As I write this, I can’t help but feel a little sad; this is the final piece of DLC for Shepard and this epic trilogy. The good thing however is that Bioware has done a fantastic job in giving us one last “HURRAH!” and a final chance to spend time with our friends we’ve fallen in love with over the past 6 years.
Citadel costs 1200msp and took me around 5 hours to complete everything, but you could easily lose more hours on the numerous mini games or combat arena. The only real problem I had with time, is that it is a huge piece of content and took me quite a while to download.
Citadel takes place anytime after the Cerberus attack, but is best played just before you attack Kronos Station at the end to get the most out of it. Please note however, this content does not affect the ending (other than war assets). The story see’s Shepard and crew being ordered to take shore leave in order to unwind, relax and briefly forget about the Reapers and the war. However, you soon come under attack from a group of mercenaries and are thrown back into combat to uncover who is behind the attack which leads you to new locations on the station, including a casino, lower wards and council archives. It’s a light hearted adventure that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a welcomed change from the dark and often sad moments of the main story. You have your entire ME3 crew to hand and even Wrex (provided he survived) to help. Needless to say, you’ll find yourself picking him in your party simply due to nostalgia. It is paced well and combat gets broken up with a stealth section similar to the previous Kasumi content for ME2. You can also play various mini games in the casino which are pretty simple, or visit the combat arena. It is a nice way of using your old ME2 squadmates and plays pretty similarly to the multiplayer. The only real issue I had with the story section is that there is a pretty cheesy plot twist, which isn’t strictly improbable in the lore of Mass Effect, but it’s still a questionable story decision.
Where Citadel shines however is in it’s character moments. Once the mission is finished, you get a chance to unwind and reconnect with all of your old squad, including the ME2 team, and love interests on a new hub area in the wards or in Shepard’s new apartment. Each character has their own unique scene, with some being extremely touching and moving (Liara’s scene in particular for me). There is even a chance to throw a party with all involved which I absolutely loved. Which leads me to the hilarity of this content. It is extremely funny. There are numerous references to previous games, multiplayer, fan favourite lines and more. Watching Shepard question his infamous “I should go” line because someone else said it was just brilliant. And who would of thought that Volus pizza delivery could be so funny. It really does show that Bioware was able to let their hair down with the writing and make the fans smile.
Overall this is a great piece of content for die hard fans. It’s awesome they got the whole gang back (unfortunately no mention of Legion or Morinth). Sure it’s just fan service at it’s core but for those , such as myself, who will find it hard to let go of these fantastic characters Bioware has given us something fantastic to remember them by. Seeing the group picture of everyone at the end of the party just made me so happy I had experienced this fantastic trilogy. I would highly recommend this DLC for any who wishes to have fond memories of our beloved group of friends.