If Bioware ever decides to choose a canon ending for Mass Effect 3, which one would you prefer? Aug 30, 2018 2:07:12 GMT opuspace, dmc1001, and 1 more like this
Post by Sifr on Aug 30, 2018 2:07:12 GMT
Now, I have issues with the Catalyst but this is the logic given.
I know, that's why I said it was operating under flawed logic, as a result of it's bad (and extremely vague) programming.
It's prime directive was stated to be "to preserve organic life", but it's repeated failure to do so when synthetics rose up to destroy organic life seems to have twisted it in knots, until it rationalised that the only true way to "preserve" organic life was pulp and pickle it into giant Reaper-shaped jars.
It's failure to discern that preserving organic life in Reaper form is not the same as preserving the existence of life (as an abstract concept), points to how broken the Catalyst's reasoning is and the Leviathan's complete failure to program it properly.
For example, if you asked the Catalyst to stop someone from being killed by a train, rather than pull the victim off the tracks, it'd likely shoot them before the train arrived. While that did technically fulfill the directive it was given, it failed to realise it was being asked to save the person's life, instead choosing to kill the person by another means so the train wouldn't be responsible.
The Catalyst would not see anything wrong with that solution, which is why it doesn't see anything wrong in creating the Reapers. In it's mind, it's carrying out it's programming as directed and it's solution to the problem is more than acceptable. That's part of what makes the Catalyst and the Reapers so terrifying, because they truly believe they are helping.
If you mean that a synthetic intelligence will eventually destroy organic life... then yes... but the Catalyst's complete and utter failure to realise that perfectly describes both itself and what it's been doing for billions of years, also shows that the Catalyst's very existence impedes it's own goals.
Personally I'd have preferred it we'd had a self-aware Catalyst as the final boss of ME3.
Have the Catalyst acknowledge that the Reapers aren't a viable long-term solution for the galaxy (in galactic terms, 50,000 years is a drop in the bucket) and admit to Shepard that it has long since come to the conclusion that by ensuring the continuation of the Cycle, it is only perpetuating the very problem it's been trying to resolve for billions of years.
At the same time, the Catalyst cannot shut itself down or sit idle in the hopes that synthetics won't destroy organics the next time around, as it would go against it's core programming to chose inaction (even if it found irrefutable proof that "the only way to win is not to play").
For that reason, the Catalyst was responsible for creating the plans to the Crucible, in the hopes that someone might build it and use it to shut down it's AI core, something it cannot do so itself (having been programmed to have some measure of self-preservation), while at the same time, taking the fate out of the galaxy out of it's hands by permanently removing it from the equation.
Therefore the final battle is Shepard helping the Catalyst shut itself down, while having to get passed it's defenses (due to the aforementioned self-preservation subroutines), in order to shut down the Catalyst and by extension, all of the Reapers.
I'm not saying that would be a perfectly satisfying ending by any means, but it would at least resolve the majority of the problems relating to the Catalyst, presenting it as a reluctant (and even somewhat sympathetic) villain, that we're helping put out of it's own misery and finally breaking the Cycle (for better or worse).