ME3 Leviathan DLC: A Healthy Dose of Backstory
For those of you who don't already know, the first single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3, titled Leviathan, hit Xbox LIVE, the PSN, and the Origin Store this past Tuesday. I got the chance to play through it almost immediately after it released, and I can say this with impunity - while there are a few minor quirks to it, it's most definitely worth the money.
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan has you pursuing something which managed to kill a Reaper on the Batarian world of Dis. Without giving away too much, the Leviathan of Dis is some sort of being which managed to kill a reaper by itself, and it most assuredly does not want to be found. Commander Shepard's journey over the course of the DLC will take them to a laboratory run by an obsessive researcher, a mining facility that feels like something out of The Twilight Zone, a besieged outpost on the side of a mountain, and finally, a massive spaceship graveyard in the middle of a tumultuous sea.
I'm describing all this to you because the environments are what truly stick out about the DLC Mass Effect 3: Leviathan. The mining facility was populated by dead-eyed, monotone employees and made my skin crawl as I was travelling through it. The laboratory felt like something out of the X Files (in space!), and the massive sea towards the end of the mission truly felt like a desolate, barren point of no return.
Toss in a healthy dose of backstory regarding the Reapers and garnish that with a dash of Cosmic Horror and Leviathan is definitely a winner, and definitely something any fan of the series would do well to pick up, assuming they haven't already done so. The DLC did suffer from a few stumbling points – some of the dialogue felt a little corny, and there was a marked lack of any new foes to lock horns with: it was the same old Reapers we've come to know and hate. It also felt as though, for the ten dollars that I spent on it, it could have been slightly longer, even if what I did experience was particularly well done.
Still, the good far outweighs the bad in Mass Effect 3: Leviathan. If nothing else, you'll get plenty of new war assets.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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