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SPOILERS for ME3

The endings for ME3 are unimaginably awful. They retroactively sour the whole franchise.
They are bad, stupid, and nonsensical.

BUT the series can be salvaged. All they need to do is release a DLC with more endings, good endings. They don't need to ditch the ones they have, just add some more satisfying ones.

Only 3 things are needed to make this okay.

1. Shepard lives/if their LI lived they are together at the end.
2. The Mass Relays are intact. Nobody is stranded years from home.
3. The Reapers are destroyed/sent away for XK years.

I play games to escape reality. To live a life that I could never experience here, to do things I could never do, to accomplish things I could never achieve. I do not play games to watch a character I have poured hours into playing and tons of emotional investment into fail and die. This will not stand.

If you agree please visit these groups/polls/etc and let your voice be heard.
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Basic image found through Google.

EDIT: If you want to use this image for any reason in support of our cause feel free. Credit would be nice but I care more about spreading the word.

EDIT 2: Due to how much attention this is getting when I try to respond to all the comments AND thank people for faving, I end up getting frozen for a while for "spamming". So I'm sorry that for the moment I cannot thank you all for faving, but I do really appreciate it! Hold The Line!
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:iconandersoncathy:
andersoncathy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I completely agree.
That ending is the only reason I won't beat ME3.
I don't want to see my Shepard die.. She's died/almost died enough throughout the entire series.
There's should be something similiar to ME2's ending. You either do the work to get a good ending where everyone lives, or you don't do enough and get an okay ending or you don't do much at all and you get a bad ending.
I do enjoy ME3 but this ending ruins the game for me... Just doesn't make sense.
I won't rant on, but I totally agree with you.
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Dibol Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Same boat. I never even bothered finishing the game once, and ME3 has been collecting dust since the entire shitstorm and the aftermath happened.
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andersoncathy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yep! I went on and played the other Mass Effect games many times but didn't bother with ME3.
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Dibol Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Unfortunately, it really tainted my enjoyment for the other two games, as tempted as I am to play ME1 and ME2. Still feel hollow from this fiasco.
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andersoncathy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aww, I understand. Have you played ME1 and ME2?
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:icondibol:
Dibol Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Repeatedly, just in preparation for 3. 14 Shepards, 28 files (unfortunately, only two were ready for ME3).
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andersoncathy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh wow! That's impressive. I need to do another playthrough of ME1 and ME2 despite being disappointed with ME3.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconandersoncathy:
andersoncathy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, awesome. :aww:
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SquidgyPancake Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
the DLC will not make it a different ending. it will just try to "justify" the ending you already have
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FAnimator661 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
If you don't mind me asking, why does everybody hate the endings to ME3? I've played all three and my Shepard survived every single one (or I'm assuming he/she survived. They did start to breathe at the very end, at least) as well as Joker, my LIs, and I believe the third was a most 'preferred' squadmate of some kind.

Anything to shed some light on this mystery would be greatly appreciated.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, there are several reasons, depending on who you ask.

The predominant one being that you don't get a satisfying ending actually showing that you won, Shepard only gets a breath. That's not enough for me or a lot of other people. We want to see Shep and his/her friends together at the end. We don't want our crew marooned on some planet who knows where.
Second, why is the Normandy marooned somewhere that is NOT earth? Why were they fleeing the battle? They'd obviously already hit the Relay and jumped, because the only habitable planet in the Sol system is Earth, and that's not where they are. Why did they abandon Shepard?

Third, the Mass Relays are destroyed. Bioware has since said they are not, but that's either ret-conning or the result of extremely poor cutting/editing on their part in the first place. The Mass Relays appear to explode, which at best just leaves everyone stranded, at worse blows up whole systems(In Arrival it was shown that the destruction of a mass relay results in a huge shock wave capable of destroying planets). So in the current ending the state of the galaxy is really pretty bleak if we look at it logically with just the information presented in the game.

Fourth, the Star Child. Where the heck did this plot device come from? It completely goes against the mechanics and tone of the established universe. Why? No real explanation about this thing are given.
Directly related, why does Shepard just accept the three options given? S/he doesn't question or argue at all.
Shepard doesn't insist that no, there must be some way to destroy the Reapers without destroying all synthetic life? We don't get to question at all. After 2.99 games of control we're told "do this" and just do it. For me(and others lol) that completely derails Shepard as a character. I would find it more in character for my Shepard to shoot herself in refusal to make such choices and let the galaxy take it's chance against the Reapers the old fashioned way.

Oh, and don't get me started on Synthesis. That came out of nowhere, is not explained at all, and is frankly morally abhorrent imo. You basically kill everyone without complaining. "Changing" them into "something else"(unspecified what synthesis would actually do), is killing them imo.

Phew. Rant. I hope that answered some of your questions. If you liked the endings that's good, you got an enjoyable experience. For us though, it was not satisfying. We want something that is clear, potentially happy/at least hopeful, and something which doesn't go against the established themes of the series; hope, beating the odds, and choice.
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FAnimator661 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Hm, I suppose that makes sense. I suppose I was just expecting something truly awful considering all the hate I had read about on the internet.

Thanks for answer, btw. It definitely makes more sense than anything else I've read.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The internet is very good at muddling things. I'm glad I was able to help clear them up a bit. :)
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Warmaster-Tarik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
While the ending was one thing, the tragic lack of a epilogue to see the end result of all my decisions was unforgivable. I don't need a Ron Perlman Fallout epilogue, but at least something to know what happened to everyone!!!

But don't give up hope. Remember, the ending to Fallout 3 sucked bad until they caught enough flak to make Broken Steel, and then it turned out pretty good.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconbrofistplz:
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HardNocks Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   Digital Artist
amin
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NICK4120 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
this is what they want us to do. Bioware intentionally made the endings suck so we would pay 10 more dollars of an alt ending!
THINK ABOUT IT!!!
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OmalleyFlowers Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
God damn straight, fuckers better be giving us a real ending. I refuse to finish my campaign until I get a real ending.
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Grusnoid Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
When every good thing's laid to waste
By all the jealousy and hate
By all the acid wit and rapier lies



Keep Calm and demand good ending DLC.
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:iconfeena-c:
Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said. :salute:
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:icongrusnoid:
Grusnoid Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
The first part was a quote, from Iron Maiden's song Virus. But thank you.
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:iconfeena-c:
Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In that case, well applied. ;)
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MrWetTowels Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
IT BETTER BE FREE, CAUSE IF IT ISN'T...... OH HEADS WILL ROLL
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darklordpocky-san Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Anyone else hate how good endings need to be a separate part of the game, but key characters to a plot and lore that are even on a disc, are bought?

I dunno about a DLC ending. . . at that point, especially if you actually have to PAY good money for it, we're just giving EA and Bioware grounds to keep on doing this. . . they did it with DA2, and now they're doing it even more with ME3. . . And I highly doubt M$ would even allow them to release free DLC. . . they killed TF2 for that same reason.
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KingBradders Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Can I just point out, that if you get a scene where you see Shepard take a breathe to show he's alive after the Citadel is destroyed from which ever "ending" you choose, if you've met the right conditionis/made the right choices.
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OmalleyFlowers Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Who cares, the ending still sucks, all the mass relays gone? Nobody can go anywhere! The fleet is stuck in the Sol system, Tali can't go home, Garrus can't see his family, etc etc, it fucking sucks. Also, if all the mass relays exploded like that half the damn galaxy would be vaped.
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KingBradders Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
That is the whole basis for the Indoctrination theory. That if you choose the destroy ending (meeting the right conditions as well), you get the scene where Shepard wakes up in the ruble in London. This is why people think there will be ending DLC.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am aware of that. Actually though, I've learned that that only happens if you pick the Red ending.
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ZBlayde Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
What, do you want to be exploited? The main game by itself should have everything you want in a story. It's ludicrous to give up even more money just because the developers decided to exploit you.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not exploitation if I ask them for it.
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:iconzblayde:
ZBlayde Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Yes it is. Bioware is taking advantage of people like you. You're willing to give them more money for something you should've gotten already. Instead of witholding your money, you're just giving them more! If people didn't do this, game developers wouldn't make money on DLC. You have power over them, use it, don't reward them for doing a bad job!
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Phen0m20 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I'm glad to see that I'm not in the minority on this issue. Mass Effect 3's endings were absolutely terrible and left me asking more questions rather then answers.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are by no means alone. If you're not already involved with the RetakeME3 movement check my sig.
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DelphiRose Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
:salute:
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dAsmuG Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Maybe is Disney did the ending it would be what you want.
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, yes it would.
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bentarcher Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Journey>Destination but it's all opinion and I'm thankful to the Bioware team for taking time away from families and loved ones to bring us this universe and I won't declare their hard work and time with spoiled whining or insults...but it's all opinion including mine
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Count-Urbonov Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I choose to believe the game itself ended when TIM kills himself and the crucible docks. The the screen fades to black and you wake up in a sunny hospital with your LI and find out the damn thing killed the reapers nice and cleanly and no mass relays, or Geth, or EDI were harmed in the process. THE END
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconthisplz:
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OmalleyFlowers Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Thirded.
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Juniperfern Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Also, here's another great BioWare Forum poll that really sums up what I want.

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Spread the word!

Also, if I'm considering an "It was all just a dream!" crap ending and Shepard ends up in a hospital somewhere, I'd be so so happy. Anything would be better than the dead end BioWare forced us to make!
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great poll!

Seriously, "It was a dream" is what I'm running with right now as well.
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Juniperfern Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You might really like this forum thread then, it's given me so much hope! Please, BioWare, please.

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Also, the final pages have a tweet from someone working at BioWare who said "I don't think we've released that information yet" in regards to what happened to the two squad mates with you when the beam hits. HOPE!
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am highly amused by how big this thread is. The absurdity of the endings makes this thread look so logical, I hold something like it as my head canon for the moment.
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Juniperfern Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's insane, I laughed at it a bit despite myself, but as I kept reading and thinking about it, it began to make so much sense. The way they picked everything apart, the disconnected feel of the last 15 minutes of the game seems like a dream.

Anyway, thanks a lot for chatting. Hold the line, pray for some DLC soon!
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Thren300 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agree to 100%. My shep promised Garrus she'd be back!
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And she will be. Hold The Line!
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SpiritOfNature Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally agree with you. Cried in agony at the end. How horrible! ;_;
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconiknowthatfeelbroplz:
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