Excerpt: Every word you'll read in this review was written with a heavy heart. After following the Mass Effect trilogy since the first game hit the Xbox 360 in 2007, it is tough to see the adventure reach its end. Even when writing the ME3 review, I knew there'd be some DLC down the line to reignite that spark, but this is it - the last time I'll get to share my thoughts on the space opera that, I'd argue, was better than Star Wars and Star Trek combined.
Excerpt: Commander Shepard isn’t playing around anymore. Within the first hour of Mass Effect 3, Earth is ravaged by the Reapers, the colossal squid-like robots that he spends the first two Mass Effect games thwarting, seemingly to no avail. The Council still wallows in denial and idiotic bureaucracy. Even the Alliance has effectively stranded him on Earth and stripped him of the Normandy.
Excerpt: Now this is more like it. After a couple of DLC episodes that seemed to forget what made Mass Effect so enjoyable, Bioware have finally pulled their socks up and given us a rousing curtain-closer. It’s clear from the start that Citadel isn’t going to retain the same sense of doom-laden inevitability that permeates Mass Effect 3’s main narrative. Things start off with a civvy dressed Shepard meeting Joker for a little rest and relaxation in a swanky sushi restaurant.
Conclusion: I loved Citadel, and I’m looking forward to going through it again with my second playthrough, seeing how it fits when integrated to the game as a whole. For the last piece of DLC in the Mass Effect trilogy, this is a perfect goodbye, and a final high for the series.
Excerpt: The Mass Effect series will be remembered as one of the greatest RPG sci-fi epics of all time and even though the final game in the series caused a huge uproar over the internet due to the ending, the pros still outweighed the cons.
Conclusion: Leviathan is Mass Effect 3 with a touch of X-Files’ atmosphere and LA Noire's investigations. What's not broken (or broken, depending on your point of view) hasn't been fixed, and the new narrative and gameplay angles are welcomed and unobtrusive. After a couple of pedestrian post-release offerings, Leviathan feels like a confident return to form, and it boasts one hell of a payoff for Mass Effect’s greater narrative.
Excerpt: You're probably asking yourself, "Why would The Gamers' Temple get the Mass Effect 3 DLC review out before the review for the game it's attached to?" Well, full disclosure, I'm still playing through the unbelievable space opera's final chapter. We should have a full review up in a few days, but we thought we'd cover this amazing DLC package to whet your appetite.
Excerpt: It really doesn't seem that long ago that BioWare's Mass Effect took the Xbox world by storm. The action RPG starring Commander Shepard captured the imaginations of millions, and the sequel that followed further cemented Mass Effect's place among the all-time greatest sci-fi properties. Personally, I feel Shepard could best Captain Kirk or Luke Skywalker on any given day, but I'd be afraid of the Jedi/Vulcan retaliation that would come from such a statement.
Excerpt: Mass Effect 3 is the latest and last installment in the Mass Effect series, and Commander Shepard – who has probably enjoyed the most “eventful” term of service in military history – must unite the races of the galaxy against primeval entities that have emerged from dark space after aeons of slumber to exterminate the races that have appeared since the last time they awoke.