DLC resolves Asura’s Wrath ending, Mass Effect 3 next
News of downloadable content to give Asura’s Wrath an ending fans will appreciate could assist those who found it to be a bit flat, which is a feeling also associated with some Mass Effect 3 fans. Hopefully the arrival of DLC will satisfy issues on both fronts even if there are many that are quite content with what is available.
The announcement of DLC for Asura’s Wrath has not come as a bolt from the blue for Cheat Code Central, as they are not overly impressed with the ending on offer and the recent release of the DLC trailer involves a schedule for five separate releases. Issues with developers releasing incomplete titles to meet deadlines have been causing a bit of a problem lately, and this has given cause to question games like Asura’s Wrath price when additional content is required to get the full experience.
Asura’s Wrath is a game that is all about story and what is being offered as DLC should have been there in the first place, the ending is not seen as an expansion or extra content and those who shell out for a game should not be left wanting. The opinion here is that this may seem like an experiment in producing and marketing extra content but it also seems like an ill-informed idea that is starting a terrible trend, and people who invest in titles including Asura’s Wrath are unlikely to be happy about an incomplete story that involves more money being parted.
In addition to the news on Asura’s Wrath, last month we looked into a feeling of anger from the Hindu community about what is viewed as this game trivializing their faith and all it stands for. Opinions on this amount to a feeling that the content involved could affect the understanding of Hinduism, especially among the younger more impressionable generation. A call to get the facts right with help from Hindu scholars was documented, as the game’s manufactured interpretation of highly revered symbols and concepts is upsetting to those who follow the religion.
A few weeks later, we also wrote about the concerns over the Mass Effect 3 DLC ending and how this issue seems to be escalating, and those who are not happy with the outcome will have to pay an extra $10 to get the ending that should be there already. The trouble is the developers know that there is a vast majority of people out there who will pay out for this experience, and this is exploiting loyal fans. Gamers should not have to pay for DLC to get the ending they deserve and we hope Bioware might give it away.
Do you think this is starting to be a common occurrence these days? Will you be obtaining DLC to resolve the ending of Asura’s Wrath?
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dosnt realy matter......give us more of this game,give us more to play it........anything more of this game (and soon as posible) is goooooooooooooooood
I neither enjoyed nor hated its' ending, but I was disappointed... I expected more resolution and impact than just simply 'pick a color'. I also wanted to see some kind of DIRECT/OVERT consequences with my War Assets/Galatic readiness in the ending... All in all it was.. anti-climatic.
Ignoring the opinion of good or bad as far as the ending is concerned, there is a much larger issue here, and it's not for the players. Gaming companies rely on loyal fans to keep purchasing their products. There are already rumors that stock prices are falling for EA, whether or not this has anything to do with the ending to mass effect 3 or not has yet to be determined. However, the trend itself is an extreme risk for a gaming company to make. Artistic integrity is fine and dandy, but art nowadays does not just belong to the artist. Rather, it belongs to the masses, the people who wish to appreciate it and enjoy it and if the artist cannot change with the times (made all the easier nowadays for the fact that a patch or DLC can be released via internet to completely alter the original tale) then they will fall. Like it or not, if fans feel that an ending has been neglected then they will retaliate. If endings to games are just considered a means by which to wrap up a tale (and many seem to view this as the case) and leave the fans with a feeling of extreme disappointment, then the company that produced that title has just shot themselves in the foot. ME3 was the finale to an amazing series. But there are other series out there Bioware has their hands on, they've currently got a lot of focus on DA3 now, and if the jaded fans remember the letdown they felt in ME3, what's to make them spill the additional cash for another game with a disappointing ending?
Exatcly what has happened to ME3 has now put me on the fence about DA3, because as far as I'm concered DA:O was a complete game in its own merit, DA2 did not give me anything new or desirable. So I have already made up my mind to let a friend buy DA3 and then just borrow it from them when their done or just rent it for the week, costing me only 7 bucks.
If bioware had any type of artistic integrity they would not simply just give fans what they want because they are whining for it, people are used to good triumphing over evil and in mass effect 3 it is not clear if that is the case, which does not necessarily make it a good ending, but a thought provoking one, so if they have any balls they won't succumb to the fans tears and pleas to get what they want, a good game or a good movie keep the audience thinking on it long after it is over, and this game will have people thinking on it for a while.
Mass effect ending was not thought provoking i did not like it or hate it the ending was better for deus ex because the whole game was building up to it but mass effect was just tacked on at the end.
Since I did not like the ending I am not planning to finance their future artistic DLC. I don't mind supporting art I appreciate, and the crap can be supported by those like yourself who are happy to shell out your cash "hacks".
Their "artistic integrity" ended the moment that they changed writers. After reading the original script, I am sickened at what was done. The Mass Effect story was just butchered.
My problem with the ME3 ending isn't about it not being a happy one, or even about it being bad. Part of it is just clearly broken. The Gilliagan's Island shipwreck just defies simple causality. "Thought provoking" is not normally used to describe something that makes you scratch your head over it being nonsensical, so I kind of think you are using that term incorrectly. You want to call the deus ex machina cop-out an artisitic choice, hey I'm willing to agree with you on that and support Bioware standing by that choice, even if a bad one. But telling me, "2 + 2 = 5", and then calling that an artistic choice instead of just plain incorrect, I'm not willing to buy. Additionally, the kind of prue "artisitic integrity" you are talking about just doesn't exist in commercial applications of art. EA and Bioware don't just do what they do for the sake of art. Heck, art isn't even the primary motivation. Profitability comes first, and that's completely counter to the idea of ignoring your customer complaints.
I liked the ending, but I tend to like good stories. Did you expect to hold hands at the end. Great Ending...