The Rachni decision affects EMS, yes, but it's just some arbitrary numbers. The mission plays about the same regardless of what you did with the Rachni in past games (if you kill the Rachni Queen, the Reapers "build" another one, etc). A Bioware employee said this was because of lack of time and resources. If you want I can go find the source.
edited 24th Jun '12 10:03:24 AM by Anfauglith
Another question, what about the Crucible itself as an Ass Pull? I don't know if it counts if you consider only Mass Effect 3 since 'tis introduced early, but if you consider the whole trilogy, the Reapers invade at the end and then the protagonists suddenly find the blueprints of a superweapon that will conveniently defeat them. The Crucible is not foreshadowed previous to its discovery.
edited 24th Jun '12 11:56:37 AM by Anfauglith
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Anyways, I see your point. As for the Rule of Cool element you invoke, 'tis not relevant, for example you have the Deus Ex Machina article clarifying that story can use a Deus Ex Machina in a satisfactory way. I agree that the Crucible is not a Deus Ex Machina, by the way.
On another note, the Ass Pull article should also say that the trope does not always mean that the issue in question is pure crap. The name "ass pull" sounds quite derisive.
edited 25th Jun '12 10:40:14 AM by Anfauglith
Anyways, I beg you separate these kind of discussions that I create out of love for discussing from the other ones (the discussions about topics I assure are objective, such as the Catalyst being a Shocking Swerve, the themes of the series, etc.). I should stop arguing about these things because they discredit me for when I criticize more important stuff, heheheheh. I mean, I don't care much for the outcome of these ones, because even if I believe I'm right, I still see valid points in Irrose's claims. Which means that I'm okay with the Crucible not being added to Ass Pull.
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