|System: X360, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: BioWare||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Apr. 6, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
This new thief class would be a great way to play through Mass Effect 2; I would love to see the class incorporated as a playable selection during character creation. Alas, you're not able to use this new thief class to start a new character. What you can do, however, is draw from Kasumi's abilities by researching Advanced Training, which will let Shepard utilize her flashbangs. Disappointingly, you can't get access to Kasumi's Shadow Strike, however - one of the coolest abilities in the game.
In addition to the new crew member, you'll also get your hands on the M-12 Locust SMG, which is a highly accurate, high rate of fire weapon that takes up a light handgun spot in the radial wheel - for someone that specializes in pistols, this gun is tough to beat. Additionally, you'll also get some nice cash, precious material, and salvage dumps as well as access to new research options and a 15 point Achievement. The new character, new abilities, and loads of goodies may just make the download worth its price despite the mediocre Loyalty Mission.
In terms of presentation and control, the DLC looks, sounds, and plays identically to the full version of the game, but I did find Hock's mansion/complex to be a bit bland. Nevertheless, there is no question that Mass Effect 2 and its constituent parts are masterfully developed from the production front.
Should you pick up Kasumi - Stolen Memory for Mass Effect 2? Probably. Even though the mission isn't all that great, adding Kasumi to your crew is nice - and getting flashbangs is sweet. However, if you've already played the game a few times, there's not enough content here to warrant yet another playthrough. If you're about to start your second go 'round, the additional goodies that come along for the ride are great to have, especially if you're playing on a higher difficulty or as a non-Assault class type.
CCC Editor / News Director