The night before the Extended Cut DLC was released for free (today), I finally finished Mass Effect 3 to see what all the fuss was about. My Effective Military Strength was well over 5,000, so I had nothing to worry about, except a sense of dread not wholly related to the predicament of the galaxy.
In Mass Effect, Bioware created a universe easily the equal of Star Trek or Star Wars: a compelling, fully-realised history, geography and political landscape. It has characters you care about, worlds you want to save, and Mass Effect 2 enjoys a well-deserved 96% rating on Metacritic: it’s almost perfect. So why was ME3 so roundly criticised by its fans? Why isn’t it as good as ME2? And is the ending really that bad? Continue reading