BBB Blog Berates Badly Built Breather

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.

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“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’?)

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7 Comments

  1. one hell of a tongue twister there, congrats.

  2. “Don’t your actions influence the story throughout, even if they don’t necessarily change the ending all that much?” – This!

    The whole game is an end the story that started in ME1. The very final scene is just a small piece of the “end” in my opinion.

    • This. Imo, Mass Effect is like a book, the first game is the opening chapters, the second the middle and the 3rd, the last chapters. :)

  3. Oh ffs, i am starting to get very fed up with people complaining about the ending.

    Funny, how DA2 didn’t get this much complaints about it’s ending(sorry, i’m still having trouble getting over it).

    Surely, if the entire story is good, you can forgive the ending if it’s bad. I know i would. :) Also, they are aware that many game companies tend to hype their games right?

    • I think it’s because very few people made it to the end of that train wreck. The problem with Mass Effect 3 was that it was a very good game before the ending, meaning there was more witnesses to the pure awfulness.

  4. This whole thing has been the amongst the stupidest internet campaigns I’ve seen, why the fans think they can “take back” a story from its writers is beyond me. Makes perfect sense for me that the story focuses tightly for the conclusion.

    As Steven says, it follows the traditional opening act, middle and conclusion. Everyone begins at the same point, then does what they please for dozens if not hundreds of hours before being brought together for the storys conclusion, which I happened to like.

  5. I don’t really get the point of this campaign either, it was a good game and the ending did suck (and also didn’t make much sense if you think about it), but so what? move on. I mean, Legend of Grimrok is out so its not there’s time to play anything else anyway ;)

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