The problem is that you kind of have to take it at face value as, until the final three minutes, the previous 70 hours of gamplay have presented themselves quite earnestly and have done absolutely nothing to suggest otherwise.
I don't see how people can take the ending at face value - it breaks the story's internal logic in too many places.
heh we're in strong danger of a circular debate here because that is the exact reason why I didn't take it at face value.
I mean, while I was experiencing the end yes I was taking it literally. I was moved by shepard's last sit down and chat and was thinking yeah I'm cool with shep dying and saving the universe.
And though part of me secretly wanted her to have a last minute resurrection cos I love me a happy ending I do - better to have a poignant ending as it gives it more meaning.
And some fairly off the wall cutscenes, which didn't really hang together well, culminating in some of my favourite chars ending up on some paradise planet - hey they are safe in some kind of Eden - a new beginning, full of promise. Ok. Thematically that kind of works.
That was me taking it at face value. For about 5 minutes. And if I turned off the Xbox and loaded in the next game waiting in the wings and never thought about it again that would be that for me I guess.
But it was bugging me at the time why the hell did the reapers leave a teleportation beam directly to the main control panels without it being massively guarded?
It jarred massively with how well written the last 70 hours were and, as I sat back watching the credits and reflecting, I realized that it made no sense that the same team that seemed to be wiped out on earth were safe at the end.
And the more I thought about it, and as other things didn't stack up, the more I couldn't take it at face value because it does not make sense to me, that after 70 hours, the last 3 minutes would not only have loose ends (which of itself is no bad thing) but such crazily internal-story-logic breaking ones.
I don't wish to cause offense to anyone, but if after 70 hours of playing , people take those last 3 mins at face value and don't spend time reflecting on it and thinking there is more to it then that then that seems really weird to me
But as you say - the other option is that it is a complete storytelling failure and I'm a delusional optimist. Which is also highly possible
Edited by TOOTR at 20:32:17 06-06-2012
Everybody should just calm down a little bit and have a nice cup of tea.