In this, the most recent DLC for Mass Effect 2, we find ourselves dealing with the mysterious Shadow Broker and his goons.
With a possible lead on the location of this most powerful dealer of information, Shepard teams up with Liara, who has spent the last couple of years trying to track him down.
Liara has a major beef with the Shadow Broker since the Broker tried to sell Shepard’s body to the Collectors. Mass Effect: Redemption, the comic series, covers everything that transpired, but there is a brief recap for those who have not read them.
Anyway, the story for this little piece of DLC is one of the best parts, so I am not going to say too much. The past installments of DLC have all been good, but have felt slightly unimportant. This time around though, players will be treated to a story that will reveal a few secrets, answer some questions and even start preparing the series for Mass Effect 3. Clocking in at around 3 hours, it may not be the longest piece of DLC in the history of downloadable content, but it certainly feels like one of the most important so far.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Mass Effect series has been the relationships between the characters and, as the series has moved on, the way these characters have evolved. With this particular piece of DLC, the game mostly revolves around Liara and does a wonderful job of expanding her character. The story skillfully juggles emotions, humour and, of course, action.
No matter how good the storyline, it would not be much fun without a good dose of action. And this DLC has it in spades. It features some of the more challenging battles to be found within the series, and possibly the best boss fight thus far. But the action is not just limited to combat. There is, for example, an exhilarating sequence featuring a flying taxi in the skies over Ilium that adds variety, as if there was any risk of this getting stale.
All of this action takes place across some quite incredible and varied environments. The devs have done a great job of creating some truly stunning areas that will stick in the players memory. It would appear that the level of polish has been increased for this bit of DLC aswell, as everything seems to look better than in ME2.
Lair of the Shadow Broker may only be DLC, but do not doubt it’s importance in the series. If you are planning on playing ME3 when it arrives, then playing this DLC will certainly help bridge the gaps between the two games. It looks great, has plenty of action and follows a thrilling story. Really, if you own ME2, there is no reason not to buy this DLC. What are you waiting for?