After a ton of confusion surrounding the Galactic Readiness system in Mass Effect 3, BioWare has decided to step in and elaborate on how it factors into the Mass Effect 3‘s ending.

Those who have chosen to disregard the game’s multiplayer might find that no matter how many War Assets they might obtain throughout the game, the Galactic Readiness stays firmly at 50% — BioWare assures gamers that this does not affect the ending, however, and that the Effective Military Strength bar is what really matters in the end. The multiplayer acts as an alternative to gathering War Assets in the single-player mode. Essentially it boils down to this: Effective Military Strength will determine the game’s ending and can be filled through War Assets or multiplayer — how to chose to prepare for war is up to you.

Source: BioWare

22 COMMENTS

  1. I’m so damn scared for my Shepard :( She’s made it through 2 damn games now, if I get an ending where I doom the galaxy… Im going to cry. 

  2. But the problem people have been having is that apparently it’s still fairly difficult to max you effective military Strength bar WITHOUT playing multiplayer since that’s the easiest way to increase the readiness rating that your total is multiplied by. You can collect nearly all the war assets in single player and still come up short unless you’re committed to completing every possible side quest and mini game (some of which I’ve heard are incredibly tedious). I’m not positive how it works though since I don’t want to start my game until they get the character importation bugs worked out.

    • Side quest’s and mini missions do confirm a high amount of military strength, i believe mine was around 5,600 strength…although idk how to keep shepard and anderson alive…not only that but i feel horrible about the mass relays and also the fact that there was no clarification on whether the races of the galaxy rebuilt and unified or not… more or less im not disappointed with the game just terribly depressed over the ending. 

  3. I am so fricking angry at my options. God dammit Bioware. Did you play Dues Ex and decide to copy their ending? I HATE BECOMING A MARTYR. I am this character, ME AND I WANT TO LIVE. 3 great games. But then that for an ending… REALLY?

  4. i finished my frist play rthrough last night…..military strength over 7000..only took three days and i replayed the ending 3 times all three options left me less than underwelmed. more like totaly depressed. i start my new game+ today maybe. there a hidden ending i hear but im not looking forward to this or any subiquint play through and multiplayer after this in not that much fun….

    •  Yea I heard there is a perfect ending where shepard lives tho you have to do everything right in the other games tho I am not sure if this is true or not going to have to go back and finish all the games perfectly to find out :/ I have a long week ahead of me haha.

        • If people don’t want the ending ruined, they shouldn’t be reading an article with “ME3 Ending” in it’s title. Just saying there Mr. Moderator man.

          • A discussion of HOW to get a specific ending need not contain spoilers. The original post was careful to avoid them.

            In addition, *I* haven’t played the game yet and I’m tasked with moderating comments. It took every ounce of willpower not to permaban that commenter out of rage.

  5. I got like 4800 military strength, mostly by just searching every system. I know there was more there, but I figured it was enough, so it’s possible.

    My problem was the fact that all three endings were bad. We got zero closure. And you know Bioware did it to make sure they could get a DLC that will add more to the end of the game, like Bethesda did with Fallout 3.

  6. I did all the quests, had a full bar of military strengh (50% readyness)  but I didnt get the perfect ending, how come????? but it doesnt matter, the ending SUCKS. (yea there are three) but I wont count diff colors of the EXPs different endings.  u suck bioware

  7. Bioware lied, and continues to lie. It’s impossible to get the so called “Perfect Ending” (4000-5000 EMS) without multiplayer. I’ve played this on Insanity, with a Paragon character imported from ME2–>ME1, everybody alive, everybody loyal etc. Scanned everything, talked to everybody on Normandy/Citadel after each Priority mission, did even the fetch quests, approved stuff on the Spectre console… completed the game with a clean quest log practically, everything done completionist style. Reached max reputation and level 60. 

    And the EMS was 3650-ish before the assault on the Cerberus base. It’s very possible I missed a few things (I checked a list of quests on IGN and I didn’t miss any of them, though…), but not 800 points… 

    Oh, and this is considering the 4000 EMS ending. What about the 5000 EMS ending?!? This is clearly not possible without MP. 

    So, Bioware lied.

  8. OK, you people confuse TOTAL military strength with the EMS. The EMS will always be at 505 if you don’t use the multiplayer, iOS app or whatever stuff EA wants you to buy. So from single player, you can only get 50% of the collected points. The game expects EMS to be at 4000 or 5000 for the “Perfect Ending”. I am SURE nobody achieved this by now, because, as I mentioned before, I’ve played this completionist-style and by-the-book, searching every nook-and cranny and doing each and every available quest. And I’ve fallen short of 800 or so points, which is a lot in the game’s context, something like a full sub-plot.

    • I had over 6300 Effective Military strength…. with about 90% paragon, 100% readiness… and I still get a blood boiling ending that makes me want to punch the guy responsible for destroying this game.

  9. OK, you people confuse TOTAL military strength with the EMS. The EMS will always be at 505 if you don’t use the multiplayer, iOS app or whatever stuff EA wants you to buy. So from single player, you can only get 50% of the collected points. The game expects EMS to be at 4000 or 5000 for the “Perfect Ending”. I am SURE nobody achieved this by now, because, as I mentioned before, I’ve played this completionist-style and by-the-book, searching every nook-and cranny and doing each and every available quest. And I’ve fallen short of 800 or so points, which is a lot in the game’s context, something like a full sub-plot.

  10. You seem to forget (or know nothing about) the fact that even if you try to garner a higher point grade through single player it turns out to be impossible and Bioware have yet to post a list as to how to achieve this in single player mode like they keep insisting there is. The reason why? Because It’s only possible to gain the ‘Deep Breath’ cinematic (all over 2-5 seconds long) by playing multiplayer. I don’t play multiplayer for many reasons.

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