Next up in this dream palette series, I’m going to a series I have a love/hate relationship with. Love Mass Effect 2 and would rank it as one of my all-time favorite games, and Mass Effect 3 which I refuse to play or touch with a ten foot pole. Maybe one day I’ll go past the opening sequence, but today is not that day. If you have never played Mass Effect, it is an action RGP third-person shooter video game developed by BioWare. The first three games in the series follow Commander Shepard, whose mission in all of the games is to save the galaxy from powerful mechanical beings known as the Reapers. The Reapers have been away for 50,000 years and are determined to wipe out all sentient organic life in the galaxy as part of a recurrent cycle of genocide that Shepard is tasked to break in one of three ways. The fact that you have to pick one of three and not just get one of them as a result is another reason I won’t play Mass Effect 3.
Mass Effect 2 was my absolute favorite game in this series, but immediately after I finished that game I started Mass Effect 3 and I couldn’t stand how it started. So once I had a chance where I could just save the game, I did then never returned to playing it. And I spoiled the ending to myself and what the actual hell? I know everyone has mentioned it was horrible, but seriously that made me want to finish playing it even less. It was as if they didn’t know how to end the game and just destroyed the character arc of Commander Shepard. Every choice you made, boiled down to choosing one of three endings but no matter what you did during the course of the three games you could undo everything you’ve done and pick one of the three: control, destroy, or synthesis.