March 12 2012, 12:51 PM
Re: Mass Effect 3
Ok! The game is over, evil has been vanquished and everyone can live happy lives forever!
No, of course not. You know and I know that wasn't going to happen. This is the official end of Mass Effect where instead of complimenting the story and all it's characters with an ending that, while doesn't have to be super happy, can leave on a satisfying note. But instead of doing that, they're taking the series out back, shooting it in the head and leaving the rotten corpse on the ground proclaiming "We're done!".
First and foremost, my number one issue.
That stupid KID.
When I first saw glimpses of this kid and how he was one of the early casualties in the game, the first thought that crept into my mind was pathos. A plot device that's intended to elicit an emotion for emotion's sake. We don't know who this kid is, why he of all the characters gets an response emotion out of Shepard, and why he continues to be the one character who Shepard visualizes the most when it comes to all those he/she has lost in the past.
And the ending where he is this GOD CHILD almost made me rip my hair out. Why? Why is this godly like being taking the image of a kid wearing a hoodie? Why is so much story being wasted on this one stupid kid when it could be put towards something more personal towards Shepard? Like the Virmire casualty. Why can't it take the image of Ashley or Kaiden? Why does the whole trilogy of Mass Effect end on a character who is only relevant to this particular game and was only used for Pathos up to this point? I DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THIS KID!
Oh, and the answer to the series long question on why the Reapers keep committing genocide on technologically advanced civilizations? It's because these civilizations might create machines who will end up destroying them. The civilizations, not the Reapers.
So the whole reason this universe exists the way it does is because of speculation into something that in of itself is contradicting. For example, the Quarians successfully developed an AI called the Geth and used them as servants. They rebelled and kicked the Quarians off their planet. That's it. They didn't try to destroy the Quarians or hunt them down to extinction. They just wanted to be free and safe. The only reason the Geth became these blood thirsty psycho machines of death was.... wait for it... THE REAPERS influence!
Mass Effect in a nutshell
Reapers: We want to ensure that life in the galaxy will be safe from your own creations since they will be hell bent on your destruction! Now please stay still while we shower you with our death rays.
Civilization: But we've already created artificial intelligences. The Geth may have kicked the Quarians off their world, but they only did it to be free of them. And we are more than capable of handling rogue AIs like the one that occurred on Luna.
Reapers: Oh, we can fix that. *tweaks* There. Now they're trying to kill you. Will you please stand still and accept our lethal death rays? We're really going out of our way to help you out here.
Civilization: Well, you see, the AI that went rogue on Luna? She's actually helping us now. In fact, she helped SAVE the galaxy from your stupid human reaper idea and it was all on her own accord. And the Geth? They are now fully self-aware and are actually letting the Quarians back to their home world, even pledging to help other civilizations across the galaxy defend themselves from beings who want to destroy life in the galaxy.
Reapers: Oh, now that you put it that way, here are three choices on how you can totally destroy all of galactic civilization. You've earned it soldier!
Civilization: You are tearing me apart Lisa!