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5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 8 out of 29

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  1. Aug 13, 2011
    10
    I enjoyed this DLC. Early scenes in a batarian prison are dark, with elements of sneaking to avoid combat. There is an interesting section where you have to work with an escaping prisoner to beat off guards, and seal off sections where guards are coming through. This is finished with an exciting shuttle break out, and moves to a scene on an asteroid. The scene on the asteroid has excellent music, and moments of genuine terror, where you face off against enemies armed with flame throwers in enclosed spaces. This level moves to a final battle on the surface of an asteriod, which is against the clock, as you must escape the asteroid before it crashes. I found the DLC gave me around 8 hours entertainment on insanity engineer level, and good value at around £5. Many complain the DLC is short, but they were playing on lower difficulty levels, which in my view are too easy. Expand
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68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A poor, watered-down substitute that even the most devoted space junkie can afford to skip. [June 2011, p.110]
  2. May 17, 2011
    64
    One of BioWare's weaker DLC efforts. [Issue#205, p.94]
  3. Apr 19, 2011
    70
    Despite being arguably less than what it could (and should) have been, Arrival probably is just about worth your money. In fact, playing it got me started on another run through both games, so it's done something right. It's testament to a game's strength that even a relatively lacking bit of DLC can have you going balls deep back into its world in the pursuit of alien booty. Not every game could do it, but not every game is Mass Effect.