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Mass Effect 2 - Lair of the Shadow Broker Review for Xbox 360

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Commander Shepard and Liara T'Soni team up to confront the Shadow Broker.

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8Out of 10
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The dialogue, too, is absolutely spot-on. Filled with huge chunks of new conversation, Lair of the Shadow Broker puts Shepard into full-on ass-kicker mode and has him (or her, if you're that way inclined) mostly stomping around with comedy one-liners and sweet putdowns. One exchange, as Shepard and Liara are busy dodging bullets, debates why mercenaries always approach in dribs and drabs from various directions instead of attacking all at once: hats off to BioWare for turning a common conceit of game design (of which Mass Effect is as guilty as anything else) into an effective joke.

More important, at least for anyone yet to reach the endgame, are the various bonuses offered to you by completing the Shadow Broker's main quest. You're given access to some fancy computer terminals, and for pocket change you can have mineral-rich planets lit up on your map. Then there's the ability to dispatch teams of mercenaries out to faff about and occasionally bring back fistfuls of credits, giving you the option to perpetually cycle easy boosts to your economy and minerals.

On top of that, and perhaps more pertinent for fans of the universe's rich backstory, is a collection of dossiers that serve to flesh out the history of the game's supporting cast. Highlights include Miranda's online dating conversations, Legion's gaming records and the title of Jacob's most viewed porn movie. Which he watches while working out, obviously.

Without wanting to delve any deeper into potential spoiler territory, Lair of the Shadow Broker also takes a turn in a direction that can't help but affect Mass Effect 3. The predicable twist can be seen coming a mile off, but it's an undeniably satisfying way to advance the narrative, and will indubitably make Mass Effect 3 all the sweeter. You can't exactly say that about the Overlord pack.

But fans unprepared to shell out any money will, other than missing out, be happy to know that this doesn't put a neat and tidy bow on the whole Shadow Broker storyline. It plays with the characters, teases a few conclusions and ultimately leaves you left wanting more. It might not be too cheap at 800 Microsoft Points, but it's an exciting and cinematic ride while it lasts.

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EISPower

The best ME2 DLC. Completing it on insanity mode was tough but doable.
Posted 20:29 on 10 March 2011
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omfg-bbq@ Neon-Soldier32

They can't published by MS.
Posted 16:51 on 22 September 2010
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Neon-Soldier32@ Woffls

Fair point, unless they bring ME1 out?
Posted 16:42 on 22 September 2010
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Woffls@ Neon-Soldier32

No Shepard import means no PS3 sale for Mass Effect MEGA FANS like us :D

I'm tempted to wait for a GOTY edition as well, but I already spent £55 on the CE ¬¬
Posted 16:25 on 22 September 2010
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Neon-Soldier32@ IndoorHeroes

PS3 Version?
Posted 15:44 on 22 September 2010
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IndoorHeroes

800 points for only a couple of hours of content... Ahhhh... damn thats tough. I'm gonna leave it for now. When you consider the full game can be bought new for £15 now it seems crazy to spend about £7 on one mission.

GOTY Edition please.
Posted 15:18 on 22 September 2010
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SexyJams

This is the first time I hadn't been able to buy the DLC before the review went up.
Everything ever is telling me to buy it, I'm physically incapable of doing so though :(
Posted 15:16 on 22 September 2010
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Clockpunk

Fantastic piece of DLC - well worth every penny.
Posted 13:40 on 22 September 2010
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Woffls

800!!? Don't Cerberus Network people get it a bit cheaper? :( I might buy this, because the Shadow Broker is actually a more illusive character than the Illusive Man himself! I've got to read the comics first I think. I have all of them but wanted to keep them sealed xD
Posted 12:44 on 22 September 2010
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Roland_D11

Did you get any sleep lately, Martin? So many great reviews :-) .

I played this DLC and I really liked it. I have one problem, though. I think the ending must have consequences in ME3. And given that many people won't buy this they will miss on something important.
Posted 12:43 on 22 September 2010
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renegade

Its a great end to the story (I think the DLC is over right?) Can't wait for ME 3
Posted 11:39 on 22 September 2010

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Mass Effect 2 - Lair of the Shadow Broker
8
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Mass Effect 2 - Lair of the Shadow Broker - No boxshot available.
  • Advances the narrative
  • Works the nostalgia glands
  • Very entertaining
  • Not exactly cheap
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Release Date: 01/09/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PC
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: TBC
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