Is it better to play Shadow Broker before or after the endgame?

#1 Posted by Dross (303 posts) -

Okay, so I am at what seems to be a sweet spot in the game before I go get the IFF thingy, so I am going around doing all the side missions, getting as many upgrades as I can, getting everyone loyal, and doing all the DLC.  All of which I've now done, except for Shadow Broker.  I remember references being made on the Bombcast that this is linked to ME3 but I kinda wanna go ahead and play it...should I?  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

#2 Posted by Vaile (355 posts) -

You can, of course. And depending on your playstyle, the Stasis power can be very helpful.  
 
But if continuity is what's important to you, I'd wait until you complete the game, since Shadow Broker is the first DLC linking ME2 with ME3.

#3 Edited by Venatio (4491 posts) -

I played it  after finishing the game and I thought it made much more sense storywise, so that's what I recommend, finish the game first

#4 Posted by LiquidPrince (15912 posts) -
@Vaile said:
" You can, of course. And depending on your playstyle, the Stasis power can be very helpful.   But if continuity is what's important to you, I'd wait until you complete the game, since Shadow Broker is the first DLC linking ME2 with ME3. "
That's not entirely correct... Time line wise, Shadow Broker can happen anytime after you meet Liara on Illium after the initial stuff you do on Illium.
#5 Posted by haggis (1677 posts) -

As far as the story goes, it doesn't matter. I think it makes more sense to do it afterward, but it doesn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things. I'm just getting to Illium in my sixth (damn) playthrough now, and I imagine I'll do Shadow Broker as soon as it's available, just because it's so damn fun.

#6 Posted by Jadeskye (4367 posts) -

it's written as if to occur after the events of ME2.

#7 Posted by DeeGee (2121 posts) -

They said that you should ideally play it after the main game, as it links ME2 to ME3.

#8 Posted by Vaile (355 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" @Vaile said:
" You can, of course. And depending on your playstyle, the Stasis power can be very helpful.   But if continuity is what's important to you, I'd wait until you complete the game, since Shadow Broker is the first DLC linking ME2 with ME3. "
That's not entirely correct... Time line wise, Shadow Broker can happen anytime after you meet Liara on Illium after the initial stuff you do on Illium. "
Oh? Sorry for the misinformation, I thought I had read that LotSB was intended to take place after the Collector's are defeated.
#9 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -
@Vaile said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" @Vaile said:
" You can, of course. And depending on your playstyle, the Stasis power can be very helpful.   But if continuity is what's important to you, I'd wait until you complete the game, since Shadow Broker is the first DLC linking ME2 with ME3. "
That's not entirely correct... Time line wise, Shadow Broker can happen anytime after you meet Liara on Illium after the initial stuff you do on Illium. "
Oh? Sorry for the misinformation, I thought I had read that LotSB was intended to take place after the Collector's are defeated. "
Well it fits pretty much anytime during the ME2 story since the threat is always there collector's or not.  Only difference (I played both one before and one after the finish) is that the Broker actually mentions that triumph in the stand off.

Though I recommend pushing the DLC in before doing the last mission because then it's guaranteed to be in your save file.
#10 Posted by Bouke (1402 posts) -

 
You'll get some usefull stuff from playing through the Shadow Broker (like information on rich mineral planets) that will help you during ME2; so i would say play it after you meet Liara for the first time on Ilium.

#11 Posted by Tennmuerti (8073 posts) -

Story wise any time is fine.
But it is nice to play it before endgame for the bonuses you get.

#12 Posted by Ocean_H (290 posts) -

Better after because:
 
http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/129/index/4638855&lf=8

Post #6: "Like many of our missions, you can do the Shadowbroker DLC before or after the suicide mission. However, because we understood that most players would be coming to this after the suicide mission, we weighted the dialog much more heavily toward the assumption that the player had already completed it."

#13 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5228 posts) -

After

#15 Posted by Dross (303 posts) -

Thanks for everyone's input.  I went ahead and beat the game (everyone survived!), and now am making my way through Shadow Broker.  After playing ME1 and 2 back to back, it's gonna be hard going back to other games...

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