Extended Cut DLC - Mass Effect 3

Single Player Add-On
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Extended Cut

Cinematic sequences to expand upon the ending.


  • During the final rush to the beam, Shepard's squad members will be shown either being incinerated by Harbinger's beam or getting critically wounded and evacuated to safety by the Normandy, depending on the player's EMS score.
  • Hackett receives word that someone, whom he assumes is Shepard, has reached the beam.
  • If the player's EMS rating is low, the Crucible and Shield fleet are shown being attacked as the Crucible docks with the Citadel.
  • When Shepard is making his/her choice (Destroy, Control, Synthesis), Joker is no longer seen in the flashback. Instead, a character who died during the course of the game will appear. Also, the last flashback is no longer always Ashley/Kaidan/Liara, but whoever was Shepard's love interest.
  • When the Crucible achieves firing status, Admiral Hackett orders the surviving allied fleets to evacuate from Earth's orbit, thus explaining the Normandy being caught in the energy wave while in transit.
  • When the Crucible's energy interacts with the Charon Relay, the relay's core is shown breaking up, but the rest of the relay remains intact and later scenes show the mass relays being repaired. However, in the worst Destroy ending, the relays still explode.
  • When the Crucible's energy wave impacts the Normandy, the ship's control consoles and engines are no longer shown exploding in high EMS endings. In Low EMS endings however, the ship's consoles and engines are exploding.
  • Scenes of victories against the Reapers on Thessia, Tuchanka, and Palaven.
  • Narrations of the aftermath depending on Shepard's choice, by Admiral Hackett (Destroy), Shepard as the new Reaper master consciousness (Control), or EDI (Synthesis).
  • Aftermath of various species, including humans, krogan, quarians, and geth.
  • Aftermath of Shepard's crew members, if they survived the war.
  • Surviving squad members on Normandy place Shepard's name onto the memorial wall, with Admiral Anderson's already on it. If the Destroy ending was chosen and the player has a high enough EMS rating, however, the Commander's name is not actually shown to be placed on the wall. This, coupled with the cutscene of Shepard breathing in the rubble, leaves the Commander's final fate open to suggestion.
  • The Normandy is seen either undergoing repairs or departing the planet it had crashed on.


  • The Catalyst's original dialogue has been largely altered and Shepard can now investigate for further information regarding Reaper origins and the specifics of the Crucible's abilities.
  • A fourth option is provided to the player as an alternative to the original three. Shepard can now refuse to activate the Crucible, either through dialogue or by shooting at the Catalyst. This dooms the galaxy to another successful Reaper purge. This option triggers two unique cutscenes:
  • One of Liara's time capsules is shown on an unknown planet, and a recording of Liara explains that the capsule contains a record of her generation's war against the Reapers and information necessary to stop them.
  • After the credits, an alternate Stargazer scene is shown - a child and a female of unknown species refer to how the previous cycle's experience helped them achieve peace.

Fixes and Updates:

  • The required Effective Military Strength rating to achieve the best possible ending is lowered from 4,000 to 3,100.
  • Ambient dialogue on the Normandy SR-2 between Kenneth Donnelly/Gabriella Daniels and Garrus Vakarian/Tali'Zorah is restored.
  • The congratulatory screen after the credits has been changed to remove mention of downloadable content and replaces it with a message of thanks from BioWare.

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut was released at approx. 2:30 PST on June 26th. It was created to all clarity and closure to the Mass Effect 3 ending, which has sparked a lot of debate and controversy. The free DLC adds new cinematics to enhance the ending and give players a better sense of what happens in the ending.

Extended Cut adds a new option as well: Reject. You can reject all of the Catalyst's options and are given a new ending.

Extended Cut: Destroy Ending


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