Summary: It’s been a while—over seven years, in fact—since Mass Effect was first announced. At the time, it was being pitched as a classic 1970s sci-fi flick that you could play. Your decisions, they said, would have dramatic effects on the final outcome, and your progress would transfer between games—a pretty unique concept at the time.
Excerpt: As the first story-driven DLC for Mass Effect 3, Leviathan has its work cut out for it, and not only because revered series’ narrative conclusion has been so flatly received. Occurring before Shepard’s final battle on Earth against the Reapers, Leviathan asks that you forget what you’ve very likely already experienced in order to delve just a bit deeper into the series’ backstory.
Excerpt: Developer Bioware has released numerous expansions and post launch DLC for their hit game Mass Effect 3 including the first batch of content known as From Ashes, the Extended Cut DLC that plenty of bonus content for the game's controversial ending and numerous multiplayer expansions. Still, none have focused on delivering as much bonus content to the game's original story as Leviathan.
Excerpt: Warning: here there be spoilers. This review of the free extended cut Downloaded Content (DLC) for Mass Effect 3 will go over all four (yes, there are four now) possible endings for the series. While we don't normally review simple DLCs, especially ones that really only add limited new content and a couple movies to the game, the controversy over how Mass Effect 3 finished, or failed to finish, warrants a look.
Excerpt: Despite its near universal praise, Mass Effect 2 was a major disappointment to me following the original. Not only was Mass Effect my first BioWare role-playing experience, but it was one of the first Western RPGs I'd ever completed. The characters, the major revelations, the choices, it all left me with the feeling that I had made a meaningful impact on the galaxy and its trajectory; it drew me in, and I loved every moment of it.
Excerpt: Given that I didn’t have a ME2 save game handy, I was forced to play ME3 cold. There are, friends who have lived and bled the ME franchise tell me, lots of previous decisions and branch points in the earlier games which impact this one. I personally suspect these are mostly superficial, like if I had gotten one character killed in ME2, I would still do the same mission my friends did in ME3 only with some other character, one of the survivors.
Conclusion: Mass Effect 3 should have been a triumph. Everything was in place, all Bioware had to do was plug in some good gameplay and appropriately epic cinematics and the job was done. In some ways, the game pulls it off, especially in the emotion department. Any game that can tug on my heartstrings without being cloying or overly sentimental is worth playing. When the game goes for broke, there's little that can match it. On this level, Mass Effect 3 is a success.
Summary: Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth.