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  • Summary: Liara T'Soni is tracking down the mysterious Shadow Broker, and no one is safe. She'll do anything to recover the man the Broker kidnapped... and the Shadow Broker's agents will do anything to stop her. Team up with Liara and chase clues from the luxurious heights of Illium to the Shadow Broker's own secret lair. Adds the Shadow Broker intel center, new research, and five new achievements and the chance to continue a relationship with Liara. Expand
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  1. 95
    There's a great narrative complemented by fun combat. If you can only afford one piece of extra content for Mass Effect 2, this is the one to spend your money on.
  2. And if you loved Mass Effect 2 , this is absolutely required if you didn't already get it. An example of how to do great, if not perfect, DLC in a story-driven game.
  3. Lair of the Shadow Broker has everything you could have wanted: new weapons, new biotic powers and new characters to help branch together the events leading up to Mass Effect 3.
  4. Biowares DLC hasn't been all that great, but Lair of the Shadow Broker is just awesome and really adds something to the story. It should not be missed by any Mass Effect fan.
  5. Mass Effect 2 players will have a great time with Lair of the Shadow Broker, because it is what a DLC should be: Great storytelling, good value and an amazing pace.
  6. Astonishing atmosphere and great action make this add-on a no-brainer for role players across the galaxy.
  7. Dec 30, 2010
    65
    Takes a dangling plot thread and ties it up, but unsatisfyingly and with a lot of repetitious combat.

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Lair of the Shadow Broker is Mass Effect 2's biggest and best downloadable content. It is a sequel to the Mass Effect Redemption comic book and takes place during the events of Mass Effect 2, or if you prefer, not long after. Shepard teams up with his old squadmate Dr. Liara T'Soni to hunt down the Shadow Broker and they have to overcome some obstacles on the way.

    This DLC doesn't just offer a new mission, it's the best mission in the entire Mass Effect saga so far. There's enough variation in the action to keep you entertained from the beginning to the end. The writers have done a brilliant job making this content entertaining and the dialogues can be quite hilarious. Combined with some darker aspects this creates a very good balance.

    The experience is as personal as that of the core game. The DLC recognizes some of your actions in both Mass Effect games and it looks like your actions in the DLC will have a huge impact on Mass Effect 3. It's a bit of a shame that many people who are against DLC will not be able to experience this. The voice acting is good and so is the music. Everything you'd expect fromt this series.

    The biggest problem is the same as in all DLC packs. There's no voice acting from your squadmates. It does make sense, since recording new lines for 12 extra characters is hard and expensive work, but it does feel like something's lacking.

    Overall I would say this is a great experience and all Mass Effect fans should at least consider buying this. Not just for the content itself but also for how it may influence Mass Effect 3.
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  2. Jul 26, 2011
    10
    This is the best DLC I've ever played. It's based on a comic book but don't let that confuse you. It has a very good story, combat and It's a must if you like Liara. It adds a lot of new things which I don't want to spoil. You don't need to know what happened in the comic book to understand what is going on (I didn't read it either). Expand
  3. May 29, 2011
    9
    It won't fundamentally change the way you think about Mass Effect, but Shadow Broker is hands down the best of the series' DLC. Liara returns, Shepard gets access to a new loyalty power, and you're treated to big spectacle, big boss fights, and big beautiful environments. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2013
    9
    As a retrospective review after recently replaying all Mass Effect games and downloadable content, Lair of the Shadow Broker is easily the best DLC released for the Mass Effect. Deep and atmospheric, while truly pushing the story forwards and telling the story about the most dangerous and notorious information broker in the galaxy, this DLC adds literally hours of gameplay and prompts the return of Liara T'Soni as your sidekick and partner in crime. Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2010
    9
    This is probably the best DLC for ME2 although it is somewhat clunky in places. The storyline connects the events from the comics (pre-ME2) with the main plot and gives Shepard the chance to continue the relationship with Liara and settle the score with the elusive Shadow Broker. There is a new kind of play (hover-taxi chase), some new upgrades (sniper, armour), a new Spectre-powerful enemy, a new biotic powerhouse ally and an awe inspiring new location (similar to the EVA battle at the end of ME1) which can be revisited and used if you haven't finished the main plot yet. Some might be disappointed with the lack of Finally-done-it-with-Liara achievement at the end, but the end scene is genuine and emotional, it ties up ME2 and sets up the scene for ME3. Excellent DLC. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2012
    8
    Lair of the Shadow Broker is a fantastic DLC whose only downfall is in the price tag. Each minute of the DLC is brimming with fantastic plot writing, visceral and intense combat, and exotic, beautiful locations. The combat is the best in the game, and some of the best in the trilogy, The story keeps you on the edge of the seat, and Liara's character is fleshed out nicely from the first game. After the mission, you gain access to interesting and revealing information about core characters and plot elements that - while practically limited in use - provides a greater depth of characterization (and sometimes humor) to the cast of the Mass Effect galaxy.

    But, in the end, the DLC gives you about two hours of content - fantastic content, but as a bargain hunter I find it difficult to pay the $10 price tag for that much. However, it did provide a glimpse of what Mass Effect can be at its best (and often does become at points in the trilogy) and is a definite buy for a fan of the series.
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  7. Sep 28, 2010
    6
    Another two or three hours quality game play added to this fantastic game. Still i find that it does not add anything new, and the value for money is not very good once you have already finished the main ME3 mission. Because once you have completed the DLC mission you are the captain once again who has nothing to do on his ship. The regular ME 2 gave me more than 50 hours of game play for 49 euro. So paying 6 95 for two more hours is a bit to expensive in my opinion. It would have been a much better deal to put all DLC in one package for this price. But i guess EA is exploiting the succes of their magnificent game a bit to much. (Wouldn't you do the same thing if you were in their place?) I wish ME3 was here...... Expand

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