden timer is signficant, as there's a fuck-ton of 'urgent' events throughout the game, none of which are on a timer. Except for that one. It was put in with a certain intent, and I really think that intent was to cater to players that didn't want to make Sophie's choice.
A well done long-form analysis of the ending in the perspective of the whole trilogy and conventions of the sci-fi genre:
Has anyone gone back to playing Skyrim after finishing ME3?
While Skyrim is a superb game, it evokes few emotions while playing. Looking at my Skyrim quest list "deliver x to y," "retrieve family heirloom," it all seems a little bland and empty after moments in ME3 such as Mordin's self sacrifice or Tali's suicide.
Blah, some games have broken mechanisms and I love them (Alpha Protocol, Deus ex, Homeworld) just as some games have but stupid stories or more topically stupid twists and I love them. Enjoyment is subjective but also the subject of the media in question.
I'm failing to writing a blog, specifically about playing games the wrong way
Just finished the game. Great game, great series for that matter, crap ending. Endings matter and this one left me feeling what was the point of my actions. It took the rpg out and put the fps in.
I was kinda expecting a tragic heroic end, where i saw all my companions (because thats what they were, i chose my companions based on how i liked them not combat effectiveness) get killed by my side as i saved (or didn't) the galaxy. I'm sure there were plenty of other briliant possibilities. Recoloured explosions and Joker/Normandy abandoning me in the final battle - meh.
So long and thanks for the fish. I won't be back but it was good whilst it lasted.
It comes down to authorial intent again. Bugs are things that were never meant to be in the game, that's different to the ending, which was intended to be that way, even if that decision was a bad one. Sometimes second printings of books fix 'bugs' where there's a typo or a contradiction in how a character is described. I can't think of a reprint where the whole ending was changed.
The internet is literally full of people discussing plot holes and inconsistencies so objectivity is clearly a nebulous concept here. Still I was all set to disagree entirely, but then I looked at the analogy of editing a book/film/etc as 'patching'. And cinema definitely sets a precedent for alternate endings added/cut and then reintroducing them. Brasil springs to mind...
Still I think theres only so far you can take this. Logical inconsistencies and plot holes aren't exactly objective as one person's plot hole can be inferred by another reader. Case in point, the Mass Relays here. People are divided on if they exploded or not - I inferred from the dialogue and the video that they just deactivated each other rather than wipe out every major system in the galaxy. Many others disagree and its impossible to discount the argument that the last time a mass relay was destroyed, it wiped out a system. Even if Bioware were to say exactly which they intended, it's not necessarily something that has to be explained in the text itself or be counted as an objective error.
Why does something rushed out in the minute by highly stressed, sleep deprived writers become an immutable piece of high art?
Why doesn't it? And that's a fairly bold assumption.Why does something rushed out in the minute by highly stressed, sleep deprived writers become an immutable piece of high art?
Nevertheless, if that were the case, then the impetus for improving the ending would come from the writers, not the consumers.