If the next mass effect game takes place in the milky way they would easily choose one ending for ca Mar 10, 2019 12:58:14 GMT
Post by UpUpAgain on Mar 10, 2019 12:58:14 GMT
Nah... this interpretation could have been valid before EC. Like indocrination theory.
Shepard's story was done, finished... with him/her dying in all but one of several ending possibilities. We also watched him/her die even before the choices were made. The imagery in that ending is clear... the choice was made in the Afterlife.... Yet, you're in total denial over that. You go on and on about details changing. The details that change are, really, that Shepard wasn't the hero that history made hiim/her out to be. He/she died before he/she could activate the Crucible. The story is finished. Resurrecting in by re-writing it is a disservice to it. It just tells me that what you really believe is that it wasn't good enough to be finished where Bioware finished it.
Before EC, the calalyst scene was so strange, unintelligible and mystic that it could also be interpreted as pure symbolism, or as an illusion.
With the EC, bioware wanted to clarify that what happens was real, answering to all the main unanswered questions that had been legitimately asked by gamers, and showing the consequences of the choiches.
Moreover, the decisive factor is the Leviathan dlc: the existence of the catalyst is openly revealed, its function and its objectives anticipated with great clarity. And in the final we see and know the catalyst just as the leviathan described it.
however, bioware may decide that the personal story of shepard is over even without derailing into the mysticism and lore-breaking stuff like visions in the afterlife etc.
Set the new ME in 2250-2260: shepard could be dead/gone, you can introduce a brand new story and crew of new characters, but still be able to bring back liara, grunt, wrex, edi&legion, samara, javik? (prothean lifespwan?), a very old grumpy joker, for cameos or for more important roles.
I like the original endings better than EC for the very reason that the consequences of each choice are more vague. IMO, it was the EC that was the bigger mistake.
However, if we just run with the imagery that IS there in the original and everything we view after Shepard's death reaching for the console is an Afterlife "judgment" of Shepard's desires and motivations, then even the slides depicting Hackett and EDI telling us about rebuilding and such have no actual bearing on real events in the galaxy after Shepard's death. The whole ending sequence becomes a "theoretical debate" that decides how Shepard's soul spends eternity (keeping with a Christian interpretation of the afterlife). IMO, the player's choices, regardless of what they are, are respected because they still decide the fate of Shepard's soul. The fate of the galaxy, however, becomes a singular state... ongoing harvesting. We could then return to it immediately (and just pick up the Reaper fight with a new protagonist) or years or centuries later. The Stargazer scene could even be an old Ryder talking to his/her child about what they found out about Shepard (from archieves) after returning to the galaxy. It can even facilitate a return of Shepard... if his/her body is found lying on the floor in front of the console, then Miranda (or whoever) can, in theory, just rebuild him/her again. How his/her afterloife "experiences" might affect his/her attitudes about the Reapers and possibly affect the course of the harvest can be part of a continuation of the story. (Of course, I'd rather see a story continuation that somehow ties in Andromeda as well, rather than just abandon it.)
Different musings about death and what the Afterlife is like is a constant and undeniable underlying theme in all 3 OT games. In another respect, it continues in ME:A with the many discussions about reincarnation that occur with Jaal and the Angara... as well a the discussions about faith that occur with Suvi. I could also contend that whatever happened in Shepard's afterlife was, in all cases, real for Shepard... but since the wall of death closes all, it could in no way affect whatever happened to his compatriots and the galaxy itself.