WARNING: MASSIVE RAMBLING AHEAD
"I refuse to finish the game". Well, you actually do. Refusing to choose one of the paths results to you just standing there until the reapers destroy all fleets and all races are eradicated. Then you can see Liara’s message that they were defeated, but leaves the blueprints for the Crucible.
I don’t really hate the endings. I mean, the destroy ending. People don’t like it. Why? “You commit mass genocide. The Geth die. You’re selfish because you doom them.” Really? I mean, look at the other endings. Synthesis? Wasn’t that what the main villain in the first game trying to do? And how does that end the war? Just because they understand each other doesn’t mean there won’t be wars for ideology. Control seems more reasonable. The starchild even suggests that you don’t choose the destroy ending. Still, you literally come all the way here to destroy the Reapers, so I really don’t know why you should change your mind. Well, for the last point I’ll mention Anderson would have done that(the game basically shows him off choosing that path), and as he was one of my favorite characters, I follow his lead.
Oh, here’s the main twist. The indoctrination theory. I really don’t have the time to say all the valid points, so you should watch “Mass Effect Indoctrination Theory” by Game Theorists. And now, lets look at the facts. Before collapsing and meeting the AI, he/she is literally dying from bloodloss. Very surprisingly, after getting to the top with the Starchild, he/she seems…alive, and is fully capable of thinking rationally. Yes, we can see Shepard struggling to walk, and feeling pain, but what if that’s something caused from Indoctrination. What if the Reapers simulate “pain” to feel like he/she actually has a choice. After all, why is it that we see Shepard live only in the destroy option? I don’t know, that’s my personal wild theory. I feel like the Reapers just made you feel like you had “choices”, but I really think the destroy is the real option here. And again, I repeat, The Starchild really doesn’t want you to choose that option.
Bored you already? Oh, well, sorry, I like to ramble.