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Many gamers seem upset that BioWare and EA released the DLC From Ashes on the same day that Mass Effect 3 launched. Let's put that issue aside for now and just look at the quality of the content and whether it's worth your time and money.
As was accidentally revealed last month, From Ashes deals with the acquisition of a Prothean squad member. I started it mid-game (I haven't finished the campaign yet), and the mission blends seamlessly with your other tasks. It's a priority-class missions that sends you back to familiar location – Eden Prime. However, it doesn't have any special markers indicating it's DLC, so if you download it right away, it will just feel like a natural part of the game.
Unfortunately, the mission itself is a major letdown. Returning to Eden Prime is cool, but you aren't getting much in terms of gameplay. It's just a handful of fights against regular Cerberus ground troops; I finished the whole thing in under an hour. You find a Prothean stasis pod, run around to a couple of computers, and come back to the pod. No setpiece moments or unique situations break up the action, but the combat isn't the main draw of this DLC.
What you're really buying is a new squad member, Javik. Like Mass Effect 2's Kasumi DLC, once you finish the mission, Javik joins up as a permanent squad member. Javik is a solid addition to your party, using biotic abilities along with impressive shooting skills – he reminds me of Samara, at least in battle. In conversation, he has a few answers that Mass Effect lore fans will love.
It's a shame that most gamers (or at least those who didn't buy the Collector's Edition) have to pay for this content, because Javik illuminates a previously dark corner in the Mass Effect mythology. After talking to him, my perception of the Protheans completely changed. Did you always think of them as a benevolent benefactor race? I did, but the first-hand knowledge Javik imparts will have you seeing this ancient species in a new light. This is a critical slice of one of Mass Effect's greatest mysteries, and though it feels kind of slimy of EA and BioWare to make people pay for it, I can't say that I'm sorry I spent the money.
Along with Javik, players also get a Prothean particle rifle and a new Slam ability. I like them both and they're fun to use, but neither have drastic impacts on your approach to battle. The star attraction here is unquestionably Javik and the conversation that follows his rescue.
I don't like the idea of making fans pay for story content that is so crucial to understanding a game's universe, as I believe From Ashes is. If you don't pay the $10 for this content, you'll be missing out – and if you're a Mass Effect fan, that probably isn't acceptable.
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I bought the DlC, but haven't gotten that far in ME3 yet. Just got to the Citadel.
I wish it was included but i loved it.
Another reason I didn't mind paying for the collector's edition.
I got it in the Collector's Edition. I guess technically I DID pay for it, since the CE was $80, but I spent that money back in January, so it doesn't feel to upsetting, lol!
Would've been a nice online pass sorta deal.
I usually don't mind early DLC, but this doesn't seem to be a throwaway and actually fleshes out the lore (Zaeed was cool, but it was more of a side story).
Mass Effect 3 is awesome,i have yet to get the DLC but i want to.
Day One DLC drives me bonkers...
Still replaying ME2 for my ideal run-through, though.
I got the game around noon today, due to university, work, church, more uni work, and more work I have yet to play the game, but I guess I will tomorrow right after I get the DLC 1st, then studies, work, a healthy walk in the park and finally sit down a couple of hours to play with no interruptions!
Ah good. I've been waiting on some reviews/impressions of 'From Ashes' before I decide whether or not to download it. I don't mind paying for extra game content, as long as it's good. I'm glad to see that the dlc for mass effect 3 may be focusing more on adding extra insights into the lore of the game (Lair of the Shadow Broker did this well) instead of just throwing a new character at me with little or no redeeming features (Kasumi dlc).
Well it is incredibly annoying that they're selling lore as DLC now. I don't really understand why a Prothean is alive and working with Shep, but... the lore!
I'll live. I didn't waste money with their special edition and I'm not giving them anything more than what I have to give.