Apr 15, 2013A strange mix of a decent side quest and a Mass Effect sketch comedy show. It's nice having the whole crew together for the last time, but the jokes are really not that funny or entertaining. Fan service meets fan fiction meets cheesy writing. [Apr 2013]
Generally favorable reviews- based on 311 Ratings
Mar 13, 2013Don't waste your money. It's a $15 dollar "fan service" pack catered to people who have stuck with the franchise from the beginning. ItDon't waste your money. It's a $15 dollar "fan service" pack catered to people who have stuck with the franchise from the beginning. It contains a cliched "mission" where you have to fight your clone (yawn) which merely exists in order to provide a combat mission in which most of the fan favorites participate simultaneously. However, that "mission" only makes up a third of the entire pack. The other two-thirds involves Shepard throwing a party, talking to all the characters four or five times, and playing poorly designed minigames at the "arcade" and "casino". While there's legitimate moments of laughter (drunk Grunt and Tali, embarrassed Traynor, Kasumi caught going through Shepard's underwear, Wrex declaring Joker a "man emergency"), it ultimately feels contrived and pushed out as a cash grab. The last 5 minutes are fairly poignant in terms of the overall Mass Effect 3 storyline, yet it ripped open an old wound namely the fact that the game's ending, even with the added "Extended Cut", is outright terrible and the franchise, despite being great for over half a decade, will likely always be remembered for dropping the ball when it mattered most. Although I'm the target demographic for this fan service (played all the games, read all the books, have an N7 hoodie and replica Normandy model, et cetera), I walked away from it shaking my head. Fan service that reads like forum fan fiction is the best BioWare can do these days? It sounds silly but I was both saddened and angry as I reached the end of this latest installment. Saddened because it's the last time we'll see this cast of characters ever again (this was the last single player, story driven, DLC for the game) and angry because they deserved better, both in terms of this DLC and how the entire franchise ended. Since the vast majority of this DLC is simply standing around listening to your crew, my advice is to go to YouTube and search for a video playthrough that is close to your own game experiences. You'll see everything you would be "playing", hear the same humor, and save yourself $15 (and as an added bonus, deprive EA of money).… Full Review »
Mar 5, 2013I don't know how anyone can say this is "2 hours". The DLC is split into two parts. First part plays out as a combat mission similar to Omega,I don't know how anyone can say this is "2 hours". The DLC is split into two parts. First part plays out as a combat mission similar to Omega, though much better for a variety of reasons. The story of that part is rather odd (but I certainly wouldn't call it predictable), but I like it because the moral its telling is very fitting. However, after finishing the well done mission section, you have a secondary, more relaxed "party" element which can take just as long (if not longer), which allows you to spend meaningful time with all surviving members of your squad (and even some of those who haven't survived). This part is surprisingly fleshed out and a helluva lot of fun, especially given it takes place in a single apartment. What made ME2 so great was its focus on your squad, and this DLC delivers what ME3 was sorely lacking. You come away from this DLC feeling melancholy, but satisfied. The last line in particular was very moving, because it really folds up the entire trilogy as a whole.
I was one of those who was sorely disappointed with ME3's ending and not entirely satisfied with the Extended Cut, but for a final DLC, this doesn't disappointed. This is easy ME3's best DLC and worth every penny to a Mass Effect fan. Even if you feel like you want to boycott EA, I would consider this. Unlike Omega or Leviathan, you really can't get everything out of this DLC without playing as your own Shepard.
Enjoy.… Full Review »
Mar 6, 2013Illogical, contrived, predictable, draws from the oldest and most tired idioms in existence, panders to the lowest common denominator in theIllogical, contrived, predictable, draws from the oldest and most tired idioms in existence, panders to the lowest common denominator in the guise of fan-service. Stupid, worn-out jokes so forced they almost break the fourth wall, cringeworthy, embarrassing. Part two plays like a machinima in which professional voice actors were involved, with a depth of banality as to insult the intelligence. Good night, Mass Effect.… Full Review »