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Mass Effect 3 Endings Explained

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 4:16 PM


EDIT - There's even a video to help explain it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDSwW7…
EDIT PART 2 - Here's an even better video to explain it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ7bsI…
EDIT PART 3 - Here's a link to the BSN Thread with more details: social.bioware.com/forum/1/top…
EDIT PART 4 - Here are some images that help make more sense:
i.imgur.com/DkXPT.jpg


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"You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." Doesn't this sound oddly familiar?

By picking the blue or green options in Mass Effect 3, you basically agreed to give up, stop fighting and just die. Picking the red beam means your still fighting, struggling against the Reapers, not going to just lay there and die like they want you to. Live to fight another day... or give up and die. (thanks mcomommy!)

"We fight or we die."

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Now before you continue having your panties in a bunch, take a moment to think about all the subliminal messages BioWare left in Mass Effect about the endings. If you think about everything, the ending makes complete sense and it also throws in a sense of completion. What on Earth am I talking about? Well… hear me out:

In Mass Effect 1, Saren's final conversation with Shepard mentions, "The relationship is symbiotic. Organic and machine intertwined a union of flesh and steel. The strengths of both, the weaknesses of neither. I am a vision of the future, Shepard. The evolution of all organic life. This is our destiny. Join Sovereign and experience a true rebirth. – We can't stop it. Not forever. You saw the visions. You saw what happened to the Protheans. The Reapers are too strong." - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk5r8a… Meaning that he is mentioning synergy, one of the options Shepard can choose. It is something the Reapers want… especially from strong opponents. Implant them, succumb their thoughts, and let them think they are still in control.

The Illusive Man is no different except he believes that controlling the Reapers is the only way. As he says, "Control is the means to survival. Control of the Reapers and of you, if necessary. – This is the way humanity must evolve. I've dedicated my life to understanding the Reapers, and I know with certainty the Crucible will allow me to control them. – This isn't about me or you. It's about things so much bigger than all of us. And who will you listen to Shepard? An old soldier, stuck in his ways, only able to see the world down the barrel of a gun? And what if he's wrong? What if controlling the Reapers is the answer?" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHXN3x… Even the Catalyst makes you believe this is the correct answer… only because they know the outcome.

Coming to the conclusion that Shepard is indoctrinated. If you go to the Codex, the definition is: Organics undergoing indoctrination may complain of headaches and buzzing or ringing in their ears. As time passes, they have feelings of "being watched" and hallucinations of "ghostly" presences. Ultimately, the Reaper gains the ability to use the victim's body to amplify its signals, manifesting as "alien" voices in the mind. Those dreams… the one Shepard has been having… what do you think they were? They are nothing more than the side effects of indoctrination. Another way to confirm this hypothesis is by visiting the virtual reality for the Geth Consensus. Legion states, "We have installed filters to allow you to make virtual sense of this server's raw data. Your mind perceives our world as something familiar. – You processed our memories by using your own." Shepard may be stronger-willed than Saren and the Illusive Man but it was bound to happen. They have been around Reapers this long and are part machine… it was only a matter of time before any effect of indoctrination would take place. The Reapers could make superior viruses and upgrades to the geth immediately… I'm pretty sure they would make one for their greatest opponent. "Infection programs are increasing, we will stabilize." If the Reapers can quickly adapt a change in geth programs… how easy would it be for a person who is part machine already?

The Catalyst – the kid… that damn kid… I knew the moment I laid eyes upon that child that something was different. Why wasn't anyone helping him into the Alliance Kodiak? Why didn't anyone pay attention to him? Any human with paternal instincts would have assisted… so I immediately knew there was something wrong with it. The child was Shepard's interpretation of the Catalyst… and the Catalyst was nothing more than a figment created by indoctrination. The Catalyst represents god/creator. Whenever the species came to questioning their creator, they were wiped out. If they didn't, the species would become too strong and figure out a way to cancel out the Reapers. "The created will always rebel against their creators." Because humans have progressed to this point, the kid gives Shepard three choices – control, synthesis, and destroy. Saying they cannot choose the final outcome… but secretly they are aiming for two of them.

Control – Shepard "controls" the Reapers. But if they choose this option, they will die. How can one control the Reapers if they are dead? They will leave but for how long? This is a false sense that Shepard can save both synthetics and organics, which they are both. To think Shepard can control the Reapers is only a dream. The Illusive Man believed he could control the Reapers… a lot of good that did. "So… the Illusive Man was right after all." "Yes, but he could never have taken control because we already controlled him." If Shepard chooses this, the Reapers win.

Synthesis – Shepard merges the two. Synthetics and organics are now one entity. Taking away the image of a person's being. You are no longer a human, you are no longer a synthetic, you are no longer an individual… you are a hybrid like Shepard. "I think we'd rather keep our own form." This is also a false sense that Shepard can save both synthetics and organics but again… she will die. Saren believed this was the only way for it to end, that is why he allowed Sovereign to implant all those upgrades. "Synthesis is the final evolution of life but we need each other to make it happen." Yet the Catalyst also stated, "We helped them ascend so they could make way for new life, storing the old life in Reaper form." It may shape the DNA of humans… but it would in turn make us no different than what the Reapers originally intended for us. If Shepard chooses this, the Reapers win.

Destroy – Shepard destroys everything synthetic – Geth, EDI, Reapers, and herself. She leaves the universe with only organics, saving Earth and the identity of human beings. This is the option the Catalyst does not want you to make, giving you the false sense that you will die if you choose this option and that you will kill any friends and allies that are synthetic. They also falsely reassure Shepard that the peace will not last with this option. But how come this is the only ending that Shepard lives? This is because if Shepard chooses this… Shepard wins.

Now onto dying… Before Shepard's death, they receive flashbacks, much like anyone does in their final moments. But some people idealize how their outcomes affected others. In Shepard's case, they thought about the safety of their crew. There is no way for someone who was by Shepard's side to magically appear on a vessel miles away… think about that for a moment. If Shepard is anything like me, my last thought would be the safety of my loved ones and that is what the final scene is. Just knowing Joker and my LI made it, would give Shepard the peace of mind to pass on. In reality, they know that their LI is waiting where they last parted… waiting for Shepard to return victoriously.

If your Shepard survived, then the indoctrination they received will become severed. You get a brief glimpse of them waking up in a pile of rubble… where exactly is this rubble? And wasn't Shepard in space? If she died where she "thought" she was, wouldn't she be drifting in space… with no way to survive? Even if this room collided into the atmosphere, she would have burned before reaching the ground. Even if my theory is not accurate, Shepard would not stop until everything is right again. If they defied the odds of surviving Suicide Missions, if they were able to take out the "indestructible" Reapers, if they could reunite species who have been quarreling for centuries… they can make things right again. Mordin says it best, "Anyone else would have gotten it wrong." The same goes for Shepard… anyone else would have done this wrong. If the relays are damaged, she'll find ways to fix them. If her crew is stranded, she will find them. If the Reapers return in some way, she will defeat them again. Shepard can never die… their spirit will live forever. Their name will mean "hero" for the krogans, their legacy will be remembered across the universe, and they will become the savior for their time.

My conclusion… I loved the ending. It leaves it wide open for interpretation still. What I think happens is when Shepard wakes up in the rubble, they will discover that they are either back on Earth or back on the Citadel. Their choices have completely destroyed the Reapers. Through this rubble they will need to discover everyone who has survived… which depending on your stats would determine the actual outcome. All in all, if you have successfully played since ME1, then all you loved would have made it… with the exception of those who sacrificed themselves on the way. And another story would begin… as was mentioned at the end of the game. Another story of the great Commander Shepard.

Now if you don't mind... I'm going back to replay every single interaction between Shepard and Garrus as well as start my other playthroughs. This was by far one of the best games I have ever played. It's touching, it's beautiful, and it's outright amazing. If you want to continue flaming, go elsewhere. Because I love this ending for Mass Effect and it will be my favorite game for years to come.

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ThatCrazyFreak Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'll be honest here. I've heard and seen this theory millions of times and just want to point out that it's a theory. It may or may not be true. And a lot of other fans have come up with their own theories. That's just the thing I don't like about this ending - there is no real clear answer. It's all up to the player on what they want to believer. And who knows, maybe the chances of the Indoctrination Theory isn't true. I think it's convincing and something to consider very clever for fans to figure out but I won't fully side with it because I want to see what BioWare really intended. I'm just disappointed that their action caused all this. So many fans don't want to buy any of their products anymore.

I chose Synthesis but honestly I was going to destroy those bastards. Just wanted to see what would happen otherwise but there wasn't that much of a difference in every ending. And if destroy is the "right" ending (cuz the main idea with ME is that each choice is all opinion to the player. If it's right to them then it's right to them) it takes away the player's freedom of choosing Shepard's own destiny. I know people who didn't want to destroy the Reapers and even when they did they regretted it. And when they figured out about this they feel forced to destroy just for an acceptable ending.

And if Synthesis and Control means the Reapers win then how come the man and the child are okay in the secret ending? Is that a whole new cycle or what?

And if what happened on the Citadel is all a dream, then destroying the Reapers is just Shepard freeing herself from indoctrination. But there are still things left unsaid. Why did she dream of the relays destroyed? That has to mean something. If they were destroyed in reality then how are the fleets going to go back to their own planets and continue with their lives?

It still leaves off with a cliffhanger. What happens with the war with the Reapers? How does the fight really end? What happens to your squad members after?

And I'm not entirely convinced Shepard is alive in the end. It was just a breath. It doesn't have to mean she's alive. Maybe it was her last breath and then she dies satisfied she broke free from the Reapers control.

All I'm saying is that anything we say isn't sure to be what BioWare meant. It's all our assumptions. They're really strong arguments but the real answer will be showed in the summer when they release their DLC. I don't care if Shepard is indoctrinated or if Shepard dies in the end. As long as there's a real closure ending then I'm okay with it.

So there's my rant :p Not trying to make you think differently. No offense but like I said I've heard people say the exact same thing so nothing was really new here.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I know it's nothing new. In fact, if you look at the date I posted this, it's around the time the whole indoctrination theory first started taking place.
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Badmunky64 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This definitely sheds some more light on the ending. Now that I get it i think what bioware is trying to pull off is pretty clever. They just left to many vague points out there. Or at least to vague for players who were way too emotional at the end of the game. I remember feeling in a zen like state at the end.

I'm guessing they were planning to make an extended/new ending all along via dlc, but are rethinking how to do it after they realized they grossly underestimated how invested fans were in this game. the screen about future dlc at the end helped :)
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BergAchaea Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Thanks for this post :) I recently finished the game and i loved every minute of it. Your explanation helped clear a few things up for me. The game is really a story of connect the dots and if you missed pieces of it you won't understand the ending....probably why there's so much hate for it. They should have made a compilation of moments explaining this something like the "would you kindly" of bioshock.

Going back in playing my adept this time round :D
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like your interpretation, you're making me regret my green wire decision. If this is what was intended, then I hope whatever DLC comes out supports it, its so refreshing to read a triumphant analysis of the ending.
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EluneEruanne Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
And most importently the Prothean thing on Thessia says, that they're NOT indoctrinated...
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it says someone who is indoctrinated is there... it never states Shepard as not indoctrinated.
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EluneEruanne Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
of course...
it dissappears as kai leng arrives with the words "indoctrinated person detected"...
So before there was none...
And here the proof i told you about: bioware says, it is NOT so...

[link]

I'm sorry... i really thought the Indoction theory was better than the actually ending..
[link]
here, you're IT theory... continued ... I thouht you may like it..
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I just don't like how the only way to "Win" involves killing the Geth and EDI. :(
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BergAchaea Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Its sad i felt bad myself for choosing this option. But i like how bioware basically says to you, you can't have it all something has to give.
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Yeah, but after all the people who suffered and died, you'd think they'd give you a happy ending. You sort of earned it.
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BergAchaea Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Yeah but after all thats happend is it even possible to have one? No matter what ending you choose the universe is burning and needs some major rebuilding :)
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Unless the Indoctrination theory is correct.
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BergAchaea Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
We shall have to see, its going to be fun if it slaps the haters in the face :P
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I just want a freaking epilogue and no what happened to everyone.
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EluneEruanne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
This theory is wrong, as asid by the director of the game, btu they find it amusing. They ment the endings the way they are and don't understand the uproar. *Smartass mode off*

Greetings.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But it was the original ending - "And even in November the gameplay team was still experimenting with an endgame sequence where players would suddenly lose control of Shepard's movement and fall under full reaper control. (This sequence was dropped because the gameplay mechanic proved too troublesome to implement alongside dialogue choices)." There are a bunch of us who still see the leftovers from the indoctrination in the game. Even my husband, who has been avoiding all spoilers, could tell there were plot hints about indoctrination.
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EluneEruanne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
First I'm sorry that I postet it, I was tired and hungry, and I'm pissed off by what happened in the ending. I should have simply let you be. I'm really sorry.

Now to your answer:
Yes, but it is not the case.. Hudson said so... This is no indoctrion dream (the ending) he left it like this, so everybody can think to himself, what happens to the galaxy...
BUT he is listening closely to fan base (yeah, right...) and this will shape the DLC (get where this is going?) plan in the future... But he likes the idea and finds it fascinating... so maybe we get a indoctrinated ending DLC... because you had the idea. It would be a better ending, but still not a real good ending. (But it is a very intersting thought)
They want to milk this cow until it is dead.
Shepard was never long enough in exposure to a reaper relict, the contacts have been short and he is strong willed, which (as it can be read in the books) is the most effektive weapon. He hears no whispers, but definitiv some stress drama.
Maybe he ist indoctrinated, but the end was meant as it is... they "wait for more player to experience the game before [they] will comment" ... So first more people need to buy this game before... I think you get my point.
And as you said, it WAS the end, until they changed it in the 3 month, so it's probaly normal you find leftofers of the indoctrination.. Gee, like I said... Maybe a Inductrionated DLC will be...
I think I reached the 5th stadium of grieve... Acceptance... and moving on...

Still I donated for the "hold the line" - child plays ... It seemed like a good idea and better invested than the 80 (?)$ on the main game.

Pray that it will change, because I loved the game and the characters... And now I can't play ANY of the games... always thinking "doesn't matter what you do, you choice doesn't matter"... Best thing is probaly go back to this topic in 3 years, when the 20 DLC be out worth douple the game price at least... and wait until there is a ultimate Edition with all the DLC for a cheap price...

Hold the line.

Greetings!
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masscorrect Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Okay, quick question before I dive into the slightly more philosophical portion of my reply. I had the war assets bar completely filled, granted I only had about 70% galactic readiness, but the bar was full regardless. I picked the destroy option because, well to put it bluntly, in my eyes the only good reaper is a dead reaper. However I did not get the ending you described where Shepard lives. Am I missing something?

Now that I got that out of the way...

Although I disagree with a few of your supporting arguments, particularly about Synthesis and The Catalyst; and question a few assertions you made concerning indoctrination(and wether or not Shepard was indeed indoctrinated), we can agree on one thing... This is an awesome, truely mind blowing, ending for the thinking man(or in your case woman). When I put the disk for ME3 into my machine for the first time this wasn't the ending I expected, or wanted for that matter. But the further out I get from beating the game, and the more I'm able to reflect, I've started to realize how perfectly the ending reflects, and is brilliantly foreshadowed by, the themes of the series. The struggle between Organic and Synthetic life, the cost of victory, the origins of life; all of these play a prominent role in what is a well realized and executed ending to the trilogy... So why can't more people see this? I understand people being upset about not knowing what happened to the amazing characters that for many made this series what it is, hell I am too, but that's not a reason to over look what is an amazing ending in it's own right.

BTW for people claiming that there are plot holes in the ending. Not understanding what happened doesn't automatically equal a plot hole; make an effort to figure it out before crying foul.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This should help get you the ending you are looking for - [link]

Even my husband, who avoided all spoilers and any information about ME3, felt like the ending was about indoctrination. I didn't say a word to him and he stated the exact same thought I did. We both loved the game, even if we take out the theory of indoctrination. To me, it's just to explain the hints that have been left in the game ever since ME1. BioWare is notorious for leaving subtle things... like Hunt for the Red October and 2001: A Space Odyssey references.
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procon-8 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you have to have a military effectiveness of 5000 points or higher.
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PlutoRising Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I love this theory because it's the only thing that stops the ending from ruining the game(for me anyways),and it's just simply brilliant all around.

I have a question though. Going along with this theory, if you chose the destroy option but the little cut scene showing your Shepard waking up in a pile of rubble isn't shown does that mean that even though the Reapers failed to indoctrinate you--you still die?
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Phasergirl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
The endings were great ... I'd say a worthy end for this epic story.

But it broke my heart to know, that there won't be that happy ending I was dreaming of (poor me, dreaming of a well-earned retirement after saving earth and lots of little FemSheps and Kaidans).

I finished ME3 last night and I needed tons of tissues. I chose the synthesis-ending because I just couldn't kill EDI and the Geth. Maybe I will play a second time and choose the "renegade-option" only for the tiny hope that there might be that golden future for my Femshep and her beloved Kaidan.

BUT ... I have a question:
For my last mission I chose Kaidan and James and it seemed to me that both got killed by the reaper while the group was running to that beam. But after the crash of the Normandy he suddenly walked out of that ship. I mean, I am happy that they (or at least Kaidan) are/is still alive but how can that be? Theories? (Grasping at any straws offerd to me )
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What you are seeing at the end is the mind trying to comfort Shepard that she saved her friends. In reality, they are where you left them, on Earth.
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RadioactiveSpine Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Writer
Most people don't even want a "happy" ending although it would make a lot of people, including me happy. It's that the whole central theme of Mass Effect was choices. Your choices change the galaxy and at the same time you face the consequences of your actions. The ending gave us none of that. We were given 3 equally despicable options. All of your choices throughout the series are made pointless in that one singular moment.

Claiming that Shepard was able to fix all of this and rebuild the mass relays strikes me as "confidence born of ignorance". Shepard is a soldier, not a scientist or a god. In his lifetime he cannot rebuild the mass relays, the armada's forces lack the resources to build it in an asari's lifetime!

I'm all for tragedy. I'm all for sacrifices but let them be MY sacrifices, Bioware. My game my choice ;P
Speculation is speculation and the hints people pick up on are so vague. Too ambiguous of a note to end a trilogy that so many people have become attached to. You even said yourself that you've studied every aspect of the script and i feel that makes you biased. Even coincidences can seem like it's all part of the master plan.

Still i'd like to take the time to thank you for sharing this theory. It offers hope and makes me seriously reconsider the ending of a game that i found (mostly) enjoyable. A deeper meaning does seem to make slightly more sense than bioware dropping the ball but I won't rest easy until I get official confirmation of these things. I still wish i could have seen the galaxy i left behind. Rachi accepted into society, quarians and geth working together, turians and krogan making amends. It's what every fan was looking forward to seeing and they made sure there was no secret. I share there disappointment but at the same time you've opened my mind.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not the consensus I'm getting. Most people want a happy ending, others want more explanations, and the rest understand what they see.

But think about this... didn't Shepard rally all the species to come to the Sol Relay to fight the Reapers? So if the relays are destroyed, where is everyone? They didn't magically pop back into their systems. They are all stuck in the Sol Relay. Which means they have all the people that can team together to repair the relays or if anything, band together and start new. Quarians are known for being about to survive on the ships, I'm pretty sure they will share the technology on how to grow food, maintain oxygen, etc to other species. Turians are known for the strategic planning and salarians are just plain masterminds... don't you think that would help the process of them making Earth a new home faster? Not to mention the Asari, especially Liara, could decipher any Prothean technology that rebuilding a relay is possible. Plus the Citadel is in the Sol Relay, it may be destroyed but there is always parts you can salvage.

You have to think of the bigger picture. My friend from BioWare even confirmed that ME3 was supposed to make people think. He told me that it's for those who can extrapolate from incomplete data. Think of it like 2001: A Space Odyssey. You can watch it the first time and it won't make sense... but watch it a few times and it will. Same with Mass Effect. If you play all three games in a row, it makes complete sense. If you pay attention to the little hints dropped here and there, it makes sense. Otherwise, you aren't going to get it right away. The hints are all there... you just need to piece them together.
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RadioactiveSpine Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Writer
Yes people want a happy ending IN ADDITION to a sad ending, a bittersweet ending, a bad ending and every ending in-between. There was a verbal agreement between Bioware and its customers that the player's decisions throughout all three games would have an effect on the ending. Case Hudson himself said that there were "16 distinct endings". Where are my endings? I see just one with mild color variations. Bioware failed in that department hands down.

Yes all the races do have impressive know-how but you still didn't answer my question on resources. Where will they get them? Quarians and geth need to constantly strip mine to have a steady supply of resources and I can imagine that there are only so many in the Sol System. Turians and quarians also can't eat human food so there's no way they could ever make Earth their new home. They'd have to somehow terraform the planet to support dextro-amino life which would come into direct competition with the struggling human populace. Earth is in ruins and its resources have been targeted in destroyed by the reapers. We can hardly support our own population. Supporting the populace of all the races combined is nothing short of impossible.

Making new mass relays would require an unquantifiable amount of eezo. Where would it come from? Liara and the asari have impressive knowledge of the protheans but that does not give them the ability to pull raw materials out of their ass. Construction on the scale you are proposing is just not feasible. Best case scenerio: the races break out into civil war over resources and quickly wipe themselves out or slowly stave into extinction as a whole. Either way the galaxy becomes devoid of life just as the reapers planned. As for the old man after the credits? Idk what to think of that but I refuse to give merit to any background ripped straight from google images. (google "space winter")

It sounds like your friend at Bioware is just covering his ass. The game was clearly rushed. Abundant glitches, half-assed journals (you can't even see your progress) and the endings, of course. Also how did we go from 13 squadmates to 6? Just seems like a major downgrade. This game is a trilogy and it demands closure. The ending does make me think and the more I think about it the angrier I get. The ending makes sense to you because you pick and choose which clues to abide by even though there are several contradictions. If the ending is so obscure that 80% of hardcore mass effect fans can't understand it or worse: The people who DO understand it hate then it's safe to say that the ending is seriously lacking. The end of a trilogy is supposed to answer questions not propose more.
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procon-8 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Keep in mind though the Citadel did explode. Not annihilated, but it is nonoperational.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even with it annihilated, they can use scraps from it to rebuild. When something explodes, not everything disappears.
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procon-8 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Keep in mind though that in game no one ever really knew how the relays worked in the first place. They assumed it was Protheans, the Protheans assumed it was the race before it etc.
How can you build something that not only doesn't make sense, but is now in pieces.
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Aonon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
If this turns out to be true, it would explain so much. And that pic of the future ending DLC "The Truth"? Oh god I hope that's real.. ~<3
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kagarbett Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I totally agree with this!!! Amazingly well put!! Well done!!
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^_^
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kagarbett Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!! ^^
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ysabella-mariah Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
i agree with what you have written and the videos, however, am i the only fool who has chosen that choice and had shepard still die? and not have the "perfect" ending? :/
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, you can still choose Destroy and have Shepard die. That all depends on your Galactic Readiness. This should help you - [link]
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ysabella-mariah Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
aha thank you! :D this has saved me a headache
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CenturyKing Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:icononedoesnotsimplyplz: So what you are telling us is.... We all Got indoctrinated if we pick Destroy or Synthesis?

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GOD FUKING DAMN IT!! :icongoodrageplz:
Bioware is the ultimate Trolling Reaper!!

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And! Good thing I didn't finish the game yet :trollface:
but I'm still mad because this means "buy DLC".
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you pick control or synthesis, yes. The only way is to destroy the Reapers.

DESTROY THE REAPERS!!!!
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CenturyKing Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So basically saying.. there is only "ONE" Correct Choice?
all the choices don't matter, truly taking away the whole "RPG" element.
sure we can pick the others, but they are all bad regardless.
Saren had a point though. -__-""

Regardless, it was still all a dream. :icondreamplz:
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As much as it hurts me to post this - [link]
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CenturyKing Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Did that picture say Free??? :iconmrkrabsplz:
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But it is 4chan...
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CenturyKing Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconfryplz: I love the info... but now I'm paranoid.

The ending(s) is still BS, but makes sense if we pay close attention. -.-"
but not many people do.

I'm hoping for answers. xD
DLC DLC DLC!! lol
better be free T___T

Anywho thanks for the info =w=

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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] even more info...
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wannabuyabun Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
The real reason for all this........
Bioware has been indoctrinated. O:<
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing is impossible XD
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wannabuyabun Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Indeed.
/rage flips a table on a reaper
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procon-8 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
When you put it like that it makes the ending glorious.
However I fear that this is only a theory, and not something Bioware actually came up with.
If this was the case why has Bioware not come out and say it already instead of taking the heat, and complaining about the anger on their twitters?
I want to believe this, I really do, but until I get an official statment Bioware has brung about a big letdown.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I called it a hypothesis. It's not official but it's my understanding of it. I've played over 2000 hours worth of ME1 and ME2, I've been analyzing the script for ME3 since November, I've spent a good portion of my life dedicated to this game... so of course I would take a few hours to explain my theory. Even if BioWare does not outright confirm/deny it, it won't bother me. They leave little tidbits within the game already, like bits from Hunt of the Red October and 2001: A Space Odyssey, so why would they need to confirm it? They never have before. Plus this ending ties in to ME1, it completes the trilogy. If only people thought about the ending, instead of jumping to conclusions, they would stop flaming. There is nothing more irritating than working so hard on something only to receive negative feedback because it wasn't what that one person wanted... think about that. If someone told you they hated something of yours because it wasn't what they expected, wouldn't your feelings get hurt? Especially if you worked on it for months?
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