Should I buy/play Arrival before I get Mass Effect 3?

#1 Edited by sonatar (11 posts) -

I've heard that the Arrival DLC isn't very good and not worth the price, but are there any plot points or choices to make in it that I should play for myself before playing Mass Effect 3? Should I buy it and play it, or should I just read the plot details online? Thanks.

#2 Posted by JoeyRavn (4967 posts) -

I would advise against it. Besides it being terrible, I don't think it's necessary to understand anything about ME3, since Bioware basically forced the resolution of Arrival into the main game. You're better off watching a playthrough on YouTube, since no matter what you do, the result is the same... AFAIK.

#3 Edited by MC_Hify (334 posts) -

I didn't think it was that bad, it has a couple cool parts to it. You should probably read the plot details if you don't get it though. It really depends on how much 7 bucks is worth to you.

#4 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

A lot of people didn't like Arrival, but I'd definitely say go for it. It'd be a great way to prepare yourself for tomorrow (or technically tuesday, but I'm staying up)

#5 Posted by Gabriel (4061 posts) -

Now would be an good time to buy Arrival, as opposed to an year ago.

#6 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5144 posts) -

It's not very good, I would recommend reading about it in wikipedia (or Giant Bomb, it's and up and coming website about video games) or watch it on youtube.

#7 Posted by JasonR86 (9657 posts) -

@sonatar said:

I've heard that the Arrival DLC isn't very good and not worth the price, but are there any plot points or choices to make in it that I should play for myself before playing Mass Effect 3? Should I buy it and play it, or should I just read the plot details online? Thanks.

It doesn't really matter. I'll make it simple for you. Here's what you learn with that DLC; hey the Reapers are coming. You do make a choice that effects people but I don't think Bioware would allow for that choice to matter in ME3 because they can't assume people who have bought the new game played the Arrival DLC.

#8 Posted by Rawrnosaurous (768 posts) -

Don't buy the dlc, it's a waste of money. Nothing new is learned and there are no choices that you can make/that effect mass effect 3.

Bottom line Shephard destroys a mass relay by pushing an asteroid into it and killing a billion Batarians. He did this to postpone the reaper invasion by not allowing them to use the relay and making them travel farther to find another one.

When I say bottom line I mean you can't not do this, there are no choices inside of this dlc.

#9 Posted by DonChipotle (2725 posts) -

The only choice you have is if you wanna go stealth or guns blazing at the start.

Oh and you can choose to warn the Batarians but it literally does nothing.

#10 Posted by WickedFather (1733 posts) -

Just youtube it.  I played it free and was meh'd by it.

#11 Posted by Willin (1280 posts) -

It wasn't terrible, it's just not the Mass Effect 2 experience most people had playing the rest of the game. I still think the last area of the last level is the best in the game.

#12 Posted by Schatzy23 (159 posts) -

Just recently purchased it myself for the same reason you are pondering over. I'm not entirely sure what to think. I'd say if you want to donate $7 to Bioware and a few hours of your time, go for it. If not, there's always wiki's, like place about video games!!, or youtube.

#13 Posted by DocPorpoise (109 posts) -

i literally played through it yesterday cause i've had it sitting on my xbox for months and i wanted to remember how the game played in prep for next week. in terms of story it does nothing really but set up why Shepard has to go back to earth.

#14 Posted by WMoyer83 (636 posts) -

Does it have trophies/achievements? Because some people are into that sort of thing.

#15 Posted by DocPorpoise (109 posts) -

@WMoyer83: it's got a 50pt ach for beating it.

#16 Posted by wafflez (525 posts) -

Playing all of the dlc/missions for ME2, I can easily say it was the weakest of the bunch.  I thought it added an interesting story to the plot but I don't think any of it is necessary.  I'm not sure if there was any story choices that carry over, if there was I'd say that and the 50 pts is all its worth.  

#17 Posted by Korwin (2847 posts) -

No reason not to, it may not be super fantastic but It will add a little extra something to your play through of ME3.

#18 Posted by Kear (109 posts) -

I would only advise buying it if you're a Bioware and/or Mass Effect fan boy, like me.

#19 Posted by sonatar (11 posts) -

Thanks for all the advice. At this point I think I'll just skip it, especially since you all told me what happens plot-wise (thanks for saving me the trouble of looking it up elsewhere). I think my $7 is better spent elsewhere.

#20 Posted by kristov_romanov (458 posts) -

I didn't mind it, but I'll take any ME I can get.

#21 Posted by tourgen (4472 posts) -

No. It's just a cash-in and not worth your time. It's extremely short and doesn't introduce any interesting level design or scenery.

#22 Posted by Chris2KLee (2334 posts) -

I have to agree with the sentiment of passing on it. It's very brief and nothing in it really reveals anything you don't already know. If it goes on sale cheap maybe, but you will be fine to just play ME3.

#23 Posted by Helios1337 (325 posts) -

I was also wondering if it was worth the $7 they are still asking for it. Sounds like a strong NO.

#24 Posted by benspyda (2033 posts) -

If it is a sign of what ME3 will be like then maybe I can see why everyone is worried.

I amazed by all this ME3 craziness. So much anger and emotion over a single game that's not even out yet.

#25 Posted by DoctorTran (1555 posts) -

I say do it.

#26 Posted by Phatmac (5725 posts) -

Not really worth the money to be honest. Just read a synopsis of it on here or something.

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