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The Shadow Broke Her

Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker

After playing through the disappointing Witch Hunt DLC for Dragon Age, I turned my attention to Bioware’s other “reconnect with your lost love” DLC, a little story called The Lair of the Shadow Broker for a certain Mass Effect 2. Offering a chance to reconnect with my Shepard’s beloved Liara and hunt down one the game’s few loose ends was a pretty enticing offer, and the resulting package is easily the best released for Mass Effect 2 yet. In fact, if you are a fan of the franchise, this is probably a necessary purchase.

If you played through the game, you’ll remember that Liara has been hunting the ambiguous Shadow Broker for years, and she became so obsessed she wouldn’t join up with Shepard when Shep asked her to come. Well with the DLC, the Illusive Man will do the hard work for the both of you and hook you up with some key intel. Then Shep and Liara can finally hunt the Shadow Broker down and blah, blah, blah. I don’t really want to give anything away, but there’s enough story here to keep you plenty satisfied for a couple hours.

The DLC, as you’d probably expect, mainly tasks you with shoot outs against a variety of tough foes. But beyond offering some nice firefights, Shadow Broker also throws in a crazy car chase sequence. Complete with funny backseat driving. It’s plenty reminiscent of that seen from Attack of the Clones, sure, but how is that a bad thing? I really enjoyed getting back into some Mass Effect 2 combat, and the story is more than enough to keep you going.

There are some nice unlocks that come after completing the DLC mission too. But I’ll let you discover those on your own too. Unless you completely hated Liara and found the concept of the Shadow Broker totally unappealing, I implore you to check out this add-on. If FPS games can get away with selling maps and guns, an achievement like Mass Effect 2 deserves the support of people buying grade-A quality content like this.

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