The BBB, America’s version of that thing with Anne Robinson – or, rather more accurately the Citizen’s Advice Bureau – has written about Mass Effect 3. Specifically, the ending, which is apparently still causing a little bit more concern than it really should be.
“Consider this,” asks Marjorie Stephens, “if you had purchased a game for $59.99 or $79.99 for the digital download version and were told that you had complete control over the game’s outcome by the choices your character made and then actually had no control over the game’s outcome, wouldn’t you be disappointed?!”
Me? No, couldn’t care less. But The Internet disagrees.
“Many gamers have spoken out in online forums, via Facebook and Twitter, leading to the creation of Facebook fanpages in favor of and against the game’s outcome,” says the blog.
The article pulls from a few quotes from BioWare. “Experience the beginning, middle, and end of an emotional story unlike any other, where the decisions you make completely shape your experience and outcome,” is one line.
“Along the way, your choices drive powerful outcomes, including relationships with key characters, the fate of entire civilizations, and even radically different ending scenarios.”
“The issue at stake here is, did Bio Ware [sic] falsely advertise?” asks the blog. “Technically, yes, they did. In the first bullet point, where it states “the decisions you make completely shape your experience”, there is no indecision in that statement. It is an absolute.”
I get where the issue is – the ending’s roughly the same regardless, but I don’t understand all this fuss. Don’t your actions influence the story throughout, even if they don’t necessarily change the ending all that much? Or am I just blissfully ignorant?
(can anyone think of a word for ‘ending’ that begins with a ‘b’?)