After experiencing all of the hype surrounding Mass Effect 2‘s release and playing the game to death for an entire month after its release a break was inevitable. However, during that break numerous pieces of downloadable content was released and it’s about time to catch up. Kasumi – Stolen Memory is one of the DLCs that were released and after catching up, it’s an interesting new character complete with her very own unique ability, style and of course the all important loyalty mission.
The all important question is, is it worth it? Bioware has been notorious for putting out some pretty shoddy downloadable content as far as depth goes, but one has to consider that Stolen Memory introduces a completely new character rather than just a set of missions or a crop of weapons. You’ll be able to get this character as early as possible and milk them for all they’re worth until the final mission.
Way back when the first few screens were released and Kasumi’s image was unveiled the correlation between her and how the Sith are usually depicted in the Star Wars universe was undeniable. However, fifteen seconds into meeting Kasumi you’ll release that she’s a lot perkier than you would have expected, which is a relief considering how many hard-asses you’ve already got sharing the same oxygen on the Normandy. True to her occupation Kasumi’s unique ability utilizes stealth: she’ll cloak, make her way behind and enemy for a quick strike to the back and then disappear. It’s incredibly cool and also obviously useful when you need to pick off a particular enemy that you might have lost line of sight on or is posing a particular threat.
As for the mission you undertake you gain her loyalty, it’s actually rather impressive when compared to many of the others, which are usually straight action or none at all. It’s a mix of both: taking part in a heist that ultimately leads you to a collection that has some pretty jaw-dropping items within it. You’ll have to break through a vault through various means, engage in a little subterfuge and once you thought everything was going to go smooth you’ll have to break out the weapons to engage in a big spectacle of a firefight with just Kasumi to back you up.
It’s a fun mission that you’ll look forward to doing more than once and Kasumi is an interesting enough asset that the urge to give her a test run on a few missions is hard to resist. For a new character $7 doesn’t seem too bad, but if you’re pretty happy with your team don’t rush into the trend. Overall, I was content with the purchase.