First of all, let me say I'll be sorry to see these boards vanish. I've had countless great conversations here over the years and it's honestly been one of my favorite forums I've ever participated in.
To the point of my post, I'm getting ready to start a new playthrough of the original trilogy with the aim of it being my
"official canon" for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Knowing what we know about Andromeda (no import, new galaxy, etc.) I'm inclined to be more open minded regarding which ending to choose, but I'm still undecided.
I've almost always picked the Destroy Ending with High EMS. Because I wanted Shepard to be alive and have a somewhat happy ending (although Destroy has some awful drawbacks) and we did set out to destroy the Reapers.
I picked Synthesis once and it was... interesting, but I've always avoided it after. Never picked Control.
But since we're moving on to a new galaxy, I feel like I'm less obliged to leave the Milky Way in a recognizable state. In fact, having it be totally borked might even enhance my headcanon for Andromeda since it will seem a much better idea to have to sought refuge to start again elsewhere.
My questions are as follows:
Are we given any idea of what happens? I know Shepard becomes the Reaper overlord, either by uploading and enhancing his consciousness or a new AI being based on his mind, but what then? Do the cycles continue but... more nicely? I don't believe that this results in Indoctrination, so taking that on faith, do we have any indication of what Shepard controlling the Reapers really does? Do the Reapers all stay around as interstellar badasses and help everybody out? Do they go away again only to return if needed?
What the actual ****. I mean, what does this even mean. Does it mean organics will now build offspring instead of breeding? Can machines reproduce sexually? Both? Do organics now have less emotion or "humanity" or do machines have more? If even the plants are robots, does anyone need to poop anymore? How does synthetic/organic hybridization prevent these hybrid beings from creating pure AI down the line that would pose the same threat? Would any new AI be somehow organic when it came into being because of space magic?
I almost kind of lean towards this one. Like a lot of players, my instinct during the Catalyst confrontation was to not trust anything it says and tell it to go to hell. I basically metagame my way out of it and have Shepard pick something because I know the Crucible does what you choose. Is there still an epilogue? Is the idea that even though this cycle, and perhaps the next several, fail to destroy the Reapers, eventually they do? If so, I might like this idea best as it means Ryder and co. are starting over in another galaxy while the Milky Way remains ravaged by war for eons.
All thoughtful commentary is appreciated!