Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Mass Effect 3 – Leviathan

After the whole Mass Effect 3 ending debacle, was it real, was it not real, and if it was real could it really be this bad? I was still looking forward to what was in store DLC wise. I mean it said it right in the ending credits, before it was patched out. It was a big notice that basically said “BUY OUR DLC.” I thought there were huge things to come and was actually pretty excited about Leviathan. Keep reading to find out if that excitement lasted or if it was just a fading reality.

Lurking in the corner of deep dark space, that no one really knows about, is something that is so powerful that it could actually kill a Reaper. The Leviathan’s are so ancient that they have made sure to keep themselves hidden for so long, but with the Reaper threat knocking right on the galaxy’s door, Shepard knows that she has to find them in order to find a way to be able to take down the Reapers herself. Will she be able to find these creatures and if she does will they be willing to help her?

This DLC has an interesting premise if it actually follows through with it. Does Shepard find the Leviathan’s? Yes. Are they willing to help her take down the Reapers and save humanity…not in enough context that it actually helps or changes the ending. After everything you go through in order to find the Leviathan’s in the end it really doesn’t pay off though as you just get a few extra conversation lines with the famous star child at the end of the game. Still featured are your RBG endings so basically this DLC does nothing but give you lore about the Leviathan’s and some more lore about the Reapers. It in no way alters the outcome of the game. That being said, it’s an interesting DLC that will have you going to new unexplored places, have some aspect of the multiplayer objectives thrown in, and offer a well thought out story.

Meh… Needless to say, I was a little disappointed that this really didn’t help alter the endings in anyway. The extra conversation options with the Star Child could easily be passed up and you’ll still have to make the same decisions you did before the DLC. All you really get out of it is some more war assets that when it comes down to it, if I you played the multiplayer really makes no difference at all.

While this DLC plays exactly the same as the game, there are a bunch of bugs and glitches that never seem to get fixed and when I recently finished this DLC, I came across the same exact problems. For example, there’s a section where you’re looking for Ann Bryson and no matter what you do the game will crash at least once. Happens every single time that I play to the point of that I know exactly where to save and basically just wait for the crash. This is unacceptable. Other than that, everything else works just like the rest of the game.

The graphics for this DLC are really good and the new areas on the Citadel are fleshed out as well as the new areas that you’ll be able to explore. I really enjoyed the whole underwater thing and loved putting my Shepard in the mech suit and dropping her down into the ocean. This was one of the most awesome scenes in the game and it makes me wish there were more scenes like this since underwater areas were never explored within the trilogy.

Finish this DLC and do everything it has to offer in order to get yourself another 4 trophies. Each trophy just requires you to play and make sure you meet all of the objectives in the DLC. This is a pretty easy thing to do and if not, I’m sure everyone who plays Mass Effect 3 had multiple Shepards so if you missed one it shouldn’t be a problem to go back and get the trophy you missed in another playthrough.

While the game itself has multiplayer, none of the DLC released for the Single player has a multiplayer part to it. That being said, I was completely fine with this especially since the multiplayer DLC was not only free but released quite often enough to make up for it. I do wish that some of the areas in Leviathan were included in the multiplayer map, but I was just happy that some of the weapons were.

Overall I give this DLC a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ New and interesting story to expand on your Mass Effect 3 playtime.
+ An introduction of a new race that actually took down the Reapers.
+ Nice new areas to explore including a really neat underwater area.

What’s Not So Great:
Nothing really major happens in the story itself that in anyway alters the ending. You’ll get some additional conversation options with Star Child, but that’s it.
The DLC will crash on you at least once in the same spot each and every time.

This wasn’t the worst Mass Effect 3 DLC, but it was just ok. If you’re looking for something that will change the ending, this isn’t it. If you are interested in the whole lore aspect of the game and want to learn more about these new alien creatures, the Leviathans, and actually learn more about the Reapers then this is the DLC for you. Depending on how big of a Mass Effect fan you are, this DLC is basically a toss up. Love Mass Effect? You’ll want this DLC. Think that Mass Effect is meh? Then you’ll want to skip it.

Now for next week, the last Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix! Not only does this mean that this series is coming to an end but it also means I have to find something to replace it with. Anyway, a DLC for Mass Effect 3 that was so highly anticipated that it was hinted throughout the whole game, in comic books, and basically anything else that revolved around Mass Effect 3. Did it live up to hype? You’ll have to find out as my last Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix will be for Mass Effect 3: Omega.

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2 Comments

  1. Very nice features. How about a reverse to it where you look at dlc that was out that you didn’t buy with the chance of going for it one day, e.g. if reduced, etc?

    • I think that’s actually a really great idea. I’ll have to go back and check all my games to see which DLC that I never purchased. Thanks!

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