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  • Summary: The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3.
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  1. Jun 28, 2012
    10
    Excellent Content. I highly recommend getting it prior to getting to the end of ME3. Otherwise you end up with a game that deserves a perfect 10, but with an ending that makes it unplayable. It adds mostly context that was missing in the original, but is critical to actually understand what was happening in the end. Also you might want to watch 2001 A Space Odyssey and 2010, or you might not be able to appreciate the final dialog options. Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2012
    10
    For a DLC that only adds around 10 minutes of cutscenes, it does this incredibly well. Combined with the fact that it's of no charge, this is an essential addition to the game and massively improves the endings. Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2013
    8
    The Extended Cut is just what Mass Effect 3 needed. It expands on the original endings which felt rushed and gives more closure to Shepard's story.

    On top of this it also lowers the maximum EMS requirement to 3100 which means that the war assets you collect in single-player will be enough and you no longer have to keep the galactic readiness score up. This also means you won't have to play the multiplayer any more to see everything in the game. Plus it even fixes a couple of bugs as well.
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  4. Jul 15, 2012
    0
    If your issue with the original ending was to do with a lack of clarity on what the consequences of your choices were, or that it lacked closure then this MIGHT improve the ending for you I suppose. At least that seems to be the majority consensus at the moment, which makes me re-evaluate what I thought of the take back movement to begin with just a little bit.

    The choices you make are a little more fleshed out, the catalyst gets a bit more exposition and how your team ends up back on the Normandy for example.

    However if your issue with the original ending was that it was thematically inconsistent with the rest of the entire game and that the choices you were given, and the events surrounding those choices were nonsensical then I recommend that you avoid (or just watch all of it on youtube like I did).

    Strengths
    - Ties up some loose ends
    - More optimistic than what the original ending had implied
    - Free

    Weaknesses
    - Thematically inconsistent (The "synthetic v organic" theme is still thrust to the forefront out of nowhere)
    - While some of the loose ends are tied up, many aren't. (How did Anderson and the Illusive man get aboard the Citadel? etc.)
    - Nonsensical (Space magic)
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  5. Jun 28, 2012
    0
    The extended cut doesn't deserve to be fully reviewed. It literally made the horrible ending of ME3 WORSE. If I ever run into Casy Hudson or Mac Walters on the street I will hurl rotten eggs at them. 2gigabytes of download and almost 80% of it is locked content for future dlc purchase. Congratulations on killing your own franchise Bioware. Expand