Lair of the Shadow Broker - The verdict

So I grabbed the latest DLC, which had a certain.. personal attachment as to how I played ME1 and reacted in ME2.   

Since this is Mass Effect and things may vary depending on decisions, I'll list what led me to the points in my play through (without revealing plot points).

  • Finished ME1 with Liara as Shepard's love interest
  • Shepard's the complete boyscout with full paragon from ME1
  • Remained loyal to her throughout the ME2 campaign
  • Also here full Paragon
  • Loaded the DLC from my finished ME2 play through so the campaign is over when visiting her
  • Each crew member is present
  • Shepard is close to max level
 

 Mass Effect: Redemption

Story

 The story continues the hints you received from the first encounter with Liara on Illium, where she's on a quest to act revenge on the Shadow Broker. Little was explained until this DLC though it managed to fill in enough gaps to give answers to people that hasn't read Mass Effect Redemption, while giving the ones that did quite a lot of good ties back to it. It manages to wrap up the questions and disappointments I experienced from my original play through and that pleased me a lot.
 

 
 

Visuals

 Bioware manage to create quite the awesome set pieces as a DLC and there's quite the breathtaking battle scenes on top of a ship cruising through a lightning storm. I was genuinely pleased with the eye candy. Not to mention Liara's updated character model.
 

Combat

 Little new here though there's a chase scene that gave quite a ride even if the control was limited to steering left and right, some interesting boss battles and the final showdown didn't let me down.
 

Dialogue / Characters

Liara T'Soni
As usual, your regular companions do nothing but blurt some line in a cut scene but reside to being mute mercs at your side. That take me a bit out of the immersion since I've built my crew and taken them through hell and back (yes, all of them). Though this DLC gave a flow and presence to Liara that most of that was forgotten when they were united under gun fire.  The rather cold and distant asari you met in ME2 was replaced with a calm, methodical and much more mature Liara.  
 
The choices from previous save files become apparent here as well since there are multiple occasions where characters remind you of the choices your Shepard's made in ME1, and even ME2.
 
Other characters you bump into is another SPECTRE and even Feron from ME Redemption make an appearance
 
 Without revealing plots or spoilers - The Shadow Broker is awesome in my opinion 

Conclusion

 I was really pleased with this DLC though admittedly that's from my Shepard being emotionally involved with Liara. I could sit with a small smile to my lips as I went through the story parts, waiting for the points in which things got more personal. 
 
To summarize, if you had any interest in Liara and the story behind Shepard's recovery, this is the best DLC of the ones for ME2. I don't need a new gun or a new party member. I need this; a DLC where the story gets first priority and ties in what's missing from the original games. A job well done in my book.
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So I grabbed the latest DLC, which had a certain.. personal attachment as to how I played ME1 and reacted in ME2.   

Since this is Mass Effect and things may vary depending on decisions, I'll list what led me to the points in my play through (without revealing plot points).

  • Finished ME1 with Liara as Shepard's love interest
  • Shepard's the complete boyscout with full paragon from ME1
  • Remained loyal to her throughout the ME2 campaign
  • Also here full Paragon
  • Loaded the DLC from my finished ME2 play through so the campaign is over when visiting her
  • Each crew member is present
  • Shepard is close to max level
 

 Mass Effect: Redemption

Story

 The story continues the hints you received from the first encounter with Liara on Illium, where she's on a quest to act revenge on the Shadow Broker. Little was explained until this DLC though it managed to fill in enough gaps to give answers to people that hasn't read Mass Effect Redemption, while giving the ones that did quite a lot of good ties back to it. It manages to wrap up the questions and disappointments I experienced from my original play through and that pleased me a lot.
 

 
 

Visuals

 Bioware manage to create quite the awesome set pieces as a DLC and there's quite the breathtaking battle scenes on top of a ship cruising through a lightning storm. I was genuinely pleased with the eye candy. Not to mention Liara's updated character model.
 

Combat

 Little new here though there's a chase scene that gave quite a ride even if the control was limited to steering left and right, some interesting boss battles and the final showdown didn't let me down.
 

Dialogue / Characters

Liara T'Soni
As usual, your regular companions do nothing but blurt some line in a cut scene but reside to being mute mercs at your side. That take me a bit out of the immersion since I've built my crew and taken them through hell and back (yes, all of them). Though this DLC gave a flow and presence to Liara that most of that was forgotten when they were united under gun fire.  The rather cold and distant asari you met in ME2 was replaced with a calm, methodical and much more mature Liara.  
 
The choices from previous save files become apparent here as well since there are multiple occasions where characters remind you of the choices your Shepard's made in ME1, and even ME2.
 
Other characters you bump into is another SPECTRE and even Feron from ME Redemption make an appearance
 
 Without revealing plots or spoilers - The Shadow Broker is awesome in my opinion 

Conclusion

 I was really pleased with this DLC though admittedly that's from my Shepard being emotionally involved with Liara. I could sit with a small smile to my lips as I went through the story parts, waiting for the points in which things got more personal. 
 
To summarize, if you had any interest in Liara and the story behind Shepard's recovery, this is the best DLC of the ones for ME2. I don't need a new gun or a new party member. I need this; a DLC where the story gets first priority and ties in what's missing from the original games. A job well done in my book.