Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC Review
It’s here Mass Effect fans, BioWare has finally released the extended cut DLC for Mass Effect 3 that is supposed to bring clarity to the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3. You know, the one that most fans seem to hate. To be honest, I really could care less. The ending didn’t really bother me at all and I enjoyed the game when I played it a while back, even gave it a 4 out of 5 in my review. I actually haven’t even played it once since finishing it and lucky for me, still have it sitting in my shelf. When I heard that the DLC has been released, I thought “what the hell”, might as well give it a try. Be warned, it’s 1.8 GB in size and you can download it here on Xbox Live. Is it worth it? Should you even bother downloading it? In short, no. It really doesn’t add much and believe it or not, the 1.8 GB is comprised of still images with some voice over work… seriously. Depending on what path you choose, it gives you a voice over some still images basically describing the aftermath of your decision. Check it out below and you’ll get the idea.
The new added ending: Reject all the choices and shoot at the catalyst
The Blue Ending: Control the Reapers (aka Sheppard becomes God)
The Red Ending: Destroy the Reapers and all synthetic life
The Green Ending: Merge organic and synthetic lifeforms
Sorry no video here as I was never given this option. Why not? As mentioned in my review:
The only reason why I wasn’t given the 3rd option was simply due to the fact that I didn’t play any mulitplayer yet. The EMS takes into account how much multiplayer I’ve put it in and mine was too low so I missed out on the 3rd choice. Lame.
The Old Guy in Me Says
If you hated the original endings, this won’t change your mind at all. If you curious, you might as well just watch the endings below or on YouTube. It’s a real pain to go through them all since many of the cut scenes are unskippable. Prepare to spend about 20+ minutes to go through each ending if you start from the final save point at the Citadel. Why bother doing it when I did all the work for you!
In the end, I don’t think BioWare should have been forced to make this DLC to “appease the fans”. As far as I am concerned Mass Effect 3 was a solid game, worth your time and money. This DLC is free but really not worth your time. Just watch the included videos.
A note on our rating scale: We rate things out of five, but don't confuse it with ratings from other publications. We’re not professional reviewers who do this for a living, we don't get sent free copies of games, and we don't have the luxury to play a ton of games during our work hours - we buy/borrow all our games and do this during our off-time, outside of our jobs and families. Our ratings take into account the time and money spent, and are here to help you make an informed decision on whether this game is worthy of your hard-earned cash and limited time.5 – An almost flawless game with good graphics, sound and gameplay. You might even want to replay it many times, despite your busy schedule. A must-buy.
4 – It has some flaws, but it’s still worth a playthrough. Buy it if you like this type of game.
3 – An average game targeted to specific niches. It has its redeeming factors. Buy it on sale or if you fit its target demographic/niche.
2 – The game sucks, but some will get enjoyment out of it. Play it at your own risk.
1 – Broken, ugly game with few redeeming qualities. Probably shouldn’t have been made. Leave this game alone and don’t even look at it.
0 – Worse than garbage. Game companies should pay you for the time you spent playing this trash.