Originally Posted by stoffe
The fate of Earth depends on what ending you pick and get...
There are variations of the Control Reapers and Destroy Reapers that damage earth, and a poor outcome of Destroy that blows up the planet. I'd assume the Bad Destroy/Control wave has similar results on other worlds it hits. If your strength value is high enough only the Reapers are hit though and the planet remains unharmed by the blast.
There are some slight differences depending on your military strength value and the ending you pick. Apparently the Citadel and Mass Relays survive if you get the (good) Control the Reapers ending, while they're destroyed if you get any of the Destroy or Synthesis endings. Presumably since Shepard integrates into the Citadel in the Control ending, and so it needs to stay intact for her to remain in control of the Reapers.
But indeed, the ending left a very bad aftertaste. Sort of like if Mass Effect (1) had ended with Anderson digging out Shepard's squished corpse under Sovereign's wreckage in the council chamber.
The ending was slightly more varied than I realized. I did the out of the box default for 1st playthrough and had just south of 4000 TMS, but apparently got the "2nd" option w/my two choices. Discovered what Stoffe was talking about after watching a YT vid claiming the/a "worst ending" based on 1600 pts (EMS, I presume...or they made a ton of bad choices and skipped stuff for TMS to be that low). So, I guess I got the middle ending.
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