The guy who filed an FTC complaint over the ending of Mass Effect 3 is now a happy camper.
You may not know who Spike Murphy is, but you almost certainly know what he did. He’s the guy who filed an official complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the ending of Mass Effect 3, which, as you may have heard, not everyone was entirely happy with. Murphy’s complaint was incredibly polarizing; some saw it as a legitimate and even necessary stand against a bumbling, indifferent corporate monolith, while to others it was simply gamer entitlement run wild.
But with the June 26 release of the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut, Murphy is now a happy man, telling Shacknews that he’s a fan of the new endings. “Many plot holes were filled in, and a lot of the sequences seem so organic and natural to the story that it seems shocking they didn’t include them in the first place,” he said. “Most importantly, there’s a real epilogue now, one which gives context and consequence not just to our final choice, but to all the choices we had made to get there. The ending feels complete, whereas before it seemed rushed, unfinished, and frankly like they didn’t know what to do.”
He still has “minor issues” with the new wrap-up but says that his faith in BioWare is renewed enough that he’s now open to the idea of buying another Mass Effect game. “I feel that there is a much greater amount of trust and faith asked of gamers as opposed to other art mediums because of the large investment of time and energy necessary in playing through a game and thereby appreciating the art,” he continued. “Because of that, a betrayal of that trust between artist [the designers] and their audience like we found with the original ending of ME3 is far greater than, say, having a bad ending on an otherwise good movie.”
I’m not sure I agree with that sentiment, but I’m glad he’s happy.