Would people really have liked this game if the ending had been better?
I took Brad's advice and bought Leviathan and From Ashes and started playing one of my two characters and have hated almost everything about it. My biggest problem now is that ever since the downloads completed I can't start the damn game. It won't even let me play without signing into Origin, which I don't want to do because I don't even have XBOX Live right now. It won't even let me play it.
SO far, I have only just gotten into the real meat of the game after the tutorial stuff and have done most of the Turian Homeworld Mission. I think the level design for the combat areas here is terrible. I see from looking around the boards that this is because most of these areas were designed for multiplayer first, then shoehorned into the singleplayer game. That sucks. Originally I didn't care that they were adding multiplayer to a trilogy I've been perfectly fine playing in single player, but now it seems like having it there really does have a negative impact on this game.
Also the terrible Jessica Chobot model and character. WTF? I don't even have a problem with Chobot, but I don't understand what this character is doing here. Is there some large group of fans somewhere that want this? Please, no more "celebrity" cameos in my fantasy games. ever.
And the Citadel was pretty disappointing. I know there's a war going on and it doesn't make much sense to run around shopping and going to nightclubs, but couldn't a game with this many disks have a slightly larger environment for such an important location? I guess that's probably got something to do with multiplayer as well.
My real problem though is that I only ever get two dialogue options for anything other than information gathering and it's either the touchy-feely paragon option or the heartless renegade option. I've played this character as a paragon in the two other games and not everything I said to people was "I understand your feelings...", but in this game if I want to sound like a professional commander, I end up with instant Renegade points.
If I can ever get back in, I might play more to see if the game ever redeems itself, but so far I'm not impressed.
TLDR: who cares about plot holes and Deus Ex Machina endings? The game itself sucks.