Mass Effect 3 DLC: The Citadel

This post will contain spoilers.

One thing I have noticed with ME3 is how much darker it is than ME2. It makes sense, during a worsening war things are not going to be very happy. I don’t think a video game has actually made me cry until now. That being said, the Citadel DLC was a much needed break from so much doom and gloom.

I had always heard about the funny parts of this DLC however, so I didn’t expect the first part of it to once again be pretty sinister. You start out meeting Joker for sushi, but someone comes in to warn us that people are trying to kill me. Sure enough, we are ambushed by a mysterious new mercenary group.

Of course, since I’m Shepard, I manage to escape from them and join up with my squad. Then we all go to the archives to figure out what it is they want. And it’s another ambush, led by someone surprising:

It’s me! I thought that voice sounded familiar at first. She is a clone of me, made by Cerberus in case I needed spare parts. That’s disturbing.

There were lots of new enemies to fight, my least favorite being the mercs with glowing shields.They are even more annoying to deal with than the Cerberus guardians.

Of course we end up getting betrayed by Brooks. She was working with my clone all along. And I got locked in the archives with Garrus and EDI, which led to some hilarious conversation.

We manage to get out with help from Glyph however, and go to retake the Normandy. With a toothbrush.

I had to fight my own clone, and watch her commit suicide. That was a little traumatizing. Also sad. She could have been more, and learned more about living. I don’t blame her for betraying me; she knew nothing and never had a chance.

That all felt rather dark, but now I get to the fun part: throwing a party for my squad, with members old and new! It was so nice to see them again and there were so many great moments. I don’t want to put too many but it was all great.

I really felt like I got my money’s worth on this one and I highly recommend it. It’s a very welcome break from the gloom and doom of the rest of the game.

I can’t believe how close I am to the end of the game. I don’t want it to end, but at the same time I need to know what happens next.

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