Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC review

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Lair of the Shadow Broker is the newest addition to the Mass Effect 2 DLC collection. While we all love Bioware’s games some of their DLC has been, shall we say, less than stellar. Thankfully Lair of the Shadow Broker is a great addition to Mass Effect 2 and will leave you with that warm fuzzy “Oh hellz ya!” feeling. I’ll try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible but if you’re worried just scroll to the bottom and read the breakdown.

This is Mass Effect at its best

The one thing that really separates ME2 from its competitors is its story and Lair of the Shadow Broker is no exception. You as Commander Sheppard will aid Liara T’Soni in tracking down the mysterious Shadow Broker. As you play you will be double crossed, involved in a high-speed skycar chase, and fight your way through a space brothel. The cinematic storytelling is top notch and the villains are great. You’ll see some nice character development in Liara which only helps to enrich the game as a whole. My only complaint is that the story is pretty fixed. While you do have a couple choices you can make, you will always be led to the same conclusion. Mind you this is a minor complaint and I can see why Bioware did it. This DLC is suppose to help connect ME2 to ME3 after all.

Lair of the Shadow Broker has some absolutely amazing level design. They all feel new and at one point I stopped just to look at the scenery. Bioware also added some new enemy combat mechanics which really had me working to kill them on Hardcore.

Hooray new stuff!

There’s a couple new research upgrades you can pick up but nothing too major. A really nice addition is that once you beat the DLC you will unlock the ability to reassign all of your squad mates powers. They have also added the ability to fund events that range from stopping an invasion to running a political smear campaign. You’ll have to wait until the next day(that’s real world days) to find out what happened though. Adding a feature that will have people returning to the game every day was a stroke of brilliance and the marketing team should be thanking the person who came up with it. There’s some other stuff here too but that would spoil the plot. However I will say that you’ll end up finding some Intel on your squad(specifically their extranet activity) which I spent over an hour reading.

The Breakdown

Lair of the Shadow Broker is an excellent addition which will leave you very satisfied at the end. You’ll clock in around 3 hours of game time when you’re done and have the ability to earn 200 achievement points. The cinematic story telling is amazing and the boss fights are fun, unique, and challenging. The $10 USD (800 Microsoft fun points) price tag may be a bit of a put off but the DLC is worth it. If you liked ME2, and have $10 then this Lair of the Shadow Broker is a must.

Review by Ninth Batter the author/creator of Nobody Like You.

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About NinthBatter

NinthBatter(or Jack) was born in 1518 on the shores of Loch Shiel in the highlands of Scotland. Seriously though, Ninth is a small town geek born and raised although he does live in Los Angeles now. He’s been gaming since the SNES with “Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.” He currently games on PC, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS, and the N-Gage(it’s a GameBoy and a phone!) He also has a Wii but currently uses it as a door stop. If you haven’t been able to figure it out, Ninth prefers to take a light-hearted and humorous approach to gaming. He also loves Pokemon…the handheld games…seriously.