Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Divides Opinion [UPDATE]
[UPDATE] Thank you for all the comments. This article is an opinion piece, but we have edited some sentences to make the opinions of the author clearer to identify.
Well this was always going to happen wasn’t it. Following the internet uproar regarding the Mass Effect 3 ending, BioWare have responded to criticism by promising to release a free DLC in the summer called Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut. But as predicted by most neutral observers of the kerfuffle not everyone is happy with this solution.
Now the internet is on fire about how the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will not solve the problem. Some fans believe that BioWare should stick to their guns on the ending out of principle and other make the point that drawing out the ending will only serve to make it worse. However the really great thing about the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is that it will be an optional DLC. Those fans that want it can take it, and those that don’t can leave it. I honestly think that it will not appease those who did not like the ending, and it certainly will not please those who think that BioWare should have cut their losses or even those who weren’t really bothered about the ending. I know it sounds strange in the light of the furore but actually, realistically, I think , it was only a minority of the 1.5 million fans who bought the game who were disappointed enough by the ending to speak up about it.
Now BioWare have a chance to find a happy medium. The Extended Cut idea is actually quite an elegant solution. It is vague enough to allow them to make some massive changes but at the same time allowing them to stick to the basic framework. The danger is of course that they try and turn the ending into a tacky Hollywood movie. The Mass Effect series has always been about taking the bitter with the sweet. We here at GameBandits are very interested to hear your thoughts on the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut. Please feel free to write what you think in the comment section below. (AS)