Recently while browsing through some gaming articles I've come across another one of those Worst Game Ending Ever and decided to read it. Predictably, Mass Effect 3 was once again mentioned.
The thing is, I think that ME3's ending was one of the best ever. In fact, if someone were to ask me of my most memorable final 30-60 minutes in a game it would be ME3! This, however, may be due to how I decided to play the game.
I got ME1 when it first came out, played it, and did not touch ME series until several years after ME3 came and went. In the mean time, like most gamers, I heard about how poorly the ending was received but decided to not look into it because I thought I would like to play it someday.
When I finally played ME2 and 3 I already had a wife, 2 kids, job, house, etc, so I resolved to "role-play" the game like it was presented. Because timing was seemingly an essence (implied the plot), my Shepard had to pick and choose what side activities to do and not do (also, because Shepard was leading a military operation intimate relationships were strictly prohibited). The end in ME2 that I got was therefore like a scene from a war movie. Some characters I've grown to care about (and looked forward to getting to know more) died, while other lived. Fortunately I still had friends left.
Then came ME3, and once again, because the galaxy was in peril, Shepard had to prioritize and in the process lost more comrades, friends, and in one case inadvertently triggered a genocide while trying to prevent one and losing another friend in the process. So when the time came that Shepard, now battered and bruised, fresh from seeing the last few friends blasted to bits and witnessing a friend and father figure murdered with the alliance fleet being decimated all around, limped along firing her pistol away with the images of her friends flashing before her eye it was a moment of triumph. A climax where a small band of friends, through sheer persistent and sacrifice, managed to shift the incomprehensibly vast course of a galaxy just enough to save every soul who lived in it. And even after all of that, I had to witness a planet burn, and my last friend who I thought would be safe aboard the ship seemingly dead... before I was granted a final sigh of relief.
They said it was a war we cannot win, and yet won it we did, and though that victory demanded everything, we gave it gladly so that others may live.
So there it is. It is my opinion that ME3 ending is the best there is and it could not have been any better and I am not afraid to tell it to anyone who would listen. What about you guys? Do you have any gaming-related opinion that goes completely contrary to the popular opinion? And can you think of what made your opinion so contrarian?