Shadow Broker -- At what point in ME2 should I play it?

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#1 Posted by SagaciousJones (156 posts) -

I'm currently doing a run-through of ME1+2 in preparation for 3 and I'm a little unsure of when in the game I should play it.

Obviously, it was released after everyone completed the suicide mission, so second to last (before Arrival) would be an option. However, from the hints and bits of info I've learned about LotSB, you get resources and some kind of "investment" options that would be useful in the middle of the game.

I was thinking of doing it after Horizon, but before the Reaper IFF--a good chunk of the game done, but not as a loose end after the plot resolves.


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#2 Posted by Red (6146 posts) -

It's a relatively difficult mission, so if you're on insanity you'll want your Collector Base weapon and some upgraded powers. Definitely don't do it after the Reaper IFF if you want a perfect run (I don't know if you've played the game before, but you can pretty much only do one or two missions after the IFF without some imperfect stuff happening). I don't know if the "Investment" stuff does much, but you do get locations of specific mineral-rich planets that make mining and probing pretty easy.

I'd say do it after Collector Base, before IFF. That's how I'm doing it in my pre-ME3 run.

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#3 Posted by SagaciousJones (156 posts) -

Perfect, thanks!

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#4 Edited by Jaytow (793 posts) -

Oh, I see.EDIT

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#5 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Whenever it tickles you fancy .... the cool aspect of it is that the dlc registers and what time you are doing it , so changes lines acordingly etc.

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#6 Posted by Marz (5986 posts) -

I played it after i completed the game, seemed fine and there are lines of dialogue that mention what i did at the end of the game in the shadow broker DLC.

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#7 Edited by Pinworm45 (4069 posts) -

I'm gunna go ahead and go against what was said here and say do it ASAP. There's a bunch of investments that can help early on that will make make minerals/cash less tedius.

But really, it doesn't much matter. Do it if you start to get bored or something (I always get a bit bored when I'm doing all the loyalty quests, that gets repetitive, at least after the first play through)

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#8 Posted by Xakura (127 posts) -

After collector ship, before IFF seems to be a good time to do it, as previously mentioned. You get the opportunity to make a bit of cash, but if you have an imported char/ completed the game previously, money should not be critical.

You do get some random weapon upgrades, not sure if it's one per playthrough. (Got sniper dmg as infiltrator, only checked back once)

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#9 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

I played it after I finished the game, but I think it will work fine after you finish the part with Liara in the game.

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#10 Posted by ExplodeMode (851 posts) -

It has a lot of upgrades and let's you respec your squad so saving it for last is kind of a waste.

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#11 Posted by WarlordPayne (761 posts) -

You get more time to use the gameplay benefits if you do it early, however you get a bit of extra story stuff if you do it after the suicide mission. So go with whichever is more important to you.

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#12 Posted by Tomkang (276 posts) -

Insanity as the Soldier Class was not too hard, and I finished the game by the time the DLC came out, so I did it at the end.

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#13 Posted by ckeats (496 posts) -

I was wondering this myself earlier.

What about Kasumi's Stolen Memory and Overlord?

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#14 Posted by NicksCorner (498 posts) -

Overlord yields a nice amount of resources.

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#15 Posted by NTM (9746 posts) -

You can do it before or after, I have done both, but I suggest doing it after the game when you don't have much else to think about other than doing that mission. The only thing that really changes is the conversation you have with Liara if you ask her to aboard the ship.

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#16 Posted by DeanoXD (703 posts) -

I personally recommend not playing any of the dlc until you have completed your first play through.

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#17 Posted by Red (6146 posts) -

If you're playing a non-Soldier class, go through Kasumi ASAP as it yields a very nice SMG, that is basically as good as an assault rifle.

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#18 Edited by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

@ckeats said:

I was wondering this myself earlier.

What about Kasumi's Stolen Memory and Overlord?

Kasumi should be tackled ASAP, so as to unlock yourself a fantastic new SMG, and of course Kasumi herself who's a great party member(EDIT: or yeah, basically what said :P) . Overlord is completely independent story-wise, so it fits in whenever. There's no new weapons or squad-mates either, so there's no rush.

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#19 Posted by ckeats (496 posts) -

@Abyssfull: @Red: Thanks guys. I'm playing Vanguard so a new SMG would be great. I just did the Horizon mission, so I got Kasumi downloading now. I think I may skip Overlord for now, just for the sake of saving time to finish for ME3.

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