As we all know the most recent piece of DLC has been released in the Mass Effect world. Leviathan promised to give us huge answers to questions we have been asking ourselves, each other and the developers since the 1st game launched and we were first introduced to the dreadful Reapers. Promised to us we the answers to such questions as where did the Reapers come from? What is the story behind their creation? As well as many others. I can tell you that as a massive Mass Effect fan I was not disappointed, knowing the answers to these questions for me was worth at least double what players are being charged for it. This DLC however does not have as wide a range of appeal as say Lair of the Shadow Broker since most of the 4 or so hours is spent investigating the office of Dr. Bryson, a scientist working for Admiral Hackett on a top-secret project. Brysons office is just one of the new locations players will have the chance to explore. Being that the new “Citadel location” is just an office is a tad bit disappointing, but after looking through all of the amazing data and artifacts throughout the office that disappointment quickly fades.
The investigation becomes necessary after Bryson is gunned down by his clearly indoctrinated assistant guns him down in front of Shepard. Scouring clues and using a galaxy map you trace ships and sightings to piece together the puzzle leading you towards the illusive Leviathan. With the help of EDI you’re able to find your next lead and make your way out of the Citadel and on to the next new location to meet up with Brysons confidant who will remain nameless in this review. After extracting your contact from waves of Reaper forces and a few objectives that give a nod to the ultra-popular multiplayer you make your way back to Brysons office, searching for more clues and cross-referencing the data to find the final location and finally your about to get the answers you’ve always wanted.
Some of the more interesting moments come in the fact that throughout the DLC you are in contact with the mysterious force that has been able to kill a reaper, the method in which it is delivered and the context of the messages are both disturbing and amazing. The climax of the content certainly comes at the end when Shepard and crew arrive on an ocean covered planet that is quickly invaded by Reapers, after disposing of the enemies Shepard climbs into the Atlus mech teased by Bioware in the trailer and quickly have the chance to experience 20 of the most incredible minutes the Mass Effect series has ever delivered. Is Leviathan worth the wait? Or the price…? If you are a Mass Effect fans dying for the answers to these long-pondered questions then the $10 price point is a mere drop in the bucket. A resounding yes!