Mass Effect 3 – Citadel DLC Review (PS3)

Mass Effect 3: Citadel

I’m at a point where I can’t believe how much DLC I actually own and paid for. It’s really crazy when you think about it because if you purchase every single piece of DLC that comes out for every single game that you own then you’re spending an astronomical amount of money for extra content. While most of the times the DLC isn’t really worth it, this was not one of those times.

This DLC came out well over three years ago and came out amid a whole scandal that involved the ending of Mass Effect 3, what the fans thought they deserved, something called “artistic integrity”, and a whole bunch of other stuff that was the craziness involved with the Mass Effect series. After the eh of DLC that was Levithan, the ugh of DLC that was Omega, no one was sure how this one piece of DLC was going to be. While this DLC is mostly about saying that final goodbye and spending some extra time with your beloved squad mates, if they so happened to live throughout each game, there was a super silly, fun, and vastly different story from the main story as a whole that was told. Apparently, back when Cerberus was recreating Shepard they made a backup clone in case the real Shepard every needed any extra body parts. Poor Shepard clone wasn’t really needed after that and has now made it his/her goal to take over the real Shepard’s life. It’s a crazy story that will get all of your current and some of your past squad mates involved in what is some of the funniest settings and the craziest scenes that have ever been done for this series. Not to mention at the end Shepard can throw an epic party.

If I had to pick one DLC, one single DLC out of the ton that I’ve played, and say that this is my favorite DLC hands down then this would be it. Compared to the rest of the game which is filled with doom and despair and the star child that ruins a trilogy of games, this DLC is what most people, including myself wanted from Mass Effect 3. It was that mission of everyone working together to bring down something, sure it wasn’t the reapers, it was Shepard’s evil clone, but still. It also gave that extra time to meet with each of your squad mates and have that final moment with them after playing over 100’s of hours with them at your side. Did I mention that there was a party? This was everything that the Mass Effect 3 ending should have been and more. It was that final goodbye that people wanted instead of the “Thanks for playing, buy more DLC” message that was first released with the game.

The playability of this DLC was on par with the rest of Mass Effect. It all takes place on different areas of the Citadel that haven’t been explored by the players. While there are a few hiccups with the voice cutting in and out like the rest of the game, it runs a hell of a lot better than the other three DLC’s for this game.

The graphics are on par with the rest of Mass Effect and the new areas of the Citadel look amazing. I really wish the players were given a chance to explore these areas a little more throughout the rest of the games, but this DLC will have to do. Everything was vibrant and full of detail making the rest of the Citadel look dingy and dinky.

Trophies, the one thing that kept me from completing this DLC years ago. There are a total of 9 trophies for this DLC and while they’re mostly story related and easy to get, the ones that involve the combat simulator will have you tearing your hair out and tossing your controller through the window as they are not easy and you’ll have an easier time playing the multiplayer set on platinum with a bunch of random people than you will trying to get all of the trophies that have to do with the combat simulator. Needless to say, these trophies are achievable they just require some work.

While there’s multiplayer for the game as a whole, there isn’t for this DLC and it’s a truly single player experience so that you can have one last moment or two with your squad mates.

Overall I give this DLC a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A proper and final goodbye to Commander Shepard and his/her crew.
+ Some of the best writing for the series…the series.
+ A funnier and lighter DLC compared to all the doom and despair that was the rest of the game.
+ EPIC PARTY at the end. EPIC.

What’s Not So Great:
While you can now use this as your new ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, if you want to say you completed the game fully you still have to play the original ending and go through all that crap again.

If you didn’t get any of the other Mass Effect 3 DLC’s, and I can completely understand why, do not pass this one up. It’s like a love letter to the fans giving them just about everything they wanted, aside from a new ending all together, and is a nice way to say goodbye to a game that you can spend 100’s of hours getting lost on. If there is one single DLC that you’re ever going to purchase let it be this one because you won’t regret it.

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