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I just finished up last night. I chose to destroy the Reapers. So Shepard blows up, all the Reapers die, all the mass relays are destroyed, some of my teammates land on some garden planet and then after the credits an old man and child are talking about "The Shepard". I'd like to know what happens with the other two choices you have at the end and if there are different scenes after the credits roll.
"Getting lost in the light is more than never being found." - Gordon Downie GT= NauticalDisasta PSN= NauticalDisasta
You can restart right after Shepard get lazored by Harbinger by hitting the Restart Mission load if you want
Anyway, long story short, the others are nearly identical. Shepard dies (melted down by beam because The Catalyst doesn't have 5 billion other corpses to use, zapped in becoming reapergod). Mass relays explode. Normandy crash-lands on garden world. With the synthesis ending, you see that Joker has some glowy synthetic stuff around him and EDI snuggles up to him. Control ending for Normandy is identical to Destroy. Instead of the Reapers being destroyed in the cutscene for Synthesis/Control, they up and fly away. Synthesis explosions are green and Control explosions are blue. There you have it: the full difference between endings. Note that even though you just killed all synthetics, EDI may still be alive after the Destroy ending because it selects your teammates for the cutscene. Oops.
One can only wonder at how such idiocy invariably comes to power. ESTIMATE THE CATACLYSM. CALCULATE THE APOCALYPSE.
I did that ending, and I was like "Not sure why everyone is THIS mad about it." Then I read up on what the others are, and it was pretty dumb. Aside from some nonsense plot holes (like people getting onto the Normandy magically), that ending is alright, especially if I pretend that it was only the reapers and not ALL synthetics that were destroyed (which is easy to do since you can evidently see EDI at the end).
But then all the other ones being pretty much exactly the same is extremely dumb.