The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC has been released and it's been met with both praise and criticism from the gaming community. The extended cut DLC is a free piece of downloadable content for Mass Effect 3 that's supposed to add closure to what many gamers considered a confusing and lackluster original ending to the game. We've compiled a few of the positive and negative comments that we've seen around the web about the DLC below. Keep in mind that some of these thoughts may contain spoilers. You've been warned!
From Twitter the responses have been mostly positive:
From Reddit the response has been mixed.
- "This is exactly the level of exposition the original game required." --coppersink
- "I'm indifferent. I like the new endings but it still doesn't fill some of the plot holes I hoped it would." --Nikola95
- "Overall it is an improvement to the horrible endings Bioware presented us back in March. Granted they are not perfect, nor are they exactly what any of us are looking for in an ideal ending to the series. The synthesis ending never made any sense to begin with, and with the updates to the ending it makes even less sense and I view it more as a laughable third option. Control seems to now be the 'best for everyone' option in terms of wanting to keep everyone and everything alive. Destroy however seems to be the "best" choice still in context of Shepard's refusal to be defeated, despite it costing the lives of the geth and all synthetics. " --cleantowels
- "Much happier with these endings, thank you and props to Bioware for doing this for us. That being said, I personally believe the series deserved a much better ending, but at the end of the day, I loved every second of my time in the ME universe." -- Tangy92
From The Official BioWare Forums gamers ultimately seemed impressed with the closure that the DLC offers, but a few still had some problems.
- "Love it! The squadmates get a larger role, after their regrettably small part in the original ending. It gives more closure, but not so much that the universe just ends. The explanations are helpful and the abilities to argue at the end was much wanted. The 4th ending is just right if that's the course you want. And the others (especially Synthesis) feel like bittersweet victories now, not like loses." -- Forst1999
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- "I find it depressingly sad that BioWare screwed up Mass Effect so badly, twice. We asked for closure and endings that made sense, had a colorful array of endings (and NOT in the literal sense) and what we got instead was a pile of implied insults, more plot holes, useless scenes and a slideshow." --Trifecta739
- "For something that was not designed to change an original ending that is rightly infamous for reasons we all know and only add to it, it was quite good. I really enjoyed the extra scenes, they provided a lot more closure and patched up a lot of the plot holes from the original ending, whilst still maintaining legroom for speculation." --chaos_Shadow15
But the most critical response comes from a Forbes article entitled "Mass Effect 3's Extended Cut - Too Little, Far Too Late" by Paul Tassi. Here's a snippet:
"In short, it’s better, but ultimately it’s very obvious that it should have been included in the game in the first place. Having to release something like this to go back and “fix” bad storytelling is sloppy and strange. Even if these expanded endings were brilliant in every way (they’re not), it would be hard to get back into the plot after having it on the shelf for months. Replaying through the last hour again (the hardest part of the game mind you) for five minutes of new cutscenes is rather annoying, and I’m not sure if I was supposed to go back and play even more old content."
We've been so busy compiling reactions that we haven't had time to play through Mass Effect 3's new DLC ourselves yet. We'll have our own impressions about the new endings soon, but in the meantime, leave your thoughts on them in the comments section.