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The Citadel DLC is widely considered to be the best piece of DLC of the entire Mass Effect trilogy (yes, it's actually better reviewed than ME2's Lair of the Shadow Broker). Forbes Games called it "The Perfect Goodbye", io9 said that it "Gives Commander Shepard a Glorious Send-Off". And what does yours truly think?

Well, it's never easy with me, is it now? ;)

I present to you my lengthy review of the Citadel DLC, listing and explaining the reasons why it just didn't click for me, why it didn't work as well as it did for most of you guys, statistics be damned. Please be aware that this is but my opinion, nothing more, nothing less - no need to start flame wars because of it.

Read my review (and join the discussion) here:…


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Mandulis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I like to pretend this DLC takes place AFTER the Reaper War. Celebrating and stuff before going on a clean-up mission to take care of spare reaper forces hanging around. 

Anyway, the guys at Bioware decided that the fans knew better than them, and it shows. Never before had I seen so much fanservice. It was glorious. Calibrations, Grunt, Wrex, Samara romance-able, sassy dialogues all the way, feels thrown out of the airlock! To me, it was the best DLC of the goddamn trilogy. 
randommuthafu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I couldn't like it either, bought it anyways dammit.
ilikeshinyobjects Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ARGH I'm still going to play it

Winter-moot Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Having one last moment with all of the squadmates was good.
Sakara-Siluria Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I enjoyed it for the time my Shep had with various characters that were not given enough time with in the game. The humour was brilliant, i even enjoyed the action part as it was so utterly tongue in cheek. wasnt the awesome send off that people keep was fan service with many fan in jokes. It wasnt the answer to the big question - what happened when the Reapers went to take the Citadel ( Would have to be have been some indoctrinated people inside the Citadel that allowed the place to stay open and not close, plus how did they move the thing to Earth when it has no obvious engines of any kind. What happened to the thousands of refugees on top of all the people who lived on the mention of them by any of the crew - Ashley's Sister for example.
Chrispynutt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I probably wouldn't have gone back to Mass Effect 3 if it wasn't for you. Played Leviathan at the weekend and enjoyed it.

Listening to the soundtrack to ME1 reminds me of how distinctive it was. The ME2 and ME3 are nice, but you can tell where you are in ME1, the others could be virtually anywhere and that is a shame.

I really like the whole series overall, then ending of 3 was rubbish, but you are fixing that. Each game had its flaws, but the rest was amazing.

So thanks Koobismo, you are a legend.
AzuleneAroma Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
read your review and while I agree that it didn't solve the problem of the ending (and was thus a bit of a cop out) I really did need the laugh. You're right -its is an easy exit, but too be honest, BW did meet us about halfway with the extended cut to 'fix' the ending, which is more than I thought they would do. With this DLC I was entertained... you know 'shaken not stirred'. I'll leave it at that...
cbutz Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
The DLC should have been post-ending...OR take the first 2 gig , the mission part, and dedicate it towards fixing the ending..take the next two and dedicate to an epilogue. Maybe have a reunion/celebration party...but don't make it so lighthearted and corny as the party was in the official dlc. But that would make to many people satisfied.
Night-eco Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
While I find the DLC over the top, i know that this was intentional. I think its the developer's final way of apologizing to fans for that royal shitstorm that was the ending, and the fact that not everyone was entirely happy with their 'solution'.(I quite liked the extended cut, though i'm still disappointed that we didn't get proper, diverse, and unique endings. eh. can't win for losing I suppose).

But the over the top nature of the Citadel DLC.. It was a fresh breath of air. I thoroughly enjoyed the game completely making fun of itself for the entirety of its gameplay, with such hilarious conversations as "I should go", or Garrus' reply of him apparently saying 'calibrating more than any Turian should'. EDI's further adventures into being human, Wrex' and Vega's almost brotherly banter, Liara's silly nature that reminded me of her nervous youth from Mass effect 1.....

I'll miss you Shepard. We had a good run, and you've done more for this galaxy than anyone ever will.. you deserve a rest. :)
GeneralHerbison Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
It was without doubt in mind the absolute best DLC ever created for any Mass Effect game. And I have a strong feeling that at the end of it the game developers put in their own messages
Forgotten-Destnation Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I love how it's such blatant fanservice, which is exactly what I wanted ME3 to be (which it still WAS, mind you, it just missed some opportunities).
godofimagination Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I always am a bit confused about when in the storyline I should play the ME3 dlcs. It was Easy for ME2.
ComicArtCritic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I'm assuming there are spoilers then...?
Porecomesis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I'd probably agree with what you said if I actually played the DLC.

In any event, I perfectly sympathise with your feelings. It seems like they were really playing to the fans even more than usual and I can't really say I agree with that. Listening to your fans is a good thing but you shouldn't pander to them. Take the advice that works and make sure to bin any advice or "You should"s that just don't work. I'm actually writing a fanfic that's gotten quite a few readers and I get some "You should"s that just don't fit with what I'm going for at best and outright make me feel uncomfortable at worst. I won't say what the uncomfortable thing was here but trust me when I say I would not take that advice in a million years.
Felewin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Must say, I loved the Shadow Broker DLC.
JudgeEddy2 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't played in months, but it's still Mass Effect and it's still awesome. But since I know the ending, it's too hard for me to put in the disc.
HP01-CA9 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
From what I've seen: awkward animation, self-aware dialogues, bad puns... Cheap and hollow. It's a departure from the previous games which sadly carries along the stigmata of the third instalment and wears the stamp of mediocrity. This is most certainly the shape of things to come and for that I believe I'm done.

Long gone are the transhumanist discussion, ethical conundrum, social commentary and sophisticated moments delivered through mature writing. There's no depth, just pathos. Pathos sells as ridiculous as it may be, and numbs many to intellectual discourse or plain 'common sense'...

Anyway, I'll go read your review now.

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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest, I haven't picked up Mass Effect 3 since the extended cut dlc. I just can't. The StarChild really soured the whole experience. As much as I'd like to pick up the new DLC, I just can't get past that. When you're done, you're done, sadly. I'm not spending any more of my money on their adventures, and I've been a fan since the very beginning.

Your comic is brilliant though (and the audio versions!). Can't wait for the next part!
deviantWolf81 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I think that it doesn't change the ending that is the biggest pile of videogaming crap I've ever witnessed since 1988 (year I became a gamer). And I am not giving Bioware a penny for how they've handled the criticism.
Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I read your review and also the opinions of others here and I would say I PARTIALLY agree with what you've said.

Yes, the tone is supremely light. That's the point. Its supposed to be a moment of levity in-between the grim stuff. I'd compare it to the Drunken Porter scene in Macbeth. Its a moment of comedy that takes place in-between a lot of grim stuff. And since it canonically takes place before the last moments of the game its a sort of "calm before the storm" and "final moment of fun" before the big climax. Does that make sense?

And hey, considering everything Shepard does, he/she deserves a little R@R. He/she's no good to anyone burnt out. The whole purpose of the Citadel DLC is for Shepard to recharge his/her batteries and actually live again for the first time in lord knows how long. If you had so much resting on you, wouldn't you like/need a break? Just saying.

Don't get me wrong, I agree that the humor was a bit overdone and overblown, but some of it I found to be genuinely funny, and it was also nice to get to have some final good-byes with each of my crew, from both 2, and 3. Thane's funeral, Miranda and Jack burying the hatchet (something I've ALWAYS wanted to see), and getting Urdnot Wrex in your party one last time are all worthwhile additions to the canon I would say. The Combat Arena, where you can have other party members fight alongside you, while very "video-gamey" for lack of a better term, but its worth it just to have all of those guys work with you one last time.

So in the end, while I agree there is a noticeable difference in tone, the humor's a bit overdone at times, and its fanservicey as hell, I would say its still decent DLC and preferable to the Leviathan stuff, which only throws the bad plot twists of the ending in your face.
OpheliaBell Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Writer
Someone at Bioware surely said "Let them eat cake".

I just happened to be in the mood for cake, so I didn't mind so much, but I totally get why plenty of others would have been a bit put off by it.
Coltarin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I do agree
TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Writer
I've seen it through the filter of youtube and Tumblr, and it seems to me that it was tailor made for that audience. Bits and pieces for fans to "squee" over but when you take a step back and look at the thing, you see, nothing, nada, zilch....It has as much substance as a clothing or weapon pack DLC at three times the cost. 2+2=3.1 is not something I am going to pay any good money for.
CelticWolfwalker Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Overall, I enjoyed it for the camaraderie you get from old squad mates. As having a Shep that romanced Kaidan, I felt with him, and a couple of others, that lines were shorted compared to others. I did want a bit more interaction than the "Press space to select next dialog". I want more than just let's hear the next line. What about Shep's response to the lines?

I look at the party as a bit of a last hurrah before the final fight, where Shep is convinced of their own death at the end. I do agree with the off feeling of having it in the middle of an invasion but in a way, I can understand a bit of the premise. Even with WWII when troops get respite, they got a little detached from the action for a short while. This is not to say that they aren't aware of a war going on but it is a little breather before going into the trenches again. Besides which Shepard is running all over the galaxy anyway, looking for assets and allies, they aren't truly on the frontlines yet. Not until going back to Earth.

I think what would have been nice to add to the party, next to the group photo, was a moment where old friends that were no longer there, were toasted to. That would have brought back a little bit levity to all the cracking wise. :)
Coobalt-Dahonli-One Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I haven't been in contact with Mass Effrect since a very long time. I'll make sure to try this DLC... If I get enough time for it, that is.
Motion-Music Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
It was dog-shit, the dialogue was utter crap and the story was a ripoff of Pluto Nash for crying out loud.

it added nothing new to the unvierse, and teh characters spoke in repeated mass effect memes.
Belanna42 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I loved it! :) It was nice to hang out with Wrexie!! I have missed having him on the team in ME1 :)
TW6464 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I loved it. Loved everything about it.
nazia-fnb Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I didn't much like the DLC.
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