Finally finished it. I've finished the Mass Effect trilogy. I can die at peace now. Having said that...
The ending is quite a disappointment, especially when you compare it to the original "dark matter" ending (explained here: http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/108 ... usly/)
. You can totally tell that it was just tacked on after the leak, the thought that a group of robots that come around every 50,000 years to prevent technology from advancing to the point of war is just absurd, it sounds very fan-fictiony and it doesn't really make sense. Surely if the Reapers and their AI were so advanced they would try and stop organic/synthetic war rather than just wiping them all out and not facing the problem itself. Surely if Synthesis was the perfect state of evolution and the Reapers were trying to help organics by preventing conflict between organics and synthetics they would have built the Crucible themselves and introduced Synthesis as well? The explanation for the Reapers just does not make any sense to me and the Dark Energy explanation and the idea of the Reapers being a necessary evil seems so much more interesting and satisfying to me, and certainly serves for a "happy" ending while still being quite grim.
Secondly, what is with that damn kid? Just have Shepard talk to Harbinger for crying out loud. Just because Shepard saw the kid die horribly doesn't mean that he should be the subject of his nightmares. I mean, he's seen other, more important people die in more horrible ways than that kid. And having the Reaper AI take the form of the kid just makes no sense, makes it seem like it was all a dream, and confuses people and makes the ending seem less credible.
Dunno if Bioware will do anything about the petition. I mean, it's gotten so much attention, surely they will do something about it. Even so, I sure hope there is some sort of DLC that expands on the ending. I guess it ends the trilogy on a "good enough" note, however I think it needs expanding. Basically nothing was answered. I didn't find out
what happened to Earth, what happened to the rest of the galaxy seeing as the Relays were gone, what happened to the Krogan after I cured the genophage, what happened with the Quarians and the Geth, and all the big choices I made didn't really matter in the end.
The basic ending itself is alright, I just wish it expanded on what happens afterward a bit more, like Broken Steel for FO3 or Dragon Age: Origins. I sure hope they make a DLC set after the end with a different character that explains what will happen to the galaxy after the end of ME3.
Oh, and one more thing:
Das Malefitz by Faunts at the end was absolutely awesome.