Mass Effect 2 Overlord DLC Impressions

With five new worlds to explore, story-driven Overlord is Mass Effect 2's "biggest downloadable content pack yet."

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According to executive producer Casey Hudson, Overlord is the "biggest downloadable content pack yet" for Mass Effect 2. Available in June for 560 points (£4.60, $7), it adds in five new uncharted worlds, amounting to a fully voiced, self-contained episode that can be played either before or after completion of the game proper. The release of Overlord, a story-based dose of DLC, follows the Equalizer Pack (a set of armour items) released in April, as well as March's Firewalker and Stolen Memory packs. The former pack delivered the hammerhead vehicle, while the latter added new crew member Kasumi Goto, along with her loyalty quest.

Exploration and vehicle platforming with the jumping, hovering Hammerhead tank is one focus of the Overlord DLC, similar to that found in the Firewalker pack but on larger maps. Hudson calls it "a throwback to how some of the exploration worked in [the first] Mass Effect" with the all-terrain Mako tank and expansive planets to explore. As in the main Mass Effect 2 game, the planetside environments are richer and more varied than the largely barren landscapes of Mass Effect. Early on, the hammerhead zips over the surface of a scenic, verdant world, grazed on by alien cows and edged with mountains. Some side areas offer Cerberus posts with turrets to take out.

The plot of the DLC concerns a Cerberus scientist experimenting with geth technology. No surprise, the experiment goes awry, and Shepard is dispatched to clean up the mess. The task is seemingly to shut down a dangerous rogue AI that is at first personified as a giant face of green-projected computer graphics.

Getting to the AI requires visits to each of Overlord's new worlds, taking in a crashed geth ship along the way, there to find a key to unlock the final location. That location is Prometheus Station, a Cerberus base locked down and under AI control. Enemies are primarily geth--including troopers, hunters, and the bulky primes--with some infected versions of familiar mech units. The early stages of the DLC are vehicle and combat heavy, but emphasis shifts to storytelling later on, with Mass Effect 2's signature not-so-straightforward moral choices factoring in as the nature of the supposed rogue AI is revealed.

Faced with destruction, the AI hijacks Shepard's vision, overlaying the environment with Tron-ish virtual reality grids and computerized projections of its memories. This is the most striking of the visual treats provided by the Overlord DLC, which is intended to offer something "new and different" to the main game. Overlord in general appears polished, though, with the new water surfaces on the planets and the crashed, partly flooded geth ship looking particularly good.

Loot enthusiasts may be disappointed to learn there's no new gear or weapons to unlock with this chunk of Mass Effect 2 DLC, and with the Normandy's roster full now, there'll be no new crew members. But those players itching to take Commander Shepard for a spin somewhere new should get good value out of Overlord in June.

Discussion

63 comments
Albaficas
Albaficas

this DLC could easily be a movie the story is great,the enviroment is also great,the end of the dlc is awesome...almost make me cry for the things you finaly discover....xd.And the music in Project overlord when your in fight mode is just awesome remind me the music composer harry gregson williams PERFECT.

detectivepbert
detectivepbert

I abandoned ME1 after a few days because I hated driving their silly remote control car. I liked the first round of DLC for ME2 but I just recently started playing Overlord and am not sure I like controlling their paper airplane. It particularly feels like a piece of junk when it crashes into rocks and I HATE the platforming. I mean, this hover tank is better than the Mako but its still pretty lousy. In ME3 they should either exclude silly vehicles or include them only as part of some of the optional side quests. If I wanted to drive around in a silly toy vehicle and shoot things I would be playing the Twisted Metal series.

Cardigan1
Cardigan1

the ai reminds of the MCP from Tron

siarhei
siarhei

No new weapons? Well, that is a shame. The hand cannon needs an upgrade, say Noisy Cricket. =) Not a big fan of Hummerhead, too. But if it gives me more geth to shoot - sign me up.

ParisSun
ParisSun

This game doesn't need new characters. Just having more content like this is good because it allows you to use new combinations of the 12 members you do have.

Earth11277
Earth11277

I think it is good but expensive

Moloch121
Moloch121

Idk..the big head guy reminds me more of Zorban from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

thingta42
thingta42

Stolen Memorys? if that was the name for the last DLC was awesome! i spent a good amount of time with that one on several of my characters. That was Money well spent tbh. I don't buy DLC often for games but Mass Effect 2 ive bought all of the DLC.

nicedude82
nicedude82

I do wish that they would increase the level cap a little so, I could have more talent points to spend on character building.

nicedude82
nicedude82

will definitely get this...but can't wait for ME3

TheJamin
TheJamin

@ krelmmaster activision don't have to learn anything while muppets like you go out and buy it! :|

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

More DLC.... in all honesty I don't mind waiting another 2 years for Mas Effect 3

jimbob_1977
jimbob_1977

bioware ftw. can't get enough dlc to add to this incredible game. just think, if this dlc is 'only' 6 hours long and costs £4.60, that's £50.40 LESS than the cost of modern warfare 2 for the same gameplay time - i'm sold!

roadstar93
roadstar93

I beat the game 4 times and now I am at the 5 playtrough and still cant get enough.

funkyrandom
funkyrandom

now its time to get started on mass effect 3

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

Reading about this mini-expansion for ME2 for the low low price of $7 makes me sick in the stomach when i think about how i paid $15 just a few days ago for 2 rubbish maps on MW2. Activision could really learn something here about loyalty to their fans. BioWare could have easily charged $15 for this DLC and it would have been worth the price, the fact they are charging $7 just shows their commitment to their fans.

Pixy64
Pixy64

Ahhh, come on, i really love mass effect 2 but i'm sick and tired of downloading. :evil:

GotRustyB
GotRustyB

I've downloaded all of the DLC so far but haven't played any of it. I've been kind of waiting for it to all stack up and this may be the pack that brings me back in. Such a good game.

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

The content just keeps getting better and better for this game!

drytal
drytal

so far their keeping their promise with more dlc for me2 than they had in me1. if they keep them coming ill keep on buying.this is my favorite game to date just like me1 was for the longest time.

j1965
j1965

More mass effect 2 is a good thing!They got my money!I cannot wait for part 3!

Madcows
Madcows

I want a new gun or something.

CrookedCrown
CrookedCrown

I'm working on my 2nd playthrough of the first mass effect, but I will for sure be getting this when i move to me2 :) I love the mass effect universe

R2C25
R2C25

"I'm Commander Sheppard and this is my favorite video on Gamespot."

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

i love me2 soo much , will surely grab this the momment it releases.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

I finished ME2 when it first came out...I'm done. Waiting on ME3...

muppen
muppen

I will be sure to pick this up since I love ME2 :)

isshiah
isshiah

I hope it lasts at least 4-7 hours because its not worth it otherwise. i paid 3 dollars for 30 minutes of DLC for The Force unleashed and regret it. Admittedly, ME2 is a better game.

isshiah
isshiah

I hope it lasts at least 4-7 hours because its not worth it otherwise. i paid 3 dollars for 30 minutes of DLC for The Force unleashed and regret it. Admittedly, ME2 is a better game.

Tyanmir
Tyanmir

Right... so a relatively expanded DLC... Let's hope that it's worth it and not ridiculously short for no good reason

Tyanmir
Tyanmir

Right... so a relatively expanded DLC... Let's hope that it's worth it and not ridiculously short for no good reason

Tyanmir
Tyanmir

Right... so a relatively expanded DLC... Let's hope that it's worth it and not ridiculously short for no good reason

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

I was skeptical at first...thought this might be Firewalker 2.0 or something, but after reading this, I am interested. I wish the price was $5 instead of $7, to keep inline with Bring Down the Sky(ME1 $5), but oh well. At least it is significant content and not just more clothes or whatever to play dress-up with. Enough with that stuff already. That is the kind of thing that should be on the Cerberus network. Stuff like this and Kasumi is stuff that people don't mind paying for....at least IMO.

ptown58
ptown58

Great game but please fix the fov, so far no fix and it doesn't look like this has it either.

XANATOS214
XANATOS214

i cant get enough ME2 keep it coming

Darkeus
Darkeus

More Mass Effect 2 is a good thing... More GREAT Mass Effect 2 DLC is awesome! Let's hope this is great DLC...

ymarkman
ymarkman

This all sounds so good! I haven't even started on Mass Effect 2 yet; still working on the first. However, I'm still going to get all these. The Mass Effect series is the best sci-fi series ever made. Without a doubt in my book.

YankeeDan345
YankeeDan345

@Waldkrieger I disagree, it's a long time til 3 and I'm glad they have put alot of life into ME2.

sheah1
sheah1

I do kind of wish there was more gear, I mean, the armour in the game was great but I always found myself looking for more. I hope that in MS 3, if they don't give you more armour (effects or designs, I'm easy) then they at least measure out the armour a little more, just so that I'm not going to a planet, buying everything and not returning.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

If the DLC does not add to the core of the game then Bioware needs to stop. This is getting ridiculous.

Urik_187
Urik_187

@Shadow_Fire41: regardless of who said it I agree there are ample allies and enough items. its good to see them increasing the story

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope its worth the money

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

"and with the Normandy's roster full now, there'll be no new crew members." did Bioware say that, or is this what they are guessing?

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

ME is suffering from a lot of mediocre DLC.... come on guys give us a Broken Steel or Shivering Isles!!!!

supertegwyn
supertegwyn

I hope this is good. Some of the other DLC has disappointed me quite alot.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I am getting it just like every other DLC for Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age!