Mass Effect 3 Citadel Review: Almost Enough. Almost.
General Mass Effect 3 And Specific ‘The Citadel’ Spoilers below. Seriously, there are spoilers. You have been warned.
There’s no way to avoid it: The Citadel is kind of ridiculous. It begins when Anderson contacts Shepard because he wants to give the commander his ridiculously enormous Citadel apartment as a place to unwind between bouts of saving the galaxy. Yes, you read that right. Apparently, Anderson would waste valuable communication bandwidth to transfer property when he’s currently leading the doomed fight to save London from The Reapers – “Hey, other soldiers, I realize we’re getting blasted by artillery and everyone you know is either dead or indoctrinated, but I need to flip this house or the property taxes are going to kill me worse than the Reapers killed Thessia, amirite?”. Ridiculous, yes, but for now just go with it.
This gift opens up a previously inaccessible section of the Citadel, the upper strata where the galaxy’s one percenters live. In addition to Anderson’s posh crib, you’ll get access to Silversun Strip, a ritzy nightlife spot with a casino, new shops, and a sushi restaurant. After accepting an invitation from Joker to meet him in said sushi restaurant, the mission begins as unnamed mercenaries break in and start shooting up the place in an attempt to kill Commander Shepard. From here, Shepard learns that his/her entire crew has mobilized to help her out of the situation, and you’ll battle through levels set in Citadel historical archives, the station’s dry dock, and eventually the bowels of the Normandy itself as Shep fights to stop… and you may all groan now… her/his evil clone.
Once you defeat the clone, and I promise we will make fun of that shortly, the DLC’s second half gives you the chance enjoy something fans probably wished would have happened at the end of the game – a party with you and all your surviving crew at Shep’s new crib. That’s basically it. Throughout, you’ll be almost overloaded with fanservice references to everything from Blasto to Shepard’s space hamster, loads of genuinely funny dialogue and a chance to mix it up with almost everyone you’ve ever shared ship space with. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, and I know a few people whose opinions I consider superior to my own hated it. But it’s the first actual enjoyment I’ve had in the Mass Effect universe since learning the whole thing could be summed up by this image: