Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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. 92
    As a whole, Lair of the Shadow Broker is amazing. They mix up the pace and give the game a fresh feel, while still holding true to what makes it one of my top choices for my game of the year.
  5. The set pieces are gorgeously done and the pacing is perfect, even if it breezes by rather quickly.
  6. It all adds up to a downloadable package that stuffs in an awful lot of content, while maintaining the pace and rhythms of a lean blockbuster movie.
  7. Considering its engaging narrative and the quality of its boss fights, Lair of the Shadow Broker proves to be the best DLC currently available for Mass Effect 2. If you consider yourself a fan of the franchise, you absolutely can't miss it.
  8. 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.
  9. In around three hours, Lair gives you a mystery to solve; tense shootouts in several locations(including the outside of a spaceship!); a"car" chase through the skies of Ilium; and engrossing boss battles. [Nov 2010, p.81]
  10. With a tantalising story with some truly gripping and edge of the seat moments, new gameplay elements and some more of that previously promised deeper character interaction, The Lair of the Shadow Broker is what we call in outer space, a doozy.
  11. It's the perfect blend of something old, and something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
  12. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 8, 2010
    A bit expensive at 800 Microsoft points ($10), this DLC is worth the cost. Not only do you get some important story and character development, you also get a lot of useful resources, including credits. This will be most useful if you are not already at the end of a game, or if you are playing through again (the DLC starts on Illium, FYI). Easily my favorite ME2 mission DLC thus far (beating out Zaeed, Hammerhead, Kasumi, and Overlord missions). Full Review »
  2. Sep 8, 2010
    Lair is by far the best DLC for ME2 and possible the best DLC I've ever played for any game. The DLC follows the new Mass Effect tradition of incorporating events from past games into dialogue unique for your character. I noticed a significant difference between playing my female renegade (who had a relationship with Liara in ME1) and my male paragon (who didn't have a relationship with Liara). It was almost like playing two different games. Lair also introduces a few new elements to game play such as the taxi mini-game Illium. This DLC is exactly what the franchise needs going into ME3. Full Review »
  3. Sep 8, 2010
    After beating this DLC I can say, that now I was playing whole ME2, best DLC and 100% worth of 800 ms / bio points, great story, great action and ... of course Liara :) Full Review »