Following the release of Portal 2 on Steam and home consoles came Geoff Keighley's "The Final Hours of Portal 2" [$1.99 (HD)] which, as mentioned in our news post on its release provided a really cool highly interactive look behind the scenes of the game's development. Well, Keighley is at it again, this time with the recently released Mass Effect 3. "The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3" [$0.99 (HD)] follows the same interactive magazine article approach as its Portal 2 predecessor, and provides a really cool behind the scenes look at the game's development.

If you're a Mass Effect fan, and you haven't completely written off the series following the horrid ending of Mass Effect 3, you should give this app a look. New iPad owners should be aware that like most magazine-like apps out there right now, "The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3" has yet to be optimized for the Retina Display. Some text looks pretty pixelated compared to the ultra-crisp text found in Retina-ready apps.

Seriously though, that ending. Yeesh.

  • Bummey

    Lots of speculation from everyone

  • Queijo

    I would buy this in a heartbeat, but I'm still recovering from that pitiful ending. I don't like the word but I would define myself as seriously heartbroken right now. Mass Effect is still one of my all-time favorite games, so it hurts even more watching it end in this horrendous manner. 

    • Edward Hananto

      Have you looked at the Shepard Indoctrination theory video on youtube?

      It explained everything in details and personally for me it changes Mass Effect ending from the worst to best ending in scifi ever.

      • Michael Matzat

        Th best ending. Are you insane?  It still makes no sens and just issent a real ending by any mean. 100 houres and woooops everthing just ends. How about makeing Lord of the Rings better by removing the epiloges. Just drop the ring in the lava and cut to credits.
        Ich haaaaaaate all these suck ups. EA is rapeing you for your money, they will sell a propper ending via DLC and they planed that from the beginning.

      • Michael Matzat

        “There are many different endings. We wouldn’t do it any other way. How
        could you go through all three campaigns playing as your Shepard and
        then be forced into a bespoke ending that everyone gets?”

        Effect 3 is all about answering all the biggest questions in the lore,
        learning about the mysteries and the Protheans and the Reapers, being
        able to decide for yourself how all of these things come to an end.”

        “Every decision you've made will impact how things go. The player's also the architect of what happens."

        get answers to everything. That was one of the key things. Regardless
        of how we did everything, we had to say, yes, we're going to provide
        some answers to these people.”

        Bioware on ME3 before it´s release.

  • Abbass-Ali Siwjee

    I bought it, its good insight into what was going through their heads... 
    Here's a forum post on the official Mass Effect forums I made, on quotes from the app if anyones interested:

    I recommend buying it if you are a big fan of bioware, even if the ending pissed you off (like it did for me...)

  • Caleb Jarrett

    For what it's worth, I believed the Mass Effect ending to be poetic and fitting. -- the silent majority

    • Michael Matzat

      Explain yourself. 

      • Snævar Þór

        Wow. Someone whose opinion differs from yours is enough to send you flying off the handle? How do you function in real life?

    • Jonathan Westlake

      I agree. I honestly don't believe a lot of these people who play sci-fi games have ever read a sci-fi story in their life. What do they want, marine saves the day and rides off into the sunset? What boring derivative drivel....

      • BarnacleGalaxy

        Because interacting with a novel is the same as interacting with a video game that spans over 5 years and 3 games and is entirely built around the player's choices having consequences upon the eventual outcome of the storyline?

      • gadlaw

        That would be your opinion. Everything is derivative drivel from something else. It's not 'edgy' or 'deep' when there isn't a happy ending. People aren't bored by a good story with a good ending, a lot of times that's exactly what people want. Why on earth would everyone want to always watch something or do something like a game when it ends in despair and death just to bring you the philosophy that life is meaningless, that nihilism and despair are the only way? 

      • Jonathan Westlake

        But... surely this is an over exaggeration. SPOILERS but in my ending Shepherd sacrIficed himself. Everyone else, including his much cherished friends survived AS A RESULT. This ending was clearly foreshadowed by the many goodbyes that you delivered to everyone so shouldn't really have come as such a surprise.

        Perhaps most importantly, let me turn this 3 games, 100 hrs thing on its head. The person who Shepherd had to have become, the sweat and toil over such a long space of time. It's quite a sensible ending for such a character. I can't imagine Shepherd packing it all in and living happily ever after...

        Having said that, like you say it's just an opinion. I simply wanted to voice it somewhere, because that's how I feel.

    • Michael Matzat

      over 400000 people care enough to look it up. Over 64000 people voted that they did not like it. Thats more than a few hundert cry babys messing up the internet.

    • Aeron Bess

       under 20% of everyone who has beaten the game does not make a silent majority. The ending is hole filled, rushed, and provides no closure. Blame EA, blame whatever you want, but if you actually payed any attention you would know what's up.

  • Zephram

    Am I the only one out there who hasn't finished ME3 yet? 50 hours in obsessively going back to the citadel after every mission, I think some OCD medication is in order, lol.

  • Michael Walter

    I love how people feel they can ascribe themselves as being part of a "silent majority" about anything when there's obviously no way to know if an opinion like that is actually being held by the majority since it's apparently silent one way or the other.

  • Declan Bowers

    As someone who doesn't play mass effect, please shut it. What can be so terrible that IT'S THE ONLY PART OF THE GAME THAT'S WORTH TALKING ABOUT? The game looks fun. Nuff' said.

    • beeto456

      Like you said, you don't play Mass Effect, so you don't understand the fandom. Most players who played all 3 games had spent over 100 hours (or more if they replay or do all side-quests), and there are also 3-4 novels and various comics and an upcoming anime. It is just like dedicated fans who sew their own star trek uniform.

      Imagine Harry Potter where Harry will always dies and no one tell you what happened to him or his friends. Fans feels emotionally cheated. 

    • Aeron Bess

       yeah, shut up if you haven't played the game. You simply don't understand.