Recently the web as been ablaze with people bashing Mass Effect 3 (note to everyone I have not finished the game so no spoilers here) I have avoiding reading most articles about it just so I don’t know what the ending actually is. What I do know is that a lot of gamers don’t like it. To me it comes down to an issue we have seen more and more lately, everyone expects a happy ending, all rainbows, butterflies, sunshine, and daisies.
My question to you if this is how you are… do you not watch movies unless they have a happy ending? Books? Does everything have to have a Disney style conclusion? WHY?
Games about war, not everyone should live, not realistic. People get hurt. Harry Potter! (spoiler) not that everyone doesn’t know not all the “main” characters live and guess what it was great people loved it then. So why now ?
I would cheer a game that for example you rescue the kingdom, get the favor of the king, set to marry the princess when unexpectedly, a volcano nearby erupts and decimates most everything. Why do I have this morbid view, it would be unexpected. Does this kill the chance at a sequel game? Maybe, Maybe not. Does the next game need the same main character? Maybe he survived maybe not writers choice.
I know that we play games to escape reality but that does not mean we have to limit ourselves to the fluffy bunny style of ending. Open your minds people explore great stories that may not end perfectly.
It is about the journey not the destination.