Now that the Mass Effect series officially ended last week with the release of their final DLC Citadel, it has no doubt been bittersweet for the last couple of days as loyal fans of the trilogy reminisce about the series we’ve all come to love for several years. I was only introduced to the franchise through the second Mass Effect game, yet I have been a loyal and passionate fan ever since. I constantly blurt out popular phrases from the games and I bought another set of the trilogy for the PC when I had to sell my Xbox 360. Now, I have it for the PS3 so I know that I am officially crazy. I stuck by the franchise, throughout the whole ending debacle just because I still had faith in it.
Truthfully, a lot of things wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the Mass Effect franchise. I’m not even joking. I would never have had my own website, Commander Bedlam. I would never have met Paul Tassi, and therefore I would have never been invited to write for all you awesome Unreality readers. Ask Paul, he’d confirm that this is no exaggeration. I would never have raised more than $5,000 for a charity with the help of the Mass Effect voice actors and fan community. I owe a lot to these game for shaping the person I am now. The Citadel DLC reminded me of that and the amazing journey I had with it inside and out of the game. Playing it reminded me of the all the DLCs I enjoyed throughout the whole trilogy, so here are my picks and let me know what your picks are and why. I’ve got to be the only here who isn’t experience Mass Effect withdrawal.
For the longest time, Lair of the Shadow Broker remained at the top of my list. I was pleasantly surprised with the Citadel DLC mostly because I was still expecting not to have enough content for Shepard and his love interest Miranda. However, I got more than what I expected and it was the gentle push I needed to bid farewell to Shepard, Miranda and all the characters I’ve grown to care for. Some people call the main storyline cliche and unnecessary, but it aims to be something else entirely than a plot device. BioWare aptly calls it “a love letter to their fans” and the DLC lives up to their claim. It is a tribute to their loyal fans and an opportunity to close the books on what may been the greatest science-fiction video game series of all time.
2. Lair of the Shadow Broker
So, I kind of had a love triangle going on with Shepard, Miranda, and Liara. I never knew that romancing Liara in the first Mass Effect would bite me in the butt in the sequel. Recall that I played Mass Effect 2 first and had Miranda first. I loved it when Liara called Shepard’s infidelity out by claiming I spent time with Miranda and her low-cut jumpsuit. Truthfully, I consider her one of the strongest female characters in the series and this DLC explored that. Overall, the dialogue, story, and fun combat won me over. Like I said, it took a long time for another DLC to best this one.
3. Kasumi Goto- Stolen Memory
While I admit that this was a short DLC, I felt that it was worth every penny as Kasumi quickly grew to be one of my favourite squadmates of all time. I don’t measure this content based on how long her recruitment/loyalty mission was. For me, I based it on how much I loved this character around throughout the whole game. It was fun getting dressed up and pretending to be renegade Solomon Gunn. However, the real fun is listening to Kasumi’s stories and comments aboard the Normandy. I loved how she talked about her crush on Jacob and the playful comments she would make about Shepard’s relationship with Miranda. Her abilities are handy in combat too. Plus, she’s the only one who calls you “Shep” and that’s one thing I’ll never forget.
I don’t know how to explain how much I enjoyed this DLC, because I simply loved it. Each part of the mission was exciting for me and the end was great too. I remember the choices in the end were one of those that spawned numerous discussions among fans. I remember bringing Legion with me all the time, just for the heck of it. In addition, Overlord’s combat score is one of my favorite tracks from the whole trilogy. If you want to listen to it, here’s the link to “Combat Troops” by Christopher Lennertz. There’s a subtle nod to this DLC in Mass Effect 3 and it’s quite touching especially if you remember that particular moment they referenced.
5. Zaeed Massani- The Price of Revenge
I like this DLC for the same reasons I mentioned for Kasumi’s. I bought it mainly for the character and its contributions to my gameplay experience. The mission was simply a vehicle to introduce the character. I would often visit his area in the Normandy, just to listen to his stories. His comments are quite entertaining too when you bring him along missions. It was nice to see him again in Mass Effect 3, and seeing his appearance in Citadel DLC only makes me happy that I purchased his content. Sadly, the voice actor behind Zaeed passed away recently. Requiescat in pace.