Mass Effect 2: Arrival (PlayStation 3)

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Arrival is not quite as good as Lair of the Shadow Broker. It lacks that piece of DLC's emotional engagement, and nothing in Arrival comes close to the sense of discovery you got while unveiling the true identity of such an iconic character. Still, that doesn't mean it is by any means bad or even mediocre. As Mass Effect 2 DLC goes, Arrival is about as good as Overlord, which I'd rate as an 8/10, with respect to the ground combat, and better in terms of the storyline's impact on the wider Mass Effect universe. Since the gameplay is mostly the same thing you've seen before, the final verdict relies heavily on how much you care about the Mass Effect universe. However, as this is the final piece of Mass Effect 2 DLC and because it follows the fantastic, but higher priced, Lair of the Shadow Broker, I can't help but feel that BioWare missed an opportunity here to create the ultimate piece of DLC to show the world just how you bridge the gap between two titles in a story-driven trilogy.
In all, Mass Effect 2: Arrival serves primarily as an appetizer for Mass Effect 3. It's over in a flash, but when it's done you'll be eager to find out what happens next.
Arrival is (really) the final expansion for Mass Effect 2, and the game goes out in the same way it began, with a bang, setting the stage for one of this years’ biggest releases, Mass Effect 3.
Gamereactor (Sweden)
I och med Arrival är alltså Bioware klara med Mass Effect 2. Därmed har man infriat sitt löfte till fansen om att supporta spelet med nytt material in i det sista, något som man lyckades sisådär med i det första spelet. Men här har man lyckats galant. Tidigare har vi fått tre ytterst välgjorda delar som alla tillfört något relevant och spännande till ett redan mästerligt spel. Mass Effect 2: Arrival är inget undantag.
Gamereactor International
With Arrival Bioware are finished with Mass Effect 2 and they have delivered on their promise to support the game with new material until the very end, something you can't really say they succeeded in with the first game. We've previously gotten three very well crafted expansions that each delivered something relevant and exciting to an already awesome experience. Mass Effect 2: Arrival is no exception.
Cheat Code Central
The seven-dollar price may be hard to justify based solely on time spent and substance outside of the story, but if you have been a Mass Effect fan this long and can't wait till the "final" installment, there's no reason you should not already have this downloadable content.
3D Juegos
La Llegada es, de todos los DLCs de Mass Effect 2, el más orientado hacia satisfacer el ansia de acción de los fans de la saga de BioWare. No llega a la altura de las expansiones anteriores del videojuego, que dejaron el listón muy alto, pero se trata de un añadido muy estimable que crea interesantes lazos entre la segunda y la tercera entrega de las series.
Purchasing Arrival means there’s more to do in Mass Effect 2, and that’s always a good thing. It sets up the tone of urgency that’s prevalent in the Mass Effect 3 trailer, but don’t expect it to explain a lot. If you don’t mind combat-focused, linear missions, it’s worth the $7.
Spazio Games
Se lo scopo di Avvento era semplicemente quello di introdurre agli sconvolgimenti che aspettano i fan nel terzo capitolo della serie, lo scopo può dirsi senza dubbio raggiunto. Tuttavia, il gameplay tutto sommato ripetitivo e la generale fretta con cui gli importanti avvenimenti vengono narrati lascia un po’ d’amaro in bocca. Un’occasione parzialmente sprecata, per un pacchetto che ci sentiamo di consigliare solo agli affezionatissimi della saga.
There are some choice moments across Arrival's duration, but it's just a shame that Mass Effect 2's final piece of DLC is undoubtedly its weakest.
Alla luce di questo, sempre che non nutriate un amore incondizionato nei confronti di Shepard e della sua avventura, il mio consiglio è dunque quello di rivolgere le vostre attenzioni altrove. Così come nel caso del più recente DLC di Dead Space 2, un esborso di 7 euro per un'ora scarsa di gioco risulta davvero eccessivo, specie se i contenuti offerti non offrono nulla di realmente innovativo o meritevole di attenzione.
Une belle déception que cet add-on qui ne tient pas ses promesses. Ceux qui attendaient un teasing ou une intro à Mass Effect 3 resteront sur leur faim, à l'exception d'un choix moral que le jeu prend à notre place, ce que chacun appréciera comme il se doit. Côté gameplay, l'enfilade de combats en solo manque singulièrement d'intérêt mais a au moins le mérite d'être un poil corsée par moments.
L'invasion des Reapers dans Mass Effect 3 eut été plus rapide sans l'action de Shepard dans le DLC Arrival pour ME2. Le petit pont entre les deux jeux est vite torché, avec un scénar « mouaif » (un astéroïde avec des propulseurs, je n'ai pas déjà vu ça ?) et la part belle à l'action, parfois corsée. Aucun choix moral intéressant, rien de passionnant dans les dialogues. Shepard a encore fait son devoir inévitable, et les politiciens vont encore lui tomber dessus. C'est tout ? On aurait pu s'en passer. Enfin, pour 5 euros...