The Lair of the Shadow Broker is the latest DLC for Mass Effect 2 from Bioware. It’s single handedly the best DLC for Mass Effect 2 to date. In this DLC, you’re teaming up with Liara T’Soni, your teammate from Mass Effect 1 who is now an information broker on Ilium. Cerberus has tracked down a lead that may help Liara find the Shadow Broker, the mysterious information agent that Liara is in competition with. As you begin helping Liara track down the Shadow Broker, you learn more history about Liara’s involvement with Cerberus, the Shadow Broker, and the Shadow Broker’s relationship to both of you. It definitely fills in some holes in the Mass Effect 2 storyline and help expand the Mass Effect universe.
As you begin your search for the Shadow Broker, you’ll find that he’s not interested in being found and has expectedly sent out his goons to take care of you. You’ll get 4 new “dungeons” to traverse and (without giving anything away) 1 additional “vehicle” mission. One of the “dungeons” is particularly interesting, as it doesn’t rehash the typical building, cave, or laboratory design of other missions. It’s completely new environment with a new environmental scenario to help battle enemies with. It definitely felt new and refreshing. The missions felt more challenging than other DLC, such as the Kasumi Stolen Memory and Overlord DLC, as I died several times. Although one may take that with a grain of salt. If you are like me, you haven’t played Mass Effect 2 in awhile, so I just may be rusty. There are two different boss battles in the DLC. One of which is quite challenging, and the other interesting as it involves more than just shooting at the boss.
In addition, unlike the Overlord DLC, you’ll have new characters to chat with and get to know, further fleshing out the Mass Effect 2 universe. They won’t join you in your crew, but it’s nice to be able to have deeper dialogue options with characters, since that is such a core part of the Mass Effect 2 experience. By the end of the DLC, you’ll also have a new location to visit, and this new location does hint at more DLC coming from Bioware.
Overall, this is the the best DLC for Mass Effect 2 and everything you’d want in a DLC. You get a story that is tied to characters in both Mass Effect 1 and 2, you flesh out some of the backstory in Mass Effect 2, you get new characters to talk to, interesting dungeons, tough boss battles, and a new location to visit. The gameplay, exploration, and new dialogue options will last you over 2 hours. It’s definitely longer than your average DLC. The only downside is that this DLC is a tad more expensive than the others, running you at $10. However, given the high quality of this particular DLC, the price is worth it.
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