Bioware has been in an odd state these days, what with the original disappointing endings and the huge fan revolt in a want to see a new set of ones. They remedied that with the Extended Cut, making each selection so very different in their own rights (the way they should have been), and back at the Wheel of Creativity they delivered the next piece of the Mass Effect 3 universe with Leviathan.
I want to do my best to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but I will make sure I label the sections directly when they come about.
Like most other DLC, Leviathan jumps inside Mass Effect 3 in mid stride, melding in with the main story and giving it a touch of desperation on the part of Shepard and his crew. You are asked to investigate recent findings of the Leviathan of Dis by a select Task Force. Upon the word of Admiral Hackett, Shepard is urged to visit the Citadel and meet the Task Force Leader Dr. Bryson and see what he has to say about a possible “Reaper Killer”. In true ME Fashion, things turn from bad to worse within moments of meeting the good Doctor.
From grizzly murders to the most amazing cases of indoctrination you have ever seen, Leviathan showcases many layers of excitement on your search for the Leviathan of Dis. The initial search begins in the Doctor’s lab, where you can find many clues about the mysterious creature’s past and present possible location. As you progress your way through the laboratory, you slowly start to piece together some possibilities to what history saw as Reaper activity. Alongside you in your digging through the lab is EDI, who comes along during a call to C-SEC.
Your search with EDI is filled with interesting theories and facts about what Dr. Bryson’s teams had come across. Littered throughout the lab are humorous exchanges between Shepard and EDI, including one incident including mocking Sovereign and his destruction, and even a mention of the Loch Ness Monster. It was not as humorous as that in Mass Effect 2’a Lair of the Shadow Broker, but the comedy isn’t the factor in Leviathan, it was the action and the history of the Mass Effect universe.
As the DLC progresses, it leads you between scenes in the office of Dr. Bryson and those on sparse locations you are led to by the research, you find yourself intertwined in a plot to keep you away from finding the Leviathan. Indoctrinated miners and workers stand in your path in a creepy mining station that will make you feel even more alone in your search, minus your team members.
It truly is a story that keeps you on your toes, as indoctrinated souls tell you “You cannot break the Darkness.” Though with that in mind, the story may develop the lore of the universe yet the time frame in which they do it is rather disappointing, a hard two hours is a bit lacking in development options. I was sad to see how quickly the content was over, but the addition to the universe seemed to make it up for me.
All in all, Leviathan is a work of art that was long overdue for the Mass Effect Universe. It gives you a better understanding of your enemies, it shows you that desperation can make you do crazy things, and even brings to light things that we have only speculated before. Bioware gave us an enjoyable ride and allowed us a peak at more of the secrets of the Universe as great gift to go with the Extended Cut that was released weeks before hand.
With my past experience with Mass Effect DLC, it becomes a matter of content and story line and Leviathan not only brings that but much more than I expected to see. In the end, I have to give Leviathan a 9.5 out of 10 for a great journey that was unfortunately too short for my taste.
Length aside, I recommend any Mass Effect fan to go and download this content today, it is worth the $10 price tag.