Mass Effect 2 DLC: Liara is Back and she is taking down the shadow broker

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Mass Effect 2 DLC: Liara is Back and she is taking down the shadow broker

Post by S7 Panzer on Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:12 pm

Finally some DLC I am interested in including in the main storyline. Welcome back Liara

It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Mass Effect 2. Although I didn't have a hand in voting it as the best Xbox 360 game to date,
I certainly agree with the decision. That said, the downloadable
content thus far has been self-contained, with seemingly little impact
on the overarching storyline, which I found a little disappointing.
Still, there have been some really great pieces. Kasumi's Stolen Memory
and Overlord stand out as my favorites, but I have a feeling they'll
both be usurped by the next bit of content: Lair of the Shadow Broker.


The first true bridging downloadable content BioWare
has produced, Lair of the Shadow Broker will be playable at any point
in your game after you travel to Illium. Because your decisions here
will actually affect certain storylines in Mass Effect 3, and more
importantly, you can finally resume your romantic relationship with
Liara (if you successfully wooed her in the first game), this promises
to be the best DLC for Mass Effect 2 to date. Lair of the Shadow Broker
also houses more cut scenes and dialogue sequences than in any of the
previous DLC offerings and will play out over a few hours. Yesterday I
had the privilege of getting my hands on it for about 30 minutes, and
that time left me wanting more.


More On Lair of the Shadow Broker


There were two gameplay sequences that stood out to me during my time:
the car chase through the city (highlighted in the trailer) and the
first boss battle. When I first heard that there would be a car chase, I
became nervous. I'm terrible at driving in games and I almost always
fail missions on my first try. Thankfully, the section was forgiving and
short, and I actually sort of enjoyed it. Weaving through city traffic
to try and catch up with the other car reminded me of the movie The
Fifth Element, and I'll admit that I've always wanted to drive a flying
car. There was even humorous banter between Liara and Shepard to frame
the chase, preventing it from taking too serious of a tone.


While the car chase was a brand new element, the boss battle I
encountered was by no means revolutionary, but it did make me go,
"Whoa." Holy mother of fast moving things, the enemy you face rivals The
Incredible Flash. In the end, the baddie was no match for my team
(which included Liara), but beating him or her wasn't easy, and Shepard
almost died a few times when I couldn't find safe cover. If there are
more boss battles like that throughout this add-on pack, then the combat
segments will be sure to satisfy.


The storyline of Lair of the Shadow Broker is consistent with the darker
tone of Mass Effect 2. Liara is no longer the naive girl prone to
sequestering herself in Prothean dig sites. She's become noticeably
hardened and hell-bent on getting revenge, and rightfully so. If you've
read the Mass Effect: Redemption comic series following the actions of
Liara after the Normandy SR-1 is destroyed, you'll already be caught up
with her situation and motivation. If you haven't, the game sets up the
circumstances for you, though not in as much detail.


My, what a big ship you have Shadow Broker.

To
sum it up, Liara worked alongside her partner, Feron, and Cerberus to
retrieve Commander Shepard's body from the Shadow Broker's possession
before he could sell it to the Collectors. In the process, Feron was
captured and Liara is hopeful that her former Drell partner is still
alive on the Shadow Broker's ship. After years of tracking, Liara
finally gets her big break a Salarian named Sekat has discovered the
location of the Shadow Broker. That's all I'll say story-wise to avoid
spoiling the experience, but you can expect a well-written narrative
with twists and turns.


This is the first DLC BioWare has released that I plan on playing
through with my multiple Shepards, and I can't wait to reunite one of
them with their former love. You won't have to wait long to get your
hands on Lair of the Shadow Broker it releases for Xbox 360 and PC
next Tuesday, September 7 for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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Post by S7 DROOPY on Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:09 pm

Nice sounds awesome , man that was a but load of typing, thanks for the info, I'm gonna have to get it, masseffect or anything from bioware are the best games period

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Post by S7 Sticky on Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:11 pm

he copy&pasted

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Post by S7 Panzer on Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:54 pm

yes I copied and pasted but it sounded so much better saying I typed it all

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Post by S7 Jwriter on Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:06 am

Wow, I have been out of it for a while...I have to get this...but dunno when I'll be playing it.

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Post by S7 Pharaoh on Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:29 am

Nice. I'm a big fan of Mass Effect also Panzer, I'll definitely check this out..

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Post by S7 Panzer on Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:11 am

I have already done 5 play throughs This will be my final play through unless they create more DLC for the characters you couldn't have on your team in the original version.

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Post by S7 Jwriter on Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:28 am

Loved this latest DLC. It added some depth to the story...and you get nice nice bonuses...I'm not gonna spoil anything thing, so play it and find out for yourselves. This is the kind of DLC gamers can really appreciate.

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