Hah. So that pretty much sorted all the things in the ending which annoyed the fuck out of me. Granted, the AI using the kid as an avatar is still there, which still bugs because the inclusion of the kid at the start of the game is just lumpen and shite. Oh, and the krogan's glorious future looks kitsch as fuck. Wrex is actually smiling in true dodgy picture postcard fashion. So that's funny.
And tellingly they left out that message which goes 'hey, you beat the reapers, so you can play more shepherd in DLC! Great!'. When I came up against that in the original, I think it was the thing which pissed me off the most. It felt like a marker for how much they'd lost their way in the game. But yeah, overall that ending feels like an editor going at the previous ending and saying 'sort this out'. The tone is more considered without as many needless pyrotechnics.
Maybe because it's my 3rd or 4th time seeing it, or maybe because the ending isn't as irritating, but it does underline how clunky the synthetics vs organics end to the game was. But whatever.
Once again, I'm left feeling that I really need to leave bioware games alone. The writing just sticks in my head the wrong way. I keep asking myself is it that they write decent characters, or just that they keep things just compelling enough through a synthesis of the gameplay and the writing, and help it along with a genuine flair for the dramatic, so the characters stick with you regardless (Really, if I'm pushed, the only properly interesting character is Mordin, who felt properly ambiguous by the end of ME3. I mean, I like Garrus fine, but he's pretty much a walking cliche, 'cept he laughs at himself and that makes him work). Whatever it is about their writing, it leaves me with a niggling disatisfied feeling, despite the fact that I enjoy the characters.
Maybe it's too much to ask of a games studio where the writing is undertaken by a group. the krogan story is standout, but for every one of those, you get something like the cerberus sanctury facility, which should have been a properly chilling mystery but just felt like a trudge. It doesn't help that they can't help themselves when it comes to by-the-book cliched writing, so they go and include stuff like the nonsense of the kid at the start of ME3.