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.
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.
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.