--------Warning: spoilers, rants, bad grammar, etc-------- xa_chan:
I mean, what's the point of keeping alive a character who had to fight against all odds, against an overwhelming enemy and had to unite a whole galaxy? What were people expecting? To see Shepard relaxing on a beach with Tali/Liara/Miranda/whoever you chose as a lover? Come on! THAT would have been a ridiculous endng.
I knew the odds of Shep surviving were low, but I kept hoping for something like that, yeah. Does it really sound any less plausible than the tale of "the one man who saved the galaxy by himself, dying twice in the process"? I think not.
Yes, it's a clichè, but let's not pretend ME was the epitome of originality in the first place. I've always found it extremely close to the spirit of Star Trek and Star Wars. A very polite 'mature' take at a child's tale, if you will.
To paraphrase your own question, what is the point of killing off at the last minute the one character who above everyone else in the series has earned the right to get out of there alive? I don't get it.
First ME3 paints an extremely stupid version of the galaxy (a special Darwin Award to the Council, the Salarian and the Quarian) just to give Shepard even more chances to be a hero. Then, after he ended wars, saved entire species, lost old friends, washed the laundry for the Council, cured the nevrosis of his crew, beat the odds... he gets shot in the back.
I reckon the writers were trying to achieve something with that. Not sure what. All I can say is that at metagaming level this feels like a huge slap in the face. Anyway, enough ranting for today.
As for the best ending: the idea of Synthesis creeps me out to be honest, always has. But I have to say it has got the most moving and sweet ending monologue of all three. Tricia Helfer has done some really amazing voice acting there.
It's probably my least favourite solution though. Stopping the Reapers is one thing, playing God with evolution is something no one should have the right to do. Space magic aside, it is perhaps the only ending the EC has made even less plausible. The Catalyst stated that something similar has been tried in the past, but failed, as it was not a change that can be forced on organics. How it is NOT forced this time around? It didn't see Shepard asking for anyone's permission.
I'm more inclined to Control myself, it allows to stop the war and preserving the galaxy as it is. Then again, Shepard dies, and the Reapers are still there...
If I'm not totally sold to Destroy is because sacrificing EDI and the Geth seems too much. Not that I care much about the Geth, but still, one life against one species...
I'm not too worried about the chance of a future war with syntetics to be honest. I guess something is bound to happen sooner or later, but nothing as devastating as the Catalyst predicts. -----------------------Spoilers--------------------------