When going into a game, you never really know what kind of DLC the developer has in store for you, but with Mass Effect 3 everyone knew there was going to be an Omega DLC. Why? Maybe because before the release of Mass Effect 3 there was a comic book, that actually came with the game if you had the deluxe edition, that showed how Aria, ruler or Omega, had lost Omega to Cerberus and the Illusive Man. Hmm…kinda obvious right? Anyway, keep reading to see if the DLC lived up to the expectations created for it.
Even though there’s the Reaper threat that Shepard needs to stop, it’s vitally important that she also takes back Omega for Aria. Why? Who knows. Anyway, you’ll travel from the Citadel where Aria has been forced to stay since Omega was taken over back to Omega and help Aria rally her people and take it back. During this DLC you’ll be introduced to Nireen, the first female Turian in a Mass Effect game, who has been trying to take down Cerberus as well. You’ll also learn that Aria and Nireen have some history with each other. Most of the time it’ll be you and Aria with Nireen helping you out every now and again as you try to figure out a plan to get Aria back on her throne.
Bonus for Renegade Shepard If you play strictly as Renegade Shepard, take all of the Renegade options, do all of the Renegade interrupts, Aria will reward both male and female Shepard with a kiss at the end of the DLC. It seems that she kind of enjoys the kiss a little bit more with female Shepard, but that’s just me.
Like I said before, everyone knew this DLC was coming. Not because of the little end message that was removed from Mass Effect 3 that basically said “buy our DLC”, but because it’s all Aria talked about when you visited her in the Citadel. She talked about it so much that I was surprised there wasn’t an option for you to enter your credit card number for it to unlock right then and there as one of the chat options. None of that matters though if the DLC is actually good right? Well, when it comes to this DLC we can call it the “Arrival” of Mass Effect 3 because it had to be the worst piece of DLC released for this game. It’ll take you about 90 minutes to complete, separate you from the rest of your crew, not even be acknowledge by your crew, and really has no point because after it ends because Aria is still on the Citadel. Of course she has some excuse for still being on the Citadel, but it was a huge waste of time to even play this DLC. This DLC is what I like to call a “lore” DLC. The only purpose of this DLC was to basically learn more about Omega and Aria. Other than that it was pointless. All that hype for basically nothing.
This DLC, like most current DLC, fits right into the story without a problem. This DLC is no different and feels like it should have been part of the game to begin with. It was fun playing in a group with Aria because you’ll learn that she is an extremely powerful biotic that comes with new biotic moves that will really help you out in combat. Overall the DLC played nicely and there were no bugs or glitches.
The graphics are the same as the rest of the game, but Omega was fleshed out a little nicer than it was in Mass Effect 2. Although you didn’t get to do a lot of exploring, since it was strictly a battle type DLC where you had a mission and you did it, the graphics were still nice and really brought Omega to life. It would have been nicer if Omega became a hub area after this DLC, but that didn’t happen.
Play this DLC and do everything it has to offer in order to get yourself another three trophies to add to the list of Mass Effect 3 trophies. While two of them are story related and you’ll get them no matter what, there is a missable one where you’ll have to complete all the side missions. These have to be done before the final main mission. If not you’ll be locked out of it until another playthrough.
While multiplayer was a big part of this game, it wasn’t for the DLC. This is a solo DLC that you’ll play in game as your Shepard and has nothing to do with the multiplayer that was added into Mass Effect 3.
Overall I give this DLC a 1 out of 5.
+ You’ll get to go back to Omega one last time.
+ A nice graphical representation of Omega.
What’s Not So Great:
– Medicore story at best that has no replay value and only lasts 90 minutes.
– One DLC that should have been included with the original game to begin with instead of sold off separately.
– Super pricey and it’s not even worth it.
I guess every game has to have bad DLC and this is it for Mass Effect 3. For something that was so heavily hyped throughout the actual game, it just didn’t deliver. This DLC could have had a lot of promise to it and it could have been so much more, but it just wasn’t. This had to be the saddest DLC for this game as it really had nothing to do with the actual game. The only thing you got out of it was some extra resources to add to your RBG ending. If you ask me, this was a total waste of $14.99. Yes that’s correct, $15 for DLC, and not even a good DLC. If it was up to me, I would say skip this DLC because you could spend your money on something else that would be worth it.
Unfortunately this is the last Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix. I had a really great time going back and reviewing these pieces of DLC that I had played before and never reviewed. It showed me that while I think I buy a lot of DLC, that I really don’t. This is a good thing because here I thought I was spending a lot of money on DLC and I’m actually not. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading this series as much as I enjoyed writing it.