Beat this recently, and I don't really understand people's complaints about the ending.
Enjoy the article. It encapsulates why I hate the endings better than I could verbalize it. It's pretty bad when a glorified game over screen (the new refuse ending) is a significantly more satisfying ending than even the extended versions of the existing endings.
"Also, no matter what, no matter how much ass you kick, you’re dead? Yeah. No thanks, man."
This part of the arguement against the ending kinda makes me want to call "BS" on the fans personally.
Keep in mind I've only played the first game, but everything pretty much outright says the Reapers as a force
are unbeatable. Hell the fight with Sovereign should've drilled that in completely. One lone Reaper ship come to call and pretty much every high caliber ship available had to be called in with most of them getting reduced to scrap iron. You pretty much have to find some other way than 'We're going to defeat them.' to deal with this threat. People, far more advanced than any of you smucks, have been trying the headbutting solution for multiple millennia and failing every, single, time. 'History repeats' parable anyone?
Maybe I need to play 2 & 3 to understand exactly where all the 'But we can do it this time' hope comes from; but personally I see this as RPG fans being more than a bit spoiled by JRPGs the last decade.
An evil 'unstoppable' force coming against you? We'll kill it with love, friendship and spikey hair!
A world-eating behemoth about to end your entire planet? No problem; we've got a magical barrier maiden for that!
God himself saying 'Thou needest to shut up and die now'. Pft, nothing my 14ft long sword can't cleave in two!
JRPGs, by and large, have no such thing as an 'unbeatable' villain; even if said villain could snuff out the sun itself with just a thought (and yet is somehow vulnerable to some lanky 16 year old tossing a physics defying frisbee of minor doom). Personally I think the fact that, no matter what you do, victory by force in impossible; is a much needed breath of freaking fresh air.
To put it in old PnP terms; if the PC is stupid enough to think they can marshal an army against a Half-Golem, Vampiric, Celestian, Half-Dragon, Epic Tarrasque...what do you think is going to happen? XP