One last drink.
Citadel will be the final single player DLC that Mass Effect 3 will see, and it aims to send Shepard and crew off to the end of the game by getting the whole gang back together, one more time. Has it been too long, or were you looking for one more reason to hang out with Commander Shepard? Still bitter about how the game ended? Either way, who doesn’t like a good party?
The Citadel DLC starts off with you visiting, you guessed it, the Citadel on your way to a few days of much-needed shore leave before the final battle, and so the Normandy can undergo some repairs. After speaking with Admiral Anderson, and setting yourself up in a swank new apartment in the Citadel Wards, things start to go the way they usually do for Shepard.
I won’t get into the specifics of the story, but it does involve witty repartee, a nervous intelligence officer, sidelong glances, explosions, a library, and a little help from your friends. If you’re wondering how all of these elements could possibly fit together in a single piece of narrative, you’re forgiven but, just trust me.
Though the story is one of the most fast-paced, and entertaining, missions you’ll play through in Mass Effect 3, the writers leaned a little too heavily on the comedy button. What starts out as a few more one liners than are usual for a Mass Effect conversation, quickly degenerates into a comedy routine that feels quite out-of-place in the series. It isn’t enough to ruin the experience, and you will find yourself chuckling along at times, but it takes a bit of the genuine feel out of what becomes a touching tale of friendship in the face of adversity.
Once you’re finished with the three, or so, hours of combat and adventure the Citadel DLC has to offer there is still plenty to do. The new area, called the Silver Strip, that opens up once you gain access to the apartment, harbors a number of new areas including an arcade, casino, and battle simulator arena. You can spend quite a bit of time in the simulator, honing your skills and competing for prizes, and you can redecorate your apartment once you get tired of that.
The real high point of the end-game part of the Citadel DLC is the fact that you can now receive personal messages, and invite other characters to your apartment. There is even a party you can throw, that can play out differently based on how you choose to interact with the guests. It’s these additional story scenes that make this DLC worth buying, and the feeling of nostalgia will be heavy for long time fans of the Mass Effect series.
No multiplayer content was added with the Citadel DLC.
While the humor is laid on a little too thick for my liking, the Citadel DLC is still a must have for fans of Mass Effect 3. The story is the perfect way to send off Shepard and crew because it doesn’t focus on moving toward the end of the game, but instead asks you to look back on all the good times you had and the friends you made. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s starting to get a little dusty in here.