Originally Posted by late8
Did the game flip to Renegade being the "good option" at the end ?
Apparently choosing to destroy also leads to Sheppard "surviving"
You got the first Renegade "flip over" when you had the chance to kill the Illusive man (I did and he eventually realised the wrongs)
Can also see why so many are pissed off....
What happens to the fleet ? Loads of forces and races stranded at a broken Earth.
All the relays etc are destroyed? - not only blocking galactic travel but also going against the fact the relays when destroyed cause a massive supernova type explosion as shown in Arrival !
Who was the Kid? Was it Harvenger? Was Sheppard's decisions flipped (Red options the best outcome)
Was Sheppard indoctrinated? A Reaper beam kills outright usually till Shep survived.
Whats with the crash of Normandy and the planet?
Who is the grandfather and kid at the very very end ? ? ?
Really felt sad and depressed with my ending. Knew it was going bad when given the chance to say goodbye to Ashley (romance) all the crew before the final push!
1. The fleet are stranded in the Sol System, like you said.
2. Yes. The Relays are gone. They only existed as a means to control space faring species in the first place. Now they all have to make their own way, and not rely on techonology they do not understand, and had no hand in creating. The relays were destroyed by the Reapers this time, not an asteroid like in Arrival.
3. The "kid" is The Catalyst: The AI that controls the Reapers, for for all intents and purposes, the "kid" is the Reapers. The crucible added a new perspective to the AI, which is why he turns away from his "solution". Harbinger was the Reaper who was firing rapid lasers at you, when running towards the beam. The best ending is a matter of perspective I guess. I consider Synthesis the best as it ends the cycle, and improves all sentient life.
4. No, the illusive man was indoctrinated. We do not see the beam tearing through Sheperd, so it's reasonable to assume that he avoided it enough to avoid death.
5. No one knows where the Normandy crashed, it will likely be continued in further DLC, or in the next game in the Mass Effect series. The grandfather and kid are no one in particular, they only exist to emphasis the fact that Commander Sheperd is the stuff of legend, although the grandfather is voiced by Buzz Aldrin.