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Just finished it, it may have been shorter than I expected but damn did I love it.   it definitely healed the bitterness I've been feeling towards the ending these past few months and the scene with Shepard and Kaidan finally saying to each other "I love you" ...wow, I was in tears.   I even liked talking to the catalyst and finding out more about his motivations. Major props to them for listening to the fans and giving us this new content.  
My one gripe with it is that they still left the Shepard breath scene as a cliffhanger.  I guess they wanted the player to imagine what happens to him and while I'm ok with doing that I'd  rather start imagining the future after seeing Shepard found/rescued by the crew or whoever.  I think you can pull off a happy moment and still have it feel like things were sacrificed in order to get there (this keeps it from being cheesy), like with the curing of the genophage for instance when the Krogan had new hope but we lost Mordin.  The Mass effect journey was full of loss so I feel they could have cut Shepard a break and it still would have had the bittersweet element they were trying to push.
Overall though it changed the feeling of the endings from that of despair to hope.  It really saved the series for me and I'm so happy about that.
Found a link to the Kaidan Shepard scene: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPYazs…
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Winter-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I comletely agree, while I loved the whole game including the different endings I hated that they left Shepard'fate so ambiguous in the destroy ending. I guess they wanted to treat the 4 endings equally and showing Shepard reuniting with his crew would definitely put this ending above all others. (hope that makes sense)
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theangrybee Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awww yes this scene is awesome :D
...and I whole heartedly agree with you on the over-all feel of the game now with the added EC.
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I'm glad they they made it clearer that the Reapers weren't Well Intentioned Extremists in that they wiped out their own species against their will because the AI they created came to the "logical" conclusion that it was the best way to solve a problem.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I liked that part too.
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Yup. Having it sound like the Reapers were justified at first just sounded stupid/crazy.
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SylvanRanger Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I think it's the ending this series was always meant to have.
Not a "sugar and rainbows" kind of happy ending nor one where everyone you ever cared for dies. It's war and some people die, and depending on choices and actions some friends can die and some will, like Ash or Kaidan, but than scenes like the one you linked and a small but certain confirmation that Shepard survives, at least in some cases, is what gives players hope, and hope is what I've felt through it all and it's the theme that stood out most in the entire series.
Props to Bioware for ending this properly. and than you for this journal and link ;)
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
You chose destroy?
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Yep
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veter-vetrennij Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>>They implied in the end that Kaidan knew Shepard was alive
Why do you think so?
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Because in the ending where Shepard survives he never puts the plaque on the wall, instead he looks up and smiles, then it shows the Normandy flying away. Bioware also confirmed that it's what they meant it to convey.
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veter-vetrennij Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yesss!
That's just perfect.

I will wait for more Shepard/Kaidan from you.
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Avenuewriter Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm with ya there, I was very pleased by this DLC, and very glad to have some actual closure.
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Locks-and-Chains Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
^_^
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DeBloedBinnen Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
SPOILERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ;_______;
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Azilha Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I finally played it and I shot the god child by accident so that was my first look at it ;w; then I had to play again to get the destroy ending, and that kaiden scene when I got it almost cryed.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I accidentally shot him first too ><
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Azilha Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Haha, it's pain to go back a redo it again. :c
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I did synthesis on my original playthrough, but much preferred destroy with a high enough EMS - dang, that was intense. They're never going to make everyone happy, but I'm quite... satisfied with how things turned out. Even if I spent a good half of the ending with my knees tucked up to my chin whimpering a bit... (Garrus' fault in my case). But now I can at least let my imagination handle the reunion in peace. :D

Glad you liked it, though! (And you beat them to the krogan babies anyway!)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
My only regret for picking destroy is what had to happen to EDI and the Geth. I really believed they didn't deserve to be destroyed and that they were capable of peaceful coexistence but I don't think the galaxy is ready for the stages of final evolution. I'd much rather things go back to the way they were before the reapers invasion so I chose destroy, and Shepard deserves to live on after all he or she has done.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The longer I thought about the synthesis option, the more it creeped me out. I don't remember if the Catalyst mentions it being the "ideal solution" before the EC, but as soon as he said that, all kinds of alarms started going off in my head. I went and watched the new EC synthesis option on YouTube, and still felt... I don't know, fundamentally bothered by it. Even though it's presented as an intriguing ending - and believe me, I was practically dancing to hear EDI describe the results, and to see the geth and quarians co-existing - I would've chosen destroy this time around, even if Shep did not survive it. But one of the best things about a series like this are the massive grey areas - none of the choices are without sacrifice. An ultimate "happy ending" would be too contrived for a series filled with loss and hard choices. (Still, happy my Shepard did survive!)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't think it would have felt contrived to actually show them re-uniting as opposed to suggesting it, it's definitely possible to pull off a scene like that and not have it feel cheesy. It wouldn't have even needed dialogue, just play some moving music and show the LI sitting by Shepard's side in the hospital or something, then Shepard slowly opens his/her eyes, looks at them and smiles. Something along those lines is what I would have preferred.
Obviously they wanted the player to feel a sense of hope that the two will reunite but if someone feels that sense of hope then naturally they're going to want to also see it actually play out. Whether it be in their imagination or in the game. I just would have preferred them to put it in the game rather than leave it up to the player.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I completely agree that I would've loved to see that! I don't think a reunion would feel contrived at all. I just meant that the "Shep lives" scenario comes with a very high price - all of the potential endings do. That's the part I appreciate; it wouldn't be a hard decision if there was an ultimate "happy ending" - everyone would just pick that one and ignore the rest.
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Hm. Which ending did you pick? My impression so far is that Control is quite satisfying, Destroy isn't, and the streamlined Star Kid conversation is much better.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I picked destroy with high EMS/paragon playthrough. It's the ending that gives the most hope for the things I care about, mainly being Kaidan/Shepard and the other crew members. Control seems more appropriate for renegade players and synthesis is nice but also creepy at the same time.
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Gotcha ^^
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Just2Awesome Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It did help... but not enough in my opinion. :/

Still selling my ME collection. >_<
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I can see how it still wouldn't make some people happy. I still think it could have been better but the scenes with Kaidan and getting to talk to the catalyst really helped me feel a sense of peace with the whole thing.
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Just2Awesome Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Meh. :/

It's better than it was but it's still not as good as it could be. :/
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famguy777 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Has anyone gat this but with Tali. Would love to see it.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Here's a link to one that was uploaded [link]
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famguy777 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Got it. it was so sad. Good thing I'm a hardcore fan from the beginning and a destroy kinda person. Still wanna see my quarian babies, though.
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Azilha Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I must play it! I got it downloaded and everything it's just my brother is being a giant dick and won't let me play D:<.
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morrigan9 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist
That's it? Oh, God... ._.
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anestezja Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So good to hear it, I was so torn whether to download it or not... Have to wait for the european release now :)
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Kasafusutan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AAAAAH I can't wait >__<
Thank you! You gave me new hope for Bioware.
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ShalottAvalthyl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm on PC so unfortunately I'm still waiting for it! But you just made me way more excited for it XD haha
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