Mass Effect 3 fans are finally getting some love from Bioware this week. You protested and they were listening. Thanks to all the talk about the game's ending and how most of us(including me) think the ending doesn't give the closure we needed after 3 games, they are extending the ending with a series of cut scenes. Also, for those addicted to the multiplayer - The Resurgence Pack was announced that will include two new maps and new unlockable characters. Again, free of charge for both.
Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut *Minor Spoilers*
For the fans, the ending was so bad that they were able to raise money for charity and even go to court about it. Never mess with crazed fans I guess. They demanded a complete change of the ending. For me, that's one of the worst ideas. As much as I want some closure after going through Mass Effect 1 to 3, changing the ending was never the answer. The problem overall was how they left fans hanging. Instead if closing the book to this amazing series, you are left with tons of questions that need answering. Not the best way to end it.Adding extra cutscene for closure instead of the demanded extra endings or change of ending is pretty much the best move Bioware can do.
It's a double edge sword really. While fans do get what they want, what if what they add still isn't enough? Will they make yet another charity for more closure? It might come out as a never-ending cycle since now the fans assume that if your pushed enough, you'll get what you want. It can get even worse - Thanks to Bioware giving the fans what they want, you might find other fans from other games trying to change what they want by protesting how Mass Effect fans did it. It's just going to ruin game development if this becomes a habit. That's what I'm worried about. These games created are backed by a developers creativity. Changing it in any way after release seems like a slap to the face to the creators of a game you love the most.
I wanted more meat to the ending of Mass Effect 3, but I can live without it. I still believe Mass Effect is one of the best game series in this generation and that the third is still the best game. Maybe that's how Bioware wanted it to be. This reaction reminds me on how The HBO series Supranos ended.
*Spoilers to the people who haven't finished the series*. They just end the series with Tony and his family eating in a diner. How they shot is as if Tony was anxious and the people at the diner looked like they would come up to him at any minute to kill him. But instead of giving the conclusion of that night, they just faded the last scene to black and it just ended. It left the fans literally in the dark with their imagination. Is he going to live? Was there really someone there to kill him? What happens next? That's how they want to end it, and it made some fans furious but with other fans giving respect to how the creators for the ending.
Thank god they didn't charge for this "Extended Cut". That would have been a disaster waiting to happen. But what was a shocker and a big relief is that the added content for the multiplayer is also coming for free.
This pack adds two new multiplayer maps, six unlockable characters, new weapons, and items. The pack is available to download on April 10 on Xbox Live, Origin, and PlayStation Network in North America. Its available on PlayStation Network in Europe on April 11.
Here's the full details:
Two New Action-Packed Maps – Take the battle to Firebase Condor, a warzone outpost located on one of Palaven's moons and Firebase Hydra, an old abandoned quarian colony which has since been converted into a critical power facility. Each map represents a crucial asset in the overall fight against the Reapers.
Six Powerful New Unlockable Characters – Assume the role of new characters for each class, including the Asari Justicar Adept, Krogan Battlemaster Vanguard and characters from new playable races with theBatarian Soldier, Batarian Sentinel, Geth Engineer and Geth Infiltrator.
Lethal New Weapons – Obliterate wave after wave of enemies by unlocking the Striker Assault Rifle,Kishock Harpoon Gun and Geth Plasma SMG.
New Consumables – Cash in your credits to purchase reinforcement packs that could include the following new consumables.
- Strength Enhancer – Applies a melee damage boost for one missions
- Targeting VI – Applies a headshot damage bonus for one mission
- Stabilization Module – Stabilizes weapons while firing and moving for one mission
- Shield Power Cells – Shortens the length of time shields take to begin recharging for one mission
When they announced Mass Effect 3 will be having multiplayer, I wasn't on board with the idea. But after playing it, I now have a couple of characters promoted to the war effort, saving credits for Spectre Packs, and see myself planning with friends how to take out four Atlas' in one round during Gold difficulty. It's a lot of fun. A great addition, and thanks to this free DLC, the mode will be played for a bit longer.