More than just humanity had a place in the final battle, even if the original ending failed to show anything but Earth. Alien allies brought their military to back up the attack on the Crucible, but the full campaign showed that the war had many fronts, with Turians, Krogan, Asari and countless other races embroiled in battle as Shepard’s crew mounted their offensive. Thanks to added scenes depicting defeated or retreating Reapers on Tuchanka, victorious Asari commandos, Rachni enjoying open plains, and the first Krogan family units, the scale of that final attack is, retroactively, increased.
The claim that the entire galaxy was under attack by Reapers failed to connect with the lack of urgency in the game’s campaign, but that seems unavoidable. It’s hard to imagine that every species wouldn’t have been burnt to cinders by the time Shepard’s team was assembled, but the destroyed state of most civilizations glimpsed in the new conclusion shows that wasn’t far from the truth. Still, a glimpse of the greatness that the Krogan might one day reclaim, and the promise of a bond between Geth and Quarian certainly added to the weight of the player’s decisions.
What We Hoped For:
Honestly, a closer look at the Geth and the Quarians, and how Shepard’s final decision may have impacted even a previously peaceful resolution between the two warring races. The rise of machines against their creators is nothing new – just ask the Reaper holo-child – but the lack of true evil in the Geth added something new to the mix. Overall the relationship and quarrel between the two never plunged as deep as it could have, but the possible resolutions to the conflict had us expecting truly tough consequences or grey areas, especially if Shepard chose to eliminate the Reapers for good.
If Shepard had chosen to eliminate synthetic life forms altogether, does that mean the Quarians will be relieved, or enraged at having the possible fruits of their alliance stripped away? Does the accelerated immunity the Geth were engineering for Rannoch’s inhabitants continue after their death? Choosing to wipe out the Geth would be difficult for any player who achieved peace on Rannoch, but failing to show the grisly results of their choices removes a lot of moral examination.
The same goes for the Krogan, shown to be pursuing progress and rebuilding their civilization with only the best and most honorable intentions. We’re happy to see that the Krogan aren’t the savages everyone seemed to think they were, but the risk of saving an alien races that could one day conquer the galaxy was one we were always happy to flirt with.