Mass Effect 3 Citadel Review: Almost Enough. Almost.
I went into “The Citadel” DLC for Mass Effect 3 barely able to feel anything beyond a tepid ‘whatever.’
A year ago, the hilariously incoherent nonsense passed off as the game’s original ending sparked one of the most interesting discussions of art and business in the history of gaming. Of course, that discussion was defined largely by one-sided irrational bitterness, and subsequent developments like BioWare’s internal problems haven’t improved things. Frankly, after a year of this one can, I hope, be excused for wanting nothing more to do with the franchise. Which is why, after completing “The Citadel,” Mass Effect 3′s final story-based DLC, I’m shocked that for the first time in a year, I am actually happy with something associated with Mass Effect 3.
Yes, The Citadel contains an enormously bizarre abandonment of tone. Yes, in context it’s completely inappropriate, particularly where it takes place within the game. Yes, Mass Effect 3′s ending is still complete nonsense. Yes, the same is true for the ending of The Citadel. Yes, it reeks of an almost desperate need to please. And, yes, it bears the unmistakable signs of a franchise being prepped for conversion to something far more generic than the deeply involved RPG it started as. But action packed, full of variety, and funny as hell, it is not only the best post-release Mass Effect content since Lair of the Shadow Broker, it finally provides something that the Extended Cut and all the ‘lots of speculation from everyone‘ in the galaxy never could: closure.
It accomplishes the difficult trick of leaving you feeling satisfied after a grueling year full of disappointments, and as ridiculous as it gets, it’s a fitting goodbye to the characters players have come to know since 2007. If only you didn’t have to grapple with the game’s other, congenital flaws, it would be a triumph. If only….
Mass Effect 3 – The Citadel DLC
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Released: March 5, 2013