Warning: Spoiler Alert
Didn’t realize I was already near the end game after the Priority:Rannoch mission. It was followed by Priority: Thessia, then was on a no return journey– routing the Cerberus HQ, followed by Earth. Think I didn’t complete some of the Citadel quests, as I wanted so much to see what’s going to happen next.
The Rannoch mission is touching, and I am so relieved that I could broker a peace between the Geth and the Quarians. I was biting my fingers when Shepard was trying to talk down Admiral Gerrel with Legion counting the percentage completion. What an ass is the Admiral Gerrel? So glad Shepard punched him on the stomach not so long ago.
I was surprised at how things turn out at Thessia, thinking that it would just be another quest that would require me to just go in, battle the Reaper’s force, and retrieve the Catalyst. Finally, had a long overdue talk with the Illusive Man, and together with the next mission at Horizon, found out why the Cerberus were behaving like they are in the game. I still wish that Shepard could have a chance to talk them down and unite them against the Reapers, but, well, that’s how Bioware wants them to be.
The most satisfying part in the Cerberus HQ is sitting on the Illusive Man’s seat, hahaha… I am now the new Illusive Man. Of course the killing of Kai Leng is satisfying too, not the final battle itself, but the cutscene and the Renegade Interrupt that punched a blade into Kai Leng’s kidney. Finally, getting rid of the bastard that has been taunting me since Citadel, and I thought I could kill him in Thessia… The battle with Kai Leng was a tough one especially on the part where there were other Phantoms and Nemesis helping him, it was a big confused battle where I had difficulty getting my orientation right and running away from the Phantoms and Kai Leng. I was running, spamming Medi-Gel, firing at whatever in front of me, wondering when will this going to end, then I saw Kai Leng on the far end, and to my great surprise, with his shield’s gone (thanks to Garrus and EDI), concentrated my firing at him, took him out and ended the battle.
Towards the end of the game, Black Widow has replaced M-13 Raptor as my sniping riffle of choice. With a Thermal Clip modification, Black Widow’s reservoir of ammo is pretty good, and I have not run into situations where I am out of ammo. I will re-try the final battle using Raptor and see whether it is easier with a Raptor or Black Widow. I have also switched back to Phaeston after trying Revenant for a few missions. Phaeston though with lower damage output, is pretty accurate and easier to use than the Revenant, and it has as big ammo reservoir as the Revenant.
Priority Earth is in my humble opinion, the best part of the game. I have united the Galaxy and now come a full cycle, battling the Reapers on Earth. The battles are just epic. I talked about how difficult it was to take down 3 Brutes not too long ago, and you get to face 4 Brutes at the same time now; thanks to them and I began to appreciate the value of Shotguns.
The last battle of the game was especially difficult, open space, with Reapers force flanking you from different directions, and worst of all, Banshees, and 3 of them at the same time. I didn’t know the final wave is never ending until you hit the Thanix Missile controller (thought I would clear the enemies then go for the controller). I was cursing and swearing, how many Banshees do I have to kill? Damn it… and needless to say got myself killed umpteen times, until I reset the game difficulty to casual, then to story mode… and finally decided to make a dash to the controller instead of fighting the wave.
The end game was rather, erm, unexpected, and left me wanting for more. I will probably talk about it in another post. Overall, the journey has been very satisfying, in terms of game play I would think ME3 is a vast improvement over ME2 except some minor areas.
I can finally take a good rest.