Month of Mass Effect, Day 21: Sad Feelz

I’m shamelessly stealing the Mass Effect Month article series created by the always awesome Athena over on AmbiGaming in 2017 (which was the Mass Effect 10th anniversary) and turning it into one of those 30 day challenge thingys! Definitely check out Athena Veta’s great content on AmbiGaming and consider supporting her Video Game Relevancy Crusade (TM) on Patreon, if ya got a few bucks to spare.

Please Note: Enjoy… but be warned that there will be unmarked SPOILERS for all of the Mass Effect games. Read at your own risk!

Today’s Mass Effect series question: What was the saddest moment in the games?

Oh, the feelz are for realz. I honestly don’t want to talk about sad things right now (I’m all cried out over several recent goings on in my personal life… sniffs), but that’s life. We must triumph over every setback and embrace every tragedy that fate throws at us. We need to find the will to charge forward no matter what happens to us or who we have to leave behind along the way. We mourn loss and we move on. We evolve from our grief and that’s how we survive.

I found most of Mass Effect 3 incredibly depressing, in a good way I guess. Shepard is basically thrown into the end of the galaxy. The Reapers have arrived and are brutally slaughtering and repurposing every advanced organic being they can find. After barely escaping Earth at the start, I felt utterly hopeless. How can anyone hope to stand up against this?

But my Shepard didn’t give up on anyone. She brokered peace agreements, said hard goodbyes to dear friends, watched helplessly as worlds fell, fought for every ounce of Effective Military Strength rating, and finally sacrificed herself to create a creepy galactic utopia… where everyone glows green for some reason? Yeah. I probably should’ve chosen Destroy instead of Synthesis, but whatever! I stand by my choice. Peace sometimes comes at a great cost. Everyone looked really happy… even the Reapers were helping rebuild everything. Don’t judge me! Ahem.

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My Synthesized crew in mourning… sniffs.

The saddest moment for me was watching my first Shepard disintegrate in that green beam thingy. It was done. She was dead. Her epic journey across three entire games was over, and I wanted to cry like a baby. It was the same bittersweet sadness I got when I cleared Lightning Returns (the last game in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy).

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She died a shero, dammit. Also, “the final evolution of all life” sounds like a pretty badass plane of existence. You know what? I regret nothing!

Endings are always hard and sometimes seemingly impossible to move on from. Just like in video games, life is really all about the journeys we take and not about reaching those endings. The special people and experiences we’ve encountered in our lives will always be in our stories, even if they aren’t with us going forward. The sad ending of one journey can always turn into the epic beginning of another one. It’s important to never give up on the memory of anyone or anything that is special to you.

And hey, I can always do another playthrough of the Mass Effect and Final Fantasy XIII games whenever I want.

Thanks for reading!

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"Lightning" Ellen

My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

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