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Citadel DLC was absolutely brilliant, perfect way to move into the last few missions I have now.

 

This playthrough of 2 and 3 has got me wanting to get the first one now and start over with a femshep and make some different decisions. Only ever played the first third of the original as my 360 went to my boys when I got divorced, and when I went PS3, the original wasn't available. If it goes cheap again on PSN, I think I'll start a new run. I've played Soldier in 2 and 3 as well, would like to try and go through with a different class. Just don't want it to end at the moment!

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Well, just finished 3 for the first time. Thank God for the Extended Cut, as I didn't think the ending was bad at all. But looking at what they added in to the final missions and the cutscenes, it makes a lot more sense. Was a hell of a ride playing 2 and 3, some of my favourite gaming of the last 10 years.

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I went for Destruction. Just watched the other ones on youtube. To be honest I wanted to see all the endings, and wasn't too bothered about which one I went for. It was about the battle and build up for me. The Citadel DLC had already given closure to all the characters, the one bit where they are all lined up firing down on bad guys was epic, and I was just interested to see what the choices were.

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Was thinking about this last night and today, and looking at what was added, and I really do understand why people were so pissed off with the original ending.

 

Playing it now, it makes a hell of a lot more sense. The Leviathan dlc introduced and explained the stuff that pops up at the end, which must have been like a bolt from the blue for those who had not played it. When last last section happens I already had the backstory of where the Reapers had come from and what they were doing, so it was not a shock and made a lot of sense. The Citadel DLC gave you the sense of closure with all the characters and actually added to the tension of those final missions, it really was a last hurrah, things are about to get really shitty. Helped that I did the Shore Leave stuff right before the attack on the Cerberus base. And then the extra scenes and bits they added to to the final battle just means it makes a lot more sense. I do feel the pain of those who played it on release, just very glad that I waited for this long to finish it. 

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53 minutes ago, Vorgot said:

Was thinking about this last night and today, and looking at what was added, and I really do understand why people were so pissed off with the original ending.

 

Playing it now, it makes a hell of a lot more sense. The Leviathan dlc introduced and explained the stuff that pops up at the end, which must have been like a bolt from the blue for those who had not played it. When last last section happens I already had the backstory of where the Reapers had come from and what they were doing, so it was not a shock and made a lot of sense. The Citadel DLC gave you the sense of closure with all the characters and actually added to the tension of those final missions, it really was a last hurrah, things are about to get really shitty. Helped that I did the Shore Leave stuff right before the attack on the Cerberus base. And then the extra scenes and bits they added to to the final battle just means it makes a lot more sense. I do feel the pain of those who played it on release, just very glad that I waited for this long to finish it. 

 

Absolutely, like a lot of things... the game was rushed to hit that 2011 release which they didn't even manage to hit. 

It's all a bit stupid, with some extra time and effort they managed to get the game in much better shape with all the added content. 

It kinda grinds my gears when idiots moan about game delays. 

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I finished this yesterday, director's extended version thing, 

Spoiler

(Infiltrator class, INSANITY difficulty, as many Paragon choices as I could manage, Romanced Jack as she was my girl from part 2, Illusive man shot himself, Shepard died but it was a proper Christ figure/Matrix Neo sacrifice for the good of all space and time vibe, got most war assets and Synthesis ending :))

 with a character imported from ME2 a few years ago.

 

Thankfully I had saved to the cloud back then so, when I picked it up again recently FREE via EA Access, I could continue from exactly where I left off which was when I first had full control of the Normandy.

 

I really enjoyed the experience although there were definitely some annoying as fuck game mechanics I won't rant about here. <_<

 

I had no idea about which ending to choose (in fact, I shot the little ghost kid program thing for a laugh and was promptly shown the credits without any cutscenes or achievements registering - I thought I'd have to repeat the entire last mission which was very hard on Insanity so nearly shat myself) but was really happy about the choice I made.

 

I give all the avatars I use in games green eyes, for some reason, so when the 'third choice' ending sequence played out, everyone got green eyes and peace and harmony spread throughout the Galaxy, it all just felt so right and so long overdue. It was as if my Shepard had seen the light all along and had to die to show everyone :wub:

 

I also had a bit of a ponderous moment where I felt like destroying the Reaper fuckers but, as the kid pointed out, our kids would just start the cycle over again and we'd be back to square one evolution wise.

 

Don't think I'll bother with any DLC as I've too many games to be doing at the minute and Mass Effect fatigue was setting in anyway.

 

TL;DR: Finally finished the Mass Effect Trilogy... pretty good so it was -_-

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Interesting: they must have patched-in the ability to shoot the Star Child for extended. I know this because after I finished it the first time, I was so annoyed, I reloaded my last save and emptied a whole clip into the little bastard, without effect.

 

Quite looking forward to replaying 1-3 when I'm done with Andromeda.

Refusal Ending: The Only One That Makes Sense.

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11 minutes ago, Captain LeChuck said:
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You either shoot the star child, or completely reject what the star child tells you in conversation. Shepard makes an excellent speech if you choose the latter.

 

But the reapers win. Until the next cycle. Then you find out that Lara's beacons worked, doing their job of warning the next civilisation of what was to come. So that when the reapers arrived, they were ready. 

 

It's actually a decent ending. But I still prefer taking control - so many levels of irony. 

 

 

So if you do the new ending

everybody dies?

 

I'm not convinced that doesn't suck even more. You can't pull a Blake's 7 just because you feel like it Bioware. Have some self respect :)

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The latest Game Maker's Toolkit is about the Mass Effect trilogy, and the ways in which Bioware succeeded and failed in making a main character who exists halfway between "player-defined" at one extreme (Elder Scrolls) and "authored" at the other (The Witcher). He also covers how the ME sequels expanded the range of potential actions allowed within the Paragon-Renegade range; how Shepard's actions influence your squadmates' opinions (primarily with Garrus); how in the first game there can be inconsistencies with how one squadmate will act as the angel on Shepard's shoulder arguing for the Paragon action and the other as the devil arguing for Renegade; and how loyalty missions in ME2 tend to conclude.

 

Spoilers for the whole trilogy, obviously!

 

 

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Just now, Fargo said:

How do 2 and 3 hold up on the Xbox one ? I’ve got 3 weeks holidays coming up and would be tempted for another play through. 

Solid. Replayed them last year on the One X - was the reason I bought one actually!

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Apologies, I have no news of the fabled remaster. But I just started playing this on PC for the first time, and I'm shocked there is no mod to fix this:

 

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Seriously? :lol:

 

Game is amazing in 4k60. However, I was playing ME2 at 1440p and 120fps, that is fucking glorious! Shame the higher framerates in ME3 break the game - can't use powers from cover unless you're aiming, and enemy AI become super accurate making the game much much harder. Still, at 4k60 it really is wonderful with all the high res texture mods. :)

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Taking some time away from Destiny 2 atm so I’m looking at starting this next week.

 

I’ve been through ME1 & ME2 about 10 years ago (with imported save) but that’s now been lost following the move to Series S.

 

I stumped up £2 for the genesis comic and seem to have a backstory that closely resembles what I did although

Spoiler no Miranda romancing option?!


I seem to have the ME3 360 version so I’m guessing this isn’t the Legendary edition? I know the fans took issue with the ending and they patched it, will that be included with this? Also, any advice if the dlc is worth it?

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35 minutes ago, Jigsaw Monkey said:

Taking some time away from Destiny 2 atm so I’m looking at starting this next week.

 

I’ve been through ME1 & ME2 about 10 years ago (with imported save) but that’s now been lost following the move to Series S.

 

I stumped up £2 for the genesis comic and seem to have a backstory that closely resembles what I did although

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I seem to have the ME3 360 version so I’m guessing this isn’t the Legendary edition? I know the fans took issue with the ending and they patched it, will that be included with this? Also, any advice if the dlc is worth it?


The legendary edition is on Gamepass which has all the DLC (apart from one of the ME1 packs).

 

Mass Effect is one of those series where the DLC is pretty essential. For ME3 Citadel is the real ending to the trilogy.

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4 minutes ago, dreamylittledream said:
 


The legendary edition is on Gamepass which has all the DLC (apart from one of the ME1 packs).

 

Mass Effect is one of those series where the DLC is pretty essential. For ME3 Citadel is the real ending to the trilogy.


dunno why my spoiler didn’t work, can’t edit it either.  It only referenced a romance with a ME2 shipmate.

 

I’ve got gamepass so I’ll look it up, thanks for the info.

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I hated ME3 back in the day but having rinsed the LE 3x in a row this year ME3 is my favorite so far, in terms of a game that you play. In terms of ambience and feelings I like the first one the most, but Mass Effect the 3rd is the best game in the series for me. Shame there's no "holster your gun" button but what are you gonna do.

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I’d agree on game mechanics ME3 is comfortably the best in the series, (Andromeda’s combat is arguably better but  there’s a lot of additional niggles added in that ME3 had ironed out).


ME2 is quite dated in comparison and well we all know some of the issues with the original and most of those structural flaws remain in the remaster.

 

It also gives some great payoffs to a number of the subplots that stretch across the series.

 

Shame it didn’t quite stick the final landing but it remains a very good and contextually underrated game.

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