I was sleeping, sorry for the late answer.
As I've pointed out, the Catalyst is foreshadowed
Still insisting with the oversimplification. A device called the Catalyst, which was required to make the Crucible work, was foreshadowed. The Catalyst looking like a blue kid hologram and being the leader of the Reapers was not
. And no, Vendetta's comments do not count as foreshadowing. Watch the scene again and you will see how nothing it says prepares us for that revelation that happens in the last 5 minutes of the game
Catalyst being an AI is a twist, but it is not one that drastically alters the resolution and does not change how the plot is resolved (unless you choose Synthesis). I feel the same applies to Shocking Swerve: it is a major twist, but not one that completely changes everything (unless you choose Synthesis).
Wrong. The plot of the 3 games was built around the Reapers. You cannot tell me that discovering what the Reapers want, who is their leader, etc. is not of supreme importance to the plot. As for impacting on the resolution, of course he does. He tells us that Destroy will also kill synthetics, we receive the Synthesis ending, which consists of altering life at a genetic level for the entire galaxy
... how is this not important to the plot?
The ending changes everything, unless you oversimplify the plot beyond recognition.
Eliminating the Ass Pull
entry or worse, the Shocking Swerve
one, would be a major mistake.
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.
it's only the ending that's upset most of the detractors.
Oh what small thing, an ending to a story that spans 3 games. Almost nothing! Also, regardless of what you say, common sense points to the other direction. Even people who did not play the game know about this because of for example, our beloved vandal. The game was divisive, as evidenced by the vandalism in this wiki and everything else.
edited 24th Jun '12 10:03:24 AM by Anfauglith