Mass Effect 2: Kasumi’s Stolen Memory Review

Mass Effect 2: Kasumi’s Stolen Memory (Available for Xbox 360 and PC – Download content)
ESRB Rating: M
Players: 1
Genre: RPG
Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare
Release Date:  April 6th, 2010

Parent Talk: This is DLC that can only be purchased online by those lucky enough to own a credit card. It’s not easily attainable by children.  The main game comes with an M rating because of violence, strong language, and sexual content.  This pack doesn’t contain anything that wouldn’t be seen in a PG-13 movie, but is still aimed towards an adult audience. Because the full game is required to play this, do yourself a favor by reading our review right here.

The Great: It’s Mass Effect 2. Those who’ve long since completed and mastered all the missions have an excuse to pop the game back in.  It’s been available for months now and feels great to revisit the universe.

The Good:

+ The mission. Kasumi’s Stolen Memory is a unique character quest almost entirely stealth-driven.  You feel like a trespassing thief searching for treasure. It’s awesome.

+The plot. Mass Effect always shined here, so no surprise.  In a short span, BioWare manages to not only properly introduce Kasumi, but integrate her as one of the best characters of the game. It’s too bad she wasn’t around from the start.

+Easy access. You can play this mission regardless of your campaign progress.  It might not sound like much, but too many games make the DLC a pain to access.

The Bad:

-The length. It lasts for barely an hour on the easiest difficulty, two on Insane. This wouldn’t be so bad were it not for….

-The price. It’s plain ridiculous. This DLC sets you back 560 Microsoft Points, or $7.  This is becoming more and more problematic in the gaming industry. We love DLC that offers more reasons to return to our favorite games, but companies are ripping us off too much now.  A pack like this should be $2-3. The quality is there, but the price isn’t justified.  Sadly, Microsoft recently announced that the overpriced Stimulus package for Modern Warfare 2 has been downloaded over one million times since its first 24 hours.  The gaming community isn’t helping!

The Ugly: Honestly, 7$ for an hour?!

The Lowdown:

This boils down to personal choice. If you love Mass Effect 2, this is probably on your system already.  It’s quality DLC, but not cheap.  You’re better off waiting for a price drop, which may happen.  If you have expendable income, by all means go to town.  Still, I think these overpriced packs shouldn’t exist. The whole point of digital content is to be inexpensive and easy to distribute/access.  Profit is inevitable for this content, even at a reasonable price.  It’s not like this is a 15-hour add-on, it’s barely an hour. The problem is that DLC has us by the balls, and the companies know it.  I’m telling you how outraged I am by these prices, yet I bought it as soon as I could. I’m also one that was fooled by the Stimulus package.  I’m straying from the overall context here, so I’ll leave the decision to you.  You probably won’t listen to me anyway.

Approach with Caution

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