I'll make this generally quick, but let me start by saying I love this game. Bottom line. I originally imported it when the game came out. I have never opened the original casing and never planned on it. I was waiting for the patch, when it did come, I was ecstatic. I boot up the freshly patched game and start naming my characters. I use all default names, I can never change them first play through! My girlfriend is with me, just looking at me, she is completely curious why I am smiling so big. That alone could sum up how this game makes me feel.
I am going to rush to the ending and tell you all that I personally was blown away. This game is much darker in tone than both other Mother/Earthbound games. But it was beautiful. I knew who the Masked Man was the whole time, but that last battle with him really was something else. I liked it more than the praying from Mother 2. I was much more moved by this game than many other books/movies/games I have ever touched. As I read about Cluas stumbling towards Lucas after the badge had reflected Claus's lightening, I began to tear up. This isn't a first for me in the gaming world but, I was simply shocked it was not going to be a happy ending. I now forever hate the Franklin Badge and forever love Mother. This was the most beautiful game to ever grace my hands.
No other game has made me laugh so much and feel so much for the characters. I know there is no real point to my topic other than a praise. I just want to see how other people felt at the ending of this game. It was remarkable.