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Mass Effect 3 Extended Ending on Disc for Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

If you don't like it, tough

Mass Effect 3 will be one of the big-name HD ports to come to Wii U and it's easy to forget that, when it was originally released, fans of the series were exceptionally hyped and excited. As a finale to the epic trilogy, however, some didn't like the ending, making such a noise online that developer Bioware felt compelled to produce a new 'Extended Cut' as DLC. It wasn't allowed to end the trilogy its own way, after all.

This new ending has been available as free DLC to Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, but series producer Michael Gamble has told Siliconera that it will be integrated as part of the main campaign on Wii U, featuring on the disc rather than as DLC. It's also worth noting that a new 'Earth' DLC, basically a horde mode with some objectives included, is available for free today on the title's existing platforms. It'll be interesting to see whether free DLC packs like this are also brought across to Wii U, especially as Nintendo Network aims to bring the system up to modern online standards.

Now that we know it'll have the new extended ending out of the box, are you tempted to pick this one up on Wii U?


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19Robb92 said:

It's really weird to me that they're even brining this game to the WiiU at all.. I mean, it's the third installment in a story driven game franchise. i don't see the point unless they release the first two games as well.



Koos said:

No surprise from me 19Robb92. They can bring in comics for the choices or even include the originals as some kind of downliads. Or not. Its a video game. Think also about people who players one on pc or something else now they might switch for the extra control options



Koos said:

@happymask totally not true. People always say that to feel good about themselves. Same reaction in KH or MGS.... never true. Games can always be enjoyed.



Aviator said:

MGS and KH don't see you creating a character and creating relationships and actions that are reflected through it's sequels. Starting at either ME2 or ME3, you lose a lot of hours of character development. It can be made up in a comic, but you're going to feel a hell of a lot more for a character you play with for 20+ hours rather than reading through a comic.

If this is going to be a launch game, it would be a good chance to take a look at how the multiplayer works.still need to pick up ME3, when school is over



mastersworddude said:

Why would you jump in at the finale? The only reason to play this game is to finish your storyline, since this one is just lackluster compared to the rest. (IMO. Not even talking about the ending.)



mastersworddude said:

@Koos No.
This and KH and MGS are not similar.
Here you have an overarching story that reflects your actions, it makes you feel immersed rather than just watching things play out. (Though in ME3 it's become more like that, too much auto-dialogue. Not enough choices to develop your Shepard like in the other games.)



shingi_70 said:


The game is still playable but you miss a lot of the emotional impact from playing all three from the start. There are few things that had over the course of the triology and some tough choices I have to make.

Plus there are a lot of cool moments on three which are kind of hinged on the older games. Shepard and Varakhan.

The comics work but there are a lot of side missions in the game that are followed up from side missions in the first game. An enemy I let li e in the fist game Tried to kill me in the third over something I did in the 2nd.



Otto-Soq said:

I have part 1 & 2 in my collection. I liked part one the most, because of the moon buggy.



rjejr said:

So they release part 3, not 1 or 2, and then when it doesn't sell, even though it's already been out for months on 2 other systems, they have an excuse to abandon the Wii U for their next game. figures. They should at least offer a 1 + 2 compilation for $20.



Pokefanmum82 said:

Yeah but if you're really into mass effect than you've already played the first two. So it doesn't really matter that they are only putting mass effect 3 on the WiiU. People complain that there are no good third party games for the WiiU and how you're complaining about one of them. If you don't like it then don't buy it, it's as simple as that. And who knows maybe they will eventually put the first two on the shop.



K1LLEGAL said:

Stop saying they should release the first 2; Microsoft published Mass Effect 1 and they still own the rights to it (they just can't do much with it). Mass Effect 2 on the other hand is fair game.



Koos said:

Rjejr makes a good point. Its going to be so depressing if companies start use excuses and this could be one.



Whopper744 said:

They look good, but I'm too focused on trying to get into Assassins Creed and Gears of War's hard to play catch up on those two already (hoping that both of those series will be on Wii U.



GazPlant said:

I'm still baffled by BioWare releasing but not including ME2 (ME1 is tied up with Microsoft fyi) this but at least it has a passable ending on it now...



shinpichu said:

IIRC they can't release the first one because they had some kind of deal going on with Microsoft, even the PS3 didn't get that one. If you must play them, parts 1 & 2 are available on Steam, and IIRC the DRM on the Steam versions isn't that extravagant.

Edit: Not only are they on steam, but they are both ten bucks right now(15 for some ME2 special edition).



shingi_70 said:

Yep Microsoft owns the publishing tights to the first game so unless EA decideds to buy back the rights (it would be a lot of money) your never going to see the whole triology on anything other than the 360 and PC.



Vincent294 said:

@mastersworddude I jumped in for the end, and I love it on my 360. I, anyways, think the gameplay's great. Perhaps you're one of those people that don't like the dumbed-down RPG elements, but I don't mind ME3.



Vincent294 said:

@Sony_70 Sound like i should've gotten a 360 & Mass Effect 2 sooner, instead of waiting until now to get a 360 & ME3. That sounds interesting, decisions from a game's predecessor affecting what happens in the sequel.



edhe said:

Well I've got Mass Effect 1 & Mass Effect 2 on the PC, so although I can't play as a particular character across all three were I to pick this game up, I'll still be able to familiarise myself with the story.

I'll never buy an EA PC game for as long as they force me to install Origin, but a EA console game may be a different kettle of fish. Obviously, I'll be wanting for games when I buy a WiiU (and I don't mean NintendoLand and Super Mario Bros. WiiU), and games like this may appeal to me.

The same goes for ZombiU - I can't stand Ubisoft's practices on the PC, but I may relent and buy some of their console games as long as I'm aable to play them without signing my soul away.




@edhe Didn't they severely cut the slack on DRM recently, or is it more than that?

I'm gonna play the 1st two games, so I can't really comment other than wondering what made them bring the 3rd game. Did Nintendo desperately beg EA to publish some Wii U games?



hYdeks said:

I would love to actually play this game, but without a confirmed Mass Effect 2 release at least, I don't really see a point in investing in the end of the series.

Microsoft, from what I know, has the rights to the first Mass Effect, so that ones out of the question.



edhe said:


Well all I know is that Origin is a data-miner (EA says they reserve the right to sell or pass on any data to companies) and Ubisoft are putting DRM into games where you can't play unless you have a persistent online connection.

Ubisoft's game servers went down after a recent Steam sale, which meant people were unable to play their games, whether they are single player or online.

It's not something I'd like to see on consoles, but hopefully it'll never come to that.



sinalefa said:

I will be skipping this, either on Wii U or PS3. I have ME2 on PS3 but I did not like it enough or felt compelled enough by the storyline to get the sequel. Good to hear that the late version gets all the goodies, like the PS3 port of ME2.



WolfRamHeart said:

Well, I have the first two games on the Xbox 360. I still need to pick up the third one but I'm going to get it on the 360 so I can close out the trilogy. Not really much point in me picking it up on another system considering the hours that I put into building my character then not being able to port her over.



Kage_88 said:

I've only played the first one...

Like others here, I would appreciate it if Bioware released the entire trilogy on Wii U.



Kisame83 said:

They can't do 1 because Microsoft has the rights. They should b putting out a port of the PS3 version of 2 though, to be honest.



Ren said:

True for most games it's not a big deal but this one I'd warn coming in on 3. I got 3 after reading so much about it and hated it. no connection to it at all, it was cheesy and boring. At the store they explained just how connected so liking the characters really is linked to following them all the way through all the games in ways most games aren't. I'm trying 1 now and it's much better that way. I hate bad sci-fi, and this is very bad if you don't follow it through.



Malkeor said:

Extended Cut = polishing the turd
(j/k, exaggerated, I do like them alot better though....still not great)

There I said it!



DrDaisy said:

@Malkeor Have you ever tried to polish turd?! It's horrible work. It has to be done delicately, and the payoff is usually terrible.



Kaasor said:

I played Mass Effect 1 and 2 on PC, so I'm not that bothered about it being released on WiiU. I didn't planned buying it on PC but on Wii U with pleasure =)

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