I finished mass effect 3 today. Ending a series of games that have taken up 100 (AT LEAST) hours of my life together. It had the greatest journey in any video game I’ve ever played. Halo (not) be damned (I actually love that series its just very different s’all). The ending was, disappointing. As a fan and someone who pushes myself to be optimistic and hopeful, I try to see the good points about it and blot the bad but unfortunately there is a lot of bad.
Things just don’t make sense. Bioware had to of been rushed by EA. To put so much time and effort and thought and GENUINE love into creating such a story and characters only to pull the rug from it all with circle jerk talk and 3 choices that take all previous choices and throw them out the window and then you find all 3 choice are 95 percent the same but with, and this is important, different colored explosions? I don’t like run on sentences but I’ll leave this one because it is important.
I don’t know what will happen. I want to follow the story so I’ll most likely be on the forums more.
Another thing, the handling of characters from ME2. I know they dealt with them the same way they dealt with original characters of ME1 to 2, but cmon, if you have a relationship with one of them shouldnt there be more? If your favorite character in the whole series, Thane obviously, is on his death bed shouldn’t you be able to visit him and have more conversations about how he is doing? I understand this has really frustrated the FemShep community whom dated him, as there is no real I love you were dating feel at all.
Jack seemed to be the best to date (which I did) but you still only hang out once and your final good bye is not solid enough when you realize holy crap you may really die this time.
I really loved Jack’s character and who she turned out to be, and I barely saw her. And then when the game is all said and done they don’t have a short video to show me how she is doing or what happened to her after I saved the galaxy? The story was not just about Shepard. It was about the entire galaxy! And while i understand we cant pay attention to the entirety of it, I think the people you’ve fought along side with should be in the ending.
There is good news. The entirety of Mass Effect is still something to be in staggering awe of. Which I am. And I want to emulate that. I’ve been realizing more and more that one of very few ways to have an amazing adventure or story in this world is to well, make it up. I’m in the business of visual story telling. I want to design a story as intricate as MEffect, I want characters as deep as Thane or Jack, EDI and Legion, Tali and Samara.
So I guess I have a lot of work ahead of me.
I’m glad I ranted about this. Helps me remember just how big an impact video games can have. And that the hours spent playing them are important. They are art. Same as animation. Which, I realized, is the way of all art. Animation and video games are the newest fine art around. I can’t wait to see the next step.