I’m back … from outer space
I couldn’t resist the title. I apologize.
Bear with me here. I know this has got to be an old topic for most of you. I mean the game is already over six months old. Plus this is for DLC. DLC that came out like what, two weeks ago? I know. I’m living in the past man! Well, listen here you future folk, I got something to say and you’ll hear it. Tonight we talk all about how awesome Mass Effect 3: Leviathan really is.
You guys remember all that awesome story telling in Mass Effect 2? Or those way intense fire fights in confined spaces? Well they’re back! I’m a sucker for all things ME, so picking up a DLC story pack is a no brainer. More ME story, more time in that wonderful galaxy I’d love to call home? Yes please! Imagine my delight when the new content was not only worth playing but actually makes the original ME3 better!
Stay with me here, and be warned from here on out there will be mild spoilers (granted for a game that’s already done and over calling them spoilers seems kinda silly). Leviathan opens up with a fairly simple go talk to a guy mission. Some of the best dialogue, renegade/paragon options, and cut scenes then unfold as you piece together an eons old, galaxy spanning conspiracy. There are ground missions where you fight things (mostly Reapers – look forward to more Banshees!) and look for clues, then if you’ve collected enough of the right clues you narrow down where the next planet might be. The DLC doesn’t add anything revolutionary to the game, its the same combat, the same enemies, the same abilities. It does add a new underwater mech, which could be fun to see explored further in another game. It also adds some of the first real paragon/renegade options I can remember from 3. Sure there were a few points in the main story that had it (diving after Tali was one, but really who wouldn’t have done that?), but this one really seemed to grasp what the two halves meant for Shepard (I played through it on my male renegade first and it felt like the Shepard from 2 was back).
Why get it? Because its some damn good story. The best DLC they’ve offered since Shadow Broker, and I can’t imagine playing 2 without that in it anymore. I can see where Leviathan would fit naturally into the narrative as well (in my head this is perfect to take place while you’re waiting for Mordin to synthesize a cure for the Genophage), it doesn’t negate anything that happens later and doesn’t assume the player has done anything before (aside from escape Earth I suppose). There is also the most amazing bit of dialogue between Shepard and Leviathan that not only helped to clarify the slightly deus ex machina ending, the origins of the Reapers, and the cycles, it also once more helps give a sense of impending doom – CAN the Reapers ever be stopped? Oh and yes, Leviathan is a thing; what that thing is though I won’t say (sentient AI? Ship? Weapon? Giant space whale? Yet another big build up only to disappoint? You’ll have to find out).
Is that reason enough to pick it up; a good story? I say it is, story should always be central to the game. You can forgive difficulty curves, bugs, patches, terrible controls, and a lot more but a bad story will ALWAYS stand out (I’m looking at YOU Catherine. Fun puzzle mechanic meets the most inane story every wrote). For the ME fans (like myself) the DLC is a must have; you won’t be disappointed. For sci-fi fans and action rpg/shooter fans yeah pick it up, you’ll find something here to enjoy. Of course you can always wait a few more months and then it’ll be up there for half off, along with the Omega DLC that I can’t wait to play (seriously if the writing and game play stay this level of quality it’ll stand a chance to be BETTER than Shadow Broker). But ya know what, I’m happy to pay to see more quality DLC come down the pipeline later. Thanks, Devs (no, seriously)!
Posted on October 10, 2012, in Mass Effect, Reviews, Sci Fi, Video Games and tagged Awesome, fire fights, gaming, ground missions, intense fire, Leviathan, mass effect, mass effect 3, me3, mild spoilers, Sci-fi, Video Games, Xbox 360. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.