War Assets plus Multiplayer equals Best Ending ME3 (spoilers)

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reindertot
reindertot

I just ended ME3 via "Synthesis". After credits and extra scene (the father and son talking about the story of "the sheperd") i'm back at the normandy prior Cerberus base assault. At this point i have a total military strength of 6526 (Effective 3263 cause i haven't played any multiplayer). My question is: at this point can i replay the final mission, destroy the reapers (not synthetic) and maybe survive the whole conflict and earn the "master and commander" trophy?. Also, for the defender trophy, i suppose i HAVE TO play multiplayer, right?

piyush18
piyush18

through out the game i was gathering every possible asset and was feeling like ... yeaah i will save the earth.. but then the end came and i was like... really i did all that hardwork just fot this sh*t...

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

@NeilCardiff it just gives them one more dlc to take our money with. and its not bending over its an opinion. why would u want this to drag on, just wait for another mass effect. its not the end

drytal
drytal

A great game series like this doesn't deserve the negative feedback its been getting. No wonder George Lucas has had it with fan demands. This is the most childish discussion to date about a game. I understood the game ending perfectly and I've been playing this series since the first day. The only people mad about it are the ones that did not understand the endings or greedy individuals who want more content for nothing. I bet most of you don't have a creative bone in your body. I'd like to see any one of you create a better game series then we'll talk until then Shut Up!!!!

Angel_Grigorov
Angel_Grigorov

It is not only about colors. The endings are very different. The video may be the same for all I admit but the outcomes were very different in nature. About the assets: why collect them as if in some WoW grind. It is the way they were gained that is most important. Forging alliances or destroying races, helping people,and yet everybody is talking about how they collected them as if they were wasting time bothering. REALLY?how can someone say that time spent with Mass Effect is a waste !?

sgreen79
sgreen79

Personally, I thought the ending was pretty brilliant. Yes, I believe the indoctrination theory.. correlates to I believe Bioware knows what they're doing. Will EA make it cost more? Wouldn't be surprised about that.. but cheers to the possibility we'll all get to see those loose ends tied up, and an epic ending we all deserve. Would be nice if it was free.

TheKokopelli
TheKokopelli

After reading about the different endings, fueled by a rumor that EA/BioWare wants us to dish out more $$$ for the "real" ending, I cannot help but feel this is a disappointment. Three games. Three games I have played, collecting various crap and building alliances, and for what? A disappointing ending with a different shade of fail. I mean, come on BioWare? I thought after the huge buildup to the final game, we would have something epic. But no, we don't. Suffice to say, I think this will be my last EA/BioWare game.

Berry669
Berry669

These 3 endings are so different, but dullness people are looking only on colors...:/

TalSet_11
TalSet_11

Wow. The ending can hinge on whether or not I'm an apple fanboy? Wonderful... what about us smart people who don't own stupid ipads?

ramusx
ramusx

Low war assets=same 3 endings. High war assets=same 3 endings Getting tired of people saying they got a "Perfect ending" No you didn't. They are all the same.

drytal
drytal

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TheTrueObelus
TheTrueObelus

I found every single asset...for what? Nothing

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

@Tharkun89 If I pay for something and it turns out to be a big disappointment then I will say so. But nobody is stopping you from bending over and accepting anything these developers tell you top accept while happily handing over your money and asking them to do it to you again. Just please stop insisting we should be as willing as you to be made mugs of.

devinj
devinj

Awww yeah, spent all that extra time to get my assets maxed to have have the same damn video, but with green explosions -_-

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

I imported my paragon Shepard from ME1 & 2, I got all war assets in ME3, I bought dlc for all 3 games and I still didn't get 8000 tms. I ended up with just over 7000 but having now seen the endings anyway, it isn't worth the trouble scanning planets and doing multiplayer if you don't want to.

pathosfire
pathosfire

Best ending!? You mean the ending where you commit mass genocide aganist the synthetic races you spent the entire game befriending? Oh right, and none of your crew will ever see their homes again.

jollybest1
jollybest1

Spoiler!!!!!!!! Well I see I am lucky that I like the multiplayer....Finished with 6800 readiness (100% ), and I didn't do all of the scanning crap (My playtrough was 27 hours with additional 20 minutes or so because I wanted to see all of the 3 choices i had to make at the end----crap) the difference btw 4000 and 5000+ is that if you have 4000 you got to save Anderson (if you can say that)and Shepard will live......5000+ you don't need to save Anderson , Shepard still lives............The difference between 3000 and 4000 is that you can save Anderson but Shepard dies......The difference between 3000 and below is that when you have 3000 you unlock the 3 rd choice synthesis or something..........Bellow 2000 Boooooom everything goes bye bye .........To sum it up same crap different colors

musalala
musalala

Boy am i glad I waited to buy ME3,After DA2 I learnt to take bioware"s promises with a mountain of salt

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i just got into mass effect about a week ago. i'm really enjoying it so far, but after hearing all this, i guess i shouldn't really worry too much about the choices i make. the biggest load of crap was the screenshot i saw trying to sell DLC. this is the main reason i've been out of the gaming loop for the past few years. it's really pathetic that gaming companies think we are that stupid. if you are going to make a promise, then you better follow through. and if you're going to make an incomplete game, i'm not going to buy it until you fix that problem

Vaultdweller108
Vaultdweller108

by the way i meant the ending is a turd not the rest of the game:)

Tao-Shou
Tao-Shou

" Ahhh yes....Best endings.....We have dismissed this claim"

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

You can't get 'the' best ending (10 seconds of Shep breathing) without multiplayer. It's impossible. There are not enough war assets in the game without buffing their effectiveness through multiplayer. But I mean the endings are all so similar and almost unrelated to what you do any of the three games up until the last ten minutes anyway ... so really, what's the point at all?

ProTemplar
ProTemplar

Who cares! The endings are worthless if you can call them that. Bioware knew that the story was not complete, but its all apart of the plan. They want to milk this title for all its worth by creating DLCs that provide some kind of closure. I already invested my money into this game. Why should I pour countless hours into receiving "an optimal ending" when there is no closure?

ramusx
ramusx

Above 5000. Same three endings with earth good. Below 5000. Same three endings with earth possibly dead. Yay BioWare!! *sarcasm*

Vaultdweller108
Vaultdweller108

ART? are you serious, im getting tired of people thinking that everything that falls out of thier butt is gold, news flash if you polish a turd it is still a turd.

akvasu2
akvasu2

Forcing people to play Multiplayer to get the good ending is baad! It should have been - finish 100% exploration, missions etc on single player OR less in single + MP to get best ending

Vaultdweller108
Vaultdweller108

The fact that not playing the multiplayer can effect the single player part of the game is BULL!!.

onewithtoenail7
onewithtoenail7

the last in a trilogy of games gets a tacked on multiplayer when the developers actually stated they would never put multiplayer in the trilogy, only possibly in spin-offs. that MP then turns out to actually be necessary to achieve the best ending in the single-player (MP having anything to do with single player beyond unlocking a new outfit or something trivial is a fekking atrocity already). AND then, the "best" ending really is just the slightly less terrible version of what is really the same terrible ending you get no matter what you do or did in past games, making many pre-release quotes outright lies. i dont care how unimportant a video game ending is in the grand scheme of things, how much of a fan you are, or whatever theories you come up with to excuse it. how anyone, knowing these facts and having bought and played the game, cannot feel insulted, cheated, and violated, is just not possible. they have pissed on you head and told you it was raining. i would call defenders of ME3's ending doormats, but if i bent a doormat over a barrel and violated it, it would at least have the dignity to make me chafe. it was a good game overall. maybe the ending really is some master deception scheme. i dont care. i assume you people are human, and knowing these facts, as humans you should feel wronged whether you want to or not, whether you believe it or not. admit that, and then ill listen to your indoctrination theory.

truespeaker
truespeaker

ME3 is a video game...there are worse things in life than dissapointing endings in a game... *sigh*

FRancium34
FRancium34

Bioware said that you can actually achieve the best ending without MP. But that would be extremely painful. And some people think you can't achieve it without importing saves with certain decisions made specifically. NG+ though, is possible.

PC-RUL3S
PC-RUL3S

I haven't finished ME3 yet and all this talk about this **** ending is getting me worried and I really can't be bothered with the MP I think it was a complete waste of resources and I only keep thinking that this bad ending I am yet to experience would have been better if the MP wasn't there. I am pretty sure EA are tracking everything I do in games through origin; so I will let them track the fact I don't play the MP.

RedJoseph
RedJoseph

I haven't played ME3 yet...but the general consensus is that the ending...sucks? Well that's not so bad...Having read every single comment in all seven pages and even getting some spoilers, i now know for sure that the ending in MY game will suck since i haven't played any of the Dlc's aaaaaaand i have also lost a member in the final mission of ME2...So either way, Bioware screwed the pooch by pairing up SP of an RPG game that was consistent through two games on the story of the characters and your choices with MP JUST so you can get the fairy tale ending. One thing is for sure then...corporation games at their best i guess. (SHOW ME THE MOOOOOOOOOOONEEEEEEEEY!!!!)

ZKINGZ
ZKINGZ

HA HA HA HA. This is pittiful. the gamespot ad machine grinds out more hype about nothing. THERE IS ONE ENDING! i will give mass effect 3 one thing the end was awsome, it was awsome in the way a school bus filled with childeren on fire is awsome. Awsomely dissapointing, awsomely absurd, awsomely underwhelming. save your money and save your time. no matter what mass effect 3 ends with a massively awsome fail.

DannyC_pt
DannyC_pt

This video is a sad joke, right? I've been a fan of Gamespot for years and this story, quite frankly, is beneath you. There is no "Best Ending" in ME3. Hold the line!

wilson336
wilson336

Notice that the narrator says "may be" and "probably" all the time. It may be that you have to play multiplayer. You probably have have to to get the best ending. In other words, they are just guessing, and have no hard figures to back up the whole article. Right on the Mess Affect 3 site it says this: "Using Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War is optional. Although the system can affect the single-player of Mass Effect 3, it can be ignored and the same results achieved by playing only the single-player.[55]" SO everybody keep our pants on....

JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

So despite BioWare repeatedly stating MP was "purely optional and best ending can be achieved without ever playing MP" in order to get the best (of the horrible) endings you must, in fact, play MP. Funny how they say one thing before people buy, but the story changes once it's out.

killerjay13
killerjay13

i am thankfull for online being a ps3 player.... i missed out on some extra assests due to the fact i couldnt play ME1. So online is saving my ass in this perspective, although its a biatch to keep up and it takes about half an hour of play every day. I shouldve waited until the end to do the online but its too late for that since my galactic readiness rating is 90%. i need 10 more % and 600 more assests.... the cost of saving wrex and letting kelly die

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

great piece of art. dont let haters take away how you express yourselves bioware. might as well pass a bill saying "no more free speech" if your going to change your ending because of crybabies

kiopta1
kiopta1

Just for laughs...what will ending a beloved series the way Bioware did in future be called? Pulling a Bioware? Pulling a Hudson? Embracing Enternity? ?

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Best ending? There's a best ending?

DanielAssassin
DanielAssassin

They make another dragon age with better gameplay but its not still RPG. You (Bioware) lose making RPG in front of the Witcher at least in witcher you can choose between any things that goes in game not stand a side in middle of game and see your friend die by your enemy sword.

truespeaker
truespeaker

ME3 who cares...tired of hearing about this game and how people are so distraught over it. I've seen plenty of movies that were great and played plenty of games in which the ending stinks but I don't go asking for a refund "B-b-but its not like a movie or other games! You make your own choices!" ---- oh okay in that case that changes everything.

DanielAssassin
DanielAssassin

I love this kind of ending but they dont let us to make hard choice like help thane and other places its not real RPG at end they make Shooter not real RPG last one was more RPG I waste 2 year for this game .

siarhei
siarhei

Sadly, all the 'endings' are disappointing, underdeveloped, full of plot holes and irrelevant to the player actions regardless of how many war assets you have, imho.

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

Sorry, but even if you've played ALL 3 Mass Effect games including scanning all the planets and playing all the DLC, you still have to do multiplayer. What EA and/or BioWare said about not having to play multiplayer is a complete LIE!

advocacy
advocacy

It's so stupid that BioWare forces you to play multiplayer to get the best single player ending. Stupid and idiotic.

R2C25
R2C25

Last time I'm buying a bioware game. It was a good run, but the on-disc dlc, inconsistent ending and how it was handled, put a dent in our relationship that lead to mistrust.

kerrman
kerrman

It drops 1% every 6 hours. Not daily.

FlareKnights
FlareKnights

Yeah, Gamespot's focus on ME3 gets a bit sad when it comes to something like this. There is no such thing as Best Ending with this game. I'd almost say that the times you die in combat are better endings for Shepard. Besides not like this was really needed. You just need to play a little of the multiplayer to boost your war assets enough.

stormlord87
stormlord87

I seriously wish that the people who flame the 'haters' for wanting a fairy tale ending would just shut and up listen to the reasons for a while. The hate has less to do with an OCD-like obsession with what happens to everyone and more to do with the fact that the ending DID NOT MAKE SENSE. By all means let Shepard die, or let everyone die, or let the galaxy burn. The series tone was dark, that sort of ending wouldn't be out of place. But there has to be a reason why this happens, and one that the gamers should be able to understand given how the fictional ME universe has been constructed by the writers thus far. Right now, this simply hasn't been the case. A plot twist in a novel or book cannot be forced simply by the writers decided that something will just happen that will shock the life out of the reader. TL;DR: ME3's ending is at the best a good idea but horribly constructed and communicated. At worst, it is possibly the laziest, most perfunctory denouement that a game writer could produce.