So I was just roaming around my ship before my first priority mission and I went to visit the remains of Dr. Eva. I was totally not expecting to see that she’s blinking. Hey Liara, didn’t I tell you check on this thing??
July 6th - Day 23: Mass Effect 30 Day Challenge
“If one of the companions got a spin-off game, which would you like it to be?”
I’m trying to think of this from a practical standpoint rather than a fangirl standpoint. So it seems likely to me that, being the Shadow Broker, Liara would have the best potential to have an interesting spin off.
On a side note, I like Liara.
But seriously, imagine a big ol’ plot line about the Shadow Broker. So much room for intrigue… and biotic combos…! :D
Did I mention that I like Liara and I’ve been waiting to have one of these daily things be about her?
Practice Makes Perfect
- Liara: Did we just get shot by a reaper?
- Shepard: Consider that practice.
- EDI: Shepard, I had a question about human behavior.
- Shepard: Why is it you never have questions about asari behavior or turian behavior?
- EDI: I tried asking Liara about the asari bonding process. She said I do not guard the secrets of the Normandy's crew carefully enough for her to entrust me with such private information. The asari word she used translates as "blabbermouth." I think she has become a more private person since becoming the Shadow Broker.
- Shepard: Tell me about it...
June 22nd - Day 9: Mass Effect 30 Day Challenge
“What is your favorite DLC?”
Most of Mass Effect’s DLC is piddly stuff, like guns or armor. That makes the pool of valid DLC to answer this question with pretty narrow. I’ll admit, I really love what Kasumi and Javik bring to the series. I also really liked the depth of Arrival and, on a good day, I kinda like Overlord.
But nothing can hold a candle to the Lair of the Shadow Broker.
Part of it, of course, is because it actually gives Liara a role in Mass Effect 2, and I really like Liara’s character a lot. It seems to me like people either love her or hate her. I love her. I also think this DLC was pivotal to understand her seemingly huge change from her quiet, innocent ME1 character. Without understanding what’s happened to her in the past two years in the detail that LotSB brings it’s easy to write her off as sloppily changed to fit in better with where the story was going.
I feel, though, like the writers of this game wrote this DLC (and much of Mass Effect 3) viewing Liara as the cannon romance option. I haven’t looked to see if there’s any announcement of any kind saying she is (which is possible) and it doesn’t bother me, because I do romance her probably 75% of the time.
When you look beyond Liara alone, the actually missions contained within the DLC are not only well-designed, but fun to play. It’s not like Overlord, where the story was good but getting to it was either boring or a pain in the butt. God I hate the Hammerhead.
I also really liked the character of Tela Vasir. I admit, I didn’t see her being the bad guy coming at all (although I probably should have). The scene where she attacks the team I thought was very cool, and it really showed that Liara wasn’t just a scientist. It also shows that she was a little batty for leaving Shepard all crunched on the floor after falling 30 feet.
And last but not least, I got to punch a yahg in the face. Booya!
Ok I lied. Last bit is my favorite line of dialogue in any of the three games.
Shepard: What kind of guns does this thing have?
Liara: It’s a taxi. It has a fair meter.
June 18th - Day 5: Mass Effect 30 Day Challenge
“What is your favorite loyalty mission?”
Most of the loyalty missions in this string of games were pretty lackluster.
“AMG DO NOT EAT POISONOUS PLANTS. D:”
But I think Tali’s loyalty mission on the fleet really stood out. When I was off killing mechs or killing vorcha or killing Jacob or… wait… anyway, most of the loyalty missions seemed like busy work. Clearing Tali of treason really seemed pretty darn relevant.
It doesn’t hurt that the whole mission had a great story arc, was well written, and brings out the best of the one of the most excellent characters of the franchise.
The only reason she wins, though, is that I don’t consider the Lair of the Shadow Broker to count as a loyalty mission. Be wary, Tali’zorah…
i c wut u did thar
- Wrex: You'd think this would be the kind of thing the Shadow Broker would have known about. Too bad I don't know him. Or her.
- Liara: I'm sure the Broker was very busy.