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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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BioWare was always going to return to the Shadow Broker; the mysterious information trader's existence has been dangled in front of us for long enough for everyone to know that we would eventually get to unwind that proverbial ball of yarn. But what seemed less certain was whether, after nine months of unremarkable and lacklustre DLC, this addition to BioWare's growing Mass Effect universe would actually be any good.

It is. Thankfully, BioWare has finally delivered on some meaty content that makes going to the effort of reacclimatising yourself to the corridors of Illium completely worth it. The first challenge: check your e-mail. Then remember where Liara's office is.

Everything goes a bit pear shaped after all that, with Shepherd and his gang wrapped up in Liara's ongoing quest to locate that pesky Shadow Broker. New information has arrived about his location, and before you can say how's your Krogan you're all off gallivanting around the universe, shooting people on the other side of some long corridors and getting involved in an exciting hovercar chase.

The quest, which will take a couple of hours to see through, is typical Mass Effect fare and includes, amongst other things, a fistfight, two decent boss battles and a zero-gravity rummage across a rickety spaceship exterior. As always you're mostly being funnelled down long, thin corridors with plenty of chest-high objects for cover, though the game (again, as always) does a good job of hiding this with an abundance of excellent aesthetic touches.

Taken on these elements alone, Lair of the Shadow Broker would be a decent but unremarkable excursion. BioWare's most significant success with the package is that it has constructed a side-story that doesn't feel disconnected from the main game. Instead, the DLC functions as a perfect blend of some pertinent sub-plots that effortlessly tie together story threads from both games. Hardly an easy feat: just look at some of the other DLC packs for proof.

Not to mention the appeal of getting (some of) the old team back together. Liara accompanies you for much of the quest, although her time with the gang is fleeting and she cannot be recruited as a permanent member. Still, there's a certain joy derived from the nostalgic twangs as you trump around with Liara and Garrus in tow.

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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
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