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Mass Effect 3 Review

Mass Effect 3

Release Date: March 6th, 2012
Genre(s): RPG
Publisher(s): EA
Developer(s): Bioware
Multiplayer: None
Co-op: 2-4 Player
Score
9/10

Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC Review

Posted by Scott Grant | 29 Aug 2012 |

CSI: Citadel.

If you’re a fan of Mass Effect 3, and the Mass Effect series, you’ve likely been waiting impatiently for the first new single player DLC for Mass Effect 3 to drop. Well today is the day we reunite with Commander Shepard in the Leviathan DLC pack. Does Leviathan change the ending of the game? No, but it does add to the already deep collection of lore surrounding the Mass Effect universe.

Mass Effect 3 Leviathan

 

What You Get

The Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC adds a new series of missions to the single player campaign, taking place before the end of the game. That’s correct, you’ll have to have a game save from before you began the final sequence that triggered the end of the game. Leviathan tells the story of Commander Shepard’s search for information on an entity that is rumored to have taken down a Reaper. With just some scattered research notes to go on, Shepard and crew must track down Leviathan amid the many planetary systems of the known galaxy, in an attempt to learn what they can from it and thus further their chances of success against the Reapers.

The good news is that the Leviathan DLC does have a very interesting story that plays out in the form of a crime scene investigation. You must search the scene for clues, then use them to create a series of leads you’ll have to run down. As the plot thickens, you’ll need to return to gather more evidence and establish context for clues you may have already found. I enjoyed this format as it diverged from the typical formula that most of the rest of the game follows.

The bad news is that the Leviathan DLC mission is woefully short. I was able to complete all this content had to offer in just under two hours. The story was there, peppered with short action sequences, it just wasn’t long enough.

Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC 3

 

Verdict

The Leviathan DLC carries a hefty price tag for such a short mission, weighing in at 10$ (800 MS Points). With that in mind, I can’t recommend this download to anyone unless you’re really into the lore and backstory of the Mass Effect universe. What is here is enjoyable, it just isn’t worth the amount of money they’re asking for.

Price: $10 (800 MS Points)
Release Date: August 28th, 2012.

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  • beckerist1

    Bought it, played through it. Not a fan of having to “scan to find” (looking for the base near the end) or the “search the room for clues” bit, but the rest was pretty fun. Good story too. To anyone on the fence, wait until it’s on sale. To hardcore players, it’s pretty good and will add a few hours to your game.

  • beckerist

    Can you comment on the locations you visit? Anywhere new?

    • http://thecontrolleronline.com/ Scott Grant

      I don’t want to spoil anything, but yes all locations are new, even if they are inside of an old location.

      • beckerist1

        Thanks! Knowing that helps make my decision to get it easier. Last question: any new weapons or powers or characters? I’m assuming no, but this one isn’t as big a deal for me

        • only1biggs

          there are new weapon mods (from the multiplayer aspect), 1 new power, and i think 1 gun…