BioWare Announces "Extended Cut" DLC For Haters Of Mass Effect 3's Ending

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ElderJefferson

I can't believe they released the game with that monstrosity of an ending, but it is just a game, after all. I guess the fact that so many people became upset over this 3rd-grader-got-a-hold-of-the-script ending only testifies to the strength of the previous storyline.

I, too, was a little sad to see it end. I haven't jumped into multiplayer, yet, as I'm more of a fan of single players.

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bling581

"totally free"

Ok, so they've gained back a little rep from me. I was still expecting them to charge for the DLC content. The rest depends on how the content plays out.

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JohnP

A huge head appears in the screen saying "Hello, Mr. Freeman. You now have a choice...)

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igoka

They would better release gamepad support for PC version. This game is suppose to be played with gamepad. Anyone who decide to try there is demo on Origin.

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spokenwordd

Really? Gamepad? Are you even a PC gamer? Or are you a console gamer who owns a PC?

I played all three ME games without a gamepad on the PC and never once thought "hey I need a gamepad". I wouldn't be caught dead playing a shooter or RPG with a gamepad as it offers inferior control.

As a matter of fact my buddies who play COD on PS3 spent a fortune on the mouse and keypad setup because the gamepad sucks for shooters.

I guess this is a matter of personal tastes but a strange thing for a PC gamer to say is missing.

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bling581

Yeah I don't know many games where I'd prefer a controller over a keyboard and mouse. One of the biggest pluses of gaming on a PC is the precision controls. There are a few select times I've used my Razer Xbox controller, such as the Batman games (obvious console port) but it's pretty rare. Another time it comes in handy is flying jets and helos in BF3. I just could never get used to flying those with a keyboard and I didn't want to be the moron who crashes right after take off.

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Supall

So the ending will actually make sense? And here I was hoping that they'd admit that the "Indoctrination Theory" was true. :\

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iceman08

pretty sad that bioware caved in to the pressure

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poee

Yeah, so sad that they are offering a free, totally optional DLC for the purpose of not wanting to disappoint their "most passionate fans."

BIOWARE: "We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player."

"Executive producer Casey Hudson says the DLC will put the focus back on the Commander Shepard that you, yourself have crafted over the course of the series."

Yep, this is just awful, terrible! Putting the focus on the character you developed over three games? What, is this some RPG or something? How can any game dev even think for one second that they should in any way be concerned with disappointing their customers? Isn't it their right to make a crap game if they want? By "caving in" they have confirmed our worst fears: they are interested in their customer's satisfaction. Fuck them.

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iceman08

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html

it does somewhat resemble the average complaint

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Scatter

I agree.

Are books changed after the fact because audiences didn't like them?

Are paintings changed after the fact?

Gamers are always arguing that video games should be considered an art, well art varies from person to person. Sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it and many times you don't even get it. The game in its current form is the developer's art.

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Ghostryderflyby

If it was simply an issue of the ending not being a happy one like people may want, I would agree with you. Since the issue lies with the ending grossly violating the rest of the Mass Effect history, science and plot lines, starting with the moving of the Citadel, I have to disagree. The reason the ending is bad is because it simply does not make sense coupled with the entire rest of the Mass Effect story. It was like taking the end of The Matrix and sticking it onto the end of Star Wars, and expecting everyone to accept that it all makes sense. It doesn't, and that is why the ending is bad. Not just because it's a gloomy ending.

You can see my full list of glaring plot holes surrounding the Citadel at the Bioware forums. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/10738185

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ERSZ

I would try this game if it was on steam. I actually really enjoyed mass effect 1 and 2, I guess ill never find out if this one is good or not, doubt EA will ever give into steam.

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I Jedi

I already returned my game. I'll just read the ending DLC in the ME3 wikia.

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Caboose

Returned? How? Did you re-shrink wrap it?

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Valor958

Actually, a lot of places were allowing returns for those 'dissatisfied' with the game's ending. I personally think it's ridiculous and that those who buy a game... beat it, then return it are just cheap jerks. To say the ending of a game completely ruins the game to the point it was never worth buying... so you're "entitled" to your money back, is just crazy. I've played plenty of games over the years that didn't live up to the hype, or left me feeling let down. Facts are, I bought and played the game for a good amount of time. I BEAT the game, in some cases completely experiencing everything the game has to offer. To think that because I didn’t like how the writers/devs decided to end the game that I should be allowed to return it has NEVER crossed my mind and is just wrong. That’s like reading a book, then returning it two days later once you’re done with it… it may be ‘allowed’ by store policy, but its wrong.
I Jedi immediately comes across as an “entitlement gamer” who thinks the game industry caters to his whims. As a game dev student who knows REAL devs and currently works with developers frequently… they don’t share this feeling. Devs want to make their players happy, but in the end, it is THEIR game that THEY are making. You want a game to suit your needs, you need to make your own.

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I Jedi

I said all but two sentences, and you judge me an entitled gamer without even hearing my own justification and reasoning of my argument? If you ask me, this says a lot more about your own bias attitude towards game players than it does me towards Bioware and ME3. Think what you will, I have my own reasoning that does not include me bemoaning the ending of the game, but rather the fact that there was almost no closure to any of the characters I spent years developing relationships with. I suppose Bioware wanted me to have no closure and that was a part of their story. Don't even use the Joker scene at the end, as that's not closure, that's just a plothole all in itself.

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Valor958

And as such, it would appear I was right. You don't feel sufficiently satisfied, as many of the masses complain, and thus you play the game in it's entirety and follow up by getting your money back after taking in their provided product. As I said in my comment, this comes across strongly as a feeling of entitlment that many gamers, and people in general, feel because they 'wanted' more. These companies listen to people who take initiative to place themselves in the industry. If you or anyone else can write better and provide more closure, get a job with a game dev and make sure future products from them address these story concerns better. This isn't the only dev with these issues and maybe it's because of lazy or untalented writers that just don't care anymore. Effective story telling seems to have taken a back seat to graphics and glitter.
I do have a bias towards modern gamers, and I admit it. Everyday more and more evidence arises to support this bias as well. Too many people are just ungrateful and that pretty much sums it up. People just aren't grateful for anything anymore. Be happy you all had a ME3 to play at all and that they didn't give up or go belly up and cancel the project all together.

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Vit88

Valor958, go eat rocks

http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=9097672

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_advertising

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I Jedi

Are you serious? First you say that I shouldn't bitch because it's the writer's own take on a story, but do a 180 and tell me that and I quote, "This isn't the only dev with these issues and maybe it's because of lazy or untalented writers that just don't care anymore. Effective story telling seems to have taken a back seat to graphics and glitter."

The only reason I buy video games is because of their storytelling, which is why I don't buy many. Did I feel betrayed as a loyal customer to a brand I felt I could trust, yes. Take your self-righteous, contradictory talk and shove it. Until they resolve what happened to EVERYONE that was part of Shepard's team, I don't think ME3 can be called a completed story because the series was based on character development; therefore, it is an incomplete product, which means that I didn't get what I was promised to get. A FINISHED product to the story of ME3 for character's that made it ME. I'm sorry if asking that the writing team at least half ass it and kill everyone off, but at least I would know they were dead. Not curious if Tali was dying of hunger since she can't eat human food and the Fleet only has so much food, I'm assuming, when it came to Earth to help fight against the Reapers, or ... OR curious why Joker somehow manages to just cut and run with half my crew, that has been loyal to me and the cause throughout the series. So, yeah, dawg, I mad. Even Homefront, another game I disliked, favored better in my eyes than this. And you know what, I still own it because I've never felt that it was an incomplete product because at least it finished it's story.

It's not being a fucking elitist gamer to want a completed story, even if the story fucking blows. I would have rather have had the entire Reaper fleet just kill every last being in the Milky Way than be left hanging about what happened to my team. I'd even rather my team become Husk than not knowing what happened to my team... ID rather they flew into the Sun in a suicide pack than not know what happened to them.

The Joker scene is a complete fucking joke, and goes against everything Joker is about, which is definitely not cutting and running along with HALF my team. Forgive me if I felt bent over by a company who got me to invest a lot of money and time into their series only to make the last 10 minutes the most derailed story telling and plot fuck ups I have ever played.

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Dr. Synyster

Bravo, I bet that feels good to post. I'm glad I waited it out before I jumped ahead and pre-ordered it. I will probably wait again just to see if this new DLC is in fact a fitting finale.

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spokenwordd

Dr. Synyster,

As someone who entirely hated the last ten minutes of the game and thinks the ending was totally against the grain of the characters I would STILL say dive in ASAP.

The last ten minutes no matter how bad cannot destroy the rest of the game and the fact that the game franchise is still top three in my book. Get it and play it.

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