The Mass Effect series will be remembered as one of the
greatest RPG sci-fi epics of all time and even though the final game
in the series caused a huge uproar over the internet due to the
ending, the pros still outweighed the cons.
was a kickass game that boasted an engaging story, a whole universe
to explore and almost perfect gaming. It's easy to see why Mass
Effect ticked so many boxes with gamers, not to mention the amazing
characterisation of the series.
It's also understandable why so many people loved their character
Shepard and although I can understand why Bioware concluded his or
her story like they did in Mass Effect 3, many gamers wanted a
proper closure for their character.
This is where the DLC called Citadel comes into play. Not just
because it's another story and a short-lived one at that but because
Bioware bring back almost all the characters from three games,
provided they are not dead and even the ability to rekindle past
romances. I was sold when I heard that my buddies were back!
The story of Citadel takes place before the climatic ending of Mass
Effect 3 which sees Shepard and crew being called back to the
Citadel as the Normandy goes into dock for repairs. During this
time, the player is reunited with a variety of characters from the
legacy that is almost like one of those sitcom reunions. Bioware
really give shore leave a new meaning in this story and so did the
Although the Reapers take a backseat in this DLC, Shepard and crew
actually face some nasties on the citadel who have rudely
interrupted their shore leave while the Normandy is fixed for the
final battle. Needless to say, the stakes are raised when Shepard
becomes drawn into something a little larger when a group of
mercenaries have targeted him.. or her!
However what I liked about this story and although the universe is
falling apart and the end is nigh, there is actually some humour
injected into the story that almost makes this story a little
light-hearted not to mention some great reminiscing. With that said,
Mass Effect will always be about combat but Citadel is all about
interacting with your buddies with the odd combat simulator thrown
in for good measures.
In terms of gameplay, this 4GB download adds a few new challenges to
the player from combat, puzzles and more importantly a way for
players to say goodbye. The best part of Citadel for me is the
choice of characters available to the player, provided they are
still alive which just feels right.
This assists in the sense of closure and even one final hoorah for
Shepard and his or her lover(s). All in all, returning to the
Citadel once again provided some challenges and the combat was fun,
especially the dialogue with all involved... what a great reunion.
Given that, Mass Effect 3 Citadel is not perfect either as sometimes
the dialogue with NPC's can be a bit lengthy and the endless
mercenaries are a little boring but hell... I'd give anything to
visit this universe again and Citadel allowed me to do that!
Although the ending of Mass Effect 3 is still set in stone, this DLC
allows gamers to close the book on this amazing series. At times it
is bittersweet as you know what is waiting for Shepard and crew,
however it does this quite successfully as it finishes our journey.