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« Reply #600 on: August 09, 2012, 07:23:31 AM »

Blame it on hot shot writers going into seclusion and pulling a george lucas on the script months before release.

The sad thing is, I actually pre-bought bioware points in anticipating of awesome DLC for ME3, just like ME2 had, but with the ending fiasco I'm really not sure if I should use them. They already have my money, twice over now.
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« Reply #601 on: August 30, 2012, 04:54:42 PM »

Is there an ME thread where we're discussing the Leviathan DLC? Or is no one talking about it yet?
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« Reply #602 on: August 30, 2012, 04:59:04 PM »

Quote from: Ridah on August 30, 2012, 04:54:42 PM

Is there an ME thread where we're discussing the Leviathan DLC? Or is no one talking about it yet?

I don't think anyone is talking about it yet.  I know I'm not grabbing it anytime soon, maybe once it's on sale for a penny biggrin
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« Reply #603 on: August 31, 2012, 12:51:01 AM »

I tried to buy it last night on PC but Origin was having technical issues. I'm wondering if anyone else has been having that issue... ?
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« Reply #604 on: August 31, 2012, 08:03:26 AM »

Just finished this. I honestly don't know what changed with the Extended Cut stuff but I thought the ending I got was awesome. I proceeded to watch the rest of the endings on youtube afterwards, still satisfied mine ended the way it did. If I do a second play-through, I'll make sure it ends that way again.

I'm glad I played this late, without the outcry from the internet. My experience of the series didn't end up tainted.
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« Reply #605 on: September 04, 2012, 08:31:59 AM »

Eh, I played it ignoring the internet and thinking they were being whiners. I was surprised when a lot of them I agreed with, barring the usual screaming lunatics.

I notice others who liked the endings also throwing out phrases like poisoning or tainting the experience . But let's be frank here, a bunch of talk on the net is not going to change your opinion on the ending, or a lot of things, when you experience it for yourself.

It just sounds like more a dismissal of other reasonable opinions rather than just standing on your own opinion that you liked it. It's a small thing, but pretty important if you're going to end up reviewing things. There's a lot of reasonable people who disliked the endings, and trying to poising the argument well is just as bad as the concept of bad reviews poisoning the experience.

I'm still just wishing they had cut to black 5 minutes before the end that they gave, for a perfect ending, if abrupt, that everyone could have appreciated, and would have left more open for wherever they go later.
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« Reply #606 on: September 04, 2012, 08:42:46 AM »

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I'm still just wishing they had cut to black 5 minutes before the end that they gave, for a perfect ending, if abrupt, that everyone could have appreciated, and would have left more open for wherever they go later.

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Spoiler for Hiden:
When Anderson dies,i can't remember if Shepard pressed the button before or after he dies but that whole scene is where it should of ended for me,both sat together watching the aftermath in space
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« Reply #607 on: October 10, 2012, 01:14:55 AM »

Greetings, Earthclan.  I will now shoot you in the face slywink
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« Reply #608 on: October 10, 2012, 01:32:27 AM »

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Greetings <ksshh> Earthclan.<ksshh>  I will now <ksshh>shoot you<ksshh> in the face<ksshh> ;<ksshh>)

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« Reply #609 on: January 20, 2013, 12:54:18 AM »

Played through the whole of Mass Effect 3 including all DLC. Finally, completed the game with the extended cut ending and post leviathan.  Game is almost as good as ME2 and does a great job wrapping up the series. Definitely my GOTY for 2012 with Walking Dead a distant second.

I can't figure out exactly what the differences are between the original ending and the extended cuts and after reading several sites I still can't.

Loved the game. Loved the universe.

Probably my IP of the generation as well.
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« Reply #610 on: January 20, 2013, 05:47:09 AM »

Quote from: ATB on January 20, 2013, 12:54:18 AM

I can't figure out exactly what the differences are between the original ending and the extended cuts and after reading several sites I still can't.

I'm sure you can find the original endings on Youtube; it should make it easier to see the difference.
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« Reply #611 on: January 20, 2013, 07:43:20 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on January 20, 2013, 05:47:09 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 20, 2013, 12:54:18 AM

I can't figure out exactly what the differences are between the original ending and the extended cuts and after reading several sites I still can't.

I'm sure you can find the original endings on Youtube; it should make it easier to see the difference.

I did but i skipped around. Guess I'll have to watch the whole thing
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« Reply #612 on: January 21, 2013, 12:13:40 AM »

Here's a link that lists all the of changed stuff in the extended ending.

http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_Effect_3:_Extended_Cut]

From what I remember

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the original, Shepard goes to the Citadel, talks to "the kid" and makes one of three choices. The mass relay network is destroyed.  The Normandy, travelling through the mass relays, gets caught in the destruction of the mass relay and crash lands on a planet and does not fly again. The End

In the extended ending, Shepard gets more dialogue options when talking to "the kid" and there is a fourth ending choice.  There are more scenes of the Alliance fleet where Hackett orders the fleet out of the system, explaining why the Normandy was travelling through the mass relays when the network is destroyed. It gets knocked out of mass relay network and lands on an unknown planet, and there is a memorial scene for Shepard and the crew of the Normandy.  The Normandy makes repairs and flies off the planet.  The End
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« Reply #613 on: February 21, 2013, 04:48:28 PM »

Mass Effect 3 : Citadel

The last single player DLC for the game(MP content Reckoning released next week)
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BioWare has announced Mass Effect 3: Citadel, the final single-player expansion for the game, and multiplayer expansion Reckoning.

Citadel will be released on 5th March for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, priced $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points.

Reckoning comes a week sooner - 26th February. Like all other multiplayer expansions, it will be free. European PlayStation versions will likely launch a day later. There's no mention of a Wii U version for either.


Bit steep the ME DLC aren't they?Omega was 1200 as well i think
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« Reply #614 on: February 21, 2013, 05:24:15 PM »

I may of spoke too soon about it being too steep

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Costing 1200 MSP and launching on March 5th, Citadel is so big it surpasses Microsoft’s 2GB limit on digital content. To get around the problem you’ll have to download the DLC in two parts.


why can other people/devs not do this to get round the 2gb bullshit rule?(Strangers Wrath for one)
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“When a sinister conspiracy targets Commander Shepard, you and your team must uncover the truth, through battles and intrigue that range from the glamour of the Citadel’s Wards to the top-secret Council Archives. Uncover the truth and fight alongside your squad – as well as the cast from the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.

“When the adventure is over, reconnect with your favourite characters from the Mass Effect Trilogy, try your luck at the Citadel’s Silver Coast Casino, blow off steam in the Armax Combat Arena, or explore and furnish Shepard’s own living quarters on the Citadel.

“With unique content and cinematics featuring your friends and romance interests in the Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect 3: Citadel offers one final chance to see the characters you have known for years and rekindle romances.”
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« Reply #615 on: March 04, 2013, 10:55:59 PM »

GiantBomb has a trailer...

http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/the-citadel-gets-intriguing-in-mass-effect-3-s-fin/2300-7102/
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« Reply #616 on: March 05, 2013, 02:55:23 PM »

Actually looks good.

But, still not buying it.
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« Reply #617 on: March 07, 2013, 08:27:02 PM »

I thought the trailer for the DLC looked super cheesy, but I ended up picking this up anyways. 

I finished the main story mission for the game, which was OK.  It's nothing spectacular. There are some reveals that aren't that exciting. They do introduce a new gameplay element into the single player and some new enemy types. The main draw of the DLC is that you get to spend time with the NPCs from the entire trilogy, get a lot of fan service, and get a little bit more background material.  There are also little minigames after the single player mission that you can return to.

If you are a fan of the series, enjoyed the NPC banter, like the lore, and weren't soured by the ending, then it's worth picking up.
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« Reply #618 on: March 08, 2013, 03:56:46 PM »

I have to admit, after watching let's plays of it, it's like a love letter to all 3 games.

The reason why it doesn't matter or cover the end is that in some ways, it's trying to make up for it by focusing on the characters you've grown to love. It's all about characters, along with all the minor and major things that helped establish Mass Effect as a series, those little and big details that people who play RPGs loved. Yes, it's a bit silly this is all happening while Earth is being annihilated, but honestly, if the world was ending, I'd be spending as much time with friends as I could.

But my stance on ME3 as a whole still stands, it's an ambivalent feeling where on one hand it really is a heartfelt, but on other, they throw it away just to try and go for a shock out of this world ending, from what I hear it was from one writer with a power trip. From most of ME3's campaign, to this DLC, it's clear the developers loved and knew what really made ME as a series popular, which is why so many also felt it when things ended up the way it did.

This DLC is expensive because they really did pack it with an amazing amount of character content. There's a lot of voicework, not just bit appearances, but well written character moments that walk the line between fanservice and good character development. And yes, there's lot of fanservice.

So, I was wrong. I'm recanting and I went and bought it, I had extra bioware points anyway and this was a good a place as any to spend them on considering I don't see myself buying anything else, and everything is origin anyways.

Still, missed having Emily Wong show up.
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« Reply #619 on: March 08, 2013, 04:11:52 PM »

Yeah, this DLC is about the characters.  Once the short combat mission aside, the rest of the DLC is you hanging out with your companions from the three MEs without having to think about the Reaper invasion behind.  It gives you a proper goodbye to characters.   

There are a lot of funny and unexpected interactions between the characters.  You can also visit an arcade where you get to play ME versions of 8 bit video games, a casino where you can gamble and a danger room type arena.

At $15 it is not an instant purchase, but I don't remember they ever discount the costs of DLCs.
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« Reply #620 on: March 08, 2013, 04:32:53 PM »

There have been brief DLC discounts for ME2, but they really need to package up ME3 with all the DLC.  Then I *might* consider repurchasing.  

Maybe.
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« Reply #621 on: March 09, 2013, 04:36:33 PM »

One of the funniest character interaction scenes is if you have the From Ashes DLC

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You get to meet Blasto, the first Hanar Spectre!!!
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« Reply #622 on: October 29, 2013, 09:56:31 AM »

I recently bought ME3. I loved both ME1 and ME2, but for some reason I never got the urge to play ME3. A recent discount at the EA Origin store made me purchase it though.

I don't know what happened, but ME3 so far has missed it's mark with me... Everything feels very hollywood-like, all clichés are there... I mean, I just had this scene play out:
- Some guy has made a mistake, it got some of his men killed. He wants to quit his mission, having lost faith in his ability to lead. (Nevermind that quitting the mission will probably lose us this war).
- I select a dialogue option which makes him reconsider. (Wow, I'm really a great motivational speaker)
- He gets into trouble, I have to bail him out. (Off course...)
- He has to disarm something, which is done by typing at a computer screen. (Everything is done in ME by typing at some screen)
- Something goes wrong and he is going to valiantly sacrifice himself! He dies. (Wow, didn't see that one coming...)

I don't know if I'm jaded, not in the right mood, or if the writing / creativity is gone after ME1 and 2.

So anyway, I don't think I'm very far yet, and I will keep on playing it since the gunfights are a lot of fun. But the story and dialogue... Disappointing. Odd?
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« Reply #623 on: October 29, 2013, 12:37:40 PM »

You're not alone.  Even before getting to the original ending, I felt 3 was missing much of the magic of the first two.

Edit:  That being said, there *are* a handful of great scenes that are worth seeing.
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« Reply #624 on: October 29, 2013, 06:27:31 PM »

Quote from: Laner on October 29, 2013, 12:37:40 PM

You're not alone.  Even before getting to the original ending, I felt 3 was missing much of the magic of the first two.

Edit:  That being said, there *are* a handful of great scenes that are worth seeing.

I thought 2 was also missing the magic of 1.
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« Reply #625 on: January 06, 2014, 01:34:26 PM »

I finished it this weekend. Halfway through I was wondering if I should just give up on it, because I didn't feel any motivation to continue. But I'm glad I stuck to it, because it definitely picked up for me near the end. I even got emotional when it ended, because it did feel like a very lengthy and epic journey had finally come to an end.

I can't say ME 3 is a great game though. The writing felt very cheesy and bad in places, the story itself held no surprises, and the characters felt less real than in the previous games - with the exception perhaps of Garrus, who really grew as a character during the trilogy. The gameplay itself also had its shortcomings: the action sequences were far too simple (I used the same 4 powers during the entire game, and never had any trouble) and exploring your surroundings or the Normandy was often excruciatingly boring. It all felt like Bioware played it safe, and there weren't many hard decisions or moral dilemmas and no roleplaying whatsoever... The worst problem was the recurrent theme of meeting one of your former allies, and then having them subsequently die in a valiant self-sacrificing way  disgust

So, the third game felt as the weakest one, but all things considered I very much enjoyed the entire trilogy. I really liked the overarching backgroundstory of the Reapers and the cycles, and they did create a very believable and rich universe.
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« Reply #626 on: January 07, 2014, 04:37:10 PM »

I enjoyed ME3 but it was certainly less potent than the first two games. I actually liked the ending(s). My biggest gripe is the way the game drops a heap of missions into your lap, many of which were very vague on where to go and what to do.
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