The last dlc for Bioware’s highly acclaimed Mass Effect 3 is a bittersweet adventure that is not to be missed. It marks the end of one of the greatest video game trilogies ever made while adding great things to the saga, and bringing back all the characters that players have already come to love and adore.
This dlc is all about Shepard and the crew of the Normandy, leading all the way back to the first Mass Effect. The commander has brought together a crew over the course of three games, and they come together in Citadel wonderfully. The tone is very lighthearted, with each character up to their usual shenanigans (or in some cases, remaining ever poised and composed) even in the heart of battle. Players are sure to get many smiles and more than one laugh out of it all, while at the same time having no problem remaining focused on a getting to the bottom of a mission that involves a plot against Shepard.
Before it is all said and done, the crew of the Normandy receives some well-deserved shore leave before ‘throwing themselves into hell for the good of the galaxy’ as Garrus Vakarian would say. This truly shows what an amazing job Bioware has done in character development over the course of the Mass Effect saga. The characters have grown as people (and aliens) just as much as the player. They have faced their own shortcomings, inner demons, and life-threatening perils alongside Shepard, and the strength of the commander has been contagious. Seeing them all in a relaxed setting is a breath of fresh air that is full of entertainment value.
In addition, new areas of the Citadel offer plenty more for players to do. There is a combat arena, an arcade, and a casino among others to explore. Mass Effect lore is strategically placed throughout the dlc, whether in a Citadel apartment, the Council Archives, or the main strip. There are plenty of new cinematics, and as is the token of the series, each player’s experience will be different depending on previous choices and love interests.
It is obvious that this is Bioware’s farewell to the saga and a thank you to players, by giving them much of what was originally expected in the highly controversial ending of Mass Effect 3. While this dlc does not affect the ending, it brings more closure for fans. A truly fitting end to what will always remain one of the greatest video game sagas of all time.