Mass Effect 3 Catch-All

I really want to replay ME3 with the DLC. But not at $40. And with a controller. I doubt I'll ever be able to do this without switching to 360. For the second time.

My Shepard has traveled across platforms multiple times.

what am i missing here? How do you start this dlc? Its been a long time since i played, my last save must be right before the end of the game because i havent touched it since. So i go to my ingame email as i understand thats how you start the dlc, and nothing is there.

Jump between systems or visit a planet and check again.

Tried that, no ingame email at my terminal. The FAQ says I can start this before my assault on the Cerebus base - I'm right there but I have not started the mission. I'm getting a bit frustrated at spending fifteen bucks for nothing at this point.

At the risk of condescension, did you download both parts (if on Xbox)?

Glyph wears a tuxedo bowtie at the party. This game is awesome. That is all.

Also:

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Drunk Grunt in the shower is hilarious. Tali's got good dance moves. I went with louder party each time. What did everyone choose?

I seemed to have gotten jipped out of some alone time with my romantic interest. I saw the video for what happens with Tali. Also never found a waypoint/meeting location for the

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Thane memorial service.

That was some great DLC. Really surprised the party was able to hold my interest for well over an hour but I wanted to hear/see everything. Loved the way

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Kasumi kept uncloaking and saying something smart assedly before recloaking.

Also I totally need to become a rich bastard already so I can recreate that apartment in real life

Best. DLC. Ever.

CptGlanton wrote:

Best. DLC. Ever.

Darnit. As if I didn't have enough on my pile already

Citadel Soundtrack is now available...FOR FREE:

http://social.bioware.com/me3citadel...

I finally dug down through my pile to the plain vanilla copy of Mass Effect 3 that has been gathering dust. I picked up a physical copy on sale months ago during a wild delusion that I might have time to play it right then. The game has been out for a year now, so it seems I should be playing with at least some of the DLC.

Does the community have any recommendations as to DLC I should have on a first play through? I seem to remember the Giantbomb guys talking like "From Ashes" was almost mandatory.

Sorry if this was already covered, my skimming was less than through... 59 pages on this thread!

Now to see if I can locate my ME2 save....

Underflow wrote:

Does the community have any recommendations as to DLC I should have on a first play through? I seem to remember the Giantbomb guys talking like "From Ashes" was almost mandatory.

Yep, that's how I feel about it. I think it was the DAY 1 DLC that pre-orders got for free. But honestly it feels like it should be part of the game.

From Ashes isn't really mandatory-it doesn't change any of the major story events, but is really good. Javik gives a lot of context and history of the Protheans.

Leviathan's pretty similar. Again, adds history to the Reapers, but doesn't really impact the story in any real way.

Omega is a sidestory, basically finishing up Aria's story.

Citadel, out of all the DLC, is the one that you should get, because it's pretty much entirely fanservice and does provide some closure to certain story events. Overall, though, it doesn't really add anything important to the overall storyline-you're really not missing anything if you don't get it, but it's a freaking fun ride.

The two I absolutely recommend are From Ashes and Citadel. Leviathan is fun, with some interesting combat and story beats, but it's easily youtubeable. Omega is the one that's most skippable, because it's pretty much completely a sidestory, and Shepard actually feels like she's/he's just along for the ride the entire time.

No DLC is mandatory, but yeah, From Ashes is really good and backstory-filling. The additional mission itself is pretty meh, but the character is excellent.

Haven't played any of the others.

Thanks for the input guys!

Can't wait to finally see if the ending is deserves of all the drama it caused

Underflow wrote:

Can't wait to finally see if the ending is deserves of all the drama it caused :)

Without the extended cut, it's really "WTF was that?" territory, but EC brings it up to a reasonable level.

Scratched wrote:
Underflow wrote:

Can't wait to finally see if the ending is deserves of all the drama it caused :)

Without the extended cut, it's really "WTF was that?" territory, but EC brings it up to a reasonable level.

Eh. The EC hammers you over the head with it, but the ending without the EC was okay enough if you delved into the Codex a bunch (and didn't make too many assumptions). I thought it was a more subtle game without the EC, truer to the thoughtful nature of Golden Era scifi. The EC makes it more Hollywood.

Alternatively, without the EC, the ending elicits a pleasant "Hmmm" as you're drawn outside to contemplate the night sky, while the EC leaves you thinking "So, neat, I guess, but I kinda knew all that." As Larry says.

Best bet is to just play it.

Mass Effect always seemed more Hollywood to me, to be honest.

About halfway (I think) through my first playthrough now, and am in love with the game. There have been several moments in particular that were moving - but so far my favorite -

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not letting Ashley join the team. You are not stepping foot on my ship, you racist xenophobe! Go fight on another battleground, while I chat up my girl Liara.

SallyNasty wrote:

About halfway (I think) through my first playthrough now, and am in love with the game. There have been several moments in particular that were moving - but so far my favorite -

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not letting Ashley join the team. You are not stepping foot on my ship, you racist xenophobe! Go fight on another battleground, while I chat up my girl Liara.

We can be friends!

Still funny how many people think that but never tried to talk to her during the first game. So many people too busy trying to shag the blue alien chick and be Captain Kirk I guess.

Ash turns out pretty great when your Shep spends a little time talking to her and she sees the great team of aliens you're working with and gets over it all pretty quick. Probe her family history and you see why she feels the way she does at the start.

Stele wrote:

Still funny how many people think that but never tried to talk to her during the first game. So many people too busy trying to shag the blue alien chick and be Captain Kirk I guess.

Ash turns out pretty great when your Shep spends a little time talking to her and she sees the great team of aliens you're working with and gets over it all pretty quick. Probe her family history and you see why she feels the way she does at the start.

Au contraire! I did every conversation possible with Ash. I listened to her prattle on about her family of cowards and strategic nitwits, endured her redneck tales of growing up in a space trailer park on some relay-over colony, and humored her toast to Confederate Memorial Day with a hearty "The Space South Shall Rise Again!" She remained, obviously, a potent symbol of everything my Shepard didn't want to be.

Well it was pretty easy to romance her and make her open her eyes about the galaxy at the same time when I played ME for the first time. Can't figure out why all the haters didn't explore options except for maybe not trying that hard and just writing her off.

Oh well, been having the same discussion for what, 5 years now? I don't get it.

At least she's annoying, I'll give you that. Which is a whole lot more than I can say for Liara. I romanced her once, yeah, just to explore all the options the game had, but man...it's like laying a dead fish!

Ashley on the other hand, romance and all, is a stuck-up bitch who hasn't earned my trust or respect. That's why she's out of the Normandy. No room for being questioned after 3 games. f*ck that.

But yeah, as you say. We've all been at it probably 5 years. What can I say, I'm a Tali kinda man. But to be honest, for me, True Shep is Fem Shep, so for me, canon romance in this saga is Garrus. Play the DLC, and you'll see just how suave he is at the dance floor.

Those yeo-women were more susceptible to my charms.

My Shepard was too embarrassed by Ashley to romance her. She was too much the ignorant rube. That, and he was off out by her presumption. He didn't know how they did things in a colonial militia, but in the Alliance Navy, you don't respond to a status update request from your CO with "Hey, toast to this species-ism charged holiday commemorating our crushing defeat with me!"

I will point out that Ashley's particular form of xenophobia ("I don't trust aliens because I love my family so much") is commonplace in today's white supremacy movement. Look around the internet, and you probably see that as often as or more often than you do, say, "people with dark skin are genetically inferior." If that similarity is not deliberate by Bioware, it's a heck of a coincidence. Being able to convince her to modify her original beliefs doesn't change their origin point.

In fact, it's pretty clear to me that the entire humanity-first storyline in the Mass Effect world (Cerberus being the giant center of that, but Ashley's in there too) is meant to parallel white supremacy movements in the real world.

A white supremacist Illusive Man would be a scary thing indeed.

BadKen wrote:

A white supremacist Illusive Man would be a scary thing indeed.

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Insert Rupert Murdoch joke here.