Remember the end of Ashes to Ashes? I didn’t totally like it, not 100% anyway, and I was left with a few unanswered questions and niggles. So once I’d watched the entire series through I took the DVD box sets back and got my money back.
I didn’t, of course. That would be crazy.
But – hey – this is the games industry, and crazy is par for the course apparently. The latest? Gamers not happy with Mass Effect 3’s ending are sending the game – opened, completed – back to retailers like Amazon for their money back.
According to the blog, Amazon at least will “issue a full or partial refund if you are not satisfied with the quality of Mass Effect 3, and it is the developer’s fault.”
The developer’s fault? It’s their fault you don’t like the ending? Has it really come to this? There’s even talk that gamers that bought EA’s latest RPG from the PlayStation Network are asking for their credit back for a similar reason.
Same with EA’s own Origin.
It’s not hard to see how this could set a worrying precedent. If one retailer starts accepting the game back, others will follow, and then where does it stop? My GTR doesn’t take corners well enough in GT5 – return. Tony Hawk’s skateboard has a scuff on it – return.
Again, it’s perhaps worth re-iterating that I’ve not played Mass Effect 3 (it’s really not my thing) so don’t know just how invested gamers have been with the series, but from what I’ve read that ending actually sounds quite cool.
That said, I do appreciate that BioWare essentially seem to have gone back on their word a bit – the game was originally meant to have multiple endings that, from what I can gather, hasn’t transpired into the final thing.
“There are many different endings,” said the studio’s Mike Gamble. “We wouldn’t do it any other way. How could you go through all three campaigns playing as your Shepard and then be forced into a bespoke ending that everyone gets?”
Maybe one day I’ll play through all the games.