What Is Mass Effect 3: Vindication And Why Is It Worth A Look?
It’s been almost two years now since Mass Effect 3 released to the world and created quite possibly one of the biggest shitstorms in gaming history, and all because gamers were just that passionate about a series of games. It’s weird how thinking back, it’s actually quite heartwarming, but obviously at the time it was a very frustrating and tumultuous period, especially if like me you were very much on the side of the original endings, not needing any further elaboration or extension for the purposes of closure.
Still, closure is exactly what BioWare promised the world, releasing the Extended Cut DLC soon after, that extended each of the endings and attempted to provide more elaboration on exactly what was going on — further provided during the Leviathan DLC that released for the game, something I still maintain is what was originally to be ‘The Truth‘ DLC that never saw the light of day.
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Further, after the game had been out for a while and the Extended Cut and Leviathan DLC packs were out, a few leaks occurred online including what was allegedly an early draft of the script for the game. It contained further elaboration on various subjects of discussion brought up in the previous two games but also explored something called ‘dark energy’ which was, if you might recall, the thing affecting the star in the mission where you recruited Tali in Mass Effect 2. Apparently ‘dark energy’ was quite a big deal and something the reapers, the overarching destructive force of the trilogy, were looking to escape from, as it essentially was the opposite of everything they were. Order meets Chaos, if you will.
Anyway, fast forward a while further and most of the folks who played Mass Effect 3 have either forgotten about it, or remember it now as a game that sparked massive outcry and probably wasn’t as good as its sequel. I beg to differ but anyway, moving on, there are also those of us who really enjoyed the trilogy, enough so that we played all of the subsequent DLC packs including the Citadel DLC send-off for the series. Okay I lie, I’ve still not played that because honestly, I just can’t bring myself to reach that endpoint. It feels like the end of an era for me.
What has also happened recently is that Gerry Pugliese, a self-proclaimed “huge Mass Effect fan” has published what he calls “a fan revision, and blueprint, for fixing Mass Effect 3.” Effectively, he’s put out a 400-page script that he feels is how the story should have played.
Talk about fans on opposite sides of the scale. You guys have surely read some of my stuff about Mass Effect 3 by now, right? I defended the original endings, and then the extended cut endings, extensively. I didn’t feel anything more needed to be done. Then you get the kind of fan who disagrees with this notion and yet loves the series enough that he would go and spend over a year of his life working on a revised script for the game. Pompous? Arrogant? Or just dedicated? You decide which applies to either of us.
The script, which released in PDF format and can be viewed (or downloaded if you prefer) below, is called Mass Effect 3: Vindication — may I just say that vindication is one of my favourite words in the English language — and contains new dialogue, new missions, new scenes, choices, descriptions and even revisions to big plot points, character relationships and, of course, the endings.
“The endings are a third of ME3V and I’ve created more than ten new ending scenarios,” explains Pugliese, “including having Shepard and friends survive, and going on to live happy lives; or Shepard succumbing to the Reapers’ power, turning evil, and enslaving the Galaxy, and turning many major characters into Reaper minions to serve at his/her side.”
Presumably he calls it the dark side. Unfortunately, Mass Effect 3: Vindication is only available in the current readable format, with no mods or DLC planned, so if you’re interested in checking it out, at least for the moment, this is the only way. Still, when has a Mass Effect fan ever shirked a good read?
On the subject of dedicated fandom, Pugliese is actually more than happy to join the ranks of game development and offer up his talents. “Hellooooo, game companies!” he writes, “And miscellaneous people who might want to hire me. If you like what you’re about to read, I’d love to discuss any opportunities you might have… So yes, part of why I wrote ME3V is because I think it’d be really cool to work in the video game industry, and I know I can do it.”
And this kids, is exactly how you do it. (Not emailing us, asking for free games.)