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High Hopes for New Mass Effect 3 DLC

/ Jan 7th, 2013 8 Comments

Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3

Heated words.

Mass Effect 3 recently received new downloadable content (DLC) with Mass Effect 3: Omega, but the big story is that another DLC is in the works. From what tidbits of information are available, the upcoming content might be the best yet. In fact, it could be the closure that Mass Effect fans have been seeking since the third game’s release.

Here is what is currently known about the DLC. Eight writers are penning the script, and the score will be written by Sam Hulick, who previously worked on the game trilogy. He tweeted on Twitter that the score could cause gamers to cry. Also, other tweets to and from the series’ voice actors have hinted that some Normandy crew members should appear with new dialogue lines. There is currently no title or release date set.

[adsense250itp]The details that have emerged so far lead one to believe that this next DLC will be substantial. All signs point to it involving your squadmates and having the option to use them during the mission. Although only the music is explicitly referred to as tear-jerking, it does imply that the scenes featuring that music will be emotional. Some have speculated that the content will focus on the end of the game or the Citadel. However, BioWare has had their opportunity to add to the ending with the previously released Extended Cut DLC. Chances are that they will not return to the controversial conclusion again. Gamers cannot get their hopes up about this new DLC possibly being a further expansion of the ending.

If one thing is certain, this new DLC could learn a few things from the previous content releases. The From Ashes DLC features a mission that leads to a new squadmate, Javik. The content is not that substantial or exciting, but From Ashes does provide a look into the background of the Protheans. It is somewhat irritating that this content was available for sale on the first day of release and was not merely included in the game for free. The Extended Cut DLC is the free fix-it that BioWare gave the fans in response to their outrage over the endings. It fleshes out the original ones and provides another game-ending option, but does not deliver more gameplay. In fact, the Extended Cut does not even offer that much more closure. The Leviathan DLC provides some fun missions and extra dialogue, but there are some tiresome aspects. Running around a lab to find items as part of a basic puzzle sequence is not exactly a barrel of fun. Leviathan also answers some important questions about the Reapers. However, a huge question is left. Even if the Reapers are defeated, is the galaxy really free while Leviathans are lurking the dark? Some might find this annoying, others could see it as though-provoking. Omega has some great action, but it is glitchy and has a weak story. On top of that, Omega feels quite over-priced. Uneven and mostly not worth the investment, these DLCs do not set a great precedent.

A DLC threaded in the game’s story arc and involving favorite characters, interesting gameplay, and further expansion into the world of the game would be an extremely welcome addition to Mass Effect 3. It would be even better if it were reasonably priced for the content that it offered. While it is foolish to dream of a perfect DLC that would put a Band-Aid on all of the problems, it is not unreasonable to hope for one that does the series justice and does not merely gouge gamers for a few extra bucks. If this is the last new content for Commander Shepard’s trilogy, it should go out with a bang.

Kathrine Bryan
Kathrine is a contributor to the editorial team at Gaming Illustrated. She is an avid video gamer who has been playing video games for the majority of her life, starting with "Sonic the Hedgehog 3" (GEN) in1994. Currently, she mostly plays Xbox 360 and PC games, though she does own almost every major console or portable device out there.
Kathrine Bryan

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