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The Best Games Period - Episode 70 - Mass Effect 3 (Part Two)


Jack Gardner

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BioWare has created some of the most beloved moments in gaming history. The Mass Effect series stands as one of the greatest gaming trilogies of all time. However, many people point toward the conclusion of Mass Effect 3 as something that undid all of the goodwill the series had fostered up until that point. For all of their talent, BioWare also created one of the single most divisive and negatively received moments in gaming history. In Part One of our Mass Effect 3 discussion, we talked about the larger game leading up to the final minutes that threw the Mass Effect fan base into chaos. Part Two covers the ending and touches on some aspects of the DLC. 

 

Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative.

 

 

Outro music: Myst III: Exile 'American Wheels of Wonder' by Mazedude (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01749)

 

You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it!

 

If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod 

 

New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday

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It struck me as odd that you said that it seems people don't want the stories in video games to end. Thinking about it more, it makes sense, considering how many remakes and reboots are coming out these days, but spend enough time with a certain population of gamers, and bad movie sequels and spinoffs, and it's hard to imagine anyone wanting sequels. Maybe I've just been spending too much time in Final Fantasy forums...

 

The Final Fantasy VII prequels and sequels that came out in the mid-2000s get a lot of flack because they resurrected a game that people saw as complete. Really, the end of Final Fantasy VII had an open ending. Arguably, all the main characters could have lived or died in the final apocalyptic event. People get angry that the sequels reveal that they all lived because it ruins the mystery. By making a sequel, Square Enix only ruined their own game to make money... or so they say. In this same population of gamers, however, some are pumped for the Final Fantasy VII Remake. It's the continuation of Final Fantasy VII that THEY wanted back in 2005. Others are similarly cynical of it.

 

Like you said in the podcast, it's like gamers think the people who originally authored the story understand it less than them, the people who only played and interpreted it. Maybe that's the danger with any remake/sequel though, that it won't mesh with the fans' vision of the original.

 

Yeah... People's feelings on remakes and sequels are strange.

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