Canadian Gamers – Episode 15 (Mass Effect 3 Spoiler Episode)

If you haven’t finished playing Mass Effect 3 DO NOT LISTEN to this podcast.  If you ever plan to play the series, DO NOT LISTEN to this podcast.  If you dislike Jarrod and/or Steven, DO NOT LISTEN to this podcast.

Are we clear about that?  Ok, great so now sit back and enjoy.

3 thoughts on “Canadian Gamers – Episode 15 (Mass Effect 3 Spoiler Episode)”

  1. Haven’t you guys heard? There WILL be a 4, 5, and 6 so BioWare has the opportunity to offer their own Jar Jar Binks and terrible acting when the Illusive Man decides to go rogue ;)

    It’s too bad that I’ll probably never have a chance to play 3, so I’ve read and watched up on stuff about the endings. Yeah, I think it’s pretty lame too. Apparently Shepard’s indoctrination takes place in various ways across the whole series that isn’t easy to pick up on if the theory is true. I also don’t understand the point of the only ending where Shepard is seen and takes a shallow breath. What’s that supposed to mean? I agree with Jarrod in that showing a little something about each surviving character during the end would’ve been slick, and at least provided something to represent the result of the choices you’d made to that point.

    Part of me wants to think that BioWare determined the endings in some fashion a long time ago given how shallow they feel. Even if the indoctrination theory is true, that doesn’t excuse making it seem like it’s not your own game anymore by the time you reach the Citadel, as Jarrod said. But if BioWare decided that Shepard would succumb to the Reapers from the very start, why the choices just to make it seem like you were molding a story of your own? They should have known that after ME2 that fans would want the most epic ending that we’ve ever seen.

    In the end, the way I see it is that it’s more or less impossible for a player to determine the ultimate outcome of a game/series. We’ll always be limited by the scope and creative direction of the developers. Sure you can HELP shape what happens, but you still run into whatever pre-canned scenario that the creators designed.

    Either way, BioWare pushed storytelling to never-before-seen lengths with the trilogy, and I give them two thumbs-up :)

  2. Yeah I give BioWare full props for sure. Like I said in the podcast this series is now my favourite new IP since the NES or SNES days. That says so much to the sheer talent this developer has. Whatever they do next I look forward to it with great anticipation. I also need to get my butt in gear and check out Dragon Age because if it is half as good as Mass Effect it must be brilliant.

  3. I seem to be in the minority of gamers, but I actually liked the ending (I’ve already given my take on it the editorial I wrote). Granted, the ending is a lot more symbolic than anyone anticipated. But….that kind of works for me. The Crucible may work, in which case: Yay, Reapers defeated. If it doesn’t, well, everyone’s pretty much hosed, which would just be a depressing ending. So while it’s disappointing to not have a concrete conclusion to the conflict with the Reapers or the individual party members, I’m satisfied with the ending. Besides, I’m with Jarrod in that the Mass Effect franchise is one of my all time favorites, and the trilogy has been an absolute blast to play through.

    Anyone else excited for Command and Conquer Generals 2 since it’s being developed by BioWare Victory?

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