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Does Mass Effect 3 have a secret ending?

I know that many people are asking about the secret ending where

Shepard is seen beneath a pile of rubble and taking a deep breath. I just finished the game with 5000+ War assets, and with an imported ME2 character but still didn't get this ending. I chose to destroy the Reapers, and the renegade option at the confrontation with The Illusive Man, hence the death of Anderson. Only some of my crew survived on the jungle planet, and the Stargazer thing. Any idea what I did wrong?

I think my War assets were at 5000+, but my Effective rating was around 3750. Could this be the reason?

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marked as duplicate by Dave DuPlantis, ChrisF, Sterno, FAE, OrigamiRobot Mar 13 '12 at 13:10

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Please learn how to use spoiler tags. I don't really care, but there are people who wouldn't have completed the game and might have opened your question. For future reference, it's a >! before the spoiler-y lines. – Vinay S Shenoy Mar 12 '12 at 11:39
My mistake. I guess i owe an apology to the players that despite have not finished their game still enters a thread which reads "Secret ending". What's been seen for them cannot be unseen now, and i didn't force any onto this thread. You didn't answer my question. – Sebbe Mar 12 '12 at 11:45
No problem. I've already submitted an edit for the spoiler tags. The reason why I didn't answer your question was because I was waiting for ME3 to come out before starting the series. I just started with ME1.. :D – Vinay S Shenoy Mar 12 '12 at 11:48
I guess I missed the sarcasm in your comment. Oops. – Vinay S Shenoy Mar 12 '12 at 11:51
@Sebbe Just a note... if spoilers aren't in a spoiler tag and they're near the top of the question, there's a risk that someone could see them on the question list on the front page. The spoiler tag hides them from the question summary on the front page. So it's still possible for people to accidentally see them without the spoiler tag, even if they never click on the question. – Sterno Mar 13 '12 at 13:08

The endings are keyed off of effective military strength. You would need to either gain additional war assets, or raise your readiness rating.

By doing this you can get the "Shepard Lives" ending. I think the effective rating has to be 4000 if Anderson gets shot once, and 5000 if Anderson is shot a second time by The Illusive Man.

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If you have over 5000 total military strength you will get the "best ending", regardless of any other factors. There are a number of other endings (6-8) I believe, that you can get for under 5000.

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