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Old June 26 2012, 04:32 PM   #1306
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It has finished downloading now, but I wont be playing it for another few hours. I'm kinda excited, but kinda not. ME3 was such a powerful experience and when I originally got to the final mission it was the culmination of hours experiencing that universe... but I haven't played ME3 in months so there has been no build-up to this moment. I'm currently listening to the ME3 soundtrack on Youtube in the hope that it will bring back memories of the game and put me in the right frame of mind for the ending. (I'm up to "A Future for the Krogan" right now. Damn, that was an amazing mission.)

For those who still think that this DLC was planned in advance and is part of a storytelling masterstroke by Bioware, the relative ambivalence I'm feeling right now pretty much proves how stupid such a plan would have been.
I've been replaying the game all week, so I've had about as good a build up as one can have (Just done Thessia and getting ready to do the Sanctuary mission.) Can't really articulate what my feelings are in regards to the extended cut, though ambivalence probably isn't too far off the mark. I don't think for a second that this is part of some master plan either; at least I hope it isn't because it's already backfired big time.

What gives me pause though is that the download is supposed to be close to 2GB and that's bigger then even LotSB. All I was expecting is some epilogue exposition similar to what we got in DA:O. At 2 gig that must be quite a fair amount of content, even if most of it is just permutations of the same basic material.

Disturbing thought of the day: what are the chances that they actually managed to make the ending worse?
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Old June 26 2012, 04:58 PM   #1307
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I accidentally ran into some spoilers on one of the livejournal sites so I'd look out elsewhere too

I will be downloading it later, but don't expect to play it to the weekend
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Old June 26 2012, 05:36 PM   #1308
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I don't want to say that it in any way fixes the ending and if anything, I feel it shows that they didn't know what they were going for in the original ending in the first place, but I have to imagine that at least a lot of the complaints have been addressed.

Once and for all, I'm glad to wash my hands of this franchise and to move on to better things.
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Old June 26 2012, 05:38 PM   #1309
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I have seen the four endings for this game on YouTube. Like in the original endings, Bioware has opted for recycling cinematics for the older endings. There is new material for the Refuse and Synthesis ending. The Extended Cut includes under 10 minutes of footage. This material answered some questions (what is the skin color of the quarians?), but didn't answer other questions (could Joker and EDI have children?). And, in the case of the Synthesis and Control endings, a new question is posed, what becomes of the husks? For someone, like me who sold the game, does this cut propel me to go back to the store and buy the game? No.
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Old June 26 2012, 05:39 PM   #1310
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What gives me pause though is that the download is supposed to be close to 2GB and that's bigger then even LotSB. All I was expecting is some epilogue exposition similar to what we got in DA:O. At 2 gig that must be quite a fair amount of content, even if most of it is just permutations of the same basic material.
Based on the size and the fact that we've been told to play it from the Cerberus base mission to get all the content, what I'm expecting is a complete re-kajiggering of the cutscenes during the final missions so that they properly reflect actual decisions you've made throughout the trilogy and not just your EMS score. If we don't get that then I'll be somewhat disappointed.

Also, I've heard a rumour that there's an entirely new ending that's distinct from the three available in the original version, but I have no idea if it's true. Perhaps they did provide the option to tell the star child to go fuck himself, as so many of us desired?
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Old June 26 2012, 05:44 PM   #1311
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Hrmm.

I like how they filled in some of the blanks, and showed the after effects of the choices.

So they didn't really change the ending, just filled in some gaps.

Although they did completely retcon some things I didn't think they would

. I did not think they would go there.

Also the new 'ending'
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Old June 26 2012, 06:26 PM   #1312
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The retcons are probably the biggest admission of fault that we're ever going to get from them. But the new ending is their way to stick it to the fans one last time. lol
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Old June 26 2012, 06:40 PM   #1313
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The retcons are probably the biggest admission of fault that we're ever going to get from them. But the new ending is their way to stick it to the fans one last time. lol
The retcon shows to me that they were not listening.


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Old June 26 2012, 06:57 PM   #1314
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The retcons are probably the biggest admission of fault that we're ever going to get from them. But the new ending is their way to stick it to the fans one last time. lol
The retcon shows to me that they were not listening.


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Old June 26 2012, 08:29 PM   #1315
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^ Basically. Starchild's reasoning is plainly absurd, since the situation with the Geth indicates the Reapers themselves are the biggest cause of conflict between organics and synthetics. When you think of it that way he's launching this huge genocidal war as a bit of circular logic: "The New kid will always get beaten up by the bully, so I'm going to go and beat up the new kid so the bully won't have a chance to clobber him."

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Old June 26 2012, 11:10 PM   #1316
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^ Basically. Starchild's reasoning is plainly absurd, since the situation with the Geth indicates the Reapers themselves are the biggest cause of conflict between organics and synthetics. When you think of it that way he's launching this huge genocidal war as a bit of circular logic: "The New kid will always get beaten up by the bully, so I'm going to go and beat up the new kid so the bully won't have a chance to clobber him."

I guess the only thing that wouldn't make sense is how comically evil Harbinger is at the end of 2. Although I suppose that would at least explain the Collectors in the first place.
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Old June 27 2012, 12:45 AM   #1317
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...Well...that was actually an improvement. I'm shocked.

Don't get me wrong, it's still a crap ending but at least it made some sense this time....well, except for the whole synthesis thing. Even after starchild explained it, I still have no idea what it means and when I try to reason it out, it just makes my head hurt.


Oh and I didn't get my "little blue children" ending. Bugger....on the plus side, I did get the "breath" scene, so in my mind at least, if Shepard can breath, she can get back to Liara. If she can get back to Liara then little blue children are inevitable.
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Old June 27 2012, 01:26 AM   #1318
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That took 3 months? That was 1.9GB? Don't get me wrong, it was an improvement, but I was expecting more considering the size of the thing. Firstly, why did we have to play from the Cerberus base mission when all the additions (that I noticed, at least) were from the conduit run on? It took me almost four hours to get to that point because it has been a while since I played and I didn't remember the controls.

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Old June 27 2012, 02:20 AM   #1319
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Just got done with it (synthesis as always), and I'll admit it, I cried, so... mission accomplished I guess, Bioware. Yeah, it's not perfect, but at least most of the glaring plot holes got fixed and I'm glad we got "slides" but I wish they would've gone into a little more detail about your choices like Dragon Age's ending (which I just finished replaying the other day.) Text would've been perfectly fine!
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Old June 27 2012, 02:40 AM   #1320
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I just finished the new synthesis ending as well. While I didn't cry, I will admit that the last line of narration before the credits choked me up a bit.

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