I honestly don't know what to say. Seeing all the characters I had grown attached to either die or be stranded on an alien planet just left me in a daze. Sadly in my game Shepard died, I only had 4900 fleet strength and I didn't do the paragon options with TIM. It was most certainly an adventure and I'm looking forward to andromeda, and I just have a question for ever one who is still reading, what did you feel like after the ending of ME3?
The first time I completed Mass Effect. I took over an hour to decide which ending I would choose. Seriously. I paused the game. And sat, thinking, considering. It was a bit surreal when I think back to it. I had the Extended Cut, so I did not have the harsh disliking towards the ending that many others have. I just took it all in, and it felt quiet. I wasn't sure how to really feel. It was just awesome.
My first time through the trilogy, I lost literally half my crew: Kaiden in 1; Samara, Thane, and Legion in the Suicide Mission in 2; and Mordin, Miranda, and Tali in 3. I was a freaking WRECK by the time it was over!
I've been through the whole trilogy a few more times since then, and I've learned how to save everyone who can be saved. But I've gotten pretty attached to just about everyone, so losing Mordin and especially Thane in 3 is rough. The whole atmosphere of 3 is dark and gritty, and it doesn't pull any punches in depicting the realities of war. No matter which ending you choose (and I've done all of them), it doesn't feel good. They're all morally questionable. And I love it--anything else would do the rest of the story a disservice.
The ending made me really sad after playing it. I also believe in the indoctrinated theory and if you believe it too you'll know that Shepard's eyes become indoctrinated in both control and synthesis endings except the destroy ending shepard doesn't become indoctrinated because you didn't complete the indoctrination and thats why he survives in that ending. Also why is the controller of the reapers is a kid thats willing to let you decide how to end the threat of reapers
Then try MEHEM mod and don't look back.
Original ending is only for people who enjoy being miserable and gutted after all good deeds they have done. Like I say: it's much more fun to live than to die, especially in (triple!) Catch-22 situation where every single option is terribly bad.
On my very first playthrough, I was devastated on Virmire, loosing Kaidan. Then I was shocked for being killed alongside the SR1. Got lucky during the SM loosing no one.
Thane, Mordin and Legion's deaths where saddening, but unfortunately unavoidable as a full fletched ParaShep.
About the the end, once and for all...... I was sad that it was over, after all the things we went through, it was finally concluded. And though i picked high EMS destroy, I have no problem for self sacrifice, as this was my decission for Shep, my life to save the others.
To the Indoctrination Theory, ...
Though it might help it's believers to sort the ending of ME3 out, it lacks a definite conclussion to the Reaper Threat to this cycle.
To each his own.
On my psycho Shep playthrough i was glad and happy that it was over, remembering all tge cruel and awful things he did.
But nothing can and will ever beat your emotions of your first playthrough.
Best ME3 ending is clearly just letting the cycle continue by choosing none of the choices, I actually accidentally got this ending on my first play through I was so gutted that I replayed the entire final mission just to get a different ending.
Oh, in my first playthrough, I just cried the entire final mission of ME3, approximately. I had a hard time trying to deal with the inevitable deaths (Mordin, Thane and Legion), and the sacrifice was too much. Yes, my Shepard definitely would do it for the world/galaxy, but I was devastated. After the end, I sat for idk like 20 minutes paralysed, with tears running down my cheeks, until the end of the credits. My boyfriend came to see if I was OK.
Really, it may seems like I'm overreacting (and, in the depths of my mind, I know I am) but I'd never felt this way after a game.
I kind of felt sad, I mean, after all that, it just ended so quickly, I would have liked a bit more closure than that.
Games like this I try to play how I think I'd actually react in real life... a lot of those renegade options were pretty ruthless. I played almost entirely paragon throughout the series. I've played through the series maybe four times now, but only recently romanced Garrus. Best decision I ever made. Therefore, I opted for the destroy option, since you can repair the machines and other technology; my head canon, the crew finds each other again. Then Shakarian retires to somewhere tropical.
My first play through was probably the toughest decision I had ever encountered. That was before the extended DLC. It sucked. After they released it however, it was far more bearable. Never since have I been so emotionally involved in a game, and I've played a lot of games.
At some point I'd like to try the other options just to see how the endings turn out.
What do you think?