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Posted by Pixeldemon

I agree that Brad will probably be like "Meh, the ending wasn't that bad, it's just not all that I hoped it would be." This will be almost as disappointing as the ending itself and will re-ignite the immense nerd rage I experience whenever someone tries to defend it as being good.

But no, I should give Brad more credit. Most people who genuinely like the ME series and have critical thinking skills understand that the ending to ME3 is awful. It's just not easy to sum up why, because there are so many things that go horribly wrong in the final moments of the game. There are some good videos on youtube that attempt to address this mess, however.

Posted by liako21

@Encephalon said:

This is a great idea.
Posted by trixnfx

I couldn't stop staring at the Mexican Coke. Mmm... Mexican Coke.

Posted by Eboria

I'm soooo looking forward to seeing what Brad wrote in that letter, partly because I'm curious and partly because I know that Brad will be so off it ain't even funny.

Posted by VibratingDonkey

Rippy glue envelopes? What the... I'm feeling like John Spartan here.

Posted by chose

The ending itself is not Mass Effect 3's problem, the problem is they had to make an ending to a story they didn't tell, while the ones they did tell saw resolution. Meanwhile, those resolutions, apart from galactic readiness, are completely disconnected from the main arc. ME3 ending, which actually is the end of the reaper story, is unfixable, unless you remove the end and release a fourth game where you actually have to fight the reapers which would leave time and space for prior resolutions to unfold.

Edited by underscores

"Shepard goes back in time and becomes actual shepherd."

Posted by SharkMan

@Kohlstream said:

They should livestream Brad experiencing the ending just to have his reaction on film.

this!

Posted by Nux

Great, now there is TWO letters that we need to know the contents of.

Posted by glyn

@Kohlstream said:

They should livestream Brad experiencing the ending just to have his reaction on film.

This would be the best!

Posted by deskp

I hope hes so wrong. That smug face is very anoying.

besides that little writing doesent seem to cover much of anything, if it says

or similar, i'd say thats too generic and expected to count as a succesfull guess.

Posted by Paddles

Regardless of what you think of ME3's ending, this action of Brads has made it worthwhile. Definitely suspect on what he wrote down.

Posted by GioVANNI
@Kevin_Cogneto said:

@MrMazz said:

I still think the original ending to ME3 is just fine ha

I much prefer the original ending to the neutered horseshit that is the extended cut. Say what you will about the original ending, that shit was bold. The Extended Cut doesn't even have that going for it.

It's bold like the Phantom Menace is bold.   http://youtu.be/xxf1c3fzDOU?t=8m41s 
 
Actually just bad.
Posted by blueboxblues

I CAN'T WAIT

Posted by shamanultra

@Terramagi: So was suddenly introducing the Star Child, lol.

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Posted by golguin

Livestream Brad playing the ending please.

Posted by pyrodactyl

@Pixeldemon said:

@Tennmuerti said:

No single sentence could sum up the paragraphs of different reasons why so many people hated the ending.

Well, it could be one hell of a run-on sentence.

I'm pretty sure it only takes 2 words: BAD WRITTING

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Posted by Gamer_152

Interested to see what's in that envelope. Considering the kind of eleventh hour nonsense stuff that ending hinges on, I doubt Brad's got the right answer, and whatever he's written is probably far more logical than what actually happens.

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Posted by NekuCTR

I have a feeling Brad is aspiring too high with that letter. He sees the ending as being aggressively bad when in fact it's just more of a non-event.

Edited by MrBubbles

@Bakumatsu: really? they must have changed it because i remember when it came out that i did every mission (atleast i think i did) and i didn't have enough points to get it because i went to here and saw the requirements http://www.ign.com/wikis/mass-effect-3/Endings

Posted by Mister_Snig
Posted by crusader8463

This should be a new segment. Halfway through a game the guys write down how they think it will end! Also, I totally would love to see Brad do a live stream of him doing the ending to see his reaction.

Posted by glyn

@2HeadedNinja said:

@mrfluke said:

@TheHT said:

@DjCmeP said:

@kishinfoulux said:

@Kohlstream said:

They should livestream Brad experiencing the ending just to have his reaction on film.

PLEASE DO THIS !!!!

@bloodsoul5 said:

PLEASE RECORD BRAD WATCHING THE ENDING TO MASS EFFECT 3!

@GValo said:

screw recording something after he watches the ending LIVE STREAM THAT THING!

YES. Do this

DO EET.

the good side of the community speaks

Yes, this please.

This times a thousand

Posted by fox01313

Agreed with others on them aiming a camera at Brad as he goes through the original ending choices of ME3.

Posted by mdnthrvst

I didn't play Mass Effect 3, but I did play 2, as someone who had a PS3 that got broken late last year.

...Why is the ending bad? All the story stuff I've looked up on it seems totally reasonable. I could go into it, but I don't know how to spoiler on Giant Bomb.

Posted by Draxyle

It might be too late for a streaming of the ending, considering that they're all off work for the weekend. But it would be pretty fantastic if it were arranged.

Still, it's probably best he plays it on his own so that he has the chance to truly stop and digest what he has experienced.

Edited by Andy_117
Posted by csl316

Oh man, why do I need to know so hard?

Posted by That1Guy

I can't wait for his reaction!

Posted by underscores
Edited by ZeForgotten

I'm gonna laugh so much when the "letter" just says "They hate it because they hate everything that's popular"  
 
 
Edit: Duh, brainfart. 
I meant that I'm gonna laugh when the NEXT letter he's gonna make about why people dislike it. 
I should stop being up this late

Posted by thehunter1320

@KoolAid: Oh man, I'd FREAK OUT if he wrote that down.

Posted by DarkbeatDK

I don't think Brad will ever guess that it all took place in the Space Giraffe universe all along.

Posted by august

There should be a whole series of Brad guessing the endings to games called Not That Brad.

Posted by Sless

@NekuCTR said:

I have a feeling Brad is aspiring too high with that letter. He sees the ending as being aggressively bad when in fact it's just more of a non-event.

I think this is it. The ending was bad way more for what doesn't happen, than what does.

It was abrupt, and that one character was stupid, sure. But the absolute outrage came from the fact that very little happens at the end; you make your choice, and then it just kinda ends. If you really think about it, each choice represents a CRAZY different vision for the future of the universe, but what you see as a player is almost the same across the three (hence the "3 colors" joke that came of it).

As someone who enjoyed ME3, but liked it a lot less than the other 2, I think that the "internet hivemind" was also primed and ready to rip apart ME3 regardless of how the game actually was, and glommed on to some of those aspects of the ending as problems emblematic to all of modern Bioware (and I'm not sure I entirely disagree).

Posted by Box3ru13

@Andy_117: You fucking win, thank you for reminding me of that awesome story, nearly cried laughing reading it again.

Posted by OneManX

@Xeiphyer said:

@OneManX said:

@Rabid619 said:

I still don't think that the ending can be anywhere near as bad as Brad is expecting it to be. The way that people have treated it, you'd think that it kill everyone's puppy, took their first born, and then gave them cancer.

Is the ending good? Nope. Is it anywhere near as bad as people make it out to be? Hell no.

That said I'm curious to see what Brad thinks the ending is, should be pretty funny.

I fully expect an, "It wasn't that bad.. but it wasn't great" type reaction from Brad.

Yeah. People shit all over that ending. It was just kind of disappointing, it wasn't that bad.

Assassins Creed 3's ending is the one everyone should be attacking and shitting all over, but we hear nothing!

I feel like ACIII's time is gonna be GotY. They are keeping quiet on the spoilers, but they are gonna unleash there. But even then. I thought Desmond's end was lame (but I don't like Desmond at all) but I found Connor's ending pretty good with the right amount of, "Fuck you man" in those closing moments.

Posted by bigstrat2003

@mlarrabee: Play ME3, man. The ending is fucking terrible, but the game is great and feels like a fitting conclusion to the series up until that point. It's literally only in the last 10-15 minutes that everything goes to shit. While I don't know that I have a desire to return to the game because of that, I also think anyone who has played ME1 and ME2 is invested enough to get a lot of enjoyment out of the rest of ME3.

Posted by peritus

This is why i love giantbomb, awesome!

Posted by ExplodeMode

I saw what he wrote. It said: I quit.

Bye Brad.

Posted by ShaggE

The contents of that letter should be the prize in the center of the Curiosity cube.

Edited by bybeach

GB, and the man Brad, workin the angles! Heall, I would if I was a man named Brad! Well maybe if you didn't know my name might be okay too ...

But Team Brad has Ballls. Balls of Steel..... Thats why I say always bet on Brad....

Posted by Viking_Funeral

There's no way he guessed it, so now I just want to know what he wrote down.

All a dream?

Posted by Scotto

@OneManX said:

@Xeiphyer said:

@OneManX said:

@Rabid619 said:

I still don't think that the ending can be anywhere near as bad as Brad is expecting it to be. The way that people have treated it, you'd think that it kill everyone's puppy, took their first born, and then gave them cancer.

Is the ending good? Nope. Is it anywhere near as bad as people make it out to be? Hell no.

That said I'm curious to see what Brad thinks the ending is, should be pretty funny.

I fully expect an, "It wasn't that bad.. but it wasn't great" type reaction from Brad.

Yeah. People shit all over that ending. It was just kind of disappointing, it wasn't that bad.

Assassins Creed 3's ending is the one everyone should be attacking and shitting all over, but we hear nothing!

I feel like ACIII's time is gonna be GotY. They are keeping quiet on the spoilers, but they are gonna unleash there. But even then. I thought Desmond's end was lame (but I don't like Desmond at all) but I found Connor's ending pretty good with the right amount of, "Fuck you man" in those closing moments.

Connor's ending was fine, but Desmond's definitely felt like Ubisoft were making it up as they went along, with no idea how to conclude it.

Never helped that Desmond was always kind of a dogshit character to begin with.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Brad is wrong.

Posted by senschuh

Next video: Vinny in the bathroom trying to steam the envelope open.

Posted by Scotto

@Sless said:

@NekuCTR said:

I have a feeling Brad is aspiring too high with that letter. He sees the ending as being aggressively bad when in fact it's just more of a non-event.

I think this is it. The ending was bad way more for what doesn't happen, than what does.

It was abrupt, and that one character was stupid, sure. But the absolute outrage came from the fact that very little happens at the end; you make your choice, and then it just kinda ends. If you really think about it, each choice represents a CRAZY different vision for the future of the universe, but what you see as a player is almost the same across the three (hence the "3 colors" joke that came of it).

As someone who enjoyed ME3, but liked it a lot less than the other 2, I think that the "internet hivemind" was also primed and ready to rip apart ME3 regardless of how the game actually was, and glommed on to some of those aspects of the ending as problems emblematic to all of modern Bioware (and I'm not sure I entirely disagree).

Yes, the internet was primed and ready to hate Mass Effect 3 before it came out. The ending isn't great, but my issue had more to do with how binary it is - you literally just pick door 1, 2 or 3 - than the actual content. And the free DLC expansion of the ending made it fine.

Frankly, I think it's a shame, because the game is otherwise an improvement on Mass Effect 2, in my opinion. And lest we forget the ending of Mass Effect 2 wasn't exactly fucking Shakespeare. That Terminator robot boss fight was the dumbest shit ever, as was the justification for all of it.

Brad will just shrug his shoulders when he sees it, primarily because Jeff totally oversold how bad it is.

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Posted by WolfHazard

At the end Shepard closes his eyes, the screen fades to black then blinks open again, and Desmond stands up, exists the animus and high fives all his friends