Mass Effect 3 Catch-All

kexx wrote:

Agreed! Loved this bow out. I thought I would never find anything more enjoyable in the ME universe than drunk Tali, and then I get drunk Grunt in this DLC...man oh man...

And just like that, I'm sold!! Looks like I'm gonna go for a second playthrough...

I'm pretty fond of what Zaeed gets up to in Citadel. Also, I'm a sucker for absurd living spaces in video games. That apartment is piiiiiiiiimp.

kexx wrote:

After years and years of playing this game, and over 400hrs of multiplayer, it is just now I realize that Salarians have nostrils. It looks weird. I don't like it!

Damnit. Now I see them and, yes, it does look weird. Gah. I think they need to reboot the Mass Effect universe in order to remove Salarian nostrils.

Salarian nostrils..... o_O I can't unsee them now!!!!
Curse you, Kexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!!!!!!!

Just finished this today... I... I mean... wow.

This game has got to be the worst, most moronic, and stupid piece of writing I have ever had a displeasure of encountering. This ending makes DX:HR Shakespearean by comparison. I cannot even begin to list all the things that not just don't make sense, but are actually actively and purposefully STUPID. The whole universe seems populated by beings of IQ below 70.

I actually feel filthy and want to punch puppies for having to sit through such drivel. I better stop now...

Oh no, not again. *sigh*

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Welcome to the club, MoonDragon. Just be glad you didn't pay full price.

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Oh yeah, well you're a stupid stupidhead who's stupid.

I just finished it also. I have not read any of this thread. I'm interested though. Maybe I'll dive into it tomorrow but it seems there may be some controversy looking at the few posts above me!

karmajay wrote:

I just finished it also. I have not read any of this thread. I'm interested though. Maybe I'll dive into it tomorrow but it seems there may be some controversy looking at the few posts above me! ;)

We expect you to pick a side. Ambivalent is a dirty word.

MoonDragon wrote:

Just finished this today... I... I mean... wow.

This game has got to be the worst, most moronic, and stupid piece of writing I have ever had a displeasure of encountering. This ending makes DX:HR Shakespearean by comparison. I cannot even begin to list all the things that not just don't make sense, but are actually actively and purposefully STUPID. The whole universe seems populated by beings of IQ below 70.

I actually feel filthy and want to punch puppies for having to sit through such drivel. I better stop now...

Just let it out

Also, obligatory link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mla...

Has anyone seen either of the Blues brothers films? I'd like to assume someone apart from me on the forum has seen at least one. Can someone make an animated gif of one of the big multiple police car pile-ups? It seems appropriate in this thread, and, well... pretty much every Bioware thread. It'd be good to be prepared for the DA3 thread as well, assuming EA doesn't lay them all off before the end of the year.

Thanks

On page 32/90 of the spoiler thread...this may take all weekend hehe

Oh, I have not read everything but since I purchased the game last month, did the ending I play have the "extended" stuff?

karmajay wrote:

Oh, I have not read everything but since I purchased the game last month, did the ending I play have the "extended" stuff?

I think you've got to download it/add it manually through origin/XBL/PSN, like the multiplayer DLC. I don't think they've rolled it into the base game, so you should know if you have it. If part of the ending sequence was a slideshow of drawn/still images, I think that's a sign you have it.

If you replay to see the extended cut stuff, start with the beginning of the Earth mission. The changes are not only at the very end - there are some changes to that mission also. I'm not sure if anything earlier in the game changed, though. Also, if you are planning to buy/play the Leviathan DLC (which I recommend, it's pretty cool, especially the Shepard Goes To The Abyss part), do that before you replay the ending, too. Some interesting changes in the end game conversation based on the Leviathan DLC.

I'd broadly recommend getting Leviathan and the Extended Cut DLC. Both these address concerns I had over the ending. I don't think the original ending compromised narrative consistency, or came from left field. My chief gripe about the initial ending was that the graphical payout you get at the end is essentially the same cutscene regardless of what you choose, which is really, really bad. These DLCs fix that, and they also make the bases for the ending sequence a great deal more obvious.

If you're getting a unique cutscene after the last choice, then you have Extended Cut.

If I had to choose a single piece of DLC for this game it would be Citadel. It is The Shadow Broker of ME3.

But really get them all

I'm definitely getting Leviathan and Citadel. Is Omega really worth it though? FWIW I didn't mind Arrival from ME2, though I didn't think it was great. It was also quite a bit cheaper than Omega, iirc, so that might factor into it.

I liked Omega, but I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. You're with Aria and only Aria for much of the time, and the missions are necessarily all working your way through Omega shooting stuff. There's a new enemy introduced that's really pretty cool, but I don't think their described potential was realized, at least in my play through. I killed them before they did anything weird.

Rykin wrote:

If I had to choose a single piece of DLC for this game it would be Citadel. It is The Shadow Broker of ME3.

But really get them all ;)

I just finished a replay with Leviathan and Citadel installed, and I don't know if I'd recommend playing Citadel on a first run through. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it a lot, but it's also a big fan-servicey goof that feels out of place in the during the main storyline. It works better as capper to the entire series than something that integrates seamlessly into the game.

Leviathan on the other hand is pretty seamless, and even if it doesn't say much you can't figure out on your own after the fact, it does provide some much needed foreshadowing. And I loved loved loved the big plunge you take in it. If there's anything I'd like to see the next game do, it's have more jaunts through novel environments like that.

The Extended Cut I'm ambivalent on. The more they try to explain certain things about that ending, the bigger the hole they dig themselves. On the other hand, some of the retcons during the approach are sorely needed. Plus, it's the only fix for the bug that ties Gabby and Donnelly's dialogue to Ashley's approval.

I loved Leviathan and The Citadel, and I'm an admitted whore for Mass Effect, and I would describe Omega as just "fine."

I would agree with the above about playing The Citadel. Do everything else, including the ending, and then go back and play The Citadel after that. It's more of a meta-experience about the series than it is ME3 DLC.

I finished my 2nd playthrough last night. I was going to do a Renegade Shep, but I decided to go with the first character I took through ME 1 and 2 instead, a Paragon Adept male with an appearance based on my own face. For my first ME3 playthrough I did a vanilla FemShep, and it was really interesting to see all the differences you get from having a character you play from the beginning of the series. I also went for the Insanity achievement this time, and I did not enjoy that aspect very much. There was much reloading.

I still liked the ending!

I quite enjoyed the Omega DLC, too, but I realize my opinion is suspect because I like the ending of the game.

BadKen wrote:

I also went for the Insanity achievement this time, and I did not enjoy that aspect very much. There was much reloading.

I've been trying Insanity on ME2, and it's brutal. I've limited myself to one mission a night, to keep from breaking things.

There's some great talk about insanity in the ME2 thread. Search for LarryC posts.

Just a quick reality check: the Omega DLC really is very good, but yes it is the least necessary of the others. It is also the most self-contained, and can definitely be skipped. Since I liked Omega and dug Aria, I had to pick it up. One thing it does add however, is they finally add a female Turian.

Budo wrote:

Just a quick reality check: the Omega DLC really is very good, but yes it is the least necessary of the others. It is also the most self-contained, and can definitely be skipped. Since I liked Omega and dug Aria, I had to pick it up. One thing it does add however, is they finally add a female Turian.

Does it have that great club music from Mass Effect 2?

I did my playthrough on Insanity, and I found it surprisingly easy. Certainly easier than Mass Effect 2, because you still get enemies without shields/barriers/armor. With Liara set up to be able to spam singularity, and my sentinel's Warp set up for max detonation damage, I could tear through them in an instant, and they become a handy weapon to turn against the bigger enemies to boot. Banshees were the only ones to give me any real trouble, what with their constant teleporting around.

The last fight in Citadel was bastard hard though.