Rumor: Liara DLC Coming to Mass Effect 2

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Rumor: Liara DLC Coming to Mass Effect 2

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There's a rumor going 'round that Liara T'soni, the blue-skinned biotic who was too busy to come along for the ride in Mass Effect 2, will turn up in a future DLC release.

Liara was a big help in saving the galaxy in the first Mass Effect but when it came time to do it again in the sequel, she'd already made plans. In the years between the two games, she'd become embroiled in some kind of intergalactic slap-fight with the Shadow Broker, the secretive - some might even say shadowy - buyer and seller of information. Apparently, getting a little payback is more important than, you know, ensuring the continuation of life as we know it.

But according to Thepwnage.com, "no" actually just meant "not right now," as evidence has been discovered that she may be joining the crew after all through the magic of DLC. Audio files featuring Liara talking about the Shadow Broker have been found in the game, with interesting names like "liara_dlc_lead_in" and "liara_norm_intro," with "norm" presumably referencing the Normandy. And while it's obviously just speculation at this point, the site also points out that similar audio files for Kasumi were found long before BioWare acknowledged her existence.

When contacted, EA said only that it doesn't comment on "rumors or speculation." Fortunately, I do, so let's get to it.

Liara's history in the intervening years between Mass Effect 1 and 2 was apparently explored in the four-issue Mass Effect: Redemption comic series but remains a complete mystery to those of us who didn't bother reading it. There's obviously a lot of potential there for some very solid DLC; on the other hand, having already established that the Shadow Broker is a character on par with the Illusive Man hiimself, the prospect of Liara replacing him in a two-hour DLC release seems a bit too breezy.

Is turning the near-mythical Shadow Broker into just another goon and then bumping him off in a glorified loyalty mission doing a disservice to the character and the game? Or are we so happy to have Liara back in the crew, and perhaps the sack, that we don't care about such things? I was never much of a fan of the character, but if bringing another biotic aboard means I can finally blow Jack out an airlock, you can count me in.

The hidden audio files can be heard, spoilers and all - you've been warned! - on YouTube.

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The fact that you want to get rid of Jack of all people really has me wondering about your well-being.

God I love Mass Effect. One of the few games I'm OK with being gouged to death for.

I was going to say that of all the ME1 characters to bring back, Liara is a weird choice, but I guess she's actually the only one left. Garrus and Tali returned, and anyone who played ME1 knows the other three aren't guaranteed to be, ahem, available. Still, though, this rumor doesn't really thrill me unless I get the option to make a sexytime with her, which I probably won't given how the treatment the other two BioWare DLC characters have gotten so far.

On a side note, Final Fantasy XIII's story became much more enjoyable after I found out Lightning was voiced by the same actress.

I never really liked Liara in the first one, she seemed too naive. She then went and became evil (well, she didn't seem very nice at least) so I can't say that I look forward to having her as a crew member again.

Don't get me wrong, the character isn't bad, I just wasn't fond of her; then again I don't particularly like Miranda or Jack either.

Can we have Mass Effect 3 now please?

I'd love to see Liara come on-board, but they better save the Shadow Broker for ME3. Only an entirely new game could do him justice imo.

Sounds interesting enough and no, I won't spoil it for myself. I tend to regret that, especially with the Mass Effect franchise.

However, Liara was odd and cold + calculating person in ME2, not really the type of girl you'd WANT back, especially if she was a girlfriend of yours and you are now dating, lets say, Tali for instance. CATFIGHT.

I wonder... if you imported a female Sheppard that had a relastionship with her (I know you could), would that continue into this Mass Effect 2 DLC?

Fappy:
I'd love to see Liara come on-board, but they better save the Shadow Broker for ME3. Only an entirely new game could do him justice imo.

I was wondering if Liara's loyalty mission would involve the Shadow Broker, but that's too big a plot thread to have resolved in a DLC that most people won't play. But you're right, they need to develop this at some point.

Meh.. I know she's a favourite of some, but she's not a favourite of mine. I was perfectly happy with her leaving me alone and taking a desk job in ME2.

Not exactly suprising, though I didn't actually think they'd do it. She said she needed 'several years' to track the Shadow Broker down, so I figured I'd get to help her fit him into that coffee (asari drink coffee?) cup by the time ME3 is released. I'm not entirely sure what to make of this rumor, because I honestly don't want to see that resolved in one to two hours, just like that. Not to mention, how will this end work with people not getting/buying the DLC? Those people are going to be one giant questionmark when ME3 rolls out.

And even if it turns out to be true, where do we fit her on the Normandy? Kasumi already got the spot I had reserved for Liara.

But... but... then she'll know about Tali and Shepard. I don't want to sleep when there's a scorned biotic god on board.

So that's it huh? All we get in DLC are loyalty missions? Count me out, I have no use for anyone else now I have finished it.

I won't be gouged and pecked by these cheaply made cash grabs. They can have my cash when their DLC (if any more really is coming) is either worth the money, or when all o these are released in some sort of fairly priced set.

In all honesty, I'm really amazed people are so readily willing to have their pockets picked by poorly made tack-ons like these DLC adds and map packs.

Surely the Shadow Broker has been played up far too much to appear in DLC that quite a few people won't play?

So if she does join through DLC then she must be a temporary resident of the Normandy otherwise where is she going to stay as there is no other open cabins on the Normandy. She could sleep with Shepard if she was the previous romance but what if she wasn't?

LiquidGrape:
The fact that you want to get rid of Jack of all people really has me wondering about your well-being.

Why would this cause you to question anyone's well being?
Jack is a horrid character IMO and I wanted to take Grunt's advice concerning getting her on the ship.
I almost get the feeling when laying out her character they set out to make the most aggravating and antagonistic (not to mention ugly) ally imaginable.

Really I find no redeeming qualities to her character...

LiquidGrape:
The fact that you want to get rid of Jack of all people really has me wondering about your well-being.

I can't even go into the basement of my own ship without that crazy bitch screaming at me to "fuck off!"

Seriously, the Krogan is better behaved than she is.

I doubt she'll actually be a squad addition, even if there's a DLC centered around her. Not in ME2, at any rate.

Andy Chalk:
I can finally blow Jack out an airlock, you can count me in.

Why bother? Just ignore her loyalty mission and send her to do the Biotic field.

Bye bye Skinhead O'Connor!

They should do a DLC of Liara's issues with the Shadow Broker taking place alongside the timeline of the ME2's main mission or the time from the original Normandy being destroyed to the revival of Shepherd. I would say have Liara rejoin the crew in ME3 and resolve the Shadow Broker story then.

Andy Chalk:

LiquidGrape:
The fact that you want to get rid of Jack of all people really has me wondering about your well-being.

I can't even go into the basement of my own ship without that crazy bitch screaming at me to "fuck off!"

Seriously, the Krogan is better behaved than she is.

I'm guessing you went for the casual sex!

Andy Chalk:
...the Illusive Man hiimself...

Typo?

OT: I was never really into Liara. I didn't mind the Asari as a species, but Liara was... I don't know. Annoying? That's not quite the right word, but close.

Liara is boring and less attractive than any other typical Asari in the game. Don't miss her one bit.

LiquidGrape:
The fact that you want to get rid of Jack of all people really has me wondering about your well-being.

Really now? Only one character died during my first playthrough, and that was pretty much intentional. And that character was Jack.

LiquidGrape:
The fact that you want to get rid of Jack of all people really has me wondering about your well-being.

Wait, what? You want her with you?

Liara + Tali = image

Jack may very well be one of the few characters in the game who's got a legitimate and well-rounded persona.
Plus, she's the best looking of the bunch. Always a plus.

Meh, I barely used Liara in Mass Effect 1 and that proably isn't gonna change in the sequel when I have biotics like Jack and Samara. I don't like Liara and her change to a secretive brutal killer on a quest for revenge doesn't help in the least.....Wait...that's technically 1/4th of the crew you were sent to get!

LiquidGrape:
Jack may very well be one of the few characters in the game who's got a legitimate and well-rounded persona.
Plus, she's the best looking of the bunch. Always a plus.

How is being a psychopath 'well-rounded'? She's a bloody nutjob and I really don't go for the whole, bald headed punk bullshit.

Daystar Clarion:

LiquidGrape:
Jack may very well be one of the few characters in the game who's got a legitimate and well-rounded persona.
Plus, she's the best looking of the bunch. Always a plus.

How is being a psychopath 'well-rounded'? She's a bloody nutjob and I really don't go for the whole, bald headed punk bullshit.

Face-value. What you should pay attention to isn't so much, bluntly, what she's saying; but rather whom it is she's saying it to.
A quite large chunk of her dialogue seems more like an implied catharsis of sorts than a traditional call-and-response.
- The latter perhaps most blatantly shown in the conversations with Tali, which end up in borderline hero worship.

I really hope Liana can come along for the ride! Would be awesome to have her around again!

I was a little dissapointed she didn't first time bit this will make up for it!

She has to show back up.

They brought back Tali. (Who is AWESOME!)

Even wrex had a little bit more to offer. (I really wanted Wrex back, but grunt was a good stand in).

Daystar Clarion:

LiquidGrape:
Jack may very well be one of the few characters in the game who's got a legitimate and well-rounded persona.
Plus, she's the best looking of the bunch. Always a plus.

How is being a psychopath 'well-rounded'? She's a bloody nutjob and I really don't go for the whole, bald headed punk bullshit.

It really is a shame that you have to romance her to get her full story, since I know there's a lot of people out there who don't want to.

(She was my first choice, though.)

Icehearted:
I won't be gouged and pecked by these cheaply made cash grabs. They can have my cash when their DLC (if any more really is coming) is either worth the money, or when all o these are released in some sort of fairly priced set.

In all honesty, I'm really amazed people are so readily willing to have their pockets picked by poorly made tack-ons like these DLC adds and map packs.

Oh boy do I ever agree!

With Fallout 3, I should've just waited and bought the CD from Walmart where all 4 DLCs cost less than the 2 I ended up buying.

JediMB:

Daystar Clarion:

LiquidGrape:
Jack may very well be one of the few characters in the game who's got a legitimate and well-rounded persona.
Plus, she's the best looking of the bunch. Always a plus.

How is being a psychopath 'well-rounded'? She's a bloody nutjob and I really don't go for the whole, bald headed punk bullshit.

It really is a shame that you have to romance her to get her full story, since I know there's a lot of people out there who don't want to.

(She was my first choice, though.)

The whole 'I'm a bitch because I've had it rough' routine? Been done to death. It could have been instigated better if she was heavily sarcastic and distrustful. Not a blatant crazy person.

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